This is a continuation of my memorable trip home. You can read my previous one at A Memorable Trip Home (Arrival And Election).
My hubby’s side has 10 nieces and nephews, most are still small. On my side, all my nieces and nephews are quite grown up and living in another town. Before I went back, I had already planned to make cakes when I’m in Sibu. Had never done that before. These nieces and nephews often told me that they drool over the pictures on my blog…..awwwww. I just have to make for them. Can’t come back here feeling guilty.
Arriving home means everything to me! First of all, I was really happy to meet my parents and also my in-laws. I didn’t go back last year because of my leg surgery. As much as I was overjoyed to see my parents, it also breaks my heart to see that my mom’s condition got a lot worse. She is too weak to walk. My dad also looks rather frail though he can still walk, but very, very slow. I was SO touched when I heard that my dad wanted to be in Sibu when we arrived. The power of parents’ love!! Just speechless. My parents were in Sibu for less than a week and returned to my sister’s place in another town. My hubby and I travelled to see them again before we left to return to Aberdeen. That will be in another post.
It looks like it’s a real holiday back home this time. I hardly cooked. My mother-in-law did all the cooking. She has been cooking all our favourite dishes everyday, especially the vegetables. I think I only helped to fry a dish of vegetable ONCE. Not a good daughter-in-law huh…..oooops. No, I think she loves me too much….hehe. Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t that I was lazy. We went out too much. There were so many things to do and friends to meet up. 2+ weeks is just too short…..*big sigh*.
However, I did some baking. I baked 5 cakes altogether in my final few days at home. I made 3 chocolate brownies! They got finished real quick…..*big smiles*. Brownies is the easiest…..just melt and mix, then bake. If you have never tried making a cake, I suggest you go for this one to start. You will surprise yourself, and then profusely thank me for the suggestion…..*big grin*. When I baked it the 3rd time, I taught my 7 year old niece to make. She enjoyed it (top picture above). If you don’t know which recipe to use, you can use mine….never fail….*big smiles*. Just don’t over bake. You can tell from the picture here it’s not overbaked. Check out my recipe at My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends.
I actually brought back a few bars of dark chocolate for making these brownies. Finished all of them. So happy! I even brought back baking powder, baking soda and natural vanilla for the baking. Remember I received Dr Oetker baking ingredients before I went back? They came in so handy. You can check out my post on that at My Best Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Hearts.
The other 2 cakes do not require cake mixer too. My in-law’s house do not have measuring cups and measuring spoons…..hmmm. I should have brought back too…..hehe. But never mind. I just used a plastic drinking cup and the normal eating spoons which means everything is by estimation. The cakes came out successful too. There’s no big oven except a small table top oven. It works rather well to my surprise.
One of the cake is banana and date cake using oil. I just used my recipe at Healthy And Moist Oatmeal Banana Cake and modified it, using plain flour and adding chopped dates. Everyone liked it very much.
On the day before I left Sibu to come back to Aberdeen, I made a Coconut Kaya Cake. Kaya is coconut jam which is a favourite to go with toast. It’s a very popular jam in Malaysia. This recipe is a new one…..my experiment. It turned out very well, full of flavour. Very simple and easy recipe too. I think I’ll share the recipe in another post.
Oh, I almost forgot. I made a deep fried snack called ‘Ham Chim Paeng’ locally. Not too sure what to call that in English. I think I’ll just call it 5-Spiced Chinese Doughnuts. It’s savoury and great with a cup of coffee. Again I’ll share the recipe in another post. Making these was labour intensive compared to making cakes. Mind you it was SO hot and humid in Malaysia. To fry these in the heat of the day is quite a torture. But my sweet mother-in-law brought a portable fan and put near me as I was frying these doughnuts! She is always very understanding and loving. How not to love a mother-in-law like her!….*big smiles*.
Talking about my mother-in-law, she wanted to learn how to make Chinese dumplings. She prepared the filling which is just chives fried with eggs. I showed her and my sister-in-law how to make the dough and how to crimp the edges. But they found it very challenging to get it right. In the end, I showed them to do the short cut way….just pull the egdes together and squeeze….done….quick and easy. Everyone liked it very much. So sorry, forgot to take pictures……hmmmm.
See, I told you blogging is fun…..all your recipes organised and in one place. Since they are your recipes, tested and tried, you’ll have no problem wherever you go. All you need is your laptop or iPad. How convenient is that! If you are still thinking of starting a blog, you really should stop thinking and thinking. It’s just wasting your time. You know you do, right? Just START! I bet you’ll never regret doing so. Again, you can thank me later for giving you a push….*big grin*.
I think I better tell you more why you should start blogging, even if you think you are not good in cooking or you are very busy. Let me try to convince you again. Your blog is owned by you….in your control. You blog at your own time, even if it means just once a month. At least you have 12 posts a year! If you are a food blogger, it means 12 recipes a year. It’s still wonderful, right?
Or maybe you are like me who owns a lot of cookbooks and feel you don’t need a blog as you can always refer to your cookbook. The problem is I don’t cook all the recipes in any one cookbook. The worst is I can’t remember which cookbook I use after a while. My cookbooks are my past time, to feast on the pictures most of the time.
One final reason. My girls know where to hunt recipes of my good food that they had enjoyed. What a huge relief as a mother!……..*big smiles*.
Right, I hope you are convinced now. Let me know if you ever start because I would love to visit your blog too. I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading yours as much as you enjoy reading mine. You’ll see lots of much bigger smiles on my face if you do so….*big grin*.
Right, I can’t tell you how happy I am these few days because the weather has been fantastic! If it stays like this everyday, I will definitely stay here in Aberdeen forever…..haha. It’s so sunny and warm instead of cold and gloomy. I just feel energised!! Time to be outdoor more often because such beautiful weather don’t last long. I do hope you have very nice weather too wherever you are.
Ok, I better stop here because I want to watch my tennis. It’s such an exciting sport. Til then, see you in my next post with more stories about my trip home.
Quote of the day……
*Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.”
- Randall G Leighton