Thursday, 25 September 2014

Have you ever been to Batam, Indonesia?


Yes, my question to you. It all came from my mom in law's idea to just pick one place where we can visit relatives and do some shopping AND within a certain budget. So last January we flew to Batam in Kepulauan Riau. I know some of you might have some insight on Batam right. Well i can't stop you from thinking that way. Yes, Batam is famous among men who are looking for "entertainment". and the people of Batam also aware of that. But let me tell you this. That kind of business exists anywhere in the world right. Even in papua new guinea heeee. In fact i managed to interview one local lady. she said that the women involved in that industry came from other district or region. Batam folks wouldn't dare to do that for fear of condemnation from their family. Batam is indeed a small town. Here are few photos                                        

View from my hotel room. 

Our first MEAL! But it's not that cheap ok even after converted to RM.

Dinner Time!! Seafood time!


Dinner at relative's donning my new flower patched scarf. Glam gitew heee

Jus Alpukat yummm (Avocado smoothie). I love it love it love it. Please somebody give me the recipe. Tried make one before but end up in my sink. Yuck. 


Our Batam excursion started with Mini Indonesia. Miniature of houses from of all provinces in Indonesia. Jawa, Palembang, Minangkabau, Batak, Riau etc just like Mini Malaysia.

Feeling cute hehe




  
Mommy's boy <3

New bridge in quite a remote area. Connecting one island to another island. 

Shopping a bit. Not frenzy. Just few items like jubah, tudung and item u can't go without, Batam Layer cake which is actually so so. 


Ouchhh! Why so bulattt!! With MIL, AIL (Aunty in law?) and MIL neighbour cum distant relatives at the Jetty


So that's all about our trip to Batam. I know that it's not that colorful but seeing relatives, trying new delicacies and happy faces of my MIL and Cik Amah, Kak Yah and Abg Yahya were just enough  to make this trip a memorable one. Till then uols! 




Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Marvel My Pineapple Upside Down Cake


I know many of you never taste a pineapple cake before. My first encounter was back in the late 90s when one of my colleague gave me one slice which was very soft and yummy and melt in your mouth kind of thing. And at that time what was i thinking? If only i could make this cake on my own. And it took me over 13 years to discover its recipe. Well, my gratitude goes to the net. Hey! Just ask mr google. He'll give you the answer right.
Now let me share with you the most amazing pineapple cake ever. I found the recipe on the internet. I think joyofbaking.com lah. Can't remember. But i made a few adjustment to suit my palate and my style hehe. Here it goes!

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Topping:-
2 tbsp (1/4) (55g) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (160g) light brown sugar
1 canned round pineapple - keep the juice and pat dry the pineapple
Cherry (optional)

Cake batter:-
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups (195g) all purpose flour
200ml Milk
117g Butter at room temp
200g Caster sugar
2 tsp Baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cream of tartar
1/4 tsp Salt

How to:-

Topping- butter n brown sugar on med heat until melted. Do not stir until u see bubbles appear at the edges. Then pour into cake pan. Arrange pineapple slices on top of the sugar mixture.

For the cake- as usual beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Then add vanilla and egg yolk one at a time. Then add in the flour mixture (flour+salt+baking powder) alternately with milk.
In another bowl whisk the egg white with tartar until it hold firm peak and it doesn't fall. Then gently fold into the cake batter and pour into the cake tin with pineapple caramel in it.
Bake for about 35-40 mins (depends on your oven). Let it cool for about 15 mins and invert the cake onto serving plate. Wallaa! ready to be marvelled!!! Love the combination of the sweet caramel and the acidic pineapple plus the softness of the cake. Simply to die for. Try it!

P/s: lost the pic of my pineapple cake. But this one need to be posted lest it stays forever in my draft :-)