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The Honeydrippers

“Do you remember when we met? That’s the day I knew you were my friend.”
-The Honeydrippers (Song : Sea Of Love)

Picture grabbed from Google Search

Ahh! Robert Plant sang on this one. It’s hard to believe this is the same legend who belted out The Immigrant Song with band Led Zeppelin in music festivals filled with hippies in the 70s. He almost sounded like a balladeer, or crooner. Lovely…

Honey Cornflakes

Eid Mubarak to all Muslim friends, followers and readers. A really blessed and joyous festival we Muslims celebrate after a whole month of fasting in Ramadan.

I made a couple of batches of the Honey Cornflakes above. The same ones I did last year (Earlier post : The Bees Knees). A batch for my family and another one for my parents. Maybe I’ll make another batch to bring to work. The people there always gobble up whatever I bake for them.

I enlisted the help of my 2 daughters (Qistina, 6, and Marissa, 4) when I made the 2nd batch. Such reliable little ones. When did they grow up? I thought I was just cradling the babies in my arms just a while back. And now, they are little kitchen helpers. So blessed indeed.

-hazrock, slow down girls. Don’t grow up too fast!

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Food


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Smoke On The Water

“We all came out to Montereax,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline”

-Deep Purple (Song : Smoke On The Water)

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One of the most memorable riffs ever! I remembered when I was growing up, it seemed like EVERYBODY loved Deep Purple and especially that signature song of theirs. I didn’t like them then, because I was sort of a rebel. I didn’t, and still don’t, like music that was played to death by everybody. It just put me off completely. And when the dust settled, I slowly liked their music and began to appreciate how good they were.

Homemade Flavored Water (All Citrus and Strawberry-Orange)

Heatwave in Singapore! The weather has been hot hot hot. And in a bid to get the kids, and myself, to drink more water, I scoured online for ways to jazz up the plain old tap juice.
The search had been quite err… fruitful (pardon the pun). I found recipes to add flavor to water, just by adding fruits and herbs.

Basically, most fruits will do. Berries, citruses, melons. And herbs like rosemary, mint and even basil.

(L-R) Blackberry-Raspberry, Lemon-Mint and Raspberry-Lime. So refreshing!

So simple to make. Fruits and herbs (if using) at the bottom of a mason jar. Crush them a little with a bartender’s muddler. I didn’t have one so I used a thin wooden rolling pin (anything goes in my kitchen). Topped with ice and water. Let stand for at least an hour. Longer for maximum fruitiness. And then, SLURP!

-hazrock, love conquers all

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Food


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Toad The Wet Sprocket

“And it won’t matter now
Whatever happens to me
Though the air speaks of all we’ll never be”

-Toad The Wet Sprocket (Song : All I Want)

Picture grabbed from Google Search.
Hmmm, what do I know about Toad The Wet Sprocket? Nothing! Hehe. I just love this song by them. Plus, their name just goes well with the food I’m writing about.

Toad In The Hole

This entry is way overdued. Got a little distracted. Life happens outside WordPress.

Oh I love this! A really simple and classic dish from England. Toad In The Hole is basically a Yorkshire Pudding with “toads”. I can assure you, no toads are harmed in the making of this dish. The “toads” in question are sausages, in my case, chicken sausages.

I think this dish is not way up there in the looks department. Seriously, if you Google images of this dish, they all look err.. not so pleasing to the eye. But I love it, and I think my kids love it (after they completely assured that there are no toads in it). Well, they wanted seconds, and asked when I’m making it again. So I think it’s a hit.

And this dish is served with an onion gravy, which I had forgotten to snap a pic of it.

-hazrock, if I kiss this dish will it turn into a handsome prince?

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Posted by on March 18, 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!!

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!

My little mochi

-hazrock, hurricane eyes


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.

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!

Photo grabbed from Google Search.
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…

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*

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!

Happy kids!

-hazrock, wish you were here


Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Food


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Boys To Men

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.

Ayam Penyet (Indonesian smashed chicken)

Fried Tofu and Tempeh

Oxtail Soup

Fried Bee Hoon

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

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.

Curry Puffs

Kueh Dadar

Chendol Nagasari, a sweet steamed pudding

Kueh Lopes

Fresh Fruits

Chocolates in little cases for guests

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


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


Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Food


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