Airfried Fries

fries

I am fries lover, I’m just not so much into frying them. Not until I have the Philips Airfryer on my kitchen top, that is ūüôā .

Serves: 2    Prep time: 15 mins    Cooking time: 7-10 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium potatoes – peeled and cut into stripes (I prefer the USA Russet potato as I find it produce fluffier fries and it cooked faster.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soaked the potatoes in salted water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Preheat the Philips Airfryer at 180 degree. Slot the potatoes in and airfry at 180 degree for 7-10 minutes or until fries turn golden brown. Shake the fries half way into the frying to ensure thorough cooking.

Enjoy while they are hot and crispy ūüôā

In House Hamburger Set

burgers

I was first attracted to the western food because they were so new and different from what we got to see and have everyday (our little town was all about indonesian or chinese, the only thing western was probably the heritage buildings from the Dutch occupation era). The only time we could get our hands on burgers or pizza or the likes was during vacation when we travelled to Medan, 3 hours drive away from home. I remembered when Kentucky Fried Chicken first opened at our hometown, people were queueing to the car park! (We were not joining the line though, Mom wouldn’t allow us.)

Fast forward some 15 years and here I am in the kitchen having the time and fun to personally fulfill my childhood craving. I’ll start with the hamburger.

This recipe is easy and simple. Looks like it’s gonna be the family’s favorite for good (so happy when Hubby said “looks like the ones we had in the restaurant”, took a bite and continued “tastes like one too!”, and he’s not normally generous with his comments! ūüėČ ) I love to top my burger with cheese, egg, colorful veggies and a generous amount of tomato ketchup. Of course, you can experiment with different toppings and condiments as you prefer.

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Serves: 4    Prep time: 30 mins    Cooking time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Burger buns

For the patty:

  • 300 gr Minced beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 tbsp Bread crumb
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Toppings:

  • Slices of tomato
  • Chopped onion
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Egg
  • Sauteed Shiitake mushroom

Sides:

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the ingredients for the patty well and shape them into four palm sized balls. Flatten the meatballs to form flat patties of approximately 3/4 inch thick.
  2. Heat the oil in the frying pan and fry the patties over medium low heat on each side until it turns dark brownish. Do not overcook them to keep the juiciness.
  3. Served on buns (spread some butter on the buns and have them pan fried for a minute for tastier buns) and top with your toppings of choice.

Enjoy, and get your napkins ready, it’s gonna be yummy it’s gonna be messy! ūüėČ

Barley Drink

barley

The weather has been really hot these days. When we were kids, Ah Ma (that’s what we call grandma in Hokkian) would make us drink barley or mung bean soup on days like these. “Ciak liang” she would say in Hokkian which meant ‘eat it up to cool your body’.

Well, to this day I don’t really know if those grains could really fight the heat but they taste good for sure and a brief research on the wiki¬†(and another Indonesian page)¬†did enlighten me on the many health benefits of consuming barley. (We’ll do mung bean soon.) On the emotional note, for me, it tastes homely.

Since Ah Ma had said so, let’s ‘ciak liang’.¬† ūüôā

Make about 4 liter

INGREDIENTS

  • 200gr Barley (aka Job’s Tears)
  • 4 pcs Rock Sugar (or to taste. Hubby finds it perfect, I prefer a lighter taste so when I have my drink I will dillute it a bit with plain water)
  • 6 pcs Pandan Leaves (tied in knots)
  • 4 liter water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse the barley the way rice is rinsed.
  2. Boil the barley and the pandan leaves in a big pot, once boiled turn the heat to low and let it simmer with lid partially closed for one hour or until the barley is tender.
  3. Remove the pandan leaves and add in the rock sugar. Adjust the sweetness to taste.

I like it icey chilled the way Ah Ma always served it but I’ve seen people having it warm, you can try both :).

Enjoy!

Did Motherhood Rob You of Your Beauty?

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Last month my parents came to visit. While we took our morning stroll with Baby, I couldn’t help but notice that my parents were well dressed, looked fresh and much younger than their real age. Dad was carrying Baby with Mom beside him, all smiles, the privilege¬†of being grandparents¬†=). Few steps behind¬†was me, pushing the stroller, in my sweaty-not-yet-showered self. Not my best look. No time that morning, not in most mornings either. (Not that my parents didn’t help with the baby, it’s just most of the morning things need the real mom hehe.)

I laughed half-halfheartedly at the contrast and later that night jokingly told my husband that others who saw us could have mistaken my parents as the real parents and me as the domestic helper.

Often, in motherhood, beautiful is the last thing I feel. It’s difficult to feel beautiful when you are drowned in sweats from the diaper changing to rocking the baby to cleaning the house. It’s not a great feeling.

Ever felt the same way?

Sometimes it becomes a blame game, you know,
on the situation (the too few hours you have for sleep, or shower, or teeth brushing, what? putting on make up??),
on the people (it’s really tempting to see your spouse and children as the problem),
and on self (if only I had tried harder, done better, lost more pounds, and the list goes on..)

We look into the mirror and agree that we now ‘look like mother’.
(I used to find the joke about a woman’s look degrades from the ‘wifey look’ to ‘motherly look’ quite funny, it proves not too funny now haha..)

But before we sink our ‘motherly’ face in despair for the failed pursuit of beauty, maybe we should look up and see how we truly look like in the eyes of the ones in whom our identity as mothers is anchored.

Firstly, in the eyes of God, whom our calling and identity as mothers are from.

Secondly,¬†is in our child(ren)’s, whom our identity and services as mothers are intended to.

This short paragraph from True Beauty can not describe it more beautifully:

‚ÄĚ[Motherhood] is difficult, obscure, and messy‚Ķ.You may not feel very beautiful as you change dirty diapers, wipe noses, and wash smelly laundry on three hours of sleep. But who is more beautiful to a child than the woman who cares for him or her? And bringing up children to serve the Lord is precious to our Savior, who said ‚ÄúLet the little children come to me.‚ÄĚ ~True Beauty, p. 99

Beautiful! May we be comforted by this truth as we try our best to be beautiful in the sight of God and our children (spouse absolutely included too!).

So Mommies, you are most beautiful.. for you know where to look and what to put on.

Happy mother’s day! ūüôā

Pork and Shrimp Balls

meatball

This is one of my childhood dishes which my Ah Ma (grandma in Hokkian) was soooo good at making.
I’m just so very glad that I get to have them again every now and then (all the more that I get to share them with my loved ones!)

I was using Philips Airfryer to fry the meatballs, feel free to do it the traditional way if you don’t use one.

Make about 40 balls    Prep Time: 45 mins    Cooking time: 30-45 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 150gr shrimp (de-shelled, minced)
  • 300gr minced pork
  • 2 stalks spring onion/scallions (chopped)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 2.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • Dashes of pepper
  • Olive oil (for thin coating if you are air-frying)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mixed all the ingredients evenly. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  2. Shape the mixtures into small balls (in my case it was half a tablespoon per ball).
  3. Dust the meatballs with corn starch.
  4. If you are frying the traditional way, heat the oil in the pan and deep fry the meatballs until it turns golden brown.
    If you are air-frying, preheat the airfryer at 180 degree, roll the meatballs on thin coating of olive oil, arrange them in the basket (avoid overlapping the meatballs to ensure they are cooked evenly) and airfry at 180 degree for 15 minutes.

It can also be fried half done and kept frozen for future consumption.

Enjoy!

First Thing First

6am

I got new great books last two weeks, thanks to Hubby ūüėČ
Lately, with a very active and curious baby around, I had rarely any time for some good reading. You know, when you are a mom with young kid(s) your time is almost never your own heheh..

books

The titles suggest, especially the first book on top (the first one on my read list too btw!), definitely the very things every mom is curious about. And so I was determined to find time to read about how to shop for time. And thank God I did, hooray!

The book is AWESOME. Go read one yourself to believe it, your soul will thank you (and God, of course)! May I share with you one of the things they wrote in the book that had personally spoken to and challenged my convicted conscience..

It’s about the first thing first.

The top tips on how to shop for time is, according to the authors (who based it on biblical principal apparently), to rise up early. Chapter one and I am down already.

Waking up early in the morning is not my forte, no indeed it’s my weakest point, I resent it to the point that I’ll have difficulty falling asleep¬†if I need to wake up early the next morning.

To desire sleep, maybe too much sleep, has been my struggle for many many years. It’s embarrassing to admit that sleep has been an idol in my heart. Doesn’t sound very serious yeah?¬†Perhaps, precisely because it sounds trivial that I have let the sin linger for too¬†long. Little did I realize the impact it had on my life.

For sleep, I have traded my personal time with the Lord, my opportunity to serve my husband every morning, and my being ready, fit and fresh to greet my baby girl and meet her needs effectively when she woke up in the morning. Yes, I am plagued with feelings of guilt every morning but I keep telling myself, excusing myself, that I will make it when things are better later on, when the baby is older, when the house is more under control, when I have rested enough, which I have to admit finally if I go on this way, chances are it will happen only when the Lord returns!

Need not to say, having my spiritual diet starved, the only natural result to my homemaking is the constant feeling of being overwhelmed with my daily chores, which make complaints felt just as natural as well, not to mention the short span of patience and tolerance towards my husband. Joy? Bearing fruit? You bet. It should have been obvious to me that it is impossible living a christian life apart from the Source. As Lord Jesus had said Himself,¬†“..apart from me you can do nothing”¬†(John 15:5).

Convicted, I knew it was time to take the radical change.

06.00 o’clock in the morning. That’s my current goal. By right, that should make me an earlier bird than my husband is, but he was on the same resolution too so yeah haha.. I have been walking out of the bedroom to the dining table with my Bible for ten days now while it is still dark outside¬†(note how often this phrase was recorded to describe the waking up time of the spiritual giants in¬†the Bible, it’s not there for vain apparently).

Truth be told, I don’t wake up to the birds singing or some heavenly feeling. In fact, it feels¬†miserable. I think it will still do for many mornings. I earned some pimples on my forehead and a big one on my chin from the sleeping hours cut off. But it is the truth also that the peace and joy and gladness one can experience from sitting at the Lord’s feet do¬†flow into my life every morning and guide me for the rest of the day, everyday! On the practical note, waking up early means I have more time to do my work efficiently as well. Pimples are of small cost! (Fear not, my body adapts to my new habit fast and as I wake up early I go to bed early naturally.)

By God’s help, I seek to faithfully rise up early every morning and witness His grace transforming my life through the meditation of His Word and prayers.

If time is money, it would only be wise to spend it on the best deals. Sleep, apparently, is far too pale in comparison with the Life itself. Don’t you agree?