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I picked Ellery up for swimming one day when his class was just starting their cookery session.  They were making popcorn chicken and he very much wanted to join in.  I coaxed him away by telling him we could ask the teacher for the recipe and do it at home.

For the rest of the week, he kept reminding his teacher every single day to send us the recipe.  He also asked me every day, “Have you received the recipe?  We are going to make popcorn chicken right?” So when I finally got the recipe, I made it a point to get all the necessary ingredients (well, almost…I forgot the Parmesan cheese) and we had our own little cookery session at home just him and me.  Asher wanted to play instead.

I was glad to see that Ellery didn’t get squeamish about getting his hands dirty.  Instead, he diligently coated the pieces of chicken in flour, egg, and crumbs until we finished with all the chicken.  It’s probably more fun to make this at home than in school since he’d probably only get to coat one or two pieces in school.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Dipping and coating the chicken

Dipping and coating the chicken

The chicken turned out pretty good!  We substituted regular sliced cheese for the Parmesan cheese, and it worked out quite well.  We had to make two batches of crumbs, and forgot to put cheese for the second batch though.  That gave me the chance to taste the difference with and without cheese.  Asher liked the cheeseless popcorn chicken, but Ellery and I preferred the cheesy one.  This is quite consistent with how Ellery seems to take after me and have a more savoury tooth.

Voila!

Voila!

It’s a fun recipe to do at home.  From the smashing of the crackers to the systematic dipping of the chicken.  Try it!

Breaded Popcorn Chicken (we tripled the recipe for our dinner at home, though you still only need 2 eggs.)

Ingredients:
2 slices of chicken breast meat
1 tsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
pinch of sugar
100g of crackers/biscuits and cornflakes (up to you the proportion of each)
4 tsp Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, separated (you only need the egg white)
Flour
Vegetable/olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

2. Wash and cut the meat into cubes, then marinate with the oyster sauce, sesame oil and sugar.

3. Make the bread crumbs next.  Mix the crackers/biscuits, cornflakes and Parmesan cheese together in a clean plastic bag then smash/pound until they resemble bread crumbs.  (Since we used sliced cheese we just tore it into tiny pieces and rolled it into the crumbs.)

4. Put some flour on a plate.  Now proceed to dip the chicken cubes into the flour, followed by the egg white, then the bread crumbs.  Be sure to flip the chicken cube a couple of times so that each ingredient evenly coats the entire piece of chicken.

5. Put a baking sheet on an oven tray to prevent the chicken from sticking.  Alternatively, rub some oil onto the tray.  Spread the chicken out on the tray then brush them with some oil.  Cook for 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through to ensure even baking.

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I have fond memories of the one time I made pineapple tarts with my mum when I was a teenager.  I remember how fun it was to shape and decorate the tarts.  My mum and I have always enjoyed baking together, and we had a tendency to start baking late at night and continue past midnight.  Don’t know why, it always just happened that way.  It was always nice chatting with her though, a good time of bonding.

So this year I wanted to let the boys have a go at making pineapple tarts.  When I had made tarts with my mum,  I remember she had made the pineapple jam from scratch which was an enormous amount of work!  I was very sure I wanted to skip the arduous task of making my own jam, so bought the Red Man brand premium pineapple jam from Phoon Huat.  The premium version is made from only good quality, ripe pineapples, whereas the cheaper version (can’t remember what it’s called on the packet) is made from any pineapple.

I am picky about my pineapple tarts.  If I like it I can eat many at a go, but if I don’t like it I gag at having to finish even one yucky pineapple tart.  I know most people nowadays like the closed pineapple tarts, and some shops seem to only sell that version.  I really really don’t like that kind of pineapple tart.  It’s too soft and mushy.  Even the most crisp of them on the outside and still too soft on the inside.  It’s like a sticky mess in the mouth when you eat it.  Same goes for the open pineapple tarts.  Once someone says it’s so yummy because it “melts in your mouth”, I can pretty much guess it’s the kind I don’t like.

I like an open tart that has a a crisp pastry.  None of that melty, sticky business please.  So I scoured the internet for a recipe that I liked.  Almost all of them touted the soft melt-in-the-mouth kind.  Skip.

Finally I stumbled upon a recipe at Papa Cooks! for a Nyonya pineapple tart that is cripsy.  His description of how the tarts ought to be like told me it was just the kind of tart I was looking for.  The fact the the recipe was also passed down from his aunt who is regarded as the master of pineapple tarts in his family also won me over.

So I bought my ingredients and settled the boys down to an evening of baking.  The recipe is easy enough, and the tarts came out perfect!  The boys and I ate sooo many.  I thought we had made a ton of pineapple tarts and was wondering who we could give them away to.  But once I tasted them and saw how the boys scarfed them down, I wondered if we had enough to give away at all!

They certainly had a great time making the tarts.  They did everything, and I only helped a little bit.  They mixed the ingredients, cut out the dough, did the egg wash, rolled the balls of jam, placed it on the tarts and did the decorations (which were very funny :)  not traditional at all, but full of humour and love).

I love their decorations!

I love their decorations!

At one point they kept saying they wanted to make a giant pineapple tart, and they each proceeded to shape a tart way bigger than the usual size.  They topped it with a ton of pineapple filling as well.  After the tarts were baked, Asher struck an agreement with me that he was going to have just 3 tarts since it was already late.  He started with his giant tart which was equivalent to five tarts.  When I said he was done, he asked me innocently, “but what about the other 2?”  I laughed and told him nice try.  But in the end he won, the tarts were so good, he ate way more than 3 (including the giant tart)!

Scooping a giant jam ball

Scooping a giant jam ball

Asher's giant tart

Asher’s giant tart

Ellery's giant tart

Ellery’s giant tart

See how big the giant tarts are!

See how big the giant tarts are!

I’d definitely want to make these again next year, but will make sure we start much earlier in the day.  The recipe is easy, but putting the tart together takes a lot a lot of time.

Anyway here is the recipe adapted from Papa Cooks!:

Pastry Ingredients:
– 500g plain flour
– 300g unsalted butter (slightly softened)
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp salt
– 2 tbsp icing sugar
– 1 egg yolk (for use as the egg wash)

Making the dough:
1.  Mix the flour, icing sugar and salt together in a large bowl.

2.  Using a fork, scrape the flour and butter together until it resembles bread crumbs.  Using a fork prevents the butter from melting too fast, spoiling the pastry.

2.  Add the eggs and still using the fork, gently coax all the crumbs together until they just bind into a dough. Do not over mix the dough.  This is crucial to ensure the pastry will be crispy after baking.

3.  Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

Assembling the Tart:
1.  Pre-heat your oven at 175 degrees Celcius.

2.  While the dough is refrigerating, roll the pineapple jam into small balls (use your cutter to estimate the correct size the jam balls should be – not too big, not too small).

3.  Take chunks of dough, squash them with your palm into the desired thickness.  (This is the kid-friendly method.  Using rolling pins just means more washing up, and fighting over who gets to roll it.  I like to let each kid have his own baking sheet so that they have their own space and can squash their own dough.)

4.  Cut the dough using the pineapple tart shaped cookie cutter, arrange neatly onto the baking tray and brush with egg wash.

5.  Put the jam balls onto the tarts, adjusting the size of the jam balls if necessary.

6.  Decorate the tarts however you want, traditional or otherwise, then egg wash the whole tart again.

7.  Pop into the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tarts turn golden brown.

They each did their own half of the tray.  This was just tray #1.

They each did their own half of the tray. This was just tray #1.

Ready for the eating! (and one already eaten)

Ready for the eating! (and one already eaten)

Pleased as pineapple

Pleased as pineapple

"Good" he says approvingly

“Good” he says approvingly

My first attempt at a photo grid!

My first attempt at a photo grid!

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Oh how I love my little boy.

Still as active as he was in the belly.  Still as chatty as ever (if not more so).  Still quite emo.  Still has one of the most infectious laughs and smiles anywhere.  He’s grown so much this year, and surprisingly matured more in the last few weeks (a lot to do with his change of school too I think, more on this in another post).

But he has grown.  And he’s still my little boy :)

My big little boy who still likes to cuddle with Mummy, who likes to wrestle with Daddy and his brother, who is so curious, who can be such a home-body sometimes, who loves military things just like his Gong Gong, who very often still pretends to be a dinosaur to the amusement/annoyance of those around him, and he’s still oblivious to their opinion.  Still innocent that way.

Just four.

Yes there are many things one could say about how four-year old kids are big, grown up little people.  But for today, I’m remembering and cherishing Asher’s smallness, youngness, pureness – childness.

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The Preparation

We settled on a plane theme this year because he’s been going on and on and on and on about planes, in particular the B2 stealth bomber, ever since my father introduced it to him.  He’s also into Transformers and in recent months more into the Decepticons, who tend to be planes, rather than the Autobots.  So it was quite a no brainer.

The things we prepared this year were a B2 stealth bomber T-shirt (made from scrap black fabric and a faded Transformers T-shirt), a Starscream plane pinata to knock out of the sky, and a B2 stealth bomber cake.  There was much less work than for last year’s dinosaur themed party because I didn’t include any cookies in the goody bag, so there was much less baking involved.

Bumblebee had faded away. B2 takes over!

B2 bomber boy

Most of the preparations were done at night after everyone else had gone to sleep.  But I did try to involve Asher where I could.  I think its a little more personal, meaningful and fun when he helps out.  Then it’s not just me pottering about and gearing up for party day.  It helps build some excitement.  And I’d like to think Asher would feel good that he had a hand in things.

Mixing the water and flour

Cutting strips of newspaper (classifieds are perfect for this)

The pinata was my biggest endeavour.  And way fun!  I remember playing with a pinata when I was maybe six at a family friend’s house.  They were Mexican and the pinata was a standard at their parties.  I remember clearly that first time how much fun it was and since Asher was born was waiting for a time when he’d be old enough to play with a pinata at one of his parties.  The time had come!

We used a balloon we received from a birthday party we attended 2 weeks before as the core.  We made the paper marche glue together.  Asher attempted to stick some of the newspapers, but he found it much to sticky for his liking.  Reminded me of when he was a baby playing with some sticky dough.  In the end, to my great great great great (times infinity) surprise, Jon stepped in to help!  Shock!  I would never ever expect that he would ever help in any of our craft activities, cos…he’s Jon!  But he did!  And he said it was fun!  And he then told me about how he used to play with paper marche very often as a kid, using it to make houses and other stuff.  I. Did. Not. Know. That.  Maybe it’s hard for you to comprehend my shock.  But if you know him and what he normally does on a day to day basis, you’d be as shocked as I.

Of course I lavished him with praise.  Positive reinforcement right?

Jon amazing me with his paper marche savvy

Over the course of the next few days I worked on the frame and decoration of the pinata while watching too much rubbish TV.  I was pleased with the result though!  Kids are the perfect excuse to do all kinds of craft you wish you did when you were younger :)  It was a good example of recycling too.  Asher likes to ask to recycle all sorts of scraps, so it was nice to show him what you could do with the scraps.

Frame made with cereal boxes and a KFC brouchure :)

Asher was excited to see the pinata coming along, and eager helped with stuffing goodies into it.  Also  squeezed a spelling activity out of the banner making.  Had to help him quite a bit though.  “Happy Birthday” is quite long and not all of it easy to sound out.

Stuffing the pinata with balloons, which turned out to be impossible to blow up. Hadn’t thought of the practicality of it when I bought it, just thought it was a nice colourful addition to the loot :)

Decepticon logo for Starscream

Filled and ready to be whacked

Helping with the banner

Pleased as punch to be turning four

The last big thing was to do the cake.  This we did one day before the party.  Asher had given specific instructions several weeks ago though.  He wanted a B2 stealth bomber cake.  The inside would not be chocolate, it would be plain cake (“vanilla?”, “yes, vanilla”).  The outside would be covered in chocolate.

Thankfully the B2 is quite an easy shape to replicate.  It’s flatish, and has a simple zigzaggy pattern.

(Source: http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/b2/b21.html)

Well, at least it looked easy.  I had baked two rectangle trays of simple vanilla sponge cake, and the general idea was that it would have to be cut in a triangularish shape, then with the scraps piece together the rest of the wing and the tops.  I spent longer than expected mulling over how to maximize the amount of cake while still making sure there was enough cut out to make the rest of the plane.  And there was no room for error cos we had to deliver that cake that night!  Thankfully in the end the dimensions were fairly passable.

Assembling the cake

After adding the ganache

There was a little piranha next to me throughout the assembly process though.  Whenever there was a little scrap I didn’t need, it would suddenly disappear in a flash.  I suppose that way I had less crumbs to clean up.

ummm yummm yummm

All that was left were the party packs.  We went old school with the stuff.  Besides some very cool (well, I think it’s cool anyway) gummies I found on Amazon.com, which had among the various designs Asher’s favourite B2, we stuffed the bags with snacks that kids’ parents would have eaten when they were kids.

Airplane gummies.  Check out the B2!

Old school party pack – colourful round wafer, coklat krim wafer, white rabbit, parachute men, airplane gliders, and the gummies

Newspaper goody bags – I always feel party bags are such a waste cos we usually just throw them away! Of course, the proper bags are much hardier and nicer looking :)

We were all set for the party!  More in the next post!

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Hot Dog Hallucination

One day, to my great surprise, Asher’s teachers said he ate a hot dog bun, including the hot dog!  I almost didn’t believe them, but they all independently shared the story with me (yes, they were equally shocked he ate the hot dog).

Since then I keep mentioning the hot dog incident, and Asher always says he will eat the hot dog, but it must be in the bread like how it was in school.

So today we baked bread and we made a hot dog bun.  To my surprise, again, he said he wanted to have another hot dog outside the bun, and he will eat that.  He also said he wanted to eat the whole hot dog bun plus extra hot dog for dinner.

That hot dog incident must have been a collective hallucination.  Tonight he ate the bread around the hot dog in the bun, he cut the other hot dog into pieces and declared he would eat it after eating the bread.  But at the end of the meal, both hot dogs remained completely untouched.

Looking like a sloppy mess before baking

Looks quite decent after

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Asher’s birthday was preceeded by a lot of activity, in particular a lot of baking.  We baked cookies for the gift pack, made chocolates, and baked a cake too.  A couple of weeks before I was chatting with my cousin, Del, over coffee about Asher’s birthday and she mentioned a cake she read about where someone had buried toy dinosaurs inside, and I thought that was a great idea!  A dino dig cake!  Asher would love that!  I spent the next few weeks dreaming up the ideal cake.  I love baking, so it was a lot of fun for me to think about what kind of cake would be yummy and then to go find recipes to try.

Initially I thought of making meringue dinosaurs fossils to dig up, since those would be edible.  But my meringues got so soft and sticky in our hot and humid weather they simply would not do.  So decided to just stuff dinosaur toys inside, nevermind that they weren’t fossil toys (since you can only dig up fossils, right? Not dinosaurs all fleshed out.  It’s a technicality I think most people will overlook heh).  In the end I settled on a 2-layer chocolate sponge cake (each layer made with slightly different ingredients, like adding crushed biscuits, and altering the type of sugar used), and chocolate-oreo icing, topped with crushed oreo biscuit ‘soil’, and baked some stegasaurous cookie ‘fossils’ and a number 3 for decoration.

Helping to stuff dinosaurs into the cake

Grid pattern so I remember where to cut!

Besides the baking, the lead up to the birthday was actually quite uncertain.  Asher suddenly fell quite ill two days before his party and we found out it was a stomach flu bug.  We contemplated cancelling his party.  On Thursday, the first day of his illness, his condition was quite severe and we brought him to the doctor who said he’d probably be well in two days and would be ok for the event.  On Friday his condition had greatly improved and were thankful he was better.  He was still a little lethargic at times, and he himself knew he needed to rest more, so he took extra naps and slept earlier at night.

He was ok for the party on Saturday and we assessed he was well enough to be with his friends since Ellery, who was in close proximity with him throughout, was still fine.  We certainly didn’t want him passing anything on!  He has good memories of his party (he talks about his cake and about playing with his friends), though I think he would have enjoyed it even more had he been in tip top condition.  He was still a little lethargic that morning, and took a nap during his party!  But think that nap was what he needed, because after that he was more lively.  A week later when we went to Turf City again, he remembered his party, talked about it and wanted to play at the playground again :)

I was telling Jon how unfortunate it was that he caught a bad bug so close to his birthday.  He hasn’t been so ill in more than a year!

Anyway about his party proper.

We decided to hold it at Sol Playground Cafe at Turf City since there was a sheltered outdoor playground as well as an indoor play area for younger kids.  Many of our guests have two kids now, so the facilities at Sol suited us well.  Plus, there’s free parking!  Jon was mighty pleased when it started to drizzle because it vindicated his insistence on the venue as it allowed the children to play even in wet weather.  I duly gave him all the necessary praise on his foresight ;)

The indoor play area

We also decided to go with a dinosaur theme because Asher is in love with them.  Really.  Totally in love with them.  If he could, he would be at dinosaur.  His ambition used to be a paleontologist.  Now, if you ask him what his ambition is, he’ll say its to be a dinosaur – “I actually want to be a dinosaur” (emphasis all his).  So dino we went.  Everything was dino related – from the party packs to the decor to the cake.  And he couldn’t be more pleased!

Christmas and dinosaurs

Dino pack - cookies, chocolates, stamps, tattoos and toys

Diving into his unwrapped present from Del, and telling us about one of the sauropods

Happy birthday Asher! Several days before his birthday I asked which was his favourite dinosaur, and he said stegasaurus, so I decided to go with that for the fossil :) But I realise that his favourite dino actually changes from day to day!

Asher! Whenever he plays with his blocks he always says this is him because he has a red hat too.

Eating up the fossils!

He used the toy shovel to eat the cake!

I must say that the staff there were very attentive and accomodating.  They allowed our guests flexible ordering, meaning they could mix-and-match items on the menu, order other things not on the menu, or make special requests for whatever reason (dietary or taste preferences).  The food was quite good and apparently, according to one of my friends who had been there before, the standard has improved a lot.  It was actually our first time eating there!

Kaizer and Titus stamping away on the colouring sheets

Adrian, Adam, Del & Anya

Joanne & Jo Claire

Hello?

The kids, even the older ones, enjoyed the indoor play area, and after finishing their food everyone ventured outside to play at the playground.  For a while the boys hogged the playhouse, and we dubbed it the boys club.  They didn’t allow any girls to go in at all.  Later on it morphed into a juice stall, and eventually that business closed down and the girls could go inside again :)

Standing guard at the boys club

No girls! Poor JC left outside

Playing with the windows - open, close, open, close...

Roof Party with Josiah

I was happy to see the kids getting along, refering to each other their friends.  Some of them see each other only once a year at Asher’s birthday.  I’m grateful that there’s a bunch of close friends and family who have kids around the same age as us.  It’s really nice to have people in the same life stage as you.  And in particular, some of them have a very similar outlook on parenting so we’re quite on the same wavelength.  I hope that this bunch will continue to be close, and that our kids will be close as they grow up!

Ellery likes slides!

Peeking in with Joanie

Heather scooting about

Family huddle

My cheeky dinosaur

After the party, we headed home and Asher thoroughly enjoyed his treat of being allowed to watch and entire DVD worth of Tractor Tom!  We came to know of this series when Asher received the video as a gift from his Aunts from UK.  Aunty Radha, Sheela – he loves it!

Being a couch potato at home

To end on a funny note, when I about to bathe Ellery in the evening I was surprised to see he had a dino tattoo on his arm!  I had no idea it was there at all because it had been hiding under this sleeves the entire afternoon.  I felt like a mother discovering her son’s little secret :)  Wonder who put it on him?

Joined a dino gang and didn't tell Mummy

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Cousins, Capers & Cake

We went to my brother’s house for a playdate with the cousins.  It’s been a long time since all 6 of them have been together, and we attempted to get a group shot of all the kids…but it was quite a difficult task.  The best we could do was to have them physically all in the same frame.  Whether they looked at the camera was another thing.

It was the first time Asher was seeing Aidan’s new train set and he was quite hard to pry from it.  But he likes baking, so we managed to get him and Anya upstairs to bake some blueberry muffins.  Aidan was still at rehearsal so he wasn’t able to join in for that bit.  Later on they all decorated their muffins with (lots and lots) of icing and dinosaur spinkles!  I think they actually ate more icing than muffin :)

I just love this pic!

The great train set!

Bakers at work

Ellery and Heather in the ball pit

These two really get along :)

The younger siblings - so much easier to take photos of!

Our attempt at a group shot

And another

Decorating the cakes

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Star Orange Sponge Cake

It’s been a while since we did some baking, so decided to try an orange sponge cake recipe I saw online.  Asher was more than happy to help, and I noticed that he’s getting quite good at pouring and mixing the ingredients together.  No more flicking of batter all over the place (thankfully).  In the end the cake was sweeter than expected, and I think we put too much orange rind, so it was a little bit biting on the tongue, but we had fun!

Stirring in the flour gradually

Enjoying the cake of his labour

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Found a box of Green’s gingerbread man mix at NTUC.  It included a cookie cutter and the chocolate beads, all for around $6.  I thought it’d be great fun for Asher to try out, and since Aidan was on school holidays already, arranged a bakedate for the boys.

First though, they had a spin in the rocket before hitting the kitchen.

They were pretty good, pouring the flour, eggs, etc, rolling the dough, cutting the cookies…right up until cookie number 2 for each of them, then they proceeded to eat the toppings!  In total they ran through quite a few of the chocolate beads, 2 packets of raisins, 3 small packets of skittles, and lots of chocolate chips.

After that, they had a sugar high.  I’m not kidding.  They just laughed and laughed for no reason.  It was absolutely hilarious to watch :O)

So we had to bring them to burn off some energy.  Walked to the nearby Alexandra Canal Park which was recently renovated.  There’s now a simple waterplay area for kids to splash about in.  It’s just a shallow pool with a waterfall at one end.  But I think the kids like that there’s lots of space to run about, and no deep ends to worry about.  The tiles surrounding the pool are uneven though, and it little feet need to be careful when walking on them.  But other than that, it’s really a lot of fun.

As for the gingerbread men, the boys each chose one of their men to give to Gong Gong/Ye Ye for his birthday, and a gingerbread face as well :)

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Baking Up A Storm

It’s been a while since we did some baking, and thought it’d be a nice way to occupy him at home one afternoon.  The last time we baked was about a month-and-a-half ago where we made blueberry muffins.  This time around, I was gonna bake some banana bread together with him.

There was a funny moment when he stirred too vigourously and flicked some batter onto his arm, the table, and the floor.  And he proceeded to melt into a gush of giggles :)  It was sweet that he wanted to help me clean up after, and tried to wipe up the specks of flour and dough that he had flicked onto the floor.  I say tried, cos he was essentially pushing all the flour and dough around on the floor :)  But it’s the thought that counts heh.

I think this was the first time that he was really able to do most of the stuff himself.  I basically just helped with measuring and maybe the final stir to check that the flour was mixed in properly.  But he did the rest of the pouring and mixing on his own.  So I told him that “Mummy helped Asher”, instead of “Asher helped Mummy”.  

It was also nice to have the kitchen to ourselves.  I enjoy the freedom of not being ‘watched’ (for lack of a better word) in my own home, which was something I often felt when our helper was around.  Left the real cleaning till after his bedtime so that I could just spend the entire afternoon with him.  
Dinner was a muffin, and breakfast the next morning too :)
Creaming the butter and sugar

Beating the eggs

Looking at the speck of batter on his arm

Giggling away

Scooping the batter into the muffin tray

Going, “WHOA!” each time he dumped a scoop of batter into the loaf tin

Cleaning under his chair :)
 Ta da!

 Eating & giggling while remembering how he flicked the batter around :)

Brekkie the next day

Being silly and squashing his face with the container cover :)

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Cake or muffin, whatever you choose to call it, and depending on whether you bake it in little cups or in a square tin. As mentioned in the previous post, I had experimented to create a no egg, no sugar recipe for baby cakes. I was surprised at the dearth of recipes such as these because I thought many would have been keen to find sugarless recipes, and might have been concerned about whole eggs for their babies. But I suppose usually babies just miss out on cake, which sounds quite sad to me – hence the desire to experiment :)

Anyway, here’s my humble contribution to the world of baby food. If you have any suggestions on how to better improve it, please share!

Ingredients:
1. 4 small bananas / 1 big banana – squashed
2. 2 small red apples – grated
3. 1 tbsp unsalted butter
4. 25ml or 1/8 cup milk (can be expressed breastmilk, formula, or whole milk)
5. 2 cups flour
6. 1 tsp baking soda

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
2. Mix the wet ingredients (1-4) together.
3. Separately, mix the dry ingredients (5-6).
4. Combine.
5. Pour into muffin cups (or whatever other container of your choosing), and put in oven for about 15mins.

Done! Yields about 14 small muffins/cakes.

Easy peasy :) And it’s been taste-tested by the following tots – Aidan & Anya (who both tried version 1, which was more like kueh), Josiah, Emma, and of course, Asher!

For variation, and if your baby has already been introduced to it, you can add cinnamon for an extra twist. Cinnamon is really good for babies – supposedly an excellent source of manganese, iron, fibre and calcium. It supports the digestive system and can kill ‘unfriendly’ bacteria like E. coli. Plus, it tastes great! Asher likes cinnamon with his fruits like apples, pears and bananas :)

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