homesick lagi


so most of you should know being away from home is hard
being away from home for long periods of time is even harder
you miss out on soo much, weddings, babies, family time (and food!) – obviously in no particular order of importance ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was teaching some high school kids yesterday
and one of them asked me, 

“what other languages do you speak besides English?”
(mind you this was probably the first time a kid has asked me this question)
“english and malay, malay is not exactly the most useful language tho”
“oh my uncle is malay”
I was so surprised that I asked her
“you mean, malay as in my colour malay?”
(’cause people do get confused between being a malay and malaysian and I would pretty much have to explain the whole races thing, how everyone is a malaysian but not everyone is a malay etc.)
“yeah! but am not sure where in malaysia he’s from. but malaysian food is soo good!”
“haha yeah we have really good food”

then another kid chimed in
“doesn’t ‘makan’ mean food in malay?”
(dude, this guy knows a word of malay, say whaa–)
“well not exactly, food is ‘makanan’. and ‘makan’ means eat. so if you want to say let’s eat, you’ll say, ‘jom makan'”
“jom makan makanan!”

and there I was, just in awe at how these kids are raving about malaysian food (which we get pretty often *shoulder brush)
but learning malay?
heck this is definitely a first


this is also a food appreciation post (FAP) when one of my dear friends gave me thosai/dose which I haven’t had in such a long time! I inhaled it like a mothabawse ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

so ye, homesick lagi


so this is how I usually google recipes,
best <insert food name> recipe, ever.

And I found this ๐Ÿ’Ž of a recipe when I realised my bananas were literally dying from all this heat

(melbourne please turn to autumn already)



  • 3 ripe large bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I halved this)
  • 1/3 cup or 113g of melted butter
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1.5 cups of AP flour
  • Splash of vanilla essence
  • 1 cup-ish of choc chips


  1. Mash bananas then add the egg, sugar and vanilla essence till completely mixed – then mix in the melted butter
  2. Sift the dry ingredients – baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and the choc chips till just combined
  4. Bake at 180 C for 13-15 mins

Seriously, so friggin good ๐Ÿ‘… 


when life gives you lemons (specifically by a friend who has a lemon tree and the tree went berserk and keeps giving lemons nonstop),

you make lemon-y foodles
and because I am better at baking (read: cooking still baffles me)
I made lemon mini cakes!
and because I don’t want to lose this recipe ever
am here to waste some webspace

original recipe was actually a whole 9” moist lemon butter cake
but I am lazy and I want things done fast
so the batter was dumped in muffin liners to half the cooking time
(efficiency points +1)

– 1.5 cup of AP flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 0.5 tsp baking soda
– 1 cup (227 g) of unsalter butter
– 1.25 cup white sugar
– 0.5 tsp salt
– 3 large eggs (room temp)
– 2 tbsp mayonnaise (yeah I know)
– zest of 3 lemons
– 1/3 ++ cup of lemon juice

1. Preheat oven up to 170 C and line yo muffin pan
2. Cream the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy with a mixer
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating them into the butter mixture thoroughly
4. Add that lemon zest and that mayo into the mixture – mix it up
5. Add the sifted (flour + baking soda + baking powder)into the mixture until just combined
6. Add the lemon juice and mix it up some more
7. Add em up to those muffin liners and bake 15 mins

Side note:
– to easily get the juice from the lemons, halve them and pop them in the microwave for 30 s
– but zest them before you do this

Seriously, the best lemon cake recipe I’ve ever had!

Speaking of lemons,
I’ve a HUGE ass lemon coming up ahead, time to grind (wish me luck)
(like lots of it)