What do you do during confinement?Β 

Leopard print bread 🍞 loaf (looks more like bear paw though πŸ˜…)
– missing the black lining 

– not very well shaped overall as I don’t have a bread tin πŸ˜“

– hand kneaded 
Hubby: You are on confinement or holiday?

Me: Holiday! 
So, what do mummies usually do during confinement? Wait to eat, wait to sleep and wait to πŸ’©? πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ I am ‘bored’ wei…..I slowed down a lot though! I can’t see myself sitting down 24/7 – I am officially a week away from hospital now! But I have one of the most relaxed week in 2017! 😝
‘War’ coming soon….πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

Confinement meal 6


My breakfast: Cheese omelette and tuna sandwich 
My lunch and our dinner:


Braised chicken in yam and miso paste


Stir fry bok choy with fish cake


Girls’ lunch: cheesy animal pasta 

Teatime:


Pizza buns 


Pressure cooker red and green beans with yam and sweet potato

Confinement meal 5

Today’s meals 

Breakfast: Toast tuna with cheese, fruits and milo
Today hubby didn’t have to tar pau lunch as we have some leftovers:

Leftover steamed pork ribs and steamed minced pork (not in pic)


Stir fry leek and pork


Chicken corn and barley soup


Stir fry sawi with tau pok

Girls’ lunch: animal pasta in tomato and carrot sauce

Teatime: pizza πŸ• 

I cooked sauce for their lunch pasta and our fish meal for dinner today. So we have some extra sauce (which is pale looking because I cooked from scratch) for pizza making. I just quickly hand kneaded two cups of flour dough for the pizza and left it to rest for an hour before we started our pizza making session. The pizzas were their snack before going for nap today! <video>


Dinner:

Stir fry leek and pork


Fried fish served in tomato and carrot sauce 


Stir fry fu kwai veggie with bunashimeji mushroom
**the bonus was the fish meal because mum brought some fried fishes yesterday 😁😁😁

Confinement meals day 3

Today’s agenda was bringing Norrah for jaundice assessment. She was at the borderline jaundice level – so she doesn’t require any ‘treatment’! Moreover, today she is Day 6 old; and jaundice usually peaks at day 7! 


We stopped by Heromart to get some veggies! 😝 And came home for lunch. All these took almost ‘half a day’; so we settled with some colouring work before taking our precious nap! ✌🏻Nailed it again when three (or all) napped at one go! 


I had a little ‘me time’ when hubby brought the elder two to swim – so decided to bake kuih bahalu (rather than just sit around) when Norrah was still sleeping. We managed to settle for dinner and had almost everything done before Norrah woke (or rather I woke her up) for a change and nursing! 

*Recipe for kuih bahalu 

Mix 3 eggs with 70g sugar until stiff. Add in 110g cake flour and mix. Pour into paper cup and bake under preheated oven of 180 degree celcius for 20 minutes.


Hubby was asking if I was having ‘confinement’ or ‘holiday’! 🀣😝 But I think I shall ‘enjoy’ this moment when things are still under control (when Norrah is still in her sleep and ‘easy’ mode)! 😁😊

Today’s meals 😁😁
My breakfast:


Toast buns

Fruits

Milo oats
My lunch and our dinner:


Stir fry long beans with carrot and red cabbage 


Stir fry chicken fillet with ear woods and mushroom 


Steamed chicken thigh with mushroom and zucchini (for the girls)

Planning for confinement meals

I have our meals planned (partly prepared) till end of the month! So, I am basically ticking them off the list as the days come; improvising the meals as time permits! (The plan can be repeated when it ends!)
Life without a confinement lady doesn’t mean the food served is of ‘low’ quality. I don’t follow ‘confinement’ styled per say (because I don’t confine myself 😝). What I stressed on is healthy and balanced meals! 
Today’s:


My breakfast: Extra virgin coconut oil oats with banana
My lunch and everyone’s dinner:


Stew honey chicken with lemon grass and chicken 


Stir fry tai bok choy, red cabbage and ear woods 


Pressure cooker chicken and shallot soup (thanks Vennzi Foo for the suggestion on this soup to help release wind from the body) 


Kids’ lunch – salmon and mushroom soup tri colour pasta

21.08.17 – nothing much today! Just spent much time with Noelle doing activities (cut, fold and describe, colour pencil colouring and painting) when Nikki and hubby went to NRD almost half a day! 


Baby Norrah has been a good baby so far; and getting them nap at the same time is an achievement for us (not too sure yet how when hubby goes to workπŸ™„πŸ™„!) πŸ˜‚

Day 1 confinement at home


Our laid back day at home
Today we rested at home – everyone is tired after the three days ordeal! In fact, both the elder girls woke up close to 10am today! Everyone had a goodnight sleep – especially Nikki, at least she didn’t cry during midnight! 
I managed to prepare our meals today, ate a quiet breakfast and clean myself up before getting more sleep! I had few more naps in between! 


Baby Norrah is adapting well too! *cross fingers* Not many would agree, but by me hugging her to sleep (just like I did with Nikki), both of us get much needed rest – we sort of sleep through the night – just wakes to change nursing side and diaper change! During the day, she is still ok to be on the bed cot alone – sleeping with us only during naptime! 


This time around I don’t have to hand express during engorgement – thanks to Nikki, my moving and obedient ‘pump’! She is back to nursing – we even started tandem nursing! But that also means she is back to becoming an ‘addict’, showing me her tongue each time she sees my boobies! πŸ™„πŸ˜“


Today’s meals still presentable! πŸ˜‚


Breakfast: Bread with cheese omelette 
Lunch and dinner: 


1. Bok choy with ear woods


2. Mui choy pork


3. Papaya chicken soup 

4. Basmathi rice 
Drink: red dates 
All prepared by my humble self 😁😁

Steamed pork rib with carrot, red dates and wolfberriesΒ 


Ingredients:

Pork ribs (about half kg), coated with tapioca starch and pepper 

Carrot, diced

Red dates

Wolfberries 

Ginger, sliced finely

Dashes of liquid aminos

One tbsp sesame oil

Marinated it for an hour in the fridge. Steamed for 50 minutes under high heat. It came out tender! 


My first time cooking pork rib actually with the intention of letting Nikki try the different parts of pork – but she didn’t want to try it! 😴😴😴 Guess she prefers trotter! πŸ™„πŸ™„ 
Fortunately Noelle eats some of it!

Easy recipe to keep for confinement! 

Steam chicken with shiitake mushroom and carrot


We recently bought a new electrical steamer that comes with timer. So, I will be steaming food more often now. This is a simple and good recipe to keep for coming confinement.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken pieces marinated with sesame oil and light soy sauce 
  • Carrot, diced
  • Shiitake mushroom, sliced
  • Red dates
  • Garlic, few cloves

Steamed for 35 minutes.


Garnish with spring onions.

I also made steamed silken tofu tonight!

Pressure cooker braised pork trotter with nam yue

Ingredients (no exact measurement):

Blanched pork trotter (I used half trotter)

Garlic

Ginger

Nam yue 

Soup stock (can be replaced by water)

Cinnamon stick

Star anise 

Dash of black pepper

Dark soy sauce

Light soy sauce

Cooking wine 

Mix everything and cover with valve sealed. Mode: beans/ tendon (default time)


It is extremely tender and even my toddler loves it!


Recipe to save for ‘confinement’! Will need the whole trotter for both lunch and dinner!