Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Thermomix Recipes : Braised Soy Sauce Chicken

Out of the blue moon yesterday, I decided to do some cooking after being hibernate for a very long time. TheHub has been in the kitchen since my confinement (or even before I gave birth to my second baby) and I did no cooking at all during that time, except to heat up my food using microwave and did some dishwashing.

Since theHub decided to eat less and cleaner because he thought his current weight is a bit too much for him to handle, so being a supportive wife, I decided to let the German Chef to do its work. 

I did searching on Facebook page and found a recipe which I like because the preparation (other than buying the ingredients) looks easy. 

and from the original post in the group, it looks like this. 

I always have problems converting those ingredients and most of the time I will write out those ingredients in my own way that I feel more convenient. It looks like this.

I did a super quick clean up on the whole chicken that theHub bought from AEON Kuching because my baby was crying and Athena was requesting this and that. Thanks to theHub for helping to take care of them while I was in the kitchen. 

Ok. So, normally those chickens that I bought elsewhere were cleaner as in like no chicken feather on them but yesterday the one from Aeon Kuching needs more time to clean up. 

Anyways, I did a little adjustment to the written ingredients above because I did not expect the whole chicken to be that big. 1.68kg. Wahlau. This chicken so fat.

  • 4 stalks Spring Onion
  • 7 cloves Garlic (smash)
  • 3 shallots (crush)
** Stuff the above ingredients into the Chicken Cavity**
Sit the chicken onto the blades.
  • 110g Light Soy Sauce
  • 220g Dark Soy Sauce
  • 55g Shao Xing Wine
  • Some pieces of Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp 5 Spice powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Pepper - to taste (means agak agak)
  • Sesame Oil - to taste (means agak agak)
  • Boiling water to reach the TM31 mark. (agak agak)
** 30 mins, Spoon Speed, 100D, MC **

(The chicken should rotate in TM bowl)
** Leave chicken for another 30 mins in Onsen **

One hour later, this is how it looks like. 

Oh oh.. did I mention that I asked theHub to buy a small chicken weigh around 1kg and he bought the smallest chicken he found that weigh 1.68kg? 

I couldn't sit the chicken in my small TM31 bowl so i decided to chop off its drumsticks to try again, hoping that this situapui can fit into my TM bowl. 

hahaha.. so glad that in the end it managed to sit in properly with a bit of force to close the lid. 

In my next attempt of using the same recipe, I would like to buy only drumsticks or thigh so that its meat marinates and probably juicier. 

 If you own a Thermomix, whether it is TM31 or TM5, do find in facebook for a group called Thermomix Truly Asian. (or just click on the link to join group).

You can find many inspiring recipes in there shared by many TM Sifus . 
Have fun cooking . 

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Parents Dilemma : Which Feeding Bottle Is The Best For Baby?

It was such a long journey from knowing that I was pregnant from the prenancy test kit
 to prenancy of 40 weeks
 to VBAC my second baby one month plus ago.

To cut the whole story short, we were at this stage that we need to choose feeding bottle for our newborn. 3 years ago, there were many brands of feeding bottles. 
3 years later after our first born, there were even more brands of feeding bottles. 

I did more readings on everything from pregnancy to deliver our second baby.
My first one, i thought everything will be okay. 

Pregnant nia ma.. every woman also go through that. I was wrong. I had such a backpain that not many people have been through and it was so pain from the second trimester to the day my water broke. 
Then I thought, give birth nia ma.. if every woman can do it, so can i.
I was wrong once again. My water broke and I knew nothing. I had an emergency cesarean cos I had no pain and my baby was said to be drowning. 

and then, Breastfeeding nia ma... if every woman can do it, so can i. 
No one told me about the non-supportive of breastfeeding. I was glad that theHub was supportive and we made through breastfeeding, through pumping for 2 years. 

So, again.. this time.. which brand to choose? 

I chose hegen.

After I have done like thousands of readings and watching videos online. 

and the dilemma did not end there.

hegen, which one? Should I get the individual one? Or the bigger one so can last longer? 
You know la.. Asians parents. Very calculative.

So, after I have chose what I want. Then what? 

To buy online or offline? 

I need it urgently, as in like that very day. So, I online and made phone calls who sell hegen products in Kuching. 

Thanks to Newday Pharmacy who replied my message the soonest they can. 
I like their customer service.

Look at our new set of hegen. Very pretty hor. With ribbon some more. 

Heartwarming message. 

Definitely a new set. 

Cos it says, No Returns If Seal Is Removed or Broken.

We chose the Starter Set. 
Big one for Big Girl
Small one for Small Girl.

but ended up, both for small girl cos.. 
Asian Dad said so. hahaha. 

So far, we have only used this bottle 3 times as at the day we bought until today. Main reason is because I am still directlatching the little one. 

Little one loves the bottle so far because milk just flow into her mouth without hardwork. 
To be honest, I like hegen very much. One of the many reasons, it stands out from others. Haha..