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January 26, 2009

So it’s Gnome, Linus?

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , — od @ 10:17 am

So much of his Nazi comment that ruffles the feathers of GNOME community last time.

I have always been a loyal user of XFCE4, but if I had my druthers between Gnome and KDE, I’d prefer Gnome. KDE is nice, I love some of KDE apps, but imho, it’s kinda bloated. Very pretty, way prettier than Gnome, but bloated. But of course, I’d go for Enlightenment if I want some real fancy stuff on my desktop.

Anyways, am not any DE/WM fanatic. I just love to keep my desktop clean and minimal.

I lol’ed.

Source: Q&A: Linux founder Linus Torvalds talks about open-source identity

January 25, 2009

It’s curry noodle time!!

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: — od @ 7:53 pm

Well, this is not Coconut Curry Beef Noodles, but somewhat similar. I skipped the coconut milk though, so hmmm.. guess this is a pretty healthy dish. To all noodle fans, here’s a simple curry noodle recipe to satisfy your taste buds.

What you need:

  • 4 red onions, half a clove of garlic and about an inch size of ginger – finely chopped.
  • Chicken – cut into small pieces. Coat them with turmeric powder and salt.
  • Fish balls, fish cakes, shrimps and cockles – optional, but seriously, cockles add a distinct taste to the dish.
  • Curry powder – mix both meat and fish curry powder with water (6 tbs of meat curry powder and 2 tbs of fish curry powder).
  • Chicken stock or chicken cubes – optional.
  • Some veggies – tofu puff, choy sum and bean sprouts.
  • Water and salt.

How to:

  • Stir fry the finely chopped ingredients with oil for 2 – 3 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Add in the chicken and continue frying.
  • Add in shrimps. I remove the shrimps off the pot after a 1 – 2 minutes of stirring else they’ll get overcooked.

  • Add in the curry mixture when the chicken is golden brown.
  • Stir until the aroma permeates the air.
  • Add 2 cups of water or better, chicken stock. If you don’t have chicken stock, you can add some chicken cubes to enhance the flavour.
  • Add in fish balls, fish cakes, tofu puff and whatnot. Tofu puff is excellent in soupy dishes, because they will absorb the soup and due to its very spongy texture, the juice will just squirt in your mouth when you eat them. Oh my, heaven.

  • Add more water/chicken stock and salt according to your taste.
  • Leave it to boil.
  • As for the veggies, they can be added along with the tofu puff and all, but I prefer to have them boiled separately in salt water for just a couple of minutes to retain their nutrients and colour.

Serves: 6 or more.

om nom nom tiem!!!

Quote of the day: A woman’s place is in the kitchen, telling her man how she likes her steak.

January 24, 2009

It’s easy to be miserable. Being happier is tougher- and cooler.

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , , , — od @ 2:53 am

Think of how humbling it is to realize that the world wouldn’t be the same if one person did not exist.

So, if you’re planning to commit suicide, don’t. It’s just dumb.

Source: Greenplastic

January 17, 2009


Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , — od @ 8:07 pm

Not my baby. She’s my adorable little niece.

The double tinted windscreen acts as a polarizer, resulting in beautiful, bright colours.

Me niece.

Me niece.

Aunt Od loves ya.

January 11, 2009

I’m writing this because it doesn’t feel right if I don’t.

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , — od @ 5:58 am

Behind the joy of me breathing the fresh air in the morning while complaining how boring my day is
Behind the joy of me surfing the net while complaining how slow the connection is
Behind the joy of me baking a cake at home while complaining how bland the cake tastes
Behind the joy of me trying a new dress while complaining how dull the colour is
Behind the joy of me being with my family while complaining how lonely I feel sometimes


A little boy is queueing for hours, for bread. There, in Gaza.

My heart goes out to all Palestinians. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

No, there is no need for me to state who the biggest sUpporter iS, nor who the rest of the supporters are. No, I don’t hate the people, thanks for asking.

To Mr Hugo Chavez, I tip my hat to you, Sir.

January 7, 2009

Am blaming Ray..

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: , , — od @ 11:30 pm

..for my recent indulgence over chocolate-orange cakes!

Lol. As I’ve mentioned in my comment, we don’t have Jaffa Cakes here, though according to my brother I may get lucky at the imported items section. But I was too lazy to go out, and the idea of baking a chocolate-orange cake seems wonderful to me. Am not a big fan of plain orange juice, but mix it with chocolate, or turn it to some tasty concoctions, mmmm delicious!

Chocaolate-orange cake.

Chocolate-orange cake.

I baked twice as my first attempt was pretty much a failure (but still the cake is almost finished by now). The first recipe which I found on the net was rated 5 stars by all readers. Hmm.. didn’t turn out well for me. The cake was pretty hard, crusty on top and the texture is dry. Prolly I did something wrong somewhere. My second attempt was much better. I modified my chocolate cake recipe and added some orange puree, and my family loves it 🙂

This recipe yields 2 cakes – am using a 8 – 9 inch round springform pan. Halve the recipe if you wish to bake a normal size cake. This one is rather huge, and use lotsa eggs. Oh well, you do the maths.


  • 450gm butter
  • 600gm caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 9 eggs
  • 400gm all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 150gm cocoa powder
  • 2 oranges – I used an orange but I think it’ll taste better with 2
  • Water


  • Wash the orange cleanly and boil the whole orange for about 30 minutes. Cool it off before you whizz it with a food processor.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until it’s fluffy and smooth.
  • Add in the egg one by one into the batter while continuously beating it until it mixed well.
  • Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Slowly add them to the batter bit by bit. Mix well. Try not to overbeat it in order to keep the batter ‘airy’.
  • In another separate bowl, add in some water to the pureed orange until it levels up to 400ml, meniscus level. Sheesh. I don’t remember when was the last time I used the word ‘meniscus’.
  • Sift the cocoa powder to the orange mixture, stir them well and fold them in to the batter. Mix well.
  • Bake it for about 90 minutes at a 175C pre-heated oven. Use a cake tester, insert it into the cake and if it comes out clean, it’s done. The sides tend to shrink as well when it is well baked.

I made some orange candy using this recipe. I glazed the top of both cakes with the remaining orange syrup to give a stronger orange flavour to the cakes. Stacked both cakes on top of each other and layered it with a chocolate mousse and finally, smothered the cake with a creamy chocolate ganache.

My cake impersonates itself as pacman.

My food mixer isn’t working anymore so I had to do all the beating and mixing manually, occasionally switching turns with mom. It was pretty tiring and since the butter was just taken out of the fridge, I had a hard time in beating it till smooth. Think I’ve developed bicep muscles.

I find myself humming the ‘cake’ song while baking this cake. Am blaming someone else for that 😛

Anyway, this cake is great
It’s so delicious and moist
Look at me still talking
When there’s Science to do