Thursday, August 23, 2012

Alone but not lonely

The weekend of Hari Raya, I was all alone. My Quay Lo was on a business trip and my Mum had gone to stay with her friend for the weekend. I have a spirit within me that stays connected to my loved ones, even when we are physically apart. I may be alone, but not lonely. I will always make my life the best that it can be. I am happy working on my latest project, or catching up with my friend's blogs, or using social media to stay connected to friends and family. I will always see myself as being alone and not lonely.

My "aloneness" did not last long. The multi-talented friend of mine (she is a good cook, baker, writer and photographer), Chris Wan of "Pureglutton" sent me an invitation to have lunch in her home but I did not know about it until she followed up and messaged ask me if I had received her invitation. I am often confused about navigating facebook, and had overlooked her initial invitation there. I am so happy that she followed up. Otherwise I would have missed this awesome get-together with her and the chance to meet with some lovely people who are also famous bloggers.  Not only that, I would have missed out these sumptious dishes  prepared by Chris herself. Look at all these mouth watering delights!

Rendang Pork to go with store bought lemang

The best Bak Kut Teh I have ever had

Stir fried lettuce with garlic

Beautiful moist and luscious plum cake


As I usually don’t like to go to friend’s houses empty handed, I made a pavlova and some cream puffs to share. I am really very happy that it turned out great. You may click on the photo to get the recipe.
Pavlova with Strawberries, blueberries, pineapples
and golden kiwi

Mini cream puffs
(You may click on the picture to get the recipe)

I had a wonderful afternoon catching up with Chris and get to know some new friends. What was most satisfying was, I got a big reward for the day. Everyone enjoyed my pavlova and it was all gone. Trust me, this is what every cook or baker wants in the end. In the midst of all these creative foodies I GOT PRAISE! (Excuse me while I float away on a cloud.)
The proof, is in the pudding...or... in this case, the "no pudding left"

So, for my Hari Raya holiday I was not alone after all. It was a blast. Thank you Derek and Chris for being such great host and and hostess. Oh, it was a pleasure to meet Ken Chan of "Food point of Interest", Sue Lynn of  "Bangsar Babe" and hubby, and Babara Moullie for the first time and I was very glad to see Evelyn of "My lil oyster" and hubby again.

59 comments:

  1. Where got alone like that? So many friends, party all the time...and definitely not lonely. Wish I were in KL and could join in all that fun. Sighhhhh!!!!!

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    1. Yes, it nice to have friends around you.

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  2. Ya la, party and eating all the time. Better start buying pants and skirts with elastic bands. Rendang pork sounds delicious! And mmmm, bak kut teh is one of my many comfort food. The pavlova, as I've said before, still amazing looking. Everything looks great! Lucky you having so many friends. With so many gatherings, you really must be cooking and baking 24/7!!

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    1. Yes, I have been cooking, baking and eating non stop. You are right, it is time to change my wardrobe. LOL!

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  3. It was a yummy Raya celebration. I can't get the BKT out of my head...

    And your was yummy...unlike the many overly sweet ones I have had outside. Time to learn and make with your recipe. I read it and it seems simple enough...

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    1. Glad you like my pavlova. It seems easy to make but you got to be very careful with the baking temperature and time.

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  4. Amazing food and great company. The pavlova is gorgeous and so are the mini cream puffs. My dear Quay Po, you are a very fortunate lady indeed. And talented too!

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    1. Phong Hong, thanks for the compliment on the pavlova. I do feel fortunate:D

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  5. why the cream puff's filling so "liquid"?

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    1. Is it too liquid? Well, I love it though, when you bit into the choux pastry, the custard cream flows into the palate and that was a good mouth feel:D

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  6. Looking at all that foods makes me drool.........
    I have yet to make pavlova; but just afraid that no ones at home appreciate pavlova because it might turn outs sweet. Quaypo, your mini cream puffs looks so beautifully done.

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    1. Well, you can cut down on the sugar if you do not like it too sweet. Use more citrus kind of fruits to balance the sweetness is another way.

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  7. Aiyah...how come Chris never invite me one! Pureglutton.. yes, I met her before, few years back.. wonder if she still remembers me! It goes a long way back when I first started blogging... those were the days!
    I dare not scroll back on the food, they are just too-too "tempting" .. makes me drool especially on those delightful desserts!

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    1. Claire, you talk only, if Chris invite you, you come or not?

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  8. That looks like a fantastic plum cake!

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    1. Oh yes, Chris baked an excellent and delicious plum cake.

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  9. You have amazing friends and all look amazing!

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    1. It is fortunate to have friends who are good cooks and bakers, always have delicious food to sample.

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  10. Veron, it's lovely to have you over, thanks for coming! Nice to catch up with you and I'm glad you enjoyed the little gathering. Awww... thanks for all those compliments on the food...simple fare only lah. Hehe, actually the lemang is "roadside" bought, not store bought... I got that from Kampung Jawa :-) Your pavlova and cream puffs were awesome.
    Reanaclaire: Of coz I remember you! When are you coming to KL la? ;-)

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    1. Chris, Wah, simple fare so good, I can't imagine how delectable it will be if one day you make a more sophisticated one. Don't forget me when you do that:D

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  11. Hi Veron, glad that you had the company of many friends when Quay Lo was away for work. Thanks a lot for the Kit Kat, my kids enjoyed it.

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    1. Yes, it was always a delight to catch up with you Yen. I am happy to hear your kiddies like the kit kat, did they like the chocolate chips cookies too?

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  12. WOW, all looks sooooooooooooooooo good :D

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    1. Well, food from my friend who is a good cook and baker. What can I say?

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  13. Your pavalova and cream puffs look delicious! Love the beautiful colours on the pavalova.

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    1. Thanks. I love the color too. The colorful fruits makes the pavlova very inviting.

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  14. It was nice meeting you too. And that pavlova.... *burp* :P

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    1. My dear, when I see how much you enjoy the pavlova, it is worth the effort. Will gladly make one just for you.

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  15. Like the post title: Alone but not lonely.. Btw pavlova and cream puffs attracted me!!

    Lastest post: Bonjour Paris

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    1. Casley, glad the dessert attracted you here so now I have a chance to get to know you better:D

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  16. Your cake looks fantastic.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  17. I like pavlova and cream puffs! Thanks for sharing the recipe..:)

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    1. You are always welcome Carolyn. I am sure your kiddies will love both this desserts.

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    1. Thanks Sweetie, I am still enjoying my birthday. Have good times with friends and family.

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  19. Now we know you actually had TWO bloggers meetup during Raya holidays then! :). Where got time to be lonely - so much cooking to prepare and party party party? :). Our next meet pls make this lovely pavlova ok? Actually, if we have the right perspective, enjoy our own company and make good use of time, and reach out to stay in touch with others, we are never lonely. Alone is good for the soul sometimes.

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    1. Yes Esther, back to back. Okay, I will keep in mind to make pavlova next time we have our meet again. I totally agree with you. Being alone once in a while is definitely good for the soul.

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  20. I love your philosophy,about being alone but not lonely and your spirit connection to your loved ones, I can truley relate. Lovely pics of a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks, it is so good to see you again.

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  21. That is a good way to look at it, alone but never lonely. :) Then of course good things happen to you when you have such a good outlook. What a delight with all that wonderful food and such great blogger friends. I need to get on facebook more! :)

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  22. The bah ku teh looks so good.am hungry now

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    1. The BKT is AWESOME! Talking about it now makes me salivate.

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  23. Wow I've never tried Pork rendang before... Sure looks good!! The BKT also looks very tempting! And of course, i'd imagine your Pavlova paired perfectly with the rich meal. Lucky you indeed :D

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    1. Yes truly lucky to have friends who are good cooks and bakers. Lots of delicious food to eat.

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  24. looks like a great gourmet fiesta! great dne, sunny greetings and happy weekend from me...I prepared some summery desserts myself too:))

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    1. Thanks Jana. Have a great week ahead.

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  25. seriously deliciously done photo's if I could lick the screen I would to get some! :)

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  26. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment so that I could come and find your blog. I have been looking and reading and having all sorts of fun seeing what you have presented. It is so wonderful to get a chance to see your cooking and how you interpret recipes of all sorts from your experiences. I scrolled down and down and read and read. I have to say, that Pavlova has my attention, I love fruit dishes and you have presented this one so beautifully!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Kayte. Thanks for your kind words.

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  27. All the food looks wonderful. The photos really made me so hungry.

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  28. This sounds like a wonderful time with new and old friends! Your pavlova is beautiful. I especially love all the fruit piled on top!

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  29. Your pudding really "laku" selling like hot cake. Never know the Pavlova can be decorate so fruitful, very nice.

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    1. Thanks Vicky. There is no pudding. Just pavlova and cream puffs.

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  30. Wow, sounds like you had a great time as well. Just look at all the food your friend prepared for Raya! So, did you 'da bao' some for supper? haha....
    Kristy

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