Oats

I’ve found a link to a video for overnight oatmeal. 🙂

I love oats, I always have. This love developed way back in 1996 when I was form two, a junior introduced me to a simple recipe. Oats and water. I didn’t know how I could like the taste of such a plain meal but I liked my first taste of it. I guess it’s rather easy to bear if compared to the taste of some dining hall’s meals.

I used to buy the small packet of instant oat I think it was only RM3.50 at that time and if I had extra money I would buy a packet of 6 small box of Dutch Lady milk, it’s around RM4.00++, 20 years ago. So that would be my go to meal until somehow I became lazier and forgot about eating oats. Didn’t really care about the health benefits but I knew my late mum (was a nurse) also took oats as breakfast and sahur with Anlene. I used to steal her Anlene if I were home. 😛

Then, I didn’t think I had oats as meals option for years until these few years. Oh, I did consume oats – the 3 in 1 types, instant oatmeal drink. I thought it’s too sweet. Once I started living alone and with Nana – from 2011 sometimes maybe, I restarted having oats, much for health benefit. It’s only plain oats with milk. Somehow these few years back the recipe for overnight oats made their debuts and I did try them.

I guess overnight oats taste better – of course. My base ingredients would be oats and milk. I did try few toppings – vanilla syrup, caramel syrup, banana, chocolate bar, sunflower seeds, blueberries, cranberries, dates, buah tin (forget nama Inggeris dia) as well as prunes.

Basically my choice of toppings depend on how much money I have haha. Blueberries are expensive here in Malaysia. Mostly I used dried fruits. They might not as healthy as fresh fruits but they will do.

I like overnight oats, it’s too easy to prepare and saves me a lot of time. I don’t need to think where and what to have breakfast…. save duit juga!

I also love oats to the extend I put oats in my jemput2 pisang and lempeng too. 🙂 They are healthier…

Now I think I nak try making soups with oats. There must be some recipes on the webs somewhere.

Till then! Let’s have some oat!

p.s : I had prunes overnight oats this morning for sahur.

Norwegian Wood

I wrote this last night on Microsoft Words. Out of boredom. Eh tak, memang nak tulis and share my point of view on this. 🙂

norwegian wood

Well, it took me quite some time to finish this book. From the LIMA week, to BKK week, I have just finished it this Monday. It’s indeed an interesting book, but I guess, the story even it was only told from a person’s view, it was quite complicated. Mr Murakami really had a nice way of thinking and well, writing. I am amazed by his ability to tell the story from a girl’s and a woman’s point of view as well. Well, he must have done his research well.

Back to the book, it had the 1960s-1970s background. Oh, I can’t help but impressed with the development in Tokyo!! In 1960s! No wonder our PM was inspired enough to initiate the Dasar Pandang ke Timur. When was that? 1980s right?

The story revolves around Toru and his complicated thinking – well not so but I found his way of life – apart from the free sex activities – he’s got this positive and motivating way of living his life.  He has his integrity though at times he has his doubts but no one could spare themselves from doubt, aren’t we? Mr Murakami has quite an imagination, well this is my third book from him and I found that each story is special in its own way and the story lines are all different. And it did make me put on my thinking hat each time I read his book – maybe that was why I took so much time to read this book through. Haha.

Toru is a student staying in a dorm out of his hometown – he came to Tokyo looking for something new, big thing to do with his best friend’s death. He met Naoko – fell in love with her, though Naoko was as much as still in love with Toru’s dead best friend. There’s not much they can do about that feeling and Naoko is quite a complicated girl anyway. But in Toru she found solace. An incident happen which left Toru alone again in Tokyo and then he befriended his classmate, Midori. Such an open minded and full of (wild) imagination, she put a new perspective in Toru. She said her thoughts out loud, that Toru soon began to like her and her openness. I guess during this time Toru knew that with Midori, he could get to know himself better.

But as for Toru’s love story, it still is quite complicated, realizing that his feelings for Naoko wasn’t really mutual, despite all that, and everything else – so much going on in this book they had quite a relationship.

I like this book. If you have some time to spare, please give it a chance. Here’s the page of it. 

p.s : I bought this book at KLIA on my way to Langkawi. Bought two other books from Murakami, because they were having this kind of promotion, buy three books at 15% discounts. Good enough for me! 🙂

That presentation

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Have you ever googled your name? I did last night. Long story short, I did just because I just gave my full name to my neighbour who was in charge of collecting borang balik kampung for this raya season. 😛  So my mind was like, what if they  googled my name because I’ve never shared much any information with my neighbours… well, it’s me. Selalu berangan!

Apparently it led me to this report prepared by MITI and ASEAN. Haha, I guess they just bumped into my presentation. Somehow I am glad that the things that I’ve put on a presentation were useful for others. The information might be lying around for quite a time before I put it in my presentation, but somehow, I fell happy. 😉

That would be all.

And that might answer some questions like, mu gi oversea buat apa…

Cheers!

That baju kurung!

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I can say that I am such a sucker for anything cheaper! What more if I could find cheaper price for the same outfit/things, usually it’s the outfit!

Few years ago when I was happily carrying fancy bags I got from Feringhi Night Market and friends ask, is that a Coach? Hahaha, no, of course I didn’t get the imitation coach, mind you! If I want to buy cheap things, I would prefer things without brands! Ataupun beli brand yang kita tahu padan dengan harga dan kemampuan sudah, seperti Vincci ke, Bata ke…

Oh, btw baju kurung ni saya beli online, through Instagram. Ni hasil scrolling and searching for hashtags! Susah juga sebab dah selalu sangat window shopping… now dah terbawa-bawa pakai devices pulak. Rasanya tak healthy but, this is one of the ways of scoring cheap/affordable things with good quality!

Dulu I selalu juga spend time kat Pasar Malam Jalan TAR (10 years ago) when I started working and needed to get more baju kurung, I got most of baju kurung at RM50. Then I went to Ampang Park and saw that same quality, same type of fabric being sold at RM150++ so, there I know that….

Tapi janganlah praktikkan yang sama dengan baju-baju designers ya, diorang kerja teruk/perah idea/crack their brain to come out with such design, we should respect their workmanship and it’s their right to put the price based on their work.

Baju ni I beli from karabum.fabulous (on instagram) for less than RM70! 🙂 Such a steal!

 

That curry pasta!

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So then, I was running out of things to eat for berbuka. Actually I cuma tak mau makan nasi jer. Sebab sikit sangat I makan, bazir letrik je masak nasik pakai periuk nasi elektrik tu. Pastu selalu buang banyak nasi sebab walaupun masak sikit, masih jugak tak habis.

So, I fikir-fikir, I pun decided to cook curry, but nak buat macam kuah laksa sikit, nak makan dengan pasta.

So, jadilah kuah kari/laksa salmon I ni…

Bahan-bahan kari sama je la macam sebelum ni, cuma this time, I tambah daun kari and cili boh for extra kick!

Bagi I okay je taste dia tapi tak pasti orang lain boleh makan ke tak. Hahaha. 🙂

That thing you don’t really think you need…

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Saya memang suka halia dan oren! So bila nampak ni, wah! bestnya. Makan dengan roti bakar baru best kalau roti putih kosong, aiyak rasa manis sangat!

Tapi baru-baru ni, saya buat jemput2 kurma+apricot+tin saya campur sesudu dua benda ni, ya ampun! sedap nya dia ada selit-selit rasa masam-masam manis and then halia tu… sebab benda ni, dia macam ada chunky bite jugak lah, tapi lembut and subtle je. 🙂

Resipi jemput-jemput!

4 biji kurma – siat-siat, buang biji
2 biji dried apricot – racik
3 biji buah tin (fig) kering sama juga, diracik-racik.
(Sebenarnya, saya memang simpan buah-buahan ni yang dah dipotong2 (ala-ala minced) untuk dimakan dengan oat)
Dua sudu teh jam ginger orange (seperti gambar di atas)
Dua sudu oat (saya guna instant oat)
Dua sudu tepung (atau kurang)
Sedikit susu untuk bancuh all the ingredients
If suka boleh tambah yoghurt.

Campurkan semua and goreng dalam minyak yang panas. (deep fried).

Salmon Basil

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So yesterday I prepared salmon basil or is it Basil Salmon?

The ingredients are

Salmon
Chillies
Garlic
Basil
Fish Sauce (I used oyster sauce)
Soysauce
Salt to taste (optional)
Oil (2 tbs is enough because salmon produced its oil when cooking)

Steps

1. Tumis chopped chilies and garlic
2. Add on salmon
3. Then add on soy sauce and oyster sauce
4. Salt to taste
5. Stir in the basil leaves until it’s layu(?) and you will notice that salmon’s colour changed to something so beautiful, then it’s done.

The frying process took me less than 6 minutes I think.

Selamat mencuba! 🙂

On the other hand, even if salmon seems like expensive, I spent 5 days eating salmon in 3 ways – soup, curry and stir fry with bread and rice, I feel like it’s still is economy enough for me. The cost for leftover salmon I got from Cold Storage was RM14 and the basil leaves (50g) cost me RM8. I think it’s fair enough. Knowing that I could prepare such a favourite salmon dish especially the basil salmon – woah, it’s much cheaper than dining out! 🙂

About other ingredients – ginger, chillies, garlic, sauces – they exist everyday in most of our kitchen, isn’t it?

🙂