Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Niki de Saint Phalle

Before, I only look at the Google design on their search engine landing page, mesmerise by their creativity of the design. The coolest part is that they have this birthday cake Google for you on your birthday when you open your browser or visit the Google page.

Today, I saw some really funky art that look like this;

At first I really thought it was some funky bikini day - much like those no bra day etc. But as I clicked on it, It was an info about Niki de Saint Phalle and her art. Much like those famous and frequently mentioned Pablo Picasso, she was one name I have not heard it before. So, I read on.

Despite her difficult childhood past, she manage to pull through and make a new for herself in the end, you can read more of her here

Quite a motivating article to start the day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Egg Curry

Ingredients - made for 2 pax only 

1 long Moringa oleifera (drumstick)
2 big tomatoes
1 cube of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1 assam peel (depending how much of that sweet sour taste you want, you can put 2)
4 hard boiled eggs - peeled
3 pinches of sweet cumin seeds
3 pinches of cumin seeds
3 pinches of mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 table spoon of rempah ratus (100 spices mixture ground power from Kelantan)
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
2 tablespoon of curry powder
125ml of full cream milk
4 pieces of garlic
1 red onion
1 inch of young ginger
3 star anise
curry leaves
1 cinnamon stick

It looks like a lot of ingredients to make for curry, but I guess being experimental with my cooking when it comes to spices, colour and flavour; which I like that kind of various layers of taste with that pinching feeling on your tongue and the aftermath cooling effects.

Also, I tend to be rebellious in a way that I'd always believe there are more to play with flavours than just one taste only. Mind you, I didn't get this from any recipe book. I only believe that food should come from the soul and the emotions that was put into it, rather than just technical. To be honest, I didn't know that I've put all of those ingredient just to make something simple like egg curry. I just went with the flow and my mood.

Cooking should be easy and fun, if it takes too long or you feel its a hassle, believe you, me, the result won't be tasty. Probably because I always believe that adding that one magic you put into your meals; LOVE. I know it sounds rather cheesy but what is a meal without that big hearty feeling dancing with the aroma of your dishes.

That is how I normally make my dishes.

The process for vegetables

Step One.
lightly peel the drumstick plant (Moringa oleifera) but not the whole thing off like how you do for potatoes. the result will look like you blunt the edges. cut them into 2 inch cubes.

Step two.
Cut the 2 tomatoes into four each.

Step Three
dice all your garlic, onions and ginger. Please try not to use a machine auto chopper thingy. Get your hands dirty when doing this, as all the juices from the dicing seeped through the other ingredients, complementing each other - a way of greeting.

The process for spices

Mix all the spice powders - garam masala, chilli powder, rempah ratus.

Mix all the cumin and mustard seeds together in a separate bowl.

The Cooking

Step One
Add 2 cups of water into pot with assam peel and brings it to a boil. After that add 1 cube of chicken stock and let it continue to dilute making a little chicken broth in the pot. then pour milk into it. (I can't really use coconut milk because it makes me dizzy after)

Step Two
While waiting for the milky broth to boil, add 1 tablespoon of oil into the heated frying pan. Let the oil heat up (you can see bubbles forming) on the pan and add garlic to fry until brown (you can smell the garlic fragrant then you know it's ready)

Followed by ginger and then you add your bowl of mix seeds into it. wait till you smell the fragrant or a pop sound, then pour in your bowl of mix spices and stir until oil is coloured dark red.

Lastly, add in your onions to play with the flavour of the spices. only stir fry for 1 minute or when onions are a little colour lighter.

Step Three
As the broth is boiled, add curry powder and half a fist of curry leaves into the pot followed by the pan of mixes with fried garlic, ginger and onion into it. simmer for 10 minutes or until the aroma is captured.

Step Four
Add sliced tomatoes and drumstick plant into the pot until boiled. Then add eggs, simmer for another 10 minutes. Close the lid.

There you have it. Egg Curry. Mind you it is not as a lot of work compared to writing this down. I don't know if there will be any readers but I guess, I want to keep a long mini diary for me to refer it to one day. Even though, I am bound to change the recipes, as cooking progress so will the recipes evolve.

Indian food should not only be flavourful but colourful as well.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fresh Ingredients

I am slightly "old skool" when it comes to getting not only the best deals but also, the freshest ingredients for cooking.

I remember those times when I would just get up slightly late about 10am and waltz around the house, procrastinating for a bit before giving a call to my grocery bosom buddies to hang out and stock up. Even in those days, I'd always enjoy grocery shopping; a must do when we cease the day with my friends.

However, I have lost the same feeling towards any kind of super market in the cities. This was ever since, I found the morning wet market in which I religious go every weekend without fail. The noise level, the fresh goods, the everything. Need I remind you it has best the both worlds; good price and fresh goods.

Today I bought some vegetables and look at that color! I will be making egg curry with these beauties.

A revamp - Culinary, Corporate and Causes

It has been a long time since I've neglected my blog postings. I guess with the era of facebook, twitter and now instagram; there have been other means of type of blogging - vlogs and now the ever famous in which some can be annoying, enticing or just plain interesting, the photologs; the ever famous #butfirstletmetakeaselfie or #selfie.

I guess, I am pretty traditional in believing in writing blogs. one that is coming from an industry that has everything to do with fast pace technology trends.

Over the years in which I fail to update my postings, probably because of maturity in my style of thinking and also, adjusting to a change of career life; from corporate communications to tech chic.

This revamp of my postings will focus mostly on women within my age group; yes you early Gen Ys' on juggling with life and at the same time, climbing up the career ladder. Often, I have heard that there aren't many chromosome X who are able to cook, resulting to eating out due to constantly being tired after coming back from work. Believe me, I know that feeling.

It was hard at first ever since my right hand girl went on her maternity leave (I still believe the best maternity leave should be 4 months at least not just 2, but get me a part timer please!).

I digress.

So, I started cooking, it took me hours at first leaving my poor partner waiting and worried because I sounded like fighting in the kitchen with the banging and clanking sounds - did i mention smoking up the whole house. It was a drag. But as time goes by and less looking into recipe books, I've decided to put soul in my food. It is really easy actually, all dishes have the same repeat process and the type of sauce to add.

Therefore by revamping my blog to that direction, I will be sharing ways to cook the "bone stealing" (curi tulang) ways. it is quick and it is easy. Hope it works for you as how it worked for me.

As for the other part of the focus, it will cover mainly on people managing skill. Believe me, over the years of experience in the Public Relations to Corporate Communications line, I am still and always learning on how to manage my own team. Thus, sharing my experience.

Till then, cheers.

Friday, March 15, 2013

On the happenings in Sabah

I am not able to comment further or even talk about the incident because I guess everyone is well informed about the invasion/reclaiming in Sabah; started in Lahad Datu first. I have been following stories from the Philippine news source or Al Jazeera only as I find both sides of the media is political-focused fueled with propaganda of finger pointing between ruling and opposition parties. Furthermore, with the odd media blackout, whereby journalists are not allowed any closer to a certain spot that spurred assumptions; all I did was read and keep myself updated.

However, what I want to say about the incident in Sabah is that when it came to war, the first thing that comes is truth followed by humanity. I saw this quote somewhere before. But in this case for truth, they were the biggest idiots on both sides; showing their true colors. I am not talking about the military administration nor decisions etc. I am talking about the commenters on the Philippine website which made me upset is how the talks between Malaysians on their comment that the child who was shot dead was justifiable because he was in the red zone.

Have we forgotten our morale? That because of bloodsheds, we have become inhumane. Each life that is lost is regrettable but a child’s life? That is the biggest crime ever.

Also, on how some Malaysians are behaving through their comments in the Philippino’s news portal. You’d be your own judge, see for yourself.