Sunday, October 27, 2013

Salmon Spaghetti

While Mummies look after little ones, they have to be sure that they are eating well too, especially if they are still breastfeeding.  Here's a dish that's quick, simple yet nutritious too!

Spaghetti, cooked as per instructions
Salmon, cut into big chunks
Garlic, minced
Tomatoes, cut
Red pepper, chopped
Celery, chopped
Black pepper

  1. After cooking spaghetti as per instructions on the packet, drain and keep some of the water.  Portion spaghetti into serving plates.
  2. Heat up some oil in a frying pan.  When oil is hot, add garlic and fry until fragrant, then add salmon chunks to the frying pan, spacing them out so that they can cook evenly.  After a few minutes, turn the salmon chunks over to cook the other side.
  3. Add tomatoes, red pepper, celery and some milk to the frying pan.  Season with salt and pepper and fry for a few minutes.  Add a little of the water retained from (1) if it is too dry.
  4. Place some of the fried ingredients from (3) on top of spaghetti to serve.  best eaten when hot!
Salmon Spaghetti

Monday, October 21, 2013

Never Ending Mess

Just last night, someone asked me why I sleep so late?  Well.... now that little one is bigger and sleeping way less than a newborn baby, there's not much chance to do serious chores during the day.  Other than nap times (which is when I scramble to prepare baby's meals as well as mine), little one now demands much more attention, whether it's playing together, going for walks or just being there to make sure he doesn't destroy anything and hurt himself in the process.  So the best time to do serious chores is when everyone goes to bed.

While everyone was sleeping last night, I quickly mopped the house like I was trying to set a new Guinness Book Record.  The faster I am, the more I'll get to rest afterwards, right?  Wrong..... just when I thought I could lie comatose on the sofa with some crappy TV programme for a few minutes, "Click click!", the washing machine says.  So off I went trying to set another Guinness Book Record hanging up the clothes to dry.  After setting 2 records, surely I can go to bed now..... nope..... I recall that I promised to make some pillow covers for someone some time back and I haven't even started yet!  After measuring and cutting cloth, I finally thought that enough was enough and retreated to the bedroom for some "me time" -- aimless surfing, checking Facebook updates etc on my mobile while lying down.   Zzzzzz....

Fast forward to this morning.  After all that hard work last night, my house should be in quite a good state, right?  WRONG AGAIN!  Little one decided that 5+am was a good time to wake up and proceeded to take all his toys (which were neatly kept the previous night) and dump them all on the floor!  By about 6am, my house was in a mess again..... Honestly, I wonder why I bother to clean up sometimes.  It hardly stays neat/clean for more than half a day...... never ending mess..... sigh....

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuna Potato Patties

Ever since the kids came along, most of my cooking has been of the quick and easy kind, but once in a while, I like to experiment with new things that could be more time consuming to prepare as well as to wash up.  Here's one such experiment -- tuna potato patties!

1 can of tuna (I chose tuna in water)
red onions, chopped
red pepper, chopped
potatoes (I chose Russet)
corn flour
1 egg

  1. Boil potatoes in water until cooked through.  Peel and mash.
  2. Place tuna, red onions, red pepper, mashed potatoes, egg, some corn flour, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix well.  Mixture should be able to hold it's shape and not be too wet.
    Tuna, potato, red onions, red pepper mixture
  3. Heat up some oil in a frying pan.  Shape patties using the mixture, coat the exterior with corn flour and place them in the frying pan.  Let one side brown slightly before turning over and browning the other side.
    Frying tuna potato patties
  4. Best served hot with salad and sour plum dipping sauce!
    Tuna potato patties with salad