31 August 2011

Oreo Chiffon Cake

I edited the post by deleting the name of the school. 

My son has been attending X school for a month. I accompanied him only for the first day. He goes to school daily, every morning he will ask me "where are we going?" I'll tell him, "You are going to school." Then he goes to school happily! This is a big change if compared to when he was at LV. He attended LV for nearly 3 months, at LV he was so attached to his form teacher and his own class room. I was worried and I think the decision to change him to X school is the right one! 

Every morning he will have a chance to play in the real playground, I say real because the playground is in the school garden, he sees grass and soil not the one with rubber floor mat! When come to mid day, he no need to sit in the toilet waiting half an hour for teachers to bath his classmates. At X school, the teacher will bathe two students at a time and the rest play or listen to stories tell by teacher assistant.

Everyday, he comes home with colour patches on his hands and shirt. I'm a strong believer of empower children to do their own things and not holding their hands to accomplish what we think they should accomplish. I don't want a beautiful result, children have their own thinking and I think a good education system should help to unleash their creativity. Is amazing and releasing for me to see my boy being categories by teachers as "active" and "vocal". .. Moreover, he no longer attached to a teacher, any teachers take over the class is fine for him!!       

Post-note (19/10/2011):
I withdrew my son from X school on 12/10/2011. His form teacher gone "missing" after a mere 3 weeks with him, the school asked an unqualify teacher assistant to take over the class (which I strongly disagreed and the director of the school think this is appropriate). Add on to that was one day my son came home with red swollen mark which he told me done by a teacher assistant, which the school defended and denied the case. I believe my son, the mark was on his shoulder for 3 days.

He merely with school for about 2 months and there was an earlier case of deep scratch mark which bleed (on left side of the neck to shoulder) who the school claimed was done by a student who merely 2+, the wound recovered but leaving a white mark on my son shoulder until the day I write this note, can you believe a child can create this kind of deep cut on his peer?  

Whoever read this, please judge for yourself before sending your child to this school.

25 August 2011

Siew Bao 1 (Baked BBQ Pork Buns) 烧包

My father likes to eat pastries, this kind of 烧包 is his favourites. In my memory this pastry is associated with Seremban Siew Bao (芙蓉烧包)However, when we were young we didn't always get to eat this pastry, it came when there was special occasion or someone presented the pastry to my father as a gift. 

24 August 2011

Banana Cream Pie and Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to "neyeeloh"! You are the winner of my 5th blog anniversary giveaway, just send me your mailing address at my email and you should recieve the "Baking with tiny tots" book in a week time. Congratulations! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the giveaway and hope you are having a wonderful week!

Heritage Food Trail: My version of Penang Hokkien Mee (福建面)

I always cook this Hokkien dish but seldom post it because of my laziness in getting the food nicely done up and not to keep big boy with rumbling tummy waiting. The Hokkien Mee paste I used for this dish was a homemade paste by my mum who learnt cooking from my late grandmother after she married my father. My mum made a bottle of the paste for me many months ago, I keep it in freezer. She told me the ingredients she used to make the paste but not the quantities of it as ... it depends on how much paste you want to make, was her answered to me. So, in the recipe for paste, I only can tell you the ingredients. 

Usually yellow noodles is used in Hokkien Mee, some may like to mix bee hoon (rice noodles/Rice vermicelli) with yellow noodles. I didn't like the yellow noodles, therefore, usually I used only bee hoon.

22 August 2011

Potato Egg Salad

Trying a few dishes on "Cooking with eggs" by Tang Phaik Cheng. This dish is for Gabriel, I modified a bit on the ingredients by adding more vegetables. Worried that Gabriel may not like the spicy taste, I omitted the seasoning and mustard too. 

18 August 2011

5th Blog Anniversary and Giveaway!

Chocolate S'mores Pie ready for oven

My blog is six five years old! (my husband called from overseas to inform me that I failed my math, so embarrass!)  I created the blog in May 2006, my first post was on 24 August 2006. It started as a personal journal then documentary of my son daily life, eventually it becomes what it is today. I've written 261 blog posts, most of my posts captures my daily life and emotion. I would like to thank those who left your lovely comments and providing links to my blog. Thank you for your support throughout these years, and also thank you for sending your warm regards and hugs during days when I especially need it.

Chocolate S'mores Pie from Dinner with Julie, is a yummy sinful treat. I baked this easy pie using ready made shortcrust pastry sheet to celebrate my blog 6th 5th birthday!

17 August 2011

Pink Guava Red Bean Snow Skin Mooncake (with pumpkin seeds)

This is my second attempt on snow skin mooncake. I managed to get a better and tasty skin texture. It tastes delicious by adding pink guava juice instead of the fruit fragrance to the mooncake skin. 

Ingredients for skin:
100g premix snow skin powder
40ml pink guava juice 
10g shortening
Ingredients for filling:
40g red bean paste
1 tsp pumpkin seeds

1. Mix the ingredients for filling and roll the dough into a ball set aside.
2. Place snow skin powder into a small bowl, gradually add the juice (no need to add all), knead into a rough dough and add shortening and knead into a smooth dough. Chill the dough for an hour.
3. Flatten the skin dough and wrap in filling, shape the dough into a ball. Cut away excessive skin dough.  Place in the mooncake mould, press and dislodge imprinted mooncake.

To make double tone colour on snow skin, click here.

Red bean paste mix with a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds.

15 August 2011

Easy: Dragon Fruit Chocolate Lotus Paste Snow Skin Mooncakes (with fruit fragance) 巧克力火龙果冰皮月饼

The Mooncake or Lantern Festival which is a traditional harvest festival that is celebrated annually by Chinese will take place sometime between 11 Sep- 10 Oct in Singapore.  I know this is still early to post anything related to Mid Autumn Festival, as the Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese Lunar month, it should be on 3 Oct this year. But this year I want to try making my own snow skin mooncakes as WT and I are not big fan of the traditional mooncakes as the ingredients used are far too oily for us.

11 August 2011

Black Soybean & Multi Grains Bun (Gelatinized Dough Method)

I'm again without domestic helper, my days go back to a very busy schedule. Morning, I always rush with the time preparing Gabriel for school, sometimes I have to go without breakfast until 10 am. I try to drink the so call healthy cereal pre-mix pack just to fill my stomach in the rush hour, and I find I like the taste of black soybean cereal until I developed the idea to mix the cereal into my bread. Guess what, I'm glad that I give it a try, the taste of the bun is delicious. 

09 August 2011

Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!

In a blink of eyes, I have been living in Singapore for a good 13 years. Today is Singapore 46th Birthday, I would like to say thanks to this country for giving me what I have today. The equal opportunity which we get here is what I can't get from my own country. May this country always be a safe place for us to live, Happy Birthday Singapore!

The above is a hand held windmill flag brought back by Gabriel from school. His first National Day celebration with teachers and friends. 

08 August 2011

Again, Banana Cake

Friends visiting, again I baked this soft and spongy Banana Cake using Wen's Delight recipe. Like in my previous baked, it doesn't disappointed me. I reduced the oil used for this baked to make it more healthy for Gabriel to consume. This recipe is a sure keeper for me to try again and again :)

Recipe adpated from Wen's Delight, original from Richard Goh

5 Eggs (large size, 65-70g w/shell)
250g Sugar (used 180g)
350-400g Banana (Ripe & cut into small pcs)
300g Cake flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda (omitted)
200g Sunflower oil (or any vegetable oil except olive oil)(used 150g)

1. Preheat oven at 160 degree C. (my oven 170C)
2. Grease & line a 2 x 8" round tin (or 1 x 10" square tin) base with baking paper.
3. Sift flour, baking powder & soda together. Sift twice & set aside.
4. Whisk eggs, sugar & sliced banana at max. speed till stiff/ribbon stage. (For Kenwood Chef - approx 10-13mins)
5. Fold in sifted flour & mix well. (Can use spatular or hand to mix)
6. Add in oil & mix well till batter is shiny & flowing.
7. Pour into baking tin & bake for 40 - 45mins.