Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Find your happiness

One of my beloved friend, asked me one simply question : "Fitri, are you happy (with the decision you've made in your life) ?"

Yeaaah, that was a simply question, but for some case, the answer not as simply as like you though, anyway it doesn't matter what my answer was. But, what I want to tell you that sometime we always compare our self with others, don't you agree ?? Comparing *in positive ways* is good, but not always good. As like some people say,

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but you still have to mow it

Happy , Happiness.. what is the world mean ? I don't know ! My point of happy or happiness may be different with yours, and you will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Happiness is something everyone wants to achieve. While on the surface people may seem to be looking for money, recognition, or other things, what they actually seek is happiness. Unfortunately, many people never reach the level of happiness they desire.

Gosh, what I'm talking about ? I don't know I must be totally insane ^_^.. anyway, what I want to say that :

YES, I'm happy with decision that I made in my life *with every consequence off course*

YES, I'm happy if you not sad anymore *as you said, there is so many fish on the ocean* wink..wink.. *hey Kris, I'm happy meet friend like you - and thank you for the award :-)

YES, I'm happy to meet you again !! *hey yaaaa... nice talk to you, my best friend ever*.

YES, I'm happy after talked to my mom & dad this morning * I miss them so bad, hopefully we will see you again very soon*

YES, I'm happy can make you happy with this bread LOL.. really this is the request from my old friend that I found through Facebook again, and she asked me if I remember the bread that her (and me) ate every afternoon from the guy who sell door to door long time ago.. hahahah... milk bread with cheese filling *and she remind me,at that time the cheese just so little , probably more flour than cheese.

Hey, Henny .. hopefully this recipes can helping bringing back your memory, *well.. at least I try to use my imagination to make as close as your taste or may be better, hahahah

Roti Keju Susu - Cheese Milk Bread

500 grams bread flour , sifted

1 pack of active yeast (+/- 7 grams)

1/4 cup warm water

1 tsp sugar

100 cc tepid water

2 eggs, room temperature

25 grams full cream milk powder

50 gr caster sugar

1 tsp salt

75 grams butter, room temperature

2 tbsp condense milk

1-2 Egg yolk for brushing

Melted Butter for brushing

Cheese-Milk Filling :

150 grams un-salted butter

50 grams powder sugar

100 grams, full cream milk powder

50 gram English Cheddar cheese (or use regular Cheddar cheese)

Mix all the filling ingredient with fork.

Directions :

Sprinkle the yeast onto 1/4 cup water add 1 tsp sugar, stir and set aside for 10 minutes until foamy

In a mixer with dough hooks, mix flour, yeast sugar, milk powder, yeast mixture, condense milk. Add little by little the water, than add butter and salt. Mix well, then knead it for a second time until dough become elastic. Put in a big clean bowl, cover with plastic. Set aside for 1 hour or until raise well.

Punched the dough and knead again lightly, then divide them into small size *it's up to you :) * and than roll into ball, fill them with the filling mixture. Let stand for another 45 minute, than brush with egg yolk, sprinkle with muesli or sesame seed, bake into the oven 350 F for 20 minute or until golden brown, depend on your bread size.

Right the way, brush them with melted butter. Enjoy!

Note : always test your yeast before baking, so you will never waste your time

Award from Kris - Bake In Paris, Thank You :-)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Thousand Years

How many years past ? 10 years ? 20 years ? 25 years ? a thousand years ? I don't know, I can't remember how long we never seen each other. Everything change, like branches of a tree we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other's.

My Goodness, how I come so mellow ? yeah..that's happen because all sudden, somebody knocking my door, ring my bell, (actualy knocking on virtual way) and said : "Hi Fitri, do you remember me ? Long time ago, I used to sit behind you on junior high school", it was long times ago. Splash..!!! and next all memory about that time comes again, it was so funny to remember we were young, playing together, teasing each other, and we became a good friend until we chose our own life, and times just flew away, left all the memory behind. And now, after 25 years you find me here, and we start talking again. Thanks to a new technology who bring us together again . No more distance, a world just a small space. Even I still sitting here, a thousand miles from you but we still can talk.Wish we can meet again and see everybody that I loves so dearly from my past life too.

And now I sitting on my porch in the nice afternoon enjoying a cup of tea with a slice of carrot pineapple cake, while my finger busy searching another old friends on Internet site, wow... hopefully you guys can sit by me here too and we will chit chat non stop 24 hours LOL.

Carrot - Pineapple cake

Recipes : BBC Good Food

175 grams light muscovado sugar (or use Javanese Brown Sugar)
175 ml sunflower oil
3 large eggs
, lightly beaten
140 grams grated carrots (about 3 medium)
100 grams pineapple, chopped into small chunk
100 grams raisins
grated zest of 1 large orange

175 grams self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp grated nutmeg (freshly grated will give you the best flavour)

For the frosting
175 grams icing sugar
1½-2 tbsp orange juice


Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C. Oil and line the base and sides of an 18cm square cake tin with baking parchment. The easiest way to do this is to cut two long strips the width of the tin and put each strip cross ways, covering the base and sides of the tin, with a double layer in the base.

Tip the sugar into a large mixing bowl, pour in the oil and add the eggs. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange rind.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, then sift into the bowl. Lightly mix all the ingredients - when everything is evenly amalgamated stop mixing. The mixture will be fairly soft and almost runny.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. (You can freeze the cake at this point.)

Beat together the frosting ingredients in a small bowl until smooth - you want the icing about as runny as single cream. Set the cake on a serving plate and boldly drizzle the icing back and forth in diagonal lines over the top, letting it drip down the sides

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Picnic

Forgive me not to updating my blog often :D - well, I just try to enjoy the nice weather everyday before summer end, and most the time I do some outdoor activity with my daughter. Like what we did last Friday, picnic. Not such a fancy picnic , just went to the lake closed to our home , brought lunch box and ate over there. Just simply like that but made her happy.

This one of simply lunch I made too, BAKSO PONG - or 'tofu meatball' . I can't remember how many times I made this meatball.. this become hers favorite snack too :D


Source : Ms.Rieke - Sexy Chef

Ingredients :

150 gr shrimp

75 gr chicken fillet

150 gr firm tofu

2 tbsp fried red onion (shallot)

1/2 tbsp fried garlic

3 tbsp bamboo shoot

4 tbsp tapioca flour

1 egg

1 tsp salt

1 tsp white pepper

Variation : to make more healthy meatball, add diced carrot and spring onion too - so your kids will eat veggie too

Direction :

Combine the ingredients into food processor. Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then mix again, using your hands. With moistened hands, shape the meat mixture into large walnut-sized balls, place on a tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat 1 cm/1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry for about 5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through, turning frequently. Drain on kitchen paper.