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My Mini Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

September 12th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

If you’ve seen my blog on My Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe, you may have noticed that the recipe is for 9″ pie. It is quite big for a small family. So, if you would like a smaller apple pie recipe, here’s a a 6″ apple pie recipe – great start for beginners and much easier to handle.

Ingredients for the dough:

1. 100g of all purpose flour

2. 66g of butter at room temperature

3. 1/3 tablespoon of sugar

4. A pinch of salt

5. 4 tablespoon of ice water

Ingredients for the apple filing:

1. 2 apples (peeled, cored and sliced)

2. 26g of granulated sugar

3. 26g of brown sugar

4. 1/6 teaspoon of cinnamon

5. 1/3 tablespoon of rice vinegar

6. 3/4 tablespoon of flour.

Mini homemade apple pieFollow the directions as per My Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe blog from step 1-step 12 to make the dough, apple pie filing and baking of the pie.

Happy Baking! :)

My Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

August 15th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

My best homemade apple pie recipeYes, I have to admit that I was overwhelmed with my new Cornell Convection Oven. It was great deal because I bought it with $100 discount at the expo!

So I thought I should start baking something healthy, Apple Pie must be my best choice :) . I did not have any food processor or electric mixer so it is possible to make without them. Read more »

Solutions To Picky Eaters

April 21st, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal, Parenting Kids

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Yummy Healthy TummyIs your dinner table constantly having meal wars and power struggle when your little picky eater is around? Relax. Almost every child grow up that way – including yourself if you check with grandma.

Why Are There Picky Eaters?

1. As a parent, we care too much and have expectation as to the quantity and quality of food our child takes. If intake falls short, we get upset.

2. Babies take cereal, adult take chicken chop. How about kids? They do not have wide variety of ‘transitional food’ except for fries that we constantly disallow and hot dog and burger that you can not possibly  serve every single meal.

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3. More often than not, what is served on the table are adult food – beef are probably to tough for the 20 delicate teeth, they just had chicken yesterday and asparagus taste so ewwy and green. So, in terms of texture, taste and preference, they did not suit children well enough.

Given the situation, here are the solutions to what we label our kids as picky eaters:

1. Serve different food for a change.

If you have 10-15minutes, google for some recipes site and expose all variety of food images to your child. He may probably spot something he likes and there you go – a new food idea!

2. Taking part.

I know you would not want any disturbance when you are busy cooking in the kitchen, but why not get your child involve in shopping for your ingredients. Or show the sweet corn you bought and let him spread butter on it. Chances are, he will eat it!

burger3. Educate your child about nutrition.

If your child is mature enough to understand, show him or her the food and its nutrition. Explain about the different groups of food and their functions. For e.g. You need lots of vegetables and fruits because they contain fiber that can prevent constipation.

4. Be patient when it comes to new food.

It is unusual that a child will try new food when he or she sees it for the first time. A child may need to be exposed with a new food for at least 10 times before he or she develops trust and wants to try it. So, be patient.

5. Do not provide alternatives

If your child does not take what is served, you need not get leave the table and get busy in the kitchen and start cooking all over again. Although offering the ketchup sauce can increase some appetite!

6. Serve when hungry

Never serve snack 2 hours before mealtime which can affect your child appetite. Your child should be moderately hungry at mealtimes.

7. Don’t waste time decorating

You may have heard about advise that decorating and making fancy shapes out of food may help. Unfortunately, I do not believe in that. It may encourage a child to merely try but ultimately it is the taste and liking that encourage a child to clean the plate. To make the matter worse, a child may develop expectation that each meal should be decorated.

At the end of the day, take it as a passing phase. Your child will eat and no matter what, your child is unlikely to be malnourished. So, relax and enjoy your meal but do not worry too much about picky eaters!

Kids Ham Sushi

April 3rd, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

If you haven’t been exploring with new sushi recipe, you may want to try  sushi with the ingredients that your kid really like.

So, let’s try out sushi with ham! Your kid may like sausages, salami or cheese so you may be adventurous if you want as we’re not serving Japanese today!

There are many types of sushi, and here they are:

  • Maki sushi is the seaweed roll with rice and some ingredients in it
  • Nigiri sushi is those in rectangular in shape with seafood on top
  • Gunkan sushi is also in rectangular usually wearing a seaweed belt and non-seafood
  • California roll is the cone shaped sushi

Sushi IngredientsLet’s make maki sushi with ham and here are the ingredients:

  • Sushi vinegar
  • Sushi rice (short grain rice)
  • Seaweed (nori)
  • Sushi mat which is only required for maki sushi (rolled sushi)
  • Ham (or any ingredients of your kids choice)

Here are the steps in sushi making:

Fcooked sushi riceirst, cook rice and wait until it cool down and mix in vinegar. This step is crucial as you need to fan while mixing. So both your hands will be busy.

Rolling maki sushiThen, lay your sushi mat and seaweed with the rough side facing top.

Next spread the rice on the seaweed. Remember only cover 3/4 of the seaweed with rice. Leave 1/4 blank for wrapping up. This is the sticky part, so you may want to use disposable gloves or a spoon to do the job.

Next, place your favorite (or my favorite) ham and pork floss on top.
Excitement time, let’s roll 3/4 and stop. LIFT UP about 3cm the sushi mat and fold it back, so that you can complete the rolling.

re-roll and press it firmly and ensure the square shape is formed.

Ham maki sushiLastly, brush your shape knife with some vinegar before cutting the roll. This would ensure that there wouldn’t be rice sticking on your knife.

Besides wasabi, this goes well with the Japanese mayonnaise. Go explore.

Sandwich Toast

March 9th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

My mum passed down to me a great recipe. It is luncheon meat sandwich toast and it is really a healthy and filling snack. And kids simply love it! Here are the ingredients: white bread, margarine, egg, luncheon meat and oyster sauce.

Here’s how to make it: Firstly, brush the sandwich toaster with margarine. You may use olive oil or butter, it’s really your choice.

Next, place the pre-spreaded bread on the sandwich toaster, following this sequence

1. Bread spread with oyster sauce facing up, blank side face toaster
2. Place luncheon meat and sliced hard boiled egg on top
3. Cover with bread, spread with margarine facing top
4. Covered it and waited for minutes.

Luncheon meat sanwich toast

It is ready when it is golden roasted. Goes perfectly well with chili, mayonnaise ans tomato sauce. Enjoy!

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Butter Cookie Monsters

March 8th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

For children, butter cookies can be addictive but it is fine if taken in moderation. Ensure other sugar intake are low within the day.

The making of butter cookies can be lengthy so be sure you have at least 1.5hours to spare. You may get your child involve cause it be lots of fun making as well as eating them.

These are the ingredients we need:

  • 300g of plain flour,
  • 250g of butter,
  • 140g of sugar, (in room temperature)
  • An egg yolk,
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Here are the steps:

butter, egg yolk and sugarFirstly, mix butter, sugar, vanilla extract and egg yolk together.

Next sift in four. Then, with very clean hands, mix dough thoroughly. This task requires some strength so an adult should do a better job.

Next, roll the dough, recommended to use baking paper  on top of dough so that the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling pin. Either that or dust the rolling pin with some flour.

Now comes the fun part – pressing in the cookie cutters. Use a butter knife, very gently,  lift up the pressed dough and transfer to baking tray. bake for about 15 to 20 minutes

The suface of butter cookies should be light roasted. Enjoy!                                                                                                          Daffy Duck Silicon Baking Mold

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