Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thai chicken sandwich

# 349
This Thai chicken sandwich was simply bursting with flavours.  If I had some fresh mint, that would be divine!!  I was surprised that the pandan flavour bread actually paired well with Thai chicken. Even my 6 years old boy agreed with me.  It was not a planned menu.  I was just clearing whatever I had in the food cupboard.  I used the chicken marinade which I found in Just One Cookbook (omitted the salt in the marinade) and then pan-fried the chicken thigh on my HappyCall pan.  Made pickled julienned carrots with some rice vinegar and sugar.  Cut some fresh red pepper into strips.  Spread butter on the side of the pandan flavour bread and toasted it till brown. Layered all ingredients and spooned some Thai chilli sauce over it.  Tata, our Thai experience!

Thai chicken marinade (I used 2 chicken thighs)

Ingredients

  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. corn starch

  • On the side were some Korea strawberries and Australia sugar prunes.  We were blessed that Singapore imports all kinds of fresh fruits around the world.

    My boy started Term 2 of his Primary school education.  He was still happy-go-lucky child.  Occasionally, he forgot to hand in his homework or bring stuff required for the lesson.  No pressure cooker at the moment.  He was confident buying food at the school canteen (not so blur in Term 1).  I am glad he picks up silent reading on his own now.  Papa bought several Geronimo Stilton storybooks over the last two years and he was not ready to read on his own yet back then.  However, we did it as bedtime story, with me reading it aloud.  Beginning of the year, my boy has to bring a storybook that he like to school everyday for silent reading in the hall before the actual lesson starts in the morning.  As the time passed, he began to show interest and rediscovered the fun, hilarious and adventurous elements in Stilton's book   Thanks to his school that helps him to cultivate the habit.


    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Banana walnut cake

    
    The bananas that laid on my dining table was overly ripe with honey spots.  The first thought came to my mind was to bake a banana walnut cake.  Moreover, there was half a packet of walnuts left inside the kitchen's cabinet. My first attempt baking a banana cake has not been satisfactory.  It was tad too dry.  But this was my best banana walnut cake I ever baked.  It was moist, soft, nutty and not overly sweet.  This cake was baked two weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Although my boy did not like the taste of walnuts, he ate the cake nevertheless since banana was his favourite fruit.  I even packed a slice for his snack in school. 
     
     
     


    Receipe adapted from Christein's Receipe.

    Ingredients:
    • 100 g butter, soften, room temperature
    • 90 g brown sugar
    • 200 g ripe bananas, mashed (I used 2 large bananas)
    • 2 eggs (120 g), whisked
    • 50 ml milk
    • 120 g cake flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 55 gm walnuts, roughly chopped

    It really easy to bake.  Just remember not to over stir the batter.


    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Baymax

    # 348
    Baymax! Guess every kids are familiar with him - a healthcare robot in Big Hero 6 movie.  He was made of Japanese rice which I mould into different parts of his body.  My boy never failed to amaze me with his keen eye for details.  He actually pointed out that Baymax's mouth was not so wide.  Indeed, after I compare my creation with this :-


    His lunchbox has teriyaki chicken thigh, stir-fried celery/carrot and green grapes/apple.  Baymax gave up his life to save Hiro and Abigail.  And requested Hiro to state that he's satisfied with his care, which is the only way he will be able to leave the boy's side in order to deactivate himself.   A simple story about sacrificing.   I was actually touched by the ending.  Do you?

    


    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Sampan (bumboat) playground

    
    Yesterday, we headed to Elias Mall in search of Sampan (bumboat) playground.  Another old school mosaic sand playground at Pasir Ris.  We love to go to playgrounds.  My boy could happily play sand at the playground all by himself even if there were no other children.  Therefore, I would try to visit new playground as a form of outing during his school holidays.  Moreover, it's free!  We had previously visited the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh, Watermelon playground at Tampines. Dinosaur playground in Fushan garden at Woodlands, and Train playground at Tiong Bahru.  This sampan playground was actually not in my list.  But I decided to drop by the vicinity to check out the neighbourhood since I have no plans for that day.  We knew it was around Elias Mall but got quite lost until we asked around for directions. The playground was situated next to the coffee shop. 
     
    The playground was simple and probably lack of 'fun' factor.  Nevertheless, my 6 years old boy proclaimed he likes it despite complaining the slide was too short.
     
    
     
    Sampan playground
    625 Elias Road
    (Elias Mall)


     
     
     
     


    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Just Teddy


    # 347
    
     
    
    
    The bento was inspired by Just Teddy, a storybook written by Emily Lim.  It is about a lonely teddy bear trying very hard to fit in with the toys in a toy factory. He even goes to great lengths to blend in with the polar bears, pandas and penguins and almost lose his identity.  We had borrowed and read this storybook many times.  An excellent read that I even bought it as a present for his cousin, Elly.  I could resonate the story.  Being an only child, my boy long for playmates and always wants to blend in with his friends.  Monkey see monkey do!  A follower initially.  As he grow older, assertiveness sometimes come into play and occasionally, I could see him being a leader during a game.  I have reminded him repeatedly that he must have his own mind and not to follow blindly.  I hope he would find his soul mate just like the teddy in the book.
     
    Teddy bear was made of onigiri with his features punched out from seaweed. I used a toothpick to represent teddy' holding a marker. Dab a grain of rice and wrapped around the pointed tip with nori before inserting into his paw.  Notice one of his eye was different from the other? Yeah, a mischief and a permanent mark that left behind as a result of attempting to blend in his animal friends. (Read the book and you will know what I mean.)   His rice was flavoured with wasabi furikake.  On the side, he has stir-fried chicken breast with soya sauce, celery with carrots plus some imitation crabstick red stars I pressed out from a mould.  Some green and black grapes to go along.
     
     
    
    


    emily lim teddy

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Melting ice with magnifying glass

    We did a little experiment during a homework-free-day.  To see how light is intensified through a magnifying glass and check if it is melted faster than the other ice cubes.  Materials need :-
     
    • direct sunlight
    • magnifying glass
    • ice cubes direct from freezer
    It was pretty cloudy and not in our favour.  Sun was partially covered by clouds that day.  We got some direct sunlight and the next moment, it disappeared. It went on and on like this dramatically :-
     
    "Yay, there's sunlight! Quick, beam on the ice!!"
    "Ohhhhh, no more light.  It's gone...."
     
     
    
     


    We had fun really!

    It has been a month since he started to school.  The boy's most exciting period in his Primary school are Physical Education (PE) and recess time.  His annoying and boring subject is Chinese.  Overall, he managed well with his English spelling making a few careless mistakes here and there.  Apart from his academic, I was so concerned over whether he could buy food from the school canteen on his own.  Probably over concerned and I had forgotten to really listen to what he wish to tell me and wanted me to know. Until I realised much later when we had a few conversations that he gradually revealed the 'things' he bought from the canteen's bookshop which I disapproved.  For some reasons, during the recess time, kids loves to buy things from the canteen's bookshop and they sell all sorts ranging from stationery, stickers, musical instruments..etc.  Since he had amassed so many stationery,  I become very uptight when he asked permission to buy things like ruler, pencil, etc from the canteen's bookshop.  Of course, I gave an affirmative 'No'.  At that moment, my boy kept quiet.  The truth was that he had already bought a ruler and a pencil from the bookshop.  He was just merely sounding me out.  Clever!

    He also generously gave 50cents from his pocket money to help his friend, Shawn, to buy a whistle with a lanyard.  Reason being, his friend did not have enough money, so he wanted to help. Since he did not understand the meaning of 'lend' or 'borrow', the idea of returning the money was alien to him too.  This was the second incident.  Another time, he bought a 30 cents ruler for the same boy.

    The next item he wanted to buy was tennis ball.  To satisfying his desire to buy from the bookshop, I agreed to it for once mainly because firstly we could work on some science experiment with it and secondly, he sought my permission first.  Unfortunately, he told his father.  The latter, however, (like me in the first place) said 'NO' to my son.  He was too afraid to disobey his father.  So until today, he still has not buy the tennis ball from the bookshop without his father's permission.  But my son kept reminding Papa to buy for him since he could not buy with his pocket money.

    Oh well, so much happenings in school....

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    California sushi

     
    # 346
    Since my boy dismissed at 1.30 pm and the school was within walking distance from our house, he normally ate his lunch I prepared at home. Above is one of his bento box with California sushi, tamagoyaki and some Japanese cucumber sticks. We have been playing with flags of different countries which I bought from Tokyu Hands from Orchard Central.  These flag picks are 2 sided; iconic picture on one side and the country flag on the other.  I used black and white soccer ball flag pick to blend in with the white box.  The country that present it was England on the other side of the flag.


    We craved for cold drinks everyday after school.  It has been scorching hot and sunny during the afternoons.  I literally have free sauna standing outside the school gate while waiting for my boy.  Nothing beats a cool honey avocado milkshake!




    It was the end of second week of his Primary school days.  There was no pressure and he managed the lessons like a breeze.  He brought back his first spelling lists for English words.  A balance of some easy and difficult words which I thought was very encouraging to the children for a start.  I have started practicing spelling with him and would do the last round this Sunday before he would be tested on Monday the next day. 

    The school also introduced a 15 minutes snack time on Mondays only starting at 11.00am on top of his early recess time at 8.30 am.  I have mistaken it was an everyday affairs.  Hence, I gave him a packet of oats biscuits on a Tuesday which he told me he "secretly ate under the table" in the classroom.  I bet the form teacher knew it since the latter reminded the class that snack was only allowed on Mondays ONLY although he said nobody saw him eating.

    I hope I did not bore you with some snippets of this Primary school days and yeah, I would be writing more about it on my blog for a while.  Have a nice weekend ahead!