Sunday, January 03, 2016

Recipe : Steak sandwich with tomato and mushroom relish

Hello everyone!

So how's 2016 treating you so far? I hope it has been great!

Anyway, I have decided to start off my blog in 2016 with a recipe, so here is a simple steak sandwich recipe that you can make, especially when you have had too much nasi (rice) in many days. Thehehe..

Tukar-tukar selera sikit best jugak kan?

Steak sandwich with tomato and mushroom relish 




Ingredients:

For the steak:
1 steak cut Australian or any tender beef (make sure you buy a steak cut)
Light soy sauce
Oyster sauce
Mixed herbs (dry)
Black pepper (grind)
Butter (just a little, around 1 tsp if your steak is palm-sized)
Olive oil

For the tomato and mushroom relish:
Red onions (chopped)
Garlic (chopped)
Tomatoes (chopped)
Button mushrooms (chopped)
Butter (just a little, around 1tsp)
Salt and pepper to taste

Bread:
Ciabatta/sandwich bread (toasted with some butter)

Garnish/Other condiments:
Salad
Cucumber
Onions
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Chilli sauce
Tomato sauce

Method:

For the steak:
1) Heat olive oil until ready
2) Sear both sides of the steak according to your preferred wellness (e.g rare/medium rare/well done). I am also not a pro cook so I just use my eyes to estimate the wellness.
*you can also put the steak into the oven after you are done with the searing, if you prefer the meat to be thoroughly cooked
3) When cooked, put aside and let it rest

For the relish:
1) Heat olive oil
2) Saute red onions and garlic until fragrant
3) Add the mushrooms and let it cook for a while
4) Add in some butter and stir fry some more
5) Next, add in the tomatoes and let it cook until soft
6) Season with salt and pepper
7) When done, put on a plate and get ready to assemble your sandwich :)

Assembling the sandwich:
1) Cut the steak according to your preference (thin or thick)
2) Assemble the sandwich by spreading all your condiments on your bread and then stack the steak, then relish, followed by the veges. Serve with some fries or in my case, nachos as a side.

Happy trying and enjoy!

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A compilation of my 2015 recipe and homemaking blogposts



It's the New Year's Eve!

2016 is arriving in a matter of hours and of course, another long weekend yeayy.

I really don't have much to say now, but I am nonetheless thankful to be blessed with a beautiful and productive year. Alhamdulillah.

I had a huge milestone this year too - I quit my fulltime job and become a fulltime housewife while pursuing a new freelancing career. Best decision that I have ever made, and I earned two things from it: more time for my family and myself, and more contentment and happiness :)

Well, since it is the end of the year, I think I should do a 2015 round-up for a change. Good idea, no?

So here goes a round-up of recipes and homemaking posts for you too look back.

I hope that it has inspired some of you and helped you make a happy home and family, insya Allah :)

Thank you very much for reading this little blog, and I hope that I will be able to continue writing for the years to come!

Recipes blogpost collection

1) Grilled Peach Salad 
I bought some peaches from the grocer but it was becoming overripe. So I decided to grill them and turn it into a refreshing salad. If you love tangy and sweet salad, this recipe is for you!


Our family loves salmon because it taste so good! Being Asian, we love to eat salmon with rice. Here I have shared one way to eat salmon, Asian style :)

I bought a jar of protein powder but at one point, it got boring. Haha. So what I did is make a pancake with it! Protein powders adds extra nutrition into the pancake and it tastes just as good as the normal ones (better in fact). Hehe.


4) Baked eggs with spinach
Breakfast can be monotonous sometimes. Of course we always love our nasi lemak with telur mata goyang (yumm), but this is a excellent variation if you love to have eggs for breakfast. 


Had enough rice for the day? How about some lebanese bread dipped in an Indian style minced beef dish? This is just as fulfilling as rice but it does makes you full and satisfied in no time.


I admit that I have run out of ideas of what to cook for Khaleeli. Suddenly I remembered that I should play around with the simplest ingredients, and this happened! Eventhough he was too old for mashed food, this makes a good side dish with pasta, for example.


I love spicing out our food with cili padi, so of course my macaroni goreng must have cili padi in it. Here is a simple recipe that works everytime!


Last recipe of 2015 it seems, this is how I made some lemon and honey pannacotta, my husband's favourite dessert. I love the refreshing taste from the lemon and the sinful creamy texture of the cooked cream. Add on some fresh berries and we are in business hehe.


Homemaking blogpost collection

1)  Make a home binder to organize your home affairs
Is being more organised your 2016 resolution? Why not start with a home binder to keep everything on track. Here is how I made my 2015 home binder to help you get started.


2) Free Iqra' printable wall art
I was experimenting with designing my own wall art and I have come up with a free Iqra' wall art for my readers to download. I have it printed and displayed near our bookcase area. Want one? Click here to download it for FREE!


3) How to organize your own DIY smash cake session
Last August, Khaleeli turned 1 and we decided to celebrate with an intimate DIY Smash cake session. It was fun to prepare and get him make a mess with the cake, and most of all it was a lovely family bonding time! If you are planning to have one for your baby, checkout this post where I have shared some tips on how to do it all yourself!


That's all folks! Hope you enjoy the round-up and maybe you can give one of those recipes a try.

What would you like to see more in 2016? More recipes, homemaking, inspirational posts or other suggestions? Let me know by leaving a comment, I'd love to hear from you! :))

Happy New Year everyone!!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Trying out the new Lifebuoy Clini-Shield 10 Bodywash



So, have you seen the commercial for this latest range of Lifebuoy Clini-Shield10 bodywash on TV? The one with the helicopter flying into the forest with a scientist and journalist?

Yeah, I saw it too. Hehe.

I was wondering what is the Activ Naturol Shield thing and then I got the chance to try them out myself. See? I was really paying attention to the commercial LOL.

Anyway, unlike the other range, this one has only 2 fragrances - Fresh and Complete. 

Fragrance wise, well I would say that this would be perfect if you love a clean, hygienic smell (sort of like the reassuring smell you get at a healthcare center). Hehe. It does smells nice, but I prefer other more contemporary fragrances (I am a sucker for fragranced body care products).

Of course the Clini-Shield thing is excellent, as it provides extra protection from all of those nasty bugs. We have been using antibacterial soaps for the shower and handwashing for a while now, so this is totally an A+ for our family :) I mean, 10x protection? Yes please! Haha.

Here is some more info about Lifebuoy Clini-Shield10 if you'd like to know more:



Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Some sewing projects that I have done so far

I have been quite off the radar lately.

Most of it is because I was down with a very bad fever last few weeks. Deng, it was horrible. Like I have never really had a fever that bad. Not ever since I was a kid, I guess.

It it true that we always should remember our healthy days before the sick one comes, because when it does, you really become helpless and you'd give anything to get your health back. Like seriously, this advice rang through my head all the time when I was lying exhaustedly in bed, in a form of the Raihan nasyeed, if you are familiar with that one, LOL.

Alhamdulillah, I am now back on my feet.

And with that, I have a huge pile of laundry to settle (they never go away don't they?), this blog to update, the kids to entertain (it's the school holidays!), some writing jobs to find (need to keep the moolah coming) and all my normal routine to get back to. Such is life eh?

I really miss sewing too, so to get my mojo back, I'd thought that I share some favourite projects that I have done so far.

Most of them are clothing for the kids, and some presents too. There are many more that I have made but for now, I'll just share these first :) Hope this inspires you to sew too!

The first skirt for Bella, with a bias tape trimming. I kind of love bias tapes because it adds a very pretty flair to a garment.

Like every other girl, Bella also loves Frozen. But I find the ready made ones are not so classy to my eyes, and the cuttings and prints are usually horrible. Huhu. So I sew her this skirt from a quilting fabric that I found at Spotlight. Just added some trims and it looked nice to my eyes. Bella loves it of course!
I love working with knit fabrics, so I just had to make this cute harem rompers for Khaleeli. I put on a dinosaur applique that I got from Daiso. Perfect for everyday wear as it is a loose fit. I already made two of this, and this one is my favourite. I am trying to get hubby to buy me a serger now haha. 
This one is a nightdress that I made for Bella, also from a quilting fabric that I found in Spotlight. Oh yes, she lovessss TMNT. I added some ribbon detail on the neckline and it instantly became girly enough for her. Hehe.
This one is my first re-fashioned piece that I made from my old T-Shirt, and from the same fabric that I used for the harem rompers above. Major love!
This is a very messy circle skirt that I made for Bella. Not my favourite piece of handiwork, but I love the fabric. As for the elastic, it was hard to find coloured ones, so what I did is I dyed them. It turned out a bit blotchy, but I just used it anyway. Gosh, circle skirts are so hard to hem! T_T


This is a little peasant dress that I whipped up as a gift for a close friend's baby. I love the prints very much and the strawberry applique adds on a nice pop of colour.

This one is a little baby dress I made for a baby just born a few days ago :) Can't wait to see her wear it. That was my first time sewing buttonholes. It was relatively easy, but the hard part was sewing the button using a machine. I broke my first button haha. Scary!

There you go. I love sewing kids clothes, coz it is fast and cute haha.

Next I am going to venture into bag making. Let's see if that turns out well!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Things to know before leaving your job and becoming a work-at-home-mom


It has been 2 months since I became a full working-from-home (WAHM) mom.

There were a lot of changes that I had to make in terms of my routines and the best part is I finally found time to do stuff that I have meant to do for so long.

Like washing the curtains, for example. And sorting out our old and new clothes.

The first month after I left my fulltime job, it was quite the "honeymoon" phase.

I woke up everyday enjoying the fact that I do not have to rush for work anymore, and all I did was catching up with the people and things I love.

No more responsibilities to worry about, no more deadlines, no more what-to-wear-today dilemmas, no more.

It was really fun.

I knew that it should not last for long though. Being a person who seems to "need" something to do, I finally got back on my freelancing track on around the 2nd month.

Things has been going steady ever since. 

Well, I don't earn as much as I did in my full-time job, but somehow, it feels enough. I get to do the thing that I love to do (writing) and I get some cash to fund my newfound hobby (sewing), I am happy that way. Alhamdulillah.

Anyway, I feel like I have earned the rights to share some advice with full-time working moms who aspires to be a WAHM or a SAHM too. So here goes:

It is normal to have fear of the unknown. 
It is normal to freak out at the thought of having no more financial income or at least a steady or secure income. 
It is normal to fear the uncertainties. 
It is perfectly normal to feel like event though u have left a full time job, you still want to achieve something for yourself, or keep on contributing to something. 
It is completely crucial that you believe that you will always have a portion of rezeki or blessings in this world. 
It is important that you continue to work hard and find something to make you feel happy and content. 
Believe that God is the ultimate one who gives us all His endless bounty and blessings. 
Seek and you shall find. Ask and you shall get the answer. 
With all that said, consider this my support for the biggest and best decision you would probably make in your life :)

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