Sunday, November 24, 2013

Monster High Review: Frankie Stein 😊

Hey. I'm back for another Monster High review. :-) This one is about Frankie Stein, the daughter of the infamous Frankenstein. :D Just like always, this doll is very beautiful. :) Frankie also has a special feature. :D

Background (Info from Frankie is very young, being alive only for 15 days. She is very athletic and friendly but is very clumsy as her body parts tend to fly off. She is very naïve due to her young age and doesn't seem to know a lot about teenage life or life itself.

Frankie is friendly, sweet, and polite with a clumsy streak. She is the most naive of all the girls; being so young, so she tries to learn all she can about the world through monster teen magazines, although their advice often cause awkward moments for her.
Despite setbacks, she remains upbeat, hopeful and determined to find her place within Monster High. Frankie can also be insecure and react too quickly, such as instantly Gossip.

So back to the doll, Frankie has white hair with black stripes. She  has one blue coloured eye and the other is green ( due to heterochromia which gives her odd coloured eyes) Besides that, Frankie Stein has 2 bolts sticking from both sides of her neck to help her absorb electrical energy that allows her body to keep on moving. She also has "stiches" drawn all over her body. Well, she is Frankenstein's daughter. :3

The doll has a button at her stomach that lights the doll up ( for a short amount of time) and releases an electric sound. :D Hah, my cousin couldn't stop pressing the button -_- Heh, I couldn't either. This doll's special feature is very interesting. :) Kids love this type of thing.

I love playing with her hair. It's one of the softest between the dolls. The Mummy doll has the softest one though. Frankie's hair can easily be styled. So I spend my time tying her hair and all. :D

Frankie has a crush on Cleo De Nile's boyfriend, Deuce Gorgon but her feelings weren't returned. Later, she harbours a crush on Jackson Jekyll, Holt Hyde, a Scottish Gargoyle football player, and Brett Redding. She briefly dated Billy Phaidin but neither felt the "sparks" so Frankie then gets back together with Brett after realizing her feelings for him were stronger. :)

This is it for this review. Credits to : Mattel. ^_^

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Easy Banana Cake

Kek ni memang sgt senang nak buat. But I have made changes to the original recipe sebab kononnya aku nak a healthier version. Healthier version pun sedap!
Aku tak sempat nak ambik gambar the whole cake tanpa dipotong sebab azy (kawan sekolah rendah aku) paksa aku utk potong the cake.. hehe.. kesian azy, she wanted to take some home utk buka puasa.
Best Banana Cake
By Annabel Langbein
250g butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 2 cups)
2 tsp baking soda
½ cup hot milk
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
Lemon Icing:
50g butter, at room temperature
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 cups icing sugar
Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a medium (23cm-diameter) cake tin with baking paper or prepare four 10cm-diameter tins (recycled large 425g tuna cans are perfect) or 12 muffin tins.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and bananas.
Dissolve baking soda in hot milk, add to mixture and stir to combine.
Stir in flour and baking powder and fold gently into mixture using a big spoon and a large scooping action to keep the mixture light. Do not over mix.
Spoon mixture into prepared tin(s) and smooth top(s). Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and the top is springy to the touch. One large cake will take 50-60 minutes, allow 45-55 minutes for medium cakes and about 20 minutes for muffin-sized cakes. Allow to cool in tin(s) and then turn out. Ice when cool. Store in a sealed container in a cool place for 2-3 days or freeze

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bar

Oleh kerana we are going back to Terengganu soon, maka aku terpaksa la menghabiskan semua stock butter and cheese dalam peti. If possible nak kosongkan peti before balik Terengganu. Tak sure ler samada possible ke tak sebab banyak sangat ikan dalam peti. Huhuhuh.. menyesal la pulak beli banyak ikan talapia merah from adik aku, Abe. Dia dah jadi whole seller of ikan talapia merah from kenyir.

There are few pages yang aku like on facebook. What I do is, every morning, aku akan share recipes from the pages on my wall so that senang nak refer balik. Tapi bila dah banyak sgt recipe, and jarang update blog, kadang2 aku lupa where I get the recipes walaupun aku dah penah masak the dishes. Sigh... contoh terbaik is this lemon cheesecake bar. Berjam jugak la aku nak belek balik my facebook wall. Dah la on my wall banyak activities.

Note to oneself, lain kali UPDATE blog!! Takleh malas2 dah lepas ni..

Note that my cheesecake volume is more than the crust coz I reduced the crust to half. I baked this using 9x9 pan

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bar
Adapted from Cookies And Cups

1 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon zest, divided
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into tablespoon sized pieces

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup strawberry preserves

How to Make

Preheat oven to 350° Spray a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon zest and butter.

Cut together with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly. It will be dry, don't worry. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes until edges start to golden.

Meanwhile, in bowl of stand mixer beat together cream cheese, remaining zest and granulated sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until combined. Stir in lemon juice. When crust is golden, remove from oven and spread strawberry preserves evenly on top. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of preserves.

Continue baking for 25 minutes until cheesecake is set in the middle. Allow to cool on wire rack for 20 minutes and then chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Cut into squares when ready to serve. Notes Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cream Cheese Brownies

Totally forgotten to update this recipe. Currently, this is everyone's favourite even with non chocolate lover like hubby. Bila free day je, aku bake this brownies. Memang sedap!! Alamak! meleleh air liur aku  bila teringat brownies ni.

The recipe below aku dah alter to my taste (aku rasa sgt sedap sebab tak manis). Feel free to go to the website for the original recipe. :)

Cream Cheese Brownies
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

For the Brownies:
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
125gram salted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 large egg (whole egg)


1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Use double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate until completely melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla extract; allow the mixture to cool slightly. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Continue whisking until the mixture is completely smooth. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated.

4. Make the cream cheese filling by beating the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk together in a small bowl until evenly blended.

5. Pour half the brownie batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. drop half the cream cheese mixture, by spoonfuls, over the batter. Repeat, layering the remaining brownie batter and cream cheese filling. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the brownie batter and cream cheese filling, creating a marbled effect.

6. Bake until the edges of the brownies have puffed slightly, the center feels not quite firm when touched lightly, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out with several moist, fudgy crumbs adhering to it, 50 to 60 minutes.

7. Cool the brownies in a pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove the brownies from the pan using the foil handles. Place the brownies on a wire rack; allow them to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours. Cut into squares and serve. The brownies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Monster High Review! :D

Sorry it took a long time to write this one. ^^ I was busy with school exams. :-) So this review is about   Create-A-Monster Colour Me Creepy doll. It's a werewolf one. :)

(credits to the owner of this pic)

Once again, I'm very surprised by what this doll can do.. Well, I get surprised everytime. :) This one is different from the others. It's quite.. special ^^ It attracts me because you can create and design this doll using the designing tools (the stylus) , the accessories and body parts can change colours.
( I edited these photos using Photogrid. It's awesome!)

1. How the shoes originally looks. It has white lines. :D

2. I put them in cold water ( The container is cute too! ^_^ ) The colour of the white lines changes into black.

3. And when you put them in hot water, the black lines turns white again.

The accessories. When you put them in cold water, it sort of changes into a darker colour. ?heheheh, I bet kids will love this one.

Next are the dresses:

There are 3 different dresses, and the doll isn't short. I took the picture at an angle which made the doll look super short. :D Oh yea, you can dissect the body parts just like the Mummy & Gorgon doll. :3 You can take the cute ears off too.

Plus, when you put the head of the doll into cold water, the make-up changes into a darker shade. The lips turns into dark purple (they were originally a light shade of pink) and the light blue eyeliner turns into a beautiful dark green aqua colour. And of course, put it ito hot water to change it back to normal.

The body parts(not just the legs)  can change colours  from pinkish peach to orange when placed in cold water.  :)

Some of the designing tools:

The red stylus is the friction pen, which you can use to "draw" on the doll. :) If the body parts are orange, they can change back to pink if you rub them so you can use the friction pen to draw on the doll.

The blue one can be used to colour the doll. Btw, you can fill the blue stylus with cold water. Push the top of the stylus and t
he container inside of the stylus will pop out, then you can fill it with  cold water.

The container is the one I used to put the legs in. :3 ( there's another one but smaller, the small one is shaped like a skull and I used it to put the accessories in)

^_^  Create-A-Monster Colour Me Creepy doll Set:

Written by : Tengku Nur Iman

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

JJCM Penang - Day 2

Cuti to Penang this time memang solely untuk mencari makan. Hubby loves nasi kandar and pasembur. So far, we have found our love in nasi kandar beratur. But we still want to explore other nasi kandar based on reviews we read on the internet.

So pagi tu, after subuh, we went to nasi kandar kampung melayu. Actually we went there few times, tapi asyik tutup je. First time kita orang pegi, it was during raya haji, so memang sah2 la tutup kan? Second time pegi, dia orang buat renovation la pulak. Ishk! memang susah betul nak makan nasi kandar ni. Alhamdulillah this time, dia orang tak tutup. Suka nya hati kita orang.

Aku ambik lauk ayam kicap sebab ayam goreng takde, dah habis. Padahal kita org sampai 7.30am! Memang nak kena marah la sesapa yang pepagi buta pegi bratur kat situ! Masa kita orang sampai at 7.30am tu, orang dah beratur panjang.. Sigh... beratur lagi. What is it about nasi kandar Penang? Everywhere kena beratur.. Kalau kat KL, tak payah beratur pun.

Kedai ni bawah rumah pangsa in Kampung Melayu

Choice of lauk kat kedai nasi kandar kampung melayu

 Pakcik ni jual popiah basah kat flat kg melayu

The locals love his popiah, but aku tak suka sangat. Hubby pun tak suka. 

Lepas dah kenyang makan kat kampung melayu, we went to taman tun sardon. The girls nak makan apom and moi soup. Masa nak parking kete, tiba2 I saw this one push cart stall. Orang tengah queue. Out of curiosity, aku pegi kat stall tu, tengok2 stall jual nasi dalca. K.eda ada mentioned about nasi dalca. Dia kata, the best nasi dalca is at restoran Kassim Mustafa (aku asyik teringat Kassim Selamat je). Hubby suruh beli sebungkus, just to rasa sebab ramai orang beli this nasi dalca.

Stall nasi dalca, taman tun sardon

The girls' favourite moi soup kat taman tun sardon

The infamous violin player at Taman Tun Sardon :D

JJCM Penang Day 1 - Continue

After dinner, kita orang pegi ke Batu Feringgi. The girls suka sangat the night market kat situ. Suprisingly, orang tak ramai, banyak vendors yang tutup. Maybe jugak sebab belum cuti sekolah.

Persidangan meja bulat.. ni kat surau along the road to feringgi.. Punya la susahnya nak cari surau/masjid kat area ni. Even the fuel station takde surau.. 

Alhamdulillah aku bukan a bangle person. Kalau tak, mau aku borong semua ni.. hehe

 More bangles and charms

 I love candles! but ni semua mahal :(

 These lights are beautiful! Memang aku sangat suka..

Setelah membakar beberapa kalori masa jalan2 kat Feringgi night market tu, maka, kita orang pun perlu la refuel kan? The best place to eat after 10pm is at Nasi Kandar Beratur. They are open from 10pm onwards. Tempat ni next to Masjid Kapitan Keling. Everytime datang Penang, aku akan singgah this place coz the nasi kandar and ayam goreng panas is sooooooooo sedaaaap!! 

Kena beratur... panjang pulak tu.. hampeh!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

JJCM Penang Day 1

We left KL at 9am. By 12.30pm dah sampai tol juru. Berenti kat McD juru dulu to meet up kak eda. Lama sangat tak jumpa kak eda, almost 20 years! Last was masa kat Tassie.

Thank you kak eda for the your time.  Tapikan, kita org lupa nak ambik gambar.  Sedih betul.
This time pegi Penang, memang nak jalan2 cari makan sahaja. The girls dah besar, tourist packed places doesn't interest them anymore.  If possible,  dia orang memang nak duduk berkurung dalam bilik. Grrr.. really make my blood go upstairs!

Sampai Penang, we went to have lunch at Deen Nasi Kandar in Jelutong. The girls taknak makan sebab they have eaten McD. So kita orang makan berdua je.

After Deen, we went to the hotel and check in. Oleh kerana we didnt make any plans on Day 1, we decided to have dinner at Padang Brown before heading to Feringgi Night Market. 
Padang Brown is a must go place for those yg suka makan sup and pasembur. I love the cendul there. Price sangat reasonable,  tak mahal macam kat Padang Kota.

Nasi kandar deen, our first destination. Verdict : Ok la.. takde la sedap sangat

Padang Brown

If you are here at Padang Brown, this sup stall is a must

Our Sup Kambing

Our chendol and pasembur!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sticky Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

As promised to Ermayum this is the sticky date cake recipe.  Sepatutnya ada caramel sauce on top of it, tapi aku omit that sebab I know it will be extra sweet. Mau sakit kepala aku nanti kalau makan manis sangat

Sticky Date Cake
source :

250g pitted dates, chopped (I used 300gram of pitted dates)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cups boiling water
 125g butter, softened
 3/4 cup brown sugar (I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

Caramel sauce
1 cup brown sugar
300ml thickened cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
60g butter, chopped

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 7cm deep, 22cm (base) cake pan and line base with baking paper. (I used 10x 10 baking pan)

Place dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water. Allow to stand, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until dates are tender.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large metal spoon, stir in date mixture and flour. Mix until well combined.

Spoon mixture into cake pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

Make caramel sauce: Combine sugar, cream, vanilla and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until boiling. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour warm sauce over warm cake. Cut into wedges. Serve.