Saturday, November 30, 2013

GeorgeTown Literary Festival 2013

Emila doodles
Faten scribbles
Over Gula Melaka Ice Cream

China House, Penang
 - GeorgeTown Literary Festival 2013 -

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Real Traditional Style Hummous


  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed 
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), half the liquid reserved 
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 3 tbsp tahina 
  • 1 tsp salt (add gradually to taste as some canned bean can be salty) 
  • black pepper to taste 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp toasted cumin seed
  1. Pour garbanzo beans into food processor, reserving about a tablespoon for garnish. Place lemon juice, tahina, 1 tbsp of oil, garlic and salt in blender. Blend until creamy and well mixed. 
  2. Taste the dip. Add additional tahina, lemon juice, salt or pepper, if desired.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the top. Garnish with toasted cumin and the reserved garbanzo beans. 
  4. Serve as a dip with pita bread, cut vegetables crudites or chips. If you prefer a cold dip, chill in the refrigerator prior to garnish. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Classic Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba Ganoush

  • 1 eggplant (about 400g), roasted
  • 1 head of garlic, roasted
  • 2 tbsp tahina
  • 4 tbsp  lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • ¼ tsp whole cumin, toasted
  • ½ tsp crushed black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro /parsley, for garnish
  • Extra virgin olive oil, topping
  • A handful of pomegranate seeds for topping 

  1. Pierce the eggplant with fork all over. Roast over fire until the skin is charred and the flesh has collapsed a little bit. Put the charred eggplant in a bowl and cover (you can also use a bag) to sweat the skin off while cooling.
  2. Cut the top off the head of garlic, oven roast it for about 25-30 minutes until the pulps are soft. Remove from skin, mash.
  3. Gently remove and discard the charred skin from the roasted eggplant and place the flesh in a bowl along with the mashed garlic.
  4. Add tahina, fresh lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the bowl.
  5. Use a fork and/or spoon to mash together the mixture, using firm pressure to break up the roasted garlic, and any stringiness of the eggplant. Mix until well combined.
  6. Taste the dip. Add additional tahina, lemon juice, salt or pepper, if desired.
  7. Drizzle the surface of the dip lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
  8. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, toasted cumin seed and pomegranate seeds.
  9. Serve as a dip with pita bread, cut vegetables crudites or chips. If you prefer a cold dip, chill in the refrigerator prior to garnish. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

 Note : Baba Ganoush is also known as Mutabel in some places. It is sometimes refered to as poor men's caviar,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Easy (3 Ingredients) Nutella Brownies

This must be the easiest brownies recipe ever, only 3 ingredients, and best of all, you will only need one bowl and a spatula to prepare, less to clean up, my idea of the perfect recipe!

All in all, it  takes only 25 minutes to make it from scratch and that includes the cleaning up time plus while waiting for it to bake, I am updating this recipe on my blog.

Easiest Nutella Brownies


1 1/4 cup Nutella
2 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

optional ingredients you can add:

A pinch of seasalt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
A handful of mixed nuts
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules


1. Grease a 9 x9 baking pan and preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mix Nutella and eggs in a bowl until smooths.
3. Add flour (plus salt and baking powder, if using) until just combined.
4. Pour into baking pan and smooth top with spatula.
5. Bake for about 15 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Careful not to bake too long otherwise brownies will dry out.
Let brownies cool and set before cutting and serving.

I think I am going to serve it with some vanilla ice cream.

Friday, November 15, 2013

There's still hope after all

This two made me smile when they greeted me with a hello as I walked past them at the bus stop right outside their school couple of days ago. 

Well you see, no kids has done so to me in over twenty years, apart from my former students. Not only they won't say hi to family members or friend, let alone strangers, most kids will just answer with a grunt whenever I greet them. 

And then I noticed what they were up to, instead of being glued to a gadget, this two chose to play a real card game and enjoy real human interaction. There's still hope in these kids after all. 

p/s: they got really excited when I asked to take photos of them and started posing. I told them just to relax and keep on playing. It's UNO they are playing by the way, less someone gets ideas.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The allure of utopian dreams

Heaven on Earth

We found this special place
Beyond the turbulence of anguished thought,
Beyond the vexations of bitter hearts,
Beyond yesterday's regret,
Beyond the grip of tomorrow's worry,
Beyond the allure of utopian dreams.

We found this special place within,
Where pride intrudes not on the soul of love,
Imposes not on another's sacred journey,
Accepts silently the right to be right,
Respects humbly the right to be wrong, 
Awaits not for the wrong to be righted. 

We found this special place together
After the turbulence of anguished thought faded,
After the vexations of bitter hearts perished,
After surrendering yesterday's regret,
After giving away tomorrow's worry,
After the allure of utopian dreams
Drove us to our knees 
in forgiveness.


Missing something you never had

The Look

Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

~Sara Teasdale~

Monday, November 04, 2013

A good night sleep

It appears to be a life of destitution, but to him, his life is complete. He has everything he needs close by, and more importantly, a good night sleep. How many of us can claim the same?

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Don't take life too seriously

Life is just a meaningless tangle of stories. Lets not take them seriously, or care for anyone or anything. After all, you will end up dead eventually.