Saturday, August 20, 2011


So, 20 blessed days of Ramadhan has passed by...leaving us another 10 more greater days for us to strive even harder to gain as much blessings  as possible. In keeping with the sunnah of our beloved Prophet, Abah will start his customary last 10 days i'tikaf tonight, InsyaAllah. May Allah accepts the effort and give Abah strength to do as much devotion as possible . Goes for us at home too. Adik has promised to do khidmat on whatever needs Abah might ask for during this i'tikaf...and now Mama, Adik and Grey are eagerly waiting for Abang who  will come home on the 28th by Firefly, InsyaAllah.  I cant thank Firefly enough for re-introducing  PEN - KB route. One big headache gone, Alhamdulillah.

This year marks a meaningful Ramadhan for both of you as this is the first Ramadhan that you go through as fully responsible adults according to syari'at. Alhamdulillah, I can vouch for Adik as I'm seeing a vast difference from last years effort. More discipline in tilawatil Qur'an, taraweeh prayers and generally more agreeable in all aspects. I am sure Abang is doing as good or even better as he is constantly in a more a'maal conducive environtment. As UPSR is looming, right after eid that is, Adik seems to be more attentive on her study too. As for Grey, she's doing not too bad at all...having her meals as we are having our suhoor and iftaar, sits and listens to our Qur'an recitations. You should see how she sits most respectfully with her two front legs put together, head cocks up and ears straining. She really is an amazing cat!!

In the 2nd week of Ramadhan, Tok Ayah Pa was warded for a few days for acute coronary syndrome . He has just got home a few days before Ramadhan after spending 40 days on the path of Allah with Alang. He has taken ill during the khuruj too. Alhamdulillah, Alang was with him and did lots of khidmat to Tok Ayah. Since last year, whenever Tok Ayah went on a khuruj fisabilillah, one of his sons or grandsons or nephews will go along with him. I wish one day Abang will also be able to accompany Tok Ayah on one of his journeys, InsyaAllah. I'm sure Tok Ayah will like it very much...

And oh, I must record here too how we try to do a rice-free diet starting a couple of weeks before Ramadhan. We were well into our 20 odd days of no rice when Mak Tok came to stay with us during Tok Ayah's hospitalisation. Mak Tok was horrified that we didnt eat rice during iftar. So, rice meals made a comeback to our table....Now that only Adik and me at home, we have pledged to go sans rice again...only to be broken when Abang arrives I guess. I must say that not eating rice-based meals proved to be easier on us. Upon iftar, there's no heavy feeling, thus make for more enthusiastic taraweeh...and of course made my life easier in the kitchen. We go for single-dish meals most of the time...I made a large batch of something that all three of us like ,eg lamb stew, and eat it with nan one day, freeze the rest in single portions and eat them again with wheat bran boule, couscous, baguette etc. And we eat lots of salads...
organic sprouts

pecal with veges from mama's garden

wholemeal organic spaghetti aglio e olio

grilled salmon
chick-pea salad

couscous with lamb stew
mashed sweet potato with grilled lamb

These are not meant to entice anybody ya...just for the records...and to appreciate Adik's effort on photographing every single dish I prepared!

As for raya cookies, I have no intention to make any as I have placed orders with your aunty Cik Ni and cousin Kak Intan. These two enterprising ladies produce awesome melt-in-the mouth cookies ( and all sort of cakes) using the best ingredients and we can rest assured of the  hallalan toyyiban status of their offerings. I may bake some cakes...(please notice the word 'may'...). Gotta rush now...Till then.


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An, kena beri penerangan sikit fasal "khuruj fisabilillah"

Fasal Tok Mak and rice la, kami namapak Abah agak bulat di perkarangan Balai Islam tempuh hari...he he...nanti bila iktikaf kat masjib, banyak lagi makanan yang tersedia di sana...lagi bulat nanti..cakap I kata awasi-awasi...he he

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Hehehe...yes, abah is on the tembam side now,dats how he finally listens to me when it comes to healthy diet...Adik went to visit him at the mosque yesterday n reported that Abah nampak kurus skit...I guess he's a bit more careful now...I'll relay ur msg.

Most of our family members do the work of tabligh, thus going on khuruj every now and then( in short, going out on the path of Allah in jemaah untuk baiki diri disamping ajak org lain unt sama2 usaha atas iman)

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An, the masakan nampak menyelirakan, dori tu you bought cold storage from Tesco ke? Okay tak...I nak beli takut tak rasa fresh dan kering..

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Beli kat Mydin KK ni je...I kan shop kat sini je now, to reduce my carbon footprint konon2nya...
Its very nice,not dry at all as they were frozen totally encased in ice,thus retaining its value. U jez defrost it slowly. I snipped at a corner of the plastic cover n let it defrost over the sink. The flesh is white,fatty,firm and very tasty...totally recommended!! Murah lagi as a bonus...but bake or pan-grill only...cara masak lain tak sesuai rasanya

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An, that's good info,,,must think of berbuka menu for Syawal pula...

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em..flatbread buat sendiri ke ready made? hari tu i try nan recipe kat all recipe..boleh tahan juga..tapi kalau simpan yang dah digrill, bila hangatkan tak sodap dah...what say you..kalau the adunan dah raised first time..kita simpan dalam peti sejuk..bila nak makan grill..u ingat dia akan naik seperti sepatutnya tak?

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Flatbread tu selalu dpt supply dari Penang from Arab stall kat USM tu...S attends his research meeting almost eve.month kat sana, so ada constant supply...sedap yg ni, dok dlm fridge lama pun, become soft n pliable again.
Adunan tu,rasanya u must let it reach room temperature again baru grill,shud be ok...