Sunday, July 25, 2010


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At last our two older boys have graduated. Both with a Masters in Engineering, Second class, Division one from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Yesterday was their graduation ceremony and there they were sweating in their robes, dampened underneath but happy and excited on the outside. Truly, robes and Malaysian weather are not the best of friends. Nevertheless, it was a sweet moment to witness and cherish. Four down done and one to go. 

Having two sons graduating at the same time is like having two luscious ice cream cones in each hand, to put it mildly. We look forward to the ' get-a-job ' phase to be over as well. 

 N right, Z left in the Carousel Cafe at The Palace of the Golden Horses

We watched our boys, with the lightest of  hearts, literally frolicking, each with the other, dark heavy robes swinging, mortar boards tumbling off, roaring occasionally, their limbs entangled, poking tummies and laughing as they queued up to get their photos taken. Just as they did as seven and eight year olds. Men will always be boys. How time does indeed not fly. 

The graduation ceremony was held at The Palace of the Golden Horses, The Mines Resort, a 5 star hotel, (I wished the upkeep crew were made to work a whole lot harder at every square inch of its building so that it looks 5 star), 20 minutes from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur.

But the grounds were rather pretty and these young exuberant people had their group photographs and mortar board flinging sessions orchestrated on the lush green, palm tree fringed garden just to the side of the hotel. They were all being silly happy. For a dang good reason. 

N is front row third from right and Z is second row third from left in the grounds outside of the hotel

As I watched, my heart sang. I know that they will make our world a much better place. After all, as mothers, we deserve it. Don't you think? Listen to this Mom Song.......You just MUST. It's hilarious. :D

I feel like berries on a cloud.

The recipe ~ adapted loosely from Betty Crocker 

This is really lovely. Like a cream cheese pudding and a slather of syrupy fruits on top. I just loved it.

The cream cheese pudding :

8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whipping cream
21/2 cups miniature marshmallows

The berries

1 can pie cherry filling ( I used fresh cherries, 175 gm )
1 tsp lemon juice (I used lime)
2 cups sliced strawberries (I used almost one cup)
1 cup fresh peaches (I used fresh 1 fresh mango)
2-3 tsp of balsamic vinegar
some honey to the level of sweetness you'd like
a pinch of salt

Beat cream cheese and sugar and vanilla ina  large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat whipping cream in a chilled bowl until stiff. Fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mix. Divide the mixture between glasses. I made half the recipe. I think I got about 4 glasses depending on the size of your glasses of course.

Stone and halve the cherries. Place them in a pan. Add the strawberries, lime juice, a tablespoon or two of water and a little honey. Cook over medium heat until the fruits soften a little and there is some juice in the pan. Add balsamic vinegar. Stir for a second and turn off heat. Add the sliced mangoes just before you would pour the berry mix over the cheese pudding. Do adjust the mix to your taste. Allow to cool completely before spooning over the cheese pudding. Serve chilled. Oh so YUM. True.


Angie's Recipes said...

Zurin, congratulations!!!
Your marshmallow cloud looks beautiful and pretty!

Federica Simoni said...

Congratulazioni Zurin!!!!!

splendida ricetta....come sempre!!baci!

pigpigscorner said...

Congrats!! This reminds me of my graduation =)

Quinn said...

Zu, I just came back from a graduation too, my sister's and I'm not allowed to post any pic before she cekik me. Here in Brisbane, it is winter with green field to take pictures with. Not too comfy either really but I guess it's better than sweating in the robe though, haha! Congratz to the boys and the marshmallow cloud sounds interesting. I'm never really a marshmallow person but I might have to give this a try, we still have some summer berries here in Aussie though....

Katty's Kitchen said...

Simply lovely. The substitution of fresh fruit is a welcome one--and I totally love your photo.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Zurin, congratulations on your boys' graduation. It is evident that you are really proud of them and you should be...and this is a great treat to celebrate the occassion.

WendyinKK said...

Congrats to you and your sons.
BTW, are they twins?

My mom always say, one more graduated, extra burden lifted from the shoulders. so, you should feel a lot lighter now, as light as a marshmallow :)

Lidia said...

Congratulation for your boys!!!
Nice your berries cream cheese, it looks very good!

Linda said...

Congrats Zurin to you and your family and most of all your two handsome, gorgeous, smart, boys!


Your dessert looks marvelous as well...I would love a bit right now!


busygran said...

Heartiest congratulations on your sons' graduation. You must be on cloud 9 now. What a lovely dessert to have on such a joyous day!

Elin said...

Zurin...congrats !!! Every mom will be happiest at this time :) Handsome lads they are :) And your marshmallow cloud looks so mouth-watering !!! Thanks for sharing both...your sons and the marshmallow cloud :)

Jennifer said...

Congrats to your sons! You must be very proud!! :) I love the sounds of this treat, it looks so light and lovely!

Zurin said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely wishes. we are very happy and proud.:)

Wendy, No theyre not twins...just one year apart.:)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Congrats Zurin! And congrats N and Z, too! It must be sweet relief. I look forward to the day when I can feel like berries on a cloud. LOL!! Mine are all still so young!!! Beautiful dessert, Zu! A sweet end to an amazing day!

PS: Z kinda looks like you, no?

2 Stews said...

Congratulations to all of you!!! You must truly be on Cloud 9!!

Your sons are so handsome and must be so smart, too!

Love the recipe...Thanks!

Joy said...

1000 congrats. You must be so proud of them. Btw great dish.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Awww congratulations! You must be SO proud Zurin! That is wonderful news! :D

Anna Johnston said...

What a lovely story! I wasn't so long ago my brother & I graduated Chefs college together, such fun. Loved your Cream Cheese Cloud, simple but a great taste combo.
Cheers Anna

MaryMoh said... BIG double congrats to you!! It's just so awesome that 2 of your sons graduate at the same time. Must be such a joyous occasion. Such a beautiful cheery....just perfect for such a celebration. Oh...I really love that mom's funny and yet so true....haha I wish I can sing so fast and so dramatic...especially to my children :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulation Zurin!! This is indeed a Double Happiness. The dessert looks yummo too!

baobabs said...

congratulations! stunning photos!!

Sarah-Jane - said...

Super Zurin - so pleased for you.

I'm amazed at how big and handsome your sons are - I somehow envisaged them being much younger !

Your dessert looks beautiful. I so need to learn how to use my camera - my photos are almost always rubbish... I think I'm scraping a pass today. lol

That Mom song is hilarious and oh so true. It certainley made me giggle x

natasya said...

Zurin, congratulations!
You have done well as a mother. Handsome boys they are, so full of life. Reminds me of my own graduation many summers back.


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