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Sunshine Orange Smoothies

>> Oct 31, 2009

Grabs some oranges, apples and banana from your fruit-basket if you have them and start making yummy snacks for your little one. It’s packed with Vitamin C, essential minerals & anti-oxidants and good for warding off H1N1 and seasonal ‘flu.


I read somewhere or was it Dr Lester Packer’s “The Antioxidant Miracles” (sorry, I can’t remember) that Vitamin C cannot cure ‘flu but rather help ward off and speed up recovery.


2 oranges, peeled
1 red apple, peeled and cored
2 green apples, peeled and cored
1 ripe banana, peeled, of course
1 tsp honey (optional)
4 ice-cubes
(Serves : 3)


Put all the fruit pieces in the blender, blend it all. Lastly add in the ice cubes and press “ice crush” button and you get your slushy Sunshine Orange Smoothies.


If your little one is not fond of fruits, you might want to try this. Serve the Smoothies in fancy tall plastic tumbler with Mickey Mouse cartoon or Transformer (or Ben-10 which is currently Max’s favourite), complete with coloured straw. Here, I used McDonald's latest Coca Cola Glass tumblers.

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RM150 Retail Therapy

>> Oct 29, 2009

I was in the mood for a little retail therapy today and when I heard Metrojaya was having a shopping carnival in The Summit, I thought, “Why not?”



Malaysians love a good bargain…don’t they? Ha-ha-ha, me too inclusive, of course. Lol!

I sneaked off for a very short while to check it up. I like Cape Cod, East India Co, Somerset Bay and some household stuff from Living Quarters. I just managed to get a pair of Somerset Bay linen pants @70% off the original price of RM109.90, a pair of Applemint shorts @70% off (original price RM59.90), two cotton tank-top @RM10 nett, some tableware @70% off and a cake server.

And, I grabbed all these stuff within 30 minutes. I didn’t have time to go thru’ the lingerie dept, the shoes, handbags and cosmetic depts. Not much toys, only some babies’ stuff and some stationeries

Last year, I was really into the Warehouse Sales thingy… I went to toys sales, cosmetics, electrical appliances, lingerie, books, sports-wears, AV and even J-Card days. I kinda like it as I could get good quality and branded stuff at a fraction of the normal retail price. Just that it may not be the latest in trend or fashion and the crowd is crazy, the jostling, the elbowing and the queuing!

(Smile)…it hasn’t been too bad a day, a little rain and some expected ‘after-rain traffic jam’. Ah, I sometimes think retail therapy can do lots to one’s soul and mood. J

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Breakfast Oats

>> Oct 27, 2009

What did you have for breakfast in the morning?

Grab a cup of coffee and run?
Forget the breakfast, I have loads to get through before my meetings start?
I gotta catch the train, I’ll get a cup of tea in the Cafeteria later?
I packed an apple.
I don’t eat breakfast. I never bother.
I just don't have the time.

I am a firm believer of a good breakfast before starting the day. A source of energy to get me through the mornings and helps me to focus and concentrate. I hope you are too. J

Now, what you’d like and what you believe in may not be what your little one wants… Sigh! That’s always the case with kids. I read an article once that says that feeding kids the right food may be challenging at times (Tell me that again & again!)…you may need to introduce the food continuously before the kids develop a liking for it, or accept it. Some kids may take at least 10 times… or 50 times… or in some case at least 1000 times! Oh, don’t despair… I almost gave up till I stumbled on the article…and it REALLY works. It takes patience and … (I won’t say it!)…and patience.

It took me something like 6 months before 1 managed to get the prince to accept oats. My husband and I both take oats almost every morning except on weekends, we’ll have time to be more creative. We’ll make sure we get up earlier to sit together and have oats at the breakfast table. I serve it twice a week for breakfast for Max during weekdays, and if he doesn’t finish, Dad will finish as we try our best not to waste food. (This Family's Rule #1)

And, so it’s always,
“Yucks”,
“Oats again?”
“This is horrible,”
“What did you put in it?”
“Mom, I don’t like Oats”,
“Anything else for breakfast?”
“Mom, I’m terribly full”

All these changed one fine day...as usual, at breakfast table we’ll chat about the plans for the day and some funny stuff that took place the day before. Suddenly, Max started putting one spoon after another into his mouth and before he knows it, he finished his oats (although it's only 1/3 cereal bowl). I refrained from mentioning about the oats and he began enjoying his oats these days and sometimes he will remind me when I served him something else (which is in his opinion worst than oats!)

2 tbsp instant oats
1 tsp mixed nuts and seeds
1/3 cup hot boiling water
1 tsp honey

In a dry mill, which normally comes with the blender, turn these nuts into ground or powder, almonds nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, sunflower seeds or even flax seeds. Pour hot boiling water into the oats in a small bowl, add in ground mix nuts. Sweeten with a little honey, to taste.

Serve oats with some fresh fruits or raisins.

This is Max's breakfast - oats served with fresh strawberries, a banana (1/2 only) and a glass apple juice...and as usual a bottle of milk after that.



Enjoy!

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H1N1 scare!

H1N1 – Is it safe to go shopping? Is it safe to go to the cinema? Is it safe to take a flight?

There’s been reports in the media of the H1N1-related symptoms, infections, deaths, warnings and preventions. But in the last few weeks no deaths were reported. Is it contained? Or, too wide-spread to be reported???

My little Max has flu-like illness a couple months ago. He had 2 days of high fever, stuffy nose, breathing difficulties, ear pain, restless and was very irritable. His irritability almost drove me up the wall.

I took him to the hospital as I wasn’t taking any chances. Do I sound like I was panicking? Ok-ok I was, perfectly normal for parents to panic and worry their head off. Sigh! Now, you know why parents get preemies (premature) white-hair. I’m no doctor but he’ll be in safer hands with the experts. I must say I was quite happy with the way Sime Darby Medical Centre (formerly Subang Jaya Medical Centre) handled the situation. There were many perhaps 50 patients at the A&E… many additional chairs were placed in the waiting area but weren’t enough. As I carried Max in, I quickly registered at the counter and informed the nurse of the symptoms. She showed me into a consultation room and took his temperature as well as measure his oxygen in-take (some tubes and wire here-there) and asked some pertinent questions.

Once she has consulted the Doctor and was satisfied that Max was not in danger, we were shown the waiting area… breathing a sigh of relief, I looked around… take your pick… 50 people… just find the chair furthest away! As I waiting… waiting… I realized we were in even greater danger of exposure to the H1N1 virus – hospitals are danger zone! Eeekkk….too late! :-(

Anyway, we had to wait about 2.5 hours before we got to see the Doctor who confirmed that it was only ear infection. We were prescribed antibiotic…now, I’m not too happy about antibiotic for kids but would it affect his hearing in future? Sigh! Ear pain can be very unbearable for kids. Poor Max.

Within 3 days he was up running and jumping again, just like his old self.

Parents go through so much worries, pains and anxieties as they watched their kids grow but it’s also the greatest joy too.

I read Selbon’s "What made you smile today?" and he said his kid just gained an inch taller. I could hear the pride in his words as his son’s taking a step closer to be a man. Maybe some day when my son reads this blog, he’ll remember his close encounter with H1N1.

Despite this ‘cool-down’, we should still maintain vigilance especially where ‘high risks’ people are concerned. Take care.

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More flowers in my green patch...the Desert Rose

>> Oct 26, 2009

I am still waiting and waiting for other pots of hibiscus to bloom. Sigh! Sadly, they are still very young and I know I need to be patient but they are growing very slowly...no buds in sight yet.




Meantime, there's the desert rose, Adenium Obesum, a flowering plant in the Apocynaneae family, with soft velvety petals, tuba-like flowers in pink, red and white shades. 




Cultivated from seedling or stem-cut, tho' growing from seed will yield a swollen caudex. 



Many Chinese homes have these beautiful flowers as the Chinese name "fu-kwai" is very auspicious, brings luck, wealth and glory to the family. These are popular bonsai plants. They require sun, and water only every 3-5 days.


I have found some time to do a little gardening, unwind, de-stress, relax (do I sound very stressed?...not really, just needed to get close to nature :-D) and admire the greens over the weekend.

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Battlefield...at dining table ?

>> Oct 25, 2009

Many Moms find mealtimes with kids challenging. It’s a matter of kids wanting to assert controls over their choices and Moms wanting to ensure kids gets the most balanced nutrition minus the junk food. So, is it always a battle-field?

I’ve had my fair share… it’s frustrating, not being able to get any food into the tightly sealed mouth & small arms crossed. After persuading, encouraging, cajoling, coaxing… and bribing, I was ready to give up… it can happen at any of the main mealtimes, including between-meals snacks.

Sigh! Yes, I’m trying to be more understanding from Max’s point of view. Being more positive, rather than forcing…

I try to change the menu daily. A variety for the little one may give him some choices, though he may pick the same one as he always does. Children like familiarity.  Sometimes, I’ll serve stir-fry mix-veggies in many colours which is more attractive than just ‘greens’. Carrot sticks and cucumber sticks with his favourite dipping sauce make good snacks.

On lazy weekends, we’ll invite suggestions from the little one to decide on Sunday lunch or Saturday dinner and acceding to his request (if it’s not junk food), that makes him feel important. Perhaps letting him choose 1 of 2 may be easier. (The little minx will sometimes opt for the not-on-offer 3rd! … Hahaha)
Food presented in fun shape and size will make mealtimes and snack fun. I use cookie-cutter or even scissors and cut out funny and fancy shapes in butter toasts too. He will even dip veggie-flavoured crackers into yoghurt… and pronounce as “Very Good” for his snack.

A little mess & less fuss at mealtime is fine. Accidental spills can happen… encourage him to collect and wipe clean with the kitchen towel.

No distraction during mealtime. This rule is very important as we should enjoy our meals, the variety spread, the taste, the texture, the aroma & smell to the accompaniment of perhaps some soft music, some light conversation and yes, we discuss about the food. We would prefer to enjoy our meals without the TV blasting away, no individual TV-dinner trays and we do not spoon-feed him, not since he turned 4. No toys or books or magazine at mealtimes.

Food is served warm. Yes, I always try to ensure the food is served warm except for chilled desserts. Yup, the old Chinese saying of keeping the tummy warm with warm food is subscribed in this home! J

Max gets his own set of cutlery set, plate, bowl and cup. As far as possible, allow use of ceramic, though breakable but the little one gets a sense of being treated like an adult. The day Max got his own ceramic set at age 4+, he said, “Mom, this is ceramic, easily breakable right? I must be very careful.” He was learning responsibilities. J

Max is sometimes in the kitchen… lured by the inviting smells drifting from the kitchen hob, like when I’m making pork stew. J He likes that very much. He wants to see me chop garlic or onion, he’ll pick up and put close to his nose and identify.
*      Just be extremely careful with kids in the kitchen.

Let the little one help out. Sometimes, he'll set the table. I’ve made it clear that Max must set his own used cutlery, plate, bowl & cup in the kitchen sink after use which he does after each meal now, including his own milk bottle. Sometimes he’ll wash up… (eyes rolling)… yes, the sink is almost flooded, a bigger clean-up ensues with suds on windows… hahaha… he’s having fun!

Take your little one shopping for grocery and food, this is a very educational trip for kids. I’ll explain the various types of veggies, fruits, dry foodstuff and even baked good available from the confectionery section. Let the little one help with the planning for menu, something for him to look forward to.

As far as possible I try not to serve dinner right after a game of soccer or a very rigorous activity.  He’ll drink gallons of water, too much liquid and he’s too full to enjoy the meal.

Setting a good example during mealtimes is very important. Children love to mimic adults, consciously and unconsciously. We try to ensure a regular family mealtime, a good bonding time, actually. Getting up a few minutes earlier to have breakfast together is one. Weekday dinners are practically impossible with the terrible evening traffic but we sit down to eat proper meals during weekends, either eating out or one of my ‘experiments’.

If others Moms have any suggestions, please feel free to drop a line or two, it'll be nice to share some experience. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.

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Yum-yum breakfast for Max

Mmmm…this is Max’s breakfast.




I prepared this for Friday’s breakfast, which also includes a bottle of milk (not in picture, of course J). He tucked happily into his favourite Cheese Omelet, ½ of the potato bread, a small cup of yoghurt and milk before setting off to school at 8am.

How nice if everyday’s breakfast goes as smoothly…

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Strawberry Cheesecake …failed!

>> Oct 24, 2009










I have been planning to make Strawberry Cheesecake for a couple of weeks now but I must admit I FAILED! … (so sad), the taste is right, the texture is “No-No” and the looks, a big “No-No”.


As it’s my first attempt, I wasn’t confident of success so I used a small 12cm round pan and some cute small plastic cuppies.


Thinking back, these are my biggest mistakes,

1.   I accidentally poured whipped cream (before whipping) into the cream cheese mixture and whipped them together, the mixture started ‘separating’, almost like curdling. The texture is not smooth at all. Next time, I must remember to whip whipping cream separately and fold in gently.
2.   When I poured the jelly onto the cheesecake, the strawberry slices started ‘floating’ and some tiny bits of cheesecake also started floating to the top…arrrggh! I should have placed the pieces of strawberry slices on the cheese fillings right after pouring, for them to stick on
3.   Strawberry puree needed to be strained for a smooth cheese filling.

So, you can imagine my non-photogenic strawberry cheesecake cuppies...:-(

The recipe portion can make 1 piece of 12cm round cheesecake and 8 small cute cheese cuppies.


Well, Max likes the cute cheese cuppies very much, so did hubby. I kinda like the cute butterflies. The nice thing about using these plastic cuppies is that they can be covered and stacked neatly in the fridge. Great for serving chilled desserts at kids parties. Good idea, uh? 




Sigh! One of my kitchen disasters… but I'll try again when I can find some nice plum juicy strawberries.

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Lotus Root Soup With Peanuts

>> Oct 21, 2009

This is a simple soup which I regularly make.


Being Cantonese, we were brought up with boiled soup featuring largely in our menu. Most of these soups were boiled between 3-6 hours for its taste and nutritional benefits. My favourite is Lotus Root Soup with peanuts.






Here’s one simple and tasty recipe.

1 section of the lotus root
10 pieces of Chinese red dates, stoned and washed
½ cup peanuts
2 pieces of pork bone (still with some meat) about 300g
2 litres of Water
Salt to taste



1.      Soak peanuts overnight, to soften them
2.      Scrape and wash lotus root to remove dirt and mud, slice thinly cross-section.
3.     Bring a small saucepan of water to boil, add in the pork bone and blanch it for 10 minutes. You will notice it may be have a layer of oil, some broken bone pieces and slightly foamy. Drain and discard water.
4.      Bring water to boil, add in cooked pork bone, peanuts, sliced lotus roots and red dates. Cover and let it boil.
6.      Lower the flame to low heat and continue to boil the soup for 3-4 hours or so.
7.      Check regularly and make sure it’s not dried out.
8.      When the meat is falling off the bones, it should be ready.
9.      Season with salt to taste.

Serve hot. Well…most Chinese love hot fresh soup.

PS: I only remembered to take a pix of the soup after it's finished :-(
So sorry. Next time I'll upload the photo when I make again.

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Chilled Lemon Cheesecake (No-bake)

>> Oct 20, 2009

This is a delightfully refreshing dessert. It’s light, soft, smooth yet firm, strong lemon scent, a little tart & tangy.


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Mocha Cream Cake

>> Oct 19, 2009

It's Monday... I seem to see everything 'blue'... he-he-he...I needed my second cup of coffee fix this afternoon to get me thru' to the rest of day or rather the afternoon.

Things look a bit perky juz now as I had coffee with a thin...well, not so thin slice of Mocha Cream Cake. Somebody was so kind to share with me a triangle piece of cake ...



and I was just wondering about the calories loads...... ..eeeeekkk, now, this is in addition to the mutton rendang, chicken curry, biryani rice, dhall, coconut candies and other sweets I had over the Diwali weekend.

Source : Cake calories

Cake calories / how many calories in cake?

100 grams of typical chocolate cake contains 428 calories / 428 kcal

Other nutritional information for cake:

Protein:
5.9g
Fat:
15.6g
Carbohydrate:
73g
Sugar:
38.3g
Calcium:
150mg
Iron:
4.5mg
Potassium:
330mg
Sodium:
825mg
Zinc:
0.8mg
Selenium:
12.4 microgram
Vitamin C:
0mg

Hmmm...
















Are these all going to my hips and thighs? :-( Gym...here I come starting from this evening...

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Rich Brownies

>> Oct 18, 2009

I made this late last night, from a recipe I’ve kept in my ‘Recipe Treasure Box’ for a long time. Must be the sweet-tooth in me, stirred by the tempting varieties of sweet I tried in my friends’ homes during Diwali.





Rich chocolate brownies, full of chocolate flavour with vanilla & mocha frostings...... hmmm heavenly.


120g butter, melted
180g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
30g cocoa powder
60g all-purpose plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 175°C. Grease and lightly flour an 8” square cake pan. First, melt the butter, remove and let cool for 10 minutes, add in sugar, beaten eggs and vanilla essence to mix. Then stir in dry ingredients. The mixture will resemble a thick paste, spread into the pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips on top and bake for 25-30 minutes.



Leave to cool in the pan and cut into small square. Habitual experience made me cut into 25 pieces… rather small I admit, but I get to satisfy the chocolate cravings without the loadful of calories! I'm going to the gym every day next week !!! Eeeek!!!


I frost it with some leftovers from yesterday’s Chocolate Cake’s cream, borders and letterings.


4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp of golden syrup
2 cup icing sugar
½ tsp Vanilla essence
1 tsp of coffee paste


Beat softened butter and icing sugar till smooth, light and fluffy, add in golden syrup and continue to beat till very light. Flavour one portion with vanilla and the other with coffee paste.


Frost the brownies and serve. Yum-yum.

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Dark Chocolate Cake for Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit which means a row of lamps is celebrated by the Hindus. Here in Malaysia, we call it Deepavali, but recently the term Diwali is used widely, it means also a Festival of Lights. Many will return from near and afar to the family home to gather for family dinner either to their parents home or grand-parents home.

I usually will visit a few Indian friends on Diwali on their annual “Open House”, the same as I did visiting Muslim friends during Hari Raya Aidil-fitri and Chinese friends on Chinese Lunar New Year, something I have been doing since school-days. 

The hosts will be decked in their traditional fineries, punjabi suits, beautiful & colourful silver-threaded intricate designs, shimmering sarees. A Kolam, is sometimes made at the entrance which is a pattern made using colour-dyed rice grains, which brings spiritual and symbolic meanings. Some believed that the Kolam will invite the Goddes of Wealth, Lakshimi into the family home. I’ve seen one beautiful Kolam at Ikano Power Station (shopping centre) last weekend.


Guests are treated to a sumptious feast with tempting arrays of spicy chicken curries, mutton rendang, papadum, biryani rice, acar, dhall and some traditional sweets and snacks like ever-popular murruku, ladoo, coconut candies and barfi and some modern ones like cheesecake and pineapple tarts.

This year has been very special as it is the first time I’m meeting my friend after having found her through Facebook recently. We lost touch right after school… both of us were in the same Kindergarten and same class right up to High School… (sigh!), if only Facebook was available then. Never mind... we have finally met up… we have matured, we have aged, we have wrinkles, we have spare-tyres (they were over-shadowed by our hugs n excitements) we have lots of catch up on, our career, families and other schoolmates… We cried a little as we met face-to-face for the 1st time. No, it didn’t ruin our mascara. We just merely soaked up some tissues only. :-D

I thought I’ll bring a small little gift from My Kitchen. 




This is what I made for a very dear friend, Dark Chocolate Cake.


200g butter
190g sugar
180g flour
50g cocoa powder
3 eggs
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ tsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling hot water (Optional)
200ml low-fat milk

Satiny Chocolate glazing
60g dark chocolate
30g butter
40g icing sugar
3 tsp whipping cream (warm)
1-2 tsp milk

I’ve been making this chocolate cake for many years for family, friends, birthdays, pot-luck and it’s well received as it’s moist. With the thick chocolate glazing, it’s really chocolate lovers’ cake, rich and chocolatey and perhaps a hint of coffee to bring out the strong chocolate aroma.

Line the base of an 8” round cake pan and light grease & flour the sides. Beat butter with sugar till light and creamy. Beat in 1 egg at a time and add in vanilla extract and cooled coffee mixture. Gently fold in the sieved dry ingredients alternating with milk, ending with dry ingredients. Pour into the pan and bake at 160°C for 1 hour.
It’s ready when cake skewer comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes and then set out to cool completely on wire tray.

For the glazing, sieve icing sugar into a small pyrex bowl, add in dark chocolate and butter. Pour in warm cream and stir till combined. Place the bowl in a warm water bath, stir chocolate mixture till well smooth. Slowly add milk to the mixture so the chocolate mixture can spread quite easily enough.


To decorate, ensure the cake surface is smooth and flat. Using a long serrated knife, slowly cut or shave across to get a level surface. Spoon chocolate glaze on the cake and slowly let it spread, and let it over-flow down the sides. Gently use a small plastic spatula to smooth the sides.

Decorate as desired with colourful sprinkles or stars or freshly toasted and chopped nuts.

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Blueberry Muffins

>> Oct 13, 2009

Nice, soft and fluffy blueberry muffins, perfect for breakfast as well as afternoon snack.



Just perhaps a little too sweet, I think. No, I didn’t make this from scratch. This comes in a packet I bought from a bakery supply shop, an instant premix. Just add water, eggs and vegetable oil, give it a stir and spoon into muffin pans lined with paper liners.


One packet of  500g can make 24 pcs small-size muffins.


I made it on Sunday night and it was all gone by Monday afternoon. J Sounds like 3 hungry pigs?

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What shall I make for Deepavali?

Deepavali is just around the corner, just a couple of doors away...sorry, I mean just a couple of days away.

I’ve been invited to a lunch and a dinner this Saturday… how nice :-P. It’s nice if I can bring a buah tangan,(a gift) maybe something from my kitchen, yup, a personal touch. How’s that, but I’ve yet to decide what to make...

To all Hindu readers… wishing you a very Happy Deepavali.

PS: Max's artwork.


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What made you smile today ?

>> Oct 12, 2009

This caught my eye, a discussion in Blog Catalog.


And I thought, yes, my little 6 yr-old prince woke up @6am and gave me a huge grin and a hug... "Good Morning, Mom". 

It probably rained, or was it grey skies? It doesn't matter. My little prince's made me smiled this morning.



Hope all of you have a great day!


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Soymilk Jelly

>> Oct 11, 2009

I made this last night for dessert. Hope you'll like this.


(A)
10g Agar-agar powder
800ml Fresh soymilk, unsweetened
150g sugar



(B) Top layer
5g Agar-agar powder
4 tsp sugar
400ml water
1 piece Pandan leaf (screwpine leaf)
2 drops of red colouring (optional)


You can get fresh unsweetened Soymilk from Soy Milk & Taufu Fah vendors or you can opt to make your own.

1.      Mix (A), agar-agar powder with sugar and fresh soymilk in saucepan.
2.      Over medium heat, keep stirring till agar-agar powder is well dissolved.
3.      Pour into a glass dish (25cm x 15cm)
4.      Chill in the fridge.
5.       Next, prepare the top layer, mix agar-agar powder with sugar and water in saucepan.
6.      Add in pandan leaf (cut in small pieces of 5cm in length).
7.      Keep stirring over medium heat till all agar-agar powder is well dissolved. (You should be able to smell the fragrant pandan leaves)
8.      Add 2 drops of red colouring. Turn off flame.
9.      Let mixture cool a little.
10.  Gently spoon red-colour agar-agar mixture onto the chilled soymilk jelly which would have hardened somewhat by now. If the soymilk layer is too hard, you would need to scratch lightly on the surface with a fork before adding the red layer.
11.  Chill again in the fridge for 3 hours.
12.  Cut and serve chilled.

Pandan flavour and soymilk partners quite well together. The red colour top layer makes the jelly prettier.

Hope you have a good week ahead.

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Tom-yam Fried Noodle

Most of the time, I'll cook with whatever I can find in my pantry or fridge and improvise. The results... sometimes - amazing! and of course, sometimes, fit for the bin! Marc has been most supportive, trying his best to finish whatever I've come up with, some taste great, some look great but may be absent in the some department . He doesn't like wastage. Isn't he sweet? :-)



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It's a relaxing weekend

>> Oct 9, 2009

It's the weekend again tomorrow. :-) 

Saturday and Sunday sound so sweet.

The phone on my desk hasn't stopped ringing, or was that my imagination? It's been a terribly busy and so-so week for me and my in-tray getting higher...probably sounds familiar to you? Gotta 'swim' through my in-tray before knocking off at 9pm tonite. Sigh!  

What a hectic week! ... and it's gonna be a weekend for my little prince. Max is learning roller-blading and Daddy is gonna teach him. Perhaps I just might pick up a couple of pointers and skate with them...

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