Thursday, July 31, 2008
- 1 pack of Shirataki noodles, washed n drained well
- Japanese Stock Base Sauce
- Chopped garlic
- Nori seaweed
- Shredded seaweed
- Fry chopped garlic till fragrant
- Add in noodles, fry lightly about 5 mins
- Season with sauce and mix well
- Sprinkle nori seaweed.
- Dish and top with more nori seaweed and shredded seaweed
- Serve hot and ENJOY!!
- Add any meat, tofu or mushrooms to make it a more fulfilling meal or eat it with a separate steak of fish or beef.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I'm still hoping that he will learn to play the piano so I can just lie back and enjoy the music. I love being serenaded!
But, deep in me, I know ultimately, it's really up to Kimi and what he wants and not what I want. But, it's still nice to hope and day-dream sometimes and I do not deny I am such a dreamer! Hee Hee!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Hb bought this child starter kit from First Act(http://shop.firstact.com/PublicStore/product/FD523-Discovery-5pc-Drum-Set-Silver-wBlue-Stars,634,102.aspx) which even comes with a drum seat for Kimi and he really enjoys it.
But, he still wants to play on papa's set. That's what we thought might happen too... we must make him get used to it else papa will have to play on Kimi's set. Haha!
Standing and strumming also can! Keke!
I bought quite a bit of toys at the Taka Toy Fair and this is one of them. Always wanted to get a train set for Kimi but hb is hesistant as he feels he is still too young to appreciate it and will throw it around.
So, I decided to get a cheap set so even if Kimi were to throw it around, it's still alright. Yes, he was intially very curious and played with the train more than letting it go round the track but after a while, he was able to let it run its course. And I feel this is such a good buy, only S$7!
So maybe, Thomas The Train set will be next on the cards. What say you hon? Keke!
Kimi clapping happily when he could position the train to run round the track
A happy boy (and happy mummy too!) - the train occupied him almost the whole afternoon and he wanted me to sit next to him to watch and play the train with him.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
When I have very fresh salmon, I like to have it still pink inside so it's really juicy and melts in your mouth.
- 1/2 pack of Kway teow
- Beans sprouts
- Fish sauce
- Thai lime
- Oil and chopped garlic
- Small pc of salmon seasoned with five-spice powder, fish sauce and a squeeze of lime
- Heat a little oil and fry garlic till fragrant.
- Add in kway teow and fry till fragrant and throw in beans sprouts.
- Season with fish sauce when kway teow is brown and fragrant enough.
- Squeeze some lime and sprinkle cilantro.
- Serve hot and ENJOY!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
- 300g thinly sliced beef (marinate with fish sauce and a light squeeze of lime for 30mins)
- Some beans sprout (tow-gay)
- 1/2 cube of Beef Cube Stock (Knorr)
- 1 small stalk of lemon grass
- 4 leaves of lemon leaf (tear into half to release fragrance)
- 1/2 packet of kway teow
- 1-2 tsp of dark brown sugar
- Fish sauce
- 1 green lime
- A few sprigs of mint leaf, Thai basil and cilantro
- Once water is boiling, add stock cube, lemon grass and lemon leaf.
- Let it simmer/boil for at least 15 mins or till you can smell the aroma from the lemon grass & lemon leaf. Remove and discard.
- Add some fish sauce (approx 2-3 tbsp) and dark brown sugar. Taste to check the taste and adjust accordingly.
- Stir in kway teow and bean sprout.
- Once kway teow is slightly soft, turn up the fire till boiling.
- Add in the beef slices and bring everything to a boil.
- Pour into boil with the mint leaves, basil and cilantro.
- Squeeze some lime on top before serving.
- Serve hot and ENJOY!
- You can omit adding the mint leaves and basil if you do not like too strong herby smell and taste.
- If you like spicy food, you can also add some chilli padi or make a chilli dip for the beef slices.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- 1 small packet of Shirataki noodles (rinsed)
- Miso paste
- 1/2 cob of sweet corn
- 1/3 pack of Umeiji mushrooms
- 2 stalks of China XiaoBaiCai
- 1/3 carrot, cut thinly
- Some thinly sliced seaweed toppings (can get from Daiso)
- Add water to saucepan, once boiling add miso paste.
- Stir till well combined and taste if flavour is sufficient. Adjust accordinly.
- Add in corn, carrot and mushrooms.
- Boil for about 10mins, add in noodles and veg and bring to a boil.
- Sprinkle seaweed before serving.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Then hit on them and act cool and professional
But still, mummy says that even after a hard day's drumming, I must keep my drumsticks properly. See how fast I can put it in!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- 1 whole chicken, chopped into large pcs & skin removed (approx 1.1-1.3kg)
- 1 can of button mushrooms (pour away the brine and rinse briefly)
- 5 ears of Dried Chinese Black Mushroom (optional)
- 1 can of Pacific Clams (Bao-bei)
- Soak black mushroom in hot water till soft, cut off stems
- Blanch chix in a pot of boiling water
- Remove and rinse chix in running water
- Boil another pot of hot water (1.5l and pour into slow cooker)
- Add chix, mushrooms and the whole tin of pacific clams (together with the stock)
- Put slow cooker on high heat and let it simmer for 4 hour.
- Serve hot with rice or on its own. ENJOY!
- If your pot is large enough, you can use the whole chik w/o chopping it up. If you only want a small portion, you can use a spring chix. Always remember to remove all skin so the soup is nice and clear.
- If you do not like the stronger flavour of the black mushrooms, then leave it out.
- I use slow cooker as it is load & forget! You can also boil over the stove. If doing so, ensure that the fire is on high and water is boiling (bubbling) before adding ingredients. Let it boil on high for 20 mins, then reduce to low fire and continue for another 3 hours 40mins. The degree of heat should be simmering where you will only small bubbling on surface of water.
- Of course soups taste best when simmerd over charcoal fire but on the stove, it is as good too. But, really, I do not have the time now to watch the fire so I just make do with the slow cooker. It may not be as nice as a slow fire but it is good enough! For us, Cantonese, the essence of the soup is to be able to grasp the quality of fire. Well, we can't always have everything can we? :)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Ingredients for Fried Udon
- 1 packet of fresh udon (1 pax portion)
- Some Bulldog sauce or Jap Stock Base Sauce or soya sauce
- Chopped garlic
- Nori seaweed
Ingredients for Grilled Chicken
- 2-3 chicken fillet
- Pinch of salt, black pepper and dried mixed herbs
- Some fresh lemon juice
- A few cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomatoe cut in quarters
- Half or 1 ear of sweetcorn (husk & silk removed)
- Some butter
Method for Fried Udon
- Heat oil in pan and fry garlic till fragrant.
- Add in udon and fry lightly with chopsticks.
- Season with sauce and nori seaweed.
- Remove and plate and sprinkle more seaweed on top.
Method for Grilled Chicken
- Season with salt, pepper, mixed herbs and some lemon juice for 30 mins
- Heat griddle, do not add oil.
- Once griddle is hot, put chicken fillet, sweet corn and tomatoes on pan and let it grill till golden, turn over and let it grill likewise.
- Brush some butter on the cooked sweetcorn.
- Remove and serve together with udon
- If you do not have a griddle, you can also use a non-stick frying pan. Add only a little oil. When pan-frying/grilling meat, remember not to keep flipping the meat as it will dry and toughen the meat.
- The trick is to let it cook well on 1 side, turn and let it cook the other side. If you need, only flip 1 more time. Then dish and serve.
- I love tangy chix fillet, but if you are not a fan of lemony taste, omit the lemon. However, lemon do soften and acts as a natural tenderiser for the meat.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I was inspired by Cat and Serene this time - Cat made (such delicious!!) potato croquettes for us during our Sentosa playdate and Serene made steamed pumpkin puree for Estelle.
So I put the 2 together and made potato and pumpkin croquette and threw in some poached salmon. Potato and pumpkin are such great partners in the croquette!
Poached Salmon Ingredients
- Salmon fillet
- Dried Mixed Herbs
- Season salmon fillet with mixed herbs and let it stand for 15mins
- Bring milk to a boil and add the salmon
- Once cooked, remove and set aside
- 1 small Russet potato, steamed or boiled
- 1 small wedge of pumpkin, steamed or boiled
- Some butter
- Breadcrumbs (bought or self-made)
- Scrape the flesh off from the potato and pumpkin and put into a bowl.
- While still hot, add the butter and mash till blended.
- Add mayonnaise and milk till it becomes smooth but not too wet.
- Shape small balls out of this 'dough' and coat lightly with breadcrumbs.
- Panfry till golden brown.
- Serve with salmon. ENJOY!
- When using milk to poach, be very careful as the milk boil over very quickly. You can add some water to reduce the high boiling point
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Some of my favourite shots of 2 of my favourite persons, father and son having a laughing good time - priceless!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Washed the dumplings down with a green tea with lime juice! Yummy!
- 1/3 glass chilled green tea
- 2/3 glass chilled lemon juice (Ripe brand)
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 lemon cut in quarts (remove seeds)
- Put lemon & brwon sugar in glass and use a blunt stick to muddle it (end of rolling pin is good).
- Once the lemon has been 'pressed', fill it with the green tea and lemon juice.
- Top with ice and serve chilled.
- You can use more green tea or add more brown sugar if you do not like the drink to be too sour.
- Adding a sprig of mint leave while muddling the lemon and brown sugar can give the drink a refreshing lift.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Kimi did not take much interest in the activities today. He participated a short while in most of the activities and were the rest of the time exploring the door knobs, stoppers and what have you around the room!
Overall, am glad to start him early. I really hope and want him to learn to play and participate in a group cos he is just too overly independent and prefers to play on his own now. And, yes, my boy did not cry. Told you, separation anxiety is reserved for me only and not him! haha!
Before leaving home - grab a quick snap but still no frontal shot. :(
Papa, I can hold my bag and walk on my own ...