Falling Deeply In Love

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I’m not obsessed,

I’m not obsessed,

I’m not obsessed.

*Hold in deep breath* *Breathe out* Gahh!! Fine, I am obsessed!

Last week (hope it is not too late for me to post on a week old stuff) has been an exceedingly tiring baking week for me. Ever since my whole heart was taken by the mouth-watering pastry & overly attached to the eye popping decorations of sugar cookies,  I want everything to be set out perfectly well for both sugar cookies & royal icing. So it was some sort of  “Try & Error”  week for me.

I’ve been crazily pushing my lazy bum so hard to make myself busy working in the kitchen with all the recipes & decoration ideas for at least 16 hours from day to day within a week. I’m very keen to see if the cookies & the icing could finally turned out to be the way I wanted it to be.

This time I dare to say am satisfied with all the hard work I’ve gone through! Haha. I couldn’t contain myself seeing all the decorated cookies personally decorated by me & my mom lined on the cooling racks. Not to mention with all the mess (the good one, of course!) we’ve gotten ourselves into. Crumpled tissue papers were all over the place, splattered of coloured icing on our hands, clothes we were wearing & on our working table. However, both of us were very pleased with our achievement.

(New edible artwork is coming up soon)

Where Did It Go Wrong ?

Phew!!!!

That was not a sigh of relief actually . Well, in my previous post, I did say how much I wanted to make my own homemade macaroons. I’ve got the right recipe actually & also all the ingredients needed. However, I still lack of self-confident to start with. So much things going on in my head. Especially when my mom burst out “That’s a lot of steps to follow up. Are you sure you’re going with this?”

So I made up my mind to switch my plan on making macaroons to sugar cookies. BUT, I still going to stick to the making-macaroons plan but it’s just not for now. Maybe next week(?) or probably next 2 weeks(?) I’ll see how it goes with my sugar cookies first. If everything goes perfectly well, I’ll proceed with making macaroons.

SO, as for the sugar cookies, it’s not because I am 100% confident with the recipes but the whole recipes of both sugar cookies & decoration techniques are way much easier compared to macaroons. So that means I have at least 50% level of confidence in it ,which is wayyy higher than my level of confidence in macaroons.

The first time I looked at the stunning decoration techniques of sugar cookies, my mouth was in a big “O”. I can’t get enough of the pictures on Google so I thought “Why not give it a try.” Slowly my eyes were dragged to the top comments from the viewers located below the recipe given. IT WAS ALL POSITIVE. You can tell they were satisfied with the recipe given by the pâtissier.

” Hmmmm..This is it! This is the one!” I silently told myself & without having second thoughts on the royal icing recipe, I hurriedly made my way to the kitchen & carefully followed the instruction given without missing not even 1 step.

Honestly, for me, to balance the consistency of the royal icing is really a pain the neck when eventually I under beating it because I was so sure that I’ve had over beaten it. So it turned out clumpy when it settled on my cookies. *cried my lungs out*

Although I didn’t get the right consistency of the icing, Alhamdulillah, the cookies proves the other way round, it was great. It’s just to thick for the royal icing decoration though but that’s nothing. I can fix it by reducing the thickness to 0.5 cm thick. AND yes, of course, I should also work on my icing till I get the right consistency that I want.

All & all, I would say I’m quite pleased with the end result. So, again, Alhamdulillah (All praise to the Allah) for this wonderful experience. It imay not be a perfect start but it’s a beginning of perfect end. Insha’ Allah (If Allah wills it).

Here’s some photos of my moment of failure

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Our Sweet Obsession

Pastries! Pastries! Pastries!

This is all that I’m obsessed with since few years back. It actually started with my mom who was so taken with baking cookies & cakes. I remember my mom first baking attempt that was somewhere back in 2008, when she earnestly wanted to bake an orange cake, which was her very first time in baking a homemade cake.

Well, believe me, it was her first time in baking, it was her first orange sponge cake, & it was the first cake that had flown all through the kitchen & smashed against the wall but doesn’t crumbled. Yupp! Mom’s Orange Sponge Cake. Because the cake doesn’t turned out to be the way it supposed to, it became a “flying saucer” as the end product. Hihi.

However, as time went by, she’s getting really good with it. There’s a lot of improvement in her baking skills. Am not saying this because she’s my mother but I love how her strong self-esteem & the way she injects the positive vibes into her baking skills. Though, cakes was once our breakfast, lunch, teatime & dinner main course, but I’ve got to admit it benefited me as well as now I owned some of her overly obsessive hobby in decorating pastries. As the saying goes “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

(These are some of the photos of pastries that both my Mom & I made on our first time)

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I can’t recall what does these cookies called.Obviously we used cookie cutter for the Pooh’s & Tiger’s

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Granny’s Apple Pie

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Chocolate Moist Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

…..& my current obsession is now with macaroons. I’ve become quite taken with macaroons lately for its cheerful pastel colors combination. Ya Allah! So tempting. So far, I still haven’t found yet the best macaroons recipe to make on my own. But since it was my first time making macaroons, I think I found the easiest one.

I have it all written down in my small notebook around 2 to 3 recipes(?). What?? I’m not quite confident with neither the ingredient nor the “tips & tricks” suggested just yet since there are too much ideas saying almond flour can be replaced with crushed roasted almond, some says cream of tartar is optional while some says so & so. “Screw you! Am going to have everything in that baking store to make my macaroons!”

All & all, I’d say am still considering making macaroons. No worries. I’ll keep you updated on my baking attempt.

Balancing The Unbalanced (& Still Coping)

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Salam everyone,

I’m sure it hasn’t been that long, but it feels like ages to me. How was your week going peeps?

Hope you have a splendid week to sum up. Well, as for me, I would say it’s been a pretty rough week,but Alhamdulillah (All Praise be to Almighty) in the meantime, He still blessed me with an awesome life experience.

I realized that I’ve been in a pretty much messed up condition ever since we lost one of our pet cats, Hunter. Well, some might say “It’s just a cat,though. Stop fussing over it” “Is this something that should cost you your precious time?” If you can’t appreciate the little things that comes into your life, how could you ever expect it to be followed by the greatest things,right? Losing Hunter, to me is like having to lose one of our family member as he was the closest one to me beside Tiger. Never thought that last Monday morning was the last time of me kissing & hugging him.

“Every soul will taste death” This verse from Quran, Surah Al-Imran (verse 3:185) I’d say that had been pulling myself back together again since then. It reminds me of how Almighty Allah is. He gives us something for a short period, & whenever He decrees a thing, He says to it only “Kun Fayakoon” (كُن فَيَكُونُ), “Be! And it is”. Despite the lost, it somehow taught me to appreciate everything that comes into our lives because we wouldn’t know how long are they going to be here with us.

However, not long after we lost Hunter, we found Bubble (Our new family member) as a replacement! Again, I was in awe of how amazingly Allah S.W.T(Glorified & Exalted be He) took something away from us & as a replacement He grant us with something better. Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest).

Though I find it hard for me to accept the fact that he’s no longer with us. But surely I’ll get over it someday. & whenever I miss Hunter, there’s always a reason for me to express gratitude towards Him, by giving thanks to Him for bringing Bubble into our lives.

Another Year Of Blessing

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Alhamdulillah, Jasmeen, our baby sister had just turned 16 on the second day of syawal. I can’t believe she’s 16 this year. It feels like it was just yesterday we celebrated her 7th birthday  & now I have to wake up to the fact that she’s is now 16. And for the next 4 years to come,she’s going to be 20. And then what? Fly all across the country or probably to overseas for job opportunity? Having our own families? Busy handling our own marriage lives with kids? How I wish there is a never ending journey of our teenage life. I wasn’t thinking of all these on the night we celebrated her birthday since it was the sweetest moment for the whole family to cherish every second of it until last night when I had a quick flashback on the conversation both Jasmeen & I had a week before eid.

Frankly speaking, both of us are so terrified thinking of where would we be in the next four years, since we still have a list longer than the Nile River of things to do together. Travelling is one of it. Second in the list is to be our Mother’s forever babies (Meaning : stay single forever.Lol). Thinking of all these, I couldn’t help it but to burst into tears without her having any clue of it. Maa Shaa Allah! What was I thinking? *slaps forehead* Okay, cut the crap! I should be happy for her on her sweet sixteen.

Even though it’s a few days late, I’m still going to write this to wish you, Jasmeen (If you even reading this), A blessed 16th birthday, May Allah( The Exalted) showers you with more and more happiness as much as you’ve given to others. May everything you have ever wish and dream for come true with Allah’s will. We are so blessed to have you as our baby sister. Loving you forever & always.

Sincerely written with lots of love by your one & only Alang

Quick Post!

Radio is spilling out some classic Raya songs,filling the whole house with its catchy tunes, the sweet scent of various Raya cookies freshly baked from the oven poking up the nostrils, the whole family are together  helping out with chores, putting up new curtains, carpets, some colourful Raya lights feeling all festive…Masha Allah, how can you not love festive seasons. Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year, Christmas these are the only seasons where we all can gather around with family & friends, visiting one another, enjoying the exquisite meals together. These are totally a blessing for muslims after 1 month of fasting. Maa shaa’Allah. Festive seasons in Malaysia is so wonderful. Especially Eidul Fitr. You get to celebrate & share the happiness with people of different races & religions peacefully. I sincerely thank Allah(The Glorified & The Exalted) for the unlimited blessings.

Anyway, readers, I’m here just for a quick greeting to all of you so…

Selamat Hari Raya & Happy Holiday to you readers outside the screen. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid.

I shall see you soon. Salam.

Sharing Space & Love with Allah’ Creations

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One thing I love about going for breeze walking is that I never feel lonely walking alone because I often have someone who is willing to accompany me. My William, one of our pet cats. William is a Persian mix male cat who has been a member of the family for 6 years now. Physically, he is cute chubby little man with stubby stripes legs, bushy tail, meerkat-kind-off-look  & the cutest thing is he has no teeth & whats left are his upper & lower fangs. These characteristics of him is totally different compared to his twin little brother, Tiger (the closest one to me of all.)

 Before taking him out, we often put his leash on because he is an extremely energetic cat when he’s out of the cage. So when he sees us holding his leash, he knows right away. He will stand by in front of the door cage & behave incoherently till we put on his leash. People sometimes mistaken William as a dog. There was once when me & my mom took William out for a stroll at the park & this one middle aged lady passed by us, smiling &  literally said “Is that a cat or a dog?!” I could tell by her look she seems confused. Haha.

Perks of taking Willy out for walk ever night is that you won’t get the nice relaxing walk instead you have to jog around the neighborhood, burning down extra fats & calories you just have had added for Iftar earlier to urge him to keep on walking. If not you might end up carry him all the way around the neighborhood & park. Guess what, Jasmeen always be the one who has to carry him along the way. Ironically, he chooses his own path on which way he wants to walk on his own without us bother carrying him. Since I’m not a sporty type of person who loves jogging, so taking Willy for a walk is kind off doing me a favor(?). I think so. I have to.

Willy isn’t just attract people around our neighborhood, but also attracts some “uninvited” people that causes several break-in attempts for the last few months. Luckily it was saved by one of the boy from our neighborhood who on that time was cycling back from tuition class and saw a man just dropped off from a car opened up our gate. He stopped at the corner of the junction just to make sure the situation if the man he saw was one of our family. Suspicion got the best of him when the man hurried went back into the car with our Willy in his arm, he skittered off towards the car & that moment William jumped out through the window. Since then we never forget to lock Willy’s & Joji’s cages for safety. Not to mention, we became more alert of any rustling noise coming from the outside. Personally, I feel thankful yet awry mainly for putting the boy in the situation where it could cause him danger. But if he wasn’t there we might have lost Willy.

William, no doubt is a friendly cat that gets along with anyone, may it be our family members nor strangers. So extra attention is needed.