5 Star Soft White Bread

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I was browsing around for bread recipes (as always haha) because most of the time the little one is having bread for breakfast. So I wanted to try out different flavors or textures for variation.

I came across recipe by this Japanese author, 荻山和也. I wanted to try out at least one recipe before buying his book hehe :)

The bread looks a little out of shape, probably because it's really soft! I super love this texture over the Wu Pao Chun's milk loaf. Not too rich or dense, and super soft!

I am surprised that even selecting Rapid Bread mode, this loaf came out so soft!

五星級濃郁吐司 - Recipe adapted from 荻山和也×麵包機魔法60變
-  230g bread flour
- 25g butter
- 25g sugar
- 3g salt
- 3g yeast
- 25g egg, beaten
- 125g cold water

1.  Place ingredients into bread pan.
2.  Select menu on your bread machine. Press start.
3.  Remove once done and let cool on cooling rack.

*I used salted butter because I had that in my fridge, so I omitted the salt. I also cut the sugar to 20g.

*I am using Panasonic SD-P104, Menu 2 for Rapid Bread, Light Crust. Takes about 2 hours to complete.

Baby Table Food - Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ever since the little one started on table food sometime back, it's been quite difficult to think of different dishes and soups that are suitable for her lol. (She's 15 months now! Been 3 months of table food!)

I used to like adding soy sauce, oyster sauce and what-nots into my cooking. Now, although we are not totally salt-free (I use dried scallops, ikan bilis and shrimps now), but it's quite a refreshing, healthier change.

I quite appreciate that now I hardly follow recipes, just go by "agar-ation". Thankfully the dishes came out to be quite nice!

ABC soup, black pepper beef stir fry, french bean omelette.

Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry
- Beef (about 250g), sliced
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- Baby bok choy, chopped
- 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 slices of ginger
- Black pepper

- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 spoonful of sesame oil (table spoon for eating)

1.  Marinade beef. Set aside for at least 15 mins.
2.  Heat oil in frying pan. Sautee garlic & ginger till fragrant. Add onion. Stir fry till softened.
3.  Add in beef, sprinkle black pepper. Stir fry till cooked on surface.
4.  Add bok choy stem and stir fry. (You might want to dish up the beef to prevent over-cooking)
5.  Add in bok choy leaves and stir fry.

*You might want to add green capsicum for better taste.
* If you are not comfortable with using corn starch to marinade, use some ginger juice instead.

The Baby at 15 Months

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

I wrote this post yesterday, the passing of  our very First Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The man who has brought Singapore into an independent nation; the man with great foresight and strong belief that Singapore will make it.

I have to admit that I hardly knew what Mr LKY is like, as a person, other than knowing him for his iron-fisted tactics to govern this country. It's only recently where I chanced upon articles after articles, did I realise there's also a soft side to this "ruthless" leader who always "spoke his mind".

He has made ordinary people like us believe that dreams are worth chasing after because they do come true. May you RIP and be reunited with your beloved wife. Thanks for making a difference in every Singaporean's life.

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For the past 2 weeks, I have been considering and re-evaluating our decision to place the little one into infant care centre.

I have to admit that there are pros and cons in enrolling her into the infant care centre. Within the first week, we saw that she knew how to blow flying kisses! She also became more interactive, and her food strike days are no more!

We were really amazed at how peer pressure and school environment work.

However, there were also stuff that happened, which made us think twice - I am not going to elaborate here because it's quite lengthy.

And truth be told, I am also tired and wary from judgmental mums who feel that I am just being too paranoid and protective over my child.

So she was sick the other week  - for an entire week! I was busy sponging her and taking her temperature :(

It was also difficult to get medicine into her. I had to do coaxing, playing with a spare syringe, and then placing the syringe gently on her lips and dispense the medicine over 3 times haha.

Yogurt and bread for breakfast! She loves dipping her bread into the yogurt lol. I sweetened the natural yogurt with honey & some orange juice.

We discovered that she likes to put the pacifier into her mouth - and that's it! She doesn't suck on it for comfort. Just put into her mouth lol. Probably trained by her teachers.

Yogurt on another day.

While lazing in bed, and me in my auntie state hahaha!!

1.  She knows how to say "bye bye", "bear", "baby", "car", "tu tu" (her pacifier, which I was wondering who taught her haha)!

2.  She knows how to stop undesirable behaviour when we repeat "No".

3.  She knows how to pop the pacifier in one go correctly into her mouth.

4.  She can self feed rather well, occasionally scooping food on her own.

She knows how to walk on her own, however probably doesn't have much confidence to do it on her own outside yet (yes she only walks short distances at home handsfree from us haha). So I recently removed the play yard panels so she has no excuse to hold on to the play yard lol!

Our new found space at home! :p

Honey Milk Bread

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Opps, bread again :p

I always like to try out new recipes, so I hardly go back to the same recipe, unless it's super easy to make or super outstanding :)

This time round, I tried a recipe from Cookpad. Although I am a (secret) fan of Japanese styled food pictures, and am a drop-out Japanese language student who didn't manage to even make it to the first exam (lol), I never had courage to try anything from Cookpad.

Psss, for great bento ideas, visit Shirley at Little Miss Bento :)

Probably because I am not sure if the baked item will turn out well hehehe.

And now! I know I worry too much la haha!

There is no sugar in this bread - replaced by honey. I can't really taste the honey in there, but it has this distinct sweet aftertaste, which is nice!

I was a little worried after the bread was baked because I noticed the crust was slightly different from the rest of the bread loaves I had made before.

And yes, my worries were unfounded. This bread is a soft and fluffy, chewy bread. Somewhat different from the usual heavier milk loaves that we have! So give it a try :)

See the texture!

Honey Milk Bread (Recipe from Cookpad.com)
- Bread flour 250g
- Honey 25g
- Salt 3g
- Milk 200g
- Butter 15g *I used salted butter and omitted the salt
- Yeast 1 tsp

1.  Place ingredients into bread machine.
2.  Select Menu and press start.

*I am using Panasonic SD-P104, Menu 3 for Soft Bread. Takes about 4 hours to complete.

Basic Mushipan

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Had been running out of ideas for the little one's breakfast everyday!

Bread, steamed cakes, muffins, pancakes etc. Though my favourite is the pancake, sometimes it's just too tiring to wake up and fry the pancakes hahaha!

Googled for some recipes before I sleep last night, and came to this mushipan recipe.

Mushipan is a kind of steamed cup bread for the Japanese. I remember eating very soft mushipan from 4 Leaves bakery before, but found it a hassle to make, since most mushipan would require you to whisk the batter quite well (opps, the lazy mum).

I saw this really quick and easy recipe, so why not try it out? :)

Well, I suppose I might have left it to steam for a little too long. I wonder if that's the reason for the "opened top" hahaha. It tasted a little too dry inside too - but goes great with my Old Town Hazelnut kopi ;)

And well, because I am a paranoid ahem, careful mum, I don't use cake flour when I bake for the little one. There's still a slight (drier, denser) difference when we substitute plain flour, but I think the little one wouldn't mind!

Basic Mushipan (Recipe from Bits of Taste)
- 100g cake flour *I used 110g plain flour + 2 tbsp cornflour
- 40g sugar *I used 20g of sugar only
- 60ml milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp cooking oil

1. Sift flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. (If you are also using plain flour, sift 3 times)

2. Beat egg in another bowl, add in sugar and mix well.

3. Add milk, mix well.

4. Make a well in the flour mixture, add in mixture from Step 3. Mix till well combined.

5. Add in oil. Mix well.

6. Scoop batter into cupcake molds or liners till 80% full.

7. Steam the mushipan at medium heat for 12 - 15 mins. Make sure the water is boiling when you put the mushipan in.

*The mushipan taste best while warm. Enjoy!
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