Sunday, March 6, 2011

Life Moves On




As I mentioned earlier, we had a break in at our house. We found out about it as soon as we got home from a holiday on Thursday night on the 24th February. The police came that very night and they came again the following day. They mentioned that a forensic team would also come on the same day to get some marks or fingerprints left by the thief(es). They cautioned not to tamper or touch smooth surface that the thief(es) might have touched. I waited, but the forensic team never turned up....

I had visitors arriving on that Friday evening, two families staying over the weekend and in between us we had five children in the house. How to ensure the kids from touching the crime area? I had no idea. As it happenned, the team never arrived, probably would not come at all in the future. If they do, they would probably find smaller fingerprints on some of the area :D

It was a lousy weekend, for the very reason that it had been raining from Saturday morning until Sunday night. The poor kids had to play in the house, they could not even play football outside. We planned to bring them to the kids farm not very far from the house, but that too had to be cancelled. But the kids never really bothered, they still had fun in the house :D

Being couped up in the house means we ended up eating all the time. What to do? Rain, rain, cold and cold, so we eat, eat and eat !!! On Saturday we had "laksa" for lunch with "puding jagung" and "talam keladi" for dessert (both made by my visitor B). To those who are not familiar with Malaysian cooking, "laksa" is a type of rice noodle and it is eaten with gravy or soup-like dish made from fish (here we use mackerel). The gravy tastes a bit sour and also spicy due to the chilli added.

Laksa and the vegetables that goes with it...


B's husband and child tucking in the "laksa" :D

That night we had "nasi daging", acar timun and air asam for dinner and B's husband was showing his cooking expertise by making "sup tulang merah". We had a birthday celebration too, Ikhwan turned 11 that day, and we had a simple party for him. Happy birthday Ikwan, may Allah bless you always and please come again :D


Birthday boy in the middle.


Sup tulang merah...

On Sunday, we had special lunch prepared by B and her husband "nasi laha mandi"(hope I spell it right) and "roast beef". The menu was of Palestine origine I believe.


Tomato puree mixture to marinate the piece of meat

The meat stuffed with rosemary, thyme, dill and arsley(I think) , before being marinated with the mixture above.

The end result... I forgot to take picture of the roast beef before it was cut, so had to do with this one :D


And we had "kuih keria" (again made by B, thank you dear) and "masalode" or "vade" made by me for dessert. "Kuih keria" was a request from me and "masalode" was a request from B's husband :D

Kuih keria, made from sweet potato and glazed with sugar.



Masalode, made from dhal.



28 comments:

Aishah said...

My first reaction is...apa ni, you duk kat Holland ka kat Malaysia. But of course I have to compose myself and say, what a lovely home, and what lovely visitors.

Cheqna said...

When my house was broken into years ago, the police and the forensic team did come over, unfortunately couldnt find any that's useful..but I'm thankful that we were safe.

Semoga kita semua dilindungi dari segala bala...

Wah..rajinnya visitor u masak...ni yg takut ni..hehehe..the laksa looks yummy..and its been a while i last made my own kuih keria..makan pun dah lama tak...ni mesti esok gi cari..hehe



:-)

Bangchik said...

You cant be missing home.... :)

Lady Lavender said...

meriah sungguh dgn acara makan2. Best :-)

Komichan said...

Everything lookes yummy, especially I want to try laska.
Your dining set is so fansy!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mother of Ilham,
Where's the nasi mandi pix? Just to make Cheqna salivate...you know....how she looooves nasi Arab! purrrr....meow!

Syigim said...

OMG! bestnye!! laksa la...nasi dagang la... kuih keria la.. lucky u pandai masak (and has guests yg pandai masak jgk!) hihi :)

Cheqna said...

(I.A..bagi laluan eh)

to Cats..nasi mandi? that one your mama supposed to make it for me, tell her I'm still waitingggggggggggggggggggggggggg....

(thank u I.A dear, u can make it for me as well..hehe)

:-)

Rosfida Abu Sufi said...

When can I cook like that ah...???

TK said...

Bestlah..makan and makan. I mmg suka makan!!Yesterday baca posting psl masalodeh. Today nampak masalodeh lagi. I really crave for masalode at the moment. It's been like 3 years (or more) since I last had masalode!!!Padahal duduk kat Malaysia.

i amsterdam said...

Dear Aishah,

He..he.. here in Holland, it is easy to get asian food stuff, we even have tempe becoz of the Indon community. The only difficult things to get is "daun kunyit" and "bunga kantan". That laksa noodle i brought from home, the one sold here is not so good.

Yes I did have lovely visitors... That's the first time I ate "kuih keria" in a few years... hmm yummy.

i amsterdam said...

Dear Cheqna,

Amiin to your doa... (I still haven't mentioned what happened to me the following week), mohon di jauhkan segala petaka :D

Rasanya i dah boleh "proclaim myself" pandai buah kuih keria sejak dari hari tu :) Dah 3 kali buat sendiri....

Hmmm... i'm supposed to hv a visitor from east coast...I wonder what should i ask her to cook? Hmmmm.....

i amsterdam said...

Bangchik and Kakdah,

I only miss other people's cookinggg.... I'm tired of eating my own cooking :D *sigh* how i miss gerai kuih and restoran *sigh*

i amsterdam said...

Lady Lavender,

Acara makan2 memang meriah kalau orang lain masak *wink wink* (ha..ha.. thank you to our visitor B and husband...)

i amsterdam said...

Dear Komichan,

Maybe one day you will come to Malaysia and have the chance to try "laksa". IF you do come, I would love to cook for you :D The Dutch don't like it because it is fishy...

My dining set is fancy? Hmm... mine is plain white. Are you referring to the round one with the different vegetables inside? That one i got from Royal Blue Delft dear :D

i amsterdam said...

Dear Mama Cats,

How could you do that to dear Cheqna!!! Let her salivateee !!! har!har!har!

i amsterdam said...

Dear Syigim,

I'm not a good cook !!!! (ask my dear husband.. he would tell you how he got fed up of being called to the kitchen just to be asked how much salt I should put in!!)Those were cooked by them visitors!!

i amsterdam said...

Cheqna... I'm craving for nasi dagang Trengganuuu !!!!

i amsterdam said...

Dear TK,

I'll make you lots and lots of masalode... har!!har!!har!!

i amsterdam said...

Dear Rosfida,

It's a matter of cook or eat bread and cheese. Can you imagine Malaysian eating bread and cheese everyday for lunch??? Dearie me... not me... thank you.

Cheqna said...

Dear I.A,

dont look at me for nasi Dagang Terengganu..hehe..been so many years since I made it myself.

and FYI, as usual, typical of me..making my own version of it, orang Terengganu pun tak ngaku kot..haha..

but we can always try ek?


:-)

i amsterdam said...

Cheqna,

Here we always try and modify :D

Abu Ikhlas said...

sedapnye.........minta skit. Masa kat woolwich dulu x jemput pun kita makan. Rupanya memang chef ye....

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Meriahnya...look at all those authentic traditional foods.

Jebat Modern said...

Tante om dit allemaal te koken? alle soorten voedsel Maleisie....

Makcik paham kot, tak tau boleh tanya Ilham...hihii :-)

i amsterdam said...

Saudara Abu,

He..he.. kita memang tak pandai masak dari dulu... sebab tu warga woolwich tak pernah rasa masakan kita, tak macam saudara mas tu :D

i amsterdam said...

Hi Malay-kadazan Girl,

Welcome to our humble world and TQ for the visit :D

I visited your place just now, i sincerely hope Rayyan will recover from the surgery soon :D

i amsterdam said...

Jebat Modern,

Hmmm... dear Ilham does not understand... but dear friend google translate helps in ha..ha..ha..