That time that I got dengue.

I'm 29 years old and I have never been hospitalized..until about 2 weeks ago. It's so weird because I never thought that I would ever be the kind person who would be bitten by an aedes mosquito. Hubs and I live in Shah Alam where it's one of the cleanest city in Selangor..we figured out that it must have been the clogged drain outside of our house where we park our car. Bullocks!

As you know,earlier this year I had a miscarriage. It was horrible mentally and physically. But I've to tell you, dengue was much more horrible. One night at the hospital, I felt like I was going to die..yes it was that horrible.

I was having fever right after Raya Haji and thought it was like any other normal fever. But then I experienced chills, body ache, I was puking,shivering..funny thing was..I didn't experience any rashes or spots on my body.

The worse part was that my dearest husband got dengue at the same time as me! That bloody mosquito bit me then bit him. Also, my father in law got it a few days after us.. It was horrible!!

All three of us got admitted to DEMC. I stayed there for 6 days! My mother in law and sisters in law was running around helping us as..I couldn't take care of my husband while he couldn't take care of me. It was quite sad as well. But our rooms were near to each other.

My husband and father in law was at the High Dependency Unit while I was at the normal ward, the same floor as them. This was because when we were admitted, my husband's platelet count was very low while my father in law had low blood pressure. The funny thing was that my husband ended up leaving the hospital one day earlier than me!

I had to stay an extra day because the dengue affected my liver. T_T

It was just such a horrible experience that I don't wish on anyone.

I'm so thankful for my parents and my in laws who were so helpful towards us during our time of need. I shared pictures of me at the hospital on my instagram while I was there:
Yes I brought my own pillow and comforter 

I haven't blogged in more than a month because I've been so busy with work and life in general. I actually took a ton of photos of my liquid lipstick collection but I haven't edited them. I will try to blog more. The busier I get, the less time I have to update this blog so I hope that people will understand :)

What's cooking/baking: Part 2 (Salmon wellington,Sweet potato pie,Chrissy Teigen's 'Cravings')

There's a lot of cooking and baking videos on Facebook nowadays. Also a lottt of great cookbooks. I love trying out new recipes so I definitely watch a lot of cooking videos/shows and read cookbooks. I have so many cookbooks/baking books!

1.Salmon Wellington

One day while I was browsing Facebook, I saw this video recipe on salmon wellington by Tasty( by Buzzfeed) and I knew that I had to make it.

I bought all of the ingredients (a good salmon fillet is the key) which was pretty pricey but it was so worth it. The only thing that I couldn't get was spinach so I used red spinach instead which worked just fine. The recipe is on point! It has a buttery crust and the creamy spinach mixture You can try the recipe via this link:

2. Patti La Belle's Sweet Potato Pie

Months ago, back in December last YEAR(totally forgot to blog about it!!), I baked a really delicious sweet potato pie after I saw this video below:

I knew that when I saw that video, I have to find the recipe and bake it myself..because i've never seen it being sold anywhere. Let me tell you that it's very decadent. It has a very buttery flaky crust and the filling is just sinful.

Something that you don't expect from sweet potatoes. It's definitely a pie that's meant for sharing as one slice is very filling. You can try to bake the pie from this recipe and it makes a very beautiful pie:

3. Chrissy Teigen's Cravings cookbook

I love Chrissy Teigen! She's super feisty-- you should follow her on twitter. But not many know that aside from being John Legend's wife and a model, she loves to cook and eat. She actually have a food blog that I love to read though she rarely update it nowadays. She even took a course at Le Cordon Bleu..if I'm not mistaken (she blogged about it) and she always shows what she's cooking on her instagram.

So naturally when she came out with her own cookbook, I knew I had to get it!

I've only tried two of her recipes and I love both of them.

One was her Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wonton Skins and another was Chunky Creamy Mushroom Soup. I love how her recipes are simple but also delicious.

The salad was just so yummy and filling. It was my first time using hot mustard (it's powder form) and it packs a punch! The crispy wontons on top also add a crunch to it and is so addictive.

I'd definitely make this salad again!In fact, I'll be making it again this week :)

4. Bakinggggg

As you know, I love to bake.

During ramadhan I baked..40 jars of chocolate chip cookies which were ordered by my family and friends. A lot considering that I have a full time job as well.
VSC using fresh mangoes
Victoria sandwich is not a sandwich, but a cake and one that I love to bake because it's a crowd pleaser. You have a golden buttery sponge, layers of strawberry/raspberry jam (sometimes I put a layer of lemon curd as well) and freshly whipped cream (please don't use the one from the spray can!).

VSC for buka puasa potluck
I baked it thrice recently. One for mama's birthday back in April, one for my office buka puasa potluck and another was for raya high tea with our family members.

The one for raya high tea!
Apple crumble
I've never ate or bake apple crumble before. But one day I did and I love it! It's just so warm and comforting. Definitely one of my favourite dessert to make now. It's so simple to make that I definitely won't buy it outside haha

5. More Cooking!

One day, I was feeling really poorly( sick) so my dear husband cooked rice porridge all by himself. The first pot, he burned the rice porridge because he left it on the stove while picking up our nieces from their pre school haha. He had to cook it all over again. But I just love it!
Rice porridge

I cooked ikan bilis bawang(my favouriteeee simple dish) and stir fried broccoli&bok choy to go along with the rice porridge. We ate so many bowls of it!

I bought a lot of japanese sweet potatoes because it was selling for cheap at the supermarket. I boiled a lot them, mashed it up and mixed it with some daging dendeng, chopped onions,peppers and scallions..a lil bit of salt and pepper..dipped it in egg and coat with breadcrumbs. I freeze them so that I can have croquette anytime!
Fish and chips
It's hard to find tartare sauce at the supermarket. So I made it myself and it's super easy! For dinner one night we had fish and chips with a side of caesar salad and sweet potato fries with my homemade tartare sauce for lunch. Yummy!
Kerabu kangkung!
Jemari is one of my favourite Malay/Thai restaurant. Their tomyam is soooo good but I love their kerabu kangkung. So one day I tried to replicate it. The batter wasn't as crunchy as Jemari but it tastes similar! For the sauce it's basically a good bottle of Mae Pranom vegetarian sauce and I added toasted sesame seeds as well.

What's cooking? : Part 1

When I wasn't working back in March(been back to work now),I cook a lot more for my husband.Previously because my work sometimes last up until 8-9pm(depending how urgent an ad campaign is),I rarely have the time to cook for him during weekdays. Nowadays since I'm back to work, it's the same thing as well. I tend to cook 2-3 days out of the 5 working days.

The problem is that..sometimes there will be days when you tend to be blur on what to cook because you don't want to cook the same thing all the time(mine tends to be cereal/butter milk/salted egg prawn or squid).So i'm always trying out new recipes from the internet and alhamdulillah,they always turn out well.

It helps that I actually love cooking and baking.When I cook,I have to cut up all of my ingredients and put them in separate bowls/containers.I love to organize the ingredients that I'm cooking with because it's easier that way.

Also,whenever I cook dishes to go with rice,I just can't cook one just seems incomplete.I have to cook 2-3 dishes and one must have vegetables in it..or a vegetable dish.

I thought that I'd share pictures of the dishes that I've cooked recently and the names of it.Let me know which ones you're keen to know the recipe to.There'll be another post as well because I cook a lot! haha

Left:Udang masak kunyit. Right:Daging masak merah
I love ayam masak kunyit from this food truck that sold it near my previous work place.Since we had lots of prawns that day,I made udang masak kunyit instead.It's so easy to make and so tasty.My husband loves to order Nasi Goreng USA whenever we buy takeout food from this stall near our house.

So I thought,why not try and replicate the recipe.It's super easy and tastes so good.I used beef sirloin (daging batang pinang)for the dish so the beef just melts in your mouth.But I didn't use any food colouring for this dish though.When you buy it outside,they usually marinate the beef in red coloring because the name of the dish is daging masak merah(cooked red beef).

Stir fried beef with broccoli and bok choy
We had a lot of sirloin at home so I made this stir fry.Simple and yummy!Broccoli and bok choy are two of my favourite vegetables..there's a lot more of course haha
Fried tofu salad,stir fried broccoli & fried ikan keli with sambal
I had this fried tofu salad from this restaurant called Zainab at PJ Old Town and I love it!So I thought that i'd replicate it at home.Sooo yummy and easy to make!I didn't use any specific memory and just agak2.

Fried tofu salad

Firm tofu --cut in thin strips & then deep fried until golden brown.
Cucumber,bunga kantan & red onion --slice them thinly/julienned
Thai cili sauce--I used Kimball's and squeezed 1 to 2 limes and mix it together for the dressing.

Layer the fried tofu on a plate.Put the sliced vegetables on top and drizzle the dressing on top.Super easy and yummy!

Pulut durian
Pulut durian is one of my favourite desserts.I made this dessert because the durian that I bought wasn't so sweet.It's reallllyyy simple.Just throw everything in a pot and mix it together on the stove.And I use the rice cooker to cook the pulut(glutinous rice).

Ayam paprik,ikan bilis goreng,stir fried spinach,fried fish
Ayam paprik is another dish that's famous when you go to any Malay goreng2 food stalls.I decided to cook it for lunch one day and it was super easy and yummy.That kaffir lime leaves just add a kick to it.
Homemade udon witt inari and onsen egg
I love udon!Especially that outlet at Aeon Shah Alam,the one near Daiso(can't remember it's name). So I tried to make my own udon and it was a success. You can just buy the dry udon and udon soup mix from Aeon supermarket. For the inari(the sweet fried tofu) you can use this recipe. The best thing about the udon that I love to eat outside is because of the onsen egg.

I managed to find a recipe that allows you to make onsen egg easily!Refer to the video below:

Fried onion rings
I love onion rings but the one using whole onion and not the diced ones! It's actually super easy to make. I don't remember which recipe I use but i made a batter, dipped the onions which has been soaked in milk, and then roll them in breadcrumbs. It's tedious but so worth it!
Salted egg butter prawns,ikan siakap tiga rasa and stir fried green beans
I love cooking vegetables that they still remain crunchy and green. I don't like it when people cook vegetables too much and they're 'dead' or limp/soggy. I love how my green beans looked in the picture above. Hubs and I love eating fish. But I believe the picture above was for dinner with his family..or was it lunch.  I made the tiga rasa ( three flavours) sauce to go along with it and also salted egg butter prawns ( so rich & decadent!).
Mee rebus!!A recipe that was passed down to me by my late grandmother
Mee rebus is a dish that I don't cook often because its laborious. But it's so delicious and it's recipe that I learnt from my late grandmother. There's so many components in it which makes the broth so flavourful. And you gotta have those crispy homemade cucur udang to go along with it. Thinking about this dish just makes my mouth water.
Cereal prawns,omelette,stir fried broccoli and fried fish!

 I loveeee cereal prawns. They're so simple to make and is very tasty! Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetable and it's so good for you.

That's the end of part 1 for you my dear readers! I'll blog about part 2 soon :)

Happy 1st Birthday Althea!!!

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I know I haven't blogged in over a month(been too busy!!) but I just have to give a birthday shoutout to one of my favourite beauty website!

Can't believe that Althea has been around for one year now! I've shopped from them so many times over the past one year that they've been around. I just love their selection of Korean beauty products and not to mention their super fast shipping!

For their birthday, Althea came out with a special birthday box that is soooo cute and it even comes with a DIY party kit! You can make your own party hat (like the one I'm wearing above) and also there's a special balloon as well!You can also enter their contest! Look at the details below to know more :)
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