Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Eid

Kalio Ayam, peanut sauce and Nasi Himpit




How was your Eid? Hope you have had a joyous one. Driving out to visit my family in the rain was not a pleasant experience. Traffic was crawling at snail's pace..poor visibility, poodles of water...sigh*. The smell of the Ayam Kalio, Sayur Lodeh and peanut sauce filled the car as I was waiting yet again for the traffic to move..prepared them in the night for my Dad. I wish I had made my dad's favourite sweetmeat dish..but lately after my illness I feel tired easily. He loves Semolina Dessert or Halva. After cooking the 3 dishes I don't have the energy to cook anymore. My late mum learned how to make this lovely Indian dessert from our Indian neighbour,auntie Sarjeet, when we were residing in Ipoh.

Dad was asleep...so I went to my niece's place nearby. Her husband is a good cook. I love his Gulai Masak Kawah with bamboo shoot. My sister and her family were also there to enjoy the special Eid dishes that were served. The rest of the relatives had left to visit their folks and friends. There were the usual Ketupat Palas, beef rendang and peanut sauce. Dad came in later and joined us. I was happy to see him. He didn't eat much though. The talk was centered on the flood at Arafah in Mecca. Alhamdulillah no one talk about the local politic.Dad seemed sad however.

My cousin who was in Penang had just passed away two weeks ago. This is sad news indeed. My cousin was a great help to us during my late mum's hospitalisation in Penang. He was a constant visitor, providing us with moral support during that sad time.Sis left early. I would be going to her house next. As I was leaving, I dropped by Dad's place..lol..he was asleep again..kissed him and left quietly to go to my sis's house. Will the rain ever stop..kept thinking about how frail my dad seemed.Thought about my late cousin too..wish I could visit family and relatives more often.Oh no..the traffic light was not working..and no traffic police to ease the few kilometer long jam..:(

Wasallam
Umi

Thursday, November 26, 2009

HAPPY EIDULADHA TO ALL MUSLIMS

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My warmest wishes to all my Muslim readers and friends on this day of EidulaAdha.
On this auspicious day I'd like to share with you sayings and quotes by Muhammad (PBUH). May we be guided by them in our deeds and actions,inshaAllah..amin.


Khalid bin al-Walid narrated the following hadith:
A Bedouin came one day to the Prophet (PBUH) and said to him, “O Messenger of Allah! I’ve come to ask you a few questions about the affairs of this Life and the Hereafter.”

He, (PBUH), replied, “Ask what you wish.”
“I’d like to be the most learned of men.”
“Fear Allah and you will be the most learned of men.”

“I wish to be the most just man.”
“Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most of just men.”

“I want to be the most favoured by Allah.”
“Engage much in Allah’s praise, and you will be the most favoured by Him.”

“I’d like to complete my faith.”
“If you have good manners, you will complete your faith.”

“I wish to be among those who do good.”
“Adore Allah as if you see Him. If you don’t see Him, He sees you. In this way you will be among those who do good.”

“I wish to be obedient to Allah.”
“If you observe Allah’s commands, you will be obedient.”

“I’d like to be free from all sins.”
“Bathe yourself from impurities, and you will be free from all sins.”

“I’d like to be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.”
“Don’t wrong yourself or any other creature, and you will be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.”

“I’d like to bestow His mercy on me.”
“If you have mercy on yourself and others, Allah will grant you mercy on the Day of Judgment.”

“I’d like my sins to be very few.”
“If you seek the forgiveness of Allah as much as you can, your sins will be very few.”

“I’d like to be the most honourable man.”
“If you do not complain to any fellow creature, you will be the most of honourable men.

“I’d like to be the strongest of men.”
“If you put your trust in Allah, you will be the strongest of men.”

“I’d like to enlarge my provision.”
“If you keep yourself pure, Allah will enlarge your provision.”

“I’d like to be loved by Allah and his messenger.”
“If you love what Allah and his messenger love, you will be among their beloved ones.”

“I wish to be safe from Allah’s wrath on the Day of Judgment.”
“If you do not lose your temper with any of your fellow creatures, you will be safe from the wrath of Allah on the Day of Judgment.”

I’d like my prayers to be responded.”
“If you avoid forbidden actions, your prayers will be responded.”

I’d like Allah not to disgrace me on the Day of Judgment.”
“If you guard your chastity, Allah will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgment.”

“I’d like Allah to provide me with a protective covering on the Day of Judgment.”
“Do not uncover your fellow faults, and Allah will provide you with a covering protection on the Day of Judgment.”

“What will save me from sins?”
“Tears, humility, and illness.”

“What are the best deeds in the eyes of Allah?”
Gentle manners, modesty and patience.”

“What are the worst evils in the eyes of Allah?”
“Hot tempter and miserliness.”

“What assuages the wrath of Allah in this life and in the Hereafter?”
“Concealed charity and kindness to relatives.”

“What extinguishes Hell’s fires on the Day of Judgment”
“Patience in adversity and misfortunes.”

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Quotes by Muhammad (PBUH)

The man who plants a tree is blessed when people and birds are benefited by its fruits. A man was sent to Paradise, simply because he saved a thirsty dog from death by offering him water and the other was condemned, because he tied and starved a cat to death

He who is not affectionate to God’s creatures and to his own children, God will not be affectionate to him. Every Muslim who clothes the naked will be clothed by God in the green robes of the Paradise

Every good act is charity. Your smiling in your brother’s face is charity… putting a wanderer in the right path is charity; assisting the blind is charity; removing stones and thorns and other obstructions from the road is charity; giving water to the thirsty is charity

A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he does in this world to his fellowmen. When he dies, people will ask, what property has he left behind him? But the angels, who examine him in the grave, will ask, “what good deeds hast thou sent before thee?


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Salam,
Umi




sources:
www.letsstartthinking.org/Islam/
bariisiyobasto.wordpress.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bread Pudding

This is the promised 2nd. recipe..Bread Pudding. In the northern state of Malaysia,i.e. my hometown, puddings either sweet or savoury are considered as special dishes served during official or important occasions and functions. Some are given as part of gift to future bride or groom. I hope you will try this lovely pudding.

HOW TO MAKE BREAD PUDDING




Ingredients:

8 slices of sandwich bread or any type of bread as preferred.
4 eggs
4tbs. castor sugar
1cup evaporated milk
1tsp. vanilla essence
1tsp. cinnamon powder
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnut
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup fruit mix
100gm butter

Method:

1) Cut the bread slices into 4 and butter both side. Set aside.
2) Beat the eggs with sugar until dissolve.
3) Add in the milk and beat the mixture for few minutes.
4) Add in vanilla essence, salt and cinnamon powder.Set aside this mixture.
5) Line the baking dish with butter.
6) Cover the base of the dish with the buttered bread slices.
7) Sprinkle raisins, fruit mix and walnut.
8) Now arrange the rest of the bread slices on top.
9) Pour the egg mixture over the bread and sprinkle almonds flakes.
10)Baked for 15 minutes or until the sides separated and the pudding turned golden brown.



Enjoy the pudding with tea..especially on a rainy day. It's the rainy season here in Malaysia at this time of the year. Some places in the east coast are flooded. Hope parents keep an eye on the children during this time. So till we meet again, be safe.

Salam,
Umi
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STUFFED TOFU OR TAUHU SUMBAT

Hello to my readers,my community in MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog,family and friends.I have been unwell these past weeks hence the late posting of recipes here. To make up for lost time I shall share two recipes with you. An appetiser and a pudding. I will share with you the recipe for the appetiser first and the pudding will be posted following that.

This appetiser is also good as a salad and I hope my friend Chah in USA who is a vegetarian would try this recipe.Its simple and cost very little to make. Enjoy.

HOW TO MAKE STUFFED TOFU OR TAUHU SUMBAT



Ingredients:

6 pieces of tofu
1 cucumber
200gm bean sprouts

for chilli sauce:
12pcs fresh red chillies
2tbs sugar
1/2cup vinegar
3 cloves garlic
2cup water
salt to taste

Method:

Chilli sauce:

1) Blend chilli,garlic and water.
2) Boil the chilli mixture with vinegar, sugar and salt.


Tofu

1) Deep fry tofu until lightly brown
2) Drain the oil from the tofu using kitchen tissue or muslin cloth
3) Cut the tofu diagonally
4) Make a slit in the centre of the cut tofu resembling a pocket
5) Set aside
6) Cut cucumber into thin strips
7) Blanch the bean sprout lightly
8) Stuff the bean sprout mixed with the cucumber into the cut tofu.
9) Serve with chilli sauce or peanut gado gado sauce.

Bon apetit.Take care of yourself in the meantime.

Salam,
Umi

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