(Event) California Raisins Raya Manis & Bloggers' Cooking Contest

24/05/2017
The Cooking House, Bangsar

California Raisins Whips Up A 'Sweet Raya' with Chef  Rohani Jelani's Raisin-Inspired Dishes & Dessert


Theme: "California Raisins Raya Manis"
(in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive season)

California Raisins organized by Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC)
About: Theme today aims to inspire a sweet raya via home-made delights using California Raisins.



RAC Trade Director for Malaysia, Richard Lieu said that most consumers (especially children) snack on raisins! (Me me!!!) These tiny fruits are not only meant to be eaten right outta box but also can be implemented into dishes, cakes, pastries and so much more.

Chef (Food Stylist and Menu Maker) Rohani Jelani shared with us her tips and tricks in using raisins in making healthy sweet and savoury festive home-made dishes!! <3

Chef Rohani stressed the importance of  California Raisins as it has many nutritional values.

Benefit of raisins!

A mini recipe for you to try!

Chef Rohani demo Makmur Cookies (with California Raisins centres) with California Raisins...

1. Put in soaked raisins (200g) and blend.
2. Cook them until slightly dry to sticky texture
3. Add in some brown sugar (20g). Let cool and roll in ball (that's the California  Raisins filling as seen in pic #9!).
4.  Meanwhile Chef Rohani starts making the pastry. Mix butter (100g), ghee (100g), orange rind (1 orange) until creamy.
5. Add in icing sugar (120g), one spoon at a time until done. With medium speed, beat until light and fluffy.
6. Add in flour (280g) little by little. Fold in slowly, do not stirr/beat.

9. Mould the pastry mixture into dough.
10. Put in one black ball of California raisins filling into the dough ball (about 17g each).
11. Sift some powder to the bahulu mould before inserting (or whatever mould you are using) to ensure the ball won't stick to it. there should be no excess after flattening at the mould casing.
12.Knock it out!
13. Ta-daa!
14. Put on baking pan  and leave in refrigerator about 15-20 minutes before baking it at 150 C for 20-25 minutes. Do not wait for it to become golden brown. Take out when it changes color. Leave rack in room temperature for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle some icing sugar on it. Keep in air tight container.

Consequently, she also demo Sambal with California Raisins and bunga kantan.

 Slice 12 red chillie (but remove the seeds of 6 red chillie), 3cm long each
1. Ingredients for the sambal.
2. Heat the pan.  Pour in red chillie, chillie padi * (i think) & garlic (x5).
3. Add in cherry tomatoes (150g) and belacan block (20g), fry for 2-3 minutes.
4&5. Add in California Natural Raisin (70g). Fry for 1 minute and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
6&7. Put into blender. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, lime juice (squeeze 12-15 of it), and lime rind (7 of it). Blend but not till super fine.
8. Freshly blended sambal mixture is pored into a bowl.
9&10. Blend and mix in the remaining stuff.
11. A bowful of sambal topped with sliced "bunga kantan". Mix well.
12&13. Serve with raw vegetables, fried chicken, "keropok ikan" and more!
FYI, you can keep this sambal for as long as 1 week in the freezer!



We are also given recipes in making Savoury Nasi Kunyit "Cakes" with California Raisins, Creme Caramel with California Raisins, Bubur Cha Cha with California Raisins, & Kuih Lopes with California Raisins. In case if you'd like the recipe, lemme know and I will upload it for you!^^

All the above food are created by Food Stylist Rohani.
We are given the recipe. If you are interested, do lemme know.
They are:
California Raisins Sambal (Sambal Kismis California)
Yellow Sticky Rice w/ California Raisins (Pulut Kuning Kismis California)
Makmur Cookies (Biskut Kurabia Kismis California)
Creamed Caramel w/ California Raisins (Krim Karamel Kismis California)
Dessert but I don't know how to translate it!! (Kuih Lopes Kismis California)
Sweet Soup  called Bubur Cha Cha  w/ California Raisins (Bubur Cha Cha Kismis California)
***do comment below with right translation of the dish if you know, thanks!!***


Cooking contest (1 hour):

Our group is called Raisinlicious, Team 5.
With Miera's suggestion, we have decided to go with California Raisin Cinnamon Bread Pudding


Preparation:
Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
Lightly grease pan.

Ingredients:
100g sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 5 slices of any bread, Butter, 100g California Raisins, 500ml milk, 2 eggs

1. Mix sugar and cinnamon.
2. Butter 5 slices of bread, cut in halves.
3. Layer the bread in the dish adding a handful of Raisins and the sugar mix as you go, covering each slice.
3. Mix the milk and eggs together. Whisk.
4. Pour over the bread & leave to absorb for 10 minutes.
5. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, until pudding is set and browned.


What we all made:



Lunch
Lunch is served right after all the fun, tiring and hectic cooking contest.

Result:

Congrats to all especially the winners.
From top is the Champion, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up

Group pic with our certificate of participation! <3

That's my goodies, certificate and a book of recipe for California Raisins! Cannot wait to try! ^^

Thanks for the jio Elana and thanks RAC for having me!
It was a wonderful 1st experience of cooking session!
Looking forward to more hands on cooking session as it is super fun!! ^^

(Event) Debut of Neutrogena Happy Skin 24/7

Neutrogena Happy Skin 24/7 wass launched at Mercedes-Benz Stylo AsiaFashionFestival (MBSTYLOAFF) with 5 talented designers, themed, Happy Skin.

Healthy Skin = Happy Skin !!

It was day 2 of MBSTYLOAFF.


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Press Release:

According to Julia Teo, Associate Marketing Director of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, which markets Neutrogena® in Malaysia, healthy, great-looking skin is one of the things that women derives joy. “As the #1 dermatologist-recommended brand, we believe beauty starts with healthy skin – a condition which gives women a lot of positive energy in their daily lives. Imagine looking into the mirror every morning to see healthy and radiant skin, wouldn’t your mood naturally lift and your day start better? Indeed, healthy skin has the power to make one happy and that’s why our latest campaign advocates Happy Skin 24/7 with Neutrogena®,” she said.


Julia Teo, Associate Marketing Director of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, which markets Neutrogena® in Malaysia

Teo added: “Through our fashion debut at Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival, we hope to demonstrate the inner-joy of having healthy, great-looking skin, a result of using Neutrogena® skincare, and share it with Malaysian women -- what better way to do this than to come up with a fashion collection, inspired by the concept of Happy Skin”!

 “It’s undeniable that women and fashion go hand in hand. Through our fashion collection, we want to tell every Malaysian woman that she can count on Neutrogena® to put her best face forward”.

Happy Skin is something that lasts through all seasons – it’s definitely not a trend. So we hope to show through our designer’s fashion collection that it’s possible to keep your skin healthy with Neutrogena®, look amazing and stay happy all the time!

Neutrogena® in Malaysia have tied up with Kittie Yiyi and Hazzer Wan Lee – two unique designers who draw their inspiration from things that intrigue them in creating interesting prints and colours!

Love the shoe!

Thanks to their creativity and hard work, we will see how they bring the youthfulness and joy of Neutrogena®’s Happy Skin 24/7 concept to life tonight,” continued Teo.



Kittie Yiyi’s quirky sense of humour translates into her designs, which are often joyful and loud, yet smart. The Raffles Design Institute KL graduate’s motto is: “Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it makes you happy!”

Kittie’s collection is inspired by the quintessential beach girl on a holiday. Coming from a faraway beach land, she wanders into the city in her flowy, comfy loose-fitting outfits. Her happiness is infectious – and it shows in the way she dresses. Featuring flared silhouettes, ruffles, cheerful stripes and heart-shaped prints, the collection flaunts the beach girl’s confidence in her own skin with transparent details and cut-outs.



Hazzer Wan Lee, creative director of HWL by Hazzer Wan Lee Fashion Atelier Kuala Lumpur, graduated with a degree in Fashion and Apparel Design from Herriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Hazzer’s fashion collection is inspired by the water splash -- a signature of Neutrogena® Deep Clean range of cleansing products, and the first step to Happy Skin 24/7! Fluid lines and cascading layers come together to bring out the beauty and energy of water in hues of blue, green, orange and pink. The clever incorporation and layering techniques of different materials such as denim, organdy, PU leather, cotton silk and dyed fabrics results in a unique 3D effect that mimics the movements of water.

Watch the sneak peek or the full video for the event that night of Neutrogena® Happy Skin 24/7 fashion debut at Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival 2017 online! Details at Neutrogena® Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram:


About NEUTROGENA ® :




NEUTROGENA ® is a brand of health and beauty care solutions with long-standing heritage founded upon genuine relationships with dermatologist, skin experts and consumers. Products are designed to be simple yet extraordinary, high-quality products that are scientifically proven to deliver real results in the most effective and skin friendly way, keeping your skin supple, radiant and healthy.

Today, NEUTROGENA ® Corporation manufactures and markets a line of premium priced skin and hair care products which are distributed in more than 70 countries. NEUTROGENA ® believes that beauty begins with healthy skin so kick-start your healthy beauty journey with us and discover our range of cleansers, moisturizers, skin care and sun care products at www.facebook.com/myneutrogena.


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The runway started with youthful, bright and colorful designs by emerging young designers of Shadow C., weihaoyong, Tuhfah.

Below are a few that caught my attention in particular!

Shadow C.

Love functional dress with pockets

I love the top!

weihaoyong

This would look good on tall people! I like it anyways! ^^

I like this chic design and the blue color!

This OL look is great to wear from day to night!

Tuhfah

Love that bat wing!

Not my usual style but it looks great!

Then came the collection of Kittie Yiyi

That flip!

Looks so Feminine yet Fun!

Who can say no to off shoulders? <3

Kittie's collection

Kittie's Collection

& Hazzer Wan Lee

Love the water movement for the whole outfit!

Can you see the neutrogena colors? So nice when it is expressed through the clothes!

Super love this set! It is definitely my style!!!!! <3

This gives a "black swan" vibe for me (I cannot explain why!). Love that water design at the neck that looks like necklace! 

The dress <3

Never truly adore orange clothes until I see this!

Love this outfit more! Like unicorn!

Hazzer's Collection


To end the night, here is a group picture of ...

From left to right: Ashley Goh, Assistant Brand Manager of Neutrogena® Malaysia; Christy Yong, Marketing Manager, Consumer, Johnson & Johnson; Julia Teo, Associate Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson; Hazzer Wan Lee, Local Fashion Designer; Dato’ Nancy Yeoh, President of STYLO International; Raghu Krishnan, Country Director, Consumer, Johnson & Johnson; and Kittie Yiyi, Local Fashion Designer accompanied by models with Neutrogena® Happy Skin 24/7 Collection.


Beautiful!

Some pieces are actually really wearable for day-to-day wear and I love it!


Thanks again Cici for being my date/photographer that night!
My pics (in my Instagram : @beeleec ) from the event are all thanks to this girl <3


Cheers,
Bee


*The write up above are mostly from the press release given*
**All images above are not mine**
***All images belong to Bridges PR & Events Sdn Bhd***

(Review) Dr. Morita Bee Venom Ceramide Repair Essence Eye Mask

Hello lovelies.

I did not realized these has been sitting in my draft for more than 2 weeks.
At that point of time I was emo so I now realized the best method to shoo away the blues is by mask-ing myself! ^^

What do you do when you are feeling blue?
Comment down below ok!! ^^

Finally decided to open up and try this Dr. Morita Eye Mask I got back from my previous visit to Hong Kong. If you have not read it, here is the post from 2014

Brand: Dr. Morita
Item: Bee Venom Ceramide Repair Essence Eye Mask
Content: 5 pieces per box
Origin: Japan
Ingredients:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose / Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (Trehalose), Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA. Menthyl Lactate, Menthol, MethylParabe, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
(more info on ingredients and function can be found here)

Claims (from YesStyle):Targets aging skin and dark circles in eye area.
Bee venom extract and ceramide helps to prevent moisture loss while smoothing lines and wrinkles, and fortifying skin tissue to de-puff and lighten dark circles around eyes.

Feels so much more like myself after mask-ing for 10 minutes!

Thoughts?


Eyes feel moisturised. But I don't think my fine lines are gone or somehow became less visible to my naked eye...most probably coz I sleep late and all. But after removal it seems the color is slightly more even and somewhat I think my eye area is more brighter (not sure if its the placebo effect or what but I cannot see it in picture of my before-after so no point posting it).
Nonetheless, from YesStyle there are two reviews which seems positive for the users.

Recommended:
Anyone with dry concern around eye areas should try it!

Rating:
3/5
( it would be a 4 or 5 if there are observable difference for my fine lines... :/ )


P.S. Thanks for reading lovelies!
Stay tuned for my second birthday bash goodies which I will post on and review soon!!!!


Cheers,
Bee

(Event) Press Conference | Miss Chinese World 2017

On 16th May 2017 at One World Hotel, I am honored to be invited to the Press Conference.
Thank you Jay Mee (Marketing Director, EverQuest Sdn. Bhd) for the invite!


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Press Release:

In the era of quick-fixes and convenience, it is all too easy to lose one’s identity and forget our roots. The Miss Chinese World pageant was created by Malaysia’s very own, Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi to celebrate and promote the Chinese culture, values and age-old traditions alive while bringing together beauties of Chinese ethnicity from all over the world to foster peace, goodwill and friendship among contestants.

With the title slogan “The Beauty of Hearts, The World of Wisdom”, it would not do for contestants to only possess a pretty face. The pageant will be an interesting showcase of talent and mental powers. With this year’s theme ‘Heritage of the Orient’, these ethnic Chinese beauties must display a strong sense of understanding of what it means to be a Chinese.

The Miss Chinese World pageant will see 31 participants from 9 countries worldwide, namely; China, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. It will run from 14th May 2017 till the World Final Event on the 26th May 2017 at One World Hotel. The Miss Chinese World pageant is jointly organized by Miss Chinese World Sdn Bhd and Legacy Film Sdn Bhd.

Prior to the Grand Final Night, the participants will be engaged in many promotional programs including official visits around the country to promote tourism, engage in activities like dumpling making, Chinese calligraphy and a tea appreciation session. They will also be promoting Mother’s Day and raising funds for an old folks’ home.

“It is always interesting to observe a big group of beautiful ladies coming from vastly different countries and backgrounds yet sharing one common root, which is their Chinese ethnicity, converging under one event. We hope that these ladies will form good relationships and lasting friendships while keeping their Chinese pride alive”, said Zoee Tan, Director of Legacy Film, the official joint organizer for the pageant. Tan, herself, a pageant winner for Miss Malaysia Tourism 1996 has also won many local and international pageant titles.

The Miss Chinese World pageant is the brainchild of Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi, who is no stranger in the pageant circuit. He has 25 years of pageant organizing experience under its belt for both international and local beauty pageants. “I created the Miss Chinese World pageant in year 2005. Being in the pageant industry for as long as I have, I realize more and more that the younger generations are shunning their roots to quickly embrace the latest trends and identities of other cultures. Being Chinese, I decided that it is of utmost importance to keep our beautiful Chinese language, cultures, values and traditions alive. I hope that in years to come, this effort of mine will bear fruit and see the younger generations reflecting the tenets of Chinese values such as tenacity, respect, and filial piety,” said Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi during the press conference held on 16 th May 2017 at One World Hotel.

GMCI Corporation (GMCI) is the Presenter for the Miss Chinese World 2017. GMCI, an investment holding group incorporated in Nevada, the United States of America has its first South East Asia headquarter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It focuses on private investments that span across several key sectors including Mining, Beauty and Wellness, Manufacturing, and Property Development.

The Platinum Sponsors for this pageant are One World Hotel (Official Hotel), M101 (Official Lifestyle Developer) and DEWS (Official Beauty &amp; Wellness).

The Gold Sponsors for this pageant are Freeport A’Famosa Outlet (Official Outlet Retail Village), Solar Time (Official Timepiece), Gintell (Official Healthcare Product ), Hai O (Official Chinese Medicare), New Shanghai Group (Official Chinese Restaurant), Orson Liyu (Official Designer Beachwear) , Jason Yek (Official Qi Pao Designer, Jenkworkz Hairloft (Official Hairstylist), Bumi-X Sdn Bhd (Official Courier Company), Suaviss Lab White (Official Total Body Whitening), TMC College (Official Education Partner) and Ossoto (Official Recreational Hub).

The Official Silver Sponsors are Peoplegraphy (Official Photographer), Avenue M Sdn Bhd (Official Pos Material), Marigold (Official Yogurt Drink), Mayflower (Official Coach), Sub Laboratory (Official Make-up Team), Genius Promenade Sdn Bhd (Official Events Premium Apparel Supplier) and New Balance (Official Sports Wear).

Official media partners are Dimsum.com.my, 988 Radio Station, ONFM Like Media and IPTV (1 Malaysia TV).

Supporting sponsor is The Calligraphy Society of Malaysia. Tourism Melaka, Tan Kim Hock and San Shu Gong (Official Local Products Centre) are the venues for the Official State Visit.


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Below are some pics (not mine, provided by the media):


Miss Chinese World 2017 delegates with sponsors and organizers from Left to Right -
Mr Kenneth Ang
(Executive Chairman of New Shanghai Group), Mr Tan Kee Hock (General Manager of Hai-O Enterprise Berhad), Ms Aly Wong (A&amp;P Manager of GINTELL (M) Sdn Bhd), Ms Feryal Khalil Mufti (Public Relations Manager of One World Hotel), Mr Kevin Liu (Chief Sales Officer of GMCI Corporation), YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi (President of Miss Chinese World), Ms Zoee Tan (Managing Director of Legacy Film Sdn Bhd; Joint Organizer of Miss Chinese World), Mr Eddie Liew (Director of Legacy Film Sdn Bhd; Joint Organizer of Miss Chinese World), Mr Allan Chee (General Manager of Freeport A’Famosa Outlet) and Ms Laura Pang (Sales & Marketing Director of AD Time Sdn Bhd)



The delegates of Miss Chinese World 2017



The delegates of Miss Chinese World 2017 with YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi (President of Miss Chinese World)



The delegates of Miss Chinese World 2017 with YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi (President of Miss Chinese World), Ms Zoee Tan (Managing Director of Legacy Film Sdn Bhd & Joint Organizer of Miss Chinese World), Mr Eddie Liew (Director of Legacy Film Sdn Bhd & Joint Organizer of Miss Chinese World)

Almost forgot to share with you these beautiful crowns!

The pic cannot do justice for the crown. You need to see it yourself omg!
Its of purple diamonds with gold frame I think.


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My thoughts:

I like the reason why YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi (President of Miss Chinese World 2017) started the whole pageant. It is true that our tradition have died off as the time passes (no matter what race or religion we are from), at least that's what happened in my family. Each passing year has made our prayer tradition simpler coz of our busy lifestyle and laziness. 

I personally feel that such a pageant is much more meaningful and can bring about awareness of the importance of Chinese tradition; that is, "to preserve the Chinese culture, values and traditions alive in a beautiful way".

Looking forward to the finals on 26th May 2017 at One World Hotel.
Any of you interested in checking out the event?
^^

Good luck to all delegates of Miss Chinese World 2017!


Cheers,
Bee