Sunday, November 9, 2014

So I went to a Wedding Yesterday..

Despite my zombie state of mind that I've not rested for the past 3 weeks after daily continuous moving back and forth to a new place and to add, the daily overbearing errands which has infused into my hectic routines.

So, I attended my old friend's wedding yesterday. It was a lovely sight despite the traffic and to locate the place was near impossible - thanks to our wonderful Malaysian planning of placing road signs - did I mention the "Entrance" sign is placed 5 metres after the carpark entrance?

Anyway, the usual hi and bye around but my focus for this story isn't about the wedding actually. I try not to be judgemental and wish the newly wed all the best in their lives together. But my focus was this high schoolmate that I've stumbled upon my friend's wedding.

Of course I failed to realise that I have caused such a stink over the years that she had to stare at me in shock and then suddenly - she morphed into an ugly squinty hog. Yeah, I was suprised as she used to be a total opposite during her high school years and now zooming more than 10 years later; it looks like age has swallowed her up, spat her and left her mangled. I think this is because of how she narrowed her eyes and raised her nose at me, that I've noticed arrogance really makes a beautiful face looked very "witchy". I wasn't all offended nor affected but I felt sympathetic towards her instead.

So sympathetic that I would write about her as a morale story for all women. No doubt if you look down on others and think your lives is better,  more successful and what not. If you can smile and be humble, your beauty will always shine through that pretty face.Should you scowl or be arrogant - take a look in the mirror and see how you would look like. Or, take a selfie and hashtag it as #obnoxious #arrogrance #iambetterthanothers.

I have also pitied her as she walked around the reception - aimlessly while her husband was too busy hanging out with the guys. But then again, reaching into the age group of 30s, do we need such high school attitude to be brought forward to our future? is it really worth it? I can't really be bothered but I am curious about this narcissistic personality.

But then again, I could be wrong. According to my partner, he says when one puts on weight, their face becomes bigger so the big doey eye ex high schoolmate person - now has really puffy fat cheeks that squeezes the life out of their eyes that makes it look like a  narrow slit. I am really sorry about this article but I felt that I have to write it to make a difference,

For the sake of always


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.