Monday, July 30, 2007
Those are the reasons why my sis and I couldn't resist these...
Thursday, July 26, 2007
6 Granny Smith apples
250g sugar (but I think next time I'm gonna reduce it to 200-220g bcoz I find it too sweet)
1 cinnamon stick (or clove)
And here's how...
First peel the apples and cut 'em into chunks. Then put the chunked apples into a pan, add 3/4 of the sugar, cinnamon stick and cover the pan. Let it stew gently for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lightly mashed the apples; they should be soft by then.
Put the apples into a serving dish and allow to cool.
To make the crumble, mix flour, the remaining sugar and butter with your fingers until it becomes like the consistency of breadcrumbs. Cover the entire surface of the stewed apples with the crumble toppings. Bake for 30-40 minutes until it's golden brown, and serve it with ice-cream (or cream).
Yes, that's it! Told ya it was so easy.
My family and MZ loves it!
Next time I'm gonna try with pears.
Labels: Food and Recipes
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
"I find out more by looking through someone's book or tape collection than I do through idle conversation. Mostly, a library, or lack of one, tells me what a person is thinking or if he or she is thinking at all."
Somehow, it does make sense. You are what you read.
So what does my library says about me?
A health-and-beauty-conscious shopaholic who wants to be wealthy and successful! :D
I do love books, so very much, aside from bags and shoes and rings. Every time when I go to the malls and if I couldn't find anything interesting to splurge on, I'll buy a book or two instead to cheer me up. I just have to have that feeling of buying something, so books are just perfect - they actually count as an investment for my personal growth without wasting money on unnecessary stuff just for the sake of 'buying things' (actually it was MZ's idea in the first place). I don't have a special room or library to store my book collection tho (plus my books aren't that many yet), so I just store 'em in a drawer like this:
I've added these 2 books to my collection recently, and now there ain't no space left for 'em.
Monday, July 23, 2007
It's Anya Hindmarch shoes...
Mama has this award function thingy next week so as her daughters-cum-Personal Shoppers, we helped her to hunt for a black pair of shoes and a bag to match her outfit last Saturday. The rule is that all three of us must agree on the selected shoes and bag; and if either one or two of us doesn't agree, we must look for the next one. We scoured nearly all the high-end boutiques in KLCC looking for "The Ones" and I, on the other hand, managed to try on many pairs of designer shoes and bags (and 8 Escada sunnies as well). It was heaps of fun - even much more fun than going shopping for myself!
So anyway, it's a morning function and mum wants something that's not too flashy but not too serious either. She wants something that's wearable not only for events and functions, so when I saw this pair of black patent pumps at Anya Hindmarch, I knew it would be The One. It's really chic and cute (I love the back bow details), and mum said it's of the perfect height, so mission accomplished.
The bag-hunt however, wasn't as easy as the shoe-hunt anyway, bcoz... do you know that there are more gorgeous white bags than blacks? Seriously. Every time we saw one, we'd go like "...does it comes in black as well?". And if it does, it ain't as gorgeous as the white ones. I wonder why.
But in the end, we managed to find one. It's a black Louis Vuitton bag from the Suhali line. Mind you, we had to inspect like more than 15 bags at LV alone, before finding the perfect one. And at last when the Sales Assistant took out the Suhali L'Ingénieux bag (how do u pronounce it again?), all three of us exclaimed, "Haa!!!" serentak. It's The One. Finaaaallyy! *phew*
I can see the relieved face of the SA too!
And while I'm still on bag subject, here are some of the bags that I've fallen in love during the bag-hunting session:
Pictures courtesy of eLuxury and Anya Hindmarch.
Friday, July 20, 2007
but thissss I want!
Labels: Random Stuff
Do check out my sales blog, ladies. As usual, first come first serve, so hurrryy!
Labels: Sales and Shopping
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I don't know what went wrong; I followed exactly step by step from the recipe (except the tiny part where I put 2 cups of marshmallows instead of 3/4 cup as mentioned, bcoz the more, the yummier - or so I thought. Does it really matter anyway?).
The first 10 minutes of baking, I was excited to see my marshmallows are popping out beautifully - all white and bubbly-looking. And then after 20 minutes- poof! The marshmallows were 'gone', leaving my muffins looking like volcano eruptions. I'm not sure if they're supposed to look like that but it's really a revolting sight that I didn't want to snap a picture. They look like one of those Halloween creatures, seriously. And they're as hard as a rock. Perhaps it's bcoz of the expired baking soda? Oh I really don't know. Why don't y'all try it and let me know what did I do wrong.
And the taste? Well... okay laa utk org tak berapa pandai masak. Heee... Hey I'm still a novice, so credits should go for my efforts, no? :D
Anddd.. what happened to my Poached eggs with Spinach toast, you may wonder?
My eggs didn't poached beautifully. The egg whites were all scattered in the boiling water seperti 'Gerakan Brown' (the asap, remember?) pastu bila angkat, hancusss. And I forgot to add garlic for the spinach. And I must've put in too much salt in it coz my bro said it was so masin. Ooops.
Oh well, things happen. I'm onto my next cooking experiment, which would be the...
Actually, better not say it yet.
Since some of you were dying to see how my "Halloween" muffins looked like, I have snapped a pic. Luckily I haven't throw them away yet.
Labels: Food and Recipes
Saturday, July 07, 2007
I wanted to make baked fish fillet with side dishes for dinner, so I went fish-shopping and chose a fish called "Sebelah". I don't have the slightest idea what Ikan Sebelah is, but that's the cheapest I could find at Jusco Supermarket and it looks perfect for oven-baking. Plus, it's my first time so I don't wanna risk a salmon or a cod!
Back at home, I gathered the necessary herbs and spices that I could find to marinate the fish, which is pretty much everything! Mom has lots of cooking stuff in her kitchens so it's really hard to decide what not to put in bcoz they all look essential to me (just so u know, there are 3 kitchens in my house - dry, wet, super wet. You can imagine finding all sorts of herbs and spices and sauces in there). I was so excited mixing in the herbs and spices for the marinade that I didn't realize that one of the ingredients I used (ground ginger) has dead bugs. Lots of them! They looked like sesame seed.. but after smothering the fish with the marinade baru terperasan. And it took me a whole day to decide what to do with the fish (in other words, I let the fish to marinate with the dead bugs for one day).
After discussing the matter with my sis and MZ, we all came up with our own solutions:
MZ: Throw away the fish. Beli ikan baru...
Sis: What the heck..masak jer. Bacteria sumer nanti mati bila dah masak.
Me: Wash away the marinade, and start over.
(obviously my solution is the best, doncha think? ;p)
So I made a new marinade for the fish, which consists of black pepper sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, mustard, rosemary, mint, oregano, black pepper, and salt.
And here it is!
Labels: Food and Recipes
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Yes oh yes, especially if you're in heels and carrying shopping bags!
According to Female mag from one of last year's issues,
Shopping one hour in flats burns 155 calories.
Shopping one hour in heels burns 240 calories (more reasons to wear high-heels!).
One round at the beauty hall of Isetan KLCC in flats burns 60 calories.
One round at the beauty hall of Isetan KLCC in heels burns 94 calories.
Btw, if you are carrying shopping bags, you're burning 20-30 calories MORE.
Now is that grrreat news or what? I've always known shopping is somekind of a good cardio activity, which is why I do it quite a lot - like 2-3 times a week! heh heh.
And here's to prove it.
Last week, I spent the whole weekdays going to shopping malls for 5 days straight and as usual in my high-heels (either the 4-inch or 5-inch), and while I'm still on Herbalife shakes and tea for breakfast and sometimes dinner, I did treat myself with gooood food - lots of pasta, that is.
I must've burned loads of calories (what with the heel-walking and Herbalife), bcoz yesterday I did the body analysis thingy at a fitness shop at Alamanda and guess what? I've lost another kilo, and 2% of body fat! Before last week, I was 48kg and my body fat percentage was 26%. Omg, I can't believe I'm 47kg! I mean, honestly I still don't feel that "kurus".
You know, losing weight can be addictive sometimes. I have a feeling that I'm not stopping at 47kg...
Ain't she gorgeous?
I hope this one is not as "lengthy" as MOTOKRZR tho.
On another quite similar note...
Looks like Prada has come out with its own phone. Cool, but I'm not really into PDA-ish phones. Not after what happened to my O2. Dpt free nak la ;p