1. Reading dapur wawa is like reading someone’s blog. That is how i would describe Ika Madera’s writing. But an interesting one. There’s some drama some issues some heart moving moments some funny. It’s not your typical flowy novel, but really jumpy like a blog. With the recipes included, not much different from some blogs (like yours truly.. Heheh)
2. Since i had started reading Ika Madera’s blog, i know some of the events are based on real life ones and it’s not much different from my own. These parts really moved me, some to tears. The girl can really write sad parts.
3. I love Wawa, the main character because of our similarities – missing our Dads and splurge on the vanilla when cooking. Heheh.
4. Overall, I think Dapur Wawa could be better. But if you want a really light reading and curious about the recipes, (she tells u lots of tips fpr cooking, and i love the cucur roti), DO pick this book.
5. Now i have to go get Jet Jonah because some says it’s nicer and more interesting. I pray Ika Madera the best and won’t fall into the first attempt was the best trap like what happened to M. Night Shyamalan. Keep on writing (novels and Blog Ika Madera), Ms. Ika.
1. On 10.11.2012 we had a little mkn2 at mom’s place for afnan, since he would be circumcized the next day and imran’s 3rd bday on 11.11
2. Afnan was circumsized at the local clinic. I didnt go. Stayed home with baby U. He cried a bit at the clinic and a lot at home.
3. 13.11.12 went to Jusco with Sorfina and baby U. Supposed to go with mr hubby but Little N slept so just the 3 of us. First time going to public place with a carrier and baby U was quiet all the way except in the car, of course.
4. Baby U coughing was bad. She was due for her 2 mth jab anyway, so took her to the paed. Not good.. Had to take the gas thingy.
5. 16.11 was sorfina’s bday but cut cake on 17.11. Mom made a gift shaped cake. Sorfina’s friends whose bday on that saturday came and that was it.
6. 18.11 went to a wedding in Melaka. Had keria and laksa hj jalil and a klebang coconut shake. Awesome.
“susah jugak sunat ni ye”..
Itulah dialog Afnan pagi tadi masa aku tunggu dia breakfast dan makan ubat.
Pagi-pagi tadi selepas En. Suami keluar untuk pergi kerja dia menjerit memanggil aku.
“Ibu, sakit sangat ni..”
“Makanlah pain killer ye?”
“Ha, Afnan nak. Cepatlah ibu.”
“Tapi Afnan kena breakfast dulu. Makan roti dengan milo ye? Kalau tak nanti sakit perut.”
Afnan angguk jelah. Dah sakit sangat agaknya.
Aku bawakkan dia Milo dan roti Gardenia dan duduk tepi katil tunggu dia habis makan untuk bagi makan ubat pula.
“Susah jugak sunat ni ye.”
Aku senyum jelah. Tak tau nak respon apa. Semalam Afnan telah berkhatan di klinik berdekatan, sekali dengan seorang rakan sekelasnya, Iskandar. Itu pun setelah ditangguh dari tahun 2010 ke 2011 dan seterusnya tahun ini.
“Macam manalah Iskandar agaknya. Mesti susah betul dia. Masa Zal sunat hari tu dia tak cerita pun sakit lepas sunat. Dia cuma cakap sakit masa nak sunat tu. Dia sunat masa cuti sekolah dulu. Dia balik sekolah tak cerita apa-apa pun. Dia tak nak bagi Afnan takut agaknya.”
Geli hati aku mendengar bicara hati Afnan. Tapi aku layankan jelah. Semua orang (suami aku dan mak aku) sering beri respon seperti:
- jangan nangis
- tahanlah sikit
- sakit sikit je tu
Tetapi memandangkan aku ni baru je habis pantang, aku berasa lebih empati padanya. Cakap memang senang. Orang lain tak merasa kesakitan tu. Daya ketahanan seseorang tak sama dengan orang lain. Jadi, bila dia kata sakit, aku cubalah bantu mana yang boleh. Bukan aku nak manjakan dia seperti yang suami aku cuba gambarkan. Tapi kalau semua orang tak cuba empati dengannya mungkin semangat dia semakin kurang. Baiklah, aku akui, aku bias sebab aku ibunya. Apa-apa jelah.
Walau apa pun, aku syukur semuanya dah selesai. Ada rahmatnya juga tangguh ni. Dapat aku jaga dia dalam aku masih cuti bersalin ni. Kebetulan juga beberapa bulan lepas klinik yang kami pergi ni baru beroperasi. Jadi tidaklah terlalu jauh dari rumah. Kalau tak sempat bius habis sebelum sampai rumah.. Dengan enjut-enjut naik kereta, lagilah dia menangis agaknya.
Nazif nanti macam manalah agaknya.
Bila tengok macam ni, menyesal juga tak sunatkan dia masa bayi dulu. Entahlah.. Dah terlewat nak ubah. Tunggu jelah dia besar nanti dengan harapan lebih mudah daripada Afnan.
Unaisah, the latest addition to the family was born on 12 September 2012. About 9 days earlier than the EDD.
What’s so different about Unaisah in comparison to the rest of her siblings?
1. Her blood type is O instead of A like the rest of us
2. Unlike the rest of the kids, she did not arrive over 3kg, but a mere 2.9kg. I know, not much difference.. But compared to the last one of 3.5kg, i found her to be small.
3. She has a dimple!
I wanted to write more but can’t seem to think right now. So i’ll just leave u with a pictire of the gal.
Afnan looooves lava cake.
The easiest one to get is from Dominos Pizza.
But the cake alone is close to RM9.
(Kedekut pulak.. padahal my tall latte costs more than that.. haha)
Anyway, inspired by the recent Masterchef episode recently (no, not the Malaysian version), I decided to try my hand at this. I mean, it only needs 5 ingredients.
It doesn’t need a mixer. And since today Unaisah behaves well (she’s the new addition to the family), I had time.
And succeedeed!! Yeay.. so gave me a reason, purpose to blog… Hahahahaha
Here’s the recipe that I tweaked from here.
(i cut the recipe to one egg).
Molten Lava Cake
2oz of dark chocolate (or any old cooking choc)
2 oz butter
Melt the chocolate over double boiler then add the butter
Put aside to cool
Beat these till bubbly and slight foamy.
Add in the chocolate mixture.
Blend into the chocolate mixture.
2 medium size Rameskin
Grease and flour the rameskin and pour chocolate mixture into rameskin.
This mixture is enough for two medium rameskin.
Since mine was smaller, it fitted into 3 small rameskin (just enuff for Sorfina, Afnan and I).
Bake in preheated oven for 10mins (15 mins max, else you wouldnt get that lava ooey goeey stuff. Maybe less for smaller rameskin). My oven was set to 180ºC. This slightly higher than the usual temperature I use to bake cakes. What you want is the outer to cook quickly, but the inside stays liquid.
So, there. Little ingredients. Little time. Minimum effort.
But a whole lot of deliciousness…
Sorry no pics though.
ps: what i love about the recipe is that it is easy to remember. Here’s my train of thought:
Double oz choc = 2oz
Butter same as choc = 2oz
Sugar in gram, but same as above. 20g
Last, flour, half of sugar. 10g.
Anyway, maybe this has been a stale issue, and everybody has pointed out their point of view. Am sorry am a bit late about this..
But after reading so many blogs and opinion, I have to state my case too..
About what? About the FIXI – PTS saga.
And the discussion about Bahasa Melayu Rendah / Tinggi.
Ironic isn’t it, that I’m writing this in English..
Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want my writing to be labelled as high/medium/low.. and my opinion has nothing to do with the content of either publisher.
These are my points:
I don’t think it was right, Pn. Ainon. Why?
a. Because she is a publisher herself. And as aware as we all are about competitions, businesses don’t usually go out there and publicly put down your opponent/competition. People will see you as unprofessional and unsporting. Well, that’s how I see it.
b. There are people who respect you. As you would probably be using BMT, I’m sure your attitude should be as towering too.. But this action of yours says the opposite.
c. Being a publisher, she should understand that people’s taste varies. In everything. In music, in food, in fashion, in literature. Just because one thinks that rock music is crap and not art, unlike classical Beethoven, one should not go out there and say that other genre is rubbish and will destruct the nation.
d. And lastly, publishers are out there to make money and give opportunities, to the writers and readers. And they don’t all come from the same mould. So embrace that difference. Malaysia is not that big for any industry. So, let’s support and complement each other.
No? Well, I’ve had my say… Sekian.
Red Velvet Cake, My Version
Remember I once (or twice) blogged about red velvet cake? There are so recipes out there.
But nothing really fits my tastebuds. Until, my birthday last year. Everyone said Anis’ cake was the best.
And I can’t agree less… It’s moist, it’s has that balanced taste of tanginess and cocoa.
But it was on the sweeter side for me. So I decided to try that recipe and altered it according to my taste.
And so, this is what I ended up with:
And little note before we start:
1. This version is a recipe that I altered from Rima’s blog.
2. For this recipe, I separated the egg whites from the yolk, an idea I got from the book, the Undomestic Goddes by Sophie Kinsella. I like the outcome of cakes from this technique as cakes become from fluffy and less dense. But some people prefer rich and dense cake (especially butter cake), so you may not want to use this technique. Or if you’re a LB like me, can just dump the single egg at one go like the original recipe.
3. It is best to use a mixer with a power of 250watt above, so that you don’t have to whip you egg whites forever to achieve the desired result.
4. I prefer to add color to the yogurt / buttermilk because it is less messy.
5. I’ve converted the measurements to metric so that I aim to get the same result everytime. But it’s ok if you want to stick to cups/spoons for quick and easy measure (like the original recipe).
6. This is just the recipe for the cake, not inclusive of the frosting/icing (typically me).
Enough ramblings, here ist the recipe:
113g / 4oz flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (skip if using salted butter)
1 tbsp (about 3g or so) cocoa powder
Sift and set aside
1 plain yoghurt (1/2 cup) (or buttermilk: 1/2 milk + 1 tsp vinegar)
1 tbsp red coloring
Mix well, set aside
1 egg white
Beat till stiff, set aside
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 oz butter
100g / 3.6 oz sugar
Beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy (basically the coarse sugar)
Add in the egg yolk and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture (Part A)
Aid 1/2 of the yoghurt mixture (Part B)
Repeat (A, then B) until for remaining mixture.
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
Mix the baking soda and vinegar and with all that fizz, pour in to the cake batter.
Bake for 35- 40 mins for an 8×8 pan.
Or 20 mins for cupcakes.