Monday, December 9, 2013

just another day

and I am taking it slow, nice and easy.
It does feel good being able to finally sit in front of this screen, not just browsing and keeping up to dates with friends on the facebook, or googled cake photos for ideas and inspirations, nor watching SKKS episodes over and over again on Youtube but, actually writing and updating my spiderwebbed blog (for leaving it far too long), leaving big question mark on some people, wondering and guessing whether I still bake or not.  
Yes, I do!
I still am!
and enjoying it too!
 and with many new goodies, cakes , brownies , pavlovas, and cheesecakes to satisfy their cravings.

BuT

I don't know where to start!updating my blog, I mean.......

so, what should I do?
I am so out of touch, I have all these beautiful pictures of  the cakes and cupcakes, but I am just not sure which is whose or when,. Perhaps I would just start by loading the pictures first, and the story comes later

Monday, December 2, 2013

A fine, gorgeous and colourful sari as a present for her friend

accompanied by some cookies

packed in a nicely decorated basket 


I do and i accept


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunkjunkwan Scandal and more

it got me hooked after watching it the first time, not even the first episode but 4th, somehow, one particular charwcter in that drama caught my eye, but with many more interesting characters with beautiful setting and well written script, it caught me, just like Winter Sonata did many many years back
this photo is just a teaser, plenty more where that came from, almost a year's collection of cake photos to be updated, will try to update in the coming weeks, hopefully, but in the mean time, anyone who is interested to get the latest photos or infos on my baking , feel free to visit my facebook at Zuriani Ab. Kadir

I am off to deliver, a cake, or rather, cakes and cupcakes, will update more, just so that you know, for those who are wondering, yes, I am still baking, still doing the things I love doing, only time does not permit me to have the pleasure of sitting down infront of my laptop or PC actually writing and updating my blog.

Ciao for now, xoxo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

lessons learned

Batrisyia, wake up! it's 6 plus already, go and take your bath, time to go to school
but Ma, today is Friday!
So it is!
So I went up, took my wudhu and performed the solat Suboh.
hmmmm....no cake order today ( except for one customer coming over at 8.30 am for her marble cheese brownies.
hmmmmm.....
I was at a traffic light but somehow I couldn't see the light clearly, wasn't sure whether it was green or red. After realising that it was not yet 'green' I backed my car and allowed the other cars to pass. However, something was not right, the traffic wasn't moving! nobody can neither go here  nor there.
what went wrong?
Out of the blue, a policeman came over and tapped on my window
oh oh, what have I done now
Is something wrong officer?
I quickly asked my girls  to sit at the back
I checked to see if my seat belt was on.

is there some kind of accident that caused this chaos
He didn't say much,only  a smile
He asked for my driver's license.
This is the first
Suddenly I saw  him writing on his summon paper.
What was my offence?
What did I do wrong
What was I summoned for?
I asked  him again but again I got no reply from him

He left me flabbergasted and suddenly my car moved forward
How did that happen

I did not hit the gas but the car kept moving and I was driving away from the junction towards a row of shoop lots somewhere nearby.
I parked my car and started walking and approached a lady in one of the shops.
I was asking for her help to get me back to the junction , which I was not familiar with. All I mnew was that it was the main road from Alor Setar to Bukit Kayu Hitam
wow! Thatbis a very long stretch!
I had to get back there cos somehow, which. didn't know , I lost my two girls! How could I have left them there? In the middle of nowhere! in a strange place, at night!
I had to get t them fast.
somehow, we just couldn't find the road , she didn't seem to know and I definitely couldn't remember the place
What am going to do? What will happen t my two girls?
i panicked! waht if? so many what ifs came into mind
Bam! it struck me! the kids never get off the car so surely they were still in the car with me but why did I have  this feeling that they aren't?
but the question now is where did I park the car?













I did not push the pedal but the car  moved and suddenly I wa driving away from the junction towards a few blocks of shop lots


Saturday, August 17, 2013

anugerah Syawal

seindah Ramadhan
seperti lagu Bunkface
u-u, yeay yeay
u-u, wo wo
selamat hari raya!
hope it is not too late to wish all Muslim viewers a wonderful Aidil Fitri,
After all, today is 10 Syawal,

Saturday, April 13, 2013

AIDIL ADHA






Hello ! how i have missed my blog, it's been left untouched, unopened ( well, opened but uuupdated, is there such word as unupdated? Whatever......)
i am back! well Ihope I am.
what have I missed? a lot I think and I have not visited my other blogger friends too.
I am here, still at my working table in my small kitchen, still baking, still decorating  cakes whilst at the same time doing my motherly and wifey duties to my three children and husband.
The picture above, is an old photo, taken from my picture archives. i am just testing whether i can still load pictures in my blog cos I wasn't able to do so before and hence the long absence from my blog.
The owner of the blue lovebirds are already married and this cake was for their engagement.
There is a story behind this cake, there is always a story behind every cake.
12.45 am every Saturday I would switch on to 8TV to watch this Korean drama, despite not really following the story but somehow it kept me company most of my long nights decorating my cakes and cupcakes

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

where have I been?

where do I begin
to tell the story of how great a love can be
where do I start
with her first hello
she gave a meanng to this lonely world of mine

forgot the lyrics lah

it's been a while, a looong while.....
I don't know even know how and where to begin
I still bake, still decorating cakes and cupcakes and much more
at the same timeI am my kids' drivers, driving them to and from school, the only difference is that I am sending only two and not three this year because my eldest is waiting for her  SPM result.

I have to stop here for a while, to send my son for his tuition.
hooe i can find the time to write more
till then ,,...ciao

Thursday, December 6, 2012

holiday lepak..ing

What is your idea of a good holiday?

1.Shopping along Oxford Street in London?
2. going up the steps of the Great Wall of China?
3. climbing Mount Kinabalu ( not Everest ya....)
4. splashing and sliding in  the water Theme Park,
5. swooning and staring at each others' eyes along the Venice canals o n the Gondola
6. savouring the sweet aroma of the bakeries or pattiseries in Paris, or,
7. simply, 'veg out' , the term used by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, in front of the telly and watched  movies , and
and talking about how to make apple crumble and trifle!

Me? definitely no 6, Paris, the City of Romance and fashion, sweet smelling perfume, or could be no 1, London, would have loved to walk down memory lane getting on the underground train, from Bond Street to Covent garden , to Trafalgar Square, and Venice too,
 shucks! all of those places, emmm, except maybe climbing Mount Kinabalu and the splashing part....haha.....
IF, and only IF,  money and time is no object.

for now, i settle for the last one,, and seriously I really enjoyed myself ,
After long hours of baking and cake decorating, especially making 100 mini cakes, covered with fondant and decorated with tiny tiny gold dregees and tying ribbons ( 200 times, 100 for the mini cakes and the other 100 to tie up the box ) my body and my hands are shouting for a break.

we set out for our holiday with no specific destination in mind, only a gathering with old friends ,( some of whom i have not met for more than 20 years!) to go to, plus staying over at a friend's house.
Who would have thought that "Istanbul Aku datang' was such a sweet movie. Personally, I am a bit choosy when it comes to malay movies, no offence, cos there are good films out there but  some are also a bit cheesy and lame ( the same goes to english or other movies too )

but this IAD ( Istanbul.... ) is different, despite the simple plot, it has its magic, i was glued to my seat, err, the soft cushion from beginning to end and mind you, i wouldn't mind watching it again. I like the apartment, the house where the heroin was staying ( sharing it with another tenant), the beautiful view and sceneries of Istanbul, the acting, okay, it was good. overall, i would give it maybe 8 over 10.

it's not just about the movie, it's the moment, the whole thing of relaxing, of not thinking of how many eggs do I need, how much butter and flour to weigh, of how to deco this cake and that cake,i got that 'break' even if it was only for a couple of days, then i start to miss baking again........

it was also about sitting at that round dining table, having apple crumble and trifle ! for breakfast! Fancy that, .chit chatting about how to make them, even if it was, or they were one of the or two of the easiest desserts to prepare.

Credit goes to my friend who makes these lovely desserts, who  welcomes us into her home, giving a VIP treatment to her guests, who make us feel welcome and also for 'babysitting' my kids while I went to see my other group of friends.Thank you Mummy! you know who you are.

so, back to reality! my oven timer just went off, gotta go check my MCB ( marble cheese brownies)
ciao and have a nice , long school break1

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

durian crepe/ Air Supply during SPM week


I know just how to whisper,
and i know just how to cry

and I know just where to touch you
and I know just what to prove
I know when to pull you closer
and i know when to let you loose
and I know the road is changing
and I know the time's gonna fly
..........
forgot the lyrics, got the lyrics all jumbled up but one thing for sure, I don't forget this line
making love....out of nothing at all..
out of nothing at all
making love

out of nothing at all.......

the lyrics meant nothing, i didn;t even know what 'making love' meant at that time, i was 17, yes sweet , naive and innocent 17 and was sitting for my SPM( Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) the same exam my eldest daughter is having now, as we speak, ( I am picking her up at 3.30pm ).
I was in a boarding school , all girls boarding school in johor Bharu and during the exam weeks, there were only us, the fifth formers left behind and we were placed in a few separate dormitories. while we studying ( or so called last minute studying), some of us were listening to radios and this Air Supply song was on.
i couldn't really remember which paper it was but while i was stuck trying to answer the questions ,this particular line kept humming in my head
"making love oout of nothing at all,
over and over again....
shoo shoo go away but I couldn't make it go away, it kept on singing in my head but
Alhamdulillah, I didn't know how or what I did, i passed my SPM, not really with flying colours but enough to get Grade 1, ( it was a different system from the current one), enough to enrol me into the A Level program bound for UK.

to be continued.......

happy birthday!

PECAN BUTTERSCOTCH
LUXURY BROWNIES 12X12"
MARBLE CHEESE BROWNIES 12X12"WTH SLICES OF BROWNIES WITH WALNUT
VANILA SPONGECAKE WITH FRESH CREAMAND BLUEBERRY FILLINGS

CHOCOLATE FLOURLESS MUD CAKE
MCB 10X10"

CHOCOLATE MOIST CAKE WITH GANACHE AND FONDANT COVERED SCHOOLBUS WITH UPINIPIN EDIBLEIMAGE

CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE


CHOCMOIST WITH EDIBLE IMAGE ANGRY BIRD



Sunday, November 18, 2012

yellowand whitehantaran




Blue blue blue my love is blue




10x10" square chocolate indulgence cake

for September 'babies' (big babies!!!)
Thank you J ,hope the weddinggoes well and the Sweet Septemberians enjoy their chocolate indulgence birthday cake


Friday, November 16, 2012

blue blue bllue



chocolat flourless mud,

ADAM EMIR,nice name

for her son's birthday celebration: 12 x 12 inch choco moist cake , cream puffs blueberry cheesetarts and macaroni au gratin

thank you Ija Sam

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thomas and friends?

Choo choo train
underground tube, "Mind the Gap" at Banks station
little mice running around on the tracks at Mile End station
the green District Line from Barkng and get off at Mile End and change to red line if we want to go to London, there's Bond Street,
Oxford Street,
Marble Arch ( or is there?)
or the dark purple line for Picadilly Circus
How about to Leicester Square?
Bayswater?
FinsburyPark
Holborn
those were the days.......... 


Thomas face made from fondant, my first attempt with a litt;le guide from the youtube. Thomas won't betaking any of those green, red or purle lines who he has on lines with his friends.....

two batches of chocolate cake,carved into a train


spreas thebuttercream thinly on the surface


why the train suddenly changed into a tower or rainbow colours?

This rainbow cakeis forthe hubby

and Thomas cake is for her son

thank you Sherliny dear. It was an enjoyable experience making Thomas cake