June 25th, 2013Popsicles

The heat was intense last week.  After a cold and wet spring, the flooding in Czech Republic and other EU cities, everyone welcomed the sun!  It also gave us a reason to eat all the ice cream we want!  But wait, that isn’t too good for the kids’ teeth, isn’t it?  Then I remembered my popsicle molds! I took them out and filled it with my easy-to-make popsicle ingredients – yoghurt, milk and sugar.  Yes, you’ll need only three ingredients.  I poured out the yoghurt in a bowl, added milk and a tablespoon of sugar, mixed everything and transferred into the molds.  Hours after, ice on a stick! The kids always look forward to eating it.

Red, red popsicles, with the 2 kgs. of strawberries which M froze.

This weekend however, we bought 2 kilos of strawberries. Gotta love real strawberries for popsicles! Way healthier than my yoghurt recipe.  We made fruit shake and the left-over I poured into the molds.  Unfortunately, it has been raining cats and dogs again since yesterday so there’s no urge to eat the cold treat. But this morning, when I took them out to transfer into a lunch box, little Adie begged for a stick.

Yum!

December 12th, 2011C is for cookies

Czech women are notoriously known for baking Christmas cookies during this season. I know how my mother-in-law would diligently spend a day baking various kinds of cookies which doesn’t count the days for preparation, and we’re (always) among the happy recipients of her baked treats. (:  I had the chance of helping her prepare, cut and form cookies on my first year in CZ and I can attest that it’s laborious!

Have a look!  Below are the delectable cookies the mam baked 4 years ago.  Can you count how many varieties are there?


They taste soooo good! My bro-in-law who was home one time for the holidays brought back these goodies with him to Barcelona where he’s based and his friends who tasted them couldn’t believe they were home-made. Since then, whenever he comes home for a visit, mam always makes sure he brings cookies with him back to Barcelona.

I admit I don’t have the time and the energy for this baking pursuit so I’ll just wait for Mam to give us our share for this year. teehee!
But I decided to expose Caity to this tradition by starting with simple cookies. It was Friday night and instead of dinner, we were baking cookies. 😛

Tadannnn!

sugar cookies
My little helper placed sprinkles on top to add cheer to our dull cookies.

Caity helped me cut the dough into shapes while I was also busy rolling/cutting the dough, supervising my little helper and minding Adie (who was trying to steal our cookie cutters) all at the same time.  It had to be done fast, as cooking took only 6-10 minutes.  No pics during production time!

christmas cookies
Ooopss! Somebody is getting more cookies!

As soon as the first batch came out, still hot and smelling soooo good, the impatient and over excited kids positioned themselves around the table waiting for me to lay the goodies.  “Cookies! Cookies!” they chanted.  It’s so much fun to have more than 1 kid in the house!    Caity was so happy to see her play things work turn into something edible.  It was yummy, still is.  The taste is reminiscent of Monde’s Eggnog cookies or Rosquillos. yumyumyum…

Got my recipe for the best rolled sugar cookies here. You should give it a try!

August 26th, 2011Showmahlove with Siomai

Cheesy title!  How else can I describe the process of making siomai from scratch?  It’s truly a labor of love, too laborious!  Anything for my little girl whose birthday falls tomorrow. My arms are already sore from kneading small pieces of dough for wrapper. Not to mention all the chopping and mincing of carrots, garlic and onions for the filling. Whew! But I’m all done!  The tiny flowers as Caity calls it, are now sitting inside the ref waiting for their death in the steamer! :)


Uncooked siomai! :)

August 16th, 2011Garlic Scampi

We fell in love with this food while in Stockholm which we ordered in Pizza Hut. We so loved it that we went back there the next day to order it again.  (:
I’ve been meaning to recreate it at home, got my chance last Saturday. Yum, yum Garlic Scampi, that buttery and garlicky taste enveloping the tender shrimps is tdf. Mmmmmm!!! Perfect for M who’s a shrimp lover.

Got the recipe from here.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 pounds large raw shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 lemon wedges

TO PREPARE:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees; melt butter in 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish in oven.  Add salt, garlic and one tablespoon parsley; mix well.  Arrange cleaned shrimp in single layer in baking dish; bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes.  Turn shrimp and sprinkle with lemon peel, lemon juice and remaining parsley and bake 8 to 10 minutes, until tender.  Arrange shrimp on heated serving platter (or individual plates if used as first course), pour garlic butter over all, and garnish with lemon wedges.

SERVES: 6

August 8th, 2011Peachy peach

Last week, our friend L harvested more vegetables and fruits from her garden. She dumped the baskets of bounties in another friend’s house, so we went there on Tuesday. It was a double purpose meeting; a picnic/playdate for moms and kids and a chance for us to claim our share of goodies.

I went home with a huge slice of squash, a bunch of alogbate, some peaches and cherry tomatoes. The peaches were sweet, no wonder Adie liked it.  He ate 3 pieces in a day, the next day he pooped thrice at intervals of 10-20 minutes. Yay!

Nomnomnom… (:

And here are the kids eating store-bought peaches. Photo taken yesterday.

Adie looks bigger than Caity here coz when he saw me, he got up and ran to me.


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