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Monday, April 30, 2012

Sosej masak 3 rasa

Di rumah ni baru sahaja selesai makan tengah hari. Masak ringkas-ringkas saja.  Menu campak-campak jer ni. Paling senang nak disediakan dan paling utama, target untuk si Haazem dan Arif yang tak makan pedas.

Sosej masak 3 rasa. Dulu pernah jugak buat tapi guna nugget daging. Dalam nak tak nak, habis jugak la sepiring. Okey, jom kita semak resepi;

Sosej (daging atau ayam)
- direbus terlebih dahulu hingga masak, tos dan ketepikan.
* Sebiji bawang besar
* 3-4 ulas bawang putih
* Sedikit halia
Sos tomato secukup rasa
Sos cili secukup rasa
Lada sulah
1/2 biji lemon
Gula dan garam

Ikut suka masing-masing la. Well in this case, Ibu cuma guna 2 batang celeri yang dipotong serong dan lada benggala (merah & hijau).

1- Semua bahan * dikisar dan ditumis hingga wangi.
2- Setelah itu masukkan sos tomato dan sos cili.
3- Masukkan juga sedikit air jika sos terlalu pekat.
4- Masukkan sidekicks dan gaul serata dengan sos.
5- Masukkan sosej lalu perasakan dengan garam, gula dan lada sulah.
6- Perahkan sedikit jus lemon dan gaul serata.
7- Khalass..

Gambar dari koleksi 'dari dapur Ibu'
Nugget masak 3 rasa

Kerapu goreng berlada

Assalamualaikum all,

Sebenarnya ini menu hari Sabtu lepas, merangkap menu untuk lunch. Cik Asben on-call selama seminggu so makanya kami sekeluarga dikenakan perintah berkurung. Dah tu, masak di rumah sajalah. Akan tetapi atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat dielakkan, maka entri masak-masak terpaksa ditangguhkan dahulu.. dannnn... hari ni baru la dapat disambung semula.

Kerapu goreng berlada ni memang Ibu tak guna cili boh  but instead of it guna "cili api". Memang berapi la sesapa yang makan tu hari. Even "tetamu" yang bertuah tu hari pun meleleh peluh dari dahi bawak ke pipi. Maybe sebab tak biasa makan makanan yang "extra podeh", tapi bagi warga negara rumah ni.. okey jer.

Jika ada yang sudi berkongsi ilmu dan rasa, resepi ada di bawah;

2 ekor ikan kerapu saiz sederhana
(dicuci, ditoskan lalu diperap bersama serbuk kunyit dan garam)
* Cili api secukup pedas
* 1-2 biji bawang besar
* 6-7 ulas bawang putih
* Sedikit halia
Garam dan gula

Terpulang mengikut suka

1- Ikan kerapu digoreng mengikut tahap "garing" yang disukai. Toskan lalu ketepikan.
2- Semua bahan * dikisar halus dan ditumis hingga naik bau.
3- Setelah itu masukkan ikan kerapu tadi.
4- Gaul bahan tumis dan ikan hingga serata.
5- Masukkan sidekicks.
6- Perasakan dengan garam dan sedikit gula.
(gula tu optional)
7- Beres.

Nota kaki;
Untuk sidekicks bagi kerapu goreng berlada kali ni, Ibu hanya menggunakan 4 batang celeri yang dipotong serong.
Fungsi celeri :
1- Nak overcome bau hanyir (macam daun sup la)
2- Nak tambah sayur (vege wajib babe)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

SUKANEKA bersama M.A.K

So lively.. don't you agree??

Hi all,

27th April, 2012 is sure a date to be remembered for we sure had fun on that day. Held on that day was SUKANEKA anjuran M.A.K. It was a great event if I must say. Though with only small crowd, the even went successfully and very lively. The kids had fun. Me and my husband had fun. And the food was great too. For the event, it was on potluck basis. Well, we're sure fortunate because all the moms, ladies and also the young bachelors were so kind enough to come with variety of yummy super delicious food, dessert and more. 

Well, if was really a good effort done by the new M.A.K committee members. Although the weather was a bit warm, but the response were very overwhelming. I said so because my kids are still talking about it until now. All those games prepared for the kids were simple yet very entertaining. But the best part of it, the spirit of "gotong-royong" were shown in almost every aspect during the SUKANEKA.

Come, lets us share some happy moments during the SUKANEKA.

The "guessing" game..

I haven't got a clue what Haazem is doing..

The teh tarik with marbles

Three good friends

Ais-kerim Malaysia in Kuwait

The famous Uncle Mady with his goodies bag

Poor Amsyar.. ini pun jadi "subject" jugak...

Azim Fanta Oren, our Mr DJ for the day

The kids table

The ladies.. tengah bz mengarang pantun

Ni tengah mengarang pantun ke.. atau sembang kedai kopi??

Capt Malik.. one of our Mr. Papparazi

Orang KUAT for M.A.K 2012-2013

Iklan M.A.K ini adalah F.O.C

Cik Asben the Predator..

Bekas kedap udara yang sangat sesuai untuk masak Meggi.. ^_^

Last but not least, they also have me in candids..

 The typical ME..

Bekal untuk SUKANEKA

Nota kaki;
Sebahagian dari gambar-gambar di dalam entri ini adalah dari koleksi FB Sis. Fairuz... mintak halalkan ya Kak Ros.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Glorious 40 & "Happy Birthday" to me..

Here I am, at the age of 40.. a wife with a wonderful and forever loving husband and a mother of three  active handsome boys sitting alone in my lil-kitchen again. Something about turning this particular age makes it different from all the previous birthdays, and it's often strongly resisted. Is it true 40 is a very dangerous number? Is it true life only begins at 40? Is it true 40 is the "prime age"? whereby its considered as a time for Pleasures and Opportunities of the New Middle Age. For all of the the abovesaid, I can't be bothered much with it.

For me, life is very simple..

Live lively to the fullest while you're still breathing. 

You'll never know...

Some say, 40 reflect the ambivalence, unease and anxiety that afflict so many people. But I do confessed for sometimes feeling the emptiness accompany with loss. Being an active me (that's how I see myself), I always wonder "what to do next?". The way I see it, for 40, seemingly limitless possibilities are felt to be ending, ambitions remain unfulfilled, physical energy is often diminished, and death becomes more of a reality. But praise to Lord, when you have faith and strong will.. none of it can make you depress or jeopardized your self esteem.

Honestly and sincerely, at the age of 40.. I am very much and rather preferred to have my life as wonderful, cheerful, colourful, meaningful and definitely full of good things and never ending happiness. I want to spent my whole life forever with my loving husband. And of course very much want to see all my boys excel and turns becoming great men with many great achievements. 

May Allah always have His mercy and love on me. Barakah-alaik.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mabrook.. alhamdulillah..

Amsyar with Madam Principal, Anita Bukharey

Syukur.. Alhamdulillah..
Double joy.. double happiness..

Just recently I've celebrated my Glorious 40' birthday. Sudah 40 tahun Ibu menumpang di atas bumi Allah ini. The real fact is.. semakin menuju ke alam kubur tu.. Walaupun hakikatnya, kalau Allah nak tarik nyawa kita, anytime je. As usual, I never like any celebration or any party or whatsoever. So, as consented.. cukuplah hanya sekadar ingatan ari Cik Asben and anak-anak.

Later (today), I've been rewarded with the sweetest birthday present. Amsyar gotten 1st position in his annual examination for year 2011-2012. Syukur.. alhamdulillah. But to my surprised.. Amsyar was speechless the whole time. Biasalah, dia sure akan pot pet pot pet tiap kali dapat result. Tapi kali ni, terkedu pulak gamaknya. Me.. I was always known and maybe "remembered" as a person yang susah nak keluar air mata. Even in one event, there are people who purposely tunggu Ibu menangis sebab nak ambik gambar and nak post kat FB. Tapi hari ni, cair jugak air mata Ibu. Pantang kena tegur, terus meleleh air mata. Ter-happy sangat gamaknya.

Amsyar jugak sebenarnya tersangatlah rasa lapang hati. Memandangkan mid-term result yang kurang cemerlang (to me la), dengan result yang baru diterima ni.. kira dia dah bayar hutang la kiranya tu. Again, me and Cik Asben sangat bersyukur even though Amsyar tidak mencapai 97% target yang diberikan, 96% will do.

Untuk kesekian kalinya, syukur.. alhamdulillah dan terima kasih juga kepada semua warga pendidik yang sama-sama berkorban masa dan tenaga mengajar dan mendidik Amsyar. Sempat posing lagi tadi tu. Lepas ni kena cari hadiah la pulak. A promise is a promise.

 Jubah hitam - guru kelas Amsyar year 4
Punjabi dress - guru kelas Amsyar year 3

Guru kesayangan Amsyar - year 2

Bahan bukti untuk tatapan kaum keluarga di Tanah Malaya

Wordless Wednesday..

Itulah sebabnya orang tua-tua ada berpesan..

"Terlajak perahu, boleh diundur,
Terlajak kata, buruk padahnya"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Malaysian Traditional Houses Fridge Magnet

Malay houses are traditional dwellings, originating before the arrival of foreign or modern influences, and constructed by the indigenous ethnic Malay and Orang Asli peoples of the Malay Peninsula and their related Bumiputra tribes of East Malaysia.

Whereas peninsular Malays have single extended-family houses, many of the Borneo people built rumah panjang or "long house" hosting many families, each in its own 'apartment' with a common wide veranda linking the front.

Traditional architectural forms, such as tropically-suited roofs and harmonious proportions with decorative elements are considered by traditionalists to still have relevance. However traditional buildings require significant maintenance compared to modern construction. These traditional skills are gradually being lost as  Malaysia continues its process of industrialization.

Using renewable natural materials including timber and bamboo, the dwellings are often built without the use of metal including nails. Instead pre-cut holes and grooves are used to fit the timber elements into one another, effectively making it a ‘prefabricated house’. In Sarawak and Sabah rattan ropes were used to fasten bamboo pieces together.

Although nails had been invented and in later houses used minimally for non-structural elements (for example, windows or panels), structural flexibility was a benefit which nailing inhibited. Without nails, a timber house could be dismantled and reconstructed in a new location.

Each state or ethnic group has its own regional or group style of house or preferred details. For example, in  Melaka the staircase is always decoratively moulded and colourfully tiled. In Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, many houses have distinctive carved roof gable-end boards akin to those in Thailand and Cambodia.

Negeri Sembilan House

It’s simply can be recognized by the design of the roof. It is the only house on the Malay to have a curved roof reminiscent of the Minangkabau roof of Sumatra. They are long and at the two ends of the roof are the gable ends, which arch upwards. The house is much smaller compare to other traditional house.

Rumah gadang (Minangkabau "big house") or rumah bagonjong (Minangkabau : "spired roof house") are the traditional homes (rumah adat) of the Minangkabau. The architecture, construction, internal and external decoration, and the functions of the house reflect the culture and values of the Minangkabau. A rumah gadang serves as a residence, a hall for family meetings, and for ceremonial activities. With the Minangkabau society being matrilineal, the rumah gadang is owned by the women of the family who live there - ownership is passed from mother to daughter.

The houses have dramatic curved roof structure with multi-tiered, upswept gables. Shuttered windows are built into walls incised with profuse painted floral carvings. The term rumah gadang usually refers to the larger communal homes, however, smaller single residences share many of its architectural elements.

Melaka House

It can still be found in the whole of Malacca today. It is only traditional Malay housed which mainly can be recognized by its glazed and multicoloured tiles on the staircases which are imported from Europe and China. Flowers are a common motif. The house evinces a mixture of architectural influences, which mainly adopted from the traditional Chinese house.

Traditional Malacca Malay houses can be seen especially in the Merlimau area about 20 km south of Malacca City on the coastal road to Muar and Johor. A unique feature of the Malacca Malay kampung (village) house is its concrete and attractively-tiled front stairway. Most Malays are very “house proud” and you can see the effort put into up-keeping and gardening.

Perak Houses

The traditional Malay house in Perak is called the ‘Rumah Kutai’ was first built more than 200 years ago. ‘Kutai’ means old. Rumah Kutai only located by the banks of the Perak River such as the district of Kuala Kangsar, Perak Tengah and Pasir Salak. The main materials used are wood and bamboo. Wood is used for the posts and roof framework whilst the walls and floor are made of bamboo and the roof covering is from the sago palm. Rumah Kutai or Kutai House is a traditional type of Malay house that is indigenous to Perak, and has been in existence since the 1800s.

Every Kutai house must face the river and the construction, site, size, and, layout of the house must adhere strictly to the Undang – Undang 99. The traditional Kutai house consists of just one core structure called the rumah ibu (main house). The floor of the house is raised to about two metres from the ground and is usually made of wood from the Ficus plant species. There are gaps of about 2cm at the floor so that the house does not float away in the event of flood. The house sits on 12 or 16 main pillars called tiang seri or tiang adapt which are made of cengal, merbau, or damar wood and come in different shapes; round, square, or octagonal.

The interesting thing about Kutai house is that the pillars are not planted into the ground but just laid onto a base made of cut stone, bricks, or concrete. With pillars that are placed onto a base, not cemented or nailed, it is very amazing that these houses can still stand tall after so many years. The Kutai house was built so that the structure could be lifted en masse and moved to another area. Originally, the house has a long and high roof that is made of sago (rumbia) or nipah palm. Nowadays, many Rumah Kutai owners have replaced the palm roof with zinc roofing as it is easier to maintain. The walls in the meantime are made of either strips of plants (bamboo or kelarai) or from timber panpelled planks which sometimes include carvings.

The traditional Rumah Kutai has two entrances, one for male and the other for females. The sliding doors are made low so that the guest will has to bow when he enters the house as a sign of respect to the house owner. These traditional houses are fast disappearing as they are exposed to extreme weather, termites and high cost of maintenance.

Pulau Pinang House

The Penang Long-Roofed House. The long roofed houses in Penang come in two varieties, the Rumah Serambi and Rumah Seramby Gajah Menyusu. The Malay word “serambi” means veranda or balcony, while “gajah menyusu” pertains to an elephant suckling her young. From this Malay name you could imagine a Malay mother breastfeeding her baby on the veranda.

Kelantan House

Malay traditional timber houses of Kelantan normally adorned with decorative carved components which represent excellent carvings in its specified design motif, shape, size and layout. Various carved components with specific features are fabricated according to its placement and configuration in the interior as well as exterior setting of the houses. Woodcarving as an embellishment is a significant unifying architectural element between the house forms and its building components.

Most of the Kelantan’s houses revealed that several types of carved components with distinctive visual forms in two and three dimensional composition were placed in certain orders within the fabrics of the houses. Wall, door and window ventilation panels, railings, gate panel and stringers are types of components characterized by the shape of perforation and incision with relief and/or non-relief carvings. These components were crafted in relation to the house form and architectural elements such as wall, door, window, stair and gate. The significant aspect of the placement of the carvings in the houses is that it enhances beautiful ambiance and signifies regional identity to the vernacular architecture of Kelantan houses.

Sarawak Longhouse

Longhouses are ancient residential structures which were usually constructed with the use of wooden material. Evidence of such houses has been found in various parts of the world such as Europe, Asia and North America.

Structurally, these houses consisted of one large living area, as the purpose of these houses was to provide shelter from the forces of nature and animal attacks. Native Americans and several Asian tribes were able to perfect the art of building longhouses which were remarkably sturdy and long lasting. Some of these houses are quite amazingly similar to modern residential designs showcasing the architectural prowess of these ancient civilizations.

These houses are testament to the innovative thinking of the natives and the engineering skill which they perfected mainly through trial and error. The Bidayuh Longhouse which was built with the use of bamboo is one of the residential structures that you will come across while at the Sarawak Cultural Village. Visitors will be able to see amazing carvings, musical instruments and much more while exploring the interiors of the houses.

The Iban Longhouse is built on stilts which protect the interior from floods and animal raids. Built by wood and held together with strong creepers, these houses are structurally quite sound and have been known to exist for several years, if not more. The Orang Ulu Longhouse, one of the tallest of its kind, can also be found at the Sarawak Cultural Village. As the Orang Ulu tribesman lived near riverbanks their houses needed to be elevated from the ground to ensure that an increase in water level will not affect them.

Terengganu House

One of the traditional Malay houses are found in Terengganu is the’ Rumah Limas Bungkus’, which means five-roofed house. It is popular among the Terengganu Malays since the 20th century. Unfortunately, none are found today and those exist today date back only 40 or 50 years. The house can be easily recognized. The roof consists of a straight central ridge with four shorter ridges projecting down to the four edges of the roof. The edging immediately beneath the roofing is decorated with wooden carvings.

Terengganu traditional house are usually being builted by cengal wood (Malay Hardwood) and the roof covered with "Singhorra Tiles" name after the town Songkla, where the tiles originated. Peles (gable ends) are fitted to the end of the roof. The "Sobek" woodcarving with beautiful patterns of flora and islamic symbol made Terengganu house to be the richest cultural and heritage of the Peninsular Malay state. The house floor raise nearly 2.5 meters off the ground give the impression of animals with many legs. The high post also work as prevention from flood water during the monsoon rain as the house normally located not far from river bend.

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