Sunday, October 13, 2013

5 years and counting!

11/10/08 - 11/10/13

5 years it has been. 5 years!

I still remember the days when I was too afraid of losing my other half. He was everything. He is still everything every living being could be. I still remember the times when I would cry over the idea of being alone. Even today I still freak out sometimes. I guess that will never fade away.

But Alhamdulillah for everything.

I can only thank Allah for that everything.

Today, we've been blessed with two sons. Ikram Fakhri, three and a half years old; and 'Irfan, 5 months. Everyone says both of them look like their Dad, but they don't look alike. Some says that from certain angle and sometimes they look like me too.

Today, I would say that I'm still coping with the world. I have to admit that I not a perfect wife, and I am not a perfect mother. I am still trying to juggle and balance between responsibilities. But I try my best to be.

And I will try my best to be happy all the time. Yes, of course, deep down, I'm very happy and thankful for everything I have been blessed with. Maybe I need to be more expressive - show my happiness even when I'm tired, even when I'm sick.

5 years and counting!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Recipe: Nutella-Cheese Muffins

Before we start, let me tell you that the original recipe came from David Lebovitz's Black-Bottom Cupcakes

Oh ya, I really don't know how to differentiate between cupcakes and muffins, so let's call them cupcakes AND muffins, okay?

Okay. Now... my Nutella 'supplier' from Singapore (a.k.a. Tc Sharifah Haslina in Adni) - because it's waaay cheaper over there - told me that Nutella cupcakes are reaaally nice! So finally I get to try bake some. And since I really love black-bottom cupcakes, I decided to combine both recipes.

The recipe below prepares a dozen (12) cupcakes

Cheese Mix:
227g of Cream Cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg

Nutella Mix:
1 cup Nutella
60 g plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 tbsp Milk
A pinch of salt

Coarsely-chopped hazelnuts
Semi-sweet chocolate chip

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt set aside.
3. In a large bowl, mix all the Nutella Mix.
(tips: Mix the wet ingredients first, and then fold in flour mixture and mix until smooth)
4. In another large bowl, beat the Cheese Mix until fluffy.
5. Scoop Nutella Mix into muffin cups (half-full) and top it up with a tablespoon of Cheese Mix.
6. Top it with hazelnuts / chocolate chips.
7. Bake muffins for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Oh, just in case you don't have any Nutella in hand, you can always go back to the original recipe using chocolate :) Here's the mix:

1 ½ cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water