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Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2013

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Despite the rain, we managed to make it to Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2013.
It is undeniably Singapore’s biggest ice cream festival!
Photo Credits: Mabel Lee from www.AmazinglyStill.com

Celebrating peace, love and ice cream with 18 incredible flavours.
Out of which 13 are exclusively air flown from the US for this event ONLY.

With its latest offering of Couch Potato flavour,
you can be sure that it is going to be a little weird and a lot fantastic!

Ben & Jerry’s has always been adventurous when it comes to the taste buds. Couch Potato is a chunky, funky concoction featuring vanilla ice cream with a salty caramel swirl & fudge covered potato chip clusters. Definitely hitting all the right notes on creating an euphoric experience!

We can have the whole pint of Couch Potato to ourselves!

Other than the irresistable ice creams,
Ben & Jerry’s Fairness Partners were also featured in Chunkfest 2013…..

Project Happy Feet is a non-profit organisation that empowers lives through education and training, so as to alleviate poverty. Run entirely by volunteers, Project Happy Feet supports numerous locally managed education and training related programmes benefitting underprivileged children in Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and Nepal through innovative fund-rasing events like Project Happy Feet Slipper Race, a non-competitive 3-5km walk in slippers

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) promotes a fair playing field for children in their education – They provide professional support and remediation services to preschoolers and school-aged kids who have  learning differences including dyslexia. They give children academic hope and strive for an inclusive society in Singapore.

Kerbside Gourmet is Singapore’s first gourmet food truck with a social vision. As a registered member of the Social Enterprise Association, Kerbside Gourmet aims to turn part of their profits to feed the less privileged in Singapore, operating on a “Buy-One-Give-One” model.

Blessings in a Bag is a non-profit project that seeks to partner with existing communities, orphanages, schools, homes as well as initiatives to provide for the needs of underprivileged, abused, and medically-ill children across Asia.

Chris’ Cafe @ The Hub is part of The Hub Singapore, a platform for people who use entrepreneurial ideas to create sustainable impact, Chris Cafe also provide barista training for those looking to upgrade their skill sets and support carious causes.

There were tons of fun with carnival activities, live music and the infamous ‘Vermonster’ Challenge, where competitors have to finish 20 scoops of ice cream in one sitting! *brain freeze* And finally, the night ended beautifully with its first-ever moovie screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We are already looking forward to Chunkfest 2014! I am sure you are too!

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Things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur: Sunway Pyramid Ice

Sunway Pyramid Ice is conviniently located within Sunway Pyramid Shopping Complex. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ice skating enthusiast or lacing up your skates for the first time, you are bound to have a great time as you take center stage in the open view ice skating rink.

I was a wee bit ambitious in the beginning. I thought I was able to cope with both Hiroshi and Sophia in the Ice Skating Rink.

Who was I kidding! With both of them stumbling onto me for support, I surrendered and asked for help.

Bobby, the skating aid came to my rescue. We were a lot more mobile with Bobby.

Both kids were having so much fun taking turns on Bobby. We went through the process of ice skating, falling, and struggling to get up over and over again. But, we eventually still managed to laugh over it with our butts sore. We haven’t had this much fun for a long long time!

Kitson was babysitting James and taking photographs at the same time.
(I found this picture particularly amusing!)

Bobby was slowly building up the kids’ confidence on ice. Before I knew it, Hiroshi proudly declares; “I think I can skate!!” And off he went.

This is a great bonding activity for families.
Rates are reasonable and the facilities are not too shabby.
*Highly recommended*

Before you visit, be sure to
Check out the entrance fees to Sunway Pyramid Ice,
Look out for special promotion,
Check the website for opening and closing hours,
Book skating instructors in advance, and
Consider buying your tickets online as it is slightly cheaper.

Socks (RM$5.00) and Gloves (RM$8.00) are availabe for purchase over the counter.
(Do remember to bring your own if you have them.)

Bobby the skating aid out for rental for RM$20.00 per hour.

Sunway Pyramid Ice
LG3 Sunway Pyramid, Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
T + 60 3 7492 6800

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A new addition to the family: Baby Ethan’s Full Month Celebration.

Family means last-minute arrangements,
huddling 3 kids (stroller and huge bags) up and down the bus
from Singapore to Johor Baru,
then travelling 400Km (only restricted to driving 90km/hr)
on a 17 year old car to Kulua Lumpur
in order to share the joy of our new nephew.

I am totally amazed with the buffet lunch! There were absolutely no disposables! Everything was served with plastic plates, metal cutlery, and glassware! We even had our very own ice kachang man churning out ice kachang for us!

Sophia managed to make a new friend with the same “My Little Pony” interest.

Ethan taking cat naps in between entertaining the dozens that flocked in to see him.

While James is kept amused with balloons!

Family means taking the extra mile
and doing whatever it takes for the special people God chose to plant in our lives…..

Congratulation to new parents Winnie & Jeremy!

p/s: Special thanks to our pit stop team in Johor Baru who ensured that the 17 year old car has what it takes to reach Kuala Lumpur and back in 1 piece!!

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Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

My mom is a true blue Hainanese, so that makes me half a Hainanese.
Other than enjoying delicious Hainanese Cuisine,
I cannot quite relate to that part of my half Hainanese blood!

My grandma makes fantastic Hainanese Chicken Rice,
and so did my aunties and uncles.
And when I last heard, my cousins too!
(I wonder who has the ORIGINAL Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe from Grandma?!?!?)

I wasn’t too bothered about it
until the day Hiroshi tells me he likes Hainanese Chicken Rice.

So I went on a quest. Fishing information from tight-lipped relatives. Googling and comparing notes. I’ve finally found THE winning recipe that satisfies Hiroshi’s love for Hainanese Chicken Rice!

There are 4 parts to this recipe.
Part 1: Poaching the chicken,
Part 2: Cooking the Fragrant Rice,
Part 3: Chicken Soup for the Soul
and lastly, Part 4: Sauces, you cannot live without.

Hainanese Chicken Rice | Part 1 | Poaching Chicken
One of the famous food Icon of Singapore. Staple diet of Singaporeans, and favourite to many. Chicken cooked to perfection coupled with frangrant chicken rice. Utimate Comfort Food!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Family sized Chicken (Whole) – gutted and cleaned with neck and feet removed
  2. 4 Spring Onion stalks
  3. 2 Carrots (halved)
  4. 5-6 cloves of Garlic (whole)
  5. 5-6 slices of Ginger (5mm thick)
  6. 2 Tbsp of Light Soy Sauce
  7. Handful of Kosher or any coarse Salt (for exfoliating the chicken)
  8. Mix 1 Tbsp of Sesame Oil + 1 Tbsp of Light Soy Sauce
Instructions
  1. 1)Trim off any excess fat and skin from the chicken and keep it aside (this will be used for the rice in Step 2).
  2. 2) Grab a handful of salt and rub on the chicken to exfoliate it.
  3. 3) Boil a large pot of water (that can fit a whole chicken) with the carrots and 2 spring onion stalks.
  4. 4) Rub chicken cavity with light soy sauce. Fill it with garlic cloves, ginger slices and remaining 2 spring onion stalks.
  5. 5) Put chicken into the large pot (breast-side down) and lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. Switch heat off, cover with lid and let it stand in the pot for 40 minutes.
  6. 6) Takeout chicken and put into cold bath.
  7. 7) Take chicken out and empty the cavity. Rub all over with the mixture of sesame oil & light soy sauce.
  8. 8) Leave aside for 10-15 minutes before cutting into desired pieces.
  9. 9) Pour a mixture of 6oml hot chicken stock + 1 Tbsp of Sesame Oil + 2 Tbsp of Light Soy Sauce over the chicken pieces just before serving.
Adapted from The Chronicles of Ms I-Hua
www.AhSoh.sg http://ahsoh.sg/
Hainanese Chicken Rice | Part 2 | Fragrant Rice
One of the famous food Icon of Singapore. Staple diet of Singaporeans, and favourite to many. Chicken cooked to perfection coupled with frangrant chicken rice. Utimate Comfort Food!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Long Grain Rice
  2. 2 tsp of Salt
  3. 5-6 slices of Ginger (2-3mm thick)
  4. 2 cloves of Garlic (finely diced)
  5. 2 1/4 cups of Chicken Stock
  6. 1 Pandan Leaf (knotted)
  7. 2 Tbsp of Chicken fat with skin attached (obtained by trimming excess fat from chicken)
  8. 2 Tbsp of Oil
Instructions
  1. 1) Wash the rice.
  2. 2) Fry chicken fat with a little bit of oil. Transfer oil into a small bowl.
  3. 3) In the same wok, pour 2 Tablespoons of the chicken oil. Add garlic and ginger and fry until fragrant under medium heat. Add in rice and 1 teaspoon of salt and continue to fry for another 2 minutes. Transfer all ingredients into a rice cooker. Add chicken stock and pandan leaf and cook rice until done.
Adapted from The Chronicles of Ms I-Hua
www.AhSoh.sg http://ahsoh.sg/
Hainanese Chicken Rice | Part 3 | Chicken Soup
One of the famous food Icon of Singapore. Staple diet of Singaporeans, and favourite to many. Chicken cooked to perfection coupled with frangrant chicken rice. Utimate Comfort Food!
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Ingredients
  1. Chicken Stock from poaching the chicken
  2. 1/2 of a White Radish/Daikon (cut into large chunks)
  3. 1 tsp of Salt
  4. Few dashes of Ground White Pepper
Instructions
  1. 1) Boil poaching stock (from step 1)
  2. 2) Add white radish put on medium heat until white radish softens.
  3. 3) Season with salt and pepper. Simmer or keep warm on very low heat until ready to serve.
  4. 4) Garnish with spring onion slices or coriander leaves when serving.
Adapted from The Chronicles of Ms I-Hua
www.AhSoh.sg http://ahsoh.sg/

Hainanese Chicken Rice | Part 4 | Sauces (Chilli & Ginger)
One of the famous food Icon of Singapore. Staple diet of Singaporeans, and favourite to many. Chicken cooked to perfection coupled with frangrant chicken rice. Utimate Comfort Food!
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Ingredients for the Chilli Sauce
  1. 4 whole Red Chillies (fairly large sized)
  2. 2 cloves of Garlic (finely diced)
  3. 4 slices of Ginger (2mm thick)
  4. 1 Tbsp of Lime Juice (Calamansi lime preferred)
  5. 1 tsp of Caster Sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp of Chicken Stock
  7. 1 tsp of Chicken Oil (obtained from rendered chicken fat during the rice preparation)
  8. Pinch of Salt (to taste)
Ingredients for the Ginger Sauce
  1. 40g of Ginger (finely diced)
  2. 1 clove of Garlic (finely diced)
  3. 2 Tbsp of Spring Onion (finely sliced)
  4. 1 Tbsp of Chicken Stock
  5. 1 tsp of Chicken Oil (obtained from rendered chicken fat during the rice preparation)
  6. Pinch of Salt (to taste)
Directions for Chilli Sauce
  1. Grab a mortar and pestle. Add chillies, garlic and ginger and start pounding. Continue pounding until you get a paste like consistency. Transfer chilli paste into a bowl and add all other ingredients. Give it a good stir and your sauce is ready.
Directions for Ginger Sauce
  1. Grab a mortar and pestle. Add ginger, garlic and spring onions and start pounding. Keep pounding until you reach a paste like consistency. Transfer ginger paste into a bowl and add all other ingredients and give it a good stir.
Adapted from The Chronicles of Ms I-Hua
www.AhSoh.sg http://ahsoh.sg/

It does feel like a lot of work just for a plate of chicken rice,
but be rest assured that the results are well worth it!

This post is part of a blog train with some mummy bloggers friends.
Click on the icon to check out other yummy food recipes from other mom bloggers.

The food train is heading over to Jennifer tomorrow.

She will be making Stir-fried Aubergines with Sweet Basil.
Not many people like to eat Aubergines or Eggplants due to its lack of taste and the texture after cooking but this Hakka style will have you wanting more of it.

Yums! I am already looking forward to checking out this wonderful Hakka dish!

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#1 Tips to Driving your Parents Nuts: Learning to Self Feed

The thing about being the third child in the family means you progress slightly faster than your peers in certain developmental milestones.

James realized that mealtime is not just confined to the high chair.
He notices that his older siblings are sitting on the brightly colored IKEA furniture for mealtime, and he want to do the same too!

Just when you think,
okay, he is out and seated with the rest of the kids, it’s time to have peaceful dinner.
He screams and demands cutleries to be handed to him as well.

James is using “All by Myself” Baby Cutlery Set by Pigeon

Learning to Self Feed is a big developmental milestone in a baby’s life. It is the beginning of independence. But yet, this is just the start of the self feeding nightmare for many parents.

Oh Lord, please give me the strength to push through the days of gluey food scraps stuck on the floor, messy faces, and the sticky hair too!

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