Sunday, 27 September 2009

Our open house... the preparations

This year, there's only a short holidays for Eid. In fact, there was only a three day break. Unlike last year when we had a six-day break including the weekend. So, we had only a limited space of time to have open houses. We opted to have ours on the morning of the second day of Eid.

Ours was supposed to be a 'light' breakfast with roti canai, murtabak and lontong. We've already identified the Malaysian students to help us cook the roti canai and lontong. We had the frozen murtabak raja from Kelantan...hehehe. So, the only thing that we had to do was made the drinks, reheat the murtabak and boiled the instant nasi impit...hehehe.

We've already clean up the house the night before. The nasi impit was all ready also. Early in the morning, around 5.40 am, I had the sms from Nani as I asked some of the ladies to wake me up in the morning...hehehe. Then I started to slice the nasi impit and reheat the murtabak. When my husband woke up, we put all the sofa outside to make ample space for guests inside the house as well as for those gentlemen to smoke outside.

Around 7 am, I mixed the drinks. I just used the instant 3 in 1 nescafe mix...hehehe. And for a cold drink, I just poured in all our A&W Root beer. After that we got ourselves and the kids ready.

They were ready...

The cookies that we made and 3 bottles from Makcik, my neighbour...

The drinks...

The students were supposed to arrive around 8.30 am, but by 8.45 am, there was still no sign of them. I started panicking and sent out sms asking our guests to come a bit later, at 9.15 am. We're supposed to 'open' at 9 a.m. Luckily they came at 9 a.m, Hj.Lah which was our first guest had to help carrying the hot pots...hehehe

Yaacob and his wife made the roti canai, while Khalida and the other girls made chicken curry, dhal curry, lontong and also sambal ikan bilis. Really yummy...hehehe. We scrambled to serve everything because our guests came quite early. It served as their breakfast also. Soon, our house were filled up with guests...alhamdulillah. 

I didn't have time to chat because I was busy serving the food. Luckily my Sudanese maid, Rose was there, so she helped in washing up the bowls. We prepared paper plates, plastic fork and spoons and also paper cups, so there wasn't such a rush to wash up etc.

While waiting for food...

Outside of the house...

A few minutes to 9 am...

Ready to be served...

2 comments:

dewipeahh with the lurved oness... said...

amboiiii....... raya sakan nmpk.... :-)

Ina said...

Dear Dewipeah,

Hehehe... Since tak dapat beraya kat Mesia, baik la buat suasana cam Mesia...hehehe. Thank you for dropping by.