Off To The Land Of Dim Sum

I’m off to the land of har gao and siew mai, to meet the hubs who will be in Hong Kong to attend a workshop. This will be my first trip after having Elisa. It was exactly one year ago that we were in Hong Kong to attend a friend’s wedding. I was six months pregnant then.

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 I had mixed feelings going on this trip. We are not bringing Elisa along. I left her under the good hands of my parents. For 9 months (18 months including in utero), I have never leave Elisa under the care of someone for more than 5 hours except the early days when she had to be admitted for jaundice. Besides that, wherever I go, she goes. We are a unit. I am not worry about Elisa, she was having fun the last couple of days in Penang. She totally ignored my existence. So it will be tough on my side to be away from her for a few days.

As much as I want to be with Elisa, I want to spend some quality time with the hubs and just be us. It has always been about baby, baby and baby ever since the arrival of Elisa, so much so that I have neglected the hubs without me realising it (pray tell that I am not the only one). I had the urge of bringing baby along or even cancel the trip and stay back with Elisa. But I know this trip sans the baby will do us good. I need to learn how to let go.

So letting go I am. Baby is now at home with my parents or maybe already out shopping at Tesco (?) and I am on my way to meet the hubs in Hong Kong. I do not know how I will fare without Elisa by my side. Hopefully I will not turn into a complete wuss!

I miss my baby already! :(

 

 

 

 

 

{E cooks} Claypot Chicken Rice

With an active baby in the house, dinner these days is a simple affair. Sandwiches, wraps, soup noodles or takeaways. If I do cook, it will be something simple. One pot meal is the best.

This is by far one of our favourite. The chicken and rice cooks at the same time in one pot from which you can eat straightaway (read: less dishes to wash). I’ve cooked chicken rice the traditional way before. Compare to that, this is SO easy and they taste almost the same!

The hubs who is not a fan of chicken rice couldn’t stop eating this. So if it’s good for the hubs, it’s good for everyone! :)

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Claypot Chicken Rice
* I did not follow any recipe. This is based on estimation.

4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
6-8 shallots, chopped (I used one small onion as I do not have shallots)
6-7 slices ginger, minced (only if you like bits of ginger in the rice)
2-3 pandan leaves, knotted (I do not have it at hand, so I omitted)
2 cups rice, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 – 1 3/4 chicken stock (depending how soft you want the rice to be)
pinch of salt
2-3 tbsp oil
1 knob butter

2 chicken thighs, chop into pieces or leave it whole (marinate with few pinches of salt, few pinches of sugar, dash of light soya sauce, dash of shaoxing wine and dash of sesame oil for 15-30 minutes)

1. Heat up oil and butter  in claypot. Add in garlic, shallots and ginger. Sautéed until fragrant.
2. Add in rinsed rice and mix well with the oil.
3. Pour in chicken stock and give it a few stir. Arrange pandan leaves (if have) and chicken pieces on top of the rice (do not overlap the chicken).
4. Bring it to a boil and cover. Turn to the lowest heat and let the rice cook until it has absorbed all the liquid.
5. Once chicken and rice are cooked, turn off the heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes covered. (To check doneness of chicken, use a chopstick and insert at the thickest part of the chicken. If the juice runs clear, the chicken is done)
6. Garnish and serve with sauce.

** If you do not have a claypot, you can use a rice cooker. After step 2, transfer all the ingredients into the rice cooker and cook as per normal.

Chili Sauce
5-6 red chilis
2 chili padi (more if you like spicy)
3-4 cloves garlic
1 piece 1 cm thick ginger
a handful coriander (optional)
juice of 1 lime/lemon (to taste)
1 tsp fish sauce (to taste)
pinch of salt and sugar (to taste)

Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend away.

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

{E eats} Sunday Brunch At Brussels Sprout

Last Sunday morning we left house didn’t know where to go. While driving along ECP, the hubs suggested Brussels Sprout at Big Splash. I am not a big fan of Brussels Sprout. The last time we had dinner at BS over at Quayside Isle, it did not impress us much. I was not very keen with his choice but I was hungry. So I agreed.

Their breakfast menu is quite limited, with the usual suspect. I ordered the BS breakfast and the hubs had the sausage platter. Their breakfast is really valued for money. Look at the portion!

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While waiting for our food, the hubs brought Elisa to the playground. Not very well equipped but it’s good enough for the little people. Elisa had fun, so that’s what matters.

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Looks like we have found a new place to bring Elisa on weekends. When we left, the place was at full capacity and there were people waiting outside. We both agreed that on our next visit, we have to either make a reservations or be there early to beat the crowd.

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A Love Letter To Elisa: You’re Eight Months Old

Dear Elisa,

How time flies. You are eight months already and soon, we will be celebrating your one year old birthday!

You are getting more mobile now. You just can’t stay still. You’ve got a few knocks here and there, a few balukus (bruise) on your forehead, scratches on your arms and legs. All these are no biggy, it’s part of a growing up process. Papa and I agreed that you are one fearless girl. There were a few times your tried to throw yourself down from the bed even under our watchful eyes. We managed to ‘save’ you but after a while, you are back at it again. I wonder if you are having fun scaring us. From that moment, we knew we have to watch you like a hawk!

You simply love food. Any food. Your food. Our food! You are not a fussy eater, which is a good thing. This means I do not have to crack my brain on what to feed you. I have started you on self feeding. We started off with plums and it was MESSY! Even your papa can’t stand it. Yes, it was messy but it was good fun, so I don’t mind a bit :)

Putting on clothes for you is a challenge these days. It’s like a wrestling match. You will keep wanting to roll over and I have to pull you back. So I give up. I let you go topless. It is so much easier! But papa doesn’t like the idea. He says you as a girl, must wear clothes. Okay, whatever papa says! :P

This month you went through separation anxiety. I can’t leave you alone for even one minute. You want me to be next to you all.the.time. I tried to sneak away when you are not noticing. However, the moment you realised that I am not there, you will cry for me, you will only stop when you see me. I know I shouldn’t complain about this coz one day, one day when you are older, you will not want me to be always by your side anymore.

Although you still wake up twice or sometimes thrice a night, you are a late riser. You will wake up between 930 am to 10 am. Sometimes if I’m lucky, you’ll wake up around 10ish 11. This means I get to sleep in too. So no complains. Of course, it will be wonderful if you sleep through the night! Well, I know this day will come eventually. Slowly but surely!

Lately, you start to enjoy sitting in the stroller (yay!). We’ve been taking walks almost every evening, we walked to the petrol kiosk to get some stuff or just around the neighbourhood. Sometimes, if mummy do get the car, we will go to Changi Beach for our evening walk while we wait for papa to finish work.You will sit in the stroller quietly and people watch, take in all the sights as we go.

We’ve also added a new activity to our weekend routine. Every Sunday, we will bring you to the club. Papa will go to the gym, we will hit the pool. We always have a good time in the water, just the two of us. This is the one thing I look forward to every weekend!

It’s such a blessing to watch you grow. I’m looking forward to see what the subsequent months will bring. What you’ll be like. How you’ll grow up to be.

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Mummy

 

A Love Lette To Elisa: You’re Seven Months Old

Dear Elisa,

You turned 7 months three weeks back. This month is the most amazing one thus far. I got to say time really flies when you are having fun. You hit two major milestones this month, and I am one proud mamma. But baby, no need to grow up so fast!

First milestone, you are able to sit up on your own from lying down position. You gave me a scare when I found you sitting up after I came back from the kitchen. I was wondering to myself, if I left you sitting up or lying down before I walked away. You made me doubt myself! To make sure it wasn’t a one off and I was not dreaming, I put you lying on the ground (many many times) just to see you do it. Haha.

Three days later, you hit another milestone. I went to the kitchen and when I came back, you were standing up holding on to the couch. You pulled yourself up! The same thing happened, I put you down and watched you pull yourself up…over and over again. From that moment on, I knew I can’t leave you unattended anymore, I have to watch you like a hawk and it’s about time to invest in a playpen.

We’ve done a lot of travelling together and it gets tougher as you get older. Nowadays, you are like a little worm who can’t sit. The only way to keep you still is to carry you upright. You will scan the cabin and look for your “target”. Once the passenger responds to you, you will keep playing with them. You laugh easily when you are play with. Of course they can’t resist your deadly smile.

You are very swift in your actions. We really have to be very careful when we are dining with you. You grab everything within reach. There were once whereby you dipped your little fingers in papa’s hot drink. We thought you would cry or wail but you looked at us as though nothing had happened and gave us a smile. You must be thinking “Why are they so kan cheong? It’s just a small matter”.

This month we celebrated Chinese New Year with the family and you did so great. Everyone from the family were so eager to meet you and for most of them, it was their first time meeting you. You stole their hearts and they just can’t keep their hands off you. There are so much love for you little girl!

You will turn 8 months soon. I know it will get even more exciting (and tiring) from now on. Please continue to be the happy baby that you are!

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Mummy

To The Water Playground

Few weeks back, I met up with some highschool friends and their kids for lunch at Tampines One. It was then followed by a playdate at the rooftop water playground. It’s more like playdate for their kids and sit-and-watch for Elisa.

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The two older kids were running around and having lots of fun shooting my friend with their water gun. They were having a ball!

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Elisa did join them in the water but she was pretty much on her own :( Poor girl!

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This is a fairly small water playground but it’s good enough for the kids to drench off their energy. Who says you have to spend big bucks to make the kids happy and in this case, it is FREE!

{E eats} Artistry

After a disappointing trip to Wheeler’s Yard, a friend suggested that we check out Artistry. Last Sunday, we rocked up bright and early and did just that.

Nestled in a quiet corner of Kampong Glam, Artistry is an art gallery cum cafe. Unlike many other cafes, this one did not try very hard to impress us but yet left a lasting impression on us.

We couldn’t find any fault about this place. The coffee is good (although it’s a bit light for me), the food is even better and the service is warm and friendly.

The crab patty burger is really good! I highly recommend this!

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For dessert, we ordered the dark chocolate and fig cake. The hubs liked it, he likes the light crunch from the figs but I find it a bit too sweet for my liking.

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But if I really have to choose one fault, it will be the lack of baby chair. There’s only one and we had to take turns with another family. So if anyone from Artistry is reading this, perhaps you can add one or two more? Thank you very much!

We really love this place and this won’t be the last time we are coming here. I’ve already mentally bookmarked what I’m going to order on my next visit :)

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Even the little lady loves Artistry :)