Friday, 29 August 2014

My Top 5 Items for Weaning

I took a short break, well, because things were not going well!

Though I hardly express my emotions and feelings online, because you'll never know who is reading what you're writing, right? ;p

My emotions were like on a rollercoaster ride, and I felt really sick of that - it makes me feel like I am having depression, having no appetite for food, no time for meals, kept having headaches and feeling nausea, and yes crying.

I wondered if motherhood is like that for me, and I prayed hard for God to hear me - well, me of little faith :)

This came from my father-in-law smoking habits at home. I didn't ask for him to stop smoking. All I ask for is not for him to carry baby after he smoked, and of course, please no hiding of anything from me. I probably want to protect my baby, and I wish for some respect as a mum.

ANYWAY! :)

Baby has been growing well. I've started weaning since she hits 5 months 3 weeks. I had intended for her to start a little solids when she was 5 months 2 weeks, however, she fell ill then, so I had to postpone it. I suppose 2 weeks would be a good time for babies to grow used to having solids in their diet, since not all babies are welcoming towards solids.

Before I started her weaning food, I was happily and enthusiastically buying stuff to help me with the weaning stage - and I enjoyed the process!

Well, let's just not think about the costs involved hahaha. And I was looking forward to feeding her food, actually!


My Top 5 Weaning Products

1.  Baby Food Processor


Source: BEABA

I bought the Babycook Original earlier this year during the Takashimaya baby fair, because of the raves coming from fellow mummies. However, let's just say that the communications with the local distributor wasn't very pleasant.

Why Do I Like This: This is like all-in-one processor, for me to easily steam and puree food for baby in the beginning. It's convenient, including wash-ups. The texture of the puree is excellent with the sharp blades. It also boasts of a porridge accessory that can cook and blend porridge easily. I bought that accessory, but I prefer a slow cooker. I probably will find the porridge accessory useful when we go travel in future.

I also bought this because of the stylish outlook (hahahaha), and this didn't exactly cost a lot compared to Avent one. If you're like me, wanting a convenient wash-up, you can get this. Else, your regular steamer and food processor would work just as well - no need to buy additional baby food processor.



2.  Feeding Dish


I find this feeding dish effective to mash baby food, after she is used to taking solids. I didn't serve finely blended food for long since I wanted baby to practise chewing skills. It's good enough to produce lumpy textured food.

Why Do I Like This: Not expensive and convenient to use!




3.  Food Storage Containers


Source: Google Pictures


These containers were given to us as gifts during our baby first month celebration. And I am so thankful towards that friend! I find these OXO food storage containers very useful to store baby food for freezing. I can even serve baby her food in these containers, or warm milk in it. Should stock up when there is sale!

Why Do I Like This: Convenient to store and serve in one container. Sturdy enough for daily use as well :)



4. Sippy Cup

I love Munchkin's products! In fact, most of my baby's stuff are from Munchkin. For example spoons, bowls, and snack container. Hee hee hee.

Why Do I Like This: Nice colours! Really, my baby is happy to see the sippy cup. And it has great leak-proof feature, so I can bring it out easily in a zip-lock bag. No hassle!



5.  High Chair

We didn't know which high chair to buy, but from the advice coming from experienced mummies, we reckon we should get a wider base, so it is more stable.

So, the IKEA one is out!

We happened to go for a baby fair and saw the high chair above. We love the colors, and the ease to us, so we bought it! It's slightly below $100 after discount.

Why Do I Like This: This high chair is easy to collapse for keeping, and is easy to use. The tray is big enough as well. It is very stable, able to withstand a kicking baby in it hahaha. Cleaning is easy because the cushion can be wiped using wet cloth. 


Ultimately, using these equipment to assist weaning will depend on your own preferences. What I feel important, is to do more research on these items (if you're intending to purchase them!). Like how they will be able to help you to make the weaning phase more manageable. And look around in baby fairs, you'll be sure to be able to snag some good bargains - it'll be good especially we won't be using these for long!

Have fun, and relax, mommies! :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Pumpkin Butter Cake

Took a short break in blogging after the marathon series of posts :)

Felt really good to (slowly) bake stuff and enjoy the process, as well as spending quality time with my baby!

And because I had some left over pumpkin from making puree for my baby, I tried this recipe from a book that I bought for my MIL a while ago.

It uses simple ingredients and involves simple steps, but the taste is really great! It is soft and moist enough, with fine textured crumbs. I also love the smooth, golden brown crust.

The original recipe bakes this in loaf, but we baked in muffin cases to shorten the baking time haha!


Pumpkin Butter Cake (Adapted from 烤出蛋糕香)
Ingredients:
- 200g self raising flour
- 3 eggs

- 125g butter (original was 150g butter)

- 120g sugar
- 50g milk
- 150g pumpkin (steamed and mashed, cooled before use)
- Pumpkin seeds (I used chopped almonds)



 
Method:
1. Beat butter and sugar together till fluffy.
2. Add in eggs one by one. Mix well after each egg. Continue to beat the mixture for a while after all  eggs are added, to ensure it is well-mixed.
3. Alternately mix in flour and milk.
4. Add in mashed pumpkin and mix well.
5. Pour batter into mold and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top. Bake in preheated oven at 170C (40 min for loaf, 20-25 min for cupcake size).



Friday, 1 August 2014

Lemon Blueberry Pie

Made a pie last weekend for the SCS Baker Challenge. I am really happy to get into the 4-Star challenge, but when I heard it's a voting contest, I wasn't sure if I want to continue to take part.

Don't get me wrong! It's probably because I don't really like to ask for votes, and I feel quite paiseh to get people to vote for me. Haha! :)

Nevertheless, I am really thankful for all the votes in the Best Cooking Blog so far! I hope you have enjoyed reading and making the loaves and buns :)

Anyway, back to the pie!

If not for Bakein Delight's and hubby's encouragement, I probably would just give up. Especially when I felt really drained out of energy with my work, coupled with churning out posts for the Best Cooking Blog, and several other posts.

Thankfully as I was making the pie, I felt quite energetic and excited haha!




I quite like that the pie isn't too sweet at all. The buttery crust goes really well with the blueberry filling. Do sprinkle the sugar on top of the crust generously!

Lemon Blueberry Pie
Ingredients
Pastry Crust:
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, diced
- 5 to 6 tbsp of iced water

Garnish:
- 1 egg, beaten for egg wash (I replaced with milk cos I didn't want to waste the egg lol)
- Coarse sugar to sprinkle on top

Filling:
- 255g blueberries
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice









Method:
1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter till mixture resembles bread crumbs.  (avoid contact with our hands, it will melt the butter. You can use a pastry blender. I used a fork and spatula)
2.  Add water by the tablespoon, stirring with a fork after each addition. Do not add too much water or let the dough become too wet. Form dough into 2 discs. Wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
3.  Prepare the filling. Toss ingredients together.
4.  Roll out the pastry dough. Line the pie pan with pie crust.
5.  Pour the blueberry mixture into pan.
6.  Roll out remaining pastry dough. Cut out the dough using cookie cutter. Place on top of the blueberries.
7.  Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar generously.
8.  Bake at 190C for about 25-30 mins, until blueberries are bubbling or crust is golden brown.
9.  Let cool on wire rack.



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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hawaiian Pizza

Other than making bread, the Panasonic Bread Maker SD-P104 is able to help us in pizza making as well!

The bread maker is versatile such as being able to make bread, pizza base, dumpling skin (yes to homemade dumpling soup!) and even cake!

Last weekend, we tried making pizza on our own. And it's easy - without mixing and kneading on your own. Hubby and I even went out to the supermarket to get the ham and pineapple while the bread maker was at work!

Super time saving :)





Hawaiian Pizza
Ingredients:
(A)
- 280g bread flour
- 15g butter
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp milk powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 190ml cold water
- 1 tsp instant yeast

(B)
- Shredded ham (I used 1 packet)
- 1 Canned pineapple (Or you could use fresh sweet pineapple)
- 200g Grated Mozzarella Cheese (I used sliced because that was what I had in the fridge haha)
- 4 tbsp Ketchup or Pasta Tomato Paste
- Red pepper flakes







Method:
1.  Place pizza dough ingredients (A), except yeast, into bread pan. Put yeast in the dispenser.
2.  Select pizza dough Menu 10. Press start. Timer will display 45 mins.
3.  Press stop when you hear the beep sound.
4.  Divide dough into 3 pieces for thinner crust; if not divide dough into 2 pieces. Shape them into balls.
5.  Cover with towel. Allow dough to rest for 10-20 mins.
6.  Place dough on baking paper and flatten into circle or rectangle. I shape into rectangle so it can fit into the baking pan better.
7.  Make holes on dough using a fork. Allow to rest for 20 mins.
8.  Preheat oven at 200C. Bake for 10 mins.
9.  Remove pan from oven and flip dough over. Place toppings (B) on dough and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
10. Bake at preheated oven (200C) for 8-10 mins.





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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

[GIVEAWAY!] Juventus FC VS Singapore Selection Game

 Do you know of the Juventus FC?

The historically successful Italian football club is gonna be here (YES SINGAPORE!) for a VS Singapore Selection game. This is the very first major event that is going to be held at the brand new Sports Hub, and the first football game to be held in Kallang in 5 years.



This event will be a rallying call to Singaporeans to bring back the Kallang Roar, giving support to the Lions amongst other International players from the S League in our Singapore Selection team. What's more - get the rare opportunity to see Juventus FC!

Thanks to Creative Insurgence, I will be having 2 pairs of tickets (worth $45 each) to giveaway - and catch Juventus FC vs Singapore selection game, at the Sports Hub on 16 Aug (7.30pm)!

What you need to do is to:
- "Like" this photo on my facebook
- Share the post with your favourite football moment as caption
- Tag 5 friends

OR

- "Like the photo above on my Instagram account (@efatrie)
- Leave a comment on your favourite football moment
- Tag 5 friends

And you might stand a winning chance! :)



On the other hand, if you want to purchase the tickets online, you can do so at sportshub.com.sg and enter the promo code INSURGENCE to get 10% off.


Giveaway will end on 2 Aug 11.59pm. Winners are required to provide me with your full name and NRIC num for redemption and verification purposes.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation has been received for this post, except for the giveaway of 2 pairs of tickets from Creative Insurgence. 
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