Friday, August 30, 2013

Foodie Fridays - Grilled Chicken Thigh, again

A few days ago, some of you saw this picture of a delicious grilled chicken thigh in my facebook, I'm sorry if it makes you salivate but that was totally my intention (HAHA!)


Anyway I did this recipe once last December and the family love it. I bought 5 big juicy chicken leg from the wet market for just 3 of us and DinoPapa ate 2 of it. De-li-cious~ I tell you~ So I decided to do it again but since it was so last minute I only have time to run to Cold Storage after work to try to grab the ingredients.  I was disappointed that they do not have the whole chicken leg, instead they sell the thigh and the drumsticks separately, well I have to make do with them so I bought a packet each home.

The next day I prepared the chicken for marination; took me quiet some back breaking time to slice the basil leaves thinly and minced the garlic.  My fridge is so full of things (can you believe that!) that there is no way I can put a bowl in it, what do I do?  I just throw them into a zip lock bag and stuffed it into one corner!


That night, I brought it out from the fridge, laid them in a baking tin and 35mins later we have grilled chicken as dinner, accompanied by a a can of heated up mushroom soup.  

Satisfaction is the word, satisfaction to the max!

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I have done this recipe before so you can refer here to see my 1st try making this dish and seeing the semi failed product.  I've included the recipe again in this post in a printable version.  I hope to see some of you try out this and let me know if you like it or not.

Grilled Chicken Thigh

by Jennifer Lim
Prep Time: 20mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients (serves 6)
* 5 chicken thigh
* 3-4 tablespoon of basil leaves
* Some salt
* 5 tablespoon of minced garlic
* 150g of butter, cut into small pieces
* 3 lemons; 2 juiced and 1 sliced
* 1 onion, diced
* Some honey

Instructions
1. Rub salt on the chicken thigh, leave for 5mins.
2. Mix the basil leaves, minced garlic & butter and stuff them in between the meat and skin.
3. Pour the lemon juice on top of the chicken thigh, add in the diced onions, set aside to marinate for an hour.
4. Pre-heat your oven to 220Deg.
5. Brush some butter onto the chicken thigh.
6. Put the sliced lemon and some onions onto a baking tray.
7. Grill the chicken thigh for 35 - 40 mins.
8. At the last 8 mins, brush some honey onto the chicken thigh.
9. Continue to grill but have to monitor the chicken thigh to prevent it from charring. The chicken thigh is ready when the chicken skin turns golden brown.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Octoburst! 2013 - Take A Walk With Me



... at the Esplanade, to take a walk with her~

Taken from its official website; "Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay sits on prime waterfront land by Marina Bay, and offers a complete lifestyle experience - dining, shopping, and the performing arts."  Honestly how many of us spends time at the Esplanade?  I mean really spend a day there, not just going there for a 1 hour play, show, dinning and shopping then leave the place.  How many of us really go around looking at & appreciating the art pieces in and around the Esplanade?

You will not be disappointed by Sarah Lee-Wong's Take A Walk With Me where she will take you on an interactive visual arts and architectural tour around Esplanade, discover how life, history, nature and visual art are intertwined through fun games and activities.  Have you heard of storigami?  What IS a storigami? 

We were invited for a media preview and had a blast of time!  Sarah is full of life and energy, she captured the kids' attention with her thoughts triggering questions, drawing them into the stories she was telling with her simple prop and elaborated tone of voice.

Here are some of the sneak preview photos on some of the things you can expect to see and do during the event.  I am not telling anything more about it as I feel that you must experience it to enjoy it as individual person






Look what we brought back from the walk!  The Polaroid photo is not as simple as it look, we are not just taking a photo together, we are doing an activity that is related to the walk, not going to tell you what it is though.  The art pack is full of questions about the walk and activities you can do or discuss with your kid about the things you've seen and experienced during the walk.



A couple of things to consider before you decide whether you would like to join this event or not.

1. Ask yourself this question "What is Art to me?"
Do you think Art means creativity, design, functionality?  Do you think Art is a piece of painting, a sculpture, a visual display?  Or could it be a play, a musical, a show?  Could Art be history, literature, science?  How about Art being an emotion, feelings, thoughts?

What if I tell you Art is every thing stated above?

Yes, Art is very subjective, so what is Art to you?  If you have an open mind about Art then you are ready to take on this event.

2. This is a Parent and Child interactive event, even though from my photos above only the kids are in action, we mummies are actually taking part too!  Since all of us are blogging mummies, we are busy taking photos and listening to Sarah plus interacting with our kids from a far all at the same time.  Ya, we are very well trained in multi-tasking and we have successfully trained our kids to identify our voice, listen to us and have a conversation with us... a far.

Ok ok jokes aside, but please remember that this is a Parent and Child interactive event so be sporting, put on your wildest imagination and join in the activities with your kid(s)!  You will be surprised how much fun you will have in these 1.5 hour.

A few important things to note
1. Wear comfortable attire for ease of movement and walking.
2. As you will be walking both the inside and outside of the Esplanade, prepare jackets in case your child feels cold and hats if the sun outside is too strong.
3. Remember to bring along a water bottle, its a 1.5 hour event and you will definitely get thirsty after all the walking and talking.


Sarah Lee-Wong wants to share the joy of play with everyone, especially with the children and families. This incurable play addict set up a blog, The Playful Parents, in the hope of encouraging families to grow and bond through play. An educator and storyteller by training, Sarah hopes to use whatever she knows to help other parents harness the power of stories, history and art to nurture their families in a more artful, creative and joyful manner.

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Octoburst! 2013 offical page : http://www.esplanade.com/octoburst/2013/

EVENT DATE
5 Oct 2013
Sat, 10.30am & 4.30pm

DURATION
Approx 1 hr 30 mins

TICKET PRICE (Exclude Booking Fee)
Standard - S$25 per session per pair of tickets
(1 Adult and 1 Child)

Standard - S$30 per session per 3 tickets
(1 Adult and 2 Children or 2 Adults and 1 Child)
Book your tickets here.

Disclaimer : We were invited for a media preview, all opinions about Take A Walk With Me are 100% based on our experience during the preview.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Know your Herbs & Spices at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Mama Sue suggested an interesting even to be held in Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and we jumped into it.  I'm not sure if DinoBoy will enjoy it or not since its all about herbs and spices.  I'll never know if I did not give him or us a chance right?  So on the day, when I told him that we are going for the Herbs & Spice tour, he was ok with it and only happiness when I mentioned that Dumpling and Isa will be there.  Ah well.... better then having a glum face boy tagging along.


Every one reached the meeting point on time and the tour started soon after.  Meet our tour guide or Mr Guide as DinoBoy called him.


Our kids seems to be the ones who are raising hands to ask questions or answering questions, the other kids were kinda silent or perhaps they are just shy.  Mr Guide is very patient in answering the kids' (particularly DinoBoy hahaha!) endless questions, however non related or nonsensical or comical. 


You may think that I've made a mistake by including banana plant but it is really a herb & vegetable.  The trunk is not a true trunk, instead it made up of many leaves tightly wrapped around a single stem which emerges at the top as the fruit-bearing flower stalk.  Beside eating the banana, the banana flower or banana blossom is a delicacy found mostly in Malay dishes.  You can eat it raw or cook it with curry, stew or soup, I've yet to eat it and not sure if I want to try it if I chance upon it.


This is the first time I see the Breadfruit, it looks like jackfruit, that's cause they are close cousin.  I googled and managed to find some more information about this fruit at the National Tropical Botanical Garden.


A few weeks ago I posted this photo in my facebook asking if anyone knows what fruit is this.  I only received 1 reply and she is correct!  Its a tamarind fruit.  When Mr Guide asked for some volunteers to taste the fruit, DinoBoy eagerly raised up his hands, he took a lick on it and declared it "yucky!" then when Mr Guide asked about the taste, he replied that its tastes a little bit bitter, sour and sweet. 









It was a very eye opening and informative tour which I enjoyed a lot, despite the scorching sun I think we all had fun. 

After the tour ended, Mama Sue, Connie and myself plus the kids went off to find a cooling shade to have our little picnic lunch.  I captured some funny facial expressions by the kids while they were eating and chilling out.  And while we were walking back to the car, Mama Sue and the kids had a very interesting discussion about some monkey tales.  

This ended a very fruitful outdoor fun with good company, good food and good old fresh air and Sun.

Last but not least, before proceeding with the start of the tour Mr Guide asked every one a question "What is the difference between a herb and a spice?"  Any one of you know the answer?  Leave a comment to this post and see if you have to correct answer, I may send a prize along your way if I receive many comments *wink*

Monday, August 26, 2013

heART Studio September Holiday Workshop

The September term break is just round the corner, time for the kiddos to rest and relax after the term tests. heART Studio's popular canvas painting & drawing are back this September 2013 school holiday! Your kids will be able to learn the unique painting or drawing technique of famous artist like Picasso, Van Gogh, Andy Warhol & Edger Degas.

Just like their regular classes, heART Studio has workshop classes in 3 age groups; 3 - 4 years old, 5 - 6 years old and 7 - 12 years old. Even if your kid has never done any canvas paint or drawing, rest assure that they enjoy the class and under the patient guidance of the teachers Syafiq, Elma and Gaz you will be presented with a beautiful art work 2.5 hours later~

Needless to say, DinoBoy will be going for the workshop too! Have a guess, which one did he choose without having to think twice?


September Holiday Workshop timetable





Of course, there is something for my lovely royal readers~ heART Studio has generously given me 3 workshop passes; 2 passes for Tea Time & 1 pass for Magical Tree, to host a giveaway! Read on to see how you can enter the giveaway.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

1. My giveaway is for Young Master Workshop Age 7 years old & above.
2. Participate in the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below.
3. Leave a comment below this blog post telling us the following;
a) Your Name :
b) You email address :
c) Child's Name :
d) Child's Age :
e) Workshop interested : Tea Time/ Magical Tree
f) Workshop date & time :
4. We do not like to say this but incomplete info will means that we have to strike off your chance to win the giveaway.
5. Giveaway will end on 01 September 2013 @ 2359hrs and winners will be announced in our blog and facebook page.
6. Giveaway is open to Singapore only.



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Heart Studio LLP
101 Soo Chow Walk Singapore 575385
Tel: (65) 6554 7563
Fax: (65) 6554 7562
Email: info@heartstudiosg.com

NOTE : All comments with personal information will be removed immediately after the giveaway ends.

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Thank you every one for participating!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Foodie Fridays - Basil Minced Beef Rice

When I saw Mama Sue linked her Basil Minced Beef rice in one of my Foodie Fridays post, I know I just have to try to make it. My first attempt was a failure as I do not have fish sauce, I replaced it with light soy sauce which is a mistake as it makes the beef way too salty.

So I made it again, this time with the fish sauce.  However since I am sharing this with DinoBoy I did not put too much basil leaves as I was afraid he may not get used to the basil taste.  I was very happy with how the beef & rice turned out this time, even the sunny side up; which incidentally was the first time I do it since so long ago, looks bright and sunny too!  It would be perfect dinner if we had some Campbell soup, I didn't think of that so we had to drink water instead, ah well~~ it will be better the next time I plan to cook this again.



Usually I will marinate my meat and leave it for about 30mins or half a day (if I am cooking on weekends), however Mama Sue told me the beef (she don't take pork) will be tastier if its marinated over night.  I did that this time and wow~ the beef really taste better.  Try it and see if you feel the same. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Spontaneous Kids overdose!

I love kids, especially spontaneous kids and I am lucky to have friends who have such kids!  I really love to catch them at that moment of time and they give me such good responds!  These 3 friends were sitting down enjoying their Cheezels after having their lunch, its so difficult to catch the 3 of them together for a photograph as they have been running around in different directions earlier so I grabbed my chance.  I jumped in front of them with my camera and cued them!

"Ok! Take photo, say CHEESE!!!" 
Errmm... Dumpling is obviously caught off guard and not ready yet.


Try again... "FUNNY FACES!!!"


"Change pose!"
Oppss wrong word to use, they were lost for a second how to react to that but were quick to give me a different funny face.


"Alright, show me ANGRY face!"
*Gggrrrrrrrrr*


"Happy face now!"


"How about sad face???"
Isa is looking at DinoBoy wondering if he is REALLY crying.


"Show me your crying face~"
Isa must be thinking that Dumpling is wiping tears away~


Aren't they cute or what!

I wonder how many poses or reactions I can get from them?  I shall try it out the next time I have my chance again.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Recipe Sharing Monday #3

Recipe Sharing Monday #3 is a week's late.  The days just zipped by without me noticing.  Besides that I have not been cooking much these couple of months due to a hectic work schedule plus some Saturdays we are over at DinoUncle#1's house for dinner returning home late thus making Sundays a laze around day for me.  On top of that I found a new love; a love for baking~ I don't know how some of you can bake AND cook on the same day, I am all drained out just by baking alone!  Perhaps I should find a way to manage my kitchen task to accommodate both then we will have home cook meals and deserts.

There are many great recipes in the last 5 Foodie Fridays linky, there is even one that shows us how to make ricotta cheese from scratch!  Please keep those recipes coming~ I'm sure many of us will benefit from it.  Without further ado, here are some of the wonderful recipes which I hope will make you want to try to cook for your family.  I especially like #6 & #7, how about you?


1. Pie on the Fly by Mother of Xander
2. Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Noodles by Life with the crust cut off
3. Homemade Char Siew Pork by Weiz Journey
4. Vietnamese Beef Pho! by Beanie N Us!
5. Bakwan Kepiting by Accidental Mom Blogger
6. Easy Macaroni and Cheese by Singapore Mom Blog
7. Spicy Dried Shrimp Sambal by The Domestic Goddess Wannabe

Till the next Recipe Sharing Monday post, remember to cook and link up with my Foodie Fridays linky that is happening on every Friday, your recipe may be feature next!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Foodie Fridays - Devil's Food Chocolate Cake

When I asked DinoBoy days before his birthday if he wants me to bake a birthday cake for him, I got an immediate "YES!" reply follow by "But I want a cake with decorations, not those that you baked before ok?", of course I wasn't going to give him a loaf birthday cake.  Having said that, I actually have no idea what kind of cake to bake, I was thinking of chocolate cake but do not know which recipe to use.  Then my friend Rachael Holloway saved my day when she shared a photo of the chocolate cake she baked for her girl.  The most wonderful part is she posted the recipe almost immediately knowing that I will be interested.  Talk about like-minded friends!  I sure would have hugged and kissed her if she is not all the way down under in Australia!

So a few days later on a Sunday I started my quest to bake my first Birthday Cake for DinoBoy.  There were some hiccups though; (1) I used a flat metal spatula that was meant for spreading cream to slice the cake, I MUST remember to get a long serrated knife from Phoon Huat soon!  (2) I over whipped the cream twice and it turned into butter, I have to remind myself not to get too excited with my handheld mixer on the 3rd try.  Nevertheless, I was beaming with pride when the cake was done.  And now, let me show you the baking process of my first birthday cake.

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I got too excited when I saw that my cake has rise up beautifully that I poked the cake too hard to check if the cake is fully cooked thus a big hole in the middle of the cake.


The cake is not thick enough for me to slice it into half nicely, I had to be very careful to ensure that I slice it in a straight line.  I managed to did a good job but the slices were just too thin, I almost break the top slice when I was removing it.


DinoPapa helped me diced the strawberries while I take a breather, baking a cake is REALLY hard work!  After the cake has cooled down, I slapped on the strawberry filling generously.


I managed to tear the top slice when I was putting it back onto the cake, I was expecting it so was not upset about it.  Anyway, no one will see the tear with the chocolate ganache covering the cake. 


I had wanted to pour the whole ganache onto the cake but decided against it, I was afraid that some will find it too rich for their liking.  I did a simple deco with some left over strawberries and popped the cake back into the fridge for the ganache to set and harden up.

Here is the cake after sitting in the fridge for 2 hours, it does not look as pretty and nice like those displayed in the bakery but I think I did a good enough job.  And as Rachael & the rest of the gang said "pretty or not doesn't matter to me after all it goes into my tummy with full satisfaction."  Well said gang!

The verdict from the family members?  

"mmmm~ !"  'nuff said!





If you prefer to have your chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, you can check out Bisous A Toi version.

Devil's Food Strawberry Chocolate cake

by Jennifer Lim (adapted from http://www.bisousatoi.com/)
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Yield: 8-10 servings
Keywords: bake dessert breakfast cake

Ingredients
* 1 cup self raising flour
* 1/4 cup cocoa powder
* 3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
* 1/4 tsp salt (I used 1/2 tsp)
* 1/2 cup castor sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
* 65 gram butter (I used unsalted butter)
* 1 large egg
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup buttermilk ( you can also make this by combining normal milk with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and let mixture sit for 5 minutes before using)
* 1/2 cup warm water

Strawberry Fillings
(You can change it to other fillings that you like)
* 1 cup strawberries, diced
* 2 cups heavy cream
* 1/4 cup icing sugar

Chocolate Ganache
* 200ml cream
* 250-280g chocolate (I used dark chocolate droplets)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven at 170C
2. Grease & line cake tin (I used 9", will use smaller tin the next time I make this again)
3. Sieve flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda, salt, and set aside.
4. Beat butter with sugars until light and fluffy, add egg and mix well.
5. Add dry ingredients alternately with liquids using one third of each at a time, and mixing well between each add.
6. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix till well blended
7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until just cooked (my cake took 45mins to be cooked)
8. While the cake is baking, whip the heavy cream till stiff and stir in the strawberries. Put into the fridge to chill for use later.
9. Melt the chocolates and cream together using the hot water bath method. Set it aside to cool and thicken.
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