Milk Huat Kueh

Friday, 27 February 2015

I usually prepare breakfast for the baby to eat at the infant care. That is because the centre serves baby cereal with milk, which is what both of us don't really like.

So I have been preparing a different variety of breakfast for her - which I am thankful for! Such as bread, french toast, fruits, muffin, pancakes, and this milk huat kueh.

I always like to go back to this recipe when I don't have the time or energy to make muffins, pancakes or bread. And so far it hasn't failed me!

Milk Huat Kueh (Recipe Adapted from Wai Sum, Healthy Food for My Baby)
- 125g self raising flour *I used 125g plain flour + 1 tsp aluminium-free baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 16-20g demerara unrefined sugar *Original was 30g sugar
- 100ml milk *Original was pandan water
- 25g oil

1. Sift self raising flour and baking powder, set aside.
2. Cook sugar with pandan water till sugar dissolved. Set aside to cool down.
3. Add oil, stir to mix.
4. Gently fold in flour to combine.
5. Spoon into cupcake liners.
6. Steam over high heat for 20mins.

Baby Table Food: Omelette and Stir Fry Bok Choy

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ever since baby's turned 12 months+, we have been letting her take table food as us. So that means when I cook, I try to leave out salt and other sauces.

However, baby's not going entirely salt-less because I do use dried shrimps, dried scallops, dried whitebait fish, or dried ikan bilis for more flavour. Oh, I also rely heavily on garlic, ginger, onion and spices.

So far the hubby hasn't complained much so I suppose such cooking is still tasty for adults!

Omelette with dried whitebait fish, stir fry bok choy with chicken, ABC soup

This was one of the earliest dinners when we started her on table food. I usually prepare 2 dishes and a soup, to go with rice. For rice, I alternate with Australian calrose rice, Japanese grains, and brown rice.

I usually prepare the soup ahead of time and store in thermal pot for a few hours to continue "cooking". Although it's not as flavourful as cooking in slow cooker, thermal pot is a super great help to me - saves time and energy.

Omelette with Dried Whitebait Fish
- 3 eggs
- Handful of dried whitebait fish, washed and drained *I usually wash twice/thrice

1.  Beat eggs into a bowl. Add in whitebait fish (careful not to use too much as it can be salty)
2.  Heat up oil in frying pan. Fry omelette till set. Break up into smaller pieces for easy serving.

Stir Fry Bok Choy with Chicken
- Baby bok choy, washed and chopped to smaller pieces
- Chicken breast, cubed
- Garlic, 2 cloves
- Dried shrimps, washed, drained and chopped
- Dash of white pepper

1.  Heat oil in frying pan. Add chicken cubes, sprinkle with white pepper. Stir fry till done. Dish up and set aside.
2.  Heat oil in frying pan. Add in garlic and dried shrimps, saute till fragrant.
3.  Add in chopped bok choy, stir fry.
4.  Add in chicken cubes, stir fry. If you wish, add in a little bit more white pepper or black pepper.

MasterChef Asia: Are You the One?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Are you a fan of the MasterChef series?!

I sure am! I remember spending my pregnancy nights watching MasterChef lol. So, if you are a huge fan like me, you'll be thrilled that MasterChef is coming to Singapore!

MasterChef is commencing its inaugural Asia-wide search for talented cooks! If you are 18 years old or above, are passionate about food, bursting with personality, and relish a challenge like no other, then maybe you are the ONE!

MasterChef, an international cookery series, is made in over 40 countries, aired in at least 200 territories. 2015 would mark the first time this culinary competition is launched for an entire region (yes! regional!), pitting cooks against each other on a regional basis.

This competition is open to all home cooks, but does draw a line at professionals, as it charts a journey of individuals choosing to pursue food with a passion.

Aspiring chefs simply need to submit audition videos to MasterChef Asia (closing on 5 March 2015). Also, check out their FAQs to check for eligibility and qualifying details!

If you think you can be the Asia's first MasterChef, apply NOW!

Spongy Banana Muffins

Monday, 23 February 2015

Made a batch of these spongy banana muffins for the baby during one of the Chinese New Year holidays!

I quite like this recipe because it's fast to make, and no need to whip eggs separately. Because it's for my baby, I cut the sugar by quite a lot, and used demerara sugar instead. I also used plain flour instead of cake flour. So it's a little dense, spongy muffin. I was full after eating only one (with Nutella of course lol)!

My oven's temperature might be a little hot - they rose quite high while baking - so the muffins had a split top. 

It's a mildly taste muffins, which I felt was really good for my tot! :)

Spongy Banana Muffins (Recipe Adapted from Nasi Lemak Lover)
- 3 eggs ( large or A size), cold from fridge
- 120g caster sugar *I replaced with 45g of demerara sugar
- 180g ripe banana, mashed
- 150g cake flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- 100g Corn oil

1.  Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Sieve flour, baking powder & soda together. Sieve twice & set aside.
3. Beat cold eggs, sugar, and banana at max speed in a mixer till thick and stiff. (I used my Kenwood mixer high speed 5 for 5mins)
5. Fold in flour & mix well. (use lowest speed to mix)
6. Add in corn oil & mix well till batter is shiny & flowing.(use lowest speed to mix)
7. Pour into cupcake liners for about 90% full. Bake for 45mins (at middle rack no fan).

And because the muffins tasted quite mild for us adults, I added in Nutella (used an apple corer and drizzled in Nutella) haha!! 

Baby's 13 - 14 Months

Sunday, 22 February 2015

I sort of stopped updating on baby's milestones - which I kind of regretted now haha - because I wanted some "privacy" for baby online. Though I do update on my Dayre :)

We sent her to the infant care so I could start on my work. And we thought of it as a way to solve her food strike.

She started to have food strike around 12 months plus. There are people who says it might be due to the MMR vaccination; some said they just have food strike at 1 year old. LOL.

There were so many versions of hearsay, but I decided to just try. Oh, and no force feed :)

In the end, despite me trying so hard, she kicked her food strike habit when she went into IFC. Even the teacher said she eats really well - on her first few days there, she could eat 1.5 bowls of porridge, which never happened before! Haha.

The few days before she went to IFC. I treasured the time alone with her so much! Was really emotional that week before.

Cheese Toast - Sprinkle grated cheese on bread and toast!

She was in her food strike period then, and she was mainly playing with her food during mealtimes. But I am happy because at 13 months, she can self feed using spoon really well - if she meant to really eat haha!

She used to love blueberries when she was around 9 months old. But now she doesn't! I was trying to let her eat blueberries and Jeju mandarin oranges for her breakfast!

And then I decided to enlarge her "territory" by taking away part of the play yard panels, which also means that we have to really watch her carefully :)

 This is how it looks like. Opps, sorry about the mess because I can never seem to finish clearing stuff ever since we moved in lol!

Trying to scoop up her pasta! During her food strike, she had pasta almost daily because she was rejecting rice. So strange!

Pasta with potato patties - Bergedil the kids version lol!

And just before she went into the IFC, I started to train her on walking :) I am not really anxious on her milestones, but just wanted her to practise. And on her 2nd day with this toy, she could walk rather steadily! Although she is able to walk a few steps on her own, she still doesn't really dare to walk without us. Haha!

So far, this is her progress - she's 14 months old now, and taking table food! So, so proud of her. And yes, we really thank God for her developments :)
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