Sunday, July 5, 2015

Desert Polenta with Cheddar (Jacques Pépin)

Desert Polenta with Cheddar (Jacques Pépin)

This week, the members of I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) are making Jacques Pépin's Out of France dishes, i.e. not French or of French origin. We can cook his American, Asian, Mexican-inspired dishes!

After searching through a few websites, I chose his Desert Polenta with Cheddar dish. There's a little description about this dish: "Craig Higgins, the chef at Tongabezi Camp in Zambia, has been instrumental in devising menus and training chefs at many safari camps. This polenta has become a menu standby." So, I guess this is an African dish. :)

Recipe adapted from here.

(Serves 2)

1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 & 1/4 cups milk
1 & 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal or polenta
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
Pinch of paprika

How to:

1. Melt butter in a large sauce-pan. Add garlic, nutmeg and, cloves. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Add milk, water and salt and bring to a boil. Whisking constantly, add the cornmeal in a thin stream. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the polenta is thick and creamy, about 30 minutes.

3. Stir in the cheese and paprika. Serve, garnished with some paprika.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Out of France!

Friday, July 3, 2015

My favorite artisan granola bars (featuring Bonyū Bā) {with Discount Code!}

I fell in love with Bonyū Bā the moment I saw their products on their Facebook page.

Bonyū Bā, founded by Su Yi, a busy mom of three, makes homemade granola bars. She's also a breastfeeding mom (me too!) and she makes these bars as a quick fix solution for healthy snacks when moms get too busy but still need to eat!

Quality ingredients. Photo from bonyuba.com

Bonyū Bā makes artisan granola bars from quality ingredients. Absolutely no nasty ingredients: only natural goodness in every bar of Bonyū. Let me tell you a secret: I absolutely love all three flavors: Regular, Very Chocolatey, Blueberries. They are perfect for breakfast, tea-time snack, and while you're on the go.

Let me tell you another secret: Every bar is lovingly made in Bonyū Bā's private SLK (small little kitchen). They own a kitchen to just make these bars.

These granola bars are moist and they have this really nice melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture. They are not overly sweet as well. Most importantly, I feel safe eating them because the list of ingredients is printed boldly on the packaging of each vacuum-packed bar. Only top-notched, organic ingredients are used!

To Muslim friends, all ingredients used to make these granola bars are sourced from certified halal suppliers and reputable bakery ingredients stores. Bonyū Bā artisan granola bars will make great addition to your buka puasa meals and as visiting gifts during Hari Raya!

Ok! Now, I'm gonna share how my family of three enjoy Bonyū Bā's goodness! Oh, and don't forget to find out the Discount Code at the bottom of this post. ;)

Let's start!

For the mommy

First, Bonyū Bā granola bars makes an excellent addition to my breakfast smoothie. Here's a recipe to share with you.

Upside-Down Breakfast Smoothie

(Serves 2)

For the smoothie:

2 Valencia oranges, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon raw honey

For the layers:

1 regular Bonyū Bā granola bar, finely chopped
1 cup chia pudding (made from chia seeds + almond milk + Greek yogurt + molasses sugar)

How to:

Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Put finely chopped Bonyū Bā granola bar at the bottom of a glass. Spoon chia pudding over the granola. Pour the smoothie on top and garnish with a pinch of chopped granola bar. Serve with a spoon.

For the hubby

I pack one bar for hubby for his mountain-biking trip.

For the baby

The baby just eats the entire bar directly - no fuss, no frills. And he loves munching on them so much while wandering around the house.

Where to buy?

You can buy Bonyū Bā artisan granola bars from their online shop and get them sent directly to your doorstep!

 And now..... *drum rolls*

Discount Code!

For all my readers, you can enter this discount code: JOYCE when you're at the Checkout page to get FREE shipping! 

Just enter JOYCE at the Coupon code box and click APPLY COUPON.

This code is valid from now till 31 July 2015! So, hurry!

Thank you Bonyū Bā for collaborating with me for this post and for providing this discount code. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creamy Veggie Korma with Steamed Ten Grains Rice - for toddler

Creamy Veggie Korma

No coconut milk is used. Creamy Greek yogurt is used to replace coconut milk. You can use any combination of vegetables that you like apart from those that I have listed in the ingredients section below. :)

Recipe adapted from here.

(Serves 2)

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
4 cups mixed vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, aubergines), chopped
2 cups water
2/3 cup Greek yogurt

How to:

1. Heat up oil in a large pan. Cook chopped onions, garlic, and ground spices over low heat until the onions become light golden. Add in vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Add water and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt. Serve with steamed rice.

Organic Ten Grains Rice contains pearl barley, millet, corn meal, buckwheat, oat groat, sorghum, brown flaxseed, wild black rice, natural brown rice, and red rice.

My boy is 22 months now, so I think it's quite alright to let him eat mixed grains per meal, 2-3 times a week. Normally, I only use millet and brown rice. Sometimes, different kinds of pasta.

According to my boy's babysitter, my boy polished off the entire 500ml jar of korma and a medium bowl of rice in 2 meals. I'm very impressed. :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

My birthday loot from iHerb.com plus Announcement!


If you're buying stuff for the first time from iHerb, you can use my code - WLB090 - or just click http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=WLB090 and continue your shopping. You get to save $5-$10 off your first order! Enjoy your shopping!

Here are my previous purchases:
Loot 1 | Loot 2 | Loot 3

Take a look at my latest loot of the month. :)

PowerBar, Performance Energy, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 12 Bars - for hubby
Nature's All, Organic Blueberries, Freeze-Dried (34g)

Arrowhead Mills, Organic Steel Cut Oats, Hot Cereal (680g)
Bob's Red Mill, Organic, Kamut Hot Cereal (680g)

Coconut Secret, The Original Coconut Aminos, Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce (237ml)
Simply Organic, Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract (59ml)

Andean Dream, Quinoa Pasta, Macaroni (227g)
DeLallo, Orzo, 100% Organic Whole Wheat Pasta (454g)

Acure Organics, Shampoo, Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil (235ml) - for myself
Earth's Best, Toothpaste, Strawberry & Banana (45g) - for my toddler



After working on this mini project for the past six months, I now officially launch a series of blog posts called Featured Mommypreneurs in collaboration with at least three mommypreneurs (i.e. mommies entrepreneurs).

Currently, there are another three or more potential collaborators in the pipeline. Let me know if you're interested to join me to feature your products / services. :)

Find out more on my new page - Featured Mommypreneurs (you can find the tab on this blog's top navigation bar).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Cute Ways to Wear a Bandana Bib (featuring Baby Island: Baby Fashion Dribble Bib)

Baby Island: Baby Fashion Dribble Bib

Look at these gorgeous bandana bibs! They are Baby Island's Baby Fashion Dribble Bibs. Baby Island is a homegrown Malaysian brand. So, these bibs are designed in Malaysia. Yes, I'm all for supporting Malaysian homemade and homegrown products! :D

Close-up shots

Baby Island bandana bibs are triangle dribble bibs made from 100% cotton with absorbent terry towel backing. Each bib comes with a pair of adjustable snap buttons too.

Using a bandana bib can be fun too! That's what I did with my 22mo toddler. Check out my little model's bib-styling shots. :)

Style #1: Bandana scarf

The Baby Island bib is so versatile! They can double up as a scarf too. We attended a friend's wedding dinner with the theme Vintage Mafia. So, we dressed up our boy in a checked collared shirt, jeans overall, and of course, the Blue Stars bib that stole the show!

Style #2: Bandana cap

We went to Cherating Beach for a short weekend getaway. Our boy loved the sun and the sea. And hey! This versatile bib doubled up as a temporary cap too!

Spot the baby.

Bonding with papa.

Style #3: Rambo

What do you do when a toddler wants to ride a bike at the indoor playground? You put a bib around his head and ask him to pose like Rambo and snap a photo! :D

Fun, fun, fun! :D

Where to buy Baby Island Fashion Dribble Bib?

You can buy it from Babydash.com.my! There are many gorgeous designs to choose for your little ones. I'm pretty sure they are gonna like 'em stylish bibs! :)


Babydash.com.my was founded by two gorgeous moms, Lavi and Shan, who got tired of constantly running out for diapers and milk. They aim to make this errand as hassle-free and painless as possible by offering an easy and convenient way for other moms to get diapers and milk without having to suffer long queues at the grocers or lug bulky heavy bags around. No more running from store to store in search of the one brand our baby likes and wasting time and petrol as we do.

Why Babydash?

Babydash offers exclusive baby products directly to your doorstep! So, we busy moms can pre-order diapers, milk, baby food, and many more baby products, and have them delivered to our office or home! 

Their fast delivery service in 1-2 working days is fantastic! I have bought things several times and yes, I receive the goods within 1-2 days of delivery.

All you have to do is go to Babydash.com.my, select the items you want, follow the simple payment instructions, and within a couple of days, you'll have your goods delivered to you!

More info

Find out more info and promos on Babydash's:

LINE, WhatsApp, call +6016 676 1101

Thank you Babydash for collaborating with me for this post!


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