Archive for October, 2005

Delicious Cheesy Chicken Veggie Mash (for >8mths babies)

This is a simple form of chicken + veggie mash you can make for your infants over eight months old. I am feeding this to Sky, who’s ten months now (corrected age).

Ingredients (makes about four meals):
Two carrots
One potato
One tomato
One drumstick with thigh
Cheese stick (for kids) – I usually use Arla Kids Sticks

Method:
1. Dice up all the veggies and put them together with washed drumstick/thigh on a plate.
2. Heat up water in a wok and steam everything for about 20 mins. Make sure chicken is well cooked.
3. Throw everything, including the juices resulting from the steam, into a blender. Toss in cheese stick and blend to a mash.

To store:
1. Freeze mash in ice tray. I recommend those flexi rubber trays from Ikea because when the mash IS frozen, you will need to ‘fold’ the tray and water the bottom part of the tray to make it easier for the cubes to dislodge.
2. When frozen hard (usually overnight), remove mash cubes and place in zipper freezer bags. Can keep for one month (mark date of production on your bags if you want, although they usually finish in a few days!).
3. Simply heat up using a microwave for 1.5-2 minutes before serving. Make sure to let it cool down!

Note: If you have a toddler, like I do (three years old), you can steam more and then put aside one drumstick and some of the veggies, cut into smaller pieces, to go with rice. The soup from the veggies and chicken is delicious with rice and a bit of soy sauce. This is great since you can make one meal for both kids!

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A visit to the doctor’s

Finally succumbing to The Hubby’s incessant grumbling, I went for my medical today. I used to do a blood test every six months because of my Hep B, but I’ve not gone since I was last pregnant, which makes it almost two years now. A lot of worry. Not much sleep. Worst of all, I have to wait two weeks to¬†get my results since it’s the hols and everything, which sucks. And I didn’t get to do my kidneys since the radiologist is already on leave. Good news is, a preliminary reading from my gastroentologist says externally, I don’t seem to show any sign of sickness (although she did say I should get some exercise in, to slow down my heart rate). Since my gynae is ALSO on leave (and both of them are Chinese, so go figure), Dr Goh (gastro/GP) also did me a PAP smear (ain’t she great?). She wasn’t even properly equipped for it, but the little trooper of a lady just borrowed a desk lamp and got to it!

No lumps, no cloudiness of the lungs, no pains whatsoever. She tentatively gave me a clean bill of health, for now. Until I get my blood work, I’m going to be happy with THIS piece of news.

This morning at about 7am, The Hubby woke up and gave me a big hug. Told me he had a nightmare, where something bad happened to me. Called me once during my checkup to check up on me, just to make sure I didn’t chicken out. Sweet man. I guess he IS more worried about me, than me, coz he’s NEVER put much stock in his dreams (as men of his macho stature never do). Not that I believe in dreams, but you know.

Ah well. Nanowrimo starts tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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Limeade Smoothie

I made this for my husband, who loves all these sweet, salty and sour stuff all the time. You will need a blender that can churn ice for this.

Ingredients (serves 2-4):
16 X limes
Half a cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
Lots and LOTS of ice cubes

Method:
1. Cut and squeeze limes into a container. Remember to take out the seeds later. Easier to squeeze quarters instead of halves.
2. Toss four quarters of a lime (for the skin) into the lime squeeze.
3. Toss in sugar, salt and ice
4. Blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add just a bit of water, not too much, or it will become runny.

Optional: Blend with vodka and you get ice-blended margarita!

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Happening Thai Chicken Rice

Inspired by my experiment making bread and butter pudding last Sunday, I’m gonna try to emulate a favourite dish The Hubby likes to order at a restaurant downstairs of our condo. Called Thai Chicken rice, it tastes and looks nothing like it sounds. It’s not sweet or sour. It’s spicy, made probably with oyster sauce, garlic and chinese cabbage (wong ah bak).

I’ll post the recipe tonight if it turns out good.

As for the B&BP, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients (4-6 people):

Four slices of white bread, cut half diagonally

Half a slab of butter

Sugar – half a cup

Cinnamon powder – 2 teaspoons

Three eggs

Milk – 1.5 cups

How to prepare:

1. Mix cinnamon with sugar in a bowl and put aside

2. Butter generously on ONE side of the bread. Place bread slices with cut side facing the middle in a round baking tray, creating a circle (pointy side facing the wall of the tray). buttered side facing upwards.

2. As you place the bread, sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon mix on buttered side as you go along.

3. Mix eggs and milk in a bowl. Pour over the bread and let it soak for 15 minutes

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes or until upper crust is golden brown. Best when eaten slightly warm.

Optional: Vanilla cream sauce

In a saucepan, heat up a cup of milk, one beaten egg, half a cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of wheat flour. Bring the mixture to a boil and toss in a small teaspoon of vanilla essence. Serve warm with pudding.

Enjoy!

UPDATE: Turns out my Thai Chicken Rice was a moderate success. I was only missing one ingredient (the one ingredient that made it Thai!): Fish sauce!

Anyway, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

Chicken fillet – cut to stir-fry portions

Wong Ah Bak – 1-2lbs, depending on how much cabbage you like

Oyster sauce

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Salt

Pepper

Fish sauce

Cilipadi (lots, chopped)

Cooking oil

How to prepare:

Heat wok and

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Testing Blogbuddy

Freaky shit has been happening to my blogBuddy. I write. I hit Post and Publish. It says Blog Successfully posted, but nothing happens on the other end. If you see this, the freaky shit has, hence, stopped.

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BLOGS: A RESPONSIBLE, TRUSTWORTHY MEDIA?

Thank you, Mei, for highlighting this incident to me.

Many people have had a say on this matter. Don’t mind if I do!

Firstly, while I don’t agree that one should openly advocate using toilets for the disabled, I have been guilty of this terrible deed, more than once.

Okay, twice.

Okay, more than twice.

Hey, I have two kids. Bloody pram doesn’t fit in a normal-sized toilet, and not all public restrooms have mommy toilets, so I have a good excuse!

Anyway, I am spending precious time blogging about this (and not playing Quake 4) because it made me realise something important: that perhaps quite a few of us are just leaping into this whole blogging thing a little too callously. We’re not being careful enough. Of what we write about. Of who reads our stuff, and what they might do. Of who we endorse.

To be fair, I think it’s a little odd that these guys are pulling their endorsement because Xiaxue was inappropriate. I have been to her blog off and on for a year now, and it’s anything BUT kosher. Her transgressions are why she’s so hot, so if you want the eyeballs, you’ve got to take the eye, urh, crap as well, right? That’s what I think.

So here’s the question: Are blogs a safe media to endorse? Do we deserve to be taken seriously by potential advertisers? Should bloggers which are profiting monetarily from endorsements and advertising, be bound by a code of conduct (much as traditional media are)?

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Death is all around

Just found out this morning that our PM’s wife has passed on. A week ago, an old (younger) acquaintance lost his fight with liver cancer. He’d only survived a few months after the diagnosis.

There is a large lump of unexplainable fear somewhere in my chest. I know it’s because I’ve not gone for a blood test in almost two years.

I was diagnosed as Hep-B positive during my first pregnancy (got it from my mom because she is a HBV carrier), and I’ve been religiously going for blood tests every six months since, until I was pregnant again with Skyler. When you’re a chronic Hep B patient, you need to check your e-Antigen levels regularly, to see if they’ve gone up. If they have, it means your virus is active and your body is secreting e-antigens to try and fight it. I also need to check my ALT levels.

The fear of cancer, is cancerous.

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