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Father’s Day Family Lunch

12 Jul

On Father’s Day, I’ve decided to cook lunch for my father and my family as I do not want my father to be too tired and I wished to do something for him on this special day.

So prior to that I’ve searched the Internet for recipes via Pinterest and Day Day Cook.

On the day itself, I cooked 2 dishes and 1 soup. Although I’ve copied the recipes from the Day Day Cook with slight changes to the ingredients list, I still made changes to the recipes during cooking as the recipes were too difficult for me to follow through.

The dishes I’ve prepared were Fried Egg with Asparagus, Sweet Potato Tofu Patty and Cabbage Enoki Mushroom with Pork Balls Soup.

Below are the recipes I’ve used and changed. I couldn’t share the soup recipe as I’ve already forgotten the steps as it’s a last minute improvised dish.

Sweet Potato Tofu Patty

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 pack firm tofu
  • ~200 g sweet potato
  • ~20 g bread crumbs
  • ~3 tbsp mayonaise
  • 1 tsp pesto sauce
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Steps

  1. Peel and cut the sweet potato into small pieces.
  2. Steam the sweet potato until soft, drain off the excess liquid and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Mix the mayonnaise and pesto sauce and add to the sweet potato. (Although the original recipe added the sauce after the tofu and seasoning are added.)
  4. Drain the tofu by putting it between 2 pieces of napkin. (Don’t do this especially if the napkin is coloured as the colour will stain the tofu. Use 2 pieces of cloth will be best.)
  5. Add the tofu, bread crumbs, mayonnaise and pesto sauce, salt and pepper to the sweet potato. Mix well.
  6. Place a piece of Aluminium foil on the frying pan of an air fryer. Form the mixture into patties and put into an air fryer to fry for 12 minutes at 180oC. (Remember to spread ~1 tsp of olive oil on the foil to prevent the patties from sticking onto the foil. Mine still stick even though I’ve spread the oil so I’m not sure what’s the real problem too.)
  7. Fry till slightly browned. (Original recipe that doesn’t use air fryer states that it should be fried till golden brown.)

Fried Egg with Asparagus

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • Asparagus
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Mirin
  • ~1/2 tbsp sugar (Original recipes asks for 1 tbsp but you may change according to your liking.)
  • 1 tsp potato starch
  • ~50 ml water

Steps

  1. Remove the ends (roots) of the asparagus if yours are not already removed.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add pepper and salt.
  3. Spread some olive oil to just cover the base of the baking pan of an air fryer.
  4. Pour the beaten eggs to just cover the base of the pan and fry at 5 minutes. If the egg is lightly browned, continue to fry until the light brown colour you desire. (Mine turns out to be too thick so I changed the original recipe as follows.)
  5. Change the baking pan to a frying pan. Now place a piece of Aluminium foil on the frying pan and spread some olive oil on it.
  6. Place the asparagus onto the foil. Add salt and pepper and fry the asparagus for 5 minutes at 180oC. (Different air fryers may vary, so you must use your own judgement too.)
  7. Place the cooked asparagus on top of the eggs.
  8. Mix the soy sauce, Mirin, sugar, cornstarch and half the amount of water, then add the remaining water. (The original recipe states that we should add the cornstarch to half the amount of water first, set aside. Mix the soy sauce, Mirin, sugar and remaining water to a pot and bring to a boil before adding the cornstarch mixture.)
  9. Pour the mixture in Step 8 into a pot and bring to a boil. Boil until it thickens to a consistency you desire.
  10. Pour the sauce over the asparagus and fried eggs.

Hope that these recipes will be useful.

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A Word A Week Challenge – Flower

21 Nov

A Word A Week Challenge is hosted by Skinnywench from A Word in Your Ear. The challenge is to post a photograph, drawing, poem, story, quote, thought – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.. And this week’s theme is Flower.

Flowers are one of the most beautiful things on earth. Very few people will not love these pretty, lovely creations. My favourite flower is the Gerbera, also known as Gerbera Daisy. Gerberas symbolise purity, innocence and beauty. As they come in various colours, they also bring about a sense of cheerfulness and are excellent gifts for happy occasions.

With courtesy of Regine Bosch.

Here’s a list of meanings of different coloured gerberas:

  • Red gerberas – help exhibit  the fullness of your love  for your sweetheart. These beautiful flowers with their velvety  petals will make for a  perfect gift for your lovely  beloved.
  • White gerberas – are known for their cheerfulness, purity and  innocence. Their soothing and comforting effect makes them perfect gifts for those feeling really down and out.
  • Yellow gerberas – convey the  feeling of warmth and  sunshine. Also, the colour is the ultimate symbol of  friendship.
  • Orange gerberas – inspire creativity and vitality in the onlookers. Being a flamboyant and vibrant colour, it radiates the passionate emotions of red combined with sun-drenched feelings of yellow.
  • Pink gerberas – symbolise friendship. If you wish to express feelings like compassion or respect, go for a light pink gerbera, while dark pink gerberas signify appreciation.

A Word A Week Challenge – Colourful

14 Oct

A Word A Week Challenge is hosted by Skinnywench from A Word in Your Ear. The challenge is to post a photograph, drawing, poem, story, quote, thought – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.. And this week’s theme is colourful.

I always feel that colours can affect our moods and we also portray how we feel by consciously or sub-consiously wearing certain colours. My post shall describe how my mood changes throughout the week. Let’s call the entry “Colours of the Week“.

Monday – Blue

Yes! As you would have guessed, my monday colour is blue simply because I always have monday blues! It’s always so difficult to wake up on Monday to work and I’ll be so slow in reacting to things happening around me at work. Guess my mind and heart are still missing the weekends!

Dark blue has a strong sedative effect on the mind. However, too much dark blue can be depressing!

Tuesday – Violet

After going through Monday, I’ve recovered from “weekend withdrawal symptoms” and can now come to terms with waking up early to work and putting in 100% for my work. It is a transformation from the “relaxed me” to the “efficient me”. I do hope I’m efficient though!

Violet and purple are colors of transformation at a very deep level, bringing peace and combating shock or fear. They also have a cleansing effect in emotional disturbances.

Wednesday – Green

It’s middle of the work week. Physically, I usually feel tired at this point but mentally I know that the weekend is coming soon. So, I would say that I’m in a balanced mood, seeking comfortness while feeling a bit lazy but yet looking forward to a brand new weekend that will arrive soon.

Green creates a feeling of comfort, laziness and relaxation, calmness, and space, lessening stress, balancing and soothing the emotions.

Thursday – Yellow

I’ll have an optimistic viewpoint on most things as it is one more day to Friday! I’m starting to feel happier and less tired. To me, Thursday is the eve of the weekend as my weeked starts from Friday’s evening.

Yellow is also a happy, bright, and uplifting color, a celebration of sunny days.

Friday – Orange

Everything is fun and happy on Friday. My colleagues and I would go further for lunch and I’ll usually arrange to meet up with friends in the evening. Even if I go home straight from work, I’ll make sure I’m occupied with doing things that make me happy. I’ll usually sleep later on Fridays too.

Orange is a joyous color. It stimulates the mind, renewing interest in life; it is a wonderful antidepressant and lifts the spirits.

Saturday- Red

This is a day when all the actions take place. I’ll try not to stay at home but go out and meet up with friends to shop or try out new cafes and restaurants, or just simply to catch some good movies. If I’m staying at home, I’ll most probably be painting or reading. There is a long list of things that I would like to do in future too, such as baking, cooking, sewing or making handicrafts.

Red is a powerful color that has always been associated with vitality and ambition.

Sunday – Turquoise

This is a day for me to calm down after all the actions. I prefer to relax at home and watch movies or surf the net. Even if I go out, I’ll try to do so in the morning and afternoon, making sure I’m back home in the evening so that I’ve time to bring myself into a “zen state” and get prepared for Monday (though not very successful).

Turquoise is invogorating, cooling, and calming. Like green, turquoise is good for mental strain and tiredness or feeling washed-out. It is an elevating color that encourages us to make a sparkling fresh start.

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All quotes from The Complete Book of Color by Suzzi Chiazzari.

National Day Celebrations – Fireworks

8 Jul

It’s going to be Singapore’s national day soon. Our national day falls on 9th August. Before the actual celebration, there’ll be rehearsals almost every weekend.

Since last year, we have been gathering at a friend’s place to watch the fireworks during the rehearsals. This is like the event of the year for us!

Last year’s fireworks

I feel that this year’s fireworks were not as spectacular as last year’s but nevertheless it was fun chit-chatting with friends and taking photos of the fireworks. 🙂

Attack of the Hello Kitties!

20 May

After 12 years, Hello Kitties plushies are back in Mcdonalds! They created a big sensation and buying craze 12 years ago. Will they do the same again? Back then, the kitties were sold as a set of 2 – both Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel. This time round, it’s just Hello Kitty, but she’s cosplaying as the different characters from Macdonalds.

I’ve just bought Hambuglar and will continue to collect the other 3 kitties. Who can resist the cuteness of the cat without a mouth? So, what are you waiting for? Go and get yours now while stocks last! 😉

Not That New Kid On the Block

16 Mar

Hello there! I’ve just imported my blog at Blogger into WordPress. However, I’m not that new as I’ve already had a travelling blog, A Traveller’s Song in WordPress. 🙂

JF Records is a blog for me to record bits and pieces of my life. Hope that you’ll enjoy reading it!

SWF Publishing Symposium 2011: Day 2

28 Oct

I shall continue with Day 2 of the symposium. Though the content is not so relevant to me, I’ve still benefited from the session.

1. The Role of the Author

  • I didn’t jot down any notes for this session as the content is not really relevant to me.
  • The most important message that I received from the speaker was that it is very important to remember why one writes.

2. How to Get Noticed by a Commissioning Editor

  • The speaker shares with the audience the process of getting a book published.

  • She strongly encourages writers to find an agent who will have the connections and experience to find the right publisher and editors to review their manuscripts.
  • She also shares insightful tips such as decisions made by the editors are mainly based on a forecast of the market 2 years down the road, and that new writers will usually have their work published from Jan to July (and it is important to time when one’s manuscripts should be sent to a publisher).

3. Marketing Your Book: The role of the Publisher and Author

  • Kids market: The book should appeal to the kids (on the contrary belief that we should appeal to the parents who buy the books). Words such as cool and funky should be used.
  • Teenage market: Market the books as if you are marketing to an older age group as teenagers like to behave as if they are older.
  • The speaker claims that word-of-mouth is the best marketing policy and social networking is a good platform to create that.

4. The Future of the Publishing Industry

  • It’s a dialogue session revolving on the topic: printed books vs e-books.

5. Print and E-book Author Contracts

  • The speakers are a lawyer and a publisher pointing out the common terms and clauses to look out for in a contract.
  • One e.g. is the difference between assigning a right and granting a right. In the case of assigning, the writer will no longer be the owner of the work whereas granting means that the rights are only licensed to the publisher, the author remains as the owner of the work.

All in all, I think the symposium is a great event for local writers to interact with fellow writers, publishers and agents, and also a platform to promote their work.