B turned 28 exactly three weeks ago. We, and by we I mean the JABS (coz we ain’t got no other friends; and how neat is it that Sophea can take the S in JABS?☺️), celebrated her birthday with brunch at Dotty’s.
Salam Maal Hijrah, everyone! Do you ever feel like three-day weekends go by just as fast as your regular two-day weekends? For me, it sure does whizz by quickly! It feels like I just ended the work week, and now Monday is quickly coming to an end, and Tuesday is creeping up on me.
I spent the last three days vegging out at home, mostly. But I did drive back to Subang on both Saturday and Sunday for breakfast with my sisters and to catch a movie with my mom, brother and nephew. We saw Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – it was pretty good, but the ending was quite abrupt though.
I love pies. Chocolate cream pie, shepherd’s pie, cottage pie, chicken pot-pie, pecan pie – be it sweet or savoury, I love them all the same. Now that I’ve listed the pies, I have a strong hankering for shepherd’s pie!! My pie-making repertoire includes a pretty kick-ass chicken pot-pie, if I do say so myself; it’s one that my family loves a lot. When it comes to sweet pies though, I’ve only ever baked fruit pies; more specifically apple pies. I have never tasted any other fruit pie, let alone bake them! Apples are easily available and cheap, that’s why it’s always been my go-to.
I’ve tried a variety of different recipes, and each time I’ll take note on how to tweak and improve it to suit my tastebuds. Often times, the recipe for the fillings ends up being too sweet, and I cannot eat more than a few bites of the pie. After a few trial and errors though, I think I’ve come up with my favourite filling recipe ever! It’s not sickeningly sweet, with just the right amount of tartness and bite to it.
For the dough, I like to make them from scratch as well; and just like the filling, I’ve tried different recipes – though I don’t think it differs much taste and texture-wise. I love this recipe from Laura; it’s quick and easy, works great for both sweet and savoury pies. I will double the amount to get 2 pieces for the base and top of the pies. Sometimes I’ll even make extra to freeze for future use. Feel free to use whichever pie crust recipe that you love, or head out to the grocery store and pick up a box of ready-made pie crust. Not gonna judge ya. 😉
The granules of sugar sprinkled on top adds a nice crunch; and no, they’re not burnt I swear.
Classic Apple Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie
Raya is coming to an end and this weekend will be the last week of Syawal; but open-house invites are still coming in left and right. I don’t go to a lot of open-houses, because I don’t have a lot of friends (hahahah how sad); but if a family member is hosting it, I definitely make it a point to go. Why? It’s only once a year; and most of us don’t get to be in the same place at the same time; so whenever I get a chance to be around them, I’d take it.
This past weekend two of my aunts hosted raya open-houses on Saturday and Sunday each. They live pretty far from where I am, roughly an hour or so. Now, you may think that doesn’t sound so bad; but oh boy. The traffic at their area is always a nuisance. But traffic congestion won’t stop us from visiting them; I mean, think of all the food you’d miss! I was even more excited to go when I learned what was on the menu: Nasi Kerabu and Laksa Johor! #chubbs
Being the domestic darling that I am, I baked a pavlova the night before. I initially intended to bake two and take one to each house, but time was not on my side. I was happy to see my aunt grinning from ear-to-ear when she saw me lugging the pav out of the car. She’s always requested for me to make it whenever she sees the photos on my intsagram. Puas dapat makan!
The pav was gone in mere minutes! Ahh, nothing beats the feeling you get when you see that people love the food you’ve prepared for them. Next time I’ll probably make mini pavlovas, and double it!