Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Hi.. Long time no see

It's such a long time I did not post anything in my blog. I have a problem with my laptop and broadband again. I did buy a new broadband but did not send my laptop for a reformat. Maybe next week I will do that. By the way, let me share with you some photos of my hog plum which were taken a few months ago 
close up

half a bucket of young hog plum fruit

Hog Plum with out skin, it taste sweet and sour if we eat it raw. the best eat it with kuah rojak

Hog Plum juice for my darling and me

The rest of the fruit end up in a pickle jar

My 1st pickle and hog plum juice

The hog plum tree, we call it kedondong, in West Malaysia they call it Ambra

This week end I try to collect some more

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Alanwasahlan Marhaban Ya Ramadhan

Ramadhan al Mubarak has come again,  as for me and the rest of the Muslims around the world; our daily routine has changed a little. During Ramadhan we are more focused on our spiritual activities such as fasting, prayer and reciting al Quran. It also means less time for blogging (smile).
This Ramadhan three of my kids were not with me, Abang still in KSKB Sungai Buloh, Azim is doing his practical training in Hospital Sungai Petani Kedah, and my daughter meme is in SMKA Kuala Selangor. I miss them very much especially my daughter because she always accompanies me to the mosque for Tarawikh in the fasting month. This year my daughter will sit for his PMR exam, so she won’t be back until Aidil Fitri holiday. Look alike I have to go alone to the mosque along this Ramadhan. However my son, Iqram, has come back from Egypt to spend his summer holiday with us. That makes our Iftar mood, further more my nephews and niece (Alif, Lin and Eppy) always come home to breakfast together.

Our daily routine Insyallah

Monday, 1 July 2013

What We Harvest Last Sunday : 30th June 2013

What we harvested last Sunday consisted of chilies, brinjal, long beans, mustard, okra, mangosteen and hog plum

My sister in law makes chilies in black soya sauces out of these 1 full big bowls of chilies
Brinjal, long beans and long bean shoots, perfect for sayur bening (light vegetable soup)

My maid selecting freshly harvested mustard

Growing healthy without pesticides

My okra

The Ulam Raja

Mangosteen started ripening

We collected a lot of hog plum this week. Hopefully  I will be able to  make hog plum pickles for the first time this week.

I like to add these green chilies and long beans in fried rice

Early Morning Fog at Little Farm

Morning fog at the Little Farm, wake up with fresh and pleasant weather, plus I love the feeling of living like a Highlander (smile)
Early morning view from our cabin kitchen

What a relief to see the morning mist

Morning dew : look at the wet fence and floor, Seemingly drizzle was falling.

End of the lot barely visible

Close up to the end of the lot

Sawmill in front of my cabin

These little fellow never afraid of cold and moist weather, instead, they were wandering in front of my cabin early in the morning

I thought they are supposed to stay under their mother to get some heat especially in the cold morning

Looking for small insects for breakfast, two of them still sleepy..

Thursday, 27 June 2013

My Pisang Tanduk

Our bananas have started ripening since two months ago but I did not have the opportunity to post any of the bananas photo. For the time being, only three types of bananas have been ripening which is Pisang Nangka, Pisang Tanduk and Pisang Emas. My favorite is Pisang Tanduk, of course for its taste and texture. For me it has Jackfruit taste with a light sweet aroma while its texture is quite hard even though it’s on ripening stage, that's  making it very suitable for frying.  In fact, it is so popular among fried banana lovers for its texture. However, my husband shows less interest in planting Pisang Tanduk. One of the reasons is that Pisang Tanduk rarely produce big, nice and beautiful bunches compare to Pisang Nangka and Pisang Emas in our farm . He always said that our soil and rainfall distribution did not favorably for cultivating this type of banana; and he is planning to exclude Pisang Tanduk in our next Planting Calendar. But I am against his idea, for me, our planting time was wrong last year. We started planting Pisang Tanduk during drought season . I remembered clearly, (before we got our water pump from the supplier), we have to carry water in the bucket from the stream down the hill, to water hundred of our Pisang Tanduk. (I cannot forget how tiring the task was). Most probably that is how our Pisang Tanduk never produce amazing bunches as Pisang Nangka and Pisang Emas. So I told my husband, it is ok if we can just give them a chance this year, with lots of rain and organic fertilizer; let see how they are doing. If they fail to produce, then we can consider planting them for family consumption only.
Our first bunch of Pisang Emas, we distributed it among family and friends

Our first bunch of Pisang Nangka, its weight around 25kg

Two Bunches of Pisang Emas

I admit that these Pisang Tanduk do not look impressive

Pisang Nangka stand side by side with Pisang Tanduk
My husband always keeps a bunch of Pisang Emas for my Son

My husband gives a bunch of Pisang Nangka to Wak Isa, and he makes banana chips for us, so nice and crispy..

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

First born at the Air Karah Pen

These are the babies that are first born in our Air Karah Pen. They are 20 days old today. Both babies and the mother look ok. When I visited Little Farm last weekend both of them already followed their mother browsing near the river. Sari lets the babies out of their confinement area every evening for about two hours so that they can have some evening exercise. Two months after the tragedy that took half of our goats population, the presence of  these two babies was something to be cheering for and they are catharsis to my heart. 

 The mother helping her babies finds the nipples

Approximately two hours after the birth

15 days of age


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