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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 16 December 2017 (1Y7M)







Sunday, 31 December 2017

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Our New Year's Eve 2018 Family Night


After a hectic time of Christmas holidays with visitations, we decided again this year to relax and just be as a family for the new year's eve. It is a day, where we reflect over 2017 as a family, give thanks for 2017, get ready (this means cleaning and tidying up the home) and plan ahead for 2018.

This year was actually our Little FECS first new year's eve celebration with us. The other years, he had been going to bed at the usual time at 8pm. Today, our Little FECS agreed to take a nap of two hours from 3-5 pm and then another three hours from 8-11 pm, in order to be allowed to stay for countdown to the new year, and we were very glad that he did. 

We ordered in sushi for new year's eve dinner at home from Letz Sushi. It was all sold out from Sticks n Sushi this year. We had our new year's eve dinner at 5pm, when our Little FECS woke up from his nap. Baby FECS joined us for dinner. She loved sushi.

During dinner at 6 pm, we listened to the Queen's speech from our iPad. It was a touching and reflective speech, where she touched on inclusivity, that each person matters and a tough year for the royal family with the prince consort's health. I felt that I have learned a lot from her speech and something that I could reflect on and take with me to the new year. 

After dinner, we put Baby FECS to bed and then our Little FECS. We cleaned up after dinner and also did a bit of spring cleaning of the utility room. Before we know, it was almost 11 pm. Daddy FECS then went to wake our Little FECS up.

We made fruit juice (melon and pineapple) and chocolate milk for the family time. We also had the tradition Danish new year cake for the family time.

We started with reading the Bible from Proverbs. Then we each took turn to pray. It was a very touching and meaningful prayer from Daddy FECS. He touched on thanksgiving for Baby FECS, who is a miracle that came into our lives, for our Little FECS who has grown, helping to take care of Baby FECS, making breakfast for her, while the two lazy parents sleep (oops, that showed how bad we were), for our Little FECS has surpassed Daddy FECS in Danish at age 8, for his father who is getting better and daily life is back to norm after treatment, for a wonderful extended family vacation in Barjols in October 2017.

Thereafter, we went through the 2018 calendar for the major events we can expect in the coming year from January to December. We are very excited about family visitation from Singapore this coming June 2018 from my mum, C and R.

Thereafter, our Little FECS read the Danish story that he wrote in December.

Thereafter, we read a book together. We selected the book, "The Sixty Minute Family" by Rob Parsons. Daddy FECS read the first chapter. We will continue this book for our Family Time in 2018.

As Daddy FECS finished chapter one, it was 10 minutes to 12 midnight. We got ready for the countdown with our iPad tuned to the clock at the town hall.

We stood on the sofa, and the clock struck 12, we jumped and shout "Gud bevare familien FECS" in Danish and "God bless the Family FECS" in English.

Then Daddy FECS and our Little FECS went out to make some fireworks. I stayed home to be with Baby FECS, who was fast asleep.


After seeing the fireworks, we continued with our family time with setting goals/new year's resolution for the new year. Daddy FECS led this session and he guided our Little FECS set his goals. We all set 2-5 goals for the year, and we will review them at the next Family Night. 

One of my goals is to learn to be a better encourager to my hubby and my children. I will learn to improve by listening to podcasts and e-books. Another of our goals is to be a better communicator i.e. how we can speak kindly to each other in the midst of a hectic daily life with young children. By God's grace, we came across a course for couples from a Danish church http://www.sorgenfrikirke.dk/event/3587011 and we have already signed up for it. We will have our in-laws come to our place and stay with the children, while we are at the course.

After setting our yearly goals, we watched a short video clip on the New Year's Eve countdown in Singapore. The fireworks was amazing. By the time we finished, it was 1.30am. We were sleepy and didn't get to browse through the photo album of our Little FECS, when he was a baby.

We had dragged our comforters down to the playroom and all three of us had a sleepover in the playroom.

This coming year, we have decided that we will have our Family Night each Saturday of the month. So the next one will be on 3 February at 8pm. We have found a way to make it work. Because Baby FECS is so small, it is rather stressful, when she joins us. We have decided to hold it at 8pm, after Baby FECS has been put to bed. And from our experience today, it would help on the day that we have Family Night that our Little FECS take a nap of 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Setting goals for 2018

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Setting goals for 2018

31 Dec 2017 (1Y7M15D & 8Y9M26D): Entering 2018... thinking of near family in Singapore... watching fireworks from Singapore...
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