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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chia seeds pancakes with creamy sweet corns

I love pancakes! They are the best option for breakfast or even dinner. I have made egg and banana pancakes before. This time, I make chia seeds pancakes.


Ingredients (for pancakes):

2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 8 tablespoons* of water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons melted butter

* Chia seeds are used to replace eggs. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds plus 4 tablespoons to replace 1 egg.

Ingredients (for sweet corns):

1/2 can creamy corn
2 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon melted cream cheese

 
How to:


Combine all ingredients (for pancakes) in a bowl and whisk till combined. Place the batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour.


Heat a non-stick pan and add some butter to coat. Grease the inner ring of an "egg banjo" with butter and place it at the center of the pan.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into the "egg banjo" ring. Cook for 30 seconds, remove ring, and flip.


Cook for another 10 seconds and remove from the pan. Lay them out flat so they can cool. Repeat until all batter is gone.


In a bowl, combine creamy corn with milk, butter, and cream cheese. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if you like it cold.



Serve pancakes layered with creamy sweet corn. I love the combined crunchiness of chia seeds and sweet corn. Perfect!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Homemade baby "Cerelac" with rice cereal and vegetable medley purees :)


I have introduced fruits and vegetables to my baby since he's six months old.

Fruits: Avocado, apple, pear, nectarine, prunes, banana

Vegetables: Butternut squash, pumpkin, carrot, zucchini (green, yellow), sweet potato (yellow, orange, purple), snow pea (fresh, frozen)

I also make my own homemade baby "Cerelac" by mixing Why Not? Organic First Flavor Cereal (rice) with vegetable medley purees for him. It's fun!

I prepare the rice cereal and the vegetables puree separately.

Note: I don't freeze purees because I think he suffers from wind after eating defrosted and re-steamed purees.

For the rice cereal, I stir two tablespoons of rice cereal with warm water and set aside. Once the vegetables have been steamed and pureed, I pour the rice cereal into the puree and mix well. Then, I add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.



Vegetable medley #1: Green zucchini, orange sweet potato



Vegetable medley #2: Green zucchini, carrot, purple sweet potato



Vegetable medley #3: Green zucchini, yellow zucchini, carrot, butternut squash



Vegetable medley #4: Green zucchini, carrot, snow pea (fresh and frozen)



Great bonding-feeding time between father and son! :)

Note: Baby is eight months old. I will include more grains into his diet, including brown rice, oats, red lentil, and millet.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steamed cream cheese filled apple puree cupcakes


Steamed cream cheese filled apple puree cupcakes

Recipe is adapted from here.

Ingredients (for cupcakes):

1/2 cup (75g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons fresh milk
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons apple puree (I used Organix baby apple puree)
2 tablespoons of chopped almonds

Ingredients (for cream cheese filling):

200g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup fresh milk

How to:

1. Prepare your steamer by warming it up with medium heat.

2. To make cupcakes: Sieve flour and baking powder. Add molasses into it. Beat in egg, milk and oil. Add in apple puree and chopped almonds. Mix gently. Do not over-mix.

4. To make cream cheese filling: In a separate large bowl, combine cream cheese and milk. Beat until well blended.

5. Prepare 4 cupcake holders. Drop about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each cup.

6. Place about 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup, covering the cheese.

7. Steam for 10 minutes. 

8. They are ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.




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My journal of steamed cupcakes recipes.

Oatmeal cinnamon steamed muffins


Oatmeal cinnamon steamed muffins

Recipe from here.


Ingredients:

100g oatmeal*
100ml fresh milk
150ml water
30g molasses (you can substitute with brown sugar or dark muscovado sugar)
1/3 teaspoon salt
100g cake flour**
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon

*I prepare this by grinding rolled oats into powder in a blender. 

**I make my own cake flour by removing 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and replace the removed all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

How to:

1. Prepare your steamer by warming it up with medium heat.


2. Mix fresh milk, water, molasses, and salt in a bowl. Add oatmeal and mix well.


2. In another bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well.


3. Sift the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.

4. Then, use a rubber spatula to fold the batter until the flour is well constituted and the batter is evenly incorporated.

5. Fill muffin cups up to 80% full. When steam rises from the steamer, place the cups inside, and steam for about 15 minutes on high heat.


6. They are ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.


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My journal of steamed cupcakes recipes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The next level of softness: New Kleenex® Bath Tissues with Aloe Vera

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I really like the tagline: Say ALOE to the next level of softness.

Curious about bath tissues? Well, they are more commonly (crudely) known as toilet paper / toilet roll in Malaysia. :)

Kleenex brings us to a whole new level of softness and utmost comfort and care by introducing its latest product - the new Kleenex® Bath Tissues enriched with natural, skin-friendly Aloe Vera extract for superior softness, protecting even the most delicate skin.

Why Aloe Vera? Traditionally used as a skin remedy, Aloe Vera is used to relieve dryness and itching, and many swear by its skin-soothing properties.

The new Kleenex Bath Tissues with Aloe Vera is embossed with a printed design of delicate aloe motifs. They are so soft that my baby loves to hug a roll with his cute little hands!


New Kleenex Bath Tissues enriched with Aloe Vera features the next level of softness and gives me whole new way to hug and show my loved ones how much I care because nothing beats watching their happy, delighted smiles as they are being pampered with the best!

Now you can share your soft moments and be rewarded with amazing prizes! Join the "Hug the Softness 2014 Campaign" starting 28 March 2014!

Just share a photo of a special and unique hug with your loved ones on Kleenex Facebook page to receive a FREE roll of the brand new Kleenex Bath Tissues with Aloe Vera plus. Also, the entry with the most unique hug stands the chance to win an all-expense holiday package worth RM5,000!

You can purchase the new Kleenex Bath Tissues with Aloe Vera at all major supermarkets and hypermarkets.


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