Monthly Archives: December 2010

Party Food for Kids: Oven-Baked Chicken & Vegetable Nuggets

Just so you know, I don’t intend to pull a “Jamie Oliver” when it comes to chicken nuggets.  I’m neither a closeted buyer of supermarket nuggets nor I will hide McNuggets under my skirt if you catch me nibbling them. Having said that, with Jamie’s Food Revolution spreading around the world, he managed to get one point across, well to me anyway, that good parenting includes making chicken nuggets at home and not buying them. Although I’m not yet a parent, I somehow sensed an encouragement from him to set a good example for the little guests in an upcoming party.

   

Pecan and Cranberries Brownies with White Chocolate Studs

We all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, how about ” a chocolate a day keeps the therapist at bay”?

Don’t worry, my mental health is doing fine. Somehow I couldn’t help to recite the latter saying in my mind whenever I bake something with chocolate.  I mean how true is this? Chocolate is our fix whenever we feel a little blue or anxious.

   

Food Facial

I’m no stranger to homemade beauty remedies thanks to growing up in a traditional Asian family. I remember as soon as I hit the acne-prone age, my mum would make sure that I slather my face with some bedak sejuk (means cold powder in Malay) which mainly made of fermented rice. When rice is soaked and fermented in water (for a year or two – in the meantime changing the water on a daily basis), its becomes thick  paste and  is left under the sun until as hard and dry as rock salt. The commercial version comes in white beaded pearls looking like tapioca pearls (the large ones) but since mine was homemade, using a teaspoon, we spooned the paste over a tray to dry for days along with some fresh pandan leaves ( it’s like an Asian version of vanilla bean).
{That’s exactly how I remember my homemade bedak sejuk – photo courtesy of My Life My Thoughts}
I must say the worst thing about making this at home is the moment you unscrew the bottle to drain the fermented rice. It stinks like crazy and it’s a stench you’ll remember forever. That said, once the bedak sejuk is ready for application (you rehydrate the dried pieces with some water, put it on your face until it dries and becomes powdery – then you just wipe if off with your hands as if  like talcum powder) , all it’s left is the sweet scented pandan which is not as dreadful as before. Oh thank goodness for that – I have to sleep with my face covered with this stuff!

Anyway, this is a snippet of my experience with home remedies. Before I go back to bed (it’s 1.43 am when I was typing up this post), I shall leave you with some videos on beauty regime utilising ingredients from our kitchen. :D Nite!

Milk + Gelatine (flavourless) = Pore Strips

Oats + Yoghurt + Honey = Mask

Rice balls = Scrubs (Another idea of using up leftover rice in addition to fried rice?)
Chopsticks = No Heat Hair Curler

   

Stained Glass Biscotti + Christmas Tree Decoration

In my previous post, I’ve mentioned how much I like to make my own Christmas tree ornaments. Even though homemade craft is not my forte, I can imagine the satisfaction you’ll get from the end product, regardless it’s good or bad.

Unfortunately, if owning a hot glue gun (for a start) is a prerequisite to crafting at home, all I can say is not only I don’t have the “talent” but also the necessary “gadget” to expand my crafting skills.