Friday, December 29, 2006
"Happy and Wonderful Year Ahead"
Can't believe I have been blogging for almost two years. Really have to thanks Jan who introduced me to the blogging world. Didn't know a thing about blogging before and have never visited a blog before. Now through all these links, it really open my eyes as to what people can write in a blog, just about anything I guess. I have grown to enjoy blogging as a hobby, it's the best way to show my cooking and say what I want to say.
I can't bake like before with one running around and one just depended on me, and thus not much bakes pictures to showcase. I hope I will be more free when my little one is older and to keep this blog going for years to come.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Tang yuen again! This time being playful and made it into green and yellow colors. I asked my elder daughter to help roll it into balls, but she still doesn't get it yet. Oh well... maybe next year. Had it with simple ginger brown sugar syrup. Evy loves it!! She had 14 balls in one setting.
The white color one I made it into mua chi. Instead of dropping it into the syrup, I put it into a bowl of sugar and peanut mixture and coated it. Very yummy too! It's like kill two birds with one stone. Haha...
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
She gives the sweetest smiles every morning when she first sees me. That's the most rewarding wake up call for me. She always wakes up around 7 or 8am, then she would make noise or cooing to get my attention (or more precisely to wake me up). If I peek inside the crib and she sees me, she would just smiles and smiles. Those smiles always melt my heart.
I try to snap pictures of her smiling but it's just too difficult. She just won't smile for the camera yet. So, can't show off her two dimples yet. :P
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Chilli Crabs using King Crab Legs
I cooked this easy stir-fry green beans with chicken for my daughter since the chilli crabs was a bit spicy. To my surprise, she loved the chilli crabs and kept asking for more and more. Guess we trained her well and she sure could eat spicy food if she wanted to.
Stir-fry Green Beans with Chicken
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
One note to make though I used 10gm of konnyaku powder instead of 15gm noted because my packet of Redman Konnyaku powder comes with 10gm. I followed the rest of her recipe the same and it turned out great. Also make sure you buy the extra creamy cream corn, would taste better in my opinion (I used the normal cream corn and would prefer otherwise).
Yochana, thank you for the recipe! :)
Monday, November 27, 2006
This is my short-cut recipe without the "you tiao".
Split mung beans
Potato Starch (thickener)
1. Wash the split mung beans until the water is clear (no longer yellow).
2. Heat a pot of water until boiling. Add in the split mung beans. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the mung beans is soft. Season to taste with rock sugar.
3. Mix some potato starch with a little water and add into the mung bean soup, stir until it's thicken. Serve warm plain or with "you tiao" (Chinese fried bread).
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Note: I updated the pictures for better viewing.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Nasi Kunyit, too much coconut milk thus too sticky! :P
Curry Chicken with Potatoes
Vietnamese Honeycomb Cake
Almond Agar-agar (jelly)
Normally with baby full moon, Chinese people gave out angku, red eggs, nasi kunyit, chicken curry or even cake to friends and relatives. One month old in Chinese meaning one year old for the baby so it called for celebration. Last time with Evy I only managed to do the red eggs. This time with my mom here, I am more hardworking. :D
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wahhh...big angpow from Popo (grandma). Thanks ya! *kiss kiss*
Mommy said better take the pictures with two red eggs also, just like big sister.
Okay, okay enough, I'm getting tired and sleepy!
Actually it's one month and a day old, mommy and daddy forgot to take picture on the actual day. Luckily still have some red eggs left. Hehe...
At her one month doc. appointment, she still looked pretty yellow thus the doc. sent her for another blood test. Turned out her bilirubin level was still high so now she is off breast milk and has to eat medicine twice a day until another blood test (this Monday, today) .
Got the result back today. Finally her bilirubin is low enough that she is off medicine and back on complete breastfeeding again! Horray, no more pumping for me! :)
Friday, November 10, 2006
1 cornish hen
1/2 cup Benedictine DOM
1/4 cup kei chee (medlar seeds)
Wash and clean cornish hen thoroughly. Add all ingredients into a slowcooker (small size one) and fill the slowcooker half full with hot water. Boil on High for 3 hours. Serve hot!
Note: This soup is quite sweet.
Yeah, I got to have my veggies. But read that leafy greens are cooling to the body and prohibited during confinement. So, the alternative would be snowpeas or sweet snap peas, even french beans is okay. So, here's the easy recipe.
1 large egg, beaten and marinated with soy sauce and white peppers
1/2 cup of shredded gingers
About 5-6 sweet snap peas, cut
1. Heat the wok with sesame oil. When hot, add in the shredded gingers and stir-fry until fragrant, add in the snap peas and stir for a while, then pour in the beaten egg. You can flip it omelette style until cooked.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
This is the drink that I had for the whole month instead of water. Other than that I had Milo with milk in the morning and after three weeks cheating with two cups of coffee. :P This tea is simply delicious. I put everything in a slowcooker and let it cooked overnight on low and enjoyed it the next day. I used red dates, black dates, tong sum and dried longan. My slowcooker is the big one so everything I added was based on agaration.
For the complete recipe, click here . Courtesy of Peony and thanks for posting the recipe.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
This is one common confinement must have food. I put the leftover in the refrigerator and trimmed off the fat and had it the next day.
1 pork knuckle
0.5kg old gingers, smashed
4 cups sweet black vinegar
8 cups water
1. Rub the pork knuckle with salt and wash it.
2. Add the vinegar and water in a big pot, heat until boiling and add in the gingers. When boiled, add in the pork knuckle. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for a few hours or until the pork knuckle is soften.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
This is the mee sua soup that I have for lunch most of the times. My mom cooked for me for the first three weeks and I cooked the above myself. It actually pretty delicious.
1 large egg, beaten
Cut sweet snap peas/ snowpeas (optional)
Season to taste with soy sauce, salt and sugar.
1. Heat the wok with sesame oil and when hot, add in the shredded gingers and stir-fry until slightly brown, add in the egg. Stir-fry for a little while and add in the amount of water you want (for soup).
2. When boiled, add in the ground pork (drop it in like meat balls). Boiled until the ground pork balls are cooked, season to taste with the seasoning above.
3. Quickly boil another pan of hot water and drop the dried mee sua to soften. This only takes a second, dish out and place in a bowl. Scoop in the soup and enjoy it immediately.
Monday, October 23, 2006
This is Edda at 2 plus weeks old. She still has jaundice and it has been two weeks and she is still yellow looking. Her blood test today showed slight decrease in the bilirubin level, so that's good news. She will need another blood drawn this Wednesday to see if it's down for good. My poor baby feets were covered with bandages since birth. Poor thing!
My mom burping her.
Sun bathing in her bassinet.
Sun bathing in her bassinet.
Picture with her big sister.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Oct 3rd was like another normal day for me. I brought my mom and Evy to walk around the neighborhood since the weather was nice. Went to bed as usual, but awoke with some coughing and found I was leaking fluid. Thought I peed myself since I never had water broke on it's own before. Cleaned up and went to bed again but with a towel underneath just in case. Another burst of water few minutes later and started to think it might be my water broke. Went downstair to tell my hubby and it was around 12:30am. Called my birth center to let them know I was going to come in, packed up some last minute item, woke up my mom and Evy and headed to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital, around 1:30am, I started to have some contractions (not really painful). Reached the hospital at 2am, checked into Triage and got checked, I was already 5cm dilated and 90% effaced, and contractions around 3-5 mins apart. It took them awhile to get me a room and by the time they did, it was already 3am. Evy was too excited about the new baby coming that she couldn't sleep at all. I was having contractions on and off and the pain was manageable. Got checked again around 4:15am and I was only dilated to 6cm but fully effaced. I was thinking it must be awhile before I was going to have this baby since the progress was kinda slow. But my mom predicted I was going to have the baby at 5am.
But at around 4:45am, I knew I was in transition, I asked to be checked because the pain was very intense and it had moved to the back. I was right, I was at 8cm and half of my cervix was gone and the nurse rushed out to call the doc. on duty. I wanted to push around 5:05am but the nurse asked me not to push yet. The doc. came in at 5:10am and I was asked to push around 5:15am. After 4 contractions and pushing, the baby was out at 5:18am. I did it all without epidural or pain medication, so I felt the "Ring of Fire" through and through, it's the most painful thing I had experienced. No episiotomy this time, but a 2nd degree tear. My healing was so much easier and less painful from the last time.
Glad to experience both natural birth and birth with pitocin (induction with Evy) and gladly say that it's so much faster and less painful with natural birth then being induced with pitocin, so for the ladies out there, if you can hold on until your body is ready to have the baby, just wait it out, the contraction is soooooo much less frequent and less painful. Also, let it tear naturally instead of an episiotomy, talk to your OB/GYN about it because the healing is so much faster and less painful .
Lastly, sharing two more pictures of little Edda. She is still under the light treatment as her last blood test showed her level was still high. Will get check again on Monday.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Since she is breastfeed, she rejected the pacifier and used me as her pacifier instead. So, she needs me to fall asleep. She loves to be carried or sleep besides me instead of her crib. So, we are working on letting her sleeping in her crib. But if I am tired, I will let her sleep besides me since she sleeps well like that.
Sorry won't be able to update as often as I like, quite tight down with a sick baby at the moment.
Friday, October 06, 2006
She has a little jaundice today so we have to get her under the sun for the next two days before going for another blood drawn.
She lost 7 oz of her birth weight since birth.
Will post my birth story when I'm free to write. Now I'm suffering from engorgement and backache.
Happy Mooncake Festival Everyone!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
My water broke a week early around 12am (unexpectedly) and I had the baby at around 5am. Just got discharged from the hospital and now recovering. Will post more detail birth story and baby pictures later.
She is 8lb 6.5oz (another big baby!!)
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Mooncake of course, what else? :oP
The design of this mooncake box is just too unique that I had to show it.
Haha...even the mould is unique! All the money sign should tell you it's from Genting Casino. Hehee...
What the inside looks like! Single yolk pandan lotus paste with melon seeds, Yummy!
My brother in-law went back to Muar, Johor to get me this Wife Cake!
Read so much about it and finally got to sample it!
Not bad at all! Thanks BIL!! :o)
Saturday, September 30, 2006
So, tonight dinner was all deep-fried food. I thought it was easy but man...this deep-fried stuff took a long time. I think it took me more than one hour to finish deep-fried everything.
Deep-fried 5 spices Cornish Hen
Oh yeah, this was just half of the cornish hen, the other half still in the wok frying. I had to take the picture first because I was afraid my daughter was hungry.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
This is the udon noodle stir-fry in dark sauce. I want to recreate hokkein mee but I guess without the lard and crispy pork fat, the flavor is just not there. Furthermore, mine is too dry to be called hokkein mee. It's hard to watch the wok while cooking this because half way through, my daughter did something that called for some spanking action. Thus my sauce evaporated while me running around from one place to another. Oh well, but the result is still delicious though, got a head knock from both hubby and daughter.