Friday, January 7, 2011

Moroccan Fusion Leg of Lamb Roast

Hi there...just wanted to a share a recipe today. A dish that I made, the last Christmas. This recipe is about 4 to 5 years old and I have served it on numerous occasions before. The original recipe was a "Moroccan Leg of Lamb Roast" by Chef Wan. I took his recipe and modified it by incorporating some local and western flavors into it thus the "Fusion" part of the name! The last Christmas, I did further changes to the recipe and I think I have got it right and complete this time. So here's the's a little tedious and long, but bear with me....

Meat Prep Ingredients:

· Yogurt

· Lemon Juice

Insertion Ingredients:

· Prosciutto ham or bacon

· Basil Leafs

· Garlic

Marinade Ingredients:

· Small red onions

· Garlic

· Green chili’s

· Chili padi's

· Lemon juice

· English parsley

· Mint leaf's

· Fresh & Dried Basil Leaf’s

· All Spice & Mixed spice powder

· Chinese Spice

· Garam Masala

· Paprika Powder

· Black pepper corns

· Mutton curry powder

· Cayenne powder

· Cajun powder

· Dried rosemary or fresh rosemary leaf's

· Extra virgin olive oil

· Salt

Sauce Ingredients:

· Big red onions or yellow onions

· Red wine

· Chicken or beef stock

· Corn flour

· Fresh peppermint Leaf’s

Thats the ingredients part, now here's how to make it:
  1. Use the prep ingredients and coat the lamb. Leave it in the fridge overnight. Once done, wash the lamb under running water until all the coat is washed off.
  2. Next make small insertions around the lamb. Roll up the insertions ingredients and stuff it in the insertions that you have made.
  3. Blend all the marinade ingredients using a blender and pour over the lamb. Cover it with cling wrap and leave it overnight in the fridge.
  4. Before roasting, make sure the lamb is at room temperature. Pre-heat the oven at 200C. Roast the lamb at 200C for 30mins and then reduce the temperature to 170C. At this temperature, in order to slow roast the lamb and to lock the moisture, cover it with aluminium foil. Roast for 2 hours. Then increase the temperature to 200C and remove the foil. Roast for another 30mins.
  5. Once done roasting, rest the lamb by 'tenting' it with aluminium foil at room temperature. Use the drippings to make the sauce.
  6. For the sauce, brown onions with a little olive oil. Add the drippings halfway through. Simmer for a few mins and add the red wine. Simmer for another few mins. Add the stock and corn flour and keep stirring to ensure its properly mixed. Simmer for the last time, and before taking off the heat, add the peppermint leaf's.
  7. Carve the lamb and serve with the sauce.
So, this is the recipe. Hope you guys would try it out and enjoy it! It goes well with a bottle of semi dry Merlot! Cheers!!!

Sorry Guys, wanted to take a proper picture, but got too excited with the lamb and started eating first. Only remembered halfway through. So I decided to take a picture of what's left of it! Maybe this year's Christmas i'll get a decent picture...Hahahaha! :P

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Proton Inspira

Recently, I was given a chance to test drive the Proton Inspira for a debugging activity. I know there's many reviews out there on the Inspira, but here's my view on it after driving it for about 660+ km. We were given 2 cars to debug. The 2.0 CVT and 1.8 MT.

By now, I am sure most of us have seen the exterior styling of the Insipra which is basically a Mitsubishi Lancer with PROTON's Styling touch to it. Overall, I think the look of the Inspira was toned down quite abit compared to the Lancer, considering the fact that the target market is for the family and senior executives. Personally, I wouldn't compare the looks of the Lancer and Inspira, due to the fact that it is targeted at a different segment of people. On the other hand, to compare the basic 1.8 MT and the 2.0 CVT, i would prefer the 2.0 CVT better. This is because, the 2.0 CVT comes with additional front and side skirts and also a rear spoiler. Somehow, I feel the additional bits and pieces makes the car look more complete compared to the bare 1.8 MT.

Inspira 2.0 CVT

The 2.0 CVT had a full leather interior, thus giving it a slight advantage compared to the 1.8 MT which only has fabric seats. The leather that wrapped the seats, was nice and soft and it dissipated heat quite fast too. It had a nice, clean sophisticated look to it. There are additional leather trim on the front doors as well, which gave it the up-market feel. The IP looked sleek with the wooden-finish trim at the center (for the 2.0 CVT) compared to gray-ish trim center in the 1.8 MT. The HVAC control looks more elegant and well built in 2.0 CVT, whereas the 1.8 MT has a very cheap looking HVAC control. It seemed like the indicator was printed on a piece of paper and sticked on the dials!

Inspira 2.0 CVT

Inspira 1.8 MT

Equipment Level
In terms of equipment level, I would say the 2.0 CVT was well equipped. Compared to the 1.8 MT, it has a cruise control system, with the buttons on the steering wheel. With this, setting and resetting the cruise speed was much easier compared to the conventional stalk type cruise control. The 2.0 CVT also comes with an auto climate control which might explain why the 1.8 MT has such cheap HVAC dials! And the most prominent, difference is the magnesium alloy paddle shifts in the 2.0 CVT. However I felt the paddle shift's was abit too big and it was blocking the indicator and wiper stalks which was placed behind it. Another downside to it, the paddle shift's are static because it's placed on the steering column rather then the steering wheel. So if you wanna shift gears while you are turning or negotiating a sharp bend, you might have a slight problem.

General Driving Experience
2.0 CVT
The acceleration and throttle response was good and noticeable in this car. On the D mode of the transmission, the torque delivery was smooth and the gear change couldn't be noticed at all. This was mainly due to the nature of the CVT itself. The ECU and TCU did a good job in ensuring the engine provides the highest torque at which ever speed that I was driving at. Overtaking was easy, as the CVT quickly finds the best ratio for the optimum torque! At legal speed, NVH was good. There was no engine booming while cruising, and wind noise was at a very acceptable range, however at speeds over 130 km/h, wind noise could be heard clearly. Engine booming was apparent when accelerating especially after 4500rpm. This might be due to the MIVEC mechanism working overtime to ensure optimum valve operations. High speed stability was good, and comfort level was pleasant. At 190 km/h, the car felt stable, and planted. I didn't notice any 'floating' or boat like feeling at those speeds.

Having a manual gearbox, the car was a tad bit responsive compared to the 2.0 CVT. In terms of power, I can say that I hardly could notice the difference between the 1.8 and 2.0 engine. The clutch of the manual gearbox was effortless, giving almost an empty feeling. I didn't quite like this as there was lack of feel when I engage and disengage the clutch. The gear shift knob was acceptable, however it had the slight rubbery feel to it when u engage. This makes it less tacky and 'tight' when I wanted to do a fast down shift especially from 5th to 4th gear. In terms of power management and delivery of the gear box, it is acceptable. However, in terms ratio, I would say the 3rd and 4th gear ratios are not as close as from 1st to 3rd. This could be very well noticed when I was dropping gear from 4th to 3rd during downhill driving at high rpm's. In terms of NVH, this car had similar characteristics as the 2.0 CVT. High speed stability was similar as well. However at 200 km/h in this car, there was a very minimal 'floating' effect. This could be due to the lighter weight of the car and the missing skirts and spoilers.

Ride & Handling
2.0 CVT
In general comparison with the original Lancer, the R&H has improved significantly. The car feels more balanced and composed in corners. Negotiating corners at low and medium speeds doesn't impose any threat...however at high speed corners and instant direction changes, the car starts losing grip early especially at the rear. This was evident and significant when I was negotiating the corners at the Karak Highway. Since the standard tires are high profile tires, this would be one the reason why the car loses grip early. The car also has quite significant body roll, making it to under-steer quite early into the corner. As i said before, the tire profile contributes to the body roll as well. Since Proton was only able to tune the spring and damper rates, the car lacks the typical Proton's R&H signature, which is the 'nose-in-first' into a corner. This is mainly due to the 'center weighted tuning' and the lack of feel of the steering wheel. At high speed, in straight line and also corners, the steering feels disconnected and becomes too 'light', thus reducing response. As i said previously, the car under-steers quite heavily as I accelerate in the corners, compared to the typical Proton's R&H set up, which is almost neutral.

The 1.8MT felt slightly better composed then the 2.0 CVT. This is mainly because the weight distribution is different and the suspension was tuned using the 1.8MT as the base. Thus, I noticed difference in terms of grip, steering response and body roll. The rear still loses grip, however a tad bit latter compared to the 2.0 CVT. Steering response was slightly sharper and more responsive. Body roll was slightly less due to the better and more balanced weight transfer, especially to the front.

The In Car Entertainment system was a Clarion double din head unit with 4 speakers. In the original Lancer, there are 6 speakers (including tweeter). However, in the Inspira, the tweeter was removed since a better sound quality could be achieved with only 4 speaker system. This was made possible by the addition of the 3D-Sound Staging Chip into the head unit. This is the first Proton to use it. The result is, superb, crisp and clean sound! So far, this is the best sound that I have heard among all Proton cars. The effect of the 3D-Sound Staging could be noticed when the 'VAPS' button is switched on and off. Proton gave the option of switching off the 3D-Sound Staging so that customers can notice and appreciate the 3D sound quality. There are 3 settings under the 'VAPS' menu; Driver, All, and Off.

Overall, I would say, the Inspira is worth the penny, as it's much cheaper then the Lancer. Even though it's locally build, the quality from Mitsubishi is maintained. This is evident through the built quality and fit & finish of the car. Above all, the Inspira has the Proton's R&H touch which the Lancer doesn't have. It also features an up-market ICE system, and additional cooling system for the CVT to eliminate any transmission overheating issues that the Lancer faces. For those out there, looking for an upper range car in the C-Segment, I would highly recommend the Inspira.

From 2010 to 2011...

Seems like everyone has been blogging about the new year. Here's my take on the previous year, this year is nothing new to me...everything is as it seems. Nothing has changed...yet! Why do i say that? Because i have planned some major, major changes to my life...i am working on it, to realize it. Hopefully it happens! I really, really, really need an 'atmosphere' change! Lots of things has happened in 2010, some which i want to forget, and never remember again, some i want to cherish, and one day look back again! Lots of things that i am not happy about in 2010, was carried forward to 2011. I hope i could 'solve' this issues as soon possible...all in all, i just hope and pray things will get better this year, in all aspects! Hopefully!!! Chiao...

Monday, October 11, 2010


Went for an op to stop my sweaty palms! Finally....i don't have sweaty palms anymore! Yeshhhh!!! Great relieve woo....but still recovering from the surgery although after one week of mc. Feels like my whole body is still re-booting! Today had to start work back....haiyyaaa....damn lazy! Insurance for the surgery not settled yet....Lord, I am leaving you to settle this...pretty please??? I can do only this much...and I don't have that much money to pay...and i don't want to burden mum&dad.....Please Lord??? Hope everything goes well...on another note, i am starting to like videography! :P Should i 'peak' into it and see? Hahahaha....i think it's time to get the Alpha580! So i can do both photo & video! :D Quite ambitious pulak! Hahahaha....But all depends on the insurance settlement....hmmmm! Ok la...later! Chiao...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Young, Rich & Famous...

I saw the show Forbes 20 under 25: Young, Rich & Famous. Top 20 richest person below the age of 25 for the year Jun' 06 to Jun' 07. Seeing people having 'stuffs' worth $ 3mil hanging from their ears, getting hair cuts worth my one month salary, 24K gold on their sports shoes, wearing clothes worth $ 850K embedded with diamonds, having mansions worth not less then $ 5mil and earning an average of not less then $ 3mil a year, makes me wonder...none of these people went to a university or college, suffered and slogged for 5 year to get a degree. None of them went around sending applications and begging people to hire to them. None of them are doing more then what they are being paid for. Most probably none of them need to worry about bills, loans and so on...unless like some of us, where every month, when we get our salary, most of it goes to pay loans, bills, etc etc....and after that, when u want want to spend RM50 for yourself also you would think hundred times. What the hell, you can't even afford to give your parents RM100 when you visit them....Whereas these bunch of people, can shop stuffs that we can only dream of! Jimmy Choo's, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Channel, all these names are like so common for them.....each time they go shopping, not less then $ 10K!!! The best part of all, most of them still haven't finish high school yet and their living the times of their is life fair? Ask yourselves that question...some might say, money isn't everything, can't buy happiness and so on. Gone are they days, where people live solely on virtues, love, trust, hope, and humility. Now days, if you see, when a man has a problem, it would be either woman or definitely can't buy happiness, but if you are not facing financial difficulty, that's one less thing to worry about and you will be fully concentrated in finding happiness and peace in your life...cheers!

Monday, May 31, 2010


Somehow, i am getting a funny feeling that God has hit the 'replay' button in my life. Everything is back to square 1. I am single back, i have started watching series back, my job is starting to bore me back again, no pay rise yet, no bonus yet, and money seems to be running out pretty fast from my wallet (i guess my cash has gone into the stage of running from!)haihhhh.....but looking on the bright side, since i started watching series, i have already finished watching House season 6. Next series on the list: Chuck Season 3!! There is always a saying: Men's biggest worries are either money or women! Currently i am not worried about women, so it must be money then! Thus i need to earn some extra cash. Speaking about that, those who wants photography services or tuition teacher , please contact me! I can teach maths and physics! :) For photography, you guys can have a look at some samples in my facebook! I do weddings, birthdays, corporate and personal events, model shoots, product shoot and any conceptual or abstract shots and my charges are reasonable! :D So those who are reading this out there, you help me, i help you! Hahahaha...have a fantabulous Monday people!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Crazy Life!!! has been along time since i blogged....thats because; one i have nothing to blog about, two i have been quite busy for the past few months....My life has turned crazy! Reassignment of work, Crazy weekends almost every week (sometimes weekdays also...haihhh), Crazy bunch of friends which always make my week (without them my life would be boring!!!!), Naugthy, naughty but loving girlfriend (Love u alot darling!!!), Missing gym for the past 3 weeks (hopefully this week can go), Missing swimming as well (started to love swimming....hahahaha), Meeting some old friends, which caught me out of the blue....(so happy to meet guys's been a while huh?). Lent, Easter, Feast Day, just passed by like tat lah...feeling abit regret for not observing lent well....Forgive Me Lord for my shortcomings....hmmmm....Financially also i am getting suprises....haihhh....Lord i know you are always there to help me, so i leave it to You lah Lord! I know You wont leave me hanging...You have never done that...and will never do that.....:D On another note, i got few nick/pet names my friends and cousin sister....Tandoori lah, Melvin U-Turn John lah, Melvin's John lah, Coyotito lah....macam-macam ada! Ok, i think enuf of rambling, wanna go back and watch Akasia: Adamaya....nice drama.....huhuhuhuhu....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

27.01.10 - My Love, My Life, My Princess....

27.01.10, the day where it all happened and became official...My Princess accepted my love and it was the most joyous day of my life....the feeling of being in love, being loved is so refreshing. I know i am a lucky fella to be with her, to be hers....she's a gem of a person...Thank You Lord again and again...You are simply superb Lord!

On this da, you accepted My Love,
My Life now revolves around you...
Happiness & Sadness,
Laughter or Tears,
Joy or Pain,
Good or Bad,
I am there for you now,
To share it with you,
Being part of your life.
My Princess, I can't express how much I love You,
But all I want is to built a future with you.
I just have one wish,
I wish to wake up everyday,
to the sound of your breath on my neck,
the warmth of your lips on my cheek,
the touch of your fingers on my skin,
and the feel of your heart beating with mine...
Knowing that I could never find that feeling....
with anyone other than YOU!

I love You....My Love, My Life, My Princess....My Everything!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Embracing Imperfection

A story by a girl.

"When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school was. I don't remember what I told him that night, but i do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said: 'Baby, I love burned toast.'

Later that night, I went to kiss daddy good night and asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Debbie, your mum put in a hard day at work today and she's really tired. And besides, a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!' You know, life is full of imperfect things, and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook.

What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's difference - is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today: That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!!!"

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket but into your own."

Friday, January 15, 2010

To be with you...

I wanna be with you, all the days of my life....
You took my breath away the moment i saw you...
I dont know how u feel about me....but i wanna be with you.
I wanna have beach walks with you...enjoying the fading waves washing our feet while we skip along it....
I wanna hold your hands and run where only the ocean witnesses it...
I wanna kiss you while the sun sets...
I wanna build a garden for you, with a swing made out of glass in it. I wanna watch you play gracefully with that swing...
I wanna be there to watch you smile and laugh and 'belasah' me...:P
I wanna be there when you need a shoulder to cry on....
I wanna be there for you to 'buli' me....
I just wanna be there....for you.....
That's how much it means to me....
To Be With You....

Hopefully One Day You'll Read This....:)