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Cheesy Ham and Potato Pie

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Hungry yet don't want to buy takeaways on a weekday? This recipe adapted from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe is an easy way to get food served on the table for the whole family in less than hour. I started working on the pies at 7.30pm and by 8.30pm, we were in bed reading to the boy. This is also a good recipe to put together what's left in the refrigerator for something healthy and yummy. Cheesy Ham and Potato Pie (Adapted from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe ) Ingredients: 3 to 4 slices of ham (I used picnic ham) 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen vegetables (I used mixed vegetables) 1 piece hash brown, broken into smaller pieces 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese       Baking mixture  1/2 cup of self rising flour 1/2 cup of milk 2 eggs 10grams cold butter First, work on the baking mixture.  Combine all ingredients to make the baking mixture, whisk till smooth, without lumps.  Grease a 6 hole muffin pan.  Put in 2 tablespoons of baking mixt

Nutella Cream Cupcakes

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I said I wanted to bake for the boy's birthday, and so I tried my hand at making some cupcakes last sunday. I am happy to report that my first attempt at baking and frosting cupcakes was a sucesss, with room for improvement. The cupcakes turned our slightly dry, so I will need to work on the batter, ensuring I don't over-mix. And, the frosting could do with a little bit more colour. A good start nonetheless. Let's see if I can keep up with this baking momentum to eventually bake for J's birthday. Nutella Cream Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)  Ingredients for vanilla cupcakes (adapted from www.nigella.com) 125  grams  self-raising flour 125  grams  caster sugar (I used 100grams only) 125  grams  soft  unsalted butter 2  large  eggs 1  teaspoon  vanilla essence (because I ran out of vanilla extract. If you use extract, it should only be about 1/2 teaspoon) 2  tablespoons  milk Directions: 1) Blitz the sugar, eggs and butter until mixture is smo

Inspiration to cook (with GIVEAWAY)

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I don't get to cook for J very often since I work full time. I am grateful to both my mother and mother-in-law for helping to prepare J's after-school meals everyday which is usually rice with soup and fish or pork porridge. So come weekends, while we eat out quite often, I try to cook at least 2 meals for him, even if it means to pack his food along with us. J is a big eater. However, he seems to like his soups and rice a lot. Fruits are also a favourite. He eats fast food at times but doesn't fancy them. That's actually good news for us as we don't really have a problem with getting him to eat healthily. That also means I often run out of ideas on what to cook for him. Hence when I need some inspiration to whip up something tasty for the boy, I will scour the web for recipes. Often enough, I find myself on Annabel Karmel's website, and have been using and adapting her recipes to prepare J's meals since he started on solids. Last week, I

Simple Steamed Porridge

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One of my best investments is my kitchen steamer. It has been with us since J started taking solids. With my crazy schedule, it makes whipping up a healthy meal for the boy very easy. Last night, I worked on a fish porridge for J's lunch. Steamed porridge to be very accurate. Steaming does not produce those fine and gluey type porridge, but that's cool for us as J likes it better grainy and with texture. Steamed Fish Porridge 2.5 tbsp of rice 1 cup of water 1 tsp of Brovil chicken stock A slice of white fish fillet (we usually use red grouper or cod fish) 1 to 2 tbsp of chopped carrots (or however much your child likes) 2 to 3 stocks of chye sim , finely chopped (or which ever leafy vegetables your child fancies) Method: 1) Steam the rice and carrots with the water and chicken stock for 20 min like how you would do with steaming rice. Cover the bowl with cling wrap (use microwave safe ones or even better, a cloth or plates ). 2) After the rice is cooked (the