Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sincere friendship is the best gift

To me, there is one precious gift that friends can give to their friends, their sincere friendships. (I hope I did not confuse you with this sentence. LOL!) Today I want to share with you the true story of how two strangers had become friends. I stumbled upon this blog, "Still crazy all these years" just a few months ago and enjoyed his space. From reading all his posts, I knew he is a sincere, humorous and down to earth person. Not only that, I like that he takes time to reply his readers' comment and his reply often times are wittingly hilarious. His posts always put a smile on my face and his reply to my comments never fail to give me chuckles!

We visited each other’s blog often the past few months. We are not just leaving comments on each other's posts, we actually communicate and enjoyed our interaction. Recently, we were connected through facebook as well. As you can see, we have progress from from blogger friends to facebook friends. When I learned that he and his family are coming to Kuala Lumpur, I told him I would like to meet them and I wanted to cook a meal for them but being considerate, he did not want to trouble me. He suggested that we meet at his hotel for coffee. An appointment was made and we finally met last Sunday. I cannot believe it when he gave me two bags of the special rice from his hometown and a bottle of special cooking wine because they are heavy stuff to bring. I really appreciate his thoughtfulness. I can’t wait to taste the rice and find a dish to cook with the wine. Thank you again, Arthur for the gift and for your friendship.

I was thinking hard what bakes or food I could prepare for Arthur and his family to try. I finally decided to let them try my macarons with butter chestnut filling and a new Christmas cookies. When I was baking the macarons, I not only have my fingers and toes crossed, I had every single blood capillaries in my body crossed. If you are my regular readers, you should know that my macs don't always come out right. Thank God! that they came out perfect that time. I cannot be more happy. It is an early Christmas gift for myself!

We had a wonderful dim sum brunch and I was glad he and his family enjoyed the food. 

I got feedback from Arthur that they love my macarons. It means a lot to me when the it came from a foodie like Arthur that my macs were delicious. YAY!! I am looking forward to his comment on my Christmas cookies. These chewy cookies have an old spicy flavor. Isn’t Christmas all about flavors? I believe eating these cookies will trigger one’s nostalgia. Want to try making some? Here is the recipe. I hope it is not too late for those of you who wanted to try making this for Christmas.

Molasses Sugar Cookies
Adapted from with modification

1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt

Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
Form into walnut-size balls. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8.5 minutes.  Store in an airtight container.

Every oven behave differently so you might have to find out whether 8.5 minutes works for you or not.  

If the cookies do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!


  1. Oh yes..he is such a kind & thoughtful man. I don't know how many packets of rice he actually carried over**sweat**...but I know is darn heavy. Glad he likes your macarons and I am sure the cookies will be as delicious too.

    Merry Xmas to you and your lovely family!

  2. Oh Quay Po,may be you don't notice that you are also a very humorous lady with a big heart&I always enjoy reading your blog so much! Cheers

  3. beautiful photos and beautiful cookies, I always love coming here,

  4. Missus Davis , you're such a friendly and humorous lady , too as everybody here can attest ;D I'm so jealous of your gorgeous macs over there - yup , it's my 4th epic fail tsk tsk :P :D but will keep on trying pftttt heh! Re cookies , it looks yummy ! Great presentation , too ;)

  5. Your macarons sure taste nice one. I can know it from picture.

  6. You are right getting good friendship is not easy. Love molasses cookies.

  7. I am sure Arthur and his family enjoyed the macarons and cookies you baked for them :) He is thoughtful and kind and funny too :) How true , the best gift one could give is sincere friendships :) Glad that you had a wonderful time with his family and btw your mom face is lighted up and I am sure she enjoyed their company too .

    Merry Xmas and a Happy and Joyous New Year to you and family.


  8. Yes, I agree with Anne 100% - you are such a nice lady with such a big heart (and thank goodness, not a big me! Muahahahahaha!!!!).

    Your macarons. We tried them as soon as we got back to the hotel room and it was really out of this world. Not hard, not soft - when eating, there is a gentle crunch to it...and the taste was sheer ecstasy!

    There are no macarons I've been wanting to ask people to buy and take back to Sibu for me to try...since they seem to be the trendy thing that everyone seems to flaunt all over Facebook and in their blogs that they've made some or eaten some...but they told me they were nothing great - very sweet, good for kids. Well, I must say that my sympathies to all of them for they had never had the chance to try yours.

    We nibbled bit by bit, savouring each bite to the fullest...till the very last piece. Thanks soooo much, Quaypo...and thanks for the cookies too. I have not opened to try yet - saving them for Christmas...but I don't know how long I can stand the torture.

    Thanks also for the dim sum treat.

    It was our pleasure, mine and my missus' and daughter's have had the opportunity to meet you and your mum on our short trip to KL...and thanks for all the gifts. Will post on them in my blog soonest.

    P.S. I would love so much to get the chance to eat something that you would cook yourself...but I'm a traditional (old-fashioned) guy from a small town, very shy and I was afraid that it would be so much trouble for you. Might make you feel uncomfortable in the end...but if the invitation still stands, I make take you up on that one day. Would love to meet you and your mum again and the rest of the family as well.

  9. That's nice to know that you found many good friends through blogging. I'm sure Arthur and his family thinks that your cookies tastes good.

    I also enjoy reading your posts very much. They not only come with recipes but there's always an interesting writeup too!

  10. Simple and honest friendships are hard to come by... its truly a miracle to find it and keep it...

    Thanks for sharing as usual Veron!
    Happy Holidays to You & Your family!

  11. I love Molasses Cookies and your recipe is terrific. Must try it! Happy Holidays!

  12. you are one of the humorous and happy person too...i like to read your posts...your writing also give me a lot of chuckles...your friends are lucky to have you as a friend...:)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family ^0^

  13. I am wondering also how many packets of rice he brought over hahaha. Must have been very heavy...I received one and I know others also received too. Lucky Kastam never tahan say seludup rice hahaha.

    Totally agree with you. Nice chap!

  14. Glad a wonderful friendship has sprouted! You do have a great sense of humour yourself and you write from the heart.Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  15. It is such fun meeting bloggers and he does sound generous, lucky you. I am sure they loved the macaroons. Your cookies sound delicious. Have a great Christmas and I wish you and your family a wonderful 2012. Diane

  16. Yes, Arthur is a nice man. I also enjoy reading his blog and comments! And I enjoy reading yours too.

  17. Wow a post dedicated to Mr. Art, love it!!

    Have a Blessed Christmas, may peace be your loved-ones and you!! (^_^)

  18. what hospitality!!! :) Merry Christmas to you Veronica.

  19. Isn't the world of blogging a great way to meet new friends? The world is much smaller with technology linking us together. Those macarons look beautiful. Thank you for the gift of your friendship. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year with your Quay Lo, Mum and son.

  20. I'm thankful for your post reminder about friendship. Recently, my family's been through some trying times, and it's always good to remember the support you get from friends.

  21. I've had the pleasure of meeting a few blog-friends. It always feels like you've known them forever, even when you've just met.

  22. I know how many kg rice Arthur brought over! That's why i said i salute him!

    Even thought he is always tempt me and others with the food that we missed and like, but we still like to hop over to his blog daily and get the torture. LOL

    Beautiful macarons, i am sure it taste as good as it looks. Yum!!

  23. What a great story! And how generous to bring you such cool swag :) Glad they liked the macarons

  24. Good, sincere friendships are hard to come by these days in this materialistic world of ours. Looks like both parties had a great time and enjoyed each other's company tremendously. Wah! You've really got the hang of making macarights now ... I salute you. *Salute*
    Btw, you look gorgeous

  25. Another interesting share from u, Veron! Thumbs-up for the wonderful friendship post. I'm really curious the weight of the rice. Gosh, Arthur is so sweet!

  26. Your macs look gorgeous!

    Btw, it's really nice when we meet nice people.. I've made quite a few good foodie friends via the blogosphere too :)

  27. Such a heartwarming story, Veronica!
    You have such a generous heart, and are always caring about others.
    Your cookies are so droolworthy, and yummy, and photos are always so lovely!

    BTW-I linked to your blog with the
    white Christmas Challenge, and mentioned you! Do check it out!

  28. hi Quay Po,
    it's always thrilled me how somebody we know online slowly become our real dear friends
    so happy u had a great time, lovely photos u had :)
    your macarons and cookies look yummy :)
    Merry Christmas :)

  29. How wonderful it is for you to be able to meet one of your blog friends! You all look so happy in the pictures! I'm sure Arthur and his family will also love the cookies as much as they love the macarons!

  30. What a heartfelt story! Enjoyed reading your post :)
    The cookies look delicious, like chocolate crinkles, but made with molasses I bet they are very moist and gooey YUM, will be trying it, thanks for sharing :)

  31. Bario rice, Yummy! My all time favourite rice grain. Don't put too much water in it :)

    It's nice isn't it to meet friends we first encountered online. I am glad I met you, :)

  32. That is so sweet!
    The wine is it for meesuah? I saw it's red in color! :)

  33. hi quay po, i'm also very happy to know you thru blogging here. In a hurry now, want to drop by to wish you and your family a fabulous warm christmas celebration and a wonderful 2012!! hugs!

  34. Quay Po,
    You have the superstar look, love reading ur post and see ur pics;p.

    Wishing u and ur family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  35. One of the delightful benefits of this cyber-age we live in is the friends we have made through blogging and like you progressing to face book. We have found several people through their blogs who have become very good and dear friends. Food brings people together no matter what the medium! Love the macarons, especially the butter-chestnut filling, so sumptuously good!

  36. I am not surprised one bit that you made such a dear friend in no time :) What a fun time you had meeting in person!!! And so happy you macarons were perfect (I wasn't worried at all). Your molasses cookies look fabulous...and I'd love to have that whole plate right in front of me....mmmmmmmm. Merry, merry Christmas to you, my foodie's been a pleasure getting to know you and your lovely blog! xo

  37. First glance at your molasses sugar cookies reminds me of chipsmore biscuit without chocolate chips. Those are my favourite cookies, and yours are looking much more delicious!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Quay Po~

  38. @Yee Ling
    He is, he is:D No wonder so many people think of him always. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family too. HUGS!!

    Jessie, you are so kind to say that and it always make me feel good to hear that my friends and readers enjoy coming here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family too. HUGS!!

    I love your space too. So many nice paintings to look at.

    Don't give up on the macs, it is all worth it with just one success. The first success I had, the feeling was orgasmic!! (under 18 cannot read this comment) hehehe

    @Sheoh Yan
    Next time to come with your kiddies to Sunway Lagoon, give an early notice. I will make some for you ok?

    Yes and that's why I value every single friendship.

    Oh yes, Mum enjoyed their company very much. We had a great time eating and chatting.

    I am glad I don't have a big boy like you or my Quay Lo but I do have something BIGGER thank you both but not my heart. hehehe… don't think naughty!! muahahaha,… Jokes aside. I really really enjoyed meeting up with you, Lucy and Melissa. Lucy is such a nice lady. You are blessed to have a lovely wife. Melissa is well mannered and gentle. You both raised her well.

    No You did not make me feel uncomfortable for not wanting to take on my offer on cooking you guys a meal. I know you are being considerate but invitation still stand for your next visit to KL.

    Being able to buy you lunch is my pleasure, thanks for the good company and your gifts too. Can't wait to cook something with them and blog about it.

  39. @Carolyn
    It is so heart warming to know you enjoy your time here just like the feeling I have whenever I read your posts about your time spent with your kiddies.

    @Food Dreams
    Yes for sure, I will hold on tight to all my friends. They are all precious to me:D
    Happy Holidays to you and family too!

    Thanks for dropping by and Happy Holidays to you too.

    Thank you for your compliment and knowing that you enjoy my space and my posts give you chuckles is worth all the effort of writing the posts. I feel I am lucky to have so many good friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too.

    @Small Kucing
    ya lor, that was what my mum was saying. how he got through kastam without problem. I think it is because he got such a lovable character that the kastam also like him lah hehe

    Thanks and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family!

    Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours and Very Happy New Year! HUGS

  40. @Rose
    Rose, I cannot tell you how it warms my heart when my readers and friends said to me they enjoyed reading my posts. Thanks for dropping by often and leave your comment. I really appreciate it.

    Yes, just like your Nickname - that is gratitude:D
    You too have a wonderful Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Daphne.

    I thank you too for your friendship and hope to meat you in person someday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you my dear:D

    I am sorry to hear that you family had some trying times but I am sure you are glad they are all over now:D Trying times usually bring the family closer together and nothing is more precious than the support we get from friends and family. Wishing you a great year ahead of you.

    @That Girl
    Oh yes, that is because we are already friends before we met:D

  41. @Annie Q
    It was to be connected to you through Arthur. Thanks for the compliment on the Macs. I must make some for you and your kiddies. That will give me a excuse to meet up with you:D

    @Parsley Sage
    Yes, Arthur is truly generous and I flipped to hear that he and his family enjoyed the macarons.

    Yes, Can't wait to let you try some:D I want to see the "salute" from you in person. hehehe Awww!! you are so sweet to say I look gorgeous. Photos can be deceiving my dear hahaha

    It must be VERY HEAVY!! Arthur is a super sweet friend.

    @Baby Sumo
    Yes it is. Glad you made some good food friends too.

    A big Thank You to you for joining the Challenge Eslisabeth. I have checked out your entry.. The cookies are gorgeous!!

  42. @Alice
    Merry Christmas to you and family. Hugs.

    Yes, yes, I was very happy to meet Arthur and his family.

    Thank you for dropping by. Hope to see you around. If you try the cookies, I would love to hear from you about your bakes.

    Thanks for the tips on how to cook the Bario rice dear:D I am glad I met you too:D

    Ya, this wine can use to make meesuah.

    @Yee Er
    Awww! What a nice compliment from you.Thank you:D Do I look like "Lucy"? hehehe Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    @Cheryl and Adam
    Yes Food is just amazing. They have brought me many good friends from afar. Happy Holidays to you both.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Thanks too for having such a nice space for us to hangout and I am happy to know you.

    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family too:D


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