Friday, July 31, 2009

This is so cute....this is so me...




Tak Akan Hilang...

Teruja saya melihat rakan-rakan berbahasa penuh semalam. Terasa kecil sungguh diri kerana jarang-jarang sekali saya berbahasa melayu sepenuhnya. Terasa seolah-olah saya sudah tidak fasih berfikir lagi dalam bahasa ibunda yang sepatutnya disanjung.

Sopan.

Setiap bait-bait dan baris-baris kata yang disusun rapi, sungguh indah dan sopan. Seolah-olah kami kembali ke zaman Tuah. Seolah-olah keanggunan kami teserlah dan sifat keibuan kami memancar.

Gagap.

Gagap benak fikiran memikirkan kata-kata dan ayat yang harus di susun. Kerana saya sudah lama tidak menulis dalam bahasa melayu sedangkan bonda saya seorang yang setanding Azah Aziz atau Dr Nik Safiah Karim. Seperti yang Sharifah Amani pernah berkata "I sound stupid when I speak in Malay"

Kenapa?

Ayah bilang, kalau sudah jadi graduan TESL hanya langit sahaja yang mampu menghalang saya untuk jadi apa sahaja. Tapi sekarang, sebaliknya. Manusia kan cepat lupa...

Kalau dahulu, saya gah mencari baju jenama untuk anak-anak. Kenapa tiba-tiba saya rasa terharu dengan Orked dan baju kurung kapasnya? Kenapa saya rasa diri kerdil sangat jika dibandingkan dengan kemampuan bonda menikam leher dengan tulang belut atau mata lalat atau sebat yang halus pada kain baju kurung yang dipakai semasa di Maktab Perguruan Durian Daun dahulu?

Kenapa hati memanggil-manggil untuk menjadi sirih yang pulang?

Saya teringat malam sebelum pernikahan saya. Abah paksa menjahit sepersalinan samping songket untuk bakal suami saya. Abah kata ini adat dan saya bertuah kerana tidak disuruh menjahit sepasang baju melayu juga. Mati kutu saya dibuatnya. Abah larang pakai mesin jahit. Aduh! bagai nak runtuh dunia.

Saya teringat pagi raya. Abah, pakcik-pakcik atau sepupu-sepupu lelaki saya akan bergegas memakai samping songket ke masjid. Saya pandang Bonda menyusun "kaki" dan "kepala" dengan sebelah mata sahaja. Penghabisannya, sepuluh tahun selepas itu Bonda tertawa melihat saya memasang samping songket pada suami saya. Malu saya.

Saya teringat buku-buku yang Bonda ada. Kamus Dewan. Teringat teka silang kata Utusan yang Bonda simpan. Terasa cetek sungguh "kamus" di benak...

Saya teringat apam gula hangus Bonda. Lempeng Kelapa. Rempeyek. Urap. Pais Ikan. Kini saya rasa pizza dan muffin saya tak setanding kesemuanya.

Saya teringat saya tak pandai duduk bersimpuh. Makan menadah pinggan. Kain batik terjelir lidah. Makan jamu dan air akar bakawali pun terjelir lidah juga. Saya lebih suka Mango Tango :P

Kemudian A'aesyah lahir. Saya tak gah pun memberi nama-nama yang fofuler. Saya jadi tertarik pada nama klasik. Mungkin kalau ada rezeki, saya nak tambah Ainon Mawar atau Adam Mokhtar...ah! jeling lagi suami saya nanti. "Tak sudah menjadi jenin" katanya.

A'aesyah gemarnya makan nasi bersuap. Lauk sayur bening dan air kosong. Tidurnya hendak didodoi dengan "Ayah dan Ibu" atau lagu-lagu setanding dengannya.



Betullah kata Tuah..."Takkan hilang melayu di dunia"

notakaki : saya melayan ghazal di YouTube sambil menikam leher baju kurung A'aesyah ;)



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What legacy do you leave your children?

I was adding the finishing touches to the girls baju kurung for Eidul Fitri when it dawned upon me that Aliya recently has been showing some traits I had when I was her age.

I loved to make clothes for my dolls and I loved to draw people with gowns and dresses I would design myself. My mother usually would comment (after finding my secret stashed somewhere in my bedroom), I'ld make a fine fashion designer one day, when she saw those drawings.

Aliya has been showing the exact same behavior. However, she has been really blessed and fortunate that I need to remind her how lucky she is sometimes.

I only had a rough sketch book. She has her own PC to draw these. You can also clearly see the improvements as she ages a year older..

At 7 years old...



8 years old...



9 years old...



This is using paint.exe. I am currently going to teach her to scan some anime she has drawn and maybe use Adobe Illustrator to color them.

So I paused from my stitching and said to DH - one of these days I have to hand this "seni halus" of sewing my own baju kurung to Aliya, just like my mother did with me.

Mom has been eying on a small sewing machine from Korea (I think TESCO featured it in one of their publication - you know those flyers that tell you whats on sale?) And you-know-who she's going to spoil it on la...(I wish my brothers would have kids already..kesian la mak cucu dua orang je when she has so much love for her grandkids he he he)

Then it dawn on me again...I have two girls. Pray to Allah swt A'aesyah who loves to eat will LOVE to cook ;)



so I can dream that later in life, I don't have to slave myself in the kitchen so much LOL

kidding...

What legacy do you leave your children?



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Slumber



What is it in a child's slumber...
That carries no worries what so ever.
And earth is just a peaceful place
of bliss, happiness, care and grace.

What is it in a child's slumber...
That paints a totally pretty picture.
Of dancing daffodils nor sad or sorrow
and children laughing
as if there's no tomorrow

What is it in a child's slumber...
That really makes you mind wonder




Tutorial Menjahit Baju Kurung Kanak-Kanak (1 tahun ke atas) - Part 3

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Yasmin Ahmad - If she was a man so?

Sometimes we just cant leave the dead alone kan? We have to talk and talk and talk...and assume which is making an "ass" out of "u" and "me".

I am filled with disgust.

My cousin reminded me of the passing of my mother's brother today. A kind hearted man who died on his way back from Yassinan (groups of men from the kampung mosque or surau would gather to a certain village house that have invited them to recite the quranic verses, to bless those who have passed in the family). My late uncle riding his motorcycle was hit my a passing trailer from the opposite direction and died instantly. His passing was quick without "menyusahkan" orang lain, which is what he is during his lifetime - so I quote my mom.

Yasmin died the same way. Quick and not after a long period of sickness where others have to care for her. The reason for this is because she is a caring person. Dia tak pernah menyusahkan orang lain. When her other countries credited her work and her own did not.

Someone once asked her:
"Kak Min, nak tanya. Jgn marah saya ye. Nak tanya aje. Masa Kak Min arahkan filem, berada di set - ada tak break utk solat? Kak Min solat tak? Dan galakkan anak-anak buah solat tak? Saya wonder aje. Thanks Kak Min"

Where later Kak Min would answer :

Anuar, the answer to that is Yes. we do break for solat. and the reason for our solat break is not because we think we're good or anything, but because we need to seek allah's guidance and thank him for his blessings. we don't force others to solat with us -- they can see what we're doing, and that i think is enough of a reminder.

An ustaz once told me, an incident where he was called upon a drug addict whom had died of AIDS and no one wanted to "uruskan jenazah". He was suprised to find that it was so easy to prepare everything and that the body of the man he bathe did not resembled a man who was a drug addict nor a patient of AIDS. This not only baffled him but also the hospital staff that was attending together. The ustaz said "He must have done something right during his life that Allah swt has forgiven his sins"

I leave this note with another writing from an individual who knows Yasmin. I just wish we should put a stop to all the nonsense about her being this and that. Instead, we should look in the mirror and ask, are WE prepare to meet Allah swt when the time has come.

Aku tahu dari beberapa orang yang kata mereka memang tahu yang Yasmin tu Zulkiflee tapi aku tak pernah ambil pot. Sebab, pada aku siapa pun dia sebelum ni yang dia kikis dari imejnya dan buang jauh-jauh lalu jadi individu bergender baru, aku respect dengan pilihan beliau. Kalau dia mahu jadi Zulkiflee dia takkan tukar diri dia jadi Yasmin. Dia tukar dan lupakan terus sejarah dulu dengan tekad makanya kenapa kita mesti menggali semula apa yang dia sendiri dah tanam jauh ke pusat bumi?

Respek. Itu yang mesti kita buat supaya orang lain juga berbuat benda sama pada kita. Sunan Kalijaga sebelum menjadi wali Allah dan mengganggotai Wali Songo, bukankah dia dulunya seorang maling? Dia manusia jahat, merompak, membunuh. Kemudian dia berubah menjadi wali lalu apakah tak sempurna metamorfosisnya itu kalau salah seorang dari kita tak mengungkitkan dosa beliau makan hasil rompakan waktu dia maling dahulu?

Respeklah dengan pilihan orang lain. Kalau tak kita akan terus melihat Saidina Umar Al-Khattab itu sebagai manusia pongah lagi kejam yang semberono dan ditakuti. Tapi kita kenal dia sebagai Khalifah yang sangat tawadduk dan adil sehingga redha untuk hidup susah walaupun titlenya umpama perdana menteri hari ni.

Respek. Kalau Yasmin mahu dia dikenali sebagai Zulkiflee, Rabun, Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin, Muallaf dan Talentime itu tentu dikreditkan atas nama Zulkiflee. Tapi dia memilih Yasmin, bukan? Susahkah untuk kita respek?

Walau siapa pun Yasmin dulu aku akan sentiasa kenang dia sebagai Kak Min yang murah dengan senyuman dan baik hati dan suka menolong orang susah dan halus hatinya dari bertindak melukakan hati orang lain. Aku kagum pada manusia Yasmin itu.

Dan pertanyaan aku kepada yang bertanggungjawab memilih topik ni untuk didiskusi, apakah setelah kita tahu Yasmin itu pondan, hidup kita akan bertambah baik? menjadi lebih ceria? dan dilimpahi rezeki yang berlipat ganda? Apakah setelah kita tahu bahawa Yasmin itu khunsa dan telah memilih untuk menjadi wanita maka pemikiran kita pun segera menjadi lebih genius?

Yang aku tahu, jiwa sekuat Yasmin yang dapat aku kenal - bukanlah terhasil dari hidup yang bahagia. Kuat jiwanya itu dek kerana telah habis air mata. Orang ini sangat tahu erti nyeri, erti kesusahan, erti penderitaan sehingga mampu ketawa bila hati sedang berduka. Ya, tak ramai manusia yang mampu mentertawakan keperitan hidupnya. Yang mampu, jika dia seorang karyawan, percayalah, hasil karyanya pasti jauh meninggalkan yang bahagia hidupnya sebagaimana kalian - yang sangat bahagia hidup - sehinggakan sejarah orang lain yang telah dibuang jauh-jauh oleh orang itu kalian kutip kembali dan pamerkan. Untuk? Biar aku teka - merasa seronok. It’s a fun, kan?

Menjadi insan lah kita barang seketika. Respek - dan orang akan respek kita.

from en_w
July 27th, 2009 @ 11:27 am



Tutorial Menjahit Baju Kurung Kanak-Kanak (1 tahun ke atas) - Part 2

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Boom Boom PauWOOW



A friend recently asked me for my pau recipe...instead of giving her one, I wrote this...

Dear XXX,

Rain greeted us this morning and instantly, hot steamed buns was on my mind. Thanks to Ida, who has diligently made 3 attempts to make them and had made this week a pauwau week :)

Feeling a bit under the weather as well, I needed a pick me up snack that was both soft and fulfilling.

Lucky I'm the type who has odd stuffs here and there. I buy them whenever I see them (usually after reading about them online or in a recipe) and find ways to incorporate them in my cooking. I guess that's why Chopped is my most favourite show on AFC (remembering how once the participants received wanton sheets and gummy bears!)

I didnt have any red beans or coconut for filling (hmmm that would have been heaven as well, just like Ida's mouthwatering goblins) but DH had just came back from Carefour with chicken meat and carrots (still down with sore throat, cough and flu I didn't feel like going out to buy groceries so DH made do with what he knew were essentials in our kitchen :P)

So I started dicing the chicken meat and my mind wondering what would be nice to simmer this with. Curry is out of the question, that would be committing suicide to my sore throat (very tempting...as jars of amber meat and fish curry powder were sitting across the kitchen from where I was sitting. Nothing beats the smell of curry when you have an empty stomach).

I remembered buying barbecue beef pau from a vendor in Jalan Tengah when I was working with Amex. A bit costly but delicious. Cafe Mak Nik in SS14/1 also has barbecue paus but sorry to say, everytime I buy them, the Indonesian waitress would say I would have to reheat them at home. Not worth my RM1.80.

So I ran through the ingredients in my mind, just like Chef Emmanuel does on his sketch pad...

Chicken meat...diced as the main actors
Minced garlic for aroma (The smaller you cut it, the stronger the flavor. Chopping finely and/or pressing a clove exposes more surfaces to the air, causing a chemical reaction to produce that strong aroma and potent flavor)
Diced shallots charmalized for sweetness..
Soya sauce and osyter sauce for that oriental flair
Worcestershire sauce & sesame oil for boldness and to tenderize the meat
HP barbecue for an extra dash of wood smoky flavour
Gula Melaka to give the flavor some roundness

Of course black pepper to open the senses...

then I remembered mom whom would have happily added carrots because veges are good for you ;)

As I will be packing this in a soft fluffy bun, corn flour mix with a bit of water would do the trick of holding them together - magic powder as Chef Yan would say.

If only there were shitake, portabelo or button mushrooms...now that would certainly be gourmet (I suddenly remembered my youngest brother's wedding. We had accidentally put all the prawns in the mix vege for the makan beradap and had left none for the bergedil. So I diced button mushrooms in a can instead and voila a new recipe ha ha ha)

I settled for some large size prawns and diced them as well (julian ginger to take off the smell but DH hates that so I opt for none...black pepper would do the trick)

OF course my meat dishes are often accompanied with a bay leaf or two - again to open up the senses...Place a leaf in a simple meat stock and you'll be surprised.

My dark and mysterious filling finally comes to life as I sauted the onions in olive oil, charmalizing it to release its sweetness then followed by the ingredients that has been marinated. This is then simmered down and left to cool.

An after noon nap after, DH was already asking me when I would be making the buns. The weather was a bit warmer as I open the kitchen door to let the breeze in...this was a good sign. Although steamed buns are nice to eat on a cold day, to prove it would be difficult. Paus need a warm room to rise.

There was also another problem. I did not have Hong Kong flour or commonly known as Blue Key Pau Flour. But sometimes its not what you have but what you know that counts. Hong Kong flour is a specially bleached medium protein flour to give pure white colour in paus and Blue Key Pau Flour contains additives for tender and soft pau texture.

I can do and have a bit of yellowish pau and push aside the need for perfection although when it comes to food, unfortunately we are so used to first impressions :( - I remembered my first attempt at Char Keow Teow. I didnt have dark charmalized soy sauce so it was a bit pale. DH said "not attractive when you look at it but taste like heaven"

It's the taste that matters yes?

Took a deep breath and paused to think. What is it besides yeast that makes things fluffy in a dough...AIR!

So I sieved my flour at least 4 times (really high), thankful that my mom always had tricks up her sleeves when it comes to cooking.

A pinch of salt for good luck ;)

With careful fingers I rubbed the vegetable shortening into them so that no air escapes.

My dry yeast mixture for 300grams of flour is always one half of table spoon of sugar with 2 table spoon of dry yeast mixed with lux warm water. That's the thing with these babies...everything needs to be warm. Even the water to mix the dough must be warm as well. Let those babies mingle together in the warm liquid. You'll know they are ready when they start to foam until the brim of your bowl.

I added a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon of bread improver to carry out the task, made a small well, added the yeast and liquid until it forms a nice looking dough and gave it a good knead for 20 minutes, left it to rise double the size in about 30 to 40 minutes. If you give your dough a good knead, chances are they will rise nicely.

Breaking sweat is as always. The only time I love to bake bread or pizzas or make pau is at my parents...only because my mom has a mixer back from the 70s that does the job well. I made 10 pieces of pizza for Aliya's birthday the last time I used this (its the "S" attachment that does the job)



Maybe I should consider buying one and stop hoping my mom would pass that down ha ha ha

So a good 30 minutes after, I kneaded the dough again for 10 minutes and left it to rest for another 10. Filled those babies up and left them to prove for another 20 minutes before steaming them in high heat for 10.

I managed to make around 18 which was worth the effort especially since by 9pm, the plate was officially clean..and I can see most of the paus on DH's extending exterior ha ha ha

So if you are wondering where is your pau recipe...google and you will find the same recipes have been used again and again. The only difference is to understand how everything works together as a team and to put in a bit of tender loving care.

Besides....cooking should be an act of love and not a form of slavery.

Hugs
Farah



Who will ...

Who will make movies or commercials that actually MEAN something now that Y.A is gone...



May she rest in peace. Al-Fatihah...


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Good Housewife Tip #2 - How to Iron a Shirt

Yesterday I introduced a product that helps to lessen the ironing job in half of the time that you usually do it.

So today I might as well share with you how I iron my husband's long sleeve shirts.

However, before we start, make sure that you have a clean workspace such as a laundry room to do your ironing. A clean workspace i.e a clean floor helps.

Please ensure as well that you read the label on the shirts to ensure proper temperature adjustment. If the shirts have different temperature settings, start from the coolest FIRST.

This is the work order of how to iron the shirt.



1.Start with the collar. Iron the outside of the collar first, then proceed to the inside (the one with the label)



2.The shoulder yokes



3.The cuffs and then sleeves



4.The front (I usually start with the ones with the button holes)



5. Proceed to the back



6. The front again (the part with the buttons)

Let the shirt cool off first before wearing them. This helps to "set" the ironing in and wont crease so easily (just like baking, to let it cool on the rack before cutting).

Happy trying!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Good Housewife Tip - Save Time & Energy on Ironing

Today I am sharing a really good tip on how to cut your ironing time by half.
This tip is also good if you aspire to be Bree Hodge on Desperate Housewives :P
(DH always say I selalu membebel like her)



DH has a set of soft Indian Cotton Work Shirts (Birthday Prezzie from my Mom) that just gets on my nerves every time I iron it.



It looks pretty easy but you need a lot of effort to straighten the wrinkles thus this takes time.



Even with my brother's jumbo iron, it still needs a little bit more help.



The steam iron we have doesn't help either...only good for my silk.



Still has wrinkles eventhough I've ironed it.



So I usually use Kiwi Kleen fabric Starch (Retail Price RM7.50).



Its pretty simple and easy to use as you can see from the vid below.

video

Fast right? Please excuse the voice at the back...tu DH entertaining Sya and I stop in the middle to adjust the camera.

How to use:
Spray at 45degree angle about half a meter from cloth.
Iron.

The result?





Slick and clean and smells yummy!

And all this in 40 minutes.



Kiwi Kleen fabric Starch also comes in Natural Scent.

Hey am not they only one who thinks that this is really helpful.
Other reviews on this product?
Review 1
Review 2



Saturday, July 18, 2009

CCTV Footage of JW Marriot Ritz Carlton Bombing Suspect



TVone.co.id released an exclusive footage of the possible bomber.

The news anchors said that the individual seen in the footage was dressed very strangely as it was 8am in the morning and headed towards the restaurant area. Withing 1 minute and 2 second after he reached the vicinity of the restaurant, there was an explosion.

The explosion left 9 dead and a large number of casualties.

Indonesia's security minister confirmed a New Zealander was among the dead in the blasts at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels, and said a further 50 people were wounded.

Officials say there is an Australian, a New Zealander and a South Korean still among the injured.

Reuters has named the New Zealand man who was killed as Timothy David Mackay, president director of PT Holcim Indonesia.

The news anchors also mentioned how strange that the CCTV cameras had followed this individual. Security would have detected the strangeness (as he looked rather bulky to me as well as if hiding something from his jacket)

Manchester United have cancelled their friendly game against an Indonesian Super League All-Star team after news broke of bomb explosions in Jakarta today.

The match was due to take place on July 20 as part of United’s pre-season tour of the Far East.

An official club statement read: “Following the explosions in Jakarta – one of which was at the hotel the team were due to stay in – and based on advice received, the directors have informed the Indonesian FA that the club cannot fulfil the fixture in Jakarta on the 2009 Asia tour.”





Friday, July 17, 2009

Teo Beng Hock plunged to his death



Teo Beng Hock, 30, an aide of Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, has plunged to his death at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Selangor headquarters in Shah Alam.





photos from Jiji

  • Teoh was to register his marriage today, says fiancee - more here
  • DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission (MACC) should bear full responsibility for Teoh Beng Hock’s death - more here
  • Friends and former colleagues of Teoh Beng Hock could not believe that he would end his life in such a tragic way. - more here

Sedih...

Right now I feel like I wanna slap somebody.
But who?
I hate the weather here.
It sucks big time.
I feel like am suffocating in my own air.

WORSE STILL...
Sya is having conjunctivitis. We took her to the docs yesterday morning.
I suspect its the morning outings we took to buy breakfast.

Its seeing those pus like discharge that is breaking my heart (coz she rarely falls sick)


Pinjam photo...
Well not as much as this though...just a teardrop sometimes.
(I tak sampai hati nak take a photo of her in this condition)

Its not bacterial or viral said the doctor as her eyes were not swollen.
He thinks its an allergic reaction to the coarse and fine particles in the air.
So he didnt gave her any antibiotics but drops.

Sedih tau!

I would be totally be ok if it was bacterial...but allergic reaction to the haze....sedih la.

Eye Infection: How can I take care of my child?

* Cleaning the eye

Before putting in any medicines, remove all the pus from the eye with warm water and wet cotton balls. Unless this is done, the medicine will not have a chance to work.
* Antibiotic eyedrops or ointments

This infection must be treated with an antibiotic eye medicine. Your child's eye medicine is _________________________. Put in ___________________, ____ times a day.

Putting eyedrops or ointment in the eyes of young children can be a real battle. Ideally it's done with two adults. One person can hold the child still while the other person opens the eyelids with one hand and puts in the medicine with the other. One person can do it alone if she sits on the floor holding the child's head (face up) between the knees to free both hands to put in the medication.

Eyedrops: If your healthcare provider has prescribed antibiotic eyedrops, put 1 drop in each eye every 2 hours while your child is awake. Do this by gently pulling down on the lower lid and placing the drops there. As soon as the eyedrops have been put in the eyes, have your child close them for 2 minutes so the eyedrops will stay inside. If it is difficult to separate your child's eyelids, put the eyedrops over the inner corner of the eye while he is lying down. When your child opens his eye and blinks, the eyedrops will flow in. Continue the eyedrops until your child has awakened 2 mornings in a row without any pus in the eyes.

Ointment: If your healthcare provider has prescribed antibiotic eye ointment, the ointment needs to be used just 4 times a day because it can remain in the eyes longer than eyedrops. Separate the eyelids and put in a ribbon of ointment along the lower eyelid from one corner of the eye to the other. If it is very difficult to separate your child's eyelids, put the ointment on the edges of the eyelids. As the ointment melts from body heat, it will flow onto the eyeball. Continue until 2 mornings have passed without any pus in the eye.
* Contact lenses

Children with contact lenses need to switch to glasses temporarily. This will prevent damage to the cornea.
* Contagiousness

The pus from the eyes can cause eye infections in other people if they get some of it on their eyes. Therefore, it is very important for the sick child to have his own washcloth and towel. He should be encouraged not to touch or rub his eyes because it can make his infection last longer. Touching his eyes also puts a lot of germs on his fingers. Your child's hands should be washed often to prevent spreading the infection.

After using eyedrops for 24 hours, and if the pus is minimal, children can return to day care or school.

When should I call my child's healthcare provider?

Call IMMEDIATELY if:

* The outer eyelids become very red or swollen.
* The eye becomes painful.
* The vision becomes blurred.
* Your child starts acting very sick.

Call within 24 hours if:

* The infection isn't cleared up after 3 days of treatment.
* Your child develops an earache.
* You have other concerns or questions.

Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2006-03-02
Last reviewed: 2008-06-09

Thursday, July 16, 2009

You Make My Blood Go Upstairs

While I am busy and careful not to add salt in Syasya's food, DH has suddenly been diagnosed with hypertension while he was onboard FSO Puteri Dulang.

The cause maybe have been to him having all those GLORIOUS food onboard especially 2 salted eggs in a day *haiz*

I'm trying very hard to get him on a DASH diet - Dietary Approaches to
Stop Hypertension. The aim is to reduce his blood pressure by eating foods that are low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods. The DASH eating plan includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts, and has low amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages. It is also high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as protein and fiber. Eating foods lower in salt and sodium also can reduce blood pressure.



So for starters, we have lots and lots of fruits in the fridge right now. More that we usually have.



And my mom (who has hypertension) has advised me to stop eating food that he's not allowed to eat infront of him (funny...I've been very diligent to have things moderately for myself. Scared because my mother was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 50 and my brother - was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 25)

But even to be on DASH eating plan it is best to
• Change gradually. Add a vegetable or fruit serving at lunch and dinner.
• Use only half the butter or margarine you do now.
• Have two or more meatless meals a week.
• Get added nutrients such as the B vitamins by choosing whole grain foods, including whole wheat bread or whole grain cereals.
• Spread out the servings. Have two servings of fruits and/or vegetables at each meal, or add fruits as snacks.
• Use fruits or lowfat foods as desserts and snacks.

But I love this contraption my mother got years ago (and she has one to spare). Makes cutting apples effortless and a huge motivator to my cause.



About Me

Farah Rahim is the co founder of the REAL FOOD movement in Malaysia under the local support group called "HOMEMADE - Air Tangan Ibu" as well as an advocate of managing asthma, allergies and eczema naturally via NaturalAAE. She's the official Malaysia's ambasador of Jamie's Food Revolution. When not an activist she's a Stay at Home Mom to 3 girls who loves nothing but good ol' homecooked meals.