Friday, 31 December 2010

Sausage Scones

I went to the library the other day to return some due books, which the kids borrowed earlier. I told myself that I was not going to borrow any more just because I hate the inconvenience of having to return them (very lazy me).

But the urge was just so great that yes, I went in & borrowed fairy books for my daughter and Dr Seuss for my son. Since the library was having a double quota borrowing promotion I went to the cookery books section to see what else I could borrow. I wasn't looking for anything particular but somehow the "Scones" book caught my attention.

So I was browsing through my newly-borrowed book at home and same thing, my dear daughter would flick the pages as well. Now something interests her - Sausage Scones. And she told me she'd like to make them.

I had this morning free and a quick check of ingredients showed that we had everything we needed. We proceeded with 'Ufairah's first project. It turned out successful, with me helping her to gather & knead the dough, she rolled it with sausage & sealed it. Most importantly she liked what she prepared.

Here's sharing a mother-daughter project:

Sausage Scones (adapted from "Scones" by Genevieve Knights)

200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
50g butter (cold)
1 tblsp mild or hot English mustard
100-120ml milk
4 small frankfurters (we used chicken sausage)

Preheat the oven to 220C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the texture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Separately whisk together the mustard and milk. Add most of the milk & mustard mixture to the dry mix. With a fork, stir to combine. If mixture is too dry to come together, add the remaining milk.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough together. Roll the dough out to a 30cm x 20cm rectangle. Place the dough on the workbench so the 20cm width is in front of you. Slice dough into 4 even pieces across the width. Place a frankfurter at the edge of a dough rectangle and brush the farthest edge with a little water. Roll up tightly then press lightly to secure. Repeat the process with the other frankfurters. Slice the rolls into 5 even pieces each and place them onto the baking tray. Bake about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 20.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Chocolate Crinkles

As mentioned last week, another chewy cookie recipe would be posted after Christmas. So here I am, with a recipe at hand.

I was browsing through my recipe book for a Christmas giveaway and almost couldn't decide on a dessert as a "Thank You" gift for a repeat customer. Again, I decided to pack some cookies (I gave away Fruits & Nuts Biscotti for Aidilfitri).

There were a few which I've shortlisted - Thumbprints, Vanilla Biscuits and Shortbread. In the end I decided to go with Chocolate Crinkles, simply because they are unique. Balls of dough are to be fully-coated into icing sugar just before they were baked. With cracked tops, the icing sugar are spread out and you'll get cookies that have a crunchy exterior and a moist centre.

Chocolate Crinkles

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups sugar (I used 1 cup which worked just fine)
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup icing sugar

1. Using an electric mixer, combine oil and sugar.

2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla essence.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Gradually add to the liquid mixture and mix until just combined.

4. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or until firm (a must-do).

5. Preheat oven to 170C-180C and line baking sheets with greaseproof paper.

6. Shape the dough into balls (I used 2 teaspoons to shape the dough). Roll them in the icing sugar, coating them completely.

7. Place the balls on the lined baking sheets, spacing them apart (cookies will spread out).

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and cracked on top. The cookies should look undone and be soft in the centre. The internal heat will cook them while they cool down. This will keep them crisp on the outside and moist & chewy on the inside.

9. Leave cookies in baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them onto wire rack to cool completely.

Yields about 80 pieces (small / medium size).

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Goodies for Christmas

The days before Christmas were pretty packed with preparations for goodies ordered from my ex-colleagues and ex-schoolmate.

As I'd be working alone and juggling between appointments, I had started planning my baking schedule as soon as I received the requests.

These were the goodies I did for Christmas eve:

3 sets of Brownie Cups for Dilah & Charis

Chocolate Hazelnut CheeseCups & Tiramisu for Azra

Strawberry Cheese Tart & Quiche for Azra

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

When you have lots of blueberries, you make.....

Blueberry Pie, of course!

Since I'd bought two punnets of fresh blueberries from Giant's a couple of days ago, I was pressured by DH to make something different from my usual range of desserts & goodies. (I was thinking of making scones, really).

So the very first thing that he came up with was baked Blueberry Pie. He had been asking me to bake this a few times before and I kept putting it off. I'd always felt intimidated making a full pie (with the shell) because making pie pastry wasn't my best at all. I've tried different recipes but it was always the technique that failed me.

Well since the fresh blueberries were bought at such a good deal, I felt it would be an injustice to leave the berries in the fridge (to dry up) without giving this recipe a shot. So I was subconsciously pushed to try making the pastry again.

I wouldn't say that it turned out perfectly this time, but it was slightly better. There is still room for improvement, though.

What mattered was DH loved it!

sistabrownie's homemade Blueberry Pie

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Casual weekend

It was a 'family-errand' Saturday, as we went from one place to another to get some things done before school reopens. Starting in Tampines, we went to Funan and then finally Bras Basah Popular store for some stationery. I've grown to like that branch as they have complete stationery for everything. Plus lots of other stationery stores too.

With a 20% discount coupon in hand, I browsed through the fiction section to check on my latest novel collection - Sophie Kinsella's "Mini Shopaholic". And yes, it's already in stock! I almost missed it at the shelf.

As I was still busy planning my bakes for this upcoming Christmas orders, I hadn't start on my new book much as I wanted to. Sunday afternoon was spent at the supermarket getting more stuff for my orders too. And I chanced upon a really great deal, an irresistible deal.

Fresh blueberries going for only $1.95 per punnet of 125g! How great a deal was that? But I didn't need blueberries for any of my orders. Well  just because they were on offer, I bought them. So I'd better make something with them.

For dinner we went to 89.7 Supper Club @ Changi Village again. This time we ordered one-dish meal for everyone - Fish & Chips, Mee Goreng, Seafood Fried Rice, Kampung Fried Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken wz rice, Beef Hor Fun and Satay.

I would say they didn't have the best of everything under one roof. Some of the dishes we ordered were tasty while others were not so. For instance, the peanut sauce for satay. It was tasty & flavourful but a bit runny & a tad too oily.

I was so tempted to try their Dim Sum, but it wouldn't be a good idea. Especially since we were already so full. So next time I shall.  

Friday, 17 December 2010

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

After a week of delay, here's the Chewy Chocolate Cookies recipe.

A rather easy recipe for anyone to follow, this recipe does not use butter but vegetable oil instead. So what you get at the end of your bakes would be cookies with crunchy edges and chewy and cake-like texture in the centre.

For these cookies I did not use the usual chocolate chips but coarsely-chopped + button chocolates, as I anticipated that the chips would 'disappear' in the dough.

So here it is:

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

2 eggs
1 1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence (slightly more would still be fine)
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (any of your favourite)
3/4 cup raisins (I prefer to put slightly more)
1 cup coarsely chopped chocolates (semisweet / white)

1. Beat eggs, sugar and essence with electric mixer until mixture becomes lighter in colour.

2. Stir in sifted dry ingredients until well-mixed.

3. Pour in the vegetable oil & continue to mix (by this time mixture will look sticky and soft). Cover the mixing bowl & refrigerate for at least 1 hr or more.

4. Preheat oven to 170C (depends on your oven). Grease oven trays.

5. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls, place on trays 6cm apart, flatten into rounds. (Don't worry if you flatten it through as the dough will puff up during baking).

6. Bake about 10 mins or until browned lightly (mine took 10mins per tray). Stand cookies on trays 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Yields about 36 cookies.
Tip: You may like to add some orange rind for that extra aroma & taste.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Votes are in

So the votes are in - 66% prefers Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies; 44% Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Thanks for those who voted. I'd expected the result will be vice versa. Anyways, the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe will be posted soon, when I return from my short trip.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

My favourite food haunt - Bedok Corner

I've been wanting to blog about this place for a long time but every time I was there, I forgot about everything else and gorged on my food as soon as they arrived. See, I even imply the food as "they" and not "it". So you guessed, whenever I was there, I'd start ordering quite a spread. Surprisingly, we always ended up finishing our food. Bedok Corner - the first time I was there it was pre-renovation during my dating days (ehem!). Hubby introduced me to the place which wasn't any close to what it is today.

I was there again yesterday. Before we even left the house I'd started salivating about the, by far, tastiest Halal Carrot Cake (black sauce). Why do I rave so much about Bedok Corner's Carrot Cake? Because the taste is consistent each time I ordered. Unlike other food joints, where the taste of the Carrot Cake differed when different cook prepared the dish, this one never disappoints me. But alas, the stall was closed! (Big sigh!) Anyway, the Carrot Cake stall is No.2, just next to the soya bean stall, which by the way serves good soya milk; not too sweet.

Next is the Tahu Telur at stall No. 5. I haven't tasted a lot of other Tahu Telur so I shall not compare. But do try this Tahu Telur when you're there. You wouldn't be disappointed. It's served with black shrimp paste sauce, which was not too spicy. Even my son loves it. (Don't mind the pic. Again I attacked it before remembering to snap a pic).

We ordered Sup Kambing from stall No.26 and Mee Hongkong from stall No.28. Unfortunately the latter was a disappointment. Although the serving was a lot, it tasted too much of garlic. That totally put me off because of the pungent smell. I also ordered Nasi Goreng Ayam from the same stall. Apart from the generous chicken portion, the rice was almost tasteless. Even hubby commented that the cook might have forgotten to add salt. This might be a one-off case, because I've seen quite a number of people ordering from this same stall on other days. But for me, I wouldn't come back. There's another stall selling good Nasi Ayam / Nasi Ayam Penyet but I didn't take note of the stall number. It's near to the restroom exit. I noticed it was quite popular with patrons.

Since it was a weekday, it wasn't crowded. So I managed to list some of the food stalls I'd go to at Bedok Corner:

Stall No.1 - Soya Bean Milk (Variety, not too sweet)
Stall No.2 - Carrot Cake (@ $3/plate. Go for the black sauce)
Stall No.5 - Tahu Telur
Stall No.12 - Pisang & Cempedak Goreng (Variety, all kinds of banana. The lopes is nice too)
Stall No.13 - Juice (I get my Avocado Juice here)
Stall No.25 - Mee Kuah Upeh (this is their specialty probably because it is served in upeh. Spicy. Sup Kambing is not bad too)
Stall No.31 - Hot / Cold Chng Tng (Die Die Must Try! Generously served)

Since I didn't get my Carrot Cake fix, I'd be sure to make a comeback soon!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Crunchy or Chewy? poll

I am currently running an online poll - "Crunchy or Chewy?" to find out people's preference on cookies, especially Chocolate Chip ones.

I have scanned through some chocolate chip cookie recipes and 'shortlisted' the good ones to try. In fact some chewy chocolate chip cookies are really tasty. But I guess the majority have always been 'fed' with crunchy ones that they might classify chewy ones as cookies-that-have become-soft-over time.

Anyways, the final result of this poll will determine which Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I will be sharing here. Of course before I post the recipe, be assured that it had been tested and tasted. The criteria that I always look for in a recipe are whether the ingredients are readily available and that it does not require much time in preparation.

So I shall be updating the result in 1 weeks' time. Stay tuned.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Homemade pizza

Since I was out and about, I bought the necessary stuff to make homemade pizza for the kids. This would be my 'virgin' project.

I didn't use store-bought pasta sauce for the base, instead it was Mum's recipe. She called it the "sweet-sour sauce". I recalled in my youth (I still am at heart heh!), my mum would make at least three or four big pizzas just for us (me & brothers) to indulge. Her sauce, to me, was a good homemade one. So for me to accomplish that same taste, based on my childhood, was tricky. I hope I nailed it anyway.

Among the three kids, of course it was my daughter who never fail to step into the kitchen to see what I was up to and would try to 'help' in just any way. So I prepared all the ingredients & toppings for her to do her business.

I didn't bother much with the topping like mushrooms, onions, olives & fresh tomatoes because I know the kids would start segregating the vege even before they started eating. This was simplicity at its best.

About to go into the oven

I did the honour of putting the mozzarella (which I bought at an offer at Sheng Shiong - 2 packs in 1).
Fresh & hot

And it's good to eat, especially since the pizza came out at the right time when it was just starting to rain. I cut one pizza into 4 pieces and was taking one after another before I realized that I'd actually eaten a whole pizza. Goodness me haha!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Baking with the kids

I have two free days to spare but have no ideas what to do with the children. Wanted to go to Marina Square to watch Hi-5 live but I anticipated that there would be a large crowd and that would make me dizzy. I was also a teeny bit inconfident about tagging all 3 kids along, taking public transport. It had been a while since I did that, I guess I just lost my 'mojo' in handling the kids by myself, without relying on my husband. I must really start to put myself into practice again.

So I prepared the Butter Cookies dough for the kids. This time I tinted half of the dough in red & used strawberry essence while the other half in its natural colour & vanilla essence. Thing was my daughter and I watched Rachel Ray's show the day before and in that episode, one of the celebrities contributed the idea of using the cookie dough to make candy cane cookies.

It's using your own favourite butter cookie recipe, tint half in red, make 2 small balls (1 red, 1 natural) and roll the dough out into thin strips separately. Then twist the two strips together and make the shape of a candy cane and arrange them in your baking tin.

We did just that. But the cookies came out fat. The kids didn't mind. They're just happy to eat them.

In the Rachel Ray's show after the cookies were baked, they were sprinkled with crushed candy cane and caster sugar just before serving.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dinner at The Supper Club 89.7

On Saturday, hub decided to try out a seafood place in Changi Village. We drove past the restaurant a few times before and we got curious when we saw that the place is actually Halal certified. It's called the Supper Club 89.7 (no affiliation with the radio station).

As we were there on a Saturday, the place was quite crowded with families having their seafood dinner. This place not only serve seafood, they have a whole range of food like Indian, Mediterranean (kebabs), Western, Chinese-style one-dish meal like Seafood Fried Rice, Hor Fun and the likes.

This time we decided to go for the seafood. It's tasty, service was quick and they are reasonably-priced too. 

The Supper Club have quite a lot in their menu. So we are going to make another trip there to try the others.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Air Force Museum

When I first thought that my fever was not that bad, we managed to step out a while and brought the kids to the Air Force Museum. The kids really enjoyed looking at the jets and helicopters displayed there, especially the outdoor gallery.

For those who are interested, here's the link. Admission is free.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Honey Baked Chix

I haven't been in the best of health for the past week. This was the worst-hit flu I've ever gotten in don't-know-how-many-years. Fortunately this flu came during a time I wasn't booked for any orders. So I guess it was a call for my body to rest after a long time.

I was definitely offline for the past week. Everything else didn't matter except for me to get myself better. Easier said than done. I didn't have an appetite to start with, I was dehydrated and all I could do was just lay in bed. I lost weight - something I hadn't wished for. After almost a week, the fever was gone, so now I'm only dealing with the cold.

So before I got sick, I managed to try out a chicken recipe which was shared by a fellow online buddy. And coincidentally I have a whole chicken in the freezer, which was given by my aunt for Aidiladha. Didn't use it for the occassion so when I decided to cook Chicken Rice on Friday, I made Honey Baked Chix to go with it.

It was easy to do and very well-received by the family, especially the kids. Will definitely do this again. Thanks Kyn!

*Recipe courtesy of Kyn -

Honey Baked Chix

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Grilled Fish in Sweet Soya Sauce

This dish is a favourite with hubby. I can easily serve this dish with hot white rice & he's a happy man. And thankfully it's so easy to do. I believe you have all the essential ingredients in your fridge. But of course the main star is the fish. I like to use black pomfret.

Before grilling

Grilled Fish in Sweet Soya Sauce

Black Pomfret
Tumeric powder

1) Marinate fish with salt & tumeric powder.

2) Fry till cooked & crispy.

Sweet soya sauce
Butter (room temperature)
Sliced onions
Sliced garlic
Sliced red chillies
Sliced bird's eye chilles (cili padi)
Kaffir lime leaves - sliced thinly
Lime juice
Ginger flower / Torch ginger bud (Bunga kantan) - sliced thinly

1) Mix the above in a bowl. Line your grilling pan with aluminium paper to prevent fish from sticking to your pan.

2) Using a spoon, spread the soya sauce mixture all over the fried fish.

3) Put the fish to the grill. To know if the fish is ready, the soya sauce should be caramelized or dried up a little bit.

When it's done

The trick to doing this is to have lots of soya sauce & onions. The combination of onions & soya sauce will caramelize & make the whole dish tasty. Of course if you prefer this dish to be spicy, add on more chillies.

I haven't tried the sauce with chicken. If you have, please share how it turned out : D

Updated on 19th Nov'10:

You may also like to use this old skool grill. But warning - it will be messy business in the kitchen.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Desserts for Aidiladha

It's Aidiladha and I hope all my Muslim friends had a great day spent with family today.

I was occupied for two days making preparations for quite a big order for Aidiladha. It's for Nor, who's having a celebration for her 2 year old son's birthday.

Preparations started on Sunday, when I went to look for suitable fruits for the tartlets. As the birthday celebration will only be held today, collection of goodies was a day before. Therefore I had to take into consideration of the fruits used to top the tartlets. Kiwi, strawberries, peaches are all out as they emit a lot of moisture, which in turn will make the goodies soggy when chilled overnight. Fortunately, Nor was understanding and agreeable before confirmation of orders that different fruits will be used to sustain the quality of the goodies.

Custard Fruit Tartlets

Chocolate Fruit Tartlets

For the custard-filled tartlets, I decided to go with dragonfruit and grapes. Dragonfruit does emit a lot of moisture too but hey, what other fruits can I use? Grapes are great, as the store was having a promotion on seedless ones and I love that I got tiny ones, which was just right for my tartlets. Plus, I didn't have to cut them up (moisture intact). Raspberries went on top of the chocolate-filled ones.

There were also 50pcs of Profiteroles. I filled them up with custard. (Note to self: Must learn to make smaller ones, like Mum said. Should I? I thought the size was just right for my box : D)

Custard-filled Profiteroles

Last but not least, the cuppies for the birthday boy who turned two. Nor mentioned that her son loves balls, so she'd asked if I could put a lot of balls for the deco. I decided to go for a little football-themed decoration. Notice the only one cuppy without any deco? That's for Nor to put on the football candles for Harith.

Two-year-old Harith is such a cutie. When I showed Nor the deco for the cuppies, he pointed out to the balls. I thought he's going to say "ball", but instead he shouted "goal". I'm glad I nailed on the deco for him. I hope he had an enjoyable celebration with his family today.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

The Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake is one of my personal favourites. And I was definitely delighted to make it, especially when it was requested by one of my early supporters of sistabrownie's - Effa.

Some have asked if it tastes like Nutella because of its combination of chocolates & hazelnuts. Well, it doesn't. For those who are curious, you can place an order or wait for me to launch a samples promotion.

This is a chilled dessert and it's better served when it has chilled overnight.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Brownie Platter for Aiza

I was very tensed on doing this Brownie Platter. It was for two very important occassions - her husband's birthday as well as their wedding anniversary.

She had specifically asked for this design, complete with a sample picture, but with minor alterations. I hope I've met her requests with the outcome of this Brownie Platter (50pcs).

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Brownie Cups for Aefa

Received a special request from a very sweet-looking mum, Aefa, to bake her some brownies. The only difference was that they were to be in medium cuppies. I believe I haven't done this before for anyone. So it was a great opportunity to try this out.

At a glance they looked like cupcakes, but they weren't. I had two options on the choc fudge topping - level it or swirl like a sundae. I chose the latter.

Thanks to Aefa of Trendy Clipettes for this great idea!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Punked-by-Mel Cuppies

Someone just had to spoil the entire week for me. (I hadn't had the best week on my second week of work). I received an order through email from Mel, who requested for 20 medium Double Chocolate Cupcakes for her boyfriend's 27th birthday in a black & white theme. Everything went as per requested & cuppies were finished just one hour before the scheduled collection time. I SMS-ed her for the collection. To my consternation, she said that she hadn't confirm on the order as she hadn't make the payment. I replied that she didn't cancel her request either. So what was I supposed to do? Just don't make the cuppies, with the risk of her turning up at my doorstep, asked for the cuppies & pay in cash?

I almost had a heart attack when she blatantly replied, "No I don't want the cuppies". Flat in my face. Damn I spent so much time on those cuppies. Some people are just so uncivilized. They don't understand what valuable time and basic courtesy mean to someone else. It may be convenient for her to reject flatly but it was definitely inconvenient for me in many sense.

I didn't know how to feel that day. I felt like crying, I was angry; it was just unbelievable. People do take my kindness for granted. There was Nur, who still owe me for those one-month celebration cuppies for her baby boy. There was also another time when someone alleged that my cuppies were tossed all over the cake box when I arranged for delivery for that person, and I ended up making a second set for her for free. Sigh! The world of business.

Back to the story of the 'punked' cuppies. Hub suggested that we slash the price and put for sale. I wasn't in the mood already so he worked it out for me - updating my status in FB, calculating the costs & contacting his friend if he's interested in the 'punked' cuppies. Great online friends like Annie & Yani too gave me their support. I was truly grateful.

After this incident, hub insisted that upfront payment is a must especially for new customers' orders. To Mel, I can only wish you good luck in your relationship with your boyfriend with an attitude like that.

P.S: Oh yeah, I just remembered something when I was updating this: SHE DID NOT EVEN APOLOGIZE! To think she's currently studying in a local university. Where are your manners lady?!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Macadamia Brownie

I've lost track after 2 weeks of neglecting my blog. Can I just summariza everything now? Hee!

I've just started on a new job and I discovered that I've hardly the time for anything else after coming home, except just following-up on the kids' activities. It's really tiring for me. Up to the point that I've started taking chicken essence to rev myself up for the day everyday. Tsk tsk tsk!

Anyways, after a tiring 1 week on the job, I felt like having some of my own Brownie. The macadamia nuts in my fridge (plus the pistachios too) were tempting me to bake something. I could always choose to snack on them, but hub would make me feel guilty for not sharing. So in they went to the Brownie.

I made them topless without the fudge, the way I like. And of course shared them with my mum, who came over to check on how her only daughter had been coping with the new job. I'm sure my youngest brother would enjoy these too. I was happy to know from mum that he packed the buns I gave her the last time, to work. I suddenly missed both my brothers. 

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Brownie Platter for Shasha

This Brownie Platter was made for Shasha. She had requested for coloured candies as the topper.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Pending recipes

I have 2 recipes pending to be uploaded here - Creamy Mushroom Pasta (Sauce) & Grilled Garoupa in Soy Sauce.

Will update soon!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Brownie sample

A customer requested for Brownie sample before she decides and confirm on her Brownie order. So it was arranged that the sample be collected today.

Since there are two boxes left, I thought it would be an opportunity for others to have a test-tasting too before they decide to order the whole pack from me.

Brownie sample comes in a box of 4pcs. But you can request for more. They still come in 4pcs per sample set.

Contact me to arrange for Brownie Sample!

Monday, 18 October 2010

My boy turns 3!

We continue the birthday celebration for Ghazi today, when he officially turned three.

Three years ago, I was having the most excruciating backache ever before I found out that I was already 3cm dilated when I arrived at my gynae's clinic. It was so painful that I was crying in bed because I couldn't even get up to shower. We decided not to go straight to the hospital as I was afraid it might be a false alarm. It's amazing how a mother with her 3rd child still wouldn't be able to tell if she's ready to give birth or not.

After the confirmation we went straight for the delivery suite, which was just 5mins drive away from the clinic (phew!). At that time, it was only the 3rd day of Raya & I had actually cooked a big pot of Mee Betawi the day before.

It was about 6hrs later that my youngest boy was born (with my gynae wearing a Man U jersey under his robe. Chet!) It wasn't exactly a smooth process as I was losing a lot of blood, Ghazi suddenly turned blue & I had a high fever after that. I could only cradle him for just a moment before the doctor decided to put Ghazi in an incubator to warm him up. I saw him again only the next day. Thankfully everything went well.

Ghazi, 3 years ago

The just-recovered-from-fever me

So it was cake-cutting time for the boy after an early dinner today. Fortunately I managed to get an off-the-shelf boyish-looking cake from Polar.

Birthday boy is in high spirits the whole day. Even while I'm updating this, he's still singing at the top of his voice.