How to roast bell peppers on your gas stove

Bell peppers, better known as capsicums here is really yummy. There is no room for doubts of its superiority because Chairman Kaga himself chose to bite into one at the opening scenes of Iron Chef. Then he smiled and began to laugh manically but that’s another story.

I roasted bell peppers on my gas stove the other day. It was great. Here’s how I did it:

Roast bell pepper on gas stove

1 – Have bell pepper. I chose red as it’s sweeter. Yellow works too. Green may be slightly bitter. Have gas stove. If your pan stand is not long enough to hold the fruit, then use a steel mesh like me.

Turn the fire to medium high, place bell pepper on top of pan stand/ steel mesh. Let the open flames char the fruit until it’s blackened. Use tongs to turn it to the other side, until all sides are blackened. Should be done between 7 and 10 mins.

2 – Remove the fruit into a clear plastic bag, close it and leave to steam inside for 15 mins.

3 – Use the plastic to help slide off most of the charred skin. Remove the rest of the charred skin using paper towels and/or knife. Use creativity.

4 – Slice the fruit open, remove the seeds. At this point, it’s still damn hot inside so be careful. At no point should you attempt to give up and wash the fruit with water to remove the seeds + black bits, as it will severely affect the taste (speaking from experience here!).

When you’re satisfied with the cleaning process, cut the fruit to slices. Eat it just like that, or use it as a side dish, or add it to your sandwich or wrap. The world is your roasted bell pepper!

Giveaway: David Archuleta Live in Malaysia!

Quick one. Thanks to Sony Music Malaysia (facebook :: twitter), I have one (x1) David Archuleta Live in Malaysia 2011 concert ticket worth RM90 to give to you!

DAVID ARCHULETA LIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR CONCERT Malaysia

Yes one, just one. That’s all I have. It’s RM90, it’s free standing, it’s also free with a capital PERCUMA if you randomly win it!

Want it? Just leave a comment here telling me saying so. Doesn’t hurt to elaborate!

I’ll randomly select a winner on 17th July after 12pm. The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have to collect the ticket yourself in KL from next week onwards.

If you want more tickets, do check out Milkadeal’s value deal here: *click*

The neighbour’s kid

Not my neighbour, she hasn’t moved in yet.

Rather, my sister’s neighbour. They are a Dutch family, have been here for a few years and decided to move back this year. They left a couple of days ago. They also left a huge hole in Ryan’s heart.

Actually I just made that up. I don’t know what Ryan thinks about it because I’ve not spoken to him. He has been busy spending a lot of time with the neighbour’s kids’ before they were due to go back.

I’m also trying to dramatize the life of a 6 year old because I can.

So. The neighbour’s boy is a couple of years younger than Ryan. He has big blue eyes and straw blonde hair. He is also very thin and weighs almost nothing. Once I lifted him up and almost hit his head on the ceiling because of the momentum. Nah I’m kidding. But it felt like it and I managed to stop myself.

Most of the time, I do not understand what he is talking about. Ryan understands him but I don’t. I just nod a lot, exclaim a lot of, “REALLY?” then divert his attention. To me, he sounds like a chipmunk. Cute but inaudible.

I saw him the day before he was to go home. Got down to his level and asked for a hug.

“NOOO!”
Ryan whispered to him, “You better hug!”
“Nooo I don’t want a hug”
Me: “Why not??”
“…[insert sounds here]…”
Me: “Really??”

I think I’ll miss him for a while.

Suanie’s experience at the BERSIH 2.0 rally on 09 July 2011 at Puduraya

Long post ahead. Really one, I no bluff you.

In this blog post, I’m documenting mostly of what I saw (not all, ‘cos you really don’t want to know the price of my LRT ticket, do you?), some of what I’ve heard from friends’ own accounts and very, very little of what I’ve read from strangers’ accounts.

Why did I go for the BERSIH 2.0 rally? ‘Cos I believe that its basic objective is to call for reforming the electoral process in Malaysia for cleaner and fairer elections. Did I not think that Malaysia’s elections aren’t fair and clean? No, I don’t believe so. What if you believed? That’s you, not me.

I’m not a member of any political parties, only a Malaysian who loves her country. Doesn’t mean I HAVE to love Malaysia’s current ruling coalition. Doesn’t mean I blindly believe and support the opposition parties. I disagree with the infiltration of certain people whom I highly distrust (read: Anwar Ibrahim) into the BERSIH 2.0 front. But I believe that if the situation was reversed, BN would have done the same.

I believe in peaceful rallies. I see it as a sign of stating your cause and gathering more support. Hey, sounds like the ceramah and walkabouts that politicians do during election time! I don’t believe it is illegal, especially coming from those who cannot handle keris and cow heads.

It’s like changing your Facebook status to show support for cancer patients who have only one wish, that is to kick cancer’s butt so if you agree post this as your status for at least one hour. Or running to help raise money for causes that you believe in. Same principles, really.

I don’t believe the mainstream media can report what they really feel. Have you heard of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984? It’s a draconian remnant from Mahathir’s early leadership. In a nutshell, all print publications have to renew their license every year with the Home Ministry. The Home Ministry can revoke or choose not to have the licenses renewed for their own reasons. The Star has a few thousand employees under its payroll. That’s a lot of livelihoods, you know.

But for elections to be fair, the press has to be free. Of course, not all press and journalists are for BERSIH 2.0. But right now, it seems that all of them are against it. I personally know that it’s not the case. People who were there know what really went down.
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Marina Mahathir 1, Obedient Wives Club 0

Have you heard about the Obedient Wives Club?

It is a society that does exactly as its name suggests. Wives who are ‘obedient’ to their husbands; followers to their leaders (husbands); aims to serve their husbands better than a 1st class prostitute (link); suggests that in a recent case, a husband hit his wife not because she refused to lunch with him but because she may not have given any to him the night before (link); being obedient and better at sex will eradicate prostitution, promiscuity, human trafficking, baby-dumping, and domestic violence (link) … because this is all according to Allah and the Quran.

I know, right…

They seem to really believe in their cause though. I suppose blind faith works for some, but the thing about blind faith is that they are so easily deconstructed. More often than not, the believers buckle under scrutiny and questioning because they do not understand nor care to find out about the origins of certain things in their faith. Shame, because “‘cos God said so” is a lousy, no balls cop out.

Anyway my favourite radio station, BFM had a dialogue on the Obedient Wives Club with one of its committee members Dr Azlina Dato’ Jamaludin, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir from Sisters In Islam and Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa from Islamic Renaissance Front.

It was a great session where Marina Mahathir took out her mighty sword, cut down the thorny shrubs and hedges, slew the dragon’s head and served it to the cheering crowd on a silver platter.

All metaphoric of course, no one’s really a dragon… ;) :)

If you missed the broadcast, fear not for BFM has uploaded the session on its website. You can stream or download it here (*click*). Or just listen here:

Watch the video here:

I highly recommend everyone who understands English to listen to this!