Friday, April 30, 2010
When there's 'loh kai' (braised chicken), I can be rest assured to see a big grin from my 3 girls!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This bread pudding from RT Pastry House, my favorite bakery looks pretty appetizing but I was disappointed with the taste. It didn't have the ooomph factor.... no milky, vanilla taste that I was looking for. And it ain't cheap too. Next time, I'll ask my mum to bake me some bread pudding. She bakes very good bread pudding, right mummy?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
"Sam Pei Jie" - this is a Taiwanese chicken dish cooked with ginger, Chinese cooking wine, sesame seed oil, soy sauce and Chinese basil leaves.
Braised Chinese cabbage with dried scallops and Chinese parsley.
Shallow pan-fried Japanese tofu with minced pork, fresh mushrooms and dried cuttlefish. This dish was a big hit with the kids.
This is one of the luxuries I enjoy when my mil is around - hot piping meals 2x a day and freshly baked breads and cakes every week. She may leave for HK again after Alycia's first term exam and then I will have to take over the kitchen and wok again :(
Monday, April 26, 2010
And after nibbling on the muruku, I force them to chug down gallons of water :D
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The other day, she prepared the Hakka mien in another style. She blanched the Hakka mien with hot water, some salt and sesame seed oil. This way the noodles are smooth and flavorful and doesn't clump up into a block of starch. Then she prepared the sauce by frying some shallots with minced pork, dried cuttlefish and fresh mushrooms. She also boiled some homemade fish balls and blanched some sweet, fat and crunchy bean sprouts which she bought from Ipoh.
This bowl is for Baby and she loved it to bits. I also deep-freezed some of the mushroom-fish ball-pork sauce into smaller portions for future use. On days when I am in no mood to cook for her, I just heat up the frozen sauce and boil some noodles for her.
This one is for me where the 'liu' (ingredients) are more than the mien, yumsss!! :D
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
"Mummy, lion sit here peeeeash......"
And after her lunch, lion had to take a spin in the washing machine as it had food all over its mouth too :)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
So how? With less than 5 minutes in our hands to re-do, I had to think quick. Those boxes needed the right measurements to draw. Think, think, thinkety think.... idea popped up.... I quickly zeroxed a copy using my printer and since it's quite transparant on the reverse side of the paper (I held the paper up under the lights to see cleary and dotted all the corners first, then joined them), I traced the boxes hurriedly. Alycia then colored it and vehemently refused to listen to me when I told her that she's still coloring it wrongly. This girl is very pig-headed as well... and I was so pissed off with her that morning... that she kept arguing with me that she's doing it right. When she came home from school that afternoon, she was too embarrassed to tell me that she had done it wrongly again, after confirmation from her teacher, HAH! "SEE, told you you're wrong Alycia. You think mummy has never done this before meh, haiyah!!!"
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Last week my mil cooked a very flavorful pot of chicken rice. She cooked the chicken, mushrooms and chinese sausages with sesame seed oil, a little sodium-reduced soy sauce and a little black sauce. The chicken rice wasn't too salty and I gave some to Baby to try. I thought Baby wouldn't eat the rice but I was wrong. She lurved it and polished off the whole bowl of rice with chicken and mushrooms!
Baby happily whacking her chicken rice and kombu soup.
Angels in pink.... when there's chicken rice, I am rest assured to see 3 happy, smiley faces. I wish I had a wrinkle-free and line-free face like theirs. Wrinkles are starting to sprout out around my eyes and I hope I don't have to use eye wrinkle cream soon :S
Monday, April 19, 2010
Baby stepping into her bath tub for the last time before daddy took it away :(
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This is a typical scene on a Monday night. Sherilyn comes home from ballet class at around 8:30pm and without even changing, she would sit at the dining table to eat her second dinner. As usual Miss Dilly Dally will take her own sweet time to eat, turning a deaf ear on my nagging her to quickly eat, she would walk round the house, join daddy who's watching TV and dilly dally away until she's threatened to hurry up or get caned. When all is done, shower taken and pjs on, she would only be ready to go to bed, with battery all conked out at around 10:30 - 11:00pm.
Zoom over to Old And New Stuff For Sale to check out my latest collection!
Friday, April 16, 2010
I chilled out at the 100 Yen Shop 2 Sundays ago while the hubs brought Alycia to the hair saloon for a haircut. While browsing through the stuff there, I spotted a stack of plastic bibs with pocket (with cute pictures too!) and it only cost RM4.90. Plastic bibs must be their latest added items. It's rare to find cheap and nice plastic bibs with food tray / pocket. Without any hesitation, I quickly put one in the basket. Was so tempted to get all the colors too haha! Now, Baby has another new plastic bib to add to her collection. And did I tell you that I still have 2 brand new plastic bibs at home?
I get annoyed whenever my kids tell me “oh no, not again mummy. I don’t like this!” to the dishes that they see placed on the dining table. Being greeted with such remarks after sweating it out in the hot kitchen preparing their food is really discouraging. On one hand I feel really unappreciated and taken for granted. On the other hand, they are just kids and they mean what they say. In times like this, I tell myself that I have to get some great cooking tips and recipes to whip up something different to whet my fussy eaters' appetite.
I stumbled upon ivillage.com when I was searching for healthy recipe for kids. There are hundreds of great tasting recipes from recipes for kids to low sodium recipes, healthy recipes, low fat recipes, vegan recipes, low budget recipes, quick recipes, recipes for breakfast, appetizers, main course and much more. One recipe that I have to try out is the sweet and sour chicken. This recipe does not require any stir-frying and it’s mess-free, quick and easy to prepare and looks absolutely delicious too. I have already book-marked ivillage.com and will definitely refer to this website to try out the sweet and sour chicken recipe when it’s time for me to take over the wok and spatula again!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
When Baby spilled a bowl of Cheerios the other day, she ran to the table and pulled a few pieces of toilet paper.... and then began sweeping the Cheerios with the toilet paper. She then finished off by wiping the floor with a towel that Kakak had left outside the kitchen, just like how kakak does it everyday. She sure has a sharp learning curve haha!
Just like how kakak and mummy wipe the floor.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I'm really amazed with this girl. She can sleep anywhere and anytime, even in the most awkward of positions and places, even on a stiff and hard log furniture LOL!!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Everyday, I say this to her whenever she refuses to drink water. I say this so much that I now recite this like a nursery rhyme and I'm sure very soon, Baby can also recite this "Drink Water' rhyme HAHAHAH!!
Drink Water Ryme:
If you don't drink water, you will get infection,
If you get infection,
You will get injection,
Please drink water
Mummy has no more money to pay the doctor
Drink lots of water
You don't need to see doctor
Baby, drink lots of water
One sure way of getting her to drink water willingly is to give her a new cup or tumbler. This was also the case with Alycia and Sherilyn last time when they were about Baby's age. That's how my kichen cabinets are now filled with tumblers!
First go cycling round the condo, then off for a dip in the pool...
Daddy fixing Alycia's bicycle...
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Yesterday Baby was aware that it was her birthday. She knew that being the birthday girl, it was her very special day and was given the immunity to being naughty and mischievous. She played with the water faucet and sprayed water at Sherilyn jie jie in the toilet/bathroom and wet the entire toilet area, yet mah mah did not cane her. After playing with the water faucet when mah mah reprimanded her, she did monkey faces and pulled the comforter off mah mah's bed and onto the floor... yet she wasn't caned.
After her shower yesterday morning, she refused to wear the clothes she's supposed to wear at home. Instead, this pig-headed girl insisted that she must wear kai kai clothes and wore this dress meant for outing at home.
The whole of yesterday, she kept saying she wanted to eat ice-cream and Daddy dearest went to Mid Valley to get her Baskin Robbins.
At the steamboat restaurant last night, Alycia jie jie would perhaps remember Baby's 2nd birthday for the rest of her life. Before the food came, Daryl khai yeh (god father) accidentally knocked down Alycia's glass of 100 Plus and spilled the content on her clothes. She was soaked in the sticky 100 Plus from top to bottom!! Daddy had an extra sleeveless basketball vest in the car but she wouldn't wear it coz it looked SO awful on her. Imagine donning on a bright red XXL sleeveless basketball vest muahahahahah! Die die also she wouldn't want to don on the chilli red XXL vest. Khai Yeh was corroded with guilt and felt really bad. He wanted to go out to buy her a t-shirt but mah mah said no need. It so happened that he had an extra t-shirt (which was also XL size) in the car and he got it for her. But she also die die didn't want to wear it. After much persuasion, she finally donned on the XL adult, men's t-shirt over her 100 Plus-soaked jeans. And nope, she didn't look like a fish out of water, in fact we think she looked CUTE in the oversized t-shirt. I tried to snap her pix but she kept avoiding me and was enraged :D
For those of you who are my Facebook friend, you can view pix of Baby's birthday dinner and Alycia in the oversized t-shirt.
Friday, April 9, 2010
My sweetie-pie Baby Cassandra is no longer a baby. She's now a toddler, a big little girl who speaks like she's 3yo. Exactly 2 years ago around this time, I was lying on the bed in a 2-bedded room at Sunway Medical Centre, just out from the recovery bay in the OT. I still remember everything that transpired inside the OT, the other patients who went into the OT room and everything that I saw.
Back in the ward, I was really anxious to take a closer look at my 3rd princess... though I remembered only vaguely that she was very fair during the brief 1 minute or so first-time-ever, fresh-from-belly moment in the OT. I was still shivering from the side effects of the spinal cord anesthetic. I could not move, only felt pins and needles on my feet and could only feel partially the lower part of my body.
The year 2008 and 2009 had been very, very eventful, emotional and painful for Baby and me. For those of you who have been following my blogs, you will know that Baby, my tough little cookie had endured a lot during the first 14 months of her life.... 2major surgeries (not including 1 minor eye surgery 3 weeks ago), countless jabs and IV drips.
Fast forward 2 years on, she's now healthier, no longer on daily antibiotics and no longer gets monthly UTI attacks which required hospitalization / IV drips.
I thank God for this sweetie-pie that He has sent to me. I pray to God that He will bestow Cassandra with good health, longevity and happiness always.
Happy 2nd Birthday Baby girl. Everyone loves you VERY, VERY much!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
BR's Pink Day:
All you gotta do is : Show up with something pink to BR staff... eg : finger nails painted in pink, pink pen, pink hand phone, pink shirt, pink tie and etc.
Get a Double Jr. Scoops at the price of a Single Regular Scoop!
Pay only RM7.50+ to get 2 of your most favorite flavors!
Additional : you can upgrade your sugar cone/cup to a yummy Waffle Cone with only RM1.50+ !
Cheeeeeese mummy... see, I'm wearing pink!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
For those of you who are looking for a second hand ring sling to wear your baby, do hop over to Old And New Stuff For Sale. I'm selling my Baby Loft purple silk ring sling at only RM60 inclusive of shipping (original price is RM149.90) .
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Organic brown rice cooked with organic Japanese pumpkin. This is good stuff but my girls don't know how to appreciate this yet :( They prefer plain white rice.
Braised chicken with potatoes and tomatoes. The sweet and sour taste from the tomatoes can really whet one's appetite.... this dish is really palatable, yums!
Hakka pork with wood ear fungus and dried oysters... another of our favorite dishes.
Stir-fried leek flowers with fish cake... Baby's favorite dish.
Stir-fried brinjals with XO sauce and Chinese parsley... my mil's favorite dish. My girls and I don't really fancy brinjals but I like fish paste stuffed brinjals though :)
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here she's in a bawling and struggling mode at the potty. Both her jie jies had to coax her to pee in the potty... while I just had to snap a pix for remembrance... especially for Baby to see when she grows up, so that she will know how she had tortured me!
Alycia managed to coax Baby to pee by giving her the toothbrush (which is Baby's favorite item now!) and helped her to brush her teeth :D
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This coffes shop type restaurant serves very tasty homecooked-like dishes. One of their specialties is homemade fish paste.
Here's what we had:
Baby spinach cooked in superior soup with fish paste...
Steamed 3 types of eggs (chicken eggs, duck's eggs and century eggs)...
Braised pork ribs with peanuts and mushrooms...
Jue Geok Choa (pigs' trotters in black vinegar and ginger)... iheart this dish, but only the lean pork and the broth. I eat no fat or leg ligamen, eeeeks!
Braised fish slice in claypot....
My favorite 'yeong liu' (fish paste stuffed tofu, bean curd sheet, brinjal, red chilli, bitter gourd and tofu pok).
Restoran Wai Kei is located at :
S/Lot 2, Batu 4 1/2
Jln Kelang Lama
HP : 013-391 8269 / 016-227 6210
Business hours : 11:30am - 3pm; 6pm - 10pm
Closed on every Monday.
This is one of my favorite tai chau restaurants. If you want to eat there during lunch time, be prepared to sweat it out. I normally leave the coffee shop all soaked in my own sweat :S
Friday, April 2, 2010
Biscuits from Meiji. Each biscuit has a picture of a vehicle printed on it. Great and fun way of teaching the kids, especially Baby the different types of vehicles. The sugar-free nuts biscuits (made in Taiwan) tasted bland and dry though. They are not cheap too. Oh well, biscuits that are healthy are usually flavorless.
Plump and juicy dried cranberries.