Busy Busy Monday – 26 Sept 2016

Yesterday I have been SO BUSY that I forgot I was over exhausted!

The past one week has been really really hectic for me. Applications for purchase of Izumio and Super Lutein have been high as the promotion for 1 free product ends on 30 Sept 2016 and many people are submitting their applications at the eleventh hour. My online store business has been pretty busy too.

I haven’t been getting sufficient sleep since a week ago. After the week-long school holiday, I have been having a hard time waking up at 4:45 a.m. again. With barely 5 hours of sleep each day,¬†I am a mummified mummy with puffy eye bags and dark rings round my eyes ūüôĀ

Yesterday morning, I woke up with a slight throb on my head due to lack of sleep. I told myself that I would just skip exercise for the day and instead hop back onto bed after sending the girls off to their transporters. But the determined fitness freak inside me screamed out to me to just get onto the walking tracks. And so I did, for half an hour. But as I walked, I could feel my heavy eyes drooping. I was dozing off on the walking tracks, in the pre-dawn darkness. Have you ever felt so frazzled and sleep deprived that you actually dozed off while walking or driving? I had many times. I know it is dang dangerous to snooze off for even a few seconds while driving. I did not even have the energy to run and I soldiered on for half an hour of brisk walking yesterday and this morning.

Back home, I just wanted to plonk my weary body onto the bed. But I downed a packet of Izumio hydrogen water. And what do I know? After my shower, I worked in front of my computer until 6pm! Non-stop, except for leaving my desk to prepare lunch for Cass and for toilet breaks. I was so busy that I had totally forgotten that my body was exhausted. I even skipped my usual daily 20-minute power nap. In the evening, I downed another packet of Izumio. I really needed extra packets of Izumio yesterday to give me the energy as I was totally zonked out. Izumio really rocks!! How can I ever function without my most trusted Izumio? My life as a work-from-home-mum is REALLY TOUGH and hectic. I find that it’s way more stressful that having a full-time job at the office. And I CANNOT afford to fall sick. Thankfully I have my Izumio to keep me mentally and physically strong.

Breakfast yesterday was something light and plain which I could eat whilst seated working in front of the computer and filling out forms simultaneously. ¬†Yup, mothers are really good in multi-tasking ūüėÄ

Today I am feeling a tad lightheaded from having my eyes glued to the computer screen on top of filling out so many forms for the past 2 days, with no break to rest.

Yesterday’s breakkie – Vanilla cocoa hazelnut granola with organic multi puffs (puffed buckwheat, sorghum and brown rice), organic sunflower seeds crackers and dried cranberries. I didn’t have the appetite to eat anything more than this.

 

Yesterday’s dinner was ¬†pork chop loin with onion sauce and ¬†blanched veggie. Cooking was done pretty late again. Thank God for Drama Queen who helped me to cook the rice, wash the vegetables and fry the onions sauce when she got ¬†home from school at 4pm.

Today is yet another super busy day and I still haven’t got the chance to take my power nap to recharge my batteries coz I’ll have to leave the house in a bit to get some errands done. I’ve already delayed doing them for days and I can’t procrastinate anymore.

 

Breakfast And Lunch On A Busy Wednesday – 21 Sept 2016

Today has been a very, very hectic day. It doesn’t help that my Aunt Flow is visiting. And she’s been really bothersome today with a heavy flow. Another thing that’s bothering me is this big zit right smack in the middle of my right cheek!! And it looks SO prominent on my pale colored skin. Dang the PMS hormones! Today the zit has shrunk a little after I applied Izumio on it, along with Melaleuca oil. Yesterday it was sorely sitting on my cheek screaming out to everyone for attention! For someone who hardly gets zits, the sight of it on my cheek is really disturbing. ¬†Did I also tell you that Izumio works very well with controlling ¬†period pain? Just a packet yesterday along with a massage on my abdomen with peppermint essential oil and the nagging cramp in my uterus slowly dissipated.

Since I felt a tad bloated and lacking in appetite this morning, I ate something really light – a piece of organic buckwheat seaweed cracker…

 

 

Also had a small bowl of buckwheat puffs with toasted almond slices, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Lunch was wat tarn meehoon with squid + minced pork + Chinese cabbage ¬†+ yau mark veggie + egg sauce. ¬†The sauce was cooked last night, for dinner with organic pumpkin yee mee. ¬†Today, I blanched some meehoon and yau mark veggie and that’s lunch for Cass and me.

 

 

Home-Cooked Dinner – 8 Sept 2016

Pan-fried red snapper fish and mackerel fish marinated with turmeric powder, Baba’s fish curry powder, organic shoyu and ground black pepper.

I have tried frying fish using steel wok, non-stick granite pan, non-stick Teflon pan and Khind stir-fryer.

My verdict is Рthe Khind electric stir-fryer gives the best outcome.  For the 3 slices of fish yesterday, total time in the stir-fryer was only 4 minutes Рexactly  2 minutes on each side.  For smaller whole fish, the outcome would always be crispy on the outside and juicy on the interior.

I don’t really fancy buying mackerel fish coz the meat tends to be dry and dull after pan-frying. But with the Khind electric stir-fryer, the meat of the mackerel fish was very tender and juicy yesterday. ¬†The texture of the red snapper fish fried using Khind electric stir-fryer was cooked to a tee.

Below – omelette with Wattie’s sweet corn kernels, kafir lime leaves, organic tomatoes, lots of organic scallions, a dash of organic shoyu, pepper, tomato ketchup and lots of big onions and chopped garlic.

The girls and I love the scent of kafir lime leaves in the omelette.   It rounds the dish up with the right tinge of Thai aroma.  I also use kafir lime leaves in fried rice, braised brinjal, curries, noodles and just about anything.  Kafir lime leaves are inexpensive and easily available here. I normally get a small punnet from the supermarket (costs RM1 a punnet with a big handful of leaves) and store them in an air-tight container in the freezer. That can last me for many months.

Below – ingredients for the omelette, just before the egg mixture and scallions are added into the pan.

 

 

Yummy Kitchen Tales

My 2 kitchen side-kicks helping me to peel and chop garlic and onions. I am SO thankful for them coz I HATE this chore!

They bicker and fight a lot but when they yak and laugh non-stop with each other, it really warms my heart ūüôā

From a mere kitchen helper just earlier this year, Drama Queen has been promoted to Commis Chef!  I can now delegate such easy task as sauteeing veggies, cooking omelettes, sauteeing meat and simple pan-frying of dishes to her.

She’s great at whipping up delightful salads too…

When the 3 of them are in the kitchen, we always have loads of laughter, albeit commotion do erupt when things go wrong like someone accidentally cuts her finger, breaks a bowl or ¬†burns a dish! ¬†It is NOT uncommon that a dish is burnt when I leave it entirely to her to cook. ¬†It’s A-OK. ¬†Failures are fertilizer to success.

In action – Drama Queen cooking tomato omelette, ala Taiwanese.

The tomato omelette that Drama Queen whipped up, all by herself and it’s really delish.

One of our simple dinners at home – blanched veggie, tomyam white pomfret fish and Taiwanese style tomato omelette.

Baked Corn Flakes Chicken

Our girls love grilled chicken. I cook it at least once a week, sometimes twice.  My grilled chicken is cooked in a variety of styles Рwith turmeric powder, teriyaki sauce, honey, lemon grass, lemon juice, curry paste, tomyam paste, black pepper, breaded and much more.  Last week I tried something different with the chicken thighs РI baked them with crushed corn flakes.

Drama Queen was quick to help me crush the corn flakes with a rolling pin.

The chicken thighs were marinated with coriander powder, pepper and soy sauce.

Directions:
Dip chicken thighs with eggs (beaten)
Then coat with crushed corn flakes. In some recipes, the chicken is coated with flour before coating with crushed corn flakes.
Line baking tray with baking paper and oil the paper.
Bake at 150C for 15-20 minutes on each side.

Ready to go into the oven…

I also grilled some fresh Portobello mushrooms with minced garlic and olive oil.

 

Since the oven was hot, I toasted some silvered almonds.

Silvered almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds  and cashew nuts (all lightly toasted) are my favorite low-carb high protein snacks.

 

Bon appetit!

 

Butadon (Pork Bowl Rice)

It’s been a busy 2 days for me.

Two days ago, I discovered that 99% of the photos in ¬†my 3 blogs from the period November 2015 – May 2016 were not loading! ¬†That’s one of the worst nightmares to happen to a blogger. It’s tragic! My blogs mean a lot to me. I started them in 2007 as an online journal and diary on my girls. ¬†I spent all my time since yesterday putting the photos back into each and every post. I am only 90% done with my main blog. I have 2 more blogs to rectify. This is such a waste of my precious time.

In between fixing my blog, I met with a few customers to pass them Izumio and Super Lutein that they ordered from me and explained the products to them. ¬† Also had a lot of work to do on the computer and processing of membership application. ¬†Before I even realize it, it is time to cook dinner already. ¬†Dang it! How I hate cooking when I don’t have the time.

Yet, despite my busyness, I managed to whip up a new dish РButadon (pork bowl rice).  Also whipped up a sauteed organic French bean with fish paste and julienned carrots.

My pork bowl rice was YUMS! ¬†Almost like the real thing from Japanese restaurants. And the 5% of not tasting identical to the authentic Japanese ones is because I did not use sake, mirin or dashi. ¬†These sauces are all very costly and I don’t use them often. ¬†I replaced sake, mirin and dashi with Teriyaki sauce and organic shoyu. ¬†And cooked it with 3 large big onions, which added so much sweetness and flavor to this dish. ¬†My girls are big fans of onions, garlic and scallions.

I also grilled 4 super huge Portobello with minced garlic. They were so juicy and yums!  Portobello mushrooms are great as meat replacement for vegans.

Ingredients:
Thinly sliced pork or beef – get those thinly sliced meat for steamboat / Korean BBQ
Carrot, julienned thinly
3 large onions
Chopped garlic
Teriyaki sauce
Shoyu sauce
Chopped scallions
1 tablespoon sugar (I used organic brown sugar)

Directions for Butadon:
1) Marinate pork slices with a little corn flour and teriyaki sauce and leave in fridge for a few hours.
2) Heat oil in non-stick pan.
3) Brown the onions and garlic.
4) Brown the pork / beef slices
5) Add julienned carrot
5) Add water, sugar and shoyu and simmer for about 15 mins.
6) Check doneness of meat.
7) Add the chopped scallions.
8) Plate up and enjoy!

I used pork belly purchased from De Market Supermarket and asked the pork section assistant to slice them thinly for me. ¬†De Market has a very good choice of fresh pork that are free from growth hormones and antibiotics. I can’t remember the brand name of the pork but I shall let you know in my next post. Yup, the pork is branded and not overly exorbitant. ¬†I always get the guys there to mince or slice my selected meat. I even request them to wash the meat for me before they mince the meat.

This dish is pretty easy to prepare and ain’t very messy to the kitchen. My 3 fussy-pots loved it. Even the one who’s the hardest to please gave it a double thumbs up. ¬†Do give it a try!

 

Tau Yew Bak (Braised Pork Belly With Soy Sauce)

Ever since the mil went to Hong Kong,¬†I have been spending quite a bit of time cooking. ¬†I cook dinner from Monday through Friday. ¬†On some days, I cook twice a day, like today. ¬†I now have a pot of porridge bubbling in the rice cooker and it will be ready just on time when Drama Queen and Cass come back from school in a bit. ¬†Tonight I will be cooking dinner with 3 dishes – a fried fish, veggie and a braised potato with tomatoes and minced meat. ¬†I wish we could afford¬†to hire¬†a cook so that I don’t have to spend so much time cooking!

Fortunately, I still have Drama Queen to help me. Thank God she loves cooking and baking and does not mind doing laborious stuff like peeling garlic and onions! She even washes the dirty dishes, which is my top most dreaded chore.

Here’s Drama Queen helping to peel garlic for my tau yew bak…

Braised pork belly with soy sauce is one of the easiest dish to whip up that kids and adults will enjoy. Peeling garlic aside, it is an otherwise sweat-free dish to prepare with no oil splatter.  The pork belly can be replaced with chicken drumsticks.  Some people add tofu, puffed tofu and dried mushrooms.

Ingredients:

1  Pork belly
2  Star anise РI used about 10 pieces
3  Some pepper corn Рjust half a handful or about 1 tablespoon.
4  Garlic РI used 1 whole bulb
5  Soy sauce РI used organic shoyu
6  Dark sauce РI only used a dollop. You can substitute it with blackstrap molasses as it tastes very similar to dark sauce and is a much healthier alternative. I ran out of blackstrap molasses, thus used dark sauce
7  Filtered water
8  1 tablespoon of organic brown sugar
9  Eggs

* adjust the amount of seasoning yourself, that’s what I always do. I never really follow recipes.

Method
Boil water in pot.
Once water boils, put all the ingredients into the pot and simmer in medium heat for about 1.5 hours.
Boil the eggs and peel off shell. Dump eggs into the pot to simmer together.
Plate up and enjoy!

 

 

Tom Yam Fish & Grilled Boxing Chicken

Dinner on a hectic Wednesday yesterday…

1  Tomyam pomfret fish with lots of brinjal, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli.  I used half a packet of Mak Nyonya Tomyam paste.

2  Blanched organic broccoli.

 

The reddish tomyam paste looks and tastes really fiery. ¬†I sauteed the paste with some oil and garlic. You can add onions and lemon grass if you wish. Then added water and simmer the vegetables with the paste. After tasting how sour it was, I added about 1.5 teaspoon of organic raw sugar and added more water to it. ¬†After a 20-minute simmer, I added the 3 pieces of pomfret fish and continued simmering for another 10 minutes. Each spoonful sent mouthwatering hot and sour fireworks in the mouth. The flavor is pretty close to what we’d find at a Thai eatery. ¬†With half a packet of paste left, I’m ¬†considering cooking tomyam noodles with it.

 

 

I also grilled some boxing chicken. I marinated the chicken with lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon, coriander powder, turmeric powder and soy sauce. Grilled for 15 minutes on each side at 140 Celsius and added organic honey just before turning off the heat. ¬†Honey tends to burn meat very quickly in the oven, so it’s best to ¬†baste meat with honey when meat is already cooked.

I saved a portion for next day lunch for Drama Queen and Cass.

Today, I popped the boxing chicken + rice into the microwave and walah… the girls had a hot and yummy home-cooked meal in a jiffy! ¬†Also sliced a red capsicum, cucumber and avocado.

Smoothie of the day for today is orange + apple + pineapple + chia seeds + fresh coconut water.

 

 

Easy & Healthy Home-Cooked Meals

The first meal for dinner that I cooked after a half-year hiatus is this:

1. Cincai fried rice with onions, left-over shredded chicken breast meat and eggs.

2. Blanched organic veggie

3. Steamed pork ribs braised with sand ginger, shallots and tomatoes. The mil had cooked this earlier before she left for Hong Kong and frozen for emergency situations where I have no time to cook.

The fried rice and blanched veggie were cooked using my new Khind stir-fryer.

That was on a Monday, the day where Drama Queen gave me a scare after a fall from the stairs, which made me spend my entire morning at the hospital.  In the evening, Drama Queen asked me where her topical medicated cream was.  Fudge!! We had forgotten to collect it from the pharmacy after making payment!  I was busy exchanging Whatsapp messages with our insurance agent and she was busy burying her face in her thick novel. So I had to go to the hospital again in the evening to collect the cream.

Yesterday (Wednesday), I fried fish using the Khind stir-fryer.

While the fish was auto-pan fried in the stir-fryer, I pan-fried some chicken fillet with teriyaki sauce and turmeric using my non-stick granite pan. ¬†That’s for Cass and Drama Queen’s school snack box for today (Thursday).

The past 3 days ever since the mil left for Hong Kong have been very hectic for me since I now have 1-2 hours deducted from the day to be allocated for cooking.

And just as I come to the end of this post, my next task is to prepare lunch for Drama Queen and Cass. They’ll be back from school in half an hour. ¬†Within this 1/2 hour, I have to whip up a yummy egg sandwich and fruit smoothie for the 2 persnickety rascals before rushing down to the lobby to wait for them. ¬†Super stress-nya!! ¬†But thankfully I have my Izumio and Super Lutein to zap away the oxidative stress stewing in my body ūüôā

You may check out my earlier post on how to reduce oxidative stress / free radicals from your body.

 

Khind Stir-Fryer

I have always wanted to get an air-fryer and Thermomix (TMX) to ¬†help me cook in the kitchen. ¬†But lack of support from the hubs (he commented that these gadgets will eventually turn into another white elephant, duh!) and most importantly, lack of budget (the TMX costs over RM6,000!) have prevented me from getting those kitchen toys. ¬† If you know me well, you’ll know by now that I dislike cooking as I don’t like prepping the ingredients, cleaning up grime and stains and washing the utensils. Well, I like cooking and baking but only if there was someone to help me with prepping the ingredients and washing up. Yeah, I know I am spoilt like that. ¬†I cook for the love of my 3 princesses and always find ways to minimize the cooking time, cleaning up of kitchen and washing utensils.

Yesterday I got a new kitchen toy that will help me tremendously in minimizing the cooking time, cleaning up and washing up! The new Khind stir-fryer is an awesome automated electric cooker. It is a cross between an air-fryer and the Thermomix (TMX), sans the chopping and blending function in the TMX.  And the price is a fraction of that of the TMX.

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At RM782 a unit, the Khind stir-fryer is a good buy. ¬†Read on till the end of this post as I have some discounts, specially for Health Freak Mommy readers! You’ll love me for this! ¬†ūüėÄ

Here are the features:

  • Fast convenient fully automatic cooking solution
  • Stir fry, pan fry, saute, toast, braise settings
  • Uses less oil in cooking equals healthier food
  • No messy oil fume/stains on kitchen/pantry walls
  • Easy to wash
  • Suitable for busy working adults who prefer to eat homecooked food and even teenagers.

 

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My very first dish to test try with this baby is fried fish with turmeric powder. The mil was as excited as I was over this gadget. ¬†Whilst she used the non-stick granite wok to stir-fry vegetables, I was beside her, putting fish into the Khind stir-fryer. ¬†And while she stood in front of the wok to continue stirring the vegetables, all I had to do was to press a few buttons on the stir-fryer and ¬†went back to my computer to continue working ūüėÄ

To prepare fried fish, all I have to do is:

1. Put oil and fish (can fit 2 medium to large pieces of fish) into stir-fryer

2. Press ‘Pan Fry’ button

3. Press 3 minutes

4. Press START button

5. Sit back and relax

6. When machine beeped after 3 minutes, I flipped the fish and pressed another 3 minutes to cook the other side of the fish.

7.  Did some revision with Cass as today is her Science test.

8. At the beep of the machine after 3 minutes, I removed the fish from the machine.

8. Repeat cycle again for the remaining fish.

Below – frying in progress – – 48 seconds left before the 2 pieces of fish are ready to be removed from the stir-fryer

 

The result Рcrispy skin with tender flesh.  Kids and I uber like the fish!

Check out Drama Queen slicing a loaf of bread, fresh from the oven. Someone was too impatient to wait for it to cool down *rolls eyes*

 

You can now pan fry fish everyday minus the sweat, stinky clothes and hair and oily kitchen if you get a Khind stir-fryer. It is so simple to cook yummy dishes using this stir-fryer and washing  the inner pot is easy peasy too.

 

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 220-240V ~ 50/60Hz
  • Power:1500W
  • Color: Black
  • Warranty: 2 years

 

DISCOUNT FOR HEALTH FREAK MOMMY READERS!!

The retail price of the FR358 stir-fryer is RM782.

Khind is currently offering a 10% discount for a limited time only.

For Health Freak Mommy readers, you get an ADDITIONAL 15% DISCOUNT on the stir-fryer and all the products in the Signature Series!  After a 25% discount, HFM readers only need to pay RM586.50 for the stir-fryer! 

Please use this discount code during checkout from the Khind website :

Discount code: SSB15 (Valid until 31 August 2016)

I guess from now onwards, you will be expecting more posts from me on dishes whipped up by my new toy. ¬†My new toy can braise meat and curry dishes, stir-fry dishes, prepare fried noodles, fried rice, bake cake and much more — the fuss-free and oil-free way. The way I like it! ūüôā

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