Apple Snow Fungus Sweet Soup

Friday, 2 October 2015

After spending a few days to settle down emotions, and for the body to recover, I was surprised how I could move on - far better than I had expected.

Thank God for His strength..

So I spent a couple of days later, making breakfast and dinner for the husband and the little one! It feels really nice to be just a mum :)

Last weekend I made this Apple Snow Fungus Sweet Soup for the little one, since it has been so hazy lately, and she had been having this really bad cough.

She really loves this soup, that I made this 2 days in a row!

Apple Snow Fungus Soup (Recipe Adapted from Nyonya Cooking)
- 1L water
- 1 medium sized red apple (I've used 2 small red ones; you can also use Chinese pear)
- Snow fungus, soaked to soften
- 4 red dates
- A handful of dried longan
- Rock sugar, to taste (about 70g)

1.  Bring the water to a boil in a pot.

2.  Drain the snow fungus and cut away the hard part. Cut the softer parts into smaller pieces.

3.  Add all ingredients into the water. Once it has come to a boil, bring down to a simmer for around 40 mins.

4.  Add rock sugar after about 35 mins. Continue to simmer for a while before serving.

*You can serve this warm or chilled. I use half amount of rock sugar, and added honey to the warm soup before serving. 

*Original recipe uses north & south almond seeds, which I omitted.

To My Little Darling...

Thursday, 1 October 2015

This was the first and only time I would see your heart beating. Your little wriggling body seemed to tell me stories of how much you had wanted to be here in April next year.

Maybe the same birthday as your Papa?

But it was not to be. Maybe you were too special to be in this world. 

I would ask frequently then, why would I be given a child that I could never meet and raise as my own. But of course, I find no answer....

Now, I am thankful to have held you in my womb for 9 weeks, however short it can be. You have shown me that it is possible to multiply my love for another child other than your little big sister.

And I seek comfort in knowing that you will be safe in the hands of our Lord, and you will never know fear or pain here..

I am sorry for all the negative thoughts I might have, after realizing I had you. I had plans, but now I realized no plan is ever bigger than carrying a healthy baby to full term.

I guess time will not heal. The pain of losing you seems to be always lingering. The pain of dreams and plans for you can never be realized.

I will long for the day when I can finally see and hold you in my arms when we reunite in Heaven one day.

Will you call out to me?

Your Mama.

Old School Cakes

Monday, 14 September 2015

Before I was put on bed rest, I was working on some gift packs with a very nice mummy!

I am always happy when I get customised orders because it would mean throwing me out of my comfort zone, and maybe doing something that's quite new to me :)

I've used my favourite vanilla chiffon sponge cake base, with swiss meringue buttercream so it stays better in our climate, and with those cute piping jelly!

A taste of that really reminded me of my childhood.

It is a good time, now, to reflect on what I've done the past half year. I started to take in more orders from May onwards, and my very first fondant cake was in May itself. I always attributed my "skills" to the talent that God has given me.

Will you believe that I only really started doing frosted whole cakes in Dec 2014, and fondant cakes in May 2015? :)

I probably overloaded myself and allowed myself to be busier than what God has intended me to! A friend once told me that God's will is nothing more than having enough time for God apart from work. That's a really sound advice that I had been trying / struggling to keep to!

And these rainbow cookies happened when Vinna enquired for her little girl's birthday party. See her post here!

The cookies above were my first attempt, so they don't look really round hahha. I was glad that the actual cookies turned out better :)

And that reminds me! 3 more months to my own darling's birthday. I really hope I would be mobile by then to make her her favourite cakes!

Honey Oat Yuzu Loaf Bread

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A few days back, I've made this loaf of Honey Oat Yuzu bread. However due to copyright restriction, I am not able to share the recipe here.

This loaf of bread uses honey, oatmeal (I used instant oatmeal, or you can use rolled oats), yuzu paste that I bought from Kitchen Capers. I also mixed in some plain flour (ratio is 240g bread flour, 40g plain flour) so that the texture of the loaf is softer.

I suppose you can take any simple milk loaf recipe and modify it. I love the bread machine because it's easy like that, especially with the Panasonic manual! :)

Asian Beef Stew

Saturday, 12 September 2015

A few weeks back, I made our favourite Asian beef stew again.It's fairly quick and easy to put together, and is really tasty too!

This is a toddler friendly recipe, and I've omitted the oyster sauce in the original recipe. If you take a close look at the nutritional values label on most oyster sauce, you'd know that it's mostly made up of MSG :)

Asian Beef Stew (Recipe Adapted from Rasa Malaysia)
- 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped or sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 250g beef, cubed
- ½ cup water
- Carrots, roughly chopped
- Potatoes, roughly chopped (soaked in water for 15 mins)
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- Dashes of white pepper
- Dashes of black pepper
- Frozen corn

1. Marinate beef with1 tablespoon of soy sauce and black pepper. Adjust pepper to your liking.

2. Heat up pan (or you might want to use claypot) with oil. Add onion and garlic before pan gets too hot. Stir-fry till aromatic.

3. Add beef into the pan, followed by carrot and potatoes.

5. Add the water and all the seasonings, stir to combine well. Make sure the beef is thoroughly coated with the dark soy sauce.

6. Cover the pan and turn heat to low. Let simmer and cook until the beef becomes tender. Sprinkle corn to cook just before dishing.

7. Garnish. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

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