Bake egg and cheese rice in remekin

September 23, 2014 at 10:08 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods | Leave a comment

bake egg rice in remekin1Cut potato into thin strips.

bake egg rice in remekin2Brown potato strips in a frying pan.

bake egg rice in remekin3 bake egg rice in remekin4Put in the browned potatoes strips, egg, cheddar cheese, and rice into the ramekin. Here I made (A) with rice and (B) without rice.
Then bake them into the oven at 150C for 10 minutes.

bake egg rice in remekin6I often bake cheese rice in single ramekin for my girls for snack. To keep warm, I covered the ramekin with aluminum foil then place it into a Thermo box and  into a warmer snack bag. 🙂

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Cute mini bunny bao / steam bun

August 12, 2014 at 4:26 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

Little sweet pea loves mini bunny bao (steam bun).  This morning little sweet pea and I had fun playing with the boa dough and our mini bunny bao turned out lovely and yummy.



bao dough bao dough and paste red dough copy


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bunny bao cuteAw…aren’t them cute?

Here is the recipe that I use with Thermomix machine. This recipe was taken from ‘easily cook for you’, I have a problem of  linking it here.


130 g water

1 tsp yeast

15 g sugar

15 g oil

250 top flour*

Pinch of Salt

*Not high protein / multi-purpose flour


Cover Time Temp (°C) Speed
1)  Add water, yeast, sugar and oil into TM bowl Yes 40sec 37 3
2)  Add flour and salt to mix Yes 20sec 3-6
3)  Knead the mixture Yes 2min Knead function
4)  Roll, cut and shape into pieces, place them on oiled Varoma dish and tray.  Leave it to rise for 30 mins
5)  Add 500g water to boil Yes 15mins V 3
6)  When temperature reached V, remove measuring cup and put on Varoma dish to steam Varoma dish with mantou Balance of at least 10 mins V 3

If you do not use Thermomix. Please follow this recipe that I taken from China Sichuan


  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast (one packet instant yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 150g water or milk


  1. Prepare warm water around 35 °C and melt the sugar in. And mix the yeast with the water. Mix well and set aside for around 5 minutes. If you do not want sugar, just skip it.
  2. Prepare the flour in a large bowl. Pour the water with yeast slowly to the bowl with flour and stir with a chop sticker.
  3. Then knead the flour into smooth and soft dough. At the very beginning, it might be a little bit sticky.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for around 1 hour or until the paste ball doubles in size. This process can be done by mixer.
  5. When the dough is double in size, get paste ball out and punch the air out.
  6. Then roll the dough into a long log around 1 inch in diameter or any size you want.
  7. Scatter some flour on your board and cut the log to small sections you like. Brush some oil on the bottom of each bun.
  8. Add cool water in wok and put the buns in the steamer to steam. Continue to steam for around 15 minutes after the water boils.


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Bacon and egg cup

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

Preparing kids’s meal and lunch box in the morning is quite a challenging  task for me. I only have 30 minutes to prepare the foods. I always think of quick and easy yet delicious and nutritious foods for the kids to bring to school. I would like to share with you this quick to prepare bacon and egg cup which I came across from a magazine.

bacon egg cup1

Grease the muffin pan with butter then tear and lay the bread as shown.

bacon egg cup2

Then cut the bread in  about one inch wide stripe to cover the side of each individual cup.

bacon egg cup3

Stuff cooked bacon into each cup.

bacon egg cup4

Break an egg into each cup. Then bake it with  uppper heat in 200 C  until the egg is cook to your like. Bake longer if you prefer fully cooked egg.

bacon egg cup5 bacon egg cup6 Breakfast for my family this morning.

Penang acar recipe

December 30, 2013 at 9:14 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods | Leave a comment

Penang Acar also known as Nyonya Acar is a mixed vegetables dish that are essentially pickled by being blanched in vinegar, sugar and chilli sauce. It tastes sweet, sour and spicy. This achar is particularly delicious to be eaten the next day when all ingredients infuse together.


300g Cucumber – cut lengthwise 1½ inch

150g Cabbage – roughly cut into big pieces

50g Carrot – peeled and cut into 1½ inch

50g Long Beans – cut into 1½ inch


Cut vegetables



50g Roasted Peanuts – ground

1 cup White Sesame Seeds – roasted

1 tablespoon Salt

1 tablespoon Sugar, or to taste

50ml Rice vinegar

30ml Water

1 cup grinded dried chili

2 table spoons of lemon grass (chopped fine)




1. Mix all the vegetables with 1 tbs salt. Leave aside in a colander to dry for 30 minutes.

2.Heat up the wok on medium heat. Add oil to stir-fry dried chilli paste and chopped lemon grass until aromatic. Add vinegar and water, bring to boil. Add salt and sugar to taste.

3.Turn off fire, add all vegetables, ground peanuts, sesame seeds into the wok and stir well.

4. Dish out, leave it cool then keep it in the fridge. It can last for a month.



Acar usually served as a welcome condiment to any meal and is scrumptiously devoured with haste by locals.

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Wolf berry leaves soup

October 24, 2013 at 4:13 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment


Wolfberry also known as Goji berry. In Chinese medicine, goji berry is known to have neutral properties nourishing the kidney, and believed to have the ability to reduce high blood sugar and improve eyesight. The fruit is often used in Chinese medicine for those with diabetes and vision-related diseases such as glaucoma.

These are Wolfberry leaves. Wolfberry plant is a small, slender, native shrub that grows to be 3-7 feet tall.

To prepare wolfberry soup

Chicken bones and carrot were used as soup base. Boil for about 45 minutes. Then add in wolfberries and its leaves. Boil for another 5 minutes or until the leaves are soft.

This is my family super soup. My children love the sweetish flavour of the soup. You can break an egg in the soup just before serving.

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Creamy pumpkin soup

October 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

The Creamy pumkin soup is a family favourite. It is easy to prepare and it is perfect with a scoop of sour cream. Try this velvet smooth pumpkin soup recipe. It is easy to prepare and full of nutritious. Hope you will like it.


750 pumpkin, diced
2 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
3½ cups water
250 mL thickened cream


1. Place all ingredients, except cream, in a large saucepan. Simmer until pumkins are soft.

2. Remove pumpkin from heat. Then blend with blender until smooth.
3. Add cream and stir through (do not boil after adding cream).

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Bao lolli

October 5, 2013 at 6:38 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Party foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Pau is a type of steam filled bun. It is simply known as bao in Chinese.

My six years old girl appreciates edible crafts. She explored ideas of party foods mostly from our favourite site ‘Pinterest’. Cake lolli or cake pop has been her favorite party food. She often prepares it for her tea time. Today, we are excited to share our easy peasy pau lolli. Amazing!

Snip to form a ‘star’.

Attached a little red sugar heart on top of the star.

A starry, hearty bao lolli for you with love -LovelyDIY.

Valentine’s gift ( homemade coconut jam/ kaya )

February 6, 2013 at 4:31 am | Posted in Asian foods, DIY gift, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Preschool plays, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Express your love to someone special by DIY gifts. Apple Cheeks was so proud to make her own coconut jam for her dad. Making coconut jam is easy and fun:

Top picture shown the ingredients: 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon corn flour and one pandan leaf.

Bottom picture: caramelized sugar by heating a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of water in the pot.

In a bowl, beat the eggs, add in sugar, coconut milk, salt and corn flour. Stir untill ingredients are well mixed.


Apple cheeks was so proud of herself cooking at the stove for the first time.

In the pot with caramalized sugar, pour in the mixture together with pandan leaf. Cook it in a very slow fire and keep stiring it. It will take about 30 minutes untill the mixture is thicken up. It will be brown in color. Done! My family love toast bread with coconut jam and butter. Yummy!

Please assist you kids while they are cooking at stove.

Homemade Coconut jam in a glass jar. What a lovely gift for valentine. Mommy and Apple Cheeks prepared this for daddy and our lil sweet pea. You can make this too!


Happy Valentine's Day to all



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