Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lentils & Cabbage Soup

It's raining and the weather is cool. You come home, and don't really plan to be in the kitchen for long. You wanna have something soupy but not out of a tin and with tons of corn flour. So, what do you do? Make a soup that's not only fast & easy, but also filled with protein, vege & spices :) Hearty soupy do!

Ingredients:

1 cup of yellow tiny lentils - easy to cook (split mung beans) - washed
4 cups of water
1 tablespoon of masala (I used Baba's brand - meat curry powder)
1 onion, 6 pips garlic, 1 inch ginger & 2 small tomatoes - all finely chopped (Mine was done by the chopper)
3 medium thin sweet potatoes - sliced approx 1cm in thickness
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds & salt
A pinch of black pepper powder & ajwain (carom seeds)
2 pieces of clove
4 to 5 black pepper corns 
1 whole round cabbage - shredded however you want

Now to make it. Boil the lentils in the 4 cups of water, add  the masala. Then add all the ingredients except for the cabbage. Bring to boil on medium heat and lastly add the cabbage. Done :)





Enjoy it on it's own, or with toasted bread. Oh, this was my own creation. Hubby said with the spices and all, it's a burst of flavors - subtle flavors.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Politics

No, I am not writing about the government politics but instead about family politics. We have always been asocial. But since my mom got diagnosed with epilepsy, for the first couple of months, I have been there with her almost everyday including weekends. So people come to visit, I am there. And yes, I do have some social skills still in me. Remember, I am not hostile. Haha 

Anyway, for some reason, some people in the family began to think that we can be taken for granted, and we would  dance around their requests as and when they please. Some don't even know how to respect us as children. I say us, because my brother became a victim as well. Just because we went all out to get our mom checked out, we (or should I say my bro), is being labeled as being very rich. I mean c'mon, where are your brains? Wait a minute, do you even have basic intelligence? I doubt it. 

As I sit back and analyze all these things when it comes to family (which includes uncles and aunts), I began to think that it was way better when I was just how I have always been. Asocial. People don't start to think they have the right to judge you, to instruct you, to ignore you, to disrespect you or to do whatever they think is right with you, for you etc. Because of being asocial, to them you are at arms length. When in times of dire need, yes, we are there. But other than that, I have a life too.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sodhi with a twist

I made sodhi on Monday night for dinner. I have not made this in a long time. Instead of using sweet leaves (or known as daun cekur manis), I used 1 bunch of spinach. Here's the recipe:

Boil 2 cups of water. Add in chopped 6 pips of garlic, 1 red onion & 1/2 inch of ginger. Once it starts to boil, add in 1 teaspoon of tumeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds, 2 green chillies (cut long) and let it boil for another 5 minutes. Then add in the washed and cut spinach. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk or low fat milk (I used evaporated milk this time), in replacement of coconut milk of course. Bring to boil and switch off the fire. Add in salt to taste, and 1 teaspoon of tamarind paste. Stir continuously once you add it the tamarind to avoid the milk from curdling up. Serve with hot rice and with other sides if you have. 

Spinach sodhi with tempeh and anchovies

and to go along with it - microwaved papadum



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Better than Nando's?

You bet that's a yes! If you enjoy having chicken at Nando's or you just generally enjoy grilled chicken, you would drool over the chicken served at Peruvie - Peruvian Grilled Chicken! And no, I am not exaggerating! Hubby is into eating protein packed food on his workout days, and since I was being lazy sick, we have been either having take aways or going out for a meal. So happen our DVD guys relocated from SS2 to TTDI, we stumbled upon Peruvie. The first time we just drove past it, but the second time, since we were wanting to have dinner, decided to pop in. 

As you enter, you are greeted with the many friendly staff. No no, not the over friendly kind where it gets annoying. I was coughing my lungs out and without even asking for it, they brought me a small glass of warm pandan infused water. Ahh, talk about being attentive. Anyway, we ordered our food, and as we took our first bite, we knew that we would definitely be returning to this place. Not only their chicken is superb, their sides are great too. Oh, and by far the best honey lemon tea I have ever had, and the price is cheaper than some places.   
Their menu on a mirror - don't quite get this... why mirror?
The kitchen next to the entrance
Deco
Colorful chairs
Deco
 
Menu

Honey Lemon and glasses of warm water
 
Hubby's 1/2 chicken
 
Hubby's 2 sidelines - Garden vege & Potato salad - well, half eaten alrdy
 
My 1/4 chicken & 2 sidelines - Butter sweet corn & French fries
 
Tender & succulent!

Ahhh satisfied! ;)
And for all this we paid approx RM50 - I can't quite recall the exact amount and I totally forgot to keep the receipt! Parking can be a pain but with patience, you would surely find one! :) 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang


The famous Penang bridge
Welcome drink


In the resort
The room

Turn down service
Breakfast  & Complimentary Coffee & Tea with scones - free flow

Pinang Restaurant & Bar

Complimentary Cocktail & light snacks - also free flow
Health Club
Random

Surrounding

Scenary
Complimentary Tea/Coffee - 1st day - Sapu habis everything

Complimentary Tea/Coffee - 2nd day - couldn't finish.. not as jakun as the 1st day! Haha

And now for the mother of all photos..... I didn't realise it until I was sorting out the photos and I couldn't stop laughing.. Ready? 

@_@
This was by far the best resort we have stayed in. There was lots to do. You could take a walk by the beach, you could spend your time walking around the resort itself, take your time and relax in the pool. The best part of the pool is that at one corner, there were water jets and a seated area. Hubby really enjoyed that. And of course the whole resort is kid free. Haha But if you just walk to their neighbor - Shangri-La's Golden Sands Resort - that's where you will find screaming kids! 

We even took a walk to Hard Rock Hotel as we thought why don't we check it out, if we like it, we may just try staying one night there as well. But oh boy, we were so uncomfortable with the loud music, young girls and boys going crazy - it wasn't for us for sure. I guess we indeed have become 'old' in some ways.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang customer service was indeed tip top. Their complimentary coffee/tea/juice (anytime of the day), complimentary afternoon tea/coffee (from 3pm to 4pm - if I remember correctly), and their complimentary cocktail session (5pm to 7pm) was definitely a plus point! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

32nd Birthday Gift

For my 32nd birthday, hubby really did make up for all the 8 years that he never did anything for my all my birthdays. He did the planning, the booking and of course, the driving too. I knew we were going for a holiday, but just never knew where. Yes, I was excited. Well, it's the first time he planned it, so obviously I would be!

As we got onto the North South highway, I kept mentioning places, and I got it all wrong. Until there was only Penang left, I was ecstatic. I used to tell him, one day we should go to Penang bla bla bla... And well, the day came. We drove past Penang town and got into Batu Ferringhi. And my jaw dropped when I saw this:
I was like omg omg omg ... are you serious? I have had experience staying one night in Shangri-La KL for work, and I told myself, one day we will get to stay in a hotel like this too, even if it's just for one night. And lo and behold, it came true on my 32nd birthday!

What can I say, the experience was simply superb. He surely made up for the 8 years! Hahah

Coming up next - tons of photos....

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friends I've never met, yet

Yes, I have friends whom I have yet to meet. We did plan, but it didn't work out. I don't even have the time to meet my other friends, what more those I have never met yet? Hopefully though with things settling down, we can meet up. 

I must highlight one particular friend. I got to know her through the world wide web (Transformer's style) via our blogs. We started emailing each other, from short emails to really long ones. And when we don't get a reply after a week (max), we will again send another email or buzz each other on Facebook. 

When we had a failed IVF, she even went all out to send me flowers. Now that was just something else. I mean, she's never met me, and yet, she shared my pain. All she wanted to do was bring a smile to my face. I may not have been the flower woman type, but man it is surely a damn nice feeling to receive flowers especially when it is unexpected. Now I get it why some women go googoogaga over it.

Shantini, thank you for being you! For being there in my ups and downs. For sharing Sairah's journey with me. You have no idea how much joy I have just reading about her. Each time there is a video upload, I drop everything and watch that first. Above all, thank you for being a friend. 




Thursday, April 11, 2013

Scotch-Brite Easy Sweeper

Wanna do some surface cleaning - a good surface cleaning? Rushing for time? Someone's coming over in 10 minutes and you can see hair, dust on the floor? Then you seriously need to buy the Easy Sweeper :)

I have tried Magic Clean before. But apart from the lemon scent, it doesn't do the job at all. Tiny particles don't get picked up. It's very flimsy too. 

I started using the Easy Sweeper about two years now. Once a week the home is thoroughly cleaned, but for my everyday use, Easy Sweeper does it. Honestly, if I actually use it EVERYDAY, I think we won't need to vacuum once a week either. Haha 

It has a layer of some oil coating that actually does clean any kind of floor - not only laminated or smooth flooring. Our kitchen and hall's floor isn't the smooth kind. It has a rough surface and yet the Easy Sweeper works great! Oh and you can use both sides of the sheet :)
The whole home after 2 to 3 days of no cleaning
So the next you do your shopping, make sure you include this in your cart!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What's your daily routine?

Since the beginning of 2013, my routine has been all hay wire. Days I don't go to my mom's, are day I look forward to. But alas, I am so tired that when I reach home, all I wanna do is shower and go to bed. It's been exhausting. 

Anyway, it's been a couple of weeks since I have my evenings to myself, but with 'the issue' that cropped up, and me being sick, I am still waiting to get back to my routine! I miss cooking especially. Yesterday I was all geared up to go home and cook a nice meal, but with the cold & non stop cough, by the time I got home, I was the least interested to even be in the kitchen. Yet, I just made some simple meal for hubby and I was out.

What is my daily routine you may ask?

Ready? 

Are you sure? It's not normal you know... 

Ok, here goes:


:p

I just love to go home, shower, cook, clean, do laundry, maybe spend some time with my crazy dog or do some gardening (yeah, right), and just be home. I love it when the home is always clean, tidy and there's always home cooked meals on the table!  

Of course I'd prefer getting all this done before the hubby gets home.. So when he's home, we just spend time together, have our dinner, watch movies and sleep!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Under the weather

It's been many many years since I have been sick myself. Well, apart from UTIs, PMDDs etc.. My cough and cold usually lasts just a day or two. Last Wednesday, just within hours mind you, I became so sick with a very high temperature that kept on rising. Today being the 5th day, I am still having a very bad wheezing cough, throat that gets sore from coughing, no taste in my mouth, nose blocked.

Looking forward to a short getaway this weekend amidst the cool breeze and clean air (I hope).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Moving on

Ahhh I'm sure most of you are thinking that this post is on moving on from my last post. Na ahh, fooled u!

It's just moving on. Period :)

I always believe that I am blessed in many ways. Despite all the fucked up events, issues etc. Yes, I am still blessed. I am most of all blessed to have a sister in law whom I can speak my mind and be me. She has never judged me. Never criticized me. She understands what and how I really feel. I sometimes wish she was staying anywhere in the peninsular, where I could take a drive and just have a cup of coffee with her and talk.

She gives me hope in my darkest hours. She gives me strength when I'm on a super low fuel - figuratively speaking. She is like this guardian angel that He blessed me with.

I am sure we must have had our disagreements at some point but honestly I don't remember a thing. All I remember is she made our family one. It's through her I know my brother loves me and cares for me. I knew that I would look up to her as my role model - a wife, a daughter, DIL, mom. Well I failed most of it I think. Haha but nevertheless, she is a perfect score of whatever hat she wore.

I wish I could be like her. So beautiful inside out. So soft spoke. So loving. Oh my god, you can melt at the way she speaks. Aihhh, some wishes are just meant to be wishes. Because to date, I am the total opposite!

Anyway, it's very rare we hear of good relationships between SILs. Wait a minute, mine is great. So well, yes, I am blessed.

I love you PhabiJi! Xoxoxo