Sunday, 18 March 2018

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C's Lunch Box - Sweet Potato Fries

 Top layer clockwise from left: Sweet potato fries left-over from dinner, egg white, strawberries, rye bread with egg yolk spread and sprinkled with cress, potato left-over from dinner, mozzarella cheese.

Bottom layer clockwise from left: Pineapple, melon, shredded carrots with raisins and raspberries with raisins.
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Honey Glaze Seasoning for Oven-Roasted Chicken

 


Ingredients for Honey Glaze Seasoning:

Mix well:

1. 1 TBS honey
2. 1 TBS olive oil
3. 2 TBS water
4. 2 TBS chopped parsley

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree celsius. Spread 1 TBS olive oil on the bottom of the oven-proof dish. Rub pressed garlic on chicken, sprinkle salt and pepper to chicken and roast for 50 minutes.

 2. Remove chicken from oven, and pensel the honey glaze seasoning  on the chicken.

3. Roast for another 10 minutes or until golden (I am serving it with oven-baked sweet potato fries - see recipe here)


 Now it is ready to serve :-)

References:
Recipe from Irma supermarket:


Sunday, 11 March 2018

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A Story by Our Little FECS on Cow-Monkey

11 March 2018 (9Y6D)

Our Little FECS is into writing small stories recently. He would come up with storyline himself. He would sometimes write 3-4 stories in a day. Then Daddy FECS and him would sit down  at the computer to type it out. And Daddy FECS wand him will search for pitcutres from the internet. Our Little FECS wants to compile them into a book.

Here is one of the small stories by our Little FECS... I read it and asked him, is he writing about himself??? He refused to give a direct answer, but just grinned from ear to ear... hmmmm

Here is the English translation:

Once a upon a time, there was a cow... 

... it was married to a monkey.

They got a child.

"See," said the cow. "It is going to be a cow."

"No," said the monkey. "It is going to be a monkey."

They got angry with each other and asked the doctor.

The doctor said, "It is a cow-monkey."

So asked the monkey, "What does one such creature eat?"

"It eats bananas and grass," answered the doctor.

So home they went.

Years passed and the cow-monkey would  soon start school.

They couldn't figure out which school, he should attend.

First, they tried the cow school. That didn't go so well.

So they tried the monkey school. That didn't go very well too.

Then they tried the mix-animal school, and the cow-monkey got a friend, which was a monkey-cat.

We are catching this moment. Usually, he is quite sloppy when he writes his alphabet... and it exasperated me. No matter how I nag, correct, etc. him... we only get into a power struggles, and it is a kill joy. I can only pray for wisdom how to guide and teach a child.

But since he got interested into writing essays, I could see that he takes more pride in writing his letters more neatly. It also helps his spelling.

I thank God for this moment He provided to encourage and build his self-motivation, for definitely it is not by me.

How great and wonderful our God is. When moms get down on our knees and pray for our kids. It's the best parenting. It's humbling. It means that we are not in control of everything. But God is in control. We need to surrender our loads to Him, especially in the area of parenting. Well, I am still learning how to give our cares of God. This little encounter serves as a testimony for me to remember always to pray and leave God to the rest.
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Frikadeller - Danish Meat Balls with Oats


Ingredients:
1. 1 packet of minced pork 7% (500g)
2. 1 large onion minced
3. 1 garlic clove minced
4. 1 egg
5. 2 TBS oats
6. 2 TBS flour
7. 150ml fresh milk
8. 1 tsp wheat germ (optional)
9. 1.5 tsp salt
10. Dash of pepper

Directions:
1. Mix all the ingredients together with hands or a mixer.
2. Rest for 30 mins in the fridge (optional)
3. Form into balls.
4. Pre-heat pan with cooking oil (needs a full layer of oil to cover the pan)
5. Fry on high heat for 30 seconds and quickly reduce to medium heat (otherwise the outside is burned, but the inside is still uncooked).
6. Serve with sprinkle of chives or cucumber.

Tips:
You can also place in pre-heat oven at 200 degree celsius for 20 minutes or until golden.

Additional Information:
11 March 2018 - Our Little FECS suggested making meat balls today. We baked half of them in the oven and fry half of them. I asked our Little FECS and Daddy FECS if they have any preference, they said both tasted equally good. The ones which were fried were more crunchy, but can also a bit hard, if it is a bit too fried and burnt. Baby FECS liked it too, but preferred the sweet potato fries best of all.

References:
https://www.valdemarsro.dk/frikadeller




 11 March 2018 (9Y6D): Our Ltittle FECS suggested making Danish meat balls together. Here he is helping to mix them using our hand-mixer :-)





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Sweet Potato Fries


Ingredients:
1. 4 sweet potatoes cut into fries (approx. 500g)
2. 2 TBS olive oil

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree celsius.
2. In an oven proof dish, toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat (1-2 TBS olive oil)
3. Place in oven and bak for 45 minutes or until golden.

Tips:
You can also bake it for 20 mins under 220 degree celsius, but some parts gets burn easily quite quickly. I prefer to bake it at a lower temperature, so that I don't have to watch them so often.

Additional Information:
Baby FECS loves this. Our Little FECS and Daddy FECS love it too. You don't have to add any salt, as sweet potatoes are by nature sweet. Just baking it on its own brings out the sweetness without any seasoning. Sweet potato is a known super food, so I am so happy that it is so easy to make, yet so tasty and nutritious :-)





Sunday, 7 January 2018

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Spinach Pancakes


This recipe makes about 7-8 pancakes of 18cm in diameter.

Ingredients:
- 90g or ½ cup millet flour (I like to grind my own)
- 60g or ½ cup wheat flour*
- 240ml or 1 cup low-fat fresh milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 tsp wheatgerm (optional)
- 1 tsp to 1 TBS brewer's yeast, depending on preference (optional)
- ½ tsp brown sugar (optional)*
- ¼ tsp sea salt (optional)*
- A handful of baby spinach

* If I am making for J, to make it even healthier, I sometimes use only ¼ wheat flour and ¼ millet flour for the portion here instead and skip the sugar and salt. However, if i am making for guests, i stick to the wheat flour, because it is easier to handle the batter when cooking it on the pan and I keep the sugar and salt.

Directions:
1. Blend milk and spinach.

2. Mix all ingredients together but don’t overbeat the batter. Stop stirring once the mixture is moist or the pancakes will be tough (don’t worry about a few lumps)

3. Heat pan until hot (Its temperature is just right when a few drops of cold water dropped on the pan will jump and sizzle. If the pan is not sufficiently hot, the water will lie there and boil. If it is too hot, the water will evaporate instantly).

4. When the pan is hot, add some oil just enough to spread a thin layer on the pan by rubbing it with a piece of kitchen roll when making the first piece of pancake.

5. Turn to medium-low heat (no. 7 on my stove) and pour in a ladle of mixture just enough to spread it to cover the whole circumference of the pan.

6. Cook until the surface of the pancake is filled with bubbles and the underside has turned slightly brown (about 45 secs to 1 min). Raise the edge of the pancake with the wooden spatula to test if it is firm and brown.

7. Flip over and cook the other side for 30 secs more. DO NOT flip again or the pancake will be tough. (Although you may be tempted to do so, don’t use the spatula to press down the pancake or it will be heavy).

Storage:
Cool them completely before freezing. Freeze them in freezer bags between sheets of waxed paper for 3 months. To re-heat, place frozen pancakes single layer on a baking sheet in a 190°C oven for 7-10 mins. or microwave each pancake for 20 secs.

Nutritional Value:
Millet is tasty, with a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor and contains a myriad of beneficial nutrients. It is nearly 15% protein, contains high amounts of fiber, B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin, the essential amino acid methionine, lecithin, and some vitamin E. It has the highest protein level of any cereal and is also excellent for potassium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium.

The seeds are also rich in phytochemicals, including Phytic acid, which is believed to lower cholesterol, and Phytate, which is associated with reduced cancer risk.

Millet is gluten-free and is not an acid forming food so is soothing and easy to digest. In fact, it is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available and it is a warming grain so will help to heat the body in cold or rainy seasons and climates.
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Additional Comments:
Daddy and J really enjoyed it when I made it the first time :-) Daddy said he has never seen J ate so eagerly trying to squeeze every bit of the pancake into his mouth. That made mommy very happy of course :-)

References:
Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron


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Memories of December 2017

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D): Finally we managed to decorate our Christmas tree.

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D): This year, we opted for a very small tree.

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D): It was Baby FECS' first Christmas that she knew enough to participate in decorating a Christmas tree. Last year, she was still a baby... how time flies...

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D)

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D)

2 Dec 2017 (1Y6M16D & 8Y8M27D)

3 Dec 2017 (1Y6M17D & 8Y8M28D): Visiting a Christmas market at Lyngby Mølle

3 Dec 2017 (1Y6M17D & 8Y8M28D): Sunday School Christmas concert at FIBC

3 Dec 2017 (1Y6M17D & 8Y8M28D): Sunday School Christmas concert at FIBC

6 Dec 2017 (1Y6M20D & 8Y9M1D): Elve's visit from Baby FECS nursery, and he joined us for dinner. Baby FECS has to write a story to share with her nursery class.

8 Dec 2017 (1Y6M22D & 8Y9M3D): At Lyngby Stor Center... Baby FECS was very thrilled with all the Santa stuff...

8 Dec 2017 (1Y6M22D & 8Y9M3D): Having fun in the "cave" with big brother

15 Dec 2017 (1Y6M30D & 8Y9M10D): Baby FECS trying out sushi for the second time, but the first time with baby chopsticks...

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D): Baby FECS

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D): Baby FECS

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D): Baby FECS

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D): Coloring with crayons with big brother

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D)

16 Dec 2017 (1Y7M & 8Y9M11D)


17 Dec 2017 (1Y8M & 8Y9M12D): Making snow ball with big brother...

24 Dec 2017 (1Y7M8D & 8Y9M19D): Christmas eve at grandparents' place


24 Dec 2017 (1Y7M8D & 8Y9M19D): Christmas Eve dinner

25 Dec 2017 (1Y7M9D & 8Y9M20D): A walk along Lyngby main pedestrian street

25 Dec 2017 (1Y7M9D & 8Y9M20D): Family Fun Night... sleeping in hay... just as Jesus did as a baby...

25 Dec 2017 (1Y7M9D & 8Y9M20D): Daddy FECS reading a Bible story of the birth of Christ

26 Dec 2017 (1Y7M10D & 8Y9M21D): Playing with the Christmas presents received on Christmas' eve

26 Dec 2017 (1Y7M10D & 8Y9M21D): Simon see... Simon do...

26 Dec 2017 (1Y7M10D & 8Y9M21D)

26 Dec 2017 (1Y7M10D & 8Y9M21D): Having fun with hay...

26 Dec 2017 (1Y7M10D & 8Y9M21D) 

30 Dec 2017 (1Y7M14D & 8Y9M25D): Baby FECS decided to wear Daddy's boots...

30 Dec 2017 (1Y7M14D & 8Y9M25D): How thrilled she was...

30 Dec 2017 (1Y7M14D & 8Y9M25D): At Kopan restaurant with a sweet couple friend

30 Dec 2017 (1Y7M14D & 8Y9M25D): At Kopan restaurant with a sweet couple friend

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): New Year's Eve service at Sorgenfri Church

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): New Year's Eve service at Sorgenfri Church

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Pasting with stickers

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Pasting with stickers

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Having fun with big brother... while Mommy was busy preparing dinner for New Year's Eve...
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