Have you eaten?

Jiak-Pa-Buay? Random scribbles of everyday life and sharing of recipes

It’s spring in Singapore, well almost. March 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — xxtlhxx @ 3:22 am

The really hot weather in Singapore seems to be really good for all the plants.  It is so dry that I had to top up water in the pond with pipe water …… something that I have not done so in a long time.  Many of the plants are blooming including the rangoon creeper.  I almost gave up on the rangoon creepers and pruned it botak, and guess what …….new shoots came out with buds!

The best thing however, has to be the fact that a pair of pink necked green pigeon (i think that’s what it is)  is nesting on the bamboo tree!    The bird surprisingly seems very at ease even though we walk in an out all the time.  The mother bird hasn’t left the nest for 3 days now.  What dedicated parents!  We don’t have a chance to confirm how many eggs she has.

The nest is quite well hidden in the bamboo leaves.

A lush box of pennworts and flowering arrowheads with delicate white flowers

A small container with combination of water lettuce, water hycinth (barely surviving), pennyworts, arrowhead and an unidentified plant from the longkang in BP.  Rico claims that this is his pond while the bigger pond at the back is mine.  Right now, Rico’s gardening is only limited to watering and sweeping dried leaves but no touching of the soil with his bare hands.  Male!   Well, at least he’s one step ahead of his arm-chair gardener dad.  (fyi ….arm chair gardener refers to people who enjoys gardens without actually gardening)

Its blooming time again for this medillina.  You firstly get to enjoy the flowers and when the flowers are gone, you’ll get enjoy the red berries like fruit hanging on the buds.  This is a very interesting plan and has been growing very well.

 

My little growing garden May 7, 2009

Filed under: Gardening — xxtlhxx @ 9:58 am
Waiting for moss to grow

Waiting for moss to grow

I wanted a person, not an object nor an animal, I wanted something calming and I found this spout of a lady with a barrel!  Perfect!  I even got it for more than 50% discount because there is a small chip on the nose but who cares, you won’t notice it once it all covered with moss.  Now all I have to do is wait for the moss to grow.

picture-011

Rico spends a  whole lot of time on the deck.  He thinks it’s like having a picnic here.  Here he is enjoying the view with his beloved brown bear

The is the second water feature is made of re-cycled old water barrels left by the previous owner and it worked well.  The water here flows back to the main pond.

picture-027

Overflowing water barrels

Showing off his painting on the swing chair
picture-047
 

Halloween Finger Food November 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — xxtlhxx @ 2:42 pm

Here’s bringing the true meaning to finger food.  Got these ideas through the net.  It did scare some trick-or-treat-ers away.  Evil!!!

img_0044

These spiders were made of mini oreo, mini M&Ms and the legs are made of crispy noodles.

img_0046

 

Mango sago dessert October 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — xxtlhxx @ 4:00 pm

This dessert is refreshing and easy to make.  Hong Kong’s Hui Lau Shan’s taken this dessert to a pop star level but I think it has got too much coconut milk in it which isn’t healthy.  Here’s a healthier version, if not tastier

Mango sago dessert

1 bottle of mango juice.  If you have lots of mango, you can do without bottled mango juice and instead, puree your mangoes and add water

1 can of evaporated milk. Use low fat ones

2 pieces of mango, cut in cubes

1 cup of cooked sago balls

1 cup of peeled pomelo (optional). You may also use grapefruit instead

To cook sago balls, boil a large pot of water.  Pour sago balls slowly into the pot and cook until the balls are transparent, stirring it consistenly.  If water run low, add more water to pot.  Drain cooked sago and run over tap water to remove some of the starch.  Mix everything in a large container.   If you like it sweeter, you can add some sugar.  You can adjust the consistency by adding more water, or more juice or more mango.  Whatever, however you like it.  Chill and serve.  Isn’t it great?

 

Simple Wanton Noodles

Filed under: Uncategorized — xxtlhxx @ 3:41 pm

Here’s a simple wanton noodles, but no wanton this time round.  Instead of wanton, I’ve got our prized family favourite ‘hea-chor’ which roughly translates to prawn balls.  I have master this recipe yet. You will need quite a lot of ‘arm power’ to make this.  It is made of prawns and some pork fats.  The prawns have to be shelled and really dry before you mince them.   The next step, needs real arm power to smack minced prawn by throwing them in small quantities against a hard surface like a large pot.  You’ll need to repeat this many times to create bouncy balls.  If you don’t do it right, your prawn balls will have airy pockets and will not be bouncy. Anyway, for now, I’ll leave this recipe to my aunts and uncles who have mastered this recipe.

Sauce for wanton noodles

1 tbs dark soy sauce

1 tbs light soy sauce

1 tbs oyster sauce

dash of pepper

1 tbs of fried shallots and its oil

Mix all ingredients well and add to cooked egg noodles

Additional meat topping

100g minced pork

1 handful of woodear fungus, cut in strips

prawns

Fry minced pork and add in prawns and woodear fungus.   You may opt not to put any seasoning.  Lastly, toss cooked egg noodles with the sauce and add meat toppings.  You may add boiled vegetable or fried wanton if you wish

 

Rico the Builder October 2, 2008

Filed under: Baby — xxtlhxx @ 8:53 pm

Rico’s obsessed with Bob the Builder nowadays and hence, this birthday cake.  We ordered a blackforest cake from Pine Gardens and asked them decorate just the base.   Green for the hills, blue for the sky and white clouds.  They did a pretty good job for it.   I then added the Bob, Wendy, Scoop, Muck and Roley and the banners.  The soil is actually Oreo’s cookies.  The banners are made with MS PowerPoint.  And of course, the birthday boy was more excited about the toys than the cake 🙂

This other cake was Rico’s first birthday cake. The cake is steamed chocolate cake and the frosting is cream cheese.  The cupcakes are also steam chocolate cake. The lego astronaut was borrowed from Joshua.

The Moon & Stars cake

 

Quilt August 15, 2007

Filed under: Baby,Family and Friends — xxtlhxx @ 10:12 pm

When I first told my boss AN, that I was pregnant, she was so excited for me and shedsc_2732-cropped.jpg almost in the next breath, promised to make a quilt for the baby. How often is that …that you get your boss to make a quilt for your baby! Guess I am one of those rare lucky one.

More than a year later, boss presented me with this lovely quilt. If you see it yourself, you will not believe that it’s homemade! I can’t even imagine how it’s done nor how she has the patience and I’d say, talent to make a quilt like that. Rico loves it, we all love it.

Thanks, boss for this very lovely quilt.