mrsdjones the blog: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

More interesting fact:

2012 attractions

Maybe I should post more recipes here. Maybe recipes from my mom and grandmas too because most of them is a reflection of my heritage; the Bangkahulu & Minangkabau background from Sumatera. It is somewhat similar to Padang food. Some of them are quite unique and you can definitely put them under the delicacy category. I have always wanted to compile the old recipes into a hardcopy for my girls future reference. Maybe I should just do it  online for now. 🙂

Ayam percik mudah

I have made ayam percik for iftar last night and it was a BIG hit! Husband can’t stop licking his fingers and the kids ate a lot. Now, that says a lot coz my kids are such a picky eater! I have made similar roasted chicken before but I assure you, this one is a hit. Let me share out the recipe in malay language coz this is how I copy(paste) it down. Sharing is caring and this is a special request from my twitter buddy @marlianaz (*waving hand*). Here we go and enjoy!

Resepi ayam percik

Bahan-bahan (kuah percik) 4-5 orang

9 ulas bawang merah (dikisar)
1 ulas bawang putih (dikisar)
1/2 inci halia (dikisar)
4 sudu besar cili kisar (saya guna 2 sudu sahaja)
400 ml santan pekat (saya guna 1/2 biji kelapa yg diparut diambil santannya)
1/4 sudu besar halba (fenugreek seeds)
3 batang serai (diketuk)
Sedikit belacan
Garam dan gula secukup rasa
1/2 cawan air
Minyak masak untuk menumis

Bahan-bahan (perap ayam)

1/2 ekor ayam
4 ulas bawang merah
1 ulas bawang putih
1 inci halia
1 batang serai
1/2 sudu besar ketumbar
1/2 sudu besar jintan putih

Cara-cara

  1. Kisar bahan-bahan untuk memerap ayam. Perap ayam selama 30 minit. Kemudian bakar ayam sehingga masak.
  2. Untuk kuah, tumis bahan-bahan yang telah dikisar sehingga naik bau.
  3. Masukkan cili kisar. Kacau sekata, kemudian masukkan air.
  4. Masukkan santan, halba, belacan dan serai. Kacau hingga sekata.
  5. Masukkan garam dan gula secukup rasa.
  6. Masak sehingga kuah menjadi pekat (30-40 minit).
  7. Bila siap, curahkan kuah ke atas ayam yang telah dibakar.

Resepi dari: http://dapurmalaysia.com/resepi-ayam-percik/

Now, this is the picture of the real deal. *proud face* :p

German Mince Meatball Recipe

I am sharing this recipe I got from BigOven. Sorry, I didn’t keep the name of the contributor. My bad! So this is a recipe from Anon and I love it! Approved by me and it DID taste like my favorite Ikea meatball! Love!! Ok here goes and enjoy!

My most basic (German) meatball recipe:

about 500 g mince meat

1 onion (finely chopped)

1 hard roll (or some other white bread, french bread, ciabatta or the likes – dried out and soaked in water till mushy – squeeze water out before adding to meat) (I use 10 pcs of weetameal biscuits)

1 egg

seasonings to taste

(My MIL also adds breadcrumbs to make everything less moist and more compact, you might just as well omit the soaked bread to achieve that because then the only reason you add bread is to save money by “diluting” the meat).

I like them a little fluffy, so I stuck with my own mother’s as above – the egg and the moist bread make the fluff. I mix those using either my hands or a fork. For basic meatballs I add salt, pepper and marjoram – sometimes a tsp of mustard, but you can do any other seasonings as well. (I recommend the mustard!!)

Sometimes I sautee the onion first to get them soft. Italian herbs, garlic, and (drained off the oil) marinaded dried tomatoes are very nice for party meatballs.

You can also add chopped olives, corn kernels, or whatever else if serving without sauce (eg. cold for fingerfood) Wet your hands a little to shape the meat into balls or patties and fry from all sides.

My daughters new antics

What can I say, twitter and now drawsome has conquered my free time. Of course, family, kids and work (and FB) too!

This is how my kids keep me and DH very busy, by playing and fighting with each other! They are quite competitive too. It makes me worried sometime.

Let me illustrate it with some pictures:

Adik menonggeng...

Kakak pon ikut menonggeng.. :p

Adik got stucked and cried coz she can't get up :p

Kakak pretend to get stuck too! :p hahaa

Adoi.. there are many more example but I am so lazy to list it down. Letih ok! Everything needs to be repeated. Everything must be in sets of two. If I bathe kakak, adik will cry and wanna join us. I feed adik and kakak want some milk too. If hubby is not around I think I will go crazy lah! Like I am not “crazy” enough juggling work and family.

I am not so strong. My house looks like a sinking ship most of the time but thank god for an understanding hubby who are willing to help around the house. (If I am lucky and he is available around the house :p haha)

Resepi Ikan Tiga Rasa

Resepi hari ini adalah permintaan dan ditujukan khas buat kawan saya yang rajin ke dapur. Kam, this is for you! Enjoy!

Ikan Tiga Rasa
Bahan-Bahan:
1 ekor ikan bawal (saya gantikan dgn ikan tilapia merah)
2 biji bawang putih – dicincang
3 biji bawang merah – dicincang
1 biji bawang besar – dipotong bulat
2 biji cili merah – dicincang (boleh digantikan dgn cili padi kalau suka lebih pedas)
1/2 biji capsicum hijau dipotong dadu
2 biji tomato – dipotong dadu
2 kerat nenas – dipotong dadu
2 sudu cili kering yg dikisar
3 sudu sos tiram
2 sudu sos tomato
2 sudu sos ikan
Sedikit daun sup & daun bawang
serbuk kunyit, garam & gula
Minyak untuk menggoreng ikan & menumis

Cara memasak:
Ikan dibersihkan dan dilumurkan dengan garam dan serbuk kunyit. Goreng ikan tersebut sehingga garing.
Panaskan minyak dalam kuali dan masukkan bawang putih, bawang merah dan tumis sehingga naik bau.
Masukkan cili kering yg dikisar dan tumis sehingga naik bau dan garing.
Kemudian masukkan sos tiram, sos tomato dan sos ikan. Tambahkan garam dan gula ikut citarasa anda.
Selepas kuah mendidih, masukkan bawang besar, cili merah, capsicum, tomato dan nenas. Gaul rata.
Apabila sudah masak, tuang kuah tadi ke atas ikan dan hiaskan dengan daun sup dan daun bawang. Sedia untuk dihidang!

Gambar Hiasan