Sunday, March 25, 2012

How would you know when your child is ready to start swimming lessons?

We have been wondering when would be the right time to start Zaim on his swimming lessons. His sister and brother has lessons at 8 a.m every Sunday. Usually, when they are at the main pool, Zaim would just play at the small kiddy pool. At 9 a.m the same instructor would have lessons with toddlers around his age at the kiddy pool. We have been telling him that soon he would be old enough to join Mr. Tai for the 9 a.m lesson. However, he has been somewhat reluctant with the excuse that he is scared of drowning.

This morning we let him play with Zarif at the kids pool as Zarif was not able to join the others in his class due to a slight wardrobe malfunction (he discovered a hole in his swimming trunks). We were surprised a little later to find him joining the 9 a.m lessons and being all friendly and bold with Mr. Tai. So, I guess our question has been answered huh?

*** You know your 4 year old is ready for swimming lessons when he enrols himself into one! :-D [Great! Next Sunday, I can start working out during his lessons.]

Friday, March 23, 2012

My simple breakfast.

Truthfully if I don't have to rush to work so early in the morning, I prefer a simple breakfast. This is what I have been having daily growing up before leaving for school. I only started on cereals and milk when I was studying abroad. My breakfast diet changed drastically when I started work of course when stall food became accessible and choice became somewhat limited. Then there was no turning back as my usual simple diet became boring and unappetizing. Oily fried noodles, nasi lemak and the likes became the staple! Nowadays, once in a while I do go back to my old simple breakie like today, with no kids and hubby to cook for, I settle for the good old slices of toasts (wholemeal of course), slathered with margarine spread and slapped with some jammies, to be washed down with a cup of coffee. Simple yet divine, don't you think?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Waste not want not.

Here's what you should do when you find at least 3 overripe bananas on your kitchen counter:

Pre-heat the oven to 200C.
Line a muffin tin with paper cups.
Mash the bananas.
Add 125ml vegetable oil, followed by 2 eggs and 100g soft light brown sugar (I used caster sugar).
Mix 225grm plain flour, 1tsp bicarbonate of soda and 3 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted) with the oil and banana mixture, beating gently.
Finally spoon into prepared cups.

* Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be dark, rounded and peaking proudly out of the cups. Allow to cool slightly in their tin before removing to a wire rack.

** Recipe - Nigella's Kitchen

*** I also added a dash of vanilla essence and a handful of chocolate buttons.

Oh by the way - this is what you will get in the end ---> Chocolate Banana Muffins.

[notice that I didn't mention cake mixer? didn't need it! Uhuh, no excuse for not trying this.]

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grilled Seafood and Vegetable Spaghettini

This is a something that I would prepare whenever I do not make early dinner plans which means I forgot to defrost the meat or fish. If there is seafood in the freezer and some eggplants and bell peppers in the fridge, this would be a quick dinner dish.

Ingredients:

For roasting:
Bell peppers
Eggplants
Garlic
Zucchini (if you plan ahead)
Tomatoes (I used overripe cherry tomatoes that I need to finish off quick)

** so marinate all veges with olive oil, black pepper and salt, set aside for a few minutes.

Seafood : Marinate prawns, cuttlefish, mussels (if planning ahead of course) with all same ingredients of the vege marinade only add some paprika for added flavour set aside too while you turn on the grill in the oven.

Spread all marinated ingredients onto a roasting dish, splash a little more olive oil if necessary.

Prepare the following for sauteing:
Onions
Garlic
Red chillies
3/4 boiled spaghettini

Final step:

Saute all the above apart from the spaghettini. Add the spaghettini. I also save some boiled spaghettini water, so this is added to the fried spaghettini to make it a little moist and tastier (a tip I picked up from watching the cooking shows on tv). Then I throw in all the roasted "goodness". Season to taste and toss to mix. Finally garnish with some roughly chopped parsley and my kids love them served with grated cheese too. That's it really. Have a try and enjoy.

Rediscovering his interests.

Zarif has always been hooked on online computer games. Our old desktop is getting slower by the day and it really needs to be upgraded. However, he has been using the office laptop that I brought back. So hooked is he with the online games or any form of electronic games, that he gets really restless and almost all edgy when he doesn't get his hands on a computer/ tablet or even handphone games. I thought that is it, he his addicted already! Ever since returning the laptop, Zarif has slowly rediscovered his other interests. Besides reading, Zarif has rediscovered his other hobby... Lego. Perhaps I should not really hurry to get a new laptop or to upgrade the desktop huh? Perhaps...
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