Monday, August 23, 2021

Thermomix Liquid Chicken Stock / Chicken Bone Broth

Thermomix Singapore Liquid Chicken Stock


Chicken stock has a permanent place in my freezer - because of its versatility and how convenient it is to make. Chop up 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 stalk of celery, then throw in 2 chicken carcasses (washed) and a couple of herbs (not necessary), boil for 1 hour, and we have a rich, fragrant nutritious broth which the 3 kids are happy to drink on its own. $4 for 1 litre of goodness, and I can freeze in portions to cook dishes like noodle soup, crispy noodles, Japanese-style pasta, porridge and other types of soup.

 

mummy likes to blanch the chicken first, while others like to soak the chicken bones for 30 min before cooking - so you get a clearer, cleaner broth. 


This is not rocket science, and it does seem very easy. but when I grappling to learn cooking while taking care of children, it was tough to learn. this is the impetus to share cooking basics even though I'm very much a noob cook - in hopes that it can benefit someone someday. 


Sunday, August 01, 2021

Never knew I could cook

 


experiencing in recent times how food can be a ministry and a blessing has helped me to see food in a new light. food doesn't need to be exotic or expensive, but when cooked from the heart, prayfully, with healthy wholesome ingredients, it can be used by God to nourish and extend hospitality. 

it's not a secret that I was once clueless about cooking. I did not know that garlic needed to be peeled, I could not crack an egg, I did not know how to wash vegetables 🙃 by God's grace I think He has helped me so I can feed my children. the thermomix has also been incredibly useful in teaching me the nuances of cooking. this little corner is my record of memories, helpful ingredients and fuss-free recipes that God-willing, can be a blessing.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

words from the boy i want to remember - about welcoming his mei mei <3

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ezra: (suspecting something from the hints i have been dropping, and asking several times) mama, do you feel like you have a meimei or didi inside you?

 

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ezra: i’ll sayang the baby so he/she will feel encouraged ok?

 

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mama (and many others): so would you prefer a meimei or didi? 

ezra: if God gives me a meimei, i’ll accept. if God gives me a didi, i’ll accept. 

 

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mama: (felt some pains and asked ezra to pray)

ezra: Dear Lord Jesus, please protect the baby and when mama’s tummy gets fatter, please help it not to burst….

mama: LOL!!!

 

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mama: ezra, are you very excited about being a kor kor?

ezra: yes, i was thinking about how to behave goodly.. that’s why i can’t sleep..

 

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mama: oh dear.. mama is so hungry now. 

ezra: i’ll share my steamed cake with you. you can take the big piece, i’ll take the small piece. i know what you want. you’re hungry right? when you eat the steamed cake, the baby will eat the steamed cake too. 

 

 

mama: (feeling very tired) 

ezra: mama you rest, don’t worry about me. (goes to occupy himself and whisper when talking to his doggy)

 

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mama: (wanting to carry ezra)

ezra: can you carry me? did the doctor say you can carry me? doctor said no right?

mama: (surprised) hmm… maybe for a short while?

ezra: are you sure the doctor said you can carry me for a short while?

mama: i just want to hug you, i’ll carry you and quickly put you down, ok?

ezra: ok! (mama carries, ezra quickly scrambles down) 

 

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mama: oh dear, i feel so fat and bloated 

ezra: mama, you’re not fat! it’s just that baby is growing. 

 

mama: oh dear, i feel so fat and bloated

ezra: that’s cos baby is blowing you up!

mama: LOL!!

 

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mama: what’s the first thing you’ll say to meimei when you see her?

ezra: i’ll say “hello meimei! I haven’t been seeing you for a looooooong time!"

 

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ezra: (greets meimei with a kiss most mornings) hello meimei! when you come out you’ll be so nice and cute and 漂亮! 

 

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mama: (pukes at 2am and creates a commotion that wakes ezra up)

ezra: (after waking up and realising what happened. points at me - ) you are the vomit person, you lie down

 

 

dearest meimei, do you know that you are an answer to kor kor’s prayer? :) ezra’s excitement and tenderness has warmed our hearts on many occasions and reassured us that God can mould him to be a good kor kor and to adjust to this new milestone in the family. trusting in Him to provide for what we need and as always, to continue to lead us all the way… 

 

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repeating our marshmallow test :)

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strawberry! it’s a meimei! 

 

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

words from the boy that i want to remember (3 years 6 months- 4 years)

 

at 12 midnight (thereabouts), when he is supposed to be sound asleep. 

ezra: (calling out from his room) mama! i need to poopoo...

mama and papa: WHAT??? 

 

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at 12 midnight (thereabouts), when he is supposed to be sound asleep. 

ezra: (calling out from his room) mama! i don’t need to poopoo...

mama and papa: WHAT???!!!!!

 

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15 September 2016 - ezra’s first attempt in sharing the gospel 

ezra: hello uncle! 

uncle: oh hello…. 

(busy fixing something for neighbour and making small talk)

uncle: did you go and catch pokemon, boy? here got very good pokemon to catch! ask your mummy bring you go and catch

ezra: pokemon is not good 

uncle: pokemon is good, there is good pokemon

ezra: no, pokemon is not good. we are BELIEVERS. we go to church to worship God and listen to pastor…. 

uncle: (keeps quiet) 

ezra: we believe in Jesus, Jesus died on the cross for us… 

 

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ezra: look at the sky mama! it’s like God stirred the clouds. the last time we saw the sky like that was when we were in perth.

 

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XX: did u see a lot of dolphins when you were in perth? 

ezra: yes! i did! 

XX: how many? were there a lot? infinity? 

ezra: noooo….. in PERTH!

everyone: LOL!!!!!

 

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ezra: xxx said something bad that made me feel like kicking him. but I didn’t. I wanted to do my best for God… 

 

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mama: ezra, do you prefer to sit in front (with papa) or to sit at the back with mama next to you? 

ezra: i prefer to sit in front when you are driving and you stop at the traffic light and hold my hand. and i also prefer when you sit at the back and hold my hand. 

mama: awww my heart is melting!

ezra: why mama? what happened? why is your heart melting? are you ok? 

 

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mama: goodnight baboo! i love you sooo much 

ezra: I love you 100 metre long mama

mama: i love you from here to the moon and back 

ezra: i love you all the way from here to per gong’s house in penang. that’s MORE than you love me!

 

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papa: ironman can fly all the way to outer space and… and…. and…. 

mama: why are you telling him all this? it’s not even real!

ezra: then can ironman iron clothes? hahaha!

papa mama ezra: LOL!!!!!

 

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when away from mama… 

mama: when you go for camp, mama is going to miss you so, so much. 

ezra: mama, you can have my doggie so you will remember that i love you, ok? (he hugs his doggie to sleep every night)

mama: then what about you? wouldn’t u miss your doggie? 

ezra: then ill take penguin la, ok? (smiles at mama) 

 

 

mama: bye ezra, mama is going to miss you so, so much

ezra: mama, i’ll miss you more. i miss you all the way from here to God. 

 

 

(waiting for me to get home so we can make a video call to each other)

ezra to papa: aiyo, so late already, mama is still not home. she must be very tired...

mama and papa: LOL….. 

 

 

ezra at a random occasion to papa: are we going to talk to mama the way we did just now? (video call) 

 

 

ezra to papa: (tearing alittle) i feel sad that mama cannot be here with us at camp… 

 

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and in a blink, my little one is 4. 

 

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memories from perth november 2015 (day 9)

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bunnings - eye-opener!

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yummy healthy food, pappardelle, fusion salad, green concoction, all scrumptious!

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mama giving e photography lessons

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bye perth, we’ve been blessed

time as a family, always precious 

thanking God for these memories