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Monday, December 5, 2016

My Precious Baby Is Officially A Teenager Today!

I can't believe my eldest, a precious baby, officially turns 13 today!  Since yesterday, I have been relating the blow by blow account of how Alycia was 'created' to the girls, who were totally amused, albeit hearing the story umpteen times. From the day the hubs and I went to see the fertility specialist to the day Alycia was delivered, the girls couldn't get enough of the beautiful story :)

5 Dec 2003 will always be the happiest day of my life.  Alycia is the baby that I longed for so badly.  The sound of her first cry was the most mellifluous sound to me.  My pregnancy was fraught with never ending problems, threats, worries and loads of jabs. I was very negative and moody throughout my pregnancy. I was also put on bed-rest for several months and had to take no pay leave from work. But when I saw Alycia for the first time, all the pain that I went through just melted away.  Alycia is the most beautiful baby I had ever seen and she still is beautiful up until now.

Below - Alycia only a few hours old with me, the happiest mum in the whole wide world.  Check out her deep dimple. She has a very deep dimple on each side of her cheeks. Her skin was white as snow, lips were red as rose bud and she had blond hair as a baby. She's just perfect from head to toe.

Our simple celebration for her today was at BRU Cafe. We chose this cafe simply because Alycia is a pizza lover and BRU has one of the best pizzas in town.

Baked escargot and pasta...

Two types of pizzas...

Seafood pasta...

Lamb chop...

Happy birthday to you my precious baby girl. I know you hate it each time I call you precious baby but you will always be daddy and mummy's precious baby girl, Alycia. You will also always be your grandparents most adored first granddaughter, their pride and joy.

Dearest Alycia, may God bless you with good health, wisdom, obedience and happiness always. I know you'll be reading this post ;)  Smile :D  xoxo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homecooked Mee Siam / Tomyam Noodles

I cooked mee siam / Tomyam noodles for the first time recently and I must say that it was a huge success. So yummy was the mee siam that I must claim that it is my signature dish now :D

Mee siam is everyone's favorite in our house.  This recipe is a stunning showstopper that is not too difficult to prepare if you are not in a rush.

1) 1 packet of Way brand Tomyam paste
2) Taucheong - around 1 tablespoon
3) Chopped garlic
4) Chopped shallots / onions
5) Carrot - julienned / sliced thinly
6) Tofu pok - 1 packet and cut thinly
7) Sugar to taste
8) Salt to taste
9) Chicken fillet - marinated with Thai fish sauce and pepper
10)  Eggs
11) Cooking oil
12) Dried shrimps (har mai) - blitzed in blender
13) Kaffir lime leaves - cut thinly
14) Bunga kantan and lemon grass - I did not manage to get these 2 items. If you can get hold of them, the mee siam will taste even better.
15) Kaffir lime - for the juice

1)  Fry the eggs and remove from the wok
2)  Pan fry the chicken fillet and remove from the wok
3)  Blanch the meehoon / vermicelli in another pot for about a minute. Remove from the pot of water.
4)  Brown the garlic, shallots and ground dried shrimps (har mai)
5)  Add in the entire packet of Way Tomyam paste and mix with the garlic and shallots
6)  Add water, sugar and salt and let simmer for about 15 minutes
7)  Add in the tofu pok and let the tofu pok soak in the sauce. That will take 10-15 minutes.
8)  Add in the meehoon into the sauce and using a spatula and pair of chopsticks, mix the meehoon well with the sauce.
9)  Add in the julienned carrots and kafir lime leaves and cover with the meehoon for about 1 minute.
10) Add in the cooked chicken fillet and fried eggs and mix everything well.
11) Add in the kafir lime juice and mix well.
12) Plate up, decorate and serve immediately.

You can go to You Tube and watch how mee siam is cooked. Visual helps a lot for me.

My mee siam recipe is tweaked from a few recipes that I googled.  It tastes like a million dollars and yet is pretty simple to make and made with ingredients that are inexpensive and easily available. I can't wait to cook this again. Now you really got to try cooking this too!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Homemade Dream Catcher

If you follow my blogs, you would already know that my second born is a right-brained person. She is creative, imaginative, emotional and often random. She is constantly thinking of creating stuff like baking or building something from scratch. She would paste cloth scraps onto an inexpensive note book to beautify it or wrap the book up with black paper and then draw on the black paper using glitter pens. That would be her gift to her friends. She used to learn sewing on her own using cloth scraps.

Last Sunday we attended a friend's daughter's 10th birthday party. I had already bought the girl a gift and hubs roasted a leg of lamb for the party. Yet, Drama Queen wanted to make something special for her friend.  She made a Dream Catcher!

What is a Dream Catcher?
Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.

To make this Dream Catcher, I had spent a considerable amount of time bringing her to many stationery shops to buy the materials, consisting of a large steel ring, feathers, yarn and ornaments. She also recycled some of the bling bling jewelries that she had but never wore them.  She spent a few days making the Dream Catcher.

So, what do you think if Drama Queen were to make Dream Catchers (picture above) to sell at RM35 each? Would you buy it?

We saw some handmade Dream Catchers for sale at a kiosk at Avenue K selling at over RM80 each. This girl with an entrepreneur mind is already making stuff like yarn fluff balls and slime to sell to her friends.

Visiting A Doctor For Headaches

It's normal to have a headache every now and then, especially if you have a stressful job or if you have a lot of stress at home. However, there are times when you want to see a doctor about your headaches after you have tried some of the remedies at home with no relief.

Managing Without Pain Medicine
There are a few things that you can try when it comes to headaches without relying on medication. Try sitting in a dark room as bright lights can sometimes cause a headache to be worse. If possible, lay down on a bed with a cool cloth on the forehead to help relieve the pain from the headache. Instead of sleeping on your days off, keep the same schedule that you have during the week. If you sleep too much, you might find that a headache develops faster than if you were to have a routine with going to bed and getting up in the morning. Examine the diet as there are some foods that can trigger headaches while others relieve the pain. Eat foods that have a high amount of iron and other vitamins while avoiding items that have a lot of sugar.

When To See A Doctor
If you have tried a variety of remedies at home with no luck of relieving the pain from a headache, it might be time to see a headache specialist Houston office to see if there is anything else going on with the body. You want to seek help if there is any kind of confusion or altered speech with the headache. This can sometimes be an indication of a stroke, especially if there is weakness on one side of the body. You also want to seek treatment if there is a high fever or vomiting associated with the headache. Talk to the doctor about the frequency of the headaches or if they are more severe than usual at certain times of the day. Headaches should not prevent you from your daily activities. Your doctor can perform tests that can help to see if there is anything going on inside the brain that would be causing the headaches.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Healthy & Low Calorie Snacks

My latest favorite snacks to quell hunger pangs throughout the day...

Cooked baby beetroot from Love Beets, Australia.   If you love beetroot but hate the peeling part and the red stains on your hands and clothes, you really got to try Love Beets. These tender, naturally sweet and flavorful baby beetroots are so addictive that once you've tried them, you'll love them to bits!! They are free from salt, sugar and preservatives.  I could nosh down 2-3 baby beets at one go.

Boiled chickpeas. The chickpeas are boiled for over 2 hours in water, home-grown curry leaves, a mixture of curry powder, ground cumin powder and pink Himalayan rock salt.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Simple Poached Chicken

I have always been in awe each time this grandma who is an awesome home cook from a daily homecooked meal closed group on Facebook dishes up steamed chicken. Her steamed chicken always appears perfect from color to doneness to how the chicken is chopped meticulously.  One day, I asked her what her secret was and she told me that she poached the chicken, not steamed. She poached the whole chicken for 10 minutes, turn off the flame and let the chicken sit in the pot of hot water for another 10 minutes.  The chicken is then removed from the pot/wot and chopped.

This week I tried cooking poached chicken using my own method. I used only chicken drumsticks and ribs.  I have never chopped a whole chicken in my entire life, can you beat that?  And I don't think I can ever bring myself to chopping a whole chicken, especially raw ones.  Each time I cut meat, my imagination runs wild! haha!

Ingredients needed for the poaching liquid:
1.  Carrots - diced
2.  Big onions - diced
3. Tomatoes - diced
4.  Celery, potatoes and whatever vegetables / herbs that you fancy

First I boiled the carrots, big onions and tomatoes in a wok for about half an hour. While the vegetables are boiling in the wok, I cleaned the chicken drumsticks, ribs and washed vegetables.

You can flavor the poaching liquid with whatever aromatics, herbs and vegetables you have on hand.  The poached liquid can then be drank as soup. My poaching liquid is ABC soup which turned out to be really sweet, rich and yummy as I didn't use a lot of water like I would when boiling ABC soup.

When the carrots turn soft, put the chicken into the wok / pot. Set your timer to 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn off the fire. Let the chicken sit in the poaching liquid for another 10 minutes.

I removed the ribs first as and then turn the fire on again with the drumsticks still inside the wok as the inner part of the flesh looked red. I poached the drumsticks for another 5 minutes and removed immediately from the wok.

Pan fry some garlic and drizzle the garlic and oil on the chicken.  Flavor with organic shoyu, chopped scallions and sesame seed oil (optional).

The result of my poached chicken was excellent!  The girls loved it very much. For someone who does not like steamed chicken, I loved my poached chicken!

I'll definitely be cooking this again very soon.

Our dinner that evening -
Poached chicken and onion omelette.

ABC soup and sauteed organic vegetables with minced garlic.

Our juicy, smooth and aromatic poached chicken. So delish!!

Poached chicken can be your pick-me-up dish on busy week nights.  You can add lots of vegetables into the poaching liquid and have a rich chicken broth with vegetables as sides.   This won't take you more than an hour to prepare :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Alycia's Second Tennis Lesson

Alycia is LOVING her tennis lessons!   Today she attended her 2nd lesson and she's really getting a hang of it. A stranger watching her play would not have guessed that today is only her 2nd lesson as she was hitting more balls than missing them.

Hubs already has a tennis racket, so we'll only need to get one more for Alycia and Drama Queen to practise during the month-long school holiday which starts at the end of this week.

After tennis practise with the coach, she had to do some zig zag running exercises.

While Alycia attended tennis lesson, Drama Queen jogged at the tracks while Cass helped to pick up balls - helpful as ever this girl :)

Despite having to put up with a kitchen and bedrooms that are a tad squeezy, I have no complaints living in a condo. We get to enjoy the pool, tennis court, running tracks, gym, function room, BBQ pit and most importantly 24 hours security.  If I have the wherewithal to buy a property, I would still stick to a condo with full facilities.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Baking & Craft Saturday - 19 Nov 2016

One likes art and craft and the other likes baking and cooking.  Now that exams for this year are over, Cass and Drama Queen have started to indulge in their hobbies.

On Thursday evening, I brought Cass to the stationery shop to get art supplies for her to make burger pinatas with tutorial from US You Tuber Rachel Fong.  She spent the entire Thursday evening making burger pinatas.

Yesterday the magic clay that I ordered from my supplier arrived. Cass was delighted. Even I could not help burying my fingers into the super soft magic clay to sculpture something funny!

Cass spent her Saturday today sculpturing emojis and social media icons after practising the piano.

If you have an art and craft fan like Cass, you can get the magic clay from my online store too. Just give me a tinkle at OK! :)

While Cass kept herself busy with clay sculpturing, Drama Queen spent a couple of hours in the kitchen baking a gluten-free cake, using the remaining gluten-free flour that we bought to make my mum a cake for her 70th birthday two months ago.

Picture below shows her heating up some chocolate chips in the microwave oven to make chocolate sauce to drizzle on her cake.

While I was in piano class with Cass, Drama Queen Whatsapp-ed me the picture of her cake and asked me if it looked ok and I said it looked awesome!

This girl's got so much talent in the kitchen yet she tells me that her ambition is not to be a baker or chef but something else.   Err... an architect or interior designer.

And this sugar-reduced gluten-free cake with chocolate sauce, fresh orange slices and kiwi slices is just fantastic. Soon, she'll be able to sell her bakes too.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Supermoon 2016 - 14 Nov 2016

It was another cool, breezy and cloudy night on the night that Supermoon 2016 was set to make its appearance.  In fact, it was slightly hazy, bummer!!

I cooked an early dinner so that we could have the time to wait to catch a glimpse of the super-sized moon. Cass waited at the window  the moment the skies turned dark.  Half an hour gone but there was still no sight of the moon.  Finally at around 7:45pm, the moon started to come out from its veil but it was super shy and with a fleeting appearance of less than half an hour, it went back to hide inside the clouds... and didn't come out again. That's from our side of the world.

Though supermoon made a fleeting appearance, it wasn't that big from our end.  In fact, on random nights, we had sighted the moon even bigger and brighter.

Cass was really disappointed that she didn't get to see what she had expected to see, which was a humongous and orangy supermoon, like the ones below:

On October 16 the supermoon glowed bright over the United States. This red moon hung over Washington D.C. on Sunday (pictured over Washington, D.C. on Sunday)

Supermoon 2016

I was pretty disappointed too. I thought I would get to watch a gigantic orangy ball glowing in stellar but sigh..

But know what? This morning I saw the supermoon during my pre-dawn morning walk cum run!  It was big (albeit not as big as the two images above) and yellowish but it didn't stay long before it went hiding again beneath the clouds.  It showed its face to me as if to assuage my wish to catch a glimpse of it :D

Monday, November 14, 2016

Eve Of Supermoon - 13 Nov 2016

Brunch on our Sunday was dim sum at Grand Harbour Chinese Restaurant @ Bukit Bintang, KL. It was our first time there and the food was good - slightly cheaper than Han Room and quality of food is almost comparable with Han Room.  I didn't snap pictures of the dim sum as we ordered almost the same stuff at each dim sum meal and I think you'll get bored looking at the same pictures, right?

Mango coconut pudding at the foreground and Hong Kong 'lai char' at the background.

We had a pretty late dinner at around 8pm as we were all still very cloy from a heavy brunch. Back home, the girls walloped all the cakes that the hubs bought from Isetan the previous night.  We had takeout fried rice from Grand Harbour for dinner.

Last night the weather was pretty cooling @ 26 degrees C. In fact the weather has been quite chilly and breezy the past week.  Cass was all excited when she saw the preliminary sighting of the Supermoon!  The moon last night was bigger and brighter than usual as it begins to make its appearance today (14 Nov 2016) as the Supermoon of 2016.

I'm going  to cook some simple dishes for an early dinner tonight and get ready to gaze out at the sky to wait for the Supermoon to appear.

According to the National Space Agency (Angkasa), the supermoon will happen at 7.24pm and become full at 9.54pm. The agency’s head of space science research unit said it can be viewed from 7.24pm until dusk the next day from any place with good visibility of the sky.  The supermoon can be seen from everywhere, weather permitting.

So get ready everyone to catch a glimpse of the supermoon!  If you miss this one, you'll have to wait for another 18 years..

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