Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unwelcome advice and comments on bringing up children?

Hi folks!

Just when we think we have gone thru the tough period, fending off unwanted stares, criticism and advice on breast feeding...this is not over...

As our child grows up, there will be still walking "manual" everywhere, trying to "force upon" us how we guide our can be really tiring, frustrating and damaging to ourselves and to the kids when we are not able to hold on to values we believe in. Why we guide the way we did...there must be principles and also belief we hold up to based on our understanding of our children and also based on our own childhood experience...

Recently I faced a certain people who non-stop "chanting" upon me and lecturing on my kids to which it reached a level where I feel I must put my feet in and stop them from being overpowering and controlling out of concern or self-righteous act..this is not even from my in-laws..

Yes, I know I can be called stubborn or hard-headed...but I simply don't believe in beating or letting my child cry for hours without understanding what's making them upset. Letting a pre-schooler who are good at comprehending and reasoning to cry herself out is simply "out of mind". Are we trying to shut them out or must we use such mindless way to teach them not to express their thoughts and feelings? Senseless guide which I don't agree at all..really..

Folks, how do you handle such situation? Ignore? Walk away? Be firm and ask them to respect how we bring up our child..we are not looking for senseless discipline method which will only force our kids to shut up..

I may be wrong for some of you but I like to stand up for what I believe in. Pls. have some respect and love..for the carer and the little ones being cared..


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Lunch Pack of the day: Eggplant Tofu with organic Siew Pak Choy and Tomato and Ramen

Hi folks!

I have been wanting to make this dish once more after a thumbs-up from DH during the previous attempt to cook the dish - Tong Po tofu, which is inspired by one of the Young Chef cartoon which DH used to watched when he was young and show it again to us as he grown up....

It's a rather nice, soothing-to-tummy, and appetite-rising dish may I say.

Today I match it with Japanese Ramen-like noodles plus the lightly stir-fry organic siew pak choy and organic tomato i received FOC for my purchase at BMS Organic last Saturday. (Do you know when you purchase more than MYR50 at BMS, they will free a pkt. of organic vege to you? For small family like mine..1-2 packs of FOC organic vege can last me for at least 3 meals..which is good!)

Back to the dish- Eggplant Tofu with organic Siew Pak Choy and Tomato and Ramen (which I have ate if for breakfast for I simply love warm food and stomach am feeling hungry by the thought of this dish..haha..really!)

Brinjal (cube)
Tofu (cube)
siew pak choy
Seasoning to taste

  1. First I boil the ramen and while it is boiling, i chop all the other ingredient (brinjal, tofu, tomatoes, siew pak choy).
  2. Then, once ramen is cooked, i rinse it with cold water and then lightly toss it with some msg-free homemade soysauce (show you the picture next round ya!), extra virgin olive oil, mixed herbs.
  3. I heat up the wok, add some water, oil and bit of brown sugar, salt and lightly toss in the tomatoes and siew pak choy. Lightly stir-fry and then place it on top of the ramen.
  4. Then i stir-fry the brinjal, add in some 100% chilli sauce, water, organic rock salt and brown sugar.
  5. Next, I add in the tofu cube when the brinjal is almost cooked to perfection(soft and chewy).
  6. Scoop it on and place on top of the ramen.
Estimated time taken: 20-30 mins.

There we have a yummy, comfort meal :) which has orange(tomato), green(siew pak choy), purple(brinjal), white(tofu), yellow(ramen) that reminds me...I should be adding some seaweed for the "black" colour ...will try it next time!

Cheers to hearty and warm meals from home!