Thursday, December 8, 2011

Baking session: Blueberry Muffin

before..
The above photo is just another attempt in making muffins. Maryam loves muffin very much and whenever she asks for it, I'll rather bake it myself rather than buying from Woolies or Coles..hehe..

Of yes, have you ever think of what is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake?

If I were to choose, I prefer a muffin (any flavour) rather than those icy-colourful cupcakes. But, it doesn't mean I don't eat them at all. Kalau ada depan mata, of course I'll eat it =)

I've found this from this great site,

The quick-and-dirty answer on this is that cupcakes have frosting, whereas muffins do not. However, in researching, I found an excellent formulaic definition of the difference courtesy of Diana's Desserts: 'A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level.

As for me, I would say muffin's texture is very much airy and softer rather than cupcakes. And it normally uses vegetable oil instead of butter in cupcakes.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breakfast...breakfast...

Last weekend, I was in a very good mood, to make something different for breakfast. Normally we just had a very simple and yet healthy breakfast during weekdays but not that healthy during weekends! hehe..


We definitely missed "jom keluar breakfast!" in Malaysia, although not that often. In fact, boleh kira dengan jari kot bila kitorang keluar makan breakfast kat kedai. Tapi, yup..bila datang malasnya nak masak tu, mula lah teringat kat roti canai mamak lah, nasi lemak kerang lah..mengada-ngada! hehe..


Oh yes, what we had for our breakfast last Sunday..


Banana fritters (famously known as cekodok pisang)

Lasagna

A piece of lasagna on plate =)


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alaaaa...is that all? Biasa je lah tapi kan for some of you....hehe...but something extra-ordinary for us. =)

Alhamdulillah, made it for the first time here for both. Heheh....banana fritters looks very easy but....the banana is very very expensive here. Or shall I say, WAS expensive? It's getting cheaper nowadays..previously it was between $13-$15/kg (RM42-RM45/kg!!!!) and now it's about $5/kg or even less. Alhamdulillah. From the news about 2 months ago, the price of the local banana will drop even lesser to about $1/kg and that means more banana desserts in the making insyaAllah. Next year la tapi nya kan..

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Are you joking?

Heard of this sometime ago. And again this morning while I was reading a parenting book, such a good reminder for myself (or maybe to some of you). Thought of sharing it here for the benefits of us insyaALlah.
Abu Daud dan Al Baihaqi meriwayatkan daripada Abdullah bin Amir r.a. katanya:-

"Ibuku memanggilku suatu hari, sedang Rasulullah SAW berada di rumah kami. Ujar ibuku "Hey, mari ke mari, aku hendak memberi kau sesuatu!" Maka Rasulullah SAW bertanya kepada ibuku,"Apakah yang ingin engkau berikan kepadanya?" Ibuku menjawab;" Saya ingin memberikannya kurma". Maka RAsulullah SAW bersabda," Andaikata engkau tidak memberinya sesuatu, nescaya akan dicatitkan ke atasmu suatu dusta"

Ahmad dan Ibnu Abid-Dunya telah meriwayatkan daripada Abu Hurairah r.a. daripada Rasulullah SAW yang bersabda:-

"Barangsiapa berkata kepada seorang anak, mari.....ini! Kemudian dia tidak memberinya sesuatu, maka itu adalah suatu dusta"

Such a great reminder about lying while joking although to small kids. Sometimes we didn't even notice about it especially when we're playing with kids or babies. Offering them something that might interests them to come to us but there's nothing to offer actually!

"Sayang..sayang..mari kat Aunty. Meh tengok, Aunty ada Minnie Mouse...Best!..." Tapi once the baby datang, ah..dapat dia...terus dukung..oh di manakah Minnie Mouse tadi?" Contoh semata, tiada kaitan dengan yang hidup mahupun yang telah meninggal dunia..

Other hadith on these issues; credit to this site

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Shame on him who tells lies in order to make people laugh! Shame on him! Shame on him!” [Abu Dawud]
We can say without doubt that lying is one of the most evil characteristics, against which all religions and systems of ethics warn, and which man's innate common sense (Fitrah) also recognizes as wrong. However, many people do not take seriously telling lies when they are joking. Lying is not permissible whether the one doing it is joking or serious. Practical jokes are another form of lying.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “I joke, but I speak nothing but the truth.” [Tabarani]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Number 5

I keep on wondering on what is so special with number 5. Is this number is a very special number to most of the people out there?

Yes?

No?

Not sure?

Am not sure either..

Why am I asking this question?

I noticed that everyday, the traffic shows people dropped by after googling for them. It's either "number 5", "5 number", "the number 5" and many others with that "5". Hehe..For last month only, there were 300 hits by that keywords, which is on average of 10/day. I know, that is such a small number if to compare with others.

I know, I know..that's good that people always come and increase the traffic but that keeps me wondering again and again. At first, I thought that must be the title of a new movie. But, not that I found. Or maybe am the one whom are not aware of that?

Care to shed some lights of why and what is so special with this number 5?

p/s: Oh yes, one of the reasons is that- that's Maryam's favourite number!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Makan-makan: It's Nandos time!!

Got the chance to had dinner here at Nando's Beechboro, WA. It's the longest journey ever for us just to eat our dinner..hehe..It's nearly 40mins from our home, using 3 different highways! For your info, this is the only Nando's branch that is certified halal as it doesn't offer any pork or bacon meal. The rest of the branches, on the other hand still sells Halal chicken- where they will cook separately from the bacon in the front stove.


Everything is FREE is the BEST! Hehe..



Their promise..


Waiting for the meal..


Tadaaa! It's a whole chicken with fries and a 1.25l Coke at AUD21.95!
Full address:
17-18 Centro Altone Park
Cnr Altone Road & Hull Way
Beechboro WA6063
 (08) 9378 3231


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Let's read books to them!

Reading books boosts child language

A new study by researchers from Perth’s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research provides more evidence that reading books to young children and helping them visually to follow the story improves a child’s language.



The results have been published online in the international journal First Language.


Lead author Dr Brad Farrant said they investigated the factors that facilitate children’s language (vocabulary) development between 9 and 34 months of age using data from Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).


“We looked at a range of factors for 2188 children in LSAC including joint attention, book-reading, child vocabulary, child temperament, maternal age, maternal education, parenting, number of siblings in the home, household income and community socio-economic status,” Dr Farrant said.


“Our findings indicate that higher levels of parent-child book reading are associated with significantly better child language (vocabulary) development.


“Children with more educated mothers have larger vocabularies because they engage in more parent-child book reading.”


The study also confirmed previous research demonstrating a gender gap favouring girls, who had a significantly greater vocabulary than boys at around 3 years of age.

Dr Farrant said the results add to the body of evidence that parents play a major role in children’s early language development.


“Combining the findings of our study with previous research suggests that interventions targeting children’s early language development would be well served by focussing on book reading as early as possible in children’s lives,” Dr Farrant said.


“Parents from all backgrounds can help ensure their children have sound language skills at school entry and beyond by reading to them throughout the preschool years.”

Parent-child picture book reading provides an excellent opportunity for vocabulary expansion by learning word-object mapping in a more structured setting and involves pointing gestures, joint attention and verbal labelling.


Original source from here

Friday, November 18, 2011

Arts & Craft Session: Binocular

Maryam with her new binocular!

It's so easy to make a binocular. We do not have to buy anything, as most of them are recycled items. What you need are:-

2 empty toilet paper roll
recycle catalog or gift wrapping paper:- cut into 2 rectangle sizes (as per the empty roll)
a string
glue & scissor

Step 1:
You need to wrap the empty toilet paper roll with a wrapping paper or recycled catalog. We just use the recycle catalog (known as junk mail here =) ). Just cut according to the size and glue it nicely

Step 2:
Make a small hole at the end corner of each roll, for the string. You can either use a pen or a needle (with adult supervision of course).

Step 3:
Cut a small rectangle using the same wrapper/catalog. The tricky part is that you need to glue it in the middle of both rolls, ie to join both rolls. Don't forget that you need to adjust the length so that it will nicely fit both eyes.

Step 4:
Put the strings and tie it at both ends. The length should be just nice to fit across the neck. Be sure not the short or too long for your child.

Step 5:
You're done! A homemade binocular is now ready to be used! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Bila ummi terpaksa menjadi pelukis...


Tigger & Pooh
(Sorry. Rotated few times, but it's still the same)


Looks like the older version of them...
Am very bad in drawing...huhu..btw, it's Mickey & Minnie Mouse



It's Snow White...I know...I know...doesn't looked like one!


It's Chip and Dale with nuts!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baking Session: Black Forest Cake

Since I've been craving for this cake quite sometime, terpaksalah gagahkan diri juga nak buat sendiri. Was totally forgot about it when we're in Malaysia, if not definitely I'll just buy it at Secret Recipe. It was great experience to do it myself, Alhamdulillah. =)

Oh yes, I baked 2 different size and shapes of the cake. What? 2 cakes? Hehe..Yup, you read it right. Oh no..bukan pelahap ya sampai nak makan sampai 2 biji kek sekali! We've two different occassions for our friends of us - farewell party since they're going back to Malaysia for good. So, alang-alang nak buat, dapatlah merasa all of us. Alhamdulillah =)


My first try - Black Forest Square cake! =)



A round version of black forest!


=)

Last Saturday was also my sister's 17th birthday. So, here goes her birthday cake. BUT sorryyy dear, we'll eat it for you since you weren't here. Sob Sob..

 

Happy birthday Aunty Mar!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Library session Again..

Last Tuesday was our first day of library session after a whole week off when we're in Malaysia. It's good to see that Maryam really enjoy her time there. Alhamdulillah. I can see that after so many sessions, she's now actively involved with the session, singing along and really focus during the story telling session. Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah =)

As usual, after the story telling session, kids will then do some artwork; colouring, cutting and pasting. Normally the art will be related to the story that day. It was about pigs. Two short stories about the pink animal. So, this was what she did...

A piglet mask!
Once she seated on the chair and started to colour, the lady (story teller) came to us. Can you guess what she asked? She was asking whether Maryam is okay with the picture or she can change another picture for her to colour. She's really concern about it! I was impressed! She even went and asked other Muslim mothers (3 of us that day including myself) the same question.

But, no..we didn't request for a change. There's nothing wrong with colouring a picture of a piglet. Islam doesn't teach us that. Pig is still an animal, created by Him, and of course, it is Haraam to even touch and eat them. And that applies to the real animal, not a picture of them. Lebih-lebih lagi kat negara orang, pigs are something that they adore very much!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Maryam VS Rayyan

I once told my hubby that, when we're back in Malaysia, don't get too excited as our parents/family were actually looking forward to see the little Maryam, and not us. Oh, please..don't get me wrong. Ya lah kan, atuk dan nenek la yang paling excited jumpa cucunda. Anak dah jatuh nombor dua..hehe..

And for us, besides parents, we're looking forward to see our little niece, Rayyan. The only one at the moment. She was 10months old, still crawling etc when we left for Aussie. Now she's 15months and she can walks and runs...hehe. Definitely we can't wait to see how do they (Maryam &  Rayyan) play and interact together. hehe..Although we can roughly guess how aggressive Rayyan is when we used to facetime most of the time, but it wouldn't be the same in real moment..


Maryam wants to have the same outfit as Rayyan, so I bought the same for her both =)



Favourite: Yogurt Drink!


Bukan senang nak dapat both of them to smile to the camera!

Sometimes, they were playing together; take turns and share the toys. Tapi...bila datang anginnya, masing-masing mula lah menunjukkan belang, tak mahu share dan berebut sahaja.
It will end up, either of them crying or both crying at the same time.


Rayyan mula minta toys, nak main..Maryam tak mahu share..Rayyan masih bersabar..


"Oh, tak mahu bagi ya...ha, rasakan.." Agaknya itulah bisikan hati Rayyan..sambil menarik rambut si kakak...
heheh..

Tapi...bila datang mood yang tersangat baik buat kedua-duanya, kita yang tengok pun cairrrrrrr.....
Rayyan menyuap kakak Maryam makan roti  =)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Maryam Balik Kampung

We had the chance to balik kampung!! Yeay!! Alhamdulillah =)

Although it was just a short trip back to our country, less than a week, but that was great opportunity to recharge and lepaskan rindu untuk closest family. Alhamdulillah. May Allah gives us such opportunity again in the future. Ameen.

Since last Friday is a public holiday here in Perth and it was a long weekend, we took this opportunity to fly back to Malaysia. What? Just for 3 days? Are we crazy? It's hubby that went back over the weekend, since he still new and couldn't apply for annual leave. But, me & Maryam went back earlier on Tuesday. So more time for us two in Malaysia. Maklumlah, I travel with a VVIP for both families, so 3 days over the weekend memanglah tak cukup for the families to manja2 with the VVIP (Read: Maryam)


Maryam @ the airport

Checking for the airplane, has it arrived yet? The time was 4.30am.


Yup, here it is. Time: 5.30am! Cerah bagai pukul 8 or 9 am!



Otw to the plane


On her seat, the plane was still empty since we had the opportunity to board first; again..sebab bawa VVIP =P

Us before take-off
Our flight was scheduled at 6.50am, but it was delayed about an hour due to traffic congestion. So memang boring betul duduk dalam plane yang tak bergerak. Maryam tak habis-habis tanya, bilalah nak fly ni...So, when we actually take-off, she was asleep! hehe...Mengantuklah sebab terpaksa bangun about 3am that day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jalan-jalan Perth: It's Strawberry Picking time!

Spent the previous Sunday in Wanneroo, Alhamdulillah. What's soo special with that? We went for strawberry picking! Yeay! It's the first time for both my beloved Maryam and hubby, while that was my second time, as I've experienced it before in Southampton, UK.

We followed our friends of mine, K Mas - the organiser, with few others - K Ina, K Faizah, K Salmah, K Zai, Fathim; all with families. Alhamdulillah, what a great Sunday to start with isn't it? Since it was a very last minute decision, (we only decided to join them aboout half an hour before they go), we've decided to get the address and meet them there. Not joining them to convoy.

Went out about 9am, stop at IGA Riverton while on our way to get some drinks and managed to arrive there about an hour, just in time as they arrived. We went to Wanneroo area; where I believed there are lots of farms here. We went to 171 Elliot Road, Wanneroo. It's owned by a Vietnamese, which has spent more than 30years at the farm. He only started as early as 25!

Look at the huge farm!

Maryam's picking a strawberry!

Alhamdulillah, she really enjoy picking!


Maryam & the strawberry farm!

Can u guess how many kilos that we've picked?
After about 2 hours picking, we then headed to the nearest park for lunch. At first, we planned to go to Blue Lake Park, which is about 8km away from the farm. However, it seems that there are no parking spaces available, just along the road. So, we then headed to another park. But, the GPS only shows us the trail route. So, there goes another ad-hoc plan. Alhamdulillah, we're quite near the park that we went nearly 4 months ago. Remember my wordless entry?

Once we found the best spot, maka terbentanglah segala macam jenis makanan sebagai santapan piknik tengahari kami. From nasi lemak (from 2 different chefs), mee goreng, bihun goreng (also from 2 different chefs) to homemade jelly. Alhamdulillah, kenyang sangat dan berlebih-lebihan makanan yang ada.


Variety of foods..yummy!
Sambil makan-makan, anak-anak lah yang paling seronok. Main playground!

See-saw time!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Counting days....4 days left!

I just can't wait for the moment. InsyaAllah in 4 days..




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Have so many things in mind..on what to do, what to eat, what shall I bring here to maximise the luggage allowance etc.

Some of those delicious & yummilisious food in Malaysia that I want to eat..

Yeah, I know..I know...of all those foods/fruits; why banana? It's not that it cannot be found here, but it's just that it's tooooooo expensive. More than AUD12/kg! I would not spend that much just to eat bananas!




And of course, pisang goreng panas yang sedap!


PIZZA HUT!

But, most of all..I wanna meet my beloved family! Tak sabarnya! Makan masakan mak- sungguhpun nasi goreng hari-hari pun tak mengapa =) That' what mak has been saying each time I call her tanya masak apa for breakfast =)

**Photos ihsan google



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's inspection again!

It's been 3 months ago, when we had our first inspection. Remember my previous entry with regards to the massive cleaning that we've had. It's really a nightmare at that time. But, to be honest, this time, we're like...hmm..ok, inspection and guess what, we've only prepare anything that we can.

We've done the mowing in front and behind garden. It's now left with the inside bit- vacuuming, mopping etc etc. Ya Allah, please give me strength to do all this seikhlas hati. Kalau tidak, penat sahaja yang ku peroleh.

Oh ya, malam ni pasti cuti masak sehinggalah esok hari sejurus selesainya inspection. Jika dah sampai ke petang, baru nak mai check, alamatnya makan luar lah kami. heheh..tu part yang paling best ler.. =D

Moga Allah permudahkan segalanya buat kami. Ameen.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Makan-makan: The Ghan Restaurant

This was our first time here, where most of our friends recommended that if you're looking for the best Indian/Afghanistan food. They have it all here. So, one fine day, here we came to taste it ourselves.

Enjoy the photos! Let them do the talking =P

Maryam enjoying the food by herself =)


Me & my beloved, Maryam Safiyyah



Taste more or less like Lamb Beriani but of course, it's yummier!


Sorry, can't recall the name of the dish. Will update again if we've the chance to go there again =)



Completed with yummy yogurt


Nice interior. I just love the colour combination - Red, White & Black. Looks exclusive!


The kitchen cum cashier


Friday, October 14, 2011

Jalan-jalan: Perth Royal Show 2011

Perth Royal Show this year was held between 1st to 8th October 2011, same venue like previous years ie. in Claremont. Alhamdulillah, we managed to spare our Saturday ie the final day of the show there =)

Just a little info for us, this is actually an annual show, which has started since 1834, known as 'Fair and Cattle Show'. After 12 years, the State of government then granted the RAS (Royal Agricultural Show) the bigger site in Claremont. The first show there was held in 1905. And of course, many had been done to accommodate the bigger crowd, recorded in 1997 as the year with most number of attendance, with more than 460 000 people! That is definitely a WOW! hehe.. For more info, you can read it here =) 

We started our journey as early as 7am as we thought it starts at 8am and to avoid the crowd definitely. We parked our car at train station and headed there by train. Took 2 different train, changed at Perth Station to Showground Station. Overall journey took us roughly about 40mins to an hour. Maryam had a great time as this is her first time taking a ride on train here in WA. My first experience too. Hehe..But once we arrived, all counter were still closed and will be only open at 9am. But people has started to queue at 8.40am just to make sure we're the first to enter! hehe..

Overall, I would say that it is a great family event. Alhamdulillah. This event is actually an iconic social and cultural event which showcases WA agriculture, small business and entertainment. Besides that, Malaysia too have participated where there's a large Malaysian Pavillion in promoting the agriculture, tradition and food in Malaysia.


Testing the pelamin


In front of Malaysia Pavillion
There were also many other events for those animal lovers, food lovers and also those thrill seekers. So now, let the photos do the talking =) Enjoy! =D

Pigeon & Poultry

Different type of pigeons


Hens, Cocks, Chickens & Roosters (Whatever you called them =P )
Happily stay in one cage-no matter whether you're from different family


Pat-an-animal as you wish
Dare to try this?



Many different types of sheeps
Maryam in action
We enjoyed ourselves there, although I think Maryam is still small to appreciate those animals.hehe..She's more on those showbags being offered along the way. And of course, the one that distracted her very much was the DORA showbag. She's been asking for it along the way since we first saw it, which was about minutes we entered the event. Although we said that we'll buy one for her later once we've done walking all booths during the show, but yes, she's just being a little girl. So, we then get her one once we saw it along the way.


This is what she's been asking for.
Wanna know what's inside ?

Tadaaa!!