Daily Archives: June 1, 2010

Today is Day 1 : I Begin my journey……

Today I start a soup diet, I will be eating more soupy stuff from the 1st of June and hopefully by writing this each day, I will be more careful and more guilty to let it go. Each day I will do a recipe of the soup I am consuming and hopefully take a photo as well.

I just feel  need to go on this diet because of late I feel my body is doing strange things and being as stubborn as its owner. I also feel my digestion system is doing badly as well. I tend to be burping and feeling all gluggy and heavy especially at the gym.  It’s a horrible feeling and after yesterdays fat moment where I felt so fat for some reason and someone commented that I had gotten fatter in a matter of days, now that really got to me.

So today I begin, started my day with a walk, then went to the gym for a class and came home and did some work, and hopefully I will be able to pull through the day without any problem.  I want to feel energized and lighter this evening when I go for my second and third class for the day.

Soup of the day is Barley and Mushroom Soup. I have soaked the barley as I am typing this and I will be using Dried Shitake Mushrooms.  Perhaps I will add in some carrots as well.

So here is my recipe:

Light Barley and Mushroom Soup

Barley Pearls                                       ½  bowl

Mushrooms                                         10 pieces – to be soaked

Garlic                                                  3 or 4 cloves – to be left whole

Carrot                                                  1 small – to be sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Water                                                  5 cups + 2 cups

Herb of your choice


  1. Boil Barley with the 2 cups of water and throw away the water after first boil. This is to remove the starchiness from the barley.
  2. Reboil barley with the five cups of water  and add in mushrooms and garlic.  Leave to simmer till barley is done. Garlic should be softened and easy to mash with a fork. This should take about an hour or so.
  3. Add in carrots and leave to boil till carrots are soft but still kind of crunchy.  The quantity should be around half the pot or less. Never boil soups on high heat.
  4. Season to taste.  Leave it to cool and enjoy it.
  5. Do drink more water through the day, and have fruits as well.

I do hope having writing something each day will help me and who ever who reads this.  I believe by writing this, I will pedantically follow it and not like before think of it and forget.  That seems to be the story of my life.  Will report how I go along through the first day.  Once the soup is done I will take a photo of it. And I just realized for some reason my camera is no where to be found!!!!!

Wish me all the best!

Picnic at Bukit Cerakah

I have not been to a picnic for a gabazillion years, I think the last proper picnic I had was when I was in kindergarten…Assunta Kindergarten that is. I remember back then we went to Taman Jaya, and it was such a big thrill to get donuts and a drink, I remember well enough because that is all we had.

Anyhow back to the present, Grace organized a picnic and so I decided to do something of a must have staple, only because I saw it on TV on Astro 105 when the golden age of Malay movies and there was a picnic scene on the beach so I got kind of nostalgic, and of course Sandwiches and trying to be a bit more current I included Chicken and Mushroom Quiche and Rich Chocolate Muffins.

For the Sandwiches I did not bother cutting away the skin of the wholemeal bread simply because the bread was too fresh, and I just did not want to waste it and also it does not dry off so easily. It was filled with Cheese and Chicken, with Carrot and Salad and slathered with a tiny bit of butter.  The flavors mixed well I should say, though I would have preferred it colder.  Must rectify that then next round.

As for the Quiche, I left them in their foil containers so it was easy to eat as the pastry was crumbly, and it was filled with chicken and mushroom  and with cheese and of course milk and eggs to congeal the filling to make it a Quiche.  There are a myriad ways of making Quiche.  This was by far the easiest.

The Chocolate Muffins I made actually did well in the heat because the chocolate chips inside the muffin oozed out in a chocolate lava kind of manner.  It looked sinfully rich and yes it was of course.  The muffins were in their cup cake wrappers so that was easy enough. Forgot to add the orange peel in it though.

I must say the photos courtesy of Alexander Lee was well taken.

We had Nasi Lemak a must have staple I feel, and of course the rest that I mentioned. These photos speaks for it self. By the way I made Nasi Lemak kukus ok…. Not the rice cooker one but actually steamed the rice. Always tastes nicer I think.

There was another group there of parents with kids and they were celebrating a birthday party. Now Busy body of course peeked and saw they had colorful mini steamed cakes, fried rice, noodles, and even a whole leg of lamb which they cut in my presence and gleefully explaining its ingredients as it was cut like it was a cheap cut of meat. I thought this was rather a waste since leg of lamb is not cheap and perhaps the more hygienic thing to do was to have sliced it at home and pour gravy on it to keep it moist. They also had a birthday cake which I noticed was old fashioned butter icing. Something that most people sneer and turn away because of its sweetness. So it was nice to this happening in front of my eyes.

I feel the choices of foods for a picnic is important. I chose what I made simply because it was no hassle, did not spill except for the Sambal which I cling wrapped. The rest were placed in Tupperware and it did not even break.

Another factor is flavor after like three hours of cooking. The rice was fine because it was placed in a thermos flask, the rest of the Nasi Lemak accompaniments were put into disposable containers. This seemed to work out well as we did not have that far to walk and with these containers, it did not catch any flies and ants though we did get Migdies hovering around due to the smell.

Check out the photos. I hope Grace does another picnic. Wonder what I will cook then,

One thing to note!!!!! BRING ICE!