Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bento #18 & #19

Bento #18: Contented doggy lying on a bed of sprouts and spinach under the carrot sun. Skewered porkballs + fishball. Dessert: Green grapes. The doggy was made of minced pork and shredded carrot (sneaking in veges in the gals' food hehehe) patties.

Bento #19: Fish-shaped egg (cannot see the imprint very clearly, as the eggs were not the correct size, again!). Rice served with fishball, nugget, braised threadfin fish (aka ikan kurau). On the "garden bed" are kailan stems (they are huge stems) with pretty marshmellow flowers. Green grapes were for dessert once again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bento #17

This was breakfast on Saturday. The gals love the Pooh and Tigger sandwiches and cheese slices. Buttercup could recognise them very easily so the cookie cutter/mould was something well spent. The moon sandwiches were there coz I didn't want to waste the bread after cutting out the Pooh and Tigger. They were either Nutella or just plain butter sandwiches, but they are favourites of the gals. Placed some Ritz biscuits and strawberries to complete the meal.

Bentos #14, #15, #16

Bento #14: Star onigiri topped with animal biscuit, served with seafood rolls and steamed minced pork with egg and stir-fried pak choy. Fruit: apples.

The seafood rolls were store bought and it looked nice when sliced - it had seaweed, green onions and imitation crabstick. Steamed minced pork is always a favourite for the gals, as the pork juices just go so well with the steam eggs.

Bento #15: Heart-shaped rice with braised chicken drumstick for Blossom. Oven toasted ngoh hiang and stir-fried spinach. On the right is a nest of quail eggs and "chicks". Fruit: extra sweet strawberry.
Finally had some time on my hands to experiment making the quail egg chicks. Sesame seed for the eyes and strawberry/tomato for the beaks. Next time should use carrot for the beaks as I think that may look better.
Bento #16: This is the "monster" bento. Spinach hair and char siew eyes and roast pork for the grin. Dessert was papaya cubes.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bento #13

Last night's dinner:
Rice with smiley peas, braised meatballs and mushrooms, siew mai, steamed threadfin fish (partially hidden), fried ikan bilis snack (aka anchovies)
And guess what fruit was served?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bento #12

I think this was a Saturday's dinner.

Ribbon pasta, with diced chicken in cream sauce, and flower carrots. Dessert: Apples also cut with same flower cutter, and orange jelly.

The gals cleaned up their plates (or shd I say boxes). They usually love pasta in cream sauce.

Happy Birthday Blossom!

Guess whose birthday? hehehe

Bento #11

Stir-fried Spinach with ikan bilis, deep fried ikan bilis snack, fish fingers (with ketchup in blue container). Dessert was kiwi cubes.

Realised that it was quite a "fishy" meal. :P

Friday, October 3, 2008

Banana Cupcake

Banana Cupcakes for supper last night and breakfast this morning. This receipe is adapted from Joanne @ Kitchen Capers is a keeper, the cake was fluffy and soft. Love the crispy top best. Hope it is ok to share with everyone.

180g butter
180g caster sugar (I used only 150g, to cut the sweetness)
2 eggs
3 tbsp milk
3 large banana (riped, mashed)
240g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate soda

Preheat oven to 180°C. Beat butter & sugar together using a mixer until creamy and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time until it’s well corporated. Add milk and banana, mix well. Mix flour, baking powder & bicarbonate soda and add to mixture. Pour batter into the individual cupcake cases and bake for 25 minutes.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fairy Wand Cookies

Can you imagine that all these were accomplished yesterday! Trip to Jurong Bird Park, grocery shopping, cooking dinner and baking cookies!

The gals pestered me to bake yesterday afternoon, tried to resist but they were more resistant. Anyway, this is a simple bake coz it was a premix and most stuff came in the package, even the star shaped cookie cutter. All I had to do was add an egg and 1 tablespoon of butter in the flour mix, roll the dough, cut the shapes and put a wooden stick through it. Baking time was 12 minutes. After the cookies cooled, we added the pink icing on it. Again it was a premix, and just required 2 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of butter.

Here's the product if anyone is interested. The gals loved it, but I found the icing too sweet. The both had 2 fairy wands each, and that was after dinner. You can see they really have a sweet tooth.

Bento #10

Rice with edamame beans, roasted pork slices with leeks in dark soy sauce (yummy), braised fish* in taucheo sauce, heart-shaped jelly with purple grapes. *dun ask me what fish it was, it was not labelled and I usually have little clue what type of fish it is

Blossom loves those wafer roses that come with dishes at some Chinese restarants. When we went to Sheng Siong supermarket, she saw it and requested for some to go with her bento.

Children's Day n Hari Raya Puasa

It was a public holiday yesterday - Hari Raya Puasa as well as Children's Day. Was thinking about what to do on this day and keep the active kids occupied. When we woke up, the air was feeling little cool. Not quite good day for a swim in the pool. Told DH and my mom that there was a promotion going on at Jurong Bird Park where kids get free admission on 1 Oct. After that it was all excitment getting ready for the trip. Packed some sandwiches for everyone to munch on, and off we went. We were quite early, reached about 9am. Kids even received a goody bag, courtesy of JBP.

Gals wanted to feed the birds, so our first stop was to Lory Loft. Colourful, greedy and at times agressive (my DH got a peck on the finger, which bled) birds. Bubbles not in the pic coz she was more afraid of the lories.
One for the camera - the bird and Blossom
New exhibit called Dino Descendants. Bubbles thought we were going to look at dinosaurs, not knowing the meaning of descendants.
We left JBP around 12.30pm, and my! The queue at the admissions booth was snaking so long! Even the carpark was full. Luckily we got there early yesterday.

Went for lunch at West Coast McDonalds. Had a leisure stroll along West Coast "beach". Not much of a beach but more to look at ships and boats and people fishing. Buttercup said there were dolphins in the water ( think they were just some debri or buoyants) :)

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