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Everlong

“The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You gotta promise not to stop when I say when”

-Foo Fighters (Song : Everlong)

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This is a song that me and my 11-year-old son, Razin, love! He listened to me in wonder (or it just might have been dazed?) when I related a little rock history to him. Glorious tales of how Foo Fighters evolved from Nirvana. The fame, the grunge, the angst. And finally the Cobain suicide. Life goes on…

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Wonton Noodle Soup

I wanted to try and make homemade wontons. It didn’t look too difficult. So I was mentally preparing the list of ingredients in my head while I was at work. I figured I’d make the wontons the night before so that it would be faster and easier for me to prepare dinner the next day.

But Razin had other plans. As soon as he heard I was planning to make this the next day, he asked if I could make it that night. And me, being the wonderful mother I am (I’d like to think so. Haha!), simply couldn’t refuse his little request.

So it was a little rush to get the ingredients after work, picked up the little ones from daycare and back home to make the wontons.

The filling for them was simply minced chicken, ginger, spring onions, Chinese celery, soy sauce and sesame oil. They cooked quite fast in boiling water, less than 10 minutes. I made a clear broth with chicken stock cubes that I jazzed up with fresh onions, garlic and ginger.

The long and endless noodles were left that way, without cutting them. The Chinese believe noodles are a sign of longevity. I don’t believe it, I just love slurping the long springy strands off my bowl.

Huge success, kids loved it, everybody’s happy. Yes, I was a little tired and dinner was a little late. But who cares about all that, when I see their happy faces slurping away and asking for seconds.

-hazrock, monkey wrench

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Food

 

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Thunder In The East

“This clown pretends
everything’s all right
While his heart is breakin’ inside”

-Loudness (Song : So Lonely)

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Loudness, probably the best metal band to come out of Japan. I wasn’t really into them in the 80s. Then I heard a really good live version of So Lonely, which is a reworked version of their earlier song Ares’ Lament. Ichiban! Hait!!

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Mochi from Cold Storage supermarket.

I’m in love with these Japanese rice cakes! These are filled with peanut, red bean, and sesame pastes. I’m more partial to the peanut and red bean, and I don’t really like the sesame ones. And these are small and cute, a greedy person could probably eat this in one big bite.

And because I think these are cute, I nicknamed my youngest daughter, Marissa, my little mochi. Because she is just that, cute!

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My little mochi

-hazrock, hurricane eyes

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Food

 

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Machine Head

I have never really listened to Machine Head. But I was watching some of their Rock Am Ring performances a few days ago. Nothing like a good headbanging distraction, albeit just a little. A little is fine, just as long as it doesn’t take over life.

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Fish Head Curry in Claypot from Thohirah Restaurant.

That looks spectacular doesn’t it? I think any dish served with real flames underneath counts as that. But this, to me, is a bad photo. Why? Because you can’t see the fish head! I mean, how do you know I wasn’t lying? It could very well be just a pot of curry and I claimed it was a Fish Head Curry. Blame the photographer!

THIS should the photo!

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Wow! And THAT would really be spectacular!

Well, good photo or bad, who cares? I’m not a professional. I just point and shoot.

This Fish Head Curry is a huge dish. Accompanied with plain white rice, it could feed 2 people generously. This could very well be one of Singapore’s favorite dish. Don’t ask me to cook it. I don’t know how to handle a raw fish head. I feel like it is staring back at me.

One of the things that people like to do when eating this is to eat the eyeballs. I have never had it and too chickened out to try. My 11-year-old son, Razin, tried it for the first time. I jokingly told him, if you eat the eyeball you can see better. After eating, he said, “wow! I can see clearer!” Haha! Silly boy!

-hazrock, heads I win, tails you lose

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Food

 

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Talk Shows On Mute

“Lights, Camera, Transaction”
-Incubus (Song : Talk Shows On Mute)

When they first came out, I was so intrigued by bands like Incubus, which has a DJ as one of the band members to give them a totally new and different sound. I’m not saying I don’t like it, it just took some time for me to accept it.
And there is probably only one thing that kept me listening to Incubus. Brandon Boyd. I know it sounds weird, but I still occasionally have celebrity crushes.
Oh well…

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Kiwi Rush from SweetTalk

An ice blended drink on a cloudy day? Why not? I had brought the kids to a water playground. It was quite hot and then it turned cloudy and started drizzling. While the girls ran around through the fountains and sprinklers, I worked out quite a thirst to cheer them on and shout cautionary warnings for them to be careful.

My 11-year-old didn’t join in the fun and chose to sit on the side with me playing games on the iPhone. He thinks the playground is too babyish and he’s too cool for that. My baby boy, you are growing up too fast. *sobs*

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Sweet Talk at nex Mall.
A wide array of bubble teas and other drinks. The Kiwi Rush that I chose was an Italian soda. Ice blended and with some sprite in it. Yum!

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Happy kids!

-hazrock, wish you were here

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Food

 

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Stew-pid Girl

“You pretend you’re high
You pretend you’re bored
You pretend you’re anything
Just to be adored”

-Garbage (Song : Stupid Girl)

Only two words to describe Garbage : Shirley Manson.

Love a girl who rocks!

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Beef Stew On Rice

This is a dish perfect for a stay-home lazy Sunday. I woke up early, raring to go to the kitchen to cook this because it takes quite a while to slowly cook it over the stove and I want to have it ready for lunch.

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The base of a good stew, a beautiful Mirepoix

The cut of beef I used was a chuck tender, perfect for stewing. I never know how to cut beef. With the grain or against the grain? I don’t even know where the grain is! Oh well. In my kitchen, anything goes!

Just like any stew recipes, the beef was browned first to get it a little caramelized, which equals to tons of flavour. But unlike any stew recipes, I used beef stock in cubes instead of red wine to simmer the beef in.

And because I was in a lazy mood, I threw in potatoes into the stew instead of making mashed potatoes to eat alongside the stew. Then I served the stew with rice which was just cooked in the rice cooker.

A stay-home lazy Sunday? Nope! The kids had other plans. We were out the door as soon as the stew was cooked and came back a few hours later to a warm and homey meal.

-hazrock, only happy when it rains

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Food

 

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Boys To Men

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Brave nephews, Rio (left, 5) and Zico (7), going through a rite of passage.

As Muslims, all boys have to go through it. Circumcision. It is being done before boys reach puberty although there are some parents who circumcised their baby boys as young as about a month old.
So after it had been done, the boys can’t wear pants, as the wounds were still raw and tender and it would be painful if the fabric touched it. So we gave them sarongs to wear. And to further ensure that the sarong wouldn’t graze the wound, Malays came up with this ingenious contraption using a bent clothes hanger strapped around the boys waists. So there they were, walking around with a sarong and an obvious protrusion in the groin area. Quite amusing to see.

To mark this momentous occasion, the parents (my brother in law and his wife) decided to have a small gathering with the family and close neighbors. And the wife, an Indonesian and an excellent cook), cooked up a storm with help from her friends.

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Ayam Penyet (Indonesian smashed chicken)

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Fried Tofu and Tempeh

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Oxtail Soup

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Fried Bee Hoon

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A “village” salad comprises of round eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce and cabbage with a spicy sambal and lime squeeze.

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Fruits Rojak. Young papayas, guavas, turnips, cucumbers and apples eaten with a spicy prawn paste sauce.

And there were sweet and savory snacks as well.

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Curry Puffs

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Kueh Dadar

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Chendol Nagasari, a sweet steamed pudding

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Kueh Lopes

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Fresh Fruits

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Chocolates in little cases for guests

And as a “bravery award”, my brother in law bought them an Xbox 360!!

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My son, Razin, trying out Grand Theft Auto.
And with an unerring logic of an 11-year-old, he is willing to be circumcised again just so he can have an Xbox. Haha! Kids!

-hazrock, yummy in my tummy

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Food

 

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The Little Prince

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Celebrate!

Last week, and after 3 wonderful nieces, I finally have a nephew! Oh the joy of a new life! Welcome to the world, little prince!

I was at my sister’s over the weekend to see the baby. My parents were there too so there was family bonding and a little feasting as well.

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My mom made Chicken and Potato Curry, and we ate it with warm toasted French loaves.

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And accompanying the Curry, she would always make an Egg Salad with a Peanut Chilli Dressing.

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I made Cinnamon Rolls.

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My brother-in-law, the baby’s dad, made Fried Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli).

Nice family time on a weekend, surrounded by so much love for the new baby, Norman Iskandar.

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-hazrock, awwwww…..

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Food

 

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