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Monday, September 08, 2008

Moments of homely glory for Ibu

Oh! Oh! Oh! Second posting in one day? If I write fast enough, I may make it before 12 midnight.

So here goes....

I have made known how I am with cooking. But I have also said somehow, when some opportunities arise, I'd like to grab them - better late than never. Most of the times though, kurang menjadi of course. But sometimes, boleh tahan.....

And TODAY - I must savour one of those glorious moments that are hard to come by for Ibu.

All these jazzy feeling only because of ..... jeng!jeng!jeng! my home-made Roti John!!!

Inspired by none other than the frequent mentioning of it by Wan Shana. Hehehe.... She said Hanna really liked it - I thought hmmm... this must be 'good' for growing up kids.

I thought, why would people call it 'John' - not Jonas, Obama, Hugh, Nicholson, Nadal.... not even Clooney.

Just 'John'. Simply 'John'. Surely it must be simple?! I must try...

So I thought.... hahaha...

I recalled my colleague brought Roti John during our last dept pot luck before puasa, and I texted her on Sunday for the ingredients. Kot2 la.... cuti Sunday, I could try kan??? That request must have sent shockwaves to her, she replied with much zest, not just on what the ingredients should be but how to do it too. That was where I stumbled. Alamak.... minced meat di goreng and ditos kan until kering and then yadayadayadaya....... God bless her! Berpinar mata baca her reply. So I cancelled the plan . Firstly, because I didn't have minced meat. Secondly, the preparation of the minced meat sounded very labourious to me (what did I say about me & cooking?!). The spirit willing, the flesh sokmo weak...

But then this morning, Hafiz asked me if he could have Pizza for berbuka. He showed me the leaflet and told me, "We can just call for delivery Ibu.... you don't have to drive there!" . Bila dah pandai membaca... tu ler pulak masaalah nya. I asked how much, and he said "Murah jer, RM4.70". Eh!!! Biar betul?? Tak betul. Actually, it was RM24 ++, a savings of RM4.70 compared to regular menu deal. Rupanya..... Hmmmm.......

Somehow it popped out of my mouth, "Forget pizza. Ibu will make Roti John special for Hafiz today!" .

Too fast too soon. Terlajak perahu boleh di tarik. Hafiz was already jumping up & down excited ya amat upon hearing "IBU WILL MAKE " - a rare occassion indeed, as rare as the chance of finding a Panda that knows Kung Fu.

And so at about 5.00 pm, after Hafiz reminded me of Roti John special, I went into the kitchen & ducked my head into the fridge to look for what could be modified as Roti John's ingredients.

Found chicken breast and some other boneless parts in the freezer. Red bell pepper. Onion. Garlic. Tomato. Timun susu. Outside - Tesco Choice chicken eggs abundant. Safe for the timun & the eggs, I diced everything else. Stir fried them with sprinkles of Tesco Choice chicken seasoning, with salt & sugar sesedap jari menabur. I called upon my little food taster (yg puasa sambung-sambung tu) to taste and comment. After tasting it, he asked if he could eat it straightaway then. Ohhh....sedap lah tu maknanya.... hahaha.... Gumbiranya hati ku.

Beat 2 eggs and fried them. And sliced the timun thinly (this I know how to do excellently!) . I put them aside first and went on do some other things. At about 5 mins to 7, I sliced the buns, 'buttered and grilled' them, reheated the chix mix and cut the telur dada into 6 stripes. I stuffed the chix mix inside the buns, put 2 layers of telur dada and laid the excellently sliced timun on top of the eggs. 3 buns, cut into two, dapat berapa? Just nice eh.... One each (including bibik).

Come Azan, and the verdict?

Clap...clap....clap...... I was verbally awarded "Best Mom In The World" by Hafiz.

And Abang Idin asked for "it" - again soon, he said. An ENCORE!? Can you believe it?

So there you go... some rare moments of homely glory for Ibu!

True what U.Lee last commented;
"And there is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman by the name of Ibu in the act of cooking for someone she loves"

Beautiful kah Ibu? Ohhh...regardless..... I'm looking at this moment from my spek-mata and enjoying every second of it. An effort that was "sweating yet rewarding"! ehehehehe.....

(I'm sure Ayah is smiling reading this. Oiiii bang.... bagi chan lah darling you nak perasan jap, tak bley kerrrr? Jeles pulak!! )

Salams ....

21 comments:

Pp said...

pertama nya, best wishes to abg Idin dalam perjuangan upsr itu....

keduanya, syabas ibu!!! baru baca udah keinginan saya di buatnya....harus di minta 'ibu' di rumah saya jugak cuba-cuba begitu....roti john!!

ketiganya, ameerrr...thumbs up!! ada competitive spirit tu bagus....semoga tahun depan dapat baju raya banyak2....

hazyr said...

emmm...I am wondering what was Ayah's verdict on your Roti John? :)

Pi Bani said...

Hafiz was already jumping up & down excited ya amat upon hearing "IBU WILL MAKE "

Now now, if you were such a bad cook, I think Hafiz would be worried when he found out that YOU were going to cook, right? The fact that he was jumping up and down proves that he actually loves your cooking... tak gitu?

wanshana said...

YEAYYYY!!!! AND HOORRAAAYYYYY!!! to IBU!!!

Clap! Clap! Clap!

Ibu,

Anak-anak I pun SEMUA suka sangat makan Roti John masa bulan puasa ni, tau...(Hint! Hint!) ;)

Errrr...you still owe Haizal his Asam Laksa (which by the way was SOOOOO Yummy!). So, can aaarrr? Next time we get together gether, menu Asam Laksa and Roti John?!

Take care:)

Madam Tai Tai said...

Ibu,

Congratulations! It is your moment of glory so enjoy basking in it!!

Next week try pulak buat homemade pizza, k.

ADIEJIN said...

Nama Roti John tu di berri sempena nama mamat yang mula mula reka resepi. Nama dia Johan Rotee dari Kmapung Limau Purut, Johor. Tak caya ?

MA & Brood said...

Aisehmen Ibu, I pun dah at wits end nak masak apa tiap-tiap hari ni.

Masa buat encore performance tu - boleh tak amik gambar step by step?

Rayyan Haries Ean Rael=R.H.E.R said...

salam,

best nye!!

nak belajar boleh x?

Btw,selamat berpuasa dan semoga ibu dirahmati Allah S.W.t

zaitgha said...

honestly speaking, i just hated cooking just a few years ago....however the kids at home love to eat ...so no choice i forced myself to cook but nowadays one day cuti masak dah terasa rindu dgn my kitchen pulak he he

and i blamed my sis for getting me started baking 2 years ago.....if not kuih raya sumer tunjuk2 jer

aiz said...

hooo yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

hari tu upon returning my niece's car, her mom (my cousin) asked me...

"aiz buka kat mana hari ni?"

"tak tau lagi kak ning... kat umah je kot"

"ohhh, dah masak dah utk buka?"

" dah"

"masak apa?"

"masak air!!!"

and with that my husband and i left for concorde for ifthar.... i belanja okey....

guilty punya pasal!!!!

Kmar said...

Eija,

Next time, kalau kita bergathering, boleh le buat special request... ROTI JOHN!!!... Shana dah dapat title KUAYTIAW... thumbs up!!

Nanti boleh le turunkan ilmu tu..

Eta My said...

Ibu..what seem or sound so labourious..( satu vocab baru untuk daku daaa)...but ape yang u ubahsuai...mcm lot more labourious...baguih...and for mothers..ape yang lebig menggembirakan bila yang dihidang..habis licin..siap dpt puji..nak lagi..nak lagi...resepi lain la pulak...ok..

Waterlily said...

Standing Ovation! clap clap clap!...Congratulations Ibu!

And thanks for sharing how you made it too..

What's next? Roti Bom? Jangan lupa share recipe. :)

One step at a time Ibu, lama lama Ibu boleh masak ngan tutup mata je, bila celik dah siapppp! Yummy!

Salam. :)

Kak Teh said...

congratulations!! I know what you mean - my moment of glory was two days ago when I foolishly announced that I would make nasi tomato, because our eldest was coming home to berbuka with us. Nasi tomato symbolises something special - special guests etc in out household and in my nasi tomato making annals - many turned soggy, or not quite cooked. But two days ago, at the dining table - a lot of clap-clap too! And Alhamdulillah, habis!

Ezza Aziz said...

salam dari Klang,
akhir nya berjaya juga membuat roti john ala ala ibu. Klau anak kita kata sedap,bermakna berjaya lah percubaan you. Lepas ni masak apa pulak.!!!
Selamat berkenalan dari saya...

Ayah said...

the best food critics would be the children... if they approve, then you are the greatest cook in the world.. the father tu selalunya asal boleh makan tu ok le, kalau tak makan tu something wrong dengan sistem penghadaman dia... speaking as a father myself...

Thomas Mok said...

sorry ye enter frame skit.

i was just blogging about mom's cooking and i read your post (come here from roti kacang merah's blog) and i thought, how nice.

may be you can comment on my post plak.

www.tmithomas.blogspot.com

azizul kamaruzaman. said...

dearest bu,
khaifah?

bu im no longer lingering here. my sister taken lap top and im very much sorry for the none update blog (hehehe, mcm la ibu selalu baca.) btw, spm is very-very near and its keep my brain busy and hectic thinking about the coming near death experience. (hehehehehehe,)

selamat berpuasa and hari raya in advance. and do wish me very the gud luck for the upcoming exam.

rad said...

Ibu,
Hm, bila pulak kami semua bakal merasa roti john special ibu nih?
Abang Idin maintain cool tak exam hari tu? Siapa yg lagi havoc? Anaknya kah? or ibunya? ;-) One of my nephews - the mother said, "Ngalahkan aku nak beranakkan dia dulu!" Hahaha...dok kuar masuk bilik air, tido tak lena lah...

Anonymous said...

Ja! how come you can't figure out why its called Roti John? John tu nama general untuk mat salleh le! Kat kg I dulu dulu, asal ada mat salleh je kita panggil John untuk lelaki and Mary untuk perempuan, banyak pulak mat salleh dtg kg kita dari dulu, maklum le on the way to pulau perhentian! so, in other words, roti mat salleh maksudnya! harap you faham perumpamaan yg tersirat!!!

Maybe you know who!

arsaili said...

salam..fuyoooo...roti john...i cant even remember when was d last time mkn roti john...ummm u shld let me rasa..ahahaha..

kak minta recipe..