Saturday, January 10, 2009

Birthday Preparation for HARITH

With all the hustle and bustle, preparing for his guests of 50 including over sized babies (the parents of course)
... Harith could afford an hour nap up in his favorite hide out... Wan's bedroom.

Meanwhile downstairs, Papa was busy getting the kids table mats neatly arranged on the meal table. That was two hours before the guests arrived.

While Mama...what did Mama do? Ow! Mama was busy preparing the drink - orange cordial mixed with red syrup

This fried bee hoon (thin rice noodles) was our breakfast - Wan prepared it earlier on.

1 packet bee hoon
1 clove garlic
2 large red onions (one sliced, one blend with garlic)
1 cup anchovies or dried prawns
10 stalks of dried chillies
Fish balls, squids, fresh prawns or any additional ingredients you desire
Cabbage or any green leafy vegetables
Salt and seasonings

1. Prepare the wok. Put in oil. Fry blended garlic, onions, chillies and anchovies till cooked (approximately 20 minutes...> this is to avoid getting tummy ache with chillies).
2. Add fish balls, salt, seasonings and other fresh ingredients. Cook for another 15 minutes. Adding sufficient hot water.
3. Add bee hoon. Do not stir so too much else, the strands breaks easily.
4. Add vegetables.
5. Gently stirring the fried noodles till they get softer.
6. May add beaten eggs if you like.
7. Once cooked, garnish with sliced fresh red chillies, spring onions and fried shallots.
8. OR sliced boiled eggs OR omelet, thinly sliced and use as garnishing.

Meanwhile Papa prepared this sandwiches for the kids in town...Wan found this in the fridge...

Aunt Dee did the decorating work since last night. She and Aunt Zaza blew the balloons manually... then Aunt Dee put them down in kid's corner, up on the walls AND she also prepared fancy menu cards.

This is the food corner...the table was still empty at the time I took pictures...

Food Labeling was done by aunt Dee.

Harith's most favorite glass paintings... painted by Wan aka RTL...

bAKED cURRY pUFFS - prepared by WAN aka RTL
Using short crust pastry - 1 kg plain floor, 500 gm. butter (salted), 1 glass iced cold water
Method - cut up butter in the floor, using finger tips work the floor till it becomes bread crumbs like. Add cold water all at once. Using metal spoon mix the dough well. Form into balls and leave to coagulate.

Prepare the fillings
1 tray of minced beef
1 can mushrooms- chopped or diced
3 big Russets potatoes - diced
3-4 large red or Spanish onions - dices
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamoms
2 cloves
1 star aniseed
5 garlic - chopped
5 shallots - chopped
3 Tbsp.Curry powder
1 tray minced beef or chicken
1 Tbsp.Tomato sauce
Salt &seasonings

1. Heat oil in the wok or pan.
2. Add in sliced ingredients, dried spices and fry till lightly brown (not burnt). Add curry powder.
Cook 15 minutes.
3. Add mince beef or chicken. Stir well. Leave to cook.
4. Add mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes.
5. Add seasonings and lastly diced onions. Stir for only 5 minutes.

Prepare the pastry for curry puffs - sizes as desired. If you do not want a tedious work, use bigger circle cutter and cut pastry. Put just sufficient filling so that the edges are secured and not smeared with fillings. Remember to remove spices. Arrange on baking tray. Brush surfaces of curry puffs with eggs.
Bake at 180F for 20 minutes or till done.

Fried RICE - Papa's Recipee
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1. 6 pots rice - ready cooked.
2. 1 clove garlic
3. 2 big red onion
4. Prawn or fish balls, or chicken - cut up in to small size.
5. Mixed vegetable - frozen.
6. Seasonings.
7. May add black pepper or, salted fish or dried chillies to add color and taste.

Boil rice. Leave to cool. Fry onions and garlic in a wok. Add wet ingredients. When cooked, add mixed vegetables. Add salt and seasonings. Ad rice, stir for 15 minutes. Serve.

Spaghetti Bolognes - Mama' delight
1. Boil 1 packet spaghetti. Drain.
2. Prepare the sauce using ready made sauce mix.
3. Add mushrooms, paprika, carrots, tomatoes - diced.
4. Serve hot with dried herbs and cheese generously sprinkled.

UCI (Harith's granny from Papa's side) has prepared Chicken Curry with Roti Jala
(pictures may be uploaded later...from another camera)

Cik Zaza bought birthday cakes and cup cakes - she went so far to fetch the cakes...

Quite disappointed with Thomas's face that did not turn out so well.... But cup cake's faces turn out quite well.

The Birthday peaceful....Happy birthday to you...


Alice said...

Happy birthday to Harith, a very handsome little boy.

A World in a PAN said...

Happy Birthday to Harith a very quiet little boy (at when he sleeps!).
I have published the recipe of your friend noodles in my website.
Check it ou and let me know if it's ok.

RoyalTLady said...


Thank you very much...says Harith to a very sweet lady.

RoyalTLady said...

Thank you aunt/granny(?) Laura for the wishes...says Harith.

Yes, sure... I am extremely quiet when I am asleep. But as soon as I am up...the whole house could hear my voice...big and strong voice...

Laura, fried noodles is my favorite dish... I could have it throughout the day without complains. It taste much better with any sea food and dried prawns added.

Melissa said...

Harith is so beautiful.

All of the food looks delicious.

And thank you so much for your kind comments. You lifted my spirits and made me feel so much better.


Melissa said...


It's me again.

I just wanted to let you know that I am adding your blog to my list of favorites. Your blog is so sweet.


The Dutchess said...

Happy Happy B-Day to you little Harith..May the next year of your life be beautiful and filled with blessings..
THe room and the food look AMAZING...great job!

Nazarina A said...

Harith is the epitome of a happy child!!
I love the curry puffs! Thank you for those kind words on my blog and I have not forgotten your tag! I am only back from vacation now and soooo struggling to get back into a routine!
I am happy to make your acquaintance!

RoyalTLady said...


Thank you for adding RTL in your blog. Appreciate it so much.

And I am glad that I managed to uplift your spirit...


RoyalTLady said...

The Dutchess,

Thanks for the wishes and nice words ...

Enjoy visiting your blog...

Keep it up!

RoyalTLady said...


Your blog is simply awesome! Always make me feel hungry and those presentations are all mouth watering indeed. What is your profession over there...if I may know?

Tak balik ke Malaysia ke?

Kak Emy

RoyalTLady said...

Harith has started walking (unaided) on the 11th January 2009...he gave us his greatest four steps while in a mosque in Ampang. Then more steps were take at home...

Its fun watching him grow and making new things all the time. Today, I noticed his fourth teeth coming out... so he has two up and two at the bottom.

Harith sends HIS HUGS and KISSES to all the aunties and grannies who sent him birthday wishes.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Happy Birthday to Harith. What a wonderful party you planned for him.

Happy @ Home said...

Happy Birthday to Harith. It looks like a wonderful birthday party with lots of delicious food. He looks like a happy and well-loved little boy.

RoyalTLady said...

thanks for the birthday wishes. His Mama and Mama had planned the party for him. I just chipped in with baked curry puffs...


YES, he is a contented little boy...well loved and he is happy with all of us around. Behaves a little when with me alone in the house. Just loves to climb the stairs whenever the "gate"is unlocked...

RoyalTLady said...

OPS! Sorry Melody...I wrongly spelt your name there...a slipped of my finger...

Donna said...

Happy Birthday to little Harith! Beautiful pictures. The food looks amazing!

RoyalTLady said...


Thanks for the's been a long time...

see you around...