Guess who cooked during the long extended Raya break? Long weekends always make me want to cook for some reason :) Maybe coz I know the husband will not be pleased by spending $ and eating outside for too long! I unleashed my inner-Martha (if there’s ever such a thing, heh) and decided to cook AND bake and the satisfaction I got was truly errr satisfying
Also helps that the husband went out to get me a new Tefal frying pan! And interesting story about our new pan – he had gone to Tesco to buy groceries (yes I’m lucky thank you) and saw this pan going for RM69 or so it says on the price tag. During checkout, the cashier pointed out that there’s a mistake to the price and it should be RM149 instead! Minutes later after talking to the manager, he decided to honour the price shown on the price tag and wala, brand new pan for only RM69, wooots
But of course, within a day I scratched it a little by accidently using a metal spoon
Anyways to quickly divert my stupidity – it’s been ages since I baked. After loading up on baking supplies during our trip to PD (where I found this shop selling baking pans for dirt cheap), there was no excuse not to bake. So I went for something simple and a crowd favorite: BANANA CAKE!
I got the recipe from here. I didn’t have a weighing scale so I had to convert everything using per cup measurement so I was nervous as hell. Afterall, which idiot bakes without having a weighing scale right? Story of my life.
But what do you know – 45 nerve wrecking minutes later, my cake came out beautifully moist, soft and flavorful! Which sort of makes me awesome in a way coz hey, I did it without having a weight scale around – SCORE. It had a tinge of lemon-y taste to it too thanks to the lemon rind and it balanced off the banana flavor nicely.
Mmm mmm hot out of the oven.
Sairah kept coming to the kitchen and asked ‘what mommy doing’ and I told her I was baking a Banana Cake. There on she kept popping by the kitchen every 5 minutes to see if the cake was ready
All happy after her slice of mommy’s home-made banana cake. She eats whatever mommy cooks and bakes and in many ways it inspires me to find more new recipes :)
After I was done with my cake, the hubby was all set on making his pizzas because BabySis and the cousins were coming over for dinner. While I was busy seeing to the cake in the oven, he got to play chef by preparing the necessary.
Yes the kitchen is messy thanks to him!
And one thing I’ve realized, I have immense respect for my mom now for cooking dishes after dishes every gathering/parties they have because let me tell you, it’s no easy task. It’s super tiring and there’s just so much to do! I was only in charge of the spaghetti and ‘murtabak maggi’ that night (and let’s not forget the cake!) and I was already super stressed out by thinking which to make first. Coz I always like to serve my food hot and fresh!
One great way of course is to cut everything up way before, cling wrap it and leave it in the fridge. Oh and of course I did stick to easy to cook recipes….
I just love the colors in here.
I made my spaghetti chicken bolognese Always a classic favorite and easy to make too. I attempted to this Murtabak Maggi and somehow I couldnt flip the maggi with the egg (it’s an impossible task, I wonder how the chef did that?) so I scrambled everything the last minute and we ended up having plain old maggi goreng – the recipe was pretty decent nevertheless.
My spaghetti was literally gone within 3 minutes!! I looked at the husband and went, damn we spent 4 hours slogging in the kitchen, I cannot believe it’s all gone in a flash but hey that’s a good thing I’m sure
Maam maam time!
The hubby’s yummy pizza – only remembered to take a photo half way through and by then only 3 slices were left coz it was that good. But not as popular as my spaghetti, but of course
Cousins brought some nuggets and fries from MCDs, lol there’s always alot of food when we meet up. Always.
And one of those nights, I decided to go for something simple and easy so I made soup! Not just any soup – cauliflower soup. You’d think this would send a child running the opposite direction, but no, it was pretty good, rich and creamy that even my 23 month old (who usually doesn’t adore vegs) gulped it all down not knowing she was having her vegs! In blended form.
Honestly I think this is a perfect recipes for kiddies.
Here’s the recipe incase one is keen.
Boil about half chopped potatoes until soft. Set aside. Heat a soup pot and melt 2 tablespoons of butter in it. Stir-fry half chopped onions and 6 clove garlic for about 5 mins over medium heat. Add chicken broth (you could use one cube of chicken stock and add in 2 cups of water), add in your one medium size Cauliflower florets (do chop off the stems) and let it simmer for 10 mins or until soft. Add in the already soft potatoes at the end for a while. Once done, pour the mixture and puree or blend it until you’re happy with the consistency. Add in some water if you prefer it less thick. Add the contents back into the soup pot, boil for another 2 minutes, add in some salt and pepper with 50ml of whipped cream and wala – you have officially tricked a toddler into having her vegs Seriously – this recipe is a keeper and I”m going to make her Brocolli soup this weekend!
I also made Egg and Potato Fritata to accompany the soup.
Fluffy soft potatoes covered in cheese and egg, yummeh!
All that food cooked thanks to my new Tefal pan of course. I”m trying hard to avoid thinking how I’m responsible for the scratch on my new pan.
So yes am gonna divert those thoughts into these photos!
The last of my super long locks until I got 2.5 inches chopped off last week before the trip.
We want cake! We want cake! Weeee
Yup there’s Daddy coming out of Merienda De Eva with a chocolate moist cake which we had for dessert with the cousins.
OMG cakeeeee, I wonder if I”ll get a slice later. Must.Be.On.Bestest.Best.Behavior.
Unfortunately for her, she didn’t get a slice of that choc cake. Only mommy’s banana cake. Why? Coz it was freaking baked with love, that’s why! And a healthier option for her of course
And now with another long weekend around, you bet I”ll be cooking even more