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Blooming Orchid – 2013

March 29th, 2013

I think I bought this orchid plant before Little Bee was born. It was blooming when I bought it but then, it has been flowerless. I haven’t been very good to it and only gave it my attention on and off, mostly off. The poor little thing… so I was very impressed when I saw a stalk growing and now this…

blooming orchid

Sunflower – 2013

March 29th, 2013

Today I helped Little Bee plant her sunflower seeds. Fingers crossed some will grow in a few weeks ;)

planting sunflowers

Place Mat Second Trial

March 25th, 2013

place mate made with jute twine

The second attempt turned out better but it wasn’t as neat as I wanted it to be, but it is much flatter.

Again I used jute twine. I started with 5 chain and one slip stitch to connect it into a ring. 3 chain stitches and 10 treble stitch around the chain. Connect the last treble stitch with the chain with a slip stitch. 3 chain and one treble stitch on the first treble stitch below and two treble stitch on the next one and continue to alternate until the last treble stitch, connect with a slip stitch and another 3 chain stitches for the next line. Then two treble stitch on the first stitch, treble stitch, treble stitch, and alternate all the way around.

I know, this doesn’t make sense to even the advanced crocheter but it makes sense in my head and I just need a reminder to myself when I attempt my next place mat ;)

Place Mat Trial

March 21st, 2013

round place mat

This is my first effort at making a place mat… since Little Bee was complaining about all the place mats we have at home were falling apart.

I have to admit I didn’t really follow a pattern. I just had a quick look on how to make a circle (5 chain and slip stitch it together) and then just treble stitch around it. But I think I need to count the stitches for the next one so that it will be a bit flatter than this one.

Oh… I used jute twine rather than nice woolly yarn as it’s just going to be covered with mess in the kitchen ;)

Play Dough

March 16th, 2013

Little Bee loves spending in the kitchen with me and obviously wants to do everything that I do. Sometimes, she is able to help me with things sometimes I’d rather her not help but of course she then feels sad when I tell her that I don’t want her to help me… like I’m kneading dough for bread and she wants to knead too.

During those times, I make a batch of play dough for her so she can do her stuff and I can get on with mine.

homemade play dough

Ingredients:

125g plain flour
25g salt
1tbsp cooking oil
70ml water
colouring of your choice.

  1. Dump everything in a bowl and start mixing and kneading until it is well mixed and feel quite elastic.
  2. Put it in a tupperware, cover and chill. I tend to omit the chilling and Little Bee wants it straight away, but after she finish playing, we do put it in a tupperware and into the fridge for use for another day.

I tend to keep it in the fridge for a week’s worth of play and come the weekend I make a new batch for her… it’s not that hard… and it is kind of our weekend routine now.

And below is what she’s busy making at the moment.

play dough man

Simple Mee Soup

March 14th, 2013

Simple mee soup

Whenever you see the word ‘mee’ on any of my post, it stands for noodles. That’s what we call it in Malaysia and that’s what I call it where ever I am.

It has been freezing lately in London. Too cold for it to be March. So cold that a nice bowl of soup would be lovely indeed… and guess what? It was lovely. So lovely that Little Bee picked every sweetcorn up with her chopsticks!

There are many recipes for mee soup. Some are very elaborate but when you’ve spent the whole day at work and then dragging your child home and getting you child ready for the evening, all you want is something really simple, and this is very simple!

Oh… I used capelli d’angelo as I didn’t have egg noodles but obviously you could swap it with egg noodles or any other noodles that you fancy.

Ingredients:

Capelli d’angelo, cooked, drained and leave to the side in cold water
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cube vegetable stock
500ml water
1 carrot, jullienned
2 large Chinese cabbage leaves, sliced
1 small tin of sweetcorn
2 spring onions, sliced

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and fry for a minute. Add the chicken and let it seal which takes about a couple of minutes. Add the ginger, vegetable stock and water. Bring to boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and add the vegetables. Cover and let it simmer until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Drain the pasta/noodles and put it into the bowls to be served. Ladle the soup into the bowls. Put the chicken breasts on to a chopping board and chop them into bite size. Put the chicken into the bowls on top of the noodles.

You can garnish it with corriander leaves, sliced chilli and sprinkle soy sauce over it. But I like it as it is :)

Pengat Keledek (Sweet Potato Pudding)

March 5th, 2013

pengat keledek

Sometimes, you open your cupboard and discover it bare. No bread, no cereal… no breakfast unless you get out of your pyjamas and put layer upon layer of clothings as it is cold outside just to walk five minutes to the shop to get bread and cereal. Sometimes, you think I really cannot be bothered.

Hey! Look! There’s a sweet potato.

And that one single realisation has saved you from getting out of your pyjamas and suffer the empty tummy syndrome.

Sounds familiar? No? Oh well… it must be only me :)

Anyway, it was lucky that I did have a large sweet potato, coconut milk, tapioca pearls and pandan leaves. I had a lovely breakfast… but I’m not too sure if Little Bee liked it and hubby didn’t even touch it. Not that I’m complaining as it’s more for me.

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potatoes diced to your preferred size
400ml water
400ml coconut milk
50g palm sugar (molasses would be good too)
2 pandan leaves
1/2 cup tapioca pearls (soaked, rinsed and drained)

  1. Put the diced sweet potato and water in a pot. Let it simmer until it is soft right through.
  2. Add the coconut milk, sugar, pandan leaves (tie them into a knot) and tapioca pearls. Once the sugar has dissolved, the pudding is ready.

Seriously, it is that easy.

Add more water if you think that it’s too thick. Add or reduce the sugar depending on your taste.

Enjoy!