French Toast Sticks & Bites Cooked By Kids

Today is another day of Deepavali holiday for the girls. I just found out from Alycia in the car this morning that her holiday ends today while Cass and Drama Queen have another day of holiday tomorrow. WTF?!! I thought I was going to have another day of sleeping in tomorrow morning, but my holiday officially ends today too *boo hoo hoo hoo*

We had Indian food again today (all of us except for Drama Queen who preferred to stay home since she has to abstain from spicy and heaty food).

I didn’t know what to takeout for Drama Queen. Everything sold outside is oily and has MSG, which is a big NO NO for someone recovering from inflamed tonsilitis. So I got back empty-handed and told Drama Queen that I was going to prepare French Toast Sticks and Bites for her since we’ve got so much bread left in the fridge.  I got her to help in the preparation.  But Cass and the Big Princess wanted to play masak-masak in the kitchen too, so it was a bit of havoc in the kitchen with too many hands. But the girls had fun with their masak-masak which churned out really delish French Toast.  It was so delish that the girls could not get enough of it and they finished off the entire loaf of bread for French Toast!  One loaf  has 13 slices of bread! 😀

Dust some vanilla powder or cinnamon powder on the sticks just before serving…

And drizzle maple syrup over…

Alycia cut her bread into cubes and heart shape and I could even saute the bread on the pan.  Bite-size French Toast seems to taste better as they are crispier and easier to pop into the mouth.

I thought that Cass and Alycia were already pretty stuffed from tosei rawa and chicken Murtabak with curry fish but they stuffed in several slices of French Toasts when they got back.  If anyone can gobble down several slices of these even after a heavy meal, these French Toast Sticks and Bites must be dang good!

 

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Our Deepavali Holiday Weekend (29 – 30 Oct 2016)

On Saturday which was Deepavali, we spent our afternoon at Mid Valley and Gardens Mall.

Hubs the epicure wanted to try something different and we settled for An Viet @ The Gardens. Good choice made as we enjoyed the delightful and very flavorful authentic cuisine of Vietnam, comprising mainly of fresh aromatic leaves, flowers and vegetables.

Ãn Viet’ translates into ‘Eat Viet,’ and its aim is to encourage people to truly eat their food and to curb wastage. Serving portions of noodles and rice can be customized so that patrons order only what they can finish; plus, for everyone who finishes his or her entire meal, the restaurant channels RM0.10 to KOTO, a social enterprise that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese youths gain access to skill development opportunities.

The first item that arrived was a hot bowl of beef Pho Bo.  I love Ãn Viet’s concept of curbing wastage and order only what you can eat. You can order an amount of noodles based on weight – 80gm, 120gm, 160gm or 200gm – all for the same total price of RM18.90 per bowl.

The coconut ice-blended creation is simply delightful, aromatic and refreshing. It will surely tantalize the taste bud of any coconut fan. We all fell in love with it, even the hubs.

I ordered a glass of lemon grass & ginger drink and it was really refreshing as well with the aromatic fragrance of lemon grass.

Deep fried rice paper wraps.

A Vietnamese meal is never complete without Goi Cuan (fresh spring rolls).  As expected, the girls hadn’t quite acquired the taste just yet just like I did when I was much younger. Hubs and I polished off this dish.

Grilled chicken with lemon grass is another mouth-watering aromatic dish.

Banana flower salad – this salad is highlighted by the hot-tart play of chili and lime off the crisp rings of the banana flower.  It is a very refreshing and aromatic dish with such fresh and healthy ingredients as lime juice, julienned banana flower, julienned carrots, roasted peanuts, raw shallots, cucumber strips, mint leaves, basil leaves and prawns.

The girls loved this Vietnamese baguette pork chop the best.  Cass didn’t even want to let me have a bite of it until I growled at her, ha ha ha!

The big princess enjoying every bite of the pork chop baguette.

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And Drama Queen had takeout fish congee from Canton-I (just next to An Viet). She is recovering from inflamed tonsilitis.

 

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016:

Sundays are maid-free days.  Today I taught Cass to mop the floor with a magic mop and wet floor wipes. She was pretty thorough I must say.  My condition set on the girls before they are allowed to use any e-Gadgets is that they have to help out in house work. They will be very thankful to me one day for all these domestic on-the-job training 😀

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Molecular Hydrogen in the Huffington Post

Today I read an interesting article on “Hydrogen Water Could Help Reduce Free Radical Activity” in the Huffington Post dated 30 August 2016. WOW! For those of you who had emailed me with skepticism on hydrogen water, do give this article a read ya 😉

Yes I know our regular tap water has hydrogen but this particular hydrogen infused water that I am drinking now has much, much more.

There are nearly 400 studies on the effects of hydrogen water issued by universities and research institutes.

The hydrogen water that I am consuming now has the purest grade of commercially produced hydrogen with the highest quality to remove those free radicals in our body.

Do drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com or Whatsapp 019 266 4290 to know more.

 

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Kids Friendly Avocado Mushroom Pasta

It’s been a while since I last cooked mushroom pasta.  I am not a fan at all of anything creamy with milk / whipped cream cooked into a savoury dish. So is the big girl.  Only Drama Queen likes creamy pastas, especially Carbonara.

This time, I decided to be a tad adventurous and added avocado into the pasta sauce. And we all fell in love.  I just love the pretty hue of pastel green from the avocado and pistachios in the sauce.

Our very green and healthy dinner, bursting with phytochemicals…

I used 2 whole avocados. Thankfully the avos were perfect with no dreaded bruise inside.  Don’t you just LOVE the beautiful green and yellow color of the avocado? I love it!!

Pulse the avocado, a handful of pistachios with about half cup of fresh milk for a few seconds. I prefer a little texture from the pistachio nuts, thus I didn’t pulse till smooth.

 

Add the avocado pistachio puree to the pasta just before serving. Or you can add it to the pasta sauce in the pot to heat it up a little if you prefer warm.

Directions for pasta sauce:
1. Saute chopped garlic and onions
2. Add chicken breast (optional). I omitted meat as we have had quite a bit of meat already over lunch.
3. Add in fresh Portobello mushrooms. I used 2 punnets.
4. When the mushrooms have withered and browned, add whipping cream and cheese. I also added some julienned carrots.
5. Add cracked black pepper and salt to taste.
6. You can add chicken broth too if you have some on hand. I didn’t.
7. Pour the sauce onto the cooked pasta and mix well.
8. Pour avocado + pistachio puree over and serve while still hot.

Vegetables of the day was stir-fried organic French beans with Daylily bulbs, julienned carrots, garlic and onions.

 

 

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Sick Girl

Drama Queen woke up feeling sluggish yesterday morning.  She sat at the dining chair staring blankly at her toast when she got up from bed, then sat on her bed after her shower staring into space and looked pretty unusual of herself. I immediately asked her if she was feeling OK and she told me that her throat felt a little scratchy.

When she got home from school at 4-ish pm yesterday, she felt really rotten and immediately crumpled on the sofa still in her school uniform and a jacket.  After a short nap, I dragged her up from the sofa and made her down a packet of Izumio.  Half an hour later, I made her eat some guava, orange and red dragon fruit that I had cut for her (and her sisters) earlier.  After a shower, she slept until 10pm, got up, downed another packet of Izumio with 2 capsules of Super Lutein and ate a slice of purple sweet potato bread. Then went back to sleep.  Hubs woke her up at around 1am to feed her with water.

This morning, I told her not to go to school since final exam is over but she vehemently fought back and said she was OK and went ahead preparing herself for school. I got her to bring a packet of Izumio to school.  When she came back today, again she plonked herself on the sofa with her school uniform and jacket still on.

I encouraged her to eat a small bowl of pork + carrot porridge and drink a glass of fresh coconut water.

Pork ribs porridge with carrots, seasoned with scallions, pepper and vegetarian (soy protein) crispy floss. This bowl is for Cass. Drama Queen’s portion has no meat and crispy floss.

 

You must be wondering whether I fed her with any medicine?

NO.  Mummy is the quack doctor of the house and self treated her 😀

Hopefully Drama Queen is NOT down with Dengue fever or Zika.

Today I read with interest a blog post written by my Facebook friend, Jacqueline Koay. She used to be a gynae in the UK and then Indonesia. She is now a prolific writer.  Here’s what she wrote in her blog:

These are the regular things a doctor prescribes:

Antibiotics (not needed in most cases)
Painkillers
Decongestants
Anti-inflammatory
Charcoal tablets for diarrhoea.

None of the above actually cures anything. The biggest fallacy is taking medication for fever: fever is just the body’s reactions to fighting an infection or overheating. There’s a disturbing report that parents actually inadvertently OVERDOSE their children with paracetomol. IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOU USE PARACETOMOL, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE.

People often get confused between flu and cold. And between bacteria and virus-caused infections/illnesses. Antibiotics cannot kill off virus, so if you have a virus-caused infection, taking antibiotics serve no purpose whatsoever – it could even make you weaker by knocking out your immune system.

As for painkillers, more and more people are becoming addicted to painkillers. It starts with casual pill-popping, and if continued unaware, it becomes something deeper and darker. You can read the New Scientist article here.

It’s difficult to stand by and do nothing when your child is sick. Worry eats you up. But know that the commonly prescribed medication does nothing more than make you, the parents, feel better.

These are the main things to watch out for:

High temperature (cool the patient down; failing that, go straight to hospital)
Raging thirst
Floppiness, confusion, blinding headaches
Red blotches – with symptoms above (meningitis)
Projectile vomit
Anything way out of ordinary

This is no means medical advice, but a post to raise parents’ awareness that most of the prescribed medication are for peace of mind rather than actual cure.

 

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Heart-Stopping Moment

I had a heart-stopping moment today.

At around the time when I was supposed to go down to the lobby to wait for Cass to arrive home, I received a call from her class teacher.  OH. NO!! Calls from the schools and teachers are NEVER good. Never once good.

My heart literally stopped for a few seconds… until I heard Cass’ voice.

Cass – hi mum. I am still in school. Aunty Jane left without me.

Me – HUH??? What happened? Were you punished by the teacher and asked to stay back?

Cass – No. When I went  there (the same place where Aunty Jane parks her van), she wasn’t there anymore.

And then the line went dead.

I panicked with heart in my mouth.

I quickly called back Cass’ teacher’s number.  And then called the van driver to find out what happened.

I knew that the van driver was in a haste to send off this batch of students so that she could rush off to pick up another batch of students. She’s a single mum with college-going kids struggling to make ends meet and has been ferrying students from dawn till dusk.  This is the same van driver who had left Alycia behind in school when Alycia was Cass’ age now 5 years ago.  The situation was much worse with Alycia. When Aunty Jane reached my condo, she called me to inform me that she could not see Alycia in the van. Can you imagine my shock on hearing the news?

Back to Cass. When I called Aunty Jane to find out what happened, she was too embarrassed to admit that she left my daughter behind again but later admitted. It was her second time for Pete’s sake.  She told me that half way through the journey, she realized that Cass wasn’t in the van and she made a U-turn to pick her up.  I chided her and again asked her how she could have left out my child again. Doesn’t she do roll-calling anymore? Check-list of names?  I suggested all these safety measures to her 5 years ago after she left Alycia behind in school. And she did it again now! Sigh!!

Long story short, I was so so glad and relieved to see Cass when she alighted from the van today. I gave her hugs and kisses. And I pray that this will never happen to any of my daughters ever again.

Picture taken last Saturday. My baby girl did the tough job of hammering crab shells to de-shell crab meat to feed me!  She knows I hate getting my hands dirty and stinky from deshelling crabs and has since years ago volunteered to go at it hammer and tongs deshelling crab shells for her beloved mummy 🙂

And the chunkiest claw meat, the best part of the crab goes to me! 😀

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Final Exams Are Over!

FINALLY the day that all the exams for year 2016 are over and done with is here today. For all 3 girls. Can you feel my relief? Can you? 😀 😀

If you are a parent with school-going kids, I am sure you’ll feel me deeply.

I have not planned out what to do with the girls yet as they still have 1 more month of school to attend before the 1-month school holiday starts. But tomorrow we will be attending a food and fun fair at our church. The girls have been looking forward to attend this fun fair for months.

For me, I have nothing much to look forward to except to catch up on my sleep this weekend.  And it is just about the right time for me to do my yearly medical screening again.  Much as I hate going to the hospital to have blood works (hate the fasting!) and scans done, these can be life-saving.  Don’t scrimp on medical screenings and investing in some good supplements. These are the little things which may seem insignificant to you now and  you may not see the immediate benefits yet. Or you may say that you do not have the budget for them. Not  until  you are dealt with a  shocking diagnosis by which time regretting is the one thing that will corrode you. I wish this will never happen to anyone. I have a customer whose mother skipped just 1 year of not having a medical screening done.  The following year when she went for her medical screening, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had less than a year to live.  She was only in her early sixties.

Have a good and relaxing weekend world! 🙂

Yesterday’s dinner…

Sauteed okra with organic ‘milk white’ vegetable (lai park), big onions, tomatoes, shredded kafir lime leaves and Baba’s rendang curry powder.  The ‘milk white’ veggie is added into this dish coz some fussy pot hates okra.  This kid literally pukes each time I force okra down her throat, I kid you not!

Baked garoupa fish breaded with wholewheat bread crumbs.  If you have kids who dislike eating fish, try baking breaded fish. The bread crumbs lend a very crispy texture and aroma to the fish. My kids who are not great fans of the fish love fish cooked in this style.

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Stroke and Heart Attack

I get heart flutters or heart palpitations whenever I get very angry. My heart flutters also increase in frequency if I do not get enough sleep and have been stressed out. I always tell my kids not to irate me too much, lest they see me collapse right in front of their eyes due to a heart attack. I kid you not. My friend lost her husband 8 years ago to heart attack. Her husband was in his early forties and had the heart attack right in front of his three young daughters.

Early this week, I was really saddened when I read that my favorite fashion designer died of a heart attack. I used to shop a lot at his boutiques when I was still in the corporate world.  He was only 54 and looked really fit and active.  His death is a great loss to the Malaysian fashion scene.

Heart attack can attack anyone – young or old, fat or thin, fit or unfit.

Exercising with unusual vigor while you are enraged or emotionally distraught could also be dangerous for your heart, according to a cautionary new study of the types of events that may trigger heart attacks.

Research found huge differences in the treatment of men and women who suffer heart attacks

Cardiologists have long known that a wide variety of circumstances can initiate heart attacks in people with cardiac disease. Among the events that are tied to an increased risk of having a heart attack: sunrise (you’re more likely to have one on awakening), spectator sports, earthquakes, air pollution, job stress, holidays and, in rare instances, sex. Extreme physical exertion and extreme emotional distress also often have been linked to sudden heart attacks.

Many prevent stroke and heart attacks with hydrogen infused water. If you value your life, take hydrogen infused water for stroke and heart attack prevention. There are real case studies and clinical trials done on molecular hydrogen on stroke and heart attack prevention.

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Award-Winning Dawdler

Someone just spoilt my afternoon and I am still burning with anger!

Just a moment ago, I received a call from a sales staff from a bank trying to sell a product to me. I wasn’t interested and I told him straight. Then he said that he won’t take long and just wanted to give me some quick info on the product.  But I am freaking busy alright.  I had and still have 1001 things to do and I just told a white lie to the caller: “I am in a meeting right now”.  And before I could swipe the end button on my phone to end the call, some smart alec hollered loudly across and said “NO, YOU ARE NOT IN A MEETING!”  

HOW DARE SHE DO THAT TO ME?!! 

I am certain that the caller heard that!! Though I didn’t give a hoot.

I quickly swiped the end button on my phone… then shot killer dagger stares and spewed lava on this eat-full-nothing-to-do kid! She’s got a Math exam tomorrow and she had already wasted an hour in the bathroom faffing around and when she came out, she hadn’t even taken her shower!!   I was so enraged I wanted to swallow her up. I would if I were a ruthless giant.  As I am typing this post, this dawdler is at the balcony tending to her plants. Aaaarrrgh… I so want to swallow her up right NOW!!

 

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Random Matters (Exam Week)

Yours truly has been as busy as a worker bee the past one week.  I’ve been busy with work, busy with revising with Cass the dawdler and busy with whipping up wholesome dishes for the girls in their exam week to tank up their bodies with nutrients to help them fight well in the battlefield. Thank goodness I am not down and out yet, amidst my busyness with only 5 hours of sleep each night. Plus the stress of having to deal with two loafers in the house who don’t give a hoot that it is their final exam. Even Alycia couldn’t stand how her two sisters can still chillax with story books on the eve of their exam.

The hubs was down with  food poisoning on Sunday after we attended dinner at a restaurant on Saturday night.  And Drama Queen is recuperating from a mild running nose.

Below – our lunch on Sunday – eve of exam.  Poor hubs who puked and literally emptied his guts out, was too sick and cold to sit with us and left the Japanese restaurant to sleep in the car while we had our lunch and then shopped for groceries.

Below – with the peaceful and quiet morning time that I have while the girls are in school, I quickly get my work done before the girls are back. I had a few applications to submit to the Naturally Plus office this week and some story books to sell to clear shelf space for new books.

Today, I nearly ate a dead cockroach on my packet of dishes!! I was enjoying the chicken rendang with vegetables while reading the newspapers during lunch when I saw a black roach with legs and all, right smack in the plastic takeout box, just next to the chicken, freaking SH*T!!!! Of all insects, it had to be my  most feared enemy. And it scared the living daylights out of me! I quickly spat out the veggies that I was still munching and gagged everything else out. Then binned the box of food and rinsed my mouth and gagged more stuff out. OMG,  I don’t know what else went inside my stomach.  This is why I am never keen to buy takeout economy dishes. I have not done it for a long time and I guess it will take me a long time to get over  today’s incident.

We have TWO more days to go before we can all reclaim our long FREEEEEEEDOM until January 2017, YIPEEEEEEEE!!!!!

 

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Exam Fever

Today is finally the end of Alycia’s final exam. It has been a tough one week for her with lots of last minute revising and only getting 4 hours of sleep each night. My constant nagging to the girls to revise daily has fallen on deaf ears and she prefers to do an eleventh hour revision, in which case, hers is a seventh hour revision just before sitting for her papers! Let me see how she has fared in her exam this time. Since it is such a tall order for me to get her to follow my method of revising, the next best would be for her to do a trial and error on her own studying methods. Her first method of revising during her first semester exam was with her iPod next to her books with music blasting into her ears via ear plugs. The method failed.  Her grades were middling. This time, she surrendered her iPod to me a week before her exam, albeit with reluctance. She studied in total silence in her room with the door locked to prevent her sisters from annoying her. If her seventh hour revision method fails too, I believe she will try another technique in her next exam. One thing for sure is that she needs tuition for Math and I have already found a tuition center for her to begin tuition next month.

Alycia and her classmates have planned to have a little celebration in school with a basketball game after the end of their exam today. I’ll bet when she comes home later today, she’ll plonk herself on the bed and sleep like a baby the entire afternoon. Today marks the end of all the exams for Alycia for this year. Drama Queen and Cass will be sitting for their exam next week and I can foresee tomorrow being a nerve-racking day for me revising with the two dawdlers in the house! I can’t wait for next Friday to come to mark the end of all exams for the girls for this year…

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Exercise And Eating Clean

Before I share what I cooked again, I’d like to share with you some of my many accounts in my Journey To Fitness.  Just in case my posts on food and nothing-to-shout-about dishes bore you to brink of death 😀

All food and no exercise spells trouble for your body and I kid you not. Exercise is good for your heart, mind, body and soul.  You may not feel the difference now if you are still in your 20s or 30s. But once you have hit forty and lead a sedentary lifestyle, you’d most likely begin to notice the differences in your body.

People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress,depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.  I want to be able to still run around and travel the world even when I am 84 years old or 90 years old.  There’s this 84-year old grandmother at my condo who is fitter than I!  She wakes up at 5am everyday and works out for several hours at the pool area, practising her sword and fan tai chi movements, brisk walking  and does body stretching. She then sits at the gazebo  by the pool and chats with her peers until 10ish am each day. She gives me so much inspiration whenever I chat up with her or simply just by looking at how spirited and sprightly she works out each day, with so much energy bursting in her.

At the same pool area too each morning is a 78 year old grandma who moved in 2 months ago.  She walks with the support of a walking stick and an Indon helper.  She looks like she is into her 90s.  When I chatted up with her, I found out that both her kidneys were removed. She can only eat plain vegetables and nothing else as she is not undergoing dialysis. She is currently consuming Chinese medication.

So the conclusion is eat well, eat clean and exercise regularly and you could be like the 84-year old healthy grandma.  Put crap into your body and you will suffer in your later years. No joke. Love your body for you only have one.

 It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented!

This weather this morning was one of gloomy, breezy, chilly and a dark sky with a looming thunderstorm.  I wasn’t in the mood to swim in such compromising weather but with a determination as strong as steel, I went ahead.  The moment I went into the water, my body froze. The key to combat the chilly water and strong wind is to quickly dip your body inside the water and start swimming immediately, as fast as you possibly can, to generate heat in your body.  My body would normally be warmed up within 5 laps of swim on a cool morning but today, it took me over 13 laps to finally feel warmth. It didn’t help that it was extra windy today. *shiver!!*

I was the only person swimming this morning, which makes the pool looks oddly gigantic and creepy. Have you ever tried swimming alone at 6:30 in the morning under the threatening dark skies with no one else in the pool except you? Add the strong howling winds and chilly water and you’ll feel like you are in one of the scenes from Nightmare On Elm Street.  This morning, I felt and saw the currents of the pool water each time the strong wind blew and howled.   I soldiered on and after 30 minutes, I managed to complete 28 laps continuously, complete with body stretches and aqua cycling. It poured just after I completed my 28 laps.

It is hard to explain to you the awesome feelings one gets after exercising. If you haven’t started on an exercise regimen yet, why not try it today?  Yes today! It can be as simple as climbing up and down the stairs in your house or walk up the stairs to your unit if you live in a condo.  I used to jog outside the house at 5am with a baton in my hand and another round of running at 7pm when I returned from work.  Rain or shine, I would exercise, even if it meant running whilst holding an umbrella. I was and still am that determined and no one can break my will power.

Getting regular exercise aside, eating clean is just as important. Whether you are a carb-cutter, carb-loader, paleo warrior, or intermittent faster, your golden rule of clean eating should be to include as much fresh produce in your daily diet as possible.

Ok, enough said and I am stepping down from the soap box 😀

Here’s one of my home-cooked dinners last week  – baked Halibut steak from Greenland.  It was the first time hubs bought this fish and the meat was very smooth and creamy.

I baked the fish in two different styles – two pieces were lightly seasoned with sea salt and black pepper and another piece coated with wholemeal bread crumbs.

Verdict – the breaded one won.  And my conclusion is to bread the fish each time I bake fish in future.

Baked Portobello mushrooms with garlic.

Stir-fried organic cabbage with shredded carrot, garlic, onions and eggs.

 

I got a thumbs up from my most persnickety and critical daughter over dinner that night 😀

 

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Monday Dinner – 10 Oct 2016

Dishes on Mondays are normally kept simple and sweat-free. I keep them simple as I know I will most likely be bogged down with work after the weekend and Monday Blues.

Today’s dinner consists of grilled chicken and grilled salmon head.

I cranked up the oven and in went the 2 trays of meat. While I let the oven do its job, I sauteed the veggie.  Once the chicken and fish head were ready, I popped in another tray consisting of strip almonds. Almonds and seeds are my go-to snacks to quell hunger pangs.

Salmon head was seasoned with a few pinches of sea salt and ground black pepper…

 

Grilled chicken thighs were seasoned with 5-spice powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper, shoyu and at the last 15 minutes in the oven, drizzled with organic honey.

Note : honey / soy sauce or any sauces containing sugar should only be basted on the meat towards the last 15-20 minutes in the oven, otherwise the meat tends to get burnt easily. Burnt meat is carcinogenic.

 

Sauteed organic pea sprouts with garlic.

 

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Our Sunday – 9 Oct 2016

Today is the eve of the big princess’ final exam whereas next Sunday will be Drama Queen and Cass’ turn. The heat of the exam fever is burning in the house!

Hubs was still in Ipoh for a gathering with his former classmates, leaving just us girls at home on a Sunday. Just before we left the house, Alycia told me that she’d prefer to stay home to do revision… last minute one that is, which is just so typical of my cool as cucumber eldest, who is on the brink of teenage-hood.  In less than 2 months, she’ll be officially a teenager. I can’t believe I am a mother to a soon-to-be teenager!! Boy, I feel old!

After I sent my car for a wash, we had brekkie at the Indian restaurant.

Nasi lemak is for Drama Queen, who can really stomach sizzling hot food.

My favorite tosai rawa was not available today so I settle for tosai telur. Check out someone with an impatient hand pinching on my tosai coz she said she was so hungry she was going to die!

Roti telur for Cass.

And murtabak ayam (which was seriously delish!) takeout for the big princess.

For dinner, the big princess said she wanted to stay home to revise. So I cleared the fridge and freezer and cooked these:

Meat-less fried rice with lots and lots of garlic, big onions, grated sweet potato, kafir lime leaves, coriander leaves, sweet corn kernel, baby peas, shoyu and pepper.

Pork bolognese penne pasta (cooked last week) reheated. And sauteed organic lettuce with garlic.

The coming week will be a stressful week for the big princess.  I feel stressed out looking at what she has to study.  Her Cambridge Math in English is stressing me out big time. I know it is stressing her out too as she has been asking me very frequently for help. Sometimes I am unable to help her coz I never studied what she is studying now during my time and we studied our Matematik in BM.  Good thing is, the big girl seems to be taking it with a pinch of salt.  The 3 girls have inherited their daddy’s happy go lucky attitude.  Next year, the hubs will feel the stress as Alycia’s high school will be increasing the fees.

If you know of anyone who can come to our place to provide private tutelage to Alycia in Cambridge Math in English, please do send me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com.

 

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Curry Minced Pork And Baked Garoupa With Wholemeal Bread Crumbs

Here’s the home-cooked dinner dished out with lotsa love from me for the girls yesterday 🙂

Kids-friendly curry minced pork with potatoes, tomatoes, coriander, onions and lots of curry leaves and kafir lime leaves.  It is kids-friendly as the spiciness level is very mild. And it is free from bones. Pork used is Berkcious pork, free from antibiotics and growth hormones.

Drama Queen helped to cook the rice and saute the vegetables with garlic.  She threw in a handful of curry leaves (from the pot of curry leaves plant in our balcony) into the rice for added aroma.

Baked garoupa fish cutlets breaded with wholemeal bread.  This is the first time I breaded fish for baking and it turned out stunningly delish and CRISPY!  The aromatic toasted bread crumbs paired really well with the fish. It tastes like deep fried fish and chips from some glitzy cafes 🙂

 

Ingredients For Curry Minced Pork

  1. Minced Pork
  2. Tomatoes, cubed – I used 2 medium sized tomatoes
  3. Onions – I used 2 large onions
  4. Big handful of coriander leaves
  5. Big handful of kafir lime leaves
  6. Big handful of curry leaves
  7. Potatoes, cubed – I used 2 large ones
  8. Santan or fresh milk. I used about 1/4 cup of fresh milk, just to thicken up the sauce.
  9. Mak Nyonya Chicken Curry Paste – I used about 4-5 tablespoons.  You can add more if you prefer it to be spicier. This dish is tailored to suit Cass who cannot take foods that are too spicy as spicy food will irritate her bladder.

MAK NYONYA-Chicken Curry Sauce

Optional items – stalks of serai (lemon grass), star anise, galangal, etc.

Directions For Curry Minced Pork With Potatoes 

  1. Brown the onions with the minced pork. When the pork turns brown and dried up, add in the curry paste.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, potatoes and all the leaves.
  3. Add water and let simmer until the potatoes soften.
  4. Season with sea salt.
  5. Add in the fresh milk or santan
  6. Plate up and decorate with coriander leaves

Ingredients For Baked Garoupa Cutlets

  1. Garoupa fish cutlets.
  2. 2 slices wholemeal bread. When you have leftover bread in the fridge, do not discard them. Freeze them for breadcrumbs to bread your meat!
  3. Coriander powder
  4. Turmeric powder
  5. Seasalt
  6. Cooking oil

Directions For Baked Garoupa Cutlets

  1. Marinate fish with coriander powder, turmeric powder and cooking oil.
  2. Sprinkle some salt on the fish
  3. Whizz the wholemeal bread slices in the blender until crumbly.
  4. Coat the fish cutlets on both sides with the bread crumbs. Press the bread crumbs tightly onto the fish so that they stick to the fish.
  5. Bake at 150C for 15 minutes on each side. Be sure to check from time to time to ensure that the crumbs do not get burnt.

Below – Drama Queen saved a portion of the curry minced pork and curry leaves rice for her to Bento box it to school the next day.

 

Today’s lunch was cheat Coney Dog, using the leftover curry minced pork + potato on wholemeal hotdog buns. YUMS!!!

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