January 21, 2018

lemon butter cake

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Mixture A :
250g butter at room temperature 
80g fine sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
200g self raising flour (sifted)
Zest from 2 Lemons
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mixture B :
4 egg whites
80g fine sugar

Method :
1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence.
2. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
3. Then add lemon zest.
4. Add flour in three additions. In the first addition, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Fold in the flour until just incorporated. In the next addition, add in second tablespoon of lemon juice and mix. Then add in last addition of flour. Do not over mix.
5. In another bowl, whisk egg whites and gradually add sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks.
6. Fold in 1/3 of egg whites into the butter mixture. Mix well and fold in the remaining egg whites.
7. Bake in a greased and lined 8" round pan at 160C for 50 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. (don't over bake)

Notes for my future reference :

a) After step 2 above, I used a spatula to mix in the lemon zest and to fold in the flour.
b) I baked this cake on the lower rack and tented the cake with aluminium foil during the last 10 minutes of baking.

January 17, 2018

nikmat yg selalu dilupa

I had mouth ulcer this past few day. It so hard for me to eat, speak and even any movement of my tongue is quite pain. Today the pain lessen significantly. I can speak without feeling want to cry anymore :). These few days teach me a lot of thing... We always complaint about so many thing in our life.. unfair treatment, not enough money, bad weather etc and we always push to do thing later.. tunggu hari tua la. But sometimes we forgot that we actually have lots of thing that we took for granted. For example --> our perfect mouth/tongue... There may be time that we can't use our mouth to speak, to sing or even to recite al quran. Do all this before we lost it..

December 11, 2017

meet my JGV's brother --> ZDG

Finally this weekend i brought my car from London to here. Drove 4 hrs to York yesterday and today continue another leg to Edinburgh. I so love the car!!!The pick up is so good, there is little effort to speed up. It so stable to run . The suspension is way better than kelisa (ok kelisa was 13 yrs car so cannot compare la kan). Music connection to spotify was superb and I love the sat nav. It so accurate on which junction to turn. I used to watch the waze/gps rather than listening to instruction. But with this GPS, i felt it can be trusted. One happy bird... Only concern, i think the car is slightly bigger .. hahaha so i do feel that i will struggle to park.
This weekend the weather is not so good so I don't plan to have much stop but the route from Newcastle to Edinburgh surprisingly quite scenic. So meet ZDG exactly at scotland/England border.. The temperature was so cold!!!.. -5.5c but lucky no snow!!

December 04, 2017

bitcoin - cryptocurrency

I heard this bitcoin last year when i join meetup grp on conversation. One of the guy was doing software on bitcoin. Other ppl seems to be interested with it but I don't know what the heck of it so I googled. But what more interesting to me is the guy that invent bitcoin is a mystery guy. Nobody really know who he is. Anyway a year passed and suddenly this year cikpah asked me if i knew anything abt bitcoin. The only thing i remember is that mystery guy. Apparently bitcoin trading has been kind of popular investment throughout the world even in Malaysia.. maybe in Asia. The price has been surge up like thousand % compare to last year. WOWW.. I just missed the boat. Anyway since my journey of finding more money to fund my cooper, i started to put some money in bitcoin. In Islam, doing any investment with speculative nature can be treated as gambling and kind of Haram. So in order to halal my greedy :p, i try to understand this what crypto world..  I do convince, this is where the world is heading just I'm not so sure which currency will win the war. Currently I only look at bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum. To be honest, I felt bitcoin has so many bottle neck that i don't think it will win but somehow it has the highest growth. Maybe because it the first so many platform support bitcoin. Just imagine, i try to transfer bitcoin and it cost RM24.. It quite expensive to be use as normal transaction. Anyway, i check the meetup group as well. It seems ppl here more interested on the technology itself rather the trading. I signed up for a few lecture on bitcoin and even buy the bitcoin book.. walau x tau bila la nk pergi... this is what i love being in Edinburgh.. you have access on all those lecture pretty easily. ahhaha.. i felt so pump up.

November 27, 2017

Black Friday?

I really have no self control!! I was planning to buy car before summer next year and guess what? Forget all the saving, all the lucky draw .... just take the loan .. hahahaha. Getting loan from bank will be quite high interest ~24% as I only been in UK for less than 2 years but for Black Friday mini had promotion 2.9% APR for car loan.. normally it will be 5.9%. It really tempting.. I checked the new car offer from carwow and one of the dealer give quite good price but they in London.  Called them on 2.9% APR and they managed to find the car with chili pack + media XL .. After waiting anxiously for 1 day, yesss the loan is approved with 2.9% but i need to go london to sign before 30th... The problem is, i don't have much leave to go to London on weekday, so last friday i book next day flight to London return the same day. Signed it and I'll be getting my mini next week or week after.. yeah!!! As thing come so sudden, now I have too many thing to think.. how to bring car up, parking permit, insurance etc.. hahahahha  but so happy. At the same time i felt kind of guilty of buying new car. It one of incorrect financial decision logically, but my heart say differently.. hahahaha..

November 13, 2017

perempuan meroyan dtg balik...

        I'm thinking of buying a car next year so I can travel more during weekend. However the initial thought of buying car asal boleh jalan have changed, the longer i keep on thinking abt it :p... Initially I thought of buying I10 as it the cheapest (can get £6-7k used for 2015/16) and the review is quite good. But the look is so buruk.. at least for me hahaha. Then i upgraded to fiesta and polo which another 3k extra for the same year.  I kind of settle for this till i saw an A1 sportback drive past me. It so cute and nice but that add another £3k. WHAT!!.. I already want to cross that when my friend said, i should enjoy while i can. To think about it, i will never drive Audi in Malaysia.. not even in my dream :). So I went to see the A1, the rear seat is quite small but the driver seat is so ergo. I kind of want it .. but really? Do i want to waste the money for this car? Some more getting a used car A1 is not easy.. New A1 will be around £20-22k. Gulp.. Then i did this self questionnaire .. WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.. ---> The answer is Mini Cooper .. hahahaha lain option.. lain jawaban nya.. Yeah.. i really fancy mini cooper.. maybe because i drove Kelisa which is mini cooper wannabe .. so i become mini cooper owner wannabe too. I even happy when my neighbour who drove mini cooper rent my parking. At least my parking get to taste how mini cooper felt like.. not the engine leak from my beloved Kelisa :).  Anyway mini wasn't in the list initially because i tot they only have 2 seat at the back. I need 3 seat , just incase stooges plan coming to Scotland next year get materialised ( ye la tu... tatau bila). I tot if I need 3 seat, need to buy mini clubman.. and i dont like the look of clubman. It look like van. I did my useless browsing.. simply go to mini website and try to configure the mini.. Then only i realized that 5dr mini cooper have 3 seat at the back.. Yeah!! i straight book a test drive and been waiting for this weekend to happen.. Yesterday i drove mini cooper :).  It so smooth and stable. As driver, I like the drive but driver seat is not as good as A1. The back seat is OK compare to A1 although the middle doesn't really get a good legroom and the door is slightly small. arghh screw up the stooges.. at least it 3 seat .. hahahaha..  This what happen when u found something u love.. u let them squeeze :). Anyway, i don't really like the screen. It small even with the radio boost visual. Maybe need to upgrade to media XL. The bad new is.. it hard to find auto mini cooper 5d in Edinburgh and with the option of media XL.. it even harder. When i check autotrader, they are some but at least few hundreds miles away and it does have the same price tag with A1. So now, i need to start thinking about money.. hahaha.. duit duit duit .. di mana ko duit.. So now my journey of increasing my car allocation money started..
Last night i have been buying some bitcoin in hope it can go up beribu2 lemon in 4 months ( it has been down and i've  been loosing money instead.. sigh :( Won't look at it till march... pray hard ).. I also created some saving account in Halifax and plan to put my car deposit there in a hope to win their lucky draw in this 4 month. They have lucky draw every month although the odd of winning is very low. Somehow the average of winning is woman 60 yrs old, weird ar. Anyway since I'm halfway there maybe my luck is increasing as well. Positive!!.. I also just setup an account with Premium Bond (similar like SSPN) in hope to win their lucky draw as well. I have been digging my travel drawer to find the extra pound hidden inside the travel purse so i can bank it to that premium bond tmrw. I even plan to use some £ that my friend gave me as token of good luck before i went to Edinburgh.. I guess this where the luck is needed :).  I know i haven't been so lucky in Malaysia .. but maybe my luck is shining here? With all the coldness, there must be something warm for me right :). Sound desperate.. yeah!! i really want mini cooper or maybe A1. But i i know what i want cost more that i can afford now. Pray hard... With all the luck, i hope i can get mini cooper with configuration that I want .. Amin.

August 13, 2017

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Every year in August, there will be Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. One of the biggest event during Fringe Festival would be Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Some country will perform band marching to kind of commemorate contribution during war. I'm lucky to win 2 ticket for Edinburgh Tattoo this year. Yeah.. so last night, me& eja go to watch it. They have performance from local which include Queen army and other country which from India, Japan and France. I think every year will have different country.. I do see Malaysia flag and wonder if Malaysia did performed here before. Beside normal band marching, there were also some war story on the redcoat vs highlander and some Viking story which showed they burn the boat. Overall it quite good but the most moment that really keep me thinking & happy was the ending.. Of course the firework view at the end was fantastic but seeing everyone from all the country gather and played the instrument together at the end was amazing... and this being added with bird visual at the castle flying high, which really give a feeling of freedom after war. The show ended with everyone stand up, singing national anthem and followed by a Scotland friendship handshake song. Everyone cross hand, holding each other even the stranger and sing that song together while the band playing the music... The music was similar like our "bertemu dan berpisah song" but they have different lyrics. It turn out Scotland's version is the original which come from a poem - Auld Lang Syne. It spirit was so high last night. It really nice to experience that :) I hope we have more friendship rather than war in future to come ...