Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Nasi Ayam Super Duper Express


I love to cook.  I know I can cook but I hate to bake cakes or biscuits.
I love it very much if the people I serve with my dishes enjoy the food and be satisfied.
One of them has left me forever.
I cook less and lesser nowadays. I cook simple food for my kids.  Simple, fast but healthy. I normally cook chicken rice, spaghetti, fried rice, fried mihun, varieties of chicken dishes and sometimes a dish of vege and fish/seafood nowadays.  Not forgetting Barry's favourite, lamb curry.
No more meriah-meriah like curry fish head, sayur terung asam or even tempoyak goreng.

It is my dream to open up a kedai makan in future.
Few of my ladies colleague have agreed to team up.
What will we serve?
Authentic dayak food, cheap and affordable but no cincai-cincai ones.
We have aimed our potential customers....hehehehe

Let me share my super express way of cooking nasi ayam or chicken rice.
My sis did ask for the recipe yesterday morning.

1.  Marinate the chicken pieces with pound ginger and 'sesedap rasa' or 'secukup rasa' whichever yang you ada.  No need salt or ajinomoto. But you need to put some sesame oil and dashes of black pepper. You can also add up the chicken cube. Kalau big family more chicken pieces lah.  Kalau small family, lesser lah. But kalau ada yang kuat makan, and akan bertambah-tambah u agak-agaklah.  It would be better if you can marinate the chicken for a few hours but usually mine is just about half an hour.

2.  Then the rice.  Prepare your rice for cooking as normally you do.  Once you have measured the water level bla bla bla.... arrange the marinated chicken pieces on top.  Throw in a few teaspoon of butter if you want the extra ummmph.  You can also throw in daun pandan for extra aroma.



3.  Switch on your rice cooker and leave it to cook macam biasa.

4. Tadaa...... Nasi Ayam Super Express siap untuk dimakan!


Tak percaya? Give it a try.  Prepare your own chili sauce but I prefer mine to be eaten with dashes of Kicap ABC.  Dont forget to serve it with slices of cucumber or salad.


Happy cooking guys!

Note:  Kena jangkit Miss Ophelia and Madam Dinah posting a recipe entry... hehehe :)



Friday, August 29, 2014

Citer Tin Kaya


Circa: Late 1960s
Lokasi: Sebuah sekolah berasrama nun di Serian
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Alex terbangun mendengar bunyi ayam berkokok.
Dah siang lah ni, bisiknya di hati.  Nak tengok jam, tak ada.  Bapanya tak mampu belikan. Bergegas di ke bilik mandi.  Kalau lambat nanti, terpaksa tunggu giliran.  Nanti kalau nak melepas ke apa, mana syok kalau orang tunggu depan pintu. Dah siap mandi dan menjalankan sistem perkumuhan, dia balik ke bilik asramanya.  Rakan-rakan ada yang dah bangun, ada yang masih terbongkang tidur.

'Eh... giliran aku bertugas membantu di kantin pagi ini' katanya sambil berbaju dan kemudian menyikat rambut.  Alex memang suka bertugas di kantin.  Tiap-tiap pagi dan petang pun tak apa fikirnya.  Banyak untung membantu di bahagian dapur kantin.  Paham-paham jelah.  Duduk asrama makan ikut masa. Ada had pulak tu.  Kalau lauk sesenduk je hadnya, ayam seketul.  Dan ayam bukan selalu dapat.  Seminggu mungkin sekali.  Kalau nasib bagus, ada buah epal disajikan.  Budak-budak kampung manalah pernah makan buah epal.  Memang satu bonus kalau dapat merasa masa tu.

Alex tersenyum sebaik saja sampai di bahagian dapur kantin.  Di tepi rakannya yang turut sama bertugas di kantin, Abu tersenyum sinis juga.  Menu sarapan hari ini adalah roti bantal (sandwich) dengan kaya. Mereka berdua bersiap- sedia di belakang kaunter kantin. Tak lama lagi para pelajar akan bersusun untuk mengambil sarapan. Abu menyusun kepingan roti di atas talam. Alex pula dengan bersungguh membuka tin kaya.  Kaya dituangkan dalam bekas dan tin-tin kosong dikumpulkan ke tepi.

Para pelajar pun mula berbaris.  Setiap seorang diagihkan 3 keping roti dan dua sudu kaya di atas pinggan kecil berserta secawan air teh kosong.  Sudah cukup untuk mengalas perut sehingga waktu rehat pukul 10.30 pagi nanti. Setelah selesai semua pelajar mengambil agihan masing-masing, Alex dan Abu pun mengemas dan mengumpul lebihan roti dan tin-tin kosong kaya tadi. Bermulalah agenda kegirangan mereka berdua.

Mereka berdua duduk di tepi kaunter.
Alex dan Abu kemudian mengambil satu tin kosong tiap seorang.  Dengan hati-hati mereka memasukkan jari telunjuk mereka dan mencolek lebihan kaya dalam tin tadi.  Satu colekan berjaya terus dimasukkan dalam mulut.  Dan seterusnya.


"Aahhh..... sedap...... nikmatnya...." kata mereka berdua sambil tertawa.
Sekali-sekala dicalitkan ke atas kerak-kerak roti yang lebih tadi.
Sekali-sekala diteguk air teh kosong untuk membasahkan tekak mereka berdua.

Licin sudah tin-tin kaya tadi dicolek.
Mereka berdua tersenyum kepuasan dan kekenyangan.

Kring.......kring....
Loceng masuk kelas pun dah berbunyi.

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Cerita ini sebenarnya pengalaman sebenar my late hubby semasa tinggal di asrama sekolah dulu.  Alex itu adalah dia.  Banyak kisah-kisah lucu mengenai pengalamannya diceritakan semula kepada kami bertiga.

Selamat berhujung minggu!







Monday, August 25, 2014

JOKOWI n HEAVY METAL! Yeah yeah...


Read about this man, Jokowi, the president-elect of Indonesia in one of the national newspaper this morning. He will be sworn-in as President of Indonesia, taking over the office on this coming 20 October.
Full name is Joko Widodo, of Javanese descent.


The most interesting part that I just got to know and read is that he loves listening to loud music, and it is HEAVY METAL!  


He listens to Led Zeppelin, Lamb of God, Napalm Death, Guns N Roses etc. And he regards it as 'therapuetic'.


Yo..... rock kapak giler... samalah kita owh...
I do sometimes play this heavy metal bands' CDs in the car while driving and banging my head, especially when I am under stress and there are so many things to think and worry about.  It does help.
Barry enjoys heavy metal too... 
Sometimes we play Guns n Roses and Led Zeppelin in the car, on our way home.... mak and anak-anak enjoy bersama...hahahaha.

I am beginning to admire this man, and shall follow his perkembangan semasa.
Now I know why my fren, En Dan jadikannya his idola.  Dia puji Jokowi sebagai 'tetap ganteng walau kekampungan'.  

Well said Sir!

For me now.... he rocks !!


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