Sunday, November 23, 2008

black & white YUM!


Double chocolate chunk cookies baked yesterday, thanks to our neighbour/auntie's mixer and oven. A recipe found here inspired me. Because of lots of chocolates in the dough, I panicked when the cookies melt and didn't hold its shape when in the hot oven. Nevertheless, it's really tasty and I had to remind myself to go easy on them.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

mark the day


It used to be only the two of us and on this day for the past few years, it would be an excuse for nice dinners and gift exchanging. To Brian, it bothers him that he has to remember the dates for registering of our marriage and the actual wedding day. Anniversaries might be overrated. As for me, they remind me of the feelings I've had on the actual days, the sounds I'd heard and the sights I could recall. Anniversaries mark how far we have come along.

"Happy wedding day anniversary, darling."


"Thank you for the sweet surprise of lilies."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

of skulls & crossbones


A pair of shoes I made for Kaeden today. It's made of fabric from recycled orange 'skull and crossbones' t-shirt of mine and brown corduroy. I did not have a pattern so I wing it by tracing K's feet on a drawing paper and estimated the size of the heel and top of the shoes. Before venturing on this project, I did a search for instructions on the internet and found a video on it. The difference I made to the shoes as compared to the instructions was I kept the seams in between the two fabric pieces for the sole when attaching the shoe body to the sole. I find that as the most difficult part of the making process.

Friday, November 07, 2008

K's porridge


These days, Kaeden's daily diet consists of porridge or cereal and a little fruit besides breastmilk. I like to feed him rice porridge cooked with vegetables and minced meat or fish on alternate days. Usually each time I cook, the quantity is about 2 baby portions so I'll keep one portion in a thermal pot to keep warm for K's dinner.

One of the porridge recipe which I think K has taken a liking for is the cauliflower + whitebait rice porridge. I find that the whitebaits sold here tend to be salty so I'd have to rinse a few times and soak them to remove the salt before using them.

Ingredients:

1 tbspn rice
+/- 400ml water
1 tbspn whitebait
1 handful cauliflower, florets only
1/2 tspn light soy sauce (optional)

Method:

In a pot, soak the raw rice in water for 2 hours.
Put the pot of rice+water to boil and then lower the fire to simmer the contents for 10 min.
While it's simmering, chop the whitebait finely and marinade with soy sauce.
Chop the cauliflower finely.
Add in the chopped whitebait into the cooking porridge, simmer for 10 min.
Add in the cauliflower, simmer for another 10 min.
After which, use the back of a ladle and mash the contents till the desired texture.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

starting a collection


A collection, beginning with two. I mentioned I plan to collect vintage brooches, only I haven't decide on what sorts. Should it be just owl theme or generally anything that takes my fancy? Yesterday, my second owl brooch arrived in the post. (I post about my first brooch here.) It's also an Avon piece which doubled up as a solid perfume holder then circa 70's.

rice cooker cake


We've had our rice cooker for a few years and although it hasn't spoil, we decided to buy a new one since rice is our main staple. After tasting the first batch of rice made by our brand new rice cooker, Brian commented that the the previous one made rice that tasted "dead".

I was hyped up about the cooker's 'cake' function and couldn't wait to try it out. The manual is written in rather puzzling grammar and the choice of vocabulary, pretty amusing.



Raw materials for ingredients.. and 'The cake made will be soft, loose and elastic.' ?

Nevertheless, a cake did turn out after I deciphered the instructions.


Saturday, November 01, 2008

we 'heart' winding toys



Whenever I wanted Kaeden to sit, he would try and shortly after flop down to his side, roll over to his favourite position which is on the tummy and then creep away. So today I tried to entice him to stay longer on his sitting position by putting some winding toys in front of him. It did work and he was even encouraged to grab the moving toys.