Just for a while…

My uncle and his wife – my auntie who makes the most awesome Christmas/fruit pudding…and my cousins from Kuching were in town just for a while, a couple of days only, last week.

With the festive season just a few days away, they brought me these…

Christmas fruit pudding

The smaller one is currently waiting for Christmas – we will have that one then, while the big one has been wrapped in foil and put into a resealable bag to be kept away in the freezer, reserved for Chinese New Year.

They also gave us these…

Indian snack

…made by the wife of the celebrated Rojak Kassim guy, now based in Kuching. I don’t know if there is a special name for this very nice Indian snack with all the curry leaves, herbs and spices used in the making but anyway, that was all that was left of one whole big bag of it after the ladies in the house were through with it. Yes, it was that good!

My sister asked them for a bottle of this made-in-Kuching acar (pickle)…

Acar 1

…that they gave to them before and she said my mum loved it a lot…so they brought a bottle for me…

Acar 2

…too.

Another cousin of mine in Kuching who was not able to come with the entourage sent me these Christmas cookies…

Christmas cookies 1

…and another one sent us these…

Christmas presents

…nicely tucked into the lovely Christmas stockings. Inside those for me and my missus were these…

Christmas cookies 2

…tubs of pineapple tarts…

Pineapple tarts

…and cheddar cheese cookies.Β I don’t know what’s in the green stocking for my girl – she insists of saving it till Christmas.

There were more, not quite Christmas-related so I would save those for my later posts as and when they arise. In the meantime, I would want to say thank you so much to everybody for everything and to those who came, it sure was a delight having you all around – do come again…soon!

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

19 thoughts on “Just for a while…”

  1. So many goodies for you to enjoy eating. They are so thoughtful and you must have given them lots of goodies too.

    Can have an open house now for Christmas, hehehehehe! πŸ˜‰ Not really, maybe just a little something in keeping to what we call lay so (manners) to balas (return) the goodwill.

  2. Nice! Yeah, Christmas is just around the corner! πŸ™‚

    I was thinking about getting a fruitcake too, saw a Glenfiddich single malt Scotch infused one for about RM 80 I think, but bought a pannatone with pistachio instead coz I don’t think the kids would like the former.

    Gotta start cooking turkeys and such too.

    The ones stuffed in the Christmas stockings are great, has a nice festive cheer to it.

    I saw Big Sister’s at the mall near our house – didn’t buy. The imported ones are always way too sweet for my liking, always nibbled a bit and ended up throwing the rest away…and I’m like the kids – not into pannatone either.

    I love turkey but my missus doesn’t – says it tastes like chicken breast so we would roast a big chicken instead. Not cooking this year – we’ll just go to one of the buffet or set dinners in town. Older now, getting lazier.

    1. I’ve seen a lot of Christmas promotions around town too.

      We did our Christmas celebrations early coz I was coming back for my cousin’s wedding and might not be back in time coz I have some projects to do in Sibu. I think I’ll likely be spending Christmas over here. I asked my dad if he’s keen on turkey but he doesn’t like it either – my sis bought one from restaurants a few times in Singapore and he doesn’t like the taste. I’m quite fond of turkey, can only eat it once a year.

      I don’t mind turkey, once-a-year treat but nobody else does. Over RM100 for a not-really-big one at the supermarkets, I saw that day. My missus would rather go and buy one big chicken and roast, nicer she said. Turkey’s like breast meat, they all insist.

      We’re not cooking this year – will go out for dinner some place instead…and hopefully, there’s turkey so I can feast on it. πŸ˜€

  3. I am not sure about fruit pudding, but I love fruitcake! πŸ™‚

    My girl’s your opposite, not really into fruit cakes but she loves my aunt’s pudding like all the rest of us and no, she would not touch those very expensive imported ones, especially the pudding though the fruit cakes aren’t much better – those that we had had before were so very sweet that the teeth would feel numb at first bite.

    I like fruit cakes but of course, like all cakes, there are nice ones and some that are really not worth the calories.

  4. Gosh. So many yummy goodies!! I love that Indian snack. Dont know the name too. And pineapple tarts have been my favourite.

    This one is really nice. Rojak Kassim is at a shop at Nanas Road, somewhere near the hotel – you can find his stall there so maybe you can get these from him and enjoy his awesome rojak too.

    Yet to try the tarts – probably nicer than the ones we like very much at Kai Joo Lane, and for one thing, these are a lot bigger and have a lot more jam! Dunno where my cousin got them from.

  5. this is a great stash, but my eyes jumped straight to the end … those cute stockings and precious treasures of pineapple tarts, my favourite! heheh, and even though it’s not a christmas kuih, i can’t help but be reminded that we’re less than two months away from chinese new year πŸ˜€

    They’d probably be all gone by then.

    In my younger days, we did have open houses for both Christmas and Chinese New Year…so all the local cookies and cakes were part and parcel of both festivals and family and friends would flock to our house for my mum’s awesome curry, eaten with bread…and my dad used to order the bak kua specially flown in from Singapore! None here at the time, a special treat indeed. Real fusion, eh? Our truly Sarawakian Christmas… πŸ˜‰ Same joy, same love and goodwill – that is all that matters, the true spirit of the season.

  6. Sapu the fruit cake with plenty of Rum!

    Easy on the liquor, my boy! πŸ˜€ My aunt’s pudding is always intoxicatingly infused with rum – once you remove the wrap, you will smell it already, very strong…and just one slice, you will imagine yourself feeling a bit tipsy. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  7. Wow.. those are a lot!! Love the edible ones.. now come to think of it, I still have a small christmas pudding in my fridge, I must eat that for Christmas too… So nice of your entourage to bring you gifts and goodies, Christmas is all about giving and sharing, right? And of course to remember what our Almighty has done for us… ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Arthur!

    Sure looking forward to a really great one…and this is indeed a great start, don’t you think? Hehehehehe!!!!! You brought the pudding back from Scotland? From the shops there. Bet it’s going to be really really sweet, can just nibble nibble a bit, unless it’s own homemade one.

  8. Wow, so much goodies for Christmas & CNY. I love the nyonya acar. Quick, quick, fry some keropok…nom!!!…nom!!!!

    I’ve a packet – can’t remember where that came from, who gave me – homemade so it got to be nice. Must dry in the sun first and then, fry.

  9. I do like Christmas pudding. My mum uses the same recipe for the cake as the pudding. She just bakes one in the oven and boils the other in cheese cloth.

    Ours, we steam…for hours, covered with muslin cloth or the dripping drops of water from the steam will spoil the top. Somebody told us that we could bake it for a while after that so that it will last longer but we did not like it that way – made it drier…and anyway, it never lasts long enough to spoil. Hehehehehehe!!!! I guess if we just bake it instead of steam, it will become a fruit cake.

  10. Christmas pudding and fruit cake look delicious. Starting to feel more of the festive season with these goodies. Oohh….the cookies are for CNY? hahaha

    No, for Christmas. I don’t think they will last that long. πŸ˜‰

  11. Christmas is just a few days away and you’ve got lots of festive goodies! Those Indian mixed snacks are very addictive. Once you start, you can’t stop πŸ˜€

    I guess that was why they nearly finished all of it and left that little bit for me to taste. 😦

  12. How I love the fruitcakes from the first picture. Christmas is just a few days away… Thanks to you again.

    Welcome, and thanks to you too – will be in a post in a few days’ time. πŸ˜‰

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