If you’re an avid cook, you must try to bake a bread at least once in your lifetime. Trust me, the smell and taste of freshly baked homemade bread is just great. The most basic bread you can start off with is the french loaf. I’m going to share with you the recipe and more importantly, some very handy tips I’ve learn.
Yes! Only 20 minutes. The secret? Microwave. Yes people, it works. I mean it’s not going to make a super classy cake but trust me, it’ll definitely fix any chocolate cravings you have during anytime of the day. In 20 minutes flat. Ok this ‘recipe’ is easy, I’m not much of a baker but really this thing require very little experience and anyone can pull this off. All amount given are really just rough guidelines, just watch the ratio and you can pretty much rock it your own way.
Selamat Hari Raya everybody!
When you go house-visiting during this very special occasion its normal to serve the visitors delicious kuih or cookies/biscuits/delicacies and some type of crackers like the more modern keropok pedas or the more traditional rempek.
Now I’m not much of a kuih guy since I haven’t got nice delicate hands so really I don’t have the patience and skill to bake those delicious cookies. Instead, this dude kept his butcher hands where it’s meant to rock; the stove and this is the result! Delicious, crunchy Rempeyek!
(Chicken Dum Briyani)
Today was my Mum’s birthday. I made this Chicken Dum Briyani specially for her. Being my biggest motivator, passion and of course, cooking guru, I think this is the best present I could give her.
This is my first attempt to do Chicken Dum Briyani. Alhamdullilah, it turns out goood.
(I need to get a some cool plates. 😛)
(Hamza Pérez. Muslim Puerto Rican-American Rapper. Cool graffiti art at the back btw.)
I stumbled upon this amazing documentary last night, it’s about a Puerto Rican-American rapper, Hamza Pérez who pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. And his whole life took a change of direction. Alhamdullilah.
It made me think for awhile. I’m honestly amazed by how some people who embraced Islam to sincerely hold on to its fundamentals and practice it without a question. Even a simple thing like wearing a hijab. Where else some of us who are born Muslims are more reluctant of it. I’m unsure of what the reasons are but however, on my long observations I could see that Pop/Sub Culture being one of the reasons.
We read magazines, watch television shows and it shows people living the flamboyant and sometimes even promiscuous lifestyle. MashaAllah. And we got too influenced thus these negative traits became ideals and it’s embedded inside of us without us knowing.
Is that wrong? Getting influenced by Popular cultures? On most parts of it, yes because most of it are against the fundamentals of Islam. My only logic to being a Muslim is this; do you believe in the Allah s.w.t and the message Prophet Muhammad s.a.w brings? If yes, then by all means you should practice the knowledge of Islam that is showered on to you. If you don’t practice it, mashaAllah it’s basically saying that you don’t believe!
It brings new terms such as being a ‘secular muslim’. I can’t see what’s fundamentally right about it. This reminds me of a quote I read, unfortunately I forgot its source, “I don’t want to reform Islam, I want Islam to reform me”. Remember that Islam is a complete and beautiful religion.
The documentary shows that its possible to moderately be part of a subculture movement but still hold strongly to Islam. To that extend, Brother Hamza Pérez is a good example, being a rapper and a muslim.
Let’s take a moment a reflect back to our lives.
May Allah bless us all.
This week in The Good Life menu set B:
(Chicken Green Laksa)
As usual I always wanted to try something different. So instead of the usual laksa nyonya which uses red chillis, I gave it a different twist by using green chillis instead and this is the result! It tastes damn good.