Papaya chicken soup oats with spinach


Finally back home! My mum actually boiled this papaya chicken soup yesterday and put into flask. I couldn’t finish it yesterday, so brought home. I added oats and some spinach into it and that will be my first “confinement” food at home.

I was advised to eat semi solid food first as my tummy is still rather bloated!

Air fried kai lan chips!


Great way to get kids to eat veggie!

1. Clean, wash and separate kai lan leaves from stems.
2. Blanch kai lan leaves in boiling water.
3. Remove the kai lan leaves from the boiling water and drain.
4. Cut finely the leaves. Drain water from the leaves further.
5. Add in one-two tbsp olive oil to the finely cut leaves.
6. Under 140 degree celcius, air fried for 10-15 min.

They are crispy! Yums!

* this is my first try, not sure can use other method like oven (but definitely can deep fried as restaurant do so, air frying is definitely healthier)
* I am using Bayers air fryer but I won’t be commenting on the air fryer as I am not sponsored from the product (how I wish. Lol)
* what’s air fryer and basic information can be Google!

Happy trying mummies and Happy New Year! See you in 2016, hopefully!

Stir fry yee mee with beef, shiitake mushrooms and broccoli

Hubby’s working from home. So, cooked for the three of us!

Won’t be cooking dinner tonight as my girl turning big 3 tomorrow, so we are bringing her to eat out. And yes, it will be her first try on western food in a restaurant. Time to let go!

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We don’t need to parent parents around!


I could understand the ignorance of kids not removing their shoes in indoor playland, but sorry I couldn’t take it when adults doing it too!

By posting this, I don’t mean to ‘shame’ people – because their faces are not in the pic.

Also, the kids are much older, I bet it isn’t their first time there.

And, I hope to bring some awareness – as adults, we do need to read the sign board on rules and regulations when allowing our kids to play. Don’t anyone do that before they step into a playland?

We are adults and parents; definitely don’t need others to parent us around!

Vegetables pasta


Today’s lunch for girl cooked by hubby!

Olive oil
Chopped shimeji mushroom
Shredded carrot
Shredded pumpkin
Shredded zucchini
Liquid amino

Figured out by shredding all the veggies, she ate all of it.

Dinner done!

1. Pressure cooker Japanese curry chicken (using yogurt instead of coconut milk)

2. Stir fry sawi with garlic

3. Failed vegetables tofu – too fragile!

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Thanks to Vernice Tan for sharing your method of removing the Silken tofu. It is better now, but can improve over the other side.

Run under running water, let it sit for a while and then topple it on a plate!

*Anyway, I am not steaming it direct to put sauce. I actually need a not so perfect one. Hehe… But glad that I have found the way.

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Our budget meals in two days

Times are trying, so we are continuing our budget meals at home!

Our Christmas dinner done in less than RM20: Roasted stuffed mixed vegetables chicken with garlic and mushrooms spaghetti

Drink: Double boiled winter melon with barley & dried longan

Supposed to try air frying the stuffed chicken, but too tired after going out for lunch. So, I left the stuffed chicken in the oven at low temperature – so that I can nap, and don’t have to turn the chicken in the air fryer.

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Lunch for 3 on Boxing day, less than RM5

Dried noodles for me and hubby; soup noodle for girl

Sunked cost:
Leftover roasted stuffed chicken
Leftover soup

Cost: Spinach wantan mee and bok choy

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Pressure cooker kai choy rice & double boiled apple & water cress chicken soup for dinner

I actually air fried the pork before putting to cook with the rice and ingredients in the pressure cooker. Well, the air fried pork is to replace the usual Chinese sausage (which is then healthier in some sense, of course need to go through the extra step in the air fryer).

Pork and marinate about RM6
Rice, kai choy, carrot, garlic and sauces about RM4
For the soup, water cress, apple, red dates and chicken keel about RM7

Total about RM17, dinner for 3

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Air fried seaweed rolls!


I finally remember to get spring rolls skin from the supermarket.

Other ingredients:
Dried seaweed

Air fried under 150 degree celcius for 5 minutes. Need to shake occasionally plus ensure none fly and stick – or else it will burn.

My girl also knows how to make this! <Video>

Made a small no bake oreo cream cheese cake for my girl!

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Air fried soy sauce chicken


I just have to cook half chicken for dinner. So, our Christmas eve dinner is less than RM10 to us. Hubby and I had the remaining spinach rice (lunch) while I promised my girl to cook her noodles – so I made udon soup for her with yesterday’s arrow root and pearl beans chicken feet soup.

Chicken was marinated with five spiced powder, kikkoman light soy sauce, dark caramel sauce, sesame oil, pepper, ikan bilis broth & rice wine.

Air fried:
160 degree celcius, 10 minutes
160 degree celcius, 8 minutes
200 degree celcius, 3 minutes

Marinate cooked under 160 degree celcius for 4 minutes, poured onto chicken.

My girl isn’t too used to ‘salty’ taste. She actually shivered when hubby accidentally gave her part of his chicken skin dipped into the sauce. Lol!

Spinach rice for lunch!


Finally cooked mama Carole Choe ‘s spinach rice with a little modification.

I made ikan bilis + long cabbage + tomato broth for this.

Cooked the white rice with the broth, so that I don’t have to use salt later on.

Instead of bacon, I used minced pork – which was marinated with kikkoman sauce, sesame oil, pepper and dark caramel; which then was stir fried with onion and oil. I added some shimeji mushrooms too.

Made garlic oil for this too.

And finally blanched spinach in the ikan bilis broth together with some wolf berries.

Then main masak-masak, mixed the cooked rice, minced pork, spinach and garlic oil together. Done!

Cooked this early as my girl is still sleeping, as she didn’t take nap yesterday!

Breakfast 11am, Lunch 12 pm.. Haha

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