A black little fella called Oben came to our home with Piper a forthnight ago. I shouted with glee and welcome him with a mighty big grin. Next is finding a place for Oben to sleep.

Clearing some stuffs from the counter, we finally found a big empty space for him to be hot.

Tadaaa! This is Oben. Say hi to Oben.

Lately we have not been posting much as we were pretty busy with this black fella :) Since most of my trays and stuffs are still in my sister's storeroom in Kuala Lumpur, i just went out to get some basic trays as i don't really have much patience to let an oven wait in vain.

The chinese have a saying that goes... "San See Hang" means New Toilet. When there's a new toilet around, everyone is out to check it out to take a leak. Same goes for the oven. When there's a new toy/cooking thingy in the house, everyone is pretty excited to cook/bake/do something with it. Even Dommy keeps reminding me about the bone & dog shape cookie cutters that i got a while back. Bake something for us lazy bum. He seems to be telling me. *LOL*

When all the bruhaha is passed, will this Oben be a white elephant shoved in the corner? Naw! I love ovens. I have a deep love for ovens since i was a little kid. I fell in love with the first oven way when i was barely 8. Even way back then, i had a dream to own that oven. Yea.. i am a pretty weird kid.

Thanks to my baby sister, i am back to my baking days :) This house will smell of cinnamon and cakes and more burnt stuffs :) My sister does love me a lot.

Disaster No 1 - Banana Cinnamon Cake
My tray was way too big (i only had one tray at that time) and the dough portion was too small *LOL* The cake was barely even 1 cm thick.. hehehhee.. but the cinnamon saved the day. So it was edible. I don't usually read instructions properly especially when i am baking.

Disaster No 2 - Baked Lemon Chicken
Tray size is correct this time. But too much lemon. It leaves a *twaaaaaannng* taste in the mouth.. hahahahahaha Still edible as both dad and i were hungry and we only had chicken and a salad for dinner.

Disaster No 3 - Blueberry Muffins for Nessa's Birthday
In honour of Nessa's birthday last Saturday, we baked some blueberry muffins. This time it was better. How wrong can you go with pre-mix. *LOL* My colleague says that i am cheating when i use pre-mix *LOL* But premix also have some measurements that need to be measured too... like the oil and the water. Since i bought a small crummy plastic measuring cup (for temporary use) which don't have all measurements, i had to google to convert the measurements while stirring the mixture halfway. Ya ya.. read the instructions first before you start baking. I know i know. I don't do instructions properly. But hey.. this turn out pretty okay except for the few in the center which got burnt pretty fast in the top *LOL*
Note to self: Read the oven instructions before attempting to bake anything.

Disaster No 4 - Beef Lasagna
This was just yesterday. My dad's been wanting to make lasagna since he came home from his holiday at Jaiboo's home. My sister taught him how to make lasagna when he was over there. And he wrote the recipe in his book. I have never made lasagna before but since dad had a recipe all written nicely, we decided to do it. He was pretty excited about it and kept asking me what time can he start layering the stuffs. Being the smart ass and just looking at his recipe, we both grinned and said.. this should be easy enough. How did it turn out? hehehehhehee.. It was quite like eating cardboard. *LOL* Rule of thumb: With Google and Youtube... we should always check.. How to Make a Simple Lasagna before attempting to make lasagna without a few key ingredients. *LOL* Still edible because we were both hungry. Cardboard still taste good :) Oh.. we were too busy trying to munch on the cardboard that we forgot to take pictures of it :)

Hopefully we will post more about successes with the Oben than more failures. But hey... with each failure, we learn a new thing :) Failure Breeds Success! (that is if you learn from each failure and read instructions next time)

These two below are still waiting for their turn with the oven. Poor guys.

32 woofs:

Sue said...

Remember, with dogs in the house you can never have a cooking disaster. Sometimes when something I bake doesn't taste good enough for us to eat, the canine members of the family finish it and tell me it was wonderful. They're so good for my ego.

Sallie said...

That lemon chicken looks.....um, yummy. :)

Anny said...

hahahahahhaa.. You are so right Sue. They are my testers and they are my happy campers.

The canine members does do good to ones ego. Whatever i cook for them, they lap everything up without any complaints. And i am a pretty bad cook *LOL*

Anny said...

Thanks Sallie.. it was just a wee bit too lemony :D

Ann said...

I think we've all had our share of baking disasters. Thanks for sharing yours, makes me feel better

Life With Dogs said...

Just be glad it wasn't me in the kitchen - at least you can still recognize everything! :)

Maggie Mae said...

My mom wants to know if you could send us the recipe for the banana cinnamon cake, it looks yummy even though it looks a little flat :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Oh.... Do you tinks Dommy yous Momma would notice if three little puggies showed up at 'da door for some of 'dat nommy food!! Oh's what is she trying to do to us's!! 'dat looks sooo nommy!! First our furriend George, now yous...
Our Mommy doesn't cook or bake much!!
Can you believe 'dat? oh what we go through!! We'll have to pass this on to our Daddy 'cuz he is the cook of the house. Mommy boils water and makes ice cubes!!! hee hees.. We's starving..

IzZY, Josie and Anakin Man

scotsmad said...

WE live with a serial burner!

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

3 doxies said...

Hehehehe...oh dis good stuffs! Yous like my mum...no directions and no manuals...hehehe! Nope her don't believes in dat nonsense.
Then again, hers don't cook...her used to but, claims da kitchen is too small.
You doing good at your baking and cooking though..hehe!


houndstooth said...

If I were there, I'd have been happy to help clean up a lot of those "disasters"! I'm betting things will get better once you get used to it a little more!


Bocci said...

Thanks for following Bocci's Beefs, Anny!
Your blog is...just delicious-the cake looked good to me!

Your buddy,

BeadedTail said...

Practice makes perfect! At least you aren't afraid to try new things and hopefully you can make some un-cardboard like lasagna!

Chewy said...

Yummm! Can I come to your house?!


Marg said...

That is too bad all those disasters but makes for good practice. Our doggies love to have the results of disasters too. They don't care what it looks like or if it is a little burned.
Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

hey Anny,

I found this on the net, mint cookies for doggies! makes a good doggy breath freshener and its yummy too..i hope.


By Ann Shaw

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons safflower oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine flour, cornmeal, mint and parsley in a large bowl. Add oil and water and mix thoroughly. Roll out to 1/4" on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.
3. Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn heat off and let biscuits dry out in oven for several hours. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.



Spiffy said...

Disasters or not, posraju them to me la ...

Anny said...

Urmm... i think i have more disasters than anyone i know :) glad i made you feel better Ann!

Anny said...

Mebbe.. just mebbe if you are here.. we could double them disasters Neil :)

Anny said...

It sure was pretty flat Maggie Mae :) here's the recipe... http://www.banana-dessert-recipes.com/banana-cake.html i added a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and some poppy seeds.. *LOL*.. blind as a bat.. i didn't see that it says loaf pan in the recipe :D read them instructions ya.. hehehhehee this is the easiest banana cake ever

Anny said...

Your mommy is the smartest woman i know to let daddy do all them cookings.. while she boils water and makes ice cubes... :D that's the smartest really.. i wish our hooman girl would do the same and stay away from the kitchen.. she can't cook for nuts.

But you can come overs to play anytime and we'll share our nom noms with you guys :) she does do a good rice with potatoes and carrots + chicken meal for us.

woofs & licks,
Dommy & PP

Anny said...

serial burner eh? *LOL* run runnnnnnn Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Anny said...

no directions and no manuals... means more disasters Puds :D
Even with directions.. she can get it wrong anyways... just like today.. you really wouldn't wanna know what she whips up today.. with instructions (which she does not follow)

*shakes head*

Anny said...

Naw.. things won't get any better Bunny.. becos she never learns. Never read instructions. Just the sometimes.. she can get lucky. Just them sometimes.

*shakes head again*

Anny said...

Heya Bocci :) Welcome to our side :) urmm.. yes yes.. the cake is ok.. bearable :D

Anny said...

un-cardboard like lasagna?? hehehhehe.. i got to tell my dad that.. *LOL*

send my love to Is.. Angel and Sadie girl :)

Anny said...

Come come on over Chewy... Piper would love to play with you :)

Anny said...

The disasters do go to some tummies :D never wasted.. Hope you are having a great day with the staff Marg :)

Anny said...

mint cookies for doggies?? oooOOOOOoo.. Dommy and PP will love you for life and still bite your ankles :p

Hopefully me follow them instructions this time around :) thanks Stormy :)

Anny said...

i'll posraju some green leaves to you laa Spiffy :) lookout for it ya... :p

Nessa said...

Oben! I wan my own Oben too!! But me like oben with microwave 'picit-picit' buttons... not the pusing-pusing one... hehehe. I know, I know... I'm so choosy... :)

The baked lemon ciken looks real nice though.. and my Blueberry Muffins :D

Anny said...

An oben with the 'picit-picit' buttons?? hehhehee.. and not the putar putar buttons?? hahhahahahahaa.. you are the choosey one Ness.. hahhahahaa.. but its good to look for a good one. This one's not bad.. simple enough for dad to use to toast his bread :p