B is Turning 2!!

Hi all..

Today is B’s 2nd birthday!!

MasyaAllah.. Time flies really fast. My baby girl is already two years old.. (Or 2 ers yold, according to Bella..! Haha..) Alhamdullilah, I am really blessed having her and Little Tasha in my live. They are my source of joy and happiness and occasionally makes me crazy. But above all, they are my life!

See, big girl already.. dah pakai makeup!!

On the other hand, Little Tasha is turning 6 month old!! Yay!! You know what that means? Yup, weaning! She’s gonna start eating all boring, blended baby food until she’s old enough to eat our yummy food. I’m all excited to feed her.. at the same time, when Tasha is 6 month old.. you know what that means?

That means mommy is going back to work!!!

Tomorrow!!

Yes, I do miss work. And trust me, after starting work, I will cry to my husband telling him I miss the girls so much.. and that will last for about a week or two until I’m emotionally stable. Haha… If you see me at the hospital with flushed face or maybe teary eyes, yeah, maybe I just cried.. hehe..

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Twitter. I’ve been receiving them since last night. And I actually told B about it.. and she just angguk2 and smile. I don’t know whether she understand whats going on or not…

We are gonna have a great day today, insyaAllah.. and hope you are too!!

XO

B’s Fav Sh-oup

I haven’t been writing about B’s favourite food for quite some times.. that is mainly because she eats less of baby more and more adult food nowadays. No, I’m not talking about masak lemak cili api or even chicken curry here. She eats mainly soups, spaghetti, chicken rice, tosei, nasi lemak (minus the sambal) and even beriyani..! Owh.. she loves the beriyani!! Hahaha..

Today I wanna share one of her favourite nutritious daily food that she eats almost everyday!! And that is mixed soup (pronounced as “shoup” by her!) to eat with rice (a.k.a “sh-ice”).

It’s just the same soup that we eat everyday except I put a lot of things (basicly everything!!) that she needs.. from proteins i.e. chicken balls or meat balls or fish balls. Those balls are home made, I didn’t buy the one from the shop to avoid preservatives. It’s actually very easy to make.. 

You just add a little bit of minced meat, with some onion, shallot and ginger.. Just enough to give a little taste to the meat balls and a pinch of salt with tepung jagung (my goodness, I really can’t think of the English name for tepung jagung, right now!!!)

And you make it into a cute little balls shapes..

Taddaaaa… Not that cute but that will do! ;)

Besides meats, you can also use minced chicken and fish to make the balls.

I also all some macaroni and potato which is my carbohydrate back-up just in case Bella refused to eat rice ;) Yeah, yeah, yeah.. sometimes she can be quite picky but most of the time, she whacked everything!! :D

As for vegetables, I add broccoli, carrots and spinach in the soup. She can eat the carrots and broccoli on her own but not the spinach, what I did was I slices it into small pieces and just add to the soup.

Bella also loves egg, but only the white ones, so, I let her eat on her own the white ones and left the egg yolk on the soup, stir it and she will drink the soup together with the spinach and yellow  egg!!

Sometimes we also add egg taufu to replace the real egg. She doesn’t really know the difference thou.. As long as it’s tasty ;)

So that’s how I make Bella’s soup. And she can finish this one whole bowl on her own together with some rice!!

(Yeah, I use mangkuk tingkat to pack her food.. hahha.. so old-skool!!)

Dya have any other recipes to share with other mommies out there.. I would love to hear that!!

XO

Truly Malaysian!!

Today we brought B to her first visit to.. mamak shop!!! Hehehe..

You’re not a truly Malaysian if..

1) You don’t eat nasi lemak!!

2) You don’t eat durian!!

3) You don’t eat mamak food!!

Yes!! That’s my definition of Malaysian citizens ;)

So.. #1.. checked!! (of course without the sambal!!)

#2.. checked!! (Yup, I’ve given Bella durian before!! Hahaha… and she loves it!!)

and today, time to proceed with #3!!

She finished 2 hard-boiled egg with an introduction to tose telur!! Her verdict.. she loves it!!

No worries, mommies.. no teh ais yet for Bella :D

Oven-baked Potato Wedges

I just finished making home-made oven-baked potato wedges for Bella. I know it is so much easier to just buy french fries from McD and feed B but all this MSG and stuff.. haih.. Tak elok lar..

So, found this super easy recipe on the internet to make my own fries.. and gave it a try..

You only need: russet potato, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cloves of garlic, olive oil and paprika (optional, but no paprika for B!)

Step 1: Cut cloves of garlic into slices. Heat up olive oil and stir garlic until the oil is infused with garlic smell (sehingga naik baunya bak kata orang Melayu..). Then filter out the garlic (yes, you only take the olive oil!)

Step 2: Cut the russet potato into wedge shape, and steam it for 5-10mins. (Russet potato soften very fast as compared to our local potato)

Step 3: Pre-heat oven to 220’C

Step 4: Mix the garlic-infused olive oil (step 1) with a pinch of salt, black pepper, garlic powder (and paprika if you want) in a mixing bowl. Add the steam wedges and toss well to coat (this is where you can control the amount of olive oil you put..)

Step 5: Bake in the over for 30-40mins at 220’C or until it turns golden brown. You can flip halfway through baking to even browning.

Taddaaa.. siap! I didnt wait until it really turns golden brown because I’m not good in adjusting the heat.. Nanti hangs, terus keras and B can’t eat.. Hahaha.. Ni pun okay dah, I can taste the garlic with a hint of black pepper. And B loves it! Yay!

P/s: That portion is for B, mommy ate the rest of it! :D

Baby Bolognese for Little B :)

This is a ‘must-share’ with all mommies out there.. Baby Bolognese, another yummy recipe from Annabel Karmel :)

These are the basic ingredients and together with minced beef!! Let’s start our cooking lesson…

First, heat up the olive olive in the saucepan, add the onion and fry for 2-3minutes.. Then you add the minced beef and garlic, brown over the medium heat. Add the celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato puree and beef stock… I have a lot of beef and chicken stock in the fridge, so I just some of those.. Otherwise, you can just add water.. Sprinkle some thyme..

Check it out!! blum masak pun dak nampak sedap.. Cover the pot and simmer until it cooks. Add in Parmesan cheese to make it yummier ;) Thats’s the best part… I love cheese!! Done with the gravy..

Now the pasta..

I used Heinz baby pasta in star-shape!! Yay!! Just boil it the hot water with a little bit of olive oil just to make sure it doesn’t stuck to each other.. Wallaaaa…

And it’s done!! My favourite baby food so far ;)

Give it a try mommies!!

Fish with Carrot and Orange!!

B has been eating a lot of chicken and beef lately… and very little of fishes family. Hahaha.. Mommy lar malas masak! But recently I found another easy fish recipe from Annabel Karmel’s cookbook, so I decided to give it a try.. It’s called Fish with Carrot and Orange! Yes, orange ;)

First, steam the chopped carrots and potatoes until tender. Steam is better than boiling coz it will preserve more of the nutritions as compared to boiling method. Sorry I forgot to take picture for this step! Heheh.. But I guess you all know how it looks like, kan!!

Next, put the fish in a dish. Here I sure red snapper fillet. Sedap kan ikan merah! But I bought the fillet version of it coz I doubt my skills to debone the fish :D Sebelum Bella tercekik, better I just buy the fillet version, confirm no bone!! Pour over orange juice. You can just get an orange and squeeze it over the fish. Better cause there will be no sugar added, more natural!!

Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.. and dot with butter. In this case, I used unsalted butter..

Put it up in the over and cook for 20 minutes at 180’C.. OR according to Annabel Karmel’s recipe, you can just put in the microwave until the fish flakes easily.. I just believe the oven would do a better job than the microwave. Hehehe.. For me I only use the microwave to reheat the food, not really for cooking :D

Cantik kan!! Bau pun super yummy!! B’s daddy thought it was his dinner!! Haha.. Then I flake the fish with fork.. later add the steamed carrot and potato to the meal. You can blend to puree or just mash it until it softens..

For Bella, since she already has 8 teeth, I just mashed it.. It tastes really nice, fresh fish without the smell!! A little carbs from the potatoes and vitamins from the carrots ;) Give it a try mommy!

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Apricot :)

This time I’m gonna share another of B’s favourite food.. As usual, I like to try Annabel Karmel’s recipe. It’s easy to make and super yummy!! :)

You gotta have boneless chicken, diced sweet potato, dried apricot, carrot, chicken stock and tomato puree.. Simple and quick.. promised!

First, heat up your cooking olive oil, saute a few slices of onion and boneless chicken until sealed. Then you add your sweet potato with some amount of chicken stock (at least until all your sweet potato and chicken are covered). Add a few slices of dried apricot, tomato puree (secukup rasa) and slices of tomatoes.. Bring to the boil and simmer for 12-15 minutes..

And blend until smooth as you wish :)

Look at Bella’s face.. that’s how much she loves this chicken with apricot and sweet potato meal ;)

Beef Casserole and Butternut Squash for Little B!!

I just tried this recipe last night.. For the first time, I’m introducing red meat to Little B! :) and she loves it!! I just wanna share the recipes with mommy out there.. I got this one from Annabel Karmel Cooking Book.. So, tried and tested.. approved yummy!!

It’s very easy.. You just need minced beef, butternut squash (as I said before in my previous entry, nak guna pumpkin biaser pun buleh.. butternut squash ni pumpkin omputih), carrot, beef stock (air rebusan tulang daging, it gives the sweetness to the taste but please don’t put salt when you’re making it!), tomato puree (also home-made, blended tomato, fry with onion and shallot until it becomes thicker) and thyme leaves..

Thyme leaves ni tak wajib but many western food uses thyme leaves for red meat, it gives a nice aroma to the food.. I couldn’t find fresh thyme leaves but I found this at the supermarket.. Pokok thyme!! Hahhaha.. kecik jer pasu ni, so I just bought this one.. senang kalu nak masak next time.. what could be more fresh than this, right?? ;)

First, what you should do heat up the saucepan with olive oil.. (yeah I use olive oil for all B’s food), the the onion and minced beef. Fry over a medium heat until they start to turn brown.. Step two, just add the butternut squash (or any pumpkin), carrot, beef stock, a little bit of tomato puree and thyme leaves..

Step three, just bring to boil all the ingredients together..

Step four.. blend until smooth to your baby’s liking! Wallaaaaa…. This much of food can last for 3  days for B.. and that is for 6 meals. I froze B’s food and heat it back whenever I need it. I have to do that because I can’t afford to cook everyday. With work and oncall, this method works best for me, easy for daddy when he needs to feed B too..

 And that is little B learning how to chew :)

Green vege for B!

My parents live in a gated-community.. They really love the idea of having the house without a gate.. until Bella came along.. Hahahha… Bella belum pun pandai berjalan.. baru jer mula merangkak last week.. but the new gate is up!!

The funny thing is, the gate tu ketot jer.. only slightly taller than B! Hehehe.. They can still enjoy the view and Bella will still be safe running around in the house compound…

They are all prepared for little B y’all!! Hahaha..

That’s B with her beloved babatok..

Oh.. and check this out.. green vege for B!!

That’s spinach with  sweet potato for B’s breakfast!! The colour is really scary.. Hahah.. Lucky B still wants to eat it despite the angry looking colour!! :D This is part of my plan to teach Bella to eat vegetables.. I really don’t want her to be a picky-eater.. So far it has been a success. Even her teacher at school said B loves to eat!! Hahaha..That sounds very familiar.. exactly like me during my pregnancy ;)

B’s Fish Meal!!

Hi all! Many have wrote to me that they have tried the chicken recipe and they (and their baby of course!) Love it!! Nom! Nom! Nom! Now I would like to share another recipe from Annabel Karmel’s Baby & Toddler Recipes. This time it’s fish meal… Salmon & Broccoli Puree!!

Easy one.. well, actually all her recipes are very easy.. you’ll need salmon, butternut squash and broccoli.. I don’t know what is butternut squash in Malay but it’s actually a kind of pumpkin.. mat salleh version of labu. But you can replace the butternut squash with our normal pumpkin coz it will produce the same sweet taste.. And I strongly suggest not too much of broccoli coz it will give a strong smell your baby might not like.. I’ve tried on B, she likes this with a little less broccoli (but at least there’s some broccoli in it, right?)

First, you heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the butternut squash (or pumpkin), broccoli and salmon. Pour milk.. I used the usual full cream Dutch Lady milk in boxes.. about 150ml. Not too much..

Boil, cover and simmer. That will take about 10-15minutes until the vegetables are soft and salmon is cooked. How do you know your salmon is cooked? It is when it becomes flaky when you try to break it. Then.. finish! Walllaaaaa….

It has the goodness of omega 3 and 6 from the fish.. beta-carotine from the broccoli, vitamin A and E from the pumpkin and calcium from milk. I personally have never tried using my own milk.. so, please don’t ask me that question! Haha..

Transfer all the stuff into your food processor or blender or whatever you call it.. Add in some grated parmesan cheese.. I guess cheddar cheese pun buleh jugak kot.. asalkan cheese! And some lemon juice if you think your baby couldnt take the taste of the salmon.. and blend!

Tadaaaaa.. siap! If you’re wondering how does it taste.. It taste like seafood carbonara spaghetti without the spaghetti ;)