Saturday, May 1, 2010
I believe no matter we have maids, or whether we are working full time outside or working from home, we do cook sometimes or most of the time.
I am always on hunt for fast cooking ingredients and recipes to assist me to cook more often for my family. When the ingredients are close at hand and not to mentioned the basic cooking utensils are ever-ready(cleaned and easily accessible, not stored at top or high cabinet), we are more encouraged to cook. Agree?
Now, I am often cooking and packing lunch from home for hubby and myself in the morning. Thus, things I cook need to be real fast and fuss-free (within 15 minutes). Now, how do I accomplished that?
Here are some tips and methods which I am sure many moms/dads/singles out there are already practising it. Let's share:
1. Cooking pan
2. Cooking Pot
5. Chopping board
7. Serving bowl
8. Fork and Spoon
That's the very basic tools we should have even for singles who are staying outside and like to cook for themselves.
Next, we go to some useful ingredients we can get as standby so that anytime we are in mood for cooking, we can waive the magic "spatula" anytime.
1. Dried chinese mushroom
2. Canned tomatoes
5. Dried kelps
7. Italian herbs (rosemary, thyme, basils, parsley, etc)
8. Olive oil
9. Canned Olives
Store in Fridge/Freezer food:
1. Miso - fridge
2. Mixed vegetables (consist of green peas, corn and carrots)- freezer
3. Organic seasonings/mushroom/bean paste
4. Tofu in cube
Now, what kind fuss-free dishes can I come out with these ingredients?
1. Stir-fry Macaroni
c. Mixed vegetables (if you happened to have broccoli, bell peppers, it would be awesome!)
d. Olives (minced)
e. Olive oil
First, boil hot water. Once boiling put in the macaroni and add salt, it'll make the macaroni soften faster!
While waiting the macaroni to cook, cut b & d. Fry d,b,c (in that sequence), once macaroni is cooked, transfer it to a pot of icy cold water(if you like a crunchier texture).Scoop it up and sizzle drops of olive oil and lightly stir fry together with other ingredients.
Approximate cooking time: 15 minutes
This is one of my all-time favourite especially I find macaroni cooks faster than spaghetti and easier to feed the children too.
Now, the same goes for ramen, you only need 15 minutes cooking time to magically make a nice and warm miso ramen soup for you and family.
2. Miso Ramen Soup
e. Tofu (can buy those wrapped in cubes which can store in fridge for few weeks)
f. Mixed vege (again if you happened to have other fresh leafy vege, use them!)
Cook c first, and then all the rest of the ingredients in. Miso, kelps and tofu should be added last. Simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy your yummy soup!
Approximate cooking time: 15 minutes
Easy right? If you get those shitake mushroom, you might just skipped the soaking and cutting required for the dry Chinese mushroom!
Hope more folks would start cooking for themselves and their families/friends! Not only does it healthier for our body, same goes for our wallet. Plus the bonding time cooking together with your family and friends is invaluable!
Let's stock up these fuss-free ingredients and welcome our cooking mood arrives anytime!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If your child is between four and 16 years and is keen to learn more about golf, then you'll want to register him/her for the Cyberjaya Junior Golf Clinic.
The clinic, hosted by Cyberview, is open to students and residents of the Cyberjaya-Putrajaya area. A registration fee of RM40 covers breakfast, lunch, goodies and a certificate of completion.
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Saw this article in TheStarOnline today..interesting...I heard about women coaches/train in India and now Malaysia is implementing it as well..
KTM to introduce women-only coaches from today
PETALING JAYA: KTM Bhd will introduce its first women-only coach for the commuter train service operating from Sentul to Port Klang today.
The railway said in a statement that the move would be implemented as statistics showed that 60% of KTM Komuter passengers were women.
It said the special coach would provide more comfort and security to women and protect them from "sexual harassment and jostling with male passengers."
KTM said boys under the age of 12 were permitted to ride in the "women-only" coach with their female companions or relatives.
The railway said it was not mandatory for women passengers to use the coach but they were encouraged to use it.
Named "Ladies Only At All Times", the coach is located in the middle among the three coaches of every commuter train. The coaches at the front and back are for all sexes.
(for full article, refer to TheStarOnline here)
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wilkommen, Welcome folks!
I am one who really fascinates about languages. Before I got married, I have wanted to further my Master in Germany. Thus I have taken up German language course. Oh how I enjoyed my lessons there!
The courses are rather intense, 3 hours session, fully-packed and not a minute wasted. True to German style, no-nonsense, practical and punctual!
I have gained a lot from the language course at Goethe Institut Malaysia not just on picking up Deautshe, but also the way to approach language tutoring with my students (I was doing English and Computer tutoring for a few years before I have children). Effective methods like role-playing, games are such great ways to make the language lessons more lively and effective!
Now, I sure do miss having such brain exercise of attending courses (don't mention about those technical IT ones :P which is more work-related for my case). Hope I would have such time and budget to pursue such course which not only widen up my horizon and my soul too…lifelong learning and networking, meeting up with interesting people and event!
Cheers to life-long learning!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Pain = Peace & Mercy
Self-Doubting = Renewed Confidence In Our Ability To Work Thru It
Tiredness = understanding, patience and renew strength
Fear = Love & Courage
Now, it looks like the right antidote…but where and how to get them? Hehe..another question…
For e.g, I am quite agreed with the antidotes of tiredness and fear as the ailment I experienced most often…and often asked myself..so when and how I can regain my "energy" or even "escape" from being so exhausted (mostly physically)?
And fear, have so much fear instilled since young by adults, don't go out, else the bad guys will catch you!
No, don't climb up high else you may fell and hurt yourself..
Don't trust strangers as they may trick you…
BUT why? Why hasn't anyone informed or guide us how to live a fearless yet rewarding life?
How to be safe and yet not fearful?
I am consciously reminding my kids thru the positive alert," Hold tightly when you climb so that you can do it safely!" Instead of "Stop, don't climb else you will fall!" 'cos it is often fallen to deaf ears and they will still be curious to climb or worse they may be scarred for life and being fearful at every other things which I am sure it's not good for their development!
Again..it's my thinking aloud day..what other messages have you gained throughout your parenting journey! Please do share your VOICEs aloud by leaving your comments to this post!
Your love in doing so is much appreciated!
Cheers and May your love be reciprocated and blessed!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Mistook the jar of manuka honey I filled up in a recycled organic
apple& banana jar(cos they ar same color) as my travel pack, I washed
it away. Not wanting to waste it I applied on my skin immediately...
Wow smooth&silky effect..costly luxury skincare :P