Saturday, November 01, 2014

Wholesome Homemade Butter-Parsley Pasta For Lunch


It's 1st of November 2014, the beginning of the second last month of the year. I got up at 10am today. Not because i wanted to sleep in late. Rather, had to lie in due to backache. Not a superdy-duperdy bad one, but enough to keep me all curled up in a fetal position, with the bolster between my thighs, hands massaging the sore points for over an hour and a half. Lucky for me hubs took Gordon out for wantan meen earlier. Malcolm complained of hunger when i came downstairs tho. 

After ocd-me cleaned up the odd items lying around the kitchen, i roasted all the remaining vegetables inside the fridge, boiled some eggs, and whipped up a batch of butter-parsley pasta to go with it. Saw lemons, and squeezed some over the pasta and roasted veges. OMG... it made my butter-parsley pasta tastes so zesty, so tangy, oh so so so refreshing!!! We all got to drink honey lemonade with the balance too, hehe. Well, you gotta go give my homemade butter-parsley pasta recipe a try. Lots more homemade noodle recipes over at the blog too.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mini Bread-pizza

Agent M watches quite a fair bit of tv programmes these days. Mostly cartoons, cooking and art and craft programmes.  Yesterday, he reminded me to buy bread as he wanted to make pizza from bread slices after watching a kid his age do it on tv. 

And so, this morning,  we took 2 slices out. With his instructions, I helped him cut out two circles with a bowl. I remembered the leftover spaghetti sauce I made on Saturday and we used that to spread onto the bread circles. Then topped it with cheddar cheese and chopped garlic. Crushed some dried parsley leaves over it and into the toaster oven it goes. 

 
150c for 10mins is all it takes to make my kid very happy this morning. He loves being able to make his own food. What about yours? Do they like to prepare their own food? If they do, that makes us very happy moms indeed, eh ♥

Organic Cranberry Juice for Urinary Tract Infection

It all started with foul-smelling urine for two consecutive days. As I have never had urinary tract infection before, it never occurred to me to suspect anything wrong with it. I thought it must have been the beer sessions and lack of water that caused the smelly and darker than usual urine. Little did I know that what started as foul-smelling urine eventually led to urinary retention by the third day.

Things were still fine in the morning but I found that I couldnt pee everything out despite applying a little pressure towards the end whenever I pee. As the usual hustle and bustle of the days drew on, the urinary tract infection problem worsened. By night, it got really bad that I even saw blood in my urine!!! Hubs was out at a meeting and I had to send him an emergency message requesting for his immediate return.

It was still early when he came back. Being a person that's pro natural-healing than going the doctor's, he went to the kitchen and gave me 4 Provex (grapeseed extract caps) and 4 Phytomega (phytosterol caps) to flush down with lots of water. Then, drove me to the health store to buy me a bottle of cranberry juice, and a bottle of pomegranate juice. Took me to the nearby restaurant and poured me a big glass of cranberry juice to start off the urinary tract infection natural healing process.


By the time we reached home, I was able to pee already though not completely. But definitely a huge relieve for me than not being able to. I drank another glass before bed and happy me did not complain of having to get up a few times to pee in the night. I was still pretty concerned over the blood present in my urine though. So much so that each time before I pee, I cleared the toilet bowl before I sat down, and checked it properly for traces of blood after I'm done. Yeah, i was that concerned!!!

The next few days were spent drinking cranberry juice and pomegranate juice, lots of water, apple cider vinegar, virgin coconut oil, popping more Provex and Phytomega, Florify (pro-biotics), etc., all in the name of eliminating the bacteria down under from my system. I had a burning sensation for the first two days too. I can tell you that having Urinary Tract Infection can be a downright horrifying experience. Unable to pee, blood in pee, burning sensation,..... my gaaaawdddd.....

 It has been 10 days since my first urinary retention experience which started on the night of 17th Oct. I had an accompanying itch down there too two days later, which I took care of by applying Melaleuca Oil generously all over my vagina, especially at the urethra opening. I have no idea what brought the Urinary Tract Infection episode on. My suspect is the massive amount of stress that I have been going through of late, lack of sleep,  not drinking sufficient water, and contaminated water in the bathroom water container.

I have since finished the cranberry juice and pomegranate juice. These days, I drink a lot of apple cider vinegar and virgin coconut oil. The rest of the supplements are back to my usual daily dosage. Hygiene is of utmost important. Pee-wash-dry-apply Melaleuca oil during every toilet visit. A slight urinary retention is still present till today. Hope the darned urinary tract infection disappears altogether soon.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sobaghetti - Low-Gluten Noodle Recipe


Gordon has been playing Cooking Mama on his NDS a lot this whole week. He's on a week-long school holiday and so, i let him play just so he will leave me alone to do my work in peace.If you have played Cooking Mama before, you will find that it contains a lot of Japanese recipes.

For the past few days, G has been bugging me to make Soba for him, and a whole lot of other types of Jap food like Tofu Pancake, Potato Salad, etc. He saw that we still have some Buckwheat Flour in the fridge and took it out this morning. No choice but to rev my little gadget up to meet his demand, or else, my ears will be very very tired.

As the Joyoung Noodlemaker kneaded away at the dough on auto setting, i dumped 4 large juicy tomatoes, lots of garlic and one big fat onion into the blender and turned them into mush. Transferred them to a pot with some heated oil to let it cook on its own, and went back to handle the soba coming out of the noodlemaker.

Perfect timing!!! As soon as i got the whole batch out, the sauce is done. Another 3 minutes to cook the soba on a separate stove, and both boys got a plate of Sobaghetti each, lol!!!


 Sobaghetti - with the tomato-garlic-onions-basil sauce and topped with crushed fresh parsley leaves, pepper & cayenne powder for that zingggg


Friday, October 24, 2014

Handmade Knitting-Crochet Project Bag

Being a crafter, I have always wanted to buy a bag to carry my knitting or crochet projects with me to work on the go. Why not make? Well, just too busy working on orders to really bother with making things for myself, haha. I love Lexie Barne's knitting bags but found them far too expensive after factoring in the shipping cost and all. 


This caught my eyes today. It has everything that i want in a bag. Its length will fit my long knitting needles perfectly. Will prolly add plastic mesh netting to reinforce the base, and add some pockets to the inner front and back panels to hide more knick knacks. I'd love mine in mauve. And oh, i really do need to find time to design a logo.

Friday, August 29, 2014

快捷汉字 Chinese Vocabulary Builder Vol 1 - 6

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Homemade Zaru Soba


We have hot weather all year round. And the idea of having cold cold noodles to slurp on is indeed delightful to us. Last week, i tried making soba with my Joyoung noodlemaker. I failed miserably as i used too much water in my flour and ended with soba that were stuck together as soon as they were extruded from the nozzle.


As organic buckwheat flour is so costly, left me with no choice but to roll them up back into a ball of dough. I then snipped at the ball and kept the fine strips of dough for cooking. Oh, they are still considered soba alright, just not in the long slurpy strips that we are so used to, lol. If only i floured them fast enough as they were coming out and cook them immediately instead of taling pics, lol. Abuthen... that's me la, ok :p


And this is how the snipped soba strips look like. After cooking and dunking them into ice-cold water, i turned them into soba salad and let them kids add wateva they want to go with it. Fruits, raisins, nuts, mayo, nori.... nothing goes to waste in my household. I can even turn these into soba cookies using the toaster oven, haha.


And yesterday, i managed to make my very first batch of homemade soba successfully. Oh, you wont know how it must have felt when they were being extruded. The soba tastes good, nice texture, soft yet not chewy. I dont have men-tsuyu on stand-by at home so must go get ingredients back to prepare some and keep in the fridge. This round, i mixed my zaru soba with some garlic oil and a dash of soy sauce and topped it with spring onions and some garlic bits from the oil. Had it with hard-boiled eggs. Oh, so cold, so slurpy, so satisfying... the perks when one knows how to make soba on demand...... the recipe to make soba is included. So, hop over :)




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fried Mashed Potatoes

These fried mashed potatoe are so so so so good. Kids, hub and I can whack 2 each, man. I know, dem fattening, abuthen.... delish worrr!!! Gotta learn how to make these myself. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Xiaomi Redmi Note - I Got It Today !!!

Redmi Note rush buy.... very rushed indeed. Sold out within the first minute of sale!!! I was already logged in to my Mi account before 12pm. This time, i must not miss it like the few previous rounds. It was fun, and i got it within the first 20 seconds or so. 1 unit of Redmi Note and 2 units of 10400mah powerbanks. I believe i'll be doing a few more rounds of buying the Redmi Note and powerbanks for friends in the next few weeks. I will post my up when the box arrives, ya. Unboxing the new Redmi Note is gonna be fun!!!

I just read at Xiaomi Malaysia Facebook that another new unit of Mi phone has just been announced. Yeeeehhaaaaaahhh!!! Oh, that'll be another post for another page....

Meanwhile, good luck to those of you wishing to buy the Redmi Note next week, week after next.... :p

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Farn Shu Tong Sui with Sago Recipe (Sweet Potato Desert)

Farn Shu Tong Sui with Sago Recipe

Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 20mins

Ingredients:

5 Farn Shu (sweet potato)
10 Pandan Leaves
2in length Ginger
1 Bowl Sago
Brown Sugar

Method:

1) Cut farn shu into bite-size cubes
2) Bruise the pandan leaves
3) Crush the ginger
4) Bring water to boil in a pot
5) Place pandan leaves, ginger, farn shu in and turn down fire to a rolling boil
6) Rinse sago and add to the pot
7) Add brown sugar according to your sweetness liking
8) Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally
9) Remove all pandan leaves from pot

Serve warm. Yumzz!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quick Meals for Busy Kids - Baked Rice Cupcakes Recipe

Kids love to cook. Really they do. Let them play around the kitchen, experiment with the food, utensils, pots and pans, to build their interest. Of cos, they will make a mess at first. It's just part and parcel of the learning process. Do not scold them as this will kill their desire to learn. Mess can be wiped away. Show them how to and they will be more careful next time.

I have a busy kid. He likes to play around my kitchen. I have a very simple kitchen, with basic ingredients. He will just pull items out of the fridge and ask me what he can cook with them. After a round of discussion, we will decide what to do with the ingredients. I do my best to follow his instructions and cook it the way he wants to. He learns fast this way as he can see and taste his creation right away. Some are not so palatable, but that doesnt matter. We will laugh it over and remember not to cook it that way the next time, haha.

We baked some rice cupcakes with what we found today. He likes it so much. Give it a try. Makes great bento grub for recess and keeps well as a tea-time snack.


Ingredients: 

Cooked rice
2 eggs
Char Siew (snipped into small pieces)
Chopped Spring Onions
Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste

Method:

1) Mix cooked rice, eggs, char siew, chopped spring onions and a little butter in a bowl.
2) Place a little butter into individual baking cups
3) Scoop a soupspoonful of the rice mixture into the cups
4) Bake at 175c for 15 mins until rice is set.

Cool and serve with a little ketchup and mayo

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May you remain lidat forever...

Sometimes, I see the same person complaining about the same thing over and over again on fb. And so, I ask her nicely if I can contact her privately cos i do have something that might be able to help her with wateva she is complaining about. This is so that i dont have to ask her or comment about something that might cause her any form of embarassment on a public thread. But then, people dont acknowledge also. At least say la not now, later, not free, got meeting, or ying chau a bit la if dowan me to contact. I can see that her answering other people on that thread, just ignoring me. U think one fine day when this person come ask me a question, I still entertain her meh?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blogging at Al Hijrah


It's been a while since i blogged away from home. Used to do that when the kids were younger and i had plenty of time to kill. Now, each day is filled with endless schoolruns, lol. Drive here, drive there, drive everywhere, and nothing much gets down for myself. It's all them, them, them and them. Am now with my small kid at Al Hijrah, our favorite Nasi Kandar restaurant. He's here to do his homework whilst i provide love to this blog of mine.

My typical weekday starts at 6am where i send big kid off, right down to 12am when i'm more like dead tired from helping small kid with his homework, lol. Once in a while, hubs and i will take him out to the restaurant to do his homework. Well, food and drinks are cheap here, accompanied by free wifi, hehehe. 

Talking of wifi, i had to stop tethering from my phone as my cilakak telco implemented the so-called fup policy recently. All i'm left with now is just a meagre 10gb of data to use each month. That just translates to virtually zero video streamings and data intensive sites like facebook.

Frankly speaking, who in this world can survive with just 10gb of data la, haimai. Really makes no sense to keep paying and paying for lines that drop like 28447592 times per day. Bah... i dowan to talk about this upsetting issue anymore *sulk* Well, i just have to make good use of what i have right now. Good also as i'm forced to spend more time on my amigurumi orders than watching vids, hahahah. I am still at the winning end at the end of the day, waddaheck!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Broken Necklace

My necklace broke as i wiped my neck just now. Too short to put round my neck again. So, it became a bracelet with my 猪猪 crystal pendant as a charm. Still ok mah, horr...

Friday, January 03, 2014

Gordon's Donald and Daisy Duck

We cleared the attic of accumulated debris last year. There were just so much stored up there over the years. Well, not 100 percent as many of those things are my in-law's belongings. Those, we left unopened. Managed to claim some much needed floor space for storing more unused items, lol.

My kids were happy as they got to look at so many boxes and things that were brought down. Hubs and I just hadda make some ultra quick decisions as to which boxes to thrash and what to keep for repacking. Not an easy task.

Gordon was uber happy to meet all his friends, especially the Disney Gang. After a bath using Melaleuca's Melapower, and disinfecting them all with Soluguard, he brought all of them back into the bedroom!!! Omg... there are over 30 plush toys big and small, uknow!!!

I let him do as he please for a week or so. Most of them are now kept in a clear zippered bag for easy retrieval and he can choose to have only 3 of those Disney plush in the room each time. As for Malcolm, he'd rather leave his up at the attic, lol.