Friday, July 18, 2014

Anger Management

Q.: When we get angry, is our anger just our tendency to react like that?
SHRI MATAJI: You see, if you get angry within yourself, and if you are sure that you are not doing anything wrong, for a Sahaja Yogi there is no need to say “outside you are angry.” There’s no need.  That anger itself is a power. And you should do your bandhan and anything that you want to do. But you should not show that you’re angry. You should be absolutely silent, because you can be, you are in the axis; you are not on the periphery. Actually the anger is just to see your anger, and use that anger for that purpose.  And once you start doing that, thatanger will itself work out. That anger will itself work out the person. And you’ll be amazed, how it … But you must learn to see your anger that is working. All these things are important. You have seen that sometimes only shouting at the bhoots they go away, and many mad people have been cured like that. But you don’t do all that, that’s for Me. You must be always decent, with decorum and all that.
But if the anger is because of your nature or a tendency or out of control, then it’s a bad thing. If it is an out of control, then it’s a bad thing. If you get into a temper because it is out of control, then it’s a bad thing.  I can get very angry but I am completely under control. I know why I am angry, where the bhoot is, how he’s running away, I can see that. But you can’t see the bhoot, you can’t see anything. So there is no need for you to get angry, show temper.
But if you have an anger, say for example which makes you uncontrollable, then there is a mantra for that: Shanti. “Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu, Shanti rupena samsthita.” You must ask for that bliss, for that peace.  This is a mantra for you.  For controlling your temper, you have to tell yourself, “Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu, Shanti rupena samsthita.” So Shanti is the point, the axis point is that from where you witness everything. You are in Shanti, you are in complete [peace]. You are not in a turmoil, even if you are angry. You are not in a turmoil. Whatever is angry is the power, and the power is taking charge. But unless and until that is achieved, what you have to do is to put yourself in a position that you are peaceful. So I think that’s a very good mantra is to say, “Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu, Shanti rupena samsthita.” Can you say that?
(The audience recites the mantra)
So the Shanti is your fort. But peacefulness never means cowardice. Never call cowardice as peace. A person who is peaceful is never coward, because nothing can transgress it, nothing can overpower it. It is never, never possible that cowardice and peace can go together. But your power is inside, not outside. So you don’t show your power of your anger outside. But just a little anger with anybody, you will see it will work out. But first establish that position within you where you are the axis, where you do not allow anger to sit on your head. That is the growth. That’s the growth – that you are at peace.
Also, another question? All right? Satisfied now? Both ways you should know – that one is the anger that is detached, is perfectly all right. Anger which involves you, work it out. So judge yourself, as to what it is.

Taken from The Importance of Dedication and Devotion. Nirmala Palace, Nightingale Lane Ashram, London (UK) – 6 August 1982.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some of my favourite blog posts

I don't think I have the flair to be a writer, seriously.  But there were times when the vibes were good and I can really write a good post.

Here are some of my favourites:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pandan Butter Milk Pau

I have so much of leftover pau flour after the previous experimentation on making paus.  So, decided to venture on a weekend project to make pandan flavoured pau.  After much thought on the pau fillings, decided to make butter milk filling instead.  And you know what, coconut oil goes very well with pandan flavour and smell and extremely delicious with butter milk filling.  No, not kidding.

I got the pau skin recipe from here, Cooking Pleasure by Kimmy.  And I got the fillings recipe from here, Shoonyin Home Cooking.  

I replaced shortening with coconut oil instead and the taste went really well with the pandan smell and taste.   I wanted to try out healthy cooking instead, since shortening is not that great.  The only mistake I made was I've forgotten that I used salted butter, so the pau skin already got salt and with the salted butter in the fillings, in the end the whole pau was quite salty.


My husband did most of the hard work, i.e kneading and rolling.  All I did was measuring the ingredients and assemble everything.

However, the pau skin didn't turn out as soft as it should be and the wrapping of the pau is not as pretty as it should be.  You can't see it in the photos, because it is underneath.  I think when my husband sealed it, he made it pretty thick.  So when you eat it, it feels rubbery and thick.  

Maybe because I used coconut oil instead of shortening.  Maybe also because I didn't prove the dough enough.  Or maybe because I didn't use the Double Action Baking Powder.  Next time I will try Wendy's pau recipe instead.  

But the filling was just nice and yummy.  It is not the wet type with the juice oozing out.  This is the dry, crumble version.  And it is quite easy to make.  However, I do prefer the oozing type.

I didn't know I can actually make this, so I was pretty pleased at the success of this despite the minor flaws.


And I am pretty excited to try out the new recipe soon.  Oh, out of pau flour now.  And oh, now is not a good time to go to baking shops because of the Raya season and so many people are making cakes and cookies and biscuits for sale.  These shops are so over-crowded.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Easy Lassi

Hot weather like this, what's better than a nice glass or in my case, cup of lassi?  Lassi is a thick yogurt drink.  There's sweet lassi, salted lassi, mango lassi and other fruit lassi. 

It was only when I was in India that I had the best lassi ever.  Plain sweet lassi.


Here's a very simple method to make delicious lassi:

2 cups thick plain yogurt (I used homemade)
1/2 cup of milk
Honey for sweetness.

Just whisk everything together and voila!  Perfect to cool our body down in this extreme hot weather.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to make yogurt with EasiYo Yogurt Maker with and without the sachets

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First Attempt

After months of not looking paying attention to what I have been putting into my stomach, GERD came back few weeks ago.  Thank God it wasn't that bad.  Just 1 puking session and that's it.

Since then, I have been very careful at the food I am putting into my mouth, looking out for trigger food and what's good for GERD.

Found that actually yogurt is very good for GERD.  So, long story short, I invested in EasiYo Yogurt Maker.

Actually, before that, I was thinking of ways to make my own yogurt.  I did it before and it was successful.  But after reading reviews on EasiYo Yogurt Maker and so many said it's good and easy and the yogurt was super delicious, in the end, I was in.  RM139 with starter pack.


You can find this in selected Carings and Vitacare pharmacy.  I bought mine at Damansara Uptown.

1. First put room temperature water or cold water into the EasiYo yogurt container.  Fill it half way through only.


2. Then open the sachet of yogurt mixture that came with the starter.  You can also buy individual packets at about RM13-RM16 each (yes pricey!).  Add the powder into the water.  Close and shake well.  The yogurt mixture has milk powder, flavouring and the necessary bacteria.


3. Next, fill up the container with water until the line as indicated.


4. Pour boiling hot water into the maker until the top of the red holder.


5. Place the container into the maker carefully.  


6. Close the cover and leave it for 15 hours.


I manage to leave it for 14 hours only as I started at 10.30am and by 12.30am when I opened and checked, here's what I got:


Beautiful and tasty mango flavoured yogurt.  Keep in the fridge to stop the bacteria process. 

Since the sachet is pricey, I am considering trying out using milk powder and a starter.

Second Attempt

Since my 2 starter pack Easiyo sachets used up, one mango and the other lemon, I did some Google and researched and found a way to make Easiyo yogurt without the sachets.  That will save me lots of money as each sachet costs RM19.90.

Here's how to do it:

1. Boil 1 ltr full cream milk until it's heated up but not over-boiled (milk will spill over when it reaches a certain temperature). 
2. Cool the milk down and then put it in the fridge to make it cold.
3. When the milk is cold, pour half out and mix that half with 1/2 cup of milk powder.  Shake well.  What I did was I used the Easiyo container and just poured half milk out and added 1/2 cup milk powder and shaked well.  Like when you use the sachet.
4. For the other half, stir in 3 tablespoons of yogurt starter.
5. Mix all the milk together and give it a good shake / stir.
6. Pour hot water into the Easiyo thermos until the it covers the red barf.
7. Put the Easiyo container with your yogurt mixture inside.
8. Leave for 8 hours.

I got perfect yogurt after that.  The milk is fresh cow milk that I bought from Brickfields.  The starter is actually buttermilk or tairu (in Tamil) also from Brickfields.  The taste is amazing!!!  And the cost is only RM6 for both.

I have saved some yogurt from this batch to do the next.  And next time I will use Amul milk.  Apparently it's the best milk ever.


Tairu is a very water down yogurt.  At first I was worried that the bacteria might have died or too watery to make the yogurt.  I was of course wrong.  When I tasted it, it was very sourish.

After using 3 tbsp of the tairu, I still have lots of it.  What to do with it?  They can only last for a week and that also in the freezer.  So, cucumber raita it is!


Just cut some cucumbers.  Mix the tairu.  Add salt and sugar for taste.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Impact when not meditating properly

- Wake up at 7.45am
- Get ready to work
- Recite Shri Ganesha Atharva Sheersha while driving
- Breakfast in office
- Start work

The above has been my routine for the past few days.  Notice something missing?  Let's continue.

- Boss raised voice unnecessarily
- Boss say stupid things and mocking rudely
- Boss demanding crazy things
- Complained about boss to colleagues during lunch
- Subordinate pretended to be hardworking in front of boss but played games on phone during office hours
- Subordinate had long lunch and always came later to work although stayed nearby
- Subordinate told Boss he will continue whatever he can't finish at home
- Subordinate told me that he could do ALL the work without my help
- Boss insist to share the job with subordinate, saying he can't cope
- Boss say to take up the big portion of the work just because I left at 6pm sharp while the hardworking subordinate left later and work from home

The above has been happening for the past few days as well.

- Stuck in traffic jam to go home
- Dinner
- Wind down
- Start other work
- Quarrels and argument and disagreement with family members
- Meditate simply 
- Sleep at 1am

After seeing this pattern, let's take a look at the usual pattern that supposed to happen:

- Wake up at 7am
- Get ready for work
- Meditate for 10 minutes and recite Shri Ganesha Atharva Sheersha and feel the cool breeze
- Eat breakfast
- Go work

- Boss talked very politely
- Boss say good things
- Boss ask for work to be done nicely
- Chit-chat about family with colleagues during lunch
- Subordinate pretended to be hardworking in front of boss but played games on phone during office hours.  No effect on me.
- Subordinate had long lunch and always came later to work although stayed nearby.  None of my business.
- Subordinate told Boss he will continue whatever he can't finish at home.  Can't be bothered.
- Subordinate told me that he could do ALL the work without my help.  Less work for me better still.
- Boss insist to share the job with subordinate, saying he can't cope.  Sure, why not?
- Boss say to take up the big portion of the work just because I left at 6pm sharp while the hardworking subordinate left later and work from home.  No problem.

- Stuck in traffic jam to go home
- Dinner
- Wind down
- Start other work
- Meditate deeply and clear extensively
- Sleep at 12am

See the difference?

Credit to FreeDigitalPhotos.com

This is what happens when I don't meditate properly in the morning and night.  I noticed that it affects everyone around me.  Some of the things I can't change like people's behaviour.  But I do notice that when both of us meditate properly and do proper clearing, we kinda affect the behaviour and attitude of people around us and spread the vibrations to our surrounding that makes people behave properly, act positively and drop the negatives.  Not only that, even if someone were to behave unreasonably, I have no reaction to it and just witness the drama or I can deal with the matter calmly.

So, when today I hear another round of loud comments and rude remarks from my boss, I just kept quiet because deep inside I knew, I started it.

The perfect pau skin


Finally I have perfected the pau skin.  Thanks to my aunty whose culinary skills is always one of the top in the family.  She has decided to pass on her knowledge to me after finding that I am the only one with interest in cooking and baking.  She said, good to pass on, at least after she is gone, she know that someone has learn the skills.

I made pau earlier.    The skin was very hard and tough.

I don't know what went wrong last time, but here's the perfect pau recipe.  Please bear in mind, that my aunty, being the superb chef, don't always have the actual measurement for everything.  All goes by feelings which I find a little hard because I am really terrible at estimating anything.  So here goes:

The Perfect Pau Recipe and Method

Skin
300g Pau flour (makes 12 paus)
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp yeast
A little bit of baking powder
Water (don't have actual measurement)
Vegetable shortening (don't have actual measurement)

Filling
Kaya (should be a little bit hard, so keep in the freezer to get that)

Method:
1. Mix the yeast with sugar and add a little bit of water to mix together.

2. Make a well in the flour and pour the yeast mixture into the well.

3. With your hands, combine the flour with the mixture.

4. Knead and add water and vegetable shortening as you go.  The dough should have a smooth texture that doesn't stick to your fingers or break.  As I was kneading the dough, my aunty was adding water and vegetable shortening on and off.  So I really do not know how much was added.  Continue kneading with your palm, not fingers.  Pull and push.  No need to use the roller.  Kneaded for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Some people covered the dough with a wet cloth to let it proof a little more.  My aunty said no need.  Instead, here we cut the dough into smaller pieces.  Ensure each piece is the same size.

6.  Roll and flatten the dough with your hands and put the kaya filling in the center.  Ensure the edges are thinner and the center part where the filling is is thicker.  Be careful not to put too much filling, or else it will leak out later.  If you have a harden kaya, then it's easier to fill.  Close the edges by pinching the sides slowly.

7.  Once you get a ball, put it on the tray (with the opening part downwards) and shape it with your fingers.  Just cover the pau with your palm and with your fingers just move the pau around.  You will get a round shape.

8.  Put the pau onto the baking paper.  We do it the other way round, the opening of the pau is at the bottom so that we can see the smooth pau backside.

9.  Here's the trick.  Once you have line out the pau onto the trays, cover it with a white cotton cloth (aunty used an old t'shirt) and sun it for 45 minutes.  This way, the dough will proof more and will turn into a very smooth surface.  I think this is the trick for the yummy pau skin.  Aunty said, this way the steaming process is shorter.

10.  When ready, you will see the pau has expanded, flatter and rounder.  Put into the wok and steam for 7 minutes.  You might want to cover the wok cover with another cotton cloth so that no water is drop onto the pau while steaming.  

I am not really sure if it is the vegetable shortening that gave the smooth consistency.  Since shortening is not healthy, I am wondering what other ingredients can substitute this.

Am going to try out the butter milk pau again.  Yay!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to unclog your toilet the easy way!

So, after reading all about food, here's something that will put your appetite away.  Avoid reading if you feel yucky!

So, one night, we had sewerage issue.  Our toilet was clogged.  After many times plunging and still unsuccessful, I went to Google and then I found this miraculous solution which is economical and fuss free!


First you just need to take dish wash detergent and go a few rounds in the toilet bowl.  Let it slowly drizzle into the hole.


Next, boil a kettle of hot water.  Then pour the boiling hot water down the toilet bowl.  Be careful not to do it so high or so fast, you don't want the dirty water to splash back at you or the boiling hot water to burn you.


Lastly, use the toilet plunger and plunge a few times.  Be careful of the boiling hot water.


Repeat the process a few times and flush a few times.  Voila, works like a charm!

** All photos are credited to Free Digital Photos.

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