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My attempt at Garlic Fried Rice with Breaded Chicken

20 Jan

While putting DS down for nighttime slumber, I planned the menu for dinner. Most of the time, we just buy out because after a long day, it’s just too exhausting to have to cook but I didn’t want to eat unhealthy outside food just because I’m a little lazy to prepare something.

I scaled down my plans a little because it was getting late when I have settled the baby.

Western food is a little quicker to cook than Indian food. It’s also because I baked maybe. The fried rice was Pilipino style.

Here goes:

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A day of many firsts!

2 Jan

We started breakfast a little late because dear son had a morning nap at 10am.

I really wanted to make him something but didn’t have the time unfortunately so we tried the Gerber’s applesauce. He ‘irked’ it just like carrot. This time I tasted it and boy was it sweet! I tried. DS tried despite not liking it. I gave up before he did and we went back to plain reliable old healthy times cereal. I think it’s oatmeal for now. It was brown rice for a while and now oatmeal and hopefully it’ll be barley next insyAllah.

*i realized I speak to DS a lot in my blog compared to the speaking of him*

We had a splashing time at the pool! Well I did. You were quite expressionless mostly, how we realized you normally are when it comes to new experiences. Maybe you’re a thinker like me haha! We brought many toys and a thick towel for you! Ummi was quite scared and afraid, not sure how you’ll take it and whether it’ll be too cold for you in a normal adult pool. We spent around 15-20 minutes in the pool with me carrying you, twirling you, swishing you around! We concluded with a relaxing time leaning on ummi while we glide slowly through the water.

We headed to the beach next! You slept in the ride all the way there and you seemed pretty dazed and tired from the days activities. We took it slow. You were looking around, very curious of your surroundings. Uncle Reyas and aunty Adilah joined us there. They tried playing with you but you didn’t entertain them much. We took turns bringing you down to the water. Aunty Adilah also tried getting your feet to touch the water crashing into the sand but you cried. You didn’t like it. We tried again but you started crying when the water started coming towards you. It’s ok, we’ll try again next time and we can build sandcastles together too!

Time for chicken curry!

29 Dec

I don’t cook very much. The only time I cooked a lot was in Finland, out of necessity and eventually because I enjoy it. Ah! Finland! Lots I wonderful memories, Alhamdulilah.

Since the parents aren’t around, I decided to whip some food so that we don’t have to eat unhealthy and expensive outside food which can be not that tasty sometimes.

The husband also don’t really get me to cook if we don’t have dinner because it tires me, after a day of tending to the little one, to have to cook can be very tiring.

Anyways I cooked out of necessity today and Alhamdulilah it turned out alright.

My first time buying a chicken from the wet market at 26 years old. Can’t believe I didn’t have to do it for so long! Just shows there can be a first time for many things even if you’ve tried a million things before.

Here goes!

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Chicken soup, chicken curry and stir-fried veggies serves with white rice.

A-v-o-c-a-d-o

28 Dec

Dearest son,

You had avocado for the first time today! Yay! It was a success Alhamdulilah. You liked it better than the carrots.

Ummi had to cut it, spoon it out, blend it up, add a little breast milk and mix it thoroughly. Yummy! You had a wonderful breakfast.

It gives me great comfort and pleasure to prepare food for you and watch you enjoy it. Alhamdulilah.

With lots of love,
Your non-chef ummi

I should have taken a photo of your expression when you had your first taste of carrots

25 Dec

I haven’t prepared any food for you yet but I will insyAllah.

You’ve had a taste of healthy times baby cereal; brown rice and oatmeal. Ummi recently bought you barley but its still in its packaging waiting to be devoured! Alhamdulilah you eat your cereals well and you seem to like them.

Today, ummi opened a jar of Gerber’s carrot juice. Your very first taste of it was,” eww what is that?” And then I continued to give you more and you thought,” this is not my cereal, the bright orange color is nice but odd. No, I don’t think it’s nice even though you’re smiling at me ummi.” And then you had the gagging reflex and ummi thought it was the consistency of the puréed carrot. I tried 2 more little bits of the carrot purée before I dumped the whole jar into the rubbish bin.

I’ll be sure to take photos of you trying out other food in the future insyAllah.

The second part of the day was spent at the Jacob Ballas Children’s garden which is part of botanical gardens.

It was supposed to be just the 3 of us but anna Mukhlis, kakak Sofia and uncle Irshad went with us. Our picnic turned out to be a walk around the garden with stops at play areas.

Uncle Irshad suggested that ummi should bring you on the slide and I did! It was much fun! It has been a long time since ummi had the opportunity to slide down slides so I had a little accident on our first try, ummi slid all the way down and onto the sand and hit the back of my head on the end of the slide. But you know what went through my mind, though a little foggy due to the sudden nature of the accident, that I needed to keep you safe. I held you tightly until ayah pried you out of my arms. You cried. My poor baby…we tried the slides a few more times but we couldn’t get any pictures of us on action, perhaps next time.

Aunty Robina stopped by and had a long chat cum catch up session with us. She carried you and you fell asleep. She was so happy to meet you and carry you. Aunty Robina is from New Zealand so she has a cool accent. She and ayah were friends from their undergrad days at NUS.

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon with aunty Adilah and uncle Reyas. We visited their beautiful new flat at Yishun. Hopefully we can visit them more when you’re older and when their flat is nicely done up and comfy.

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You got your first taste of solids today!

23 Nov

@ 5 months and 8 days, we introduced you to Healthy Times Organic Brown Rice.

You seem to enjoy eating from a bowl and a spoon, Alhamdulilah.

You saw down on anna Mukhlis baby chair and we had to place 2 pillows in front of you because you kept falling forward.

You have your very own waterproof baby bip. Ummi made sure we take lots of photos of your first experiences. Your expression was more of “give me more, um!”. Not sure of its because you just wanted to put anything and everything inside your mouth.

I enjoyed watching you eat.

Looking forward to more happy meal times, inshAllah!

Food in Siem reap

10 Nov

We stayed in a Malaysian hotel, My Hibiscus hotel so that we can have access to halal food in the comfort of the hotel.

The hotel is situated around less than 10 minutes by tuk tuk from the main tourists street. Maybe there might be a shortcut by foot there but we didn’t have a chance to find out because we never once walk out of our hotel on our own. Our tuk tuk driver chauffeured us from the day we arrived at the Cambodian airport till we left 5 days later.

We referred to this blog for the halal food places in siem reap. We didn’t really need it in the end because our driver was Muslim so he knew where to bring us.

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I miss going on dates with the husband

9 Nov

I had a wonderful time at Seasonal Salad Buffet. The salad was so fresh and I enjoyed most of what I ate. There was clam chowder and ice cream!

After 5 days of Cambodia, the food was just what I needed. The main course I ordered was sumptous; salmon dish. One of the nicer salmons I’ve ever tasted.

When I think salmon, I think Finland, having Iftar with the Nigerians, Somalian and Iraqi. They cooked the salmon with diced tomatoes and sliced onion and add some seasoning, the result was salmon which remained fresh and soft. Then it was stuffed into bread together with scrambled eggs. And toasted. Omg I so enjoyed it!

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Of relatives and festivities – first of such for DS

9 Aug

I wonder why I miss him today despite carrying him and nursing him. I held him close to me but perhaps not as much as I would when it’s just me and my baby at home all day.

Everyone wanted to carry him; relatives near and far. I didn’t mind but just miss him every time I’m not physically with him.

I wanted to take a photo with DH and DS but didn’t get the opportunity until the last house. DS was fast asleep already by then. He slept quite a bit during the day as well. Alhamdulilah a well behaved boy 🙂 my family also helped with him.

I love you dearly my dear boy!

You will sleep with ummi today so I can keep kissing your cheeks.

I think someone reminded me to enjoy this time with DS. I forgot to look past the challenges and embrace the wonders.

Date night

13 Feb

We rarely have date nights because we are too lazy to go out so unless we make it a point, we’d just have sumptuous home cooked food.

I wanted buffet salad and wild rice so we headed down to Earle’s swensens.

The walnut rocky road was heavenly!

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