Cheddar Cheese On Toast

Today’s lunch for Drama Queen and Cass was takeout Mee Siam from our favorite cafe.  Cass was super hungry today.  When she alighted from the school van, she grumbled “mum, I am SO hungry. My stomach is SO pain and growling. I am going to die from hunger!”  The moment she got into the house, she rummaged through the fridge for lunch. She saw the packet of Mee Siam in the fridge, took it out and devoured it like a feral dog. She was supposed to share the packet of Mee Siam with me but she scoffed it down within minutes, still in her dirty school uniform, stinky socks and with ruffled messy hair all over.

After she was done with her packet of Mee Siam, Cass said that she was still very, very hungry! OMG, what’s with her appetite?!  She must be going through a growth spurt now.  “But you have already eaten my share of Mee Siam. There is nothing else to eat. Do you want cheese on toast?” I asked her. There was a twinkle in her eyes. That’s her favorite, why not!

So I hurriedly popped a slice of wholemeal cranberry bread into the toaster, along with a slice of cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes.  This open toast is very much in the same mold as pizza bread.   The bread is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The soft and chewy  melted cheddar cheese is SWOON!  Something as simple as a slice of crispy toast with hot tomatoes and chewy cheddar can really warm the cockles of this little girl’s heart 💓💓

 

Our Saturday – 6 May 2017

I spent half my Saturday shopping with my baby girl, just her and me. Both Alycia and Drama Queen were in school.  The mil was in Ipoh and the hubs had to work.

Before we  left for Mid Valley Megamall, we had breakkie at a neighborhood cafe, tucking into our favorite best-in-the-world Mee Siam and mushroom tomato omelette.

 

Cass at work – decorating her notebook with FOC rubber stamps at Muji. She adores these rubber stamps and I can see that even adults are just as enthusiastic in them from the crowd at the stamping station.

A shopping queen in the making, just like her mum! Cass queuing up to pay for her dresses at Uniqlo 😁

Upon recommendation by a friend, we tried Q Zai Eggette, a popular snack made popluar in Hong Kong. Q Zai are waffles in the shape of a bed of little quail eggs. Cass and I had fun popping and munching these little eggettes on the go while walking the mall.  Q Zai is located on the same floor as the cinema at Mid Valley Megamall.

Q Zai Eggette

After shopping, I sped to school to pick up Drama Queen. We had overspent our time at the mall and were late!  Back home, I told Drama Queen that I was craving to have some flour-free banana pancakes, which Drama Queen can whip up some very yummy ones.  Without even hesitating and bursting with enthusiasm to cook / bake, my chef wannabe hurriedly prepared the ingredients, which composes of  only eggs and ripe bananas, that’s it, this simple… and of course a little oil for the pan.

Soon, the big girl who was craving for some pancakes ‘ordered’ pancakes from the chef wannabe and she of course was ever too pleased to accept. Drama Queen quickly gathered the ingredients and made 2 batches of fluffy pancakes.  Then she had a light bulb moment. She made another batch of pancakes so that we could have them for breakkie the next day!  The big girl took a breather from studying for Chemistry and Chinese language and helped out in the kitchen. This girl with ‘royal fingers’ seems to have a liking for making pancakes and that’s the only time she would help out in the kitchen.

Perfect pancakes made by Chef Sherilyn and Chef Alycia – crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside!

After our late lunch of pancakes, Cass attended piano lesson.

Cass with teacher Crystal.  She’s currently learning to play “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara, her latest favorite pop song 🙂

 

 

Random Matters – 5 May 2017

Today marks the 8th anniversary of my 3-week nightmarish stay at GMC Penang with Cass. She went in for a Uretheral Reimplantation surgery on 5 May 20o9. Something awfully awry happened during the surgery. There was a complication and she was operated on 2 weeks later, after many X-rays, ultrasound scans, a CT-Scan and a Fluoroscopy failed to show the kink at the end of her guts.  My poor baby had to endure all these harmful scans and she was only 13 months old then.

The month of May happens to be a month of bloodshed and pain. May has never been too kind to me. Whether coincidental or jinx, May has always been unfavorable to me. Maybe it is in May that the stars and moon don’t align well for me. Dang it! This end May, I will be going for a surgery.  You can read it at my other blog.

The mil is away in Ipoh for a few days and as a matter of course, I am tasked with cooking dinner.  The thing with cooking is that once you lose the momentum, you lose the mojo and inspiration to cook. You will dread walking into the kitchen.  The mil knows cooking is not my forte (though I can whip up a real mean meal, he he!) and she pre-prepared the ingredients for me the day before from de-shelling the prawns to mincing the pork done from scratch on the chopping board. This morning, she removed the skin of the leek flowers and cut them.  How very thoughtful of her eh?

But the mil didn’t have time to finish prepping all the leek flowers this morning. After Drama Queen got home from school and finished her lunch, I tasked her with completing the job 😆

Steamed eggs with minced pork; sauteed leek flowers with baby shrimps and sauteed ‘yau mak’ vegetable. Simple dishes yet the girls scoffed down each plate of dish 😉

The scene at the dining table today.

The big girl pored over her Sejarah (History) textbook throughout dinner. She’s sitting for her Sejarah paper tomorrow and the last two papers of Chemistry and Chinese will be on Monday.  And the other 2 girls pored over their novels 😁📗📘📙.  Someone will surely see red to see this during dinner if she was around!

Bonding With My Eldest

Every Friday, I have a one-to-one little jaunt with my eldest daughter. After Math tuition, I would drive her to the night market. She loves walking the night market to grab her favorite snacks. We would munch on snacks whilst strolling the road and stop by her favorite stalls which is a very delightful past time.

If the weather permits and it does not rain, we would scoff down a few sticks of ‘balls’ at the ‘look look’ van. Of all the snacks at the night market, we love the ‘look look’ van the best.

I know what’s on your mind y’all. Why is health freak mommy allowing this unhealthy food? Those fishballs and meatballs on bamboo skewers cooked in a pot of boiling water that everyone else dips their skewers inside too ain’t the healthiest choice of food. I believe that if we eat a little bit of something less than healthy once in a blue moon, we will still be fine. Just don’t go overboard. I do indulge moderately in my favorite less than healthy food once in a while to satiate that craving. Most days are clean eating and I have that cheat day once or twice in a week 😀

 

Our Sunday – 30 April 2017

The girls got up very early today to soak in some glorious morning sun and sweat it out at the park this morning. Lately, Cass and I are into sun gazing. I actually feel much more energetic after gazing briefly at the morning sun and soaking in the sun’s energy every morning. Go Google sun gazing to read more and practise this with caution lest your retina gets damaged.  Alycia had fix an appointment with her classmate at the park to practise running for their school sports day. While the entire lot of family members were at the park, I had a blissful and peaceful 2 hours at home alone – doing house chores 😀  All I need is quiet time to myself without anyone calling or bugging me and I’ll be happy, even if it means engaging in some slavery chores. I am simple like that.

After everyone had showered, we went to church.  Lunch was at Bread Fruits…


My divine roast veggies and Portobello salad with grilled salmon, washed down with a glass of freshly juiced beetroot + lemon + cucumber + dragon fruit juice. Cass and Drama Queen had mango + pear + orange juice.


Grilled chicken avocado sandwich.


Breakfast set with arugula

While shopping for groceries, we saw a humungous fish head, half the height of Drama Queen at the fish section. I think that fish head probably weighs heavier than Drama Queen!

Back home, the big princess continued with revision in her room. Her first term exam starts on Wednesday.  Cass still has a Math paper to sit for on Tuesday but she’s been chillaxing as if her exam is over.  Drama Queen’s exam is over and she’s been practising some dance moves for a performance in school.

 

 

Random Matters

A big thank you to all those who messaged me privately and to Chris for letting me know that you can view the latest picture in my blog. You girls rock!💃 😊

I’m hoping that the pictures uploaded on Imgur will appear in my blogs permanently. The problem with pictures uploaded on Facebook is that they are not permanent. They may appear in my blogs for a few days or weeks until Facebook changes its settings again. Facebook is very, very fond of changing its settings / platform and I find it super annoying! Once Facebook changes its platform or settings, the pictures once copied from Facebook to my blogs will fail to appear in my blogs. And my nightmare begins! Not seeing pictures loading in the blog is every blogger’s nightmare 😱

I have some updates on my missing parcel from the U.K.  19 days after the parcel went missing without a trace, I checked Pos Malaysia’s website and what do I know? The parcel is now in the radar again, woo hoo!!  It seems like there is a human error from the immigration side in the U.K. I think my parcel was inadvertently left behind instead of getting onto the aircraft. And it was after 17 days that the Immigration staff realized my  parcel sitting around. Today I checked Pos Malaysia’s tracking system and both parcels have reached Malaysia, woooooohooooo, thank you Lord!! I have been praying really hard for my parcel to be found and He has heard my prayers. Praying hard now that I will receive both my parcels by early next week.

Date / Time Process Office
27 Apr 2017, 21:21:13PM Item held by Customs Awaiting presentation to customs commissioner MPC PMIH (KLIA)
27 Apr 2017, 21:20:13PM Item processed at MPC PMIH (KLIA) MPC PMIH (KLIA)
23 Apr 2017, 04:36:00AM Item dispatched out MPC PMIH (KLIA) United Kingdom
06 Apr 2017, 02:08:00AM Item dispatched out MPC PMIH (KLIA) United Kingdom
04 Apr 2017, 19:28:00PM Item posted over the counter United Kingdom

I am ever so grateful to Anna of Sweet Cures of York. She has immediately sent me another parcel worth RM800 of Waterfall D-Mannose as replacement of the supposedly missing parcel. I will pay her for the second order as soon as I have received it.

Cass has finished almost all her tests except for Math paper, which will be held on Tuesday next week. Guess what happened this week, which is Cass’ exam week? Her Mandarin tutor fell really ill and could not come to tutor her. With no one to help her revise all the Mandarin subjects, I enlisted my mil’s help to tutor Cass 😆  I also solicited the help of Drama Queen to test Cass on some Science questions last night.

We can have some fun out of the house over the long weekend in between doing some Math questions.  Have a happy long weekend and Happy Labour Day to all!

 

Home-cooked Dinner – 25 April 2017

Our cozy weeknight dinner at home with simple yet yummy dishes:

Sauteed organic broccoli with garlic, fish balls and carrot slices; tomato omelette; Happy Call Pan-fried ribeye steak.

On the foreground are pork ribs and ‘phang kor’ from the soup. ‘Phang kor’ is a seed that looks and tastes very similarly to ginkgo and it has an outer layer of dark red velvety shell, which is removed prior to cooking.  The seeds can be steamed and eaten as it is or cooked as one of the ingredients in a soup.  ‘Phang kor’ are grown on trees and the red fruits hanging all over the tree are really a sight to behold.  Sorry I don’t know the name of this fruit/seed in English. One may find these trees grown outside the compound at housing estates. They are easily obtainable from the wet markets back in my beloved hometown of Ipoh. Oh, this post is making me miss my beautiful hometown now!

Cell Phone For Children

The hubby bought our eldest daughter an iPod Touch when she was 12 years old. It was a present for her for getting good grades and position in her school exam. It was given to the big girl after much lobbying, begging and whining. Her plea was “everyone else she knows has a cell phone or iPod”.  Finally her dad challenged her that should she get first placing in her exam, an iPod will be hers. She managed to prove it to her dad and she claimed an iPod from her him!

If you are wondering what an iPod Touch is, it functions just like an iPad where one gets to surf the internet, engage in social media, play music, watch videos except that it does not come with a SIM card function, thus you cannot make phone calls. It looks like an iPhone.

Our middle child got her first cell phone at the age of 11 and it was by a stroke of luck that she earned herself a Huawei cell phone. The hubby had bought me a new Huawei cell phone and with this purchase, he was given a chance to do a ‘spin and win’ at the shop.  He enlisted the girl to do the spinning and what did he know? The stars and moon must have aligned right that day, the spin won her a brand new Huawei cell phone!

And so now both our older girls have a cell phone each. I associate the iPod with an iPhone as it functions just like an iPhone sans the ability to make calls. But I can get in touch with the big girl via Facebook messenger and Facebook voice call provided there is WiFi. I find it very useful to get in touch with the girls when they go on field trips and have outings with their friends. I have made it clear to them that when they are on outings, they have to ‘report’ to me regularly, informing me of their whereabouts. It’s also very useful when I need to fetch them back from the tuition center, school or outings. They get to call me to let me know what time I should fetch them and where to wait for them.

Many parents wrestle with the issue of cell phones for kids. Should they or should they not give their child a cell phone? There are pros and cons to your child having a cell phone. We as parents need to lay the ground rules and make sure that our kids are aware that we mean what we say. I’ve had bad days with my girls over the cell phone, I’ve had days when I confiscated the phone as punishment. All in all, it’s not a bad idea for my girls to have a cell phone.

Image of cell phones

Just remember: When you give your kids the access to cell phones, you’re giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can create text, images and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to social media and sites. They can broadcast their status and their location. I have made it clear to my kids that they should never show their location. They can download just about everything in the world. If you think your children’s technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times have definitely changed and we need to keep up with the times, but parenting hasn’t. We’re still the parents. And it’s our job to say “no, not yet.”

Oh, make sure that your kid’s cell phone is equipped with a top anti-virus app. There are many free anti-virus apps available for android now. Do your research and get the best for your child.

 

Organic Barley, Lemon Grass And Pandan Drink

I made a big pot of organic barley drink today. The concoction composes of organic unhulled barley, organic Job’s Tears, organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan (screw pine leaves) powder.

Due to its alkalinity, barley water has been used since ancient times to treat various digestive conditions. Barley water is prepared by using one part of barley with 15 parts of water, which is boiled till it becomes 2/3rd of its basic solution. Being extremely alkaline, barley water is also beneficial for those suffering from gallstones. The water-soluble fibre content in it helps prevent formation of stones and cures existing ones. It is also a good remedy for kidney problems and is a traditionally acclaimed drink for supporting and nourishing kidneys in times of stress.

Directions:
~Wash the barley pearls and Job’s Tears several times.

~When the barley pearls and Job’s Tears have turned mushy (about 1 – 1.5 hours later in medium flame), add in the organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan leaves powder and stir until the powders are completely dissolved. Then turn off the fire.  I added 1 teaspoon each.

~ Pour out the barley water using a stainless steel sieve.

As this is my first time trying out this concoction, I didn’t add too much of both powders, lest the drink tastes weird. But the drink turned out great!  I love the color of the drink, which has a pretty hue of green.  The drink is really refreshing when chilled. Even Cass who absolutely hates barley water has no issue gulping her cuppa green barley down without pinching her nose.  This girl always drinks her barley water with her nose pinched *roll eyes*

The next time I prepare this concoction again, I will add more lemon grass and pandan powder. I prefer it to have a stronger aroma of lemon grass and pandan.

Pandan leaves are slightly bitter in nature, thus, do go easy on the pandan powder.

Health benefits of lemon grass:

Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, type-2 Diabetes and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.

Prevention of bacteria: Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast.

Lowers Cholesterol: Studies have shown that the regular consumption of lemongrass has shown significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body.

Detoxification: Lemongrass helps in cleansing and flushing harmful toxic wastes out of the body, as a result of its diuretic properties.

Cancer: Lemongrass is effective in treating various types of cancers without affecting the healthy normal cells of the body. Research conducted to prove the anti-cancerous activity of lemongrass has shown promising outcomes in the prevention of skin cancer. Studies have shown that a certain component, citral, which is present in lemongrass, helps in inhibiting the growth of hepatic cancer cells during the initial phases and prevents any further production of cancerous cells. Another study has provided supporting evidence regarding the anti-proliferative effect of citral in impeding the growth of human breast cancer cells and the induction of apoptosis.

Health benefits of pandan (screw pine leaves):

Reduce Cramps / pain relief
If you have cramps regularly, you can use pandan leaves as a traditionally cure to help reduce those cramps. Pandan leaves can also help you with gastrointestinal tract cramps, especially stomach cramps. You can make pandan leaves tea and drink it to help you reduce your cramps.

Anti-carcinogenic Properties
Another amazing benefit of pandan leaves is that they are anti-cancerous. It can counteract the effect of toxins and inhibits cancer cell development.

Reduce Fevers
Pandan can help in reducing fever. It is a traditional remedy in treating fevers.

Other health benefits of pandan include : mild laxative for children, detoxifying the body, lowers high blood pressure, helps to strengthen weak nerves, boosts appetite and it can also help men with impotence.