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Cucumbers to the rescue!!!

The Amazing Cucumber!! This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems. 

1 Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains. 
Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. 

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.
Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?
Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?
Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.
The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?
Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!! 

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?
Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7.. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation. 

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?
Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water. 

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?
Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! 

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams. 

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?
Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Puding Roti

  • 10 keping roti
  • 1 cawan susu pekat
  • 1 cawan susu cair
  • 1/4 cawan butter
  • 1 biji telur
  • 1/2 sudu teh esen vanila

Cara memasak
  1. Roti dipotong kecil-kecil dan direndam dengan susu pekat dan susu cair
  2. Mentega dipukul hingga kembang.
  3. Masukkan telur  dan esen vanila dan dipukul lagi
  4. Masukkan adunan mentega dan telur ini ke dalam roti yang direndam dengan susu.
  5. Kacau rata-rata.
  6. Masukkan adunan ke dalam loyang yang disapu terlebih dahulu dengan sedikit mentega.
  7. Bakar pada suhu 170^C selama lebihkurang 45 minit  atau sehingga masak.


Agar-agar Cendol

  • 1 bungkus agar-agar (lebihkurang 20gm)
  • 1 cawan susu cair
  • 5 cawan air
  • 1 cawan cendol
  • 3/4 cawan gula putih
  • 3/4 cawan gula merah

Cara memasak
  1. Masak agar-agar bersama 5 cawan air hingga agar-agar larut dan mendidih.
  2. Bahagikan agar-agar kepada 3 bahagian.
  3. Kepada 1 bahagian dimasukkan gula merah dan dimasak hingga gula hancur. 
  4. Tapiskan, masukkan ke dalam acuan dan biarkan beku sedikit.
  5. Kepada 2 bahagian lagi, masukkan gula putih dan dimasak hingga gula hancur.
  6. Tapiskan. Tambahkan susu cair dan cendol. Biarkan mendidih.
  7. Tuangkan agar-agar campuran cendol ini ke atas lapisan agar-agar gula merah yang separa beku dengan perlahan supaya tidak bercampur. Sejukkan di dalam peti sejuk sebelum dikeluarkan dari acuan.
Note: Resepi ni kawan yang bagi. Tak tahu pulak dia dapat resepi ni dari mana. Saya ubah sikit daripada resepi asal mengikut citarasa saya sendiri.


    Kek Marmar

    Bahan 1 - dicampur dan diayak sekali
    • 2 cawan tepung gandum
    • 1 sudu teh baking powder
    • 1 sudu teh soda bicarbonate

    Bahan 2 - dicampur dan dipukul hingga kembang
    • 1 cawan mentega
    • 1 cawan gula

    Bahan 3 - dicampur dan dipukul hingga putih
    • 4 biji telur (big size)
    • 1 sudu teh ovalette

    Bahan 4
    • 1 sudu teh esen vanilla
    • 2 sudu besar serbuk koko

    Cara membuat
    1. Tambahkan bahan 3 ke dalam bahan 2.  Masukkan esen vanilla. Pukul hingga rata.
    2. Apabila telah rata, masukkan bahan 1 dan pukul lagi hingga rata.
    3. Bahagikan adunan kepada dua bahagian. 
    4. Tambahkan serbuk koko kepada satu bahagian dan kacau rata-rata.
    5. Satu bahagian lagi, dibiarkan kepada warna asal.
    6. Sapukan loyang dengan sedikit mentega. Masukkan adunan secara berselang seli hingga habis
    7. Bakar pada suhu 180^C selama 50 minit atau sehingga kek masak.

    Salad Segar

    • 1 biji timun
    • 1 biji tomato
    • 1 biji capsicum merah
    • 1 biji capsicum hijau
    • 4 helai daun salad
    • 1 biji lemon (atau limau nipis)

    Cara membuat
    1. Timun, tomato, capsicum merah dan capsicum hijau dibuang biji dan dipotong dadu.
    2. Daun salad dikoyak kecil-kecil
    3. Campurkan semua jenis sayuran ke dalam mangkuk besar
    4. Perahkan jus limau nipis atau lemon
    5. Tambah garam secukupnya dan kacau rata-rata.