Monday, 31 December 2012

Pandan agar-agar with coconut milk recipe

I had some free time yesterday morning whilst waiting for the kids to get up from bed. After I've had a cup of coffee, watered my plants, done the laundry and run the dishwasher, I've decided to make agar-agar for dessert.

Pandan agar-agar is something that I used to make during my secondary school years. I used to have a good recipe for pandan agar-agar, given by my mum, but had unfortunately lost it. It has been at least 10 years since I last make one.

I still remembered the ingredients though, although not the amount of ingredients. Luckily, the pandan agar-agar made came out perfect, and all my kids loved it.

Pandan agar-agar

Here is the recipe that I used:

A packet of agar-agar powder
230 g of sugar
750 ml of water
200 ml of coconut milk
1 egg
Some pandan leaves

Part of the ingredients used

*Note: I used swallow globe brand agar-agar powder in green, you can also use the clear version instead. The original recipe from the agar-agar powder packet called for 250 grams of sugar and 1 liter of water, but since I am replacing the water with a mixture of coconut milk, egg and water, I have reduced the sugar amount by 20 grams.

1. Blend together water with the pandan leaves to get pandan extract. Sieve through a strainer.
Pandan extract made by processing pandan leaves and water using a food processor/blender

2. Mix the pandan extract with sugar and agar-agar powder and bring to boil in a pot, stirring occasionally.
3. In a different container, mix the coconut milk and egg.
4. Once the sugar and agar-agar powder had dissolved and the mixture has started to boil, mix in the coconut milk and egg mixture.
5. Stir well and let it simmer for a while before turning off the heat.
6. Pour the mixture into a container (i used a 7 x 7 inches of square cake pan) and let it cool before transferring it into a refrigerator to set.
I used a 7 x 7 inches container, and the height of the agar-agar came out great

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mini pleated wristlet

My mum had actually requested me to make her a small wristlet a while back, for her to place her handphones. However, since I've not been sewing, I had put it in my to-do list. Since sekarang saya dah start menjahit balik, maka wajiblah untuk saya selesaikan apa-apa yang ada dalam to-do list saya tu.

I spent my Monday evening sewing her wristlet. Since I've never done the same wristlet pattern before, it took me quite a while to figure out how to cut the fabric and how to do it. Alhamdulillah, I managed to put things together and I really love the result.
I used a soft japanese cotton for the exterior, and a normal plain cotton for the interior.
Here's the front view of the writlet:
And here's the back/interior view of the wristlet:
I went to my mum's place on that Monday evening itself to hand her the wristlet, and I'm glad my mum suka wristlet tu.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Handmade hobo bag

I've not done any baking recently, except for the occasional breads and buns for our own consumption, tu pon sebab saya gatal-gatal request bread maker from my dear hubby and he bought me a kenwood breadmaker as per my request. Thank you so much sayang for the breadmaker.
Apart from that, I've also not done any sewing for almost 3 months.. Kesian kat my sewing machine, lama betul terbiar. Baru-baru ni je rasa macam ada mood nak start menjahit balik, lagipun it's about time anyway sebab banyak juga baju/seluar yang dah terkoyak etc. So, aktiviti menjahit dimulakan dengan me-repair baju & seluar yang dah terkoyak.
I've then decided to make myself a new bag, nak bagi datang mood menjahit :)
So, last Saturday was spent sewing my new hobo bag. I used cotton for the exterior and lining, and a thick interfacing as stabilizer. I used a magnetic snap button for the opening of the bag and even included a small pocket inside the bag for small items. I absolutely love the result!!

Suka sangat sebab my current bag is kind of small, tak muat nak letak banyak barang. With this bag, siap ada enough space untuk letak baby wipes and diaper as well as a big container of raisins for Nuha.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Apam polkadot dan cookie monster

Dah lama betul tak update blog ni, dah almost 3 months. Bukan setakat tak update, buka blog sendiri pon jarang sangat-sangat.. Mesti ada yang tertanya-tanya, busy sangat ke sampai tak sempat nak update blog ni.. takde la busy sebenarnya.. order apam polkadot pon saya dah stop ambil since early Oktober hari tu. Ni gambar order apam polkadot dan apam cookie monster yang saya terima in early October, baru sekarang nak masuk dalam blog:
Apam polkadot tu ordered by my mum's friend, apam cookie monster tu repeat order from Kak Alia, thanks both for the orders!
For information, I've temporarily stop taking any order for both apam polkadot and mini cheese tart since early October 2012. If I've decided to resume taking order for these 2 items, I will let you all know k.