Thursday, December 18, 2014

MARIGOLD UHT Milk: A healthy kid is an active kid

As a full time mum, my days are filled with lots of activities involving my kids. Both Hubby and I encourage our kids to have an active lifestyle as we believe that they will benefit greatly from it.



From the age of 1 plus, both my kids would go for daily evening walks with us. Not only can they keep fit and healthy, we can also bond together as a family. However, nowadays the kids have less time since they have school and homework to do once they get home, but we still find time to play in our garden/decking (something simple like playing ball or catch or jumping around). On weekends, we would take them to the nearby park to play in the playground as well as for jogging/walks.




After a morning of fun in the garden - our kids bonding with each other :)


My daughter and I also started going for parent-child yoga classes this year. We always have so much fun together at our yoga classes and have a good laugh with one another. You can encourage your children to lead an active lifestyle by joining in the fun, being supportive and they will be glad to have your companionship.



An active child will be able to grow and develop well and improve cardiovascular fitness. When we do yoga, it helps in improving our balance and posture - when we first started yoga lessons, our yoga instructor had to remind us to sit tall but now it comes naturally.

Since our kids love to eat (just like their mummy!), being active also helps them maintain a healthy weight. And when they're active, they are usually healthy, strong and have an alert mind. This will also help them academically, to be more motivated and build their self-esteem.


Improved balance



An active lifestyle = an alert mind, so my kids can do well academically too.


Kids need to have a balanced diet in order to get the right nutrients to grow up strong and healthy. For dinner, we will usually have rice/porridge, meat, and vegetables, followed by fruits for dessert. Calcium and protein is important for active children as it helps them grow well, have strong bones and they can get this through dairy products and drinking milk such as MARIGOLD UHT Milk.






Milk is important in building strong bones, which is crucial in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. When kids have strong healthy bones to support their body, then they can do all the physical activities that they want and need to. We love MARIGOLD UHT Milk, as it is enriched with calcium, protein, as well as MARIGOLD UHT Milk's unique BonePlus formulation of Vitamin D which aids in better calcium absorption and bone growth. MARIGOLD UHT Milk - Very Healthy, Very Good.



A child with strong, healthy bones will have a strong foundation to enjoy an active lifestyle







MARIGOLD UHT Milk is available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarts, convenience stores, petrol marts, mini marts and provision stores in Malaysia. For more info on the product, please visit www.marigold.com.my/uht.html.



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Recipe: Rich, Creamy Rice Pudding (Marcus Wareing)

One of Hubby's favorite desserts growing up was rice pudding. His mum would often make it and serve it after dinner. During our last trip back to Scotland, we bought some pudding rice so Hubby made rice pudding for us for dessert.



Hubby used Marcus Wareing's recipe for creamy rice pudding which calls for 5 egg yolks. Not only is it creamy, it tastes very rich as well. I would recommend using only half the amount of sugar in the recipe (Hubby reduced from 90g to 45g) and then serving it with either jam or a scoop of ice cream. Hubby and I had ours with our homemade roselle jam - the tangy jam is perfect for cutting some of the richness.

Thanks Hubby, we loved the creamy rice pudding very much. The kids asked for seconds. :)




Rich, creamy rice pudding
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Marcus Wareing's "How to cook the perfect.."
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
90g short-grain pudding rice
250ml full fat milk
250ml double or whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
5 medium egg yolks
45g caster sugar
Jam, to serve


1. Rinse and drain the rice, then tip into a heavy pan. Pour in the milk and cream and bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring from time to time, for about 20 minutes, until the rice is soft but still with a slight bite.

2. Put the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla paste in a bowl, and whisk to combine.

3. Take the pan off the heat and mix about one-third of the rice with the egg yolks, then stir this mix into the rest of the rice in the pan. Continue cooking over a low heat for a few more minutes, stirring constantly until the pudding is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

4. Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls and blob a spoonful of jam or vanilla ice cream in the centre of each. Serve hot.

Note: You can also use risotto (Arborio or Carnaroli) rice if you cannot get pudding rice.




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I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: Christmas 2014" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Christmas recipes for the whole month of December 2014.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in December 2014 - please do not link older posts.Please mention our "Cook & Celebrate: Christmas 2014" event in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy KidsDiana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

Happy cooking! Do check out the other bloggers recipe below:




* I am also submitting this post to "Cook-Your-Books #19" hosted by Joyce .

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ROOST, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL

We stumbled upon this restaurant when we were in Bangsar last week. ROOST is located on Jalan Telawi 3, taking over the spot previously home to F by Buffalo Kitchens. Apparently, it's the same owners but just a change of restaurant name. 



Stairway to ROOST

With the tagline "From Farm to Fork", ROOST aims to showcase minimalist, rustic, Nordic and sustainable food. Whenever possible, they want to utilise local sustainable ingredients and translate them into modern European cuisine.

The 2-page menu comprises of snacks, appetizers, pasta, mains, burger and dessert. Some interesting dishes on the menu include deep fried frog legs with tamarind jam, crispy cuttlefish with ink aioli and lavender smoked king prawn. They also do a set-lunch for under RM20 (salad + sandwich).

To start, Hubby ordered the apple wood smoked duck breast (RM18), served with browned butter onion puree and pomegranates. Presentation is nice, and flavours are well-thought out. Clean and nice dish.


I am so glad that I ordered the Duck Liver Pate (RM16) - the pate is so smooth and rich and tastes absolutely amazing! Been a while since I had such a good one. Very surprised that it came in such a generous portion too, and really delicious eaten with the tomato jam and toasted bread. Highly recommended.




Sadly, the other dish that I ordered was pretty disappointing. I was attracted to the mangrove crab meat and scallop salad as it sounded promising on paper. For RM25, I was definitely expecting more than limp watercress, some cherry tomatoes, 1 scallop (cut into half) and a few slivers of crab meat. Pretty uninspiring.



We did however enjoy Hubby's mains - pan seared seabass atop a creamy pumpkin butter risotto (RM35). Nicely done.


Oh and look - I spotted my photo in December's issue of Time Out KL. 

Hubby had an affogato (RM12) here too. Good coffee, he says.


Verdict: Overall, we had a good meal here - I enjoyed the duck liver pate in particular and would certainly return for this.


Opening times: 11:30 am - 11.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

Price: Total bill RM115.40

Location: ROOST, 69-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (previously F by Buffalo Kitchens, above Chawan)

Tel: 03-2201 1710

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Roostkl

GPS Coordinates: 3.130232, 101.67101

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Recipe: Banana and Gingerbread Loaf

Every year, we would bake gingerbread biscuits without fail during Christmas time. In fact, we've already made it twice this year. Another great gingerbread recipe that we like, especially during the festive period is this banana and gingerbread loaf.




This is another easy stir-and-bake recipes which even your kids can do. It is very quick to make and thanks to the banana, it is wonderfully moist. And since bananas as well as black treacle and honey are added, I reduced the sugar from 115g to 60g, and it was sufficiently sweet for us. Super love the smell of the spices, and apparently this cake improves as it keeps, so you can make this a few days before Christmas day and keep it in an airtight container. Would be lovely to have a slice of this loaf on Christmas morning with a cuppa tea.



Moist and fragrant




Banana and gingerbread loaf
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Baking cookbook
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
Serves 20

Ingredients
60g soft brown sugar
275g plain flour
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp corn oil
3 tbsp black treacle or molasses
1 tbsp honey
2 eggs
6 tbsp orange juice
3 ripe bananas
100g raisins

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (no fan). Lightly grease and line a 7" x 11" (18 x 28cm) baking tin.

2. In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, ground ginger, mixed spice and baking soda.

3. Make a well in the centre, and add the oil, black treacle, honey, eggs and orange juice. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

4. Mash the bananas, then add the raisins to it. Add this to the mixture in Step 3. Mix well. It should be a pouring consistency.

5. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until the centre springs back when lightly pressed.

6. Leave the cake in the tin to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Cut into 20 slices.

Note: The cake improves as it keeps, so if you can, store it for a few days before eating.









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I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: Christmas 2014" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Christmas recipes for the whole month of December 2014.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in December 2014 - please do not link older posts.Please mention our "Cook & Celebrate: Christmas 2014" event in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy KidsDiana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

Happy cooking! Do check out the other bloggers recipe below:




* I am also submitting this post to "Cook-Your-Books #19" hosted by Joyce .

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids: How to Make a Snowman with Toilet Roll

We love Christmas month. Every day, my kids would look forward to opening their advent calendar and we have also been visiting the malls to check out and take photos with the Christmas decor. Over the weekend, we got into craft-making mode and made these cute snowmen using toilet roll.

Thanks to my son who likes collecting toilet rolls, we never have shortage of craft supply - toilet rolls come in really handy for crafts. These are really easy to make so you can definitely get your kids involved. Proud to display this in our home for our visitors and friends to see. :)


How to Make Cute Snowmen from Toilet Rolls




Things you'll need: Toilet roll (x1), Red art paper, Orange art paper, White A4 paper, Pom poms (x2), Craft eye (x2), Ribbon, double-sided tape, black marker pen, scissors, glue stick/craft glue.

Time required: 10-15 minutes



Instructions:

1. First, cut out a piece of white paper enough to wrap around the toilet roll. Wrap and secure with double-sided tape or glue. 

2. For the face: Stick on the eyes at the top of the toilet roll. Cut out a triangle-shape from the orange art paper, then stick on under the eyes for the snowman's nose. Draw a mouth using the marker pen.

3. For the ear muffs: Cut out a 10cmx1cm strip from the red art paper. Apply glue to the ends and stick  to the side of the face (at eye level). Stick on the two pom poms with double-sided tape.

3. For the scarf: Cut out a ribbon measuring 28cm. Wrap around the toilet roll and tie a knot at the front. The scarf should be below the mouth, in the centre of the roll. You can also cut out a strip from an old cloth or woolly socks.

4. Using the marker pen, draw buttons below the ribbon.

Note: You can get craft supplies from either Mr DIY, Daiso, stationary shop or any craft shop.




Step-by-step pictorial guide on how to make a snowman





Cute Snowmen with Ear Muffs and Scarves



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Maybank #iLove: Get 25,000 Bonus Air Miles!

When I was living in the UK, Hubby (then boyfriend) and I used to travel often to Europe for weekend breaks, holidays and work. Some of the amazing places we've visited include Prague, Marbella, Venice, Munich, Heidelberg and London. And everytime we flew, we were accumulating air miles to our frequent flyer accounts. Collecting air miles meant that we could redeem award flights and flight upgrades later on.


We love travelling

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Thanks to an abundance of air miles, we have redeemed a few business class flights to and from Malaysia (only having to pay a minimal amount for airport tax and fees). This is a pocket friendly opportunity to enjoy the comfort of flying Business class.

Never in my dreams would I have imagined that I would also get to fly First Class on a long haul flight, but I did thanks to the many miles that Hubby has accumulated on his Enrich account. It was certainly a memorable experience for me.


Yes, I got to fly in style... First Class baby! ;)


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Plan B, Midvalley Megamall, KL

How's your Christmas shopping going so far? Am super efficient this year, and I'm almost done with the Christmas shopping for the kids except for a few bits and bobs.

After Christmas shopping last weekend, we stopped by Plan B at Midvalley to try out their new menu. As usual, restaurant was busy so there was a 30-minute wait for the food. We ordered the Warm steak salad (RM26) and Shrimp Po'Boy (RM23).



The salad looked great and came in a generous portion - tender grilled sliced sirloin steak nestled between fresh arugula leaves and cherry tomatoes, and topped with Parmesan cheese. Tasted good too. Only realised later that the pine nuts were missing from the salad.


Instead of his usual cheeseburger order, Hubby tried the Shrimp Po'Boy, a classic sandwich originating from Louisiana.  Crispy fried shrimps drizzled with Japanese mayo, was served in a soft brioche hot dog bun. Served with a side salad and French fries. Not bad, but the cheeseburger here is pretty hard to beat.


For dessert, we had the sea salt truffle milk chocolate tart (RM12) and lemon meringue tart (RM12), and Hubby also had the affogato (RM10).


We were pleasantly surprised to find that the chocolate tart actually had truffle oil in it, so this reminded us a little to eating the Le Palladio at LDG but in chocolate form. The chocolate filling was really rich, so this is best for sharing. The only thing I didnt like about this was the tart crust, which was overbaked and too hard.


The lemon meringue tart was good - light and tangy dessert, enjoyed this a lot.


Christmas decor at Midvalley Megamall centre court


For Plan B's food menu with prices, please see here.



Price: Total bill RM96.30.

Location: Plan B, Lot G73-75, Ground Floor, MidValley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 KL.

Tel: 03-2282 1576


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