The rhythm of footsteps…👣

I still remembering the day you were born, your tiny little feet engraved deeply in my heart… our pleasure and misery seems grasped by your little heart…I saw hope, freedom of soul and love through your eyes…

You taught us to slow down in our busy life while we taught you to take a step at a time, you taught us how to juggled work life balanced while we taught you balanced of walking. You looked up to us as we were your everything while we looked down at you as you mean the world to us…

You were on your own walking and running steadily and at times you turned back and smiled at us, I wondered how much and how fast had you grown…Blessedly all these memories were captured through our lens…

At times, you seems have to doubled your footsteps in order to keep up with us…while we were perpetually measuring your heights against us, you have unknowingly kept up to our pace…

The day when your footsteps outpaced us will be the day we have to let go our hands…Questions are running through my mind ~ will it be hard for us to keep up with you? will we annoy you for trying to learn new tech. from you?

While you are busy with your work and family, will you turn around and take a look at us and remembering how you taught us to strive for work life balanced?

Will you take us for a stroll remembering how we walked you step by step…will you kneel down and look into our wrinkled eyes seeing love through our souls?

The day when the rhythm of our footsteps stopped will be the day our worries stopped too…Spread your wings and soar in the sky while we say our prayers to you eternity…

Parenthood is a beautiful journey!

‘When the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly!’ 🦋 Richard Bach

Braised Chicken with Black Fungus

Ingredients (To marinate chicken):

  • Chicken (cut into pieces) 500gm
  • Oyster sauce 1 tbsp
  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame oil 2 tsp

Ingredients:

  • Sesame oil 30gm
  • Garlic (sliced) 5 cloves
  • Ginger (sliced) 50gm
  • Onion (cubed) 1 whole
  • Fresh black fungus or 200gm
  • Dried black fungus (soaked) 3 pcs
  • Spring onion
  • Coriander

Ingredients (sauces):

  • Soya sauce 3 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Dark soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Water 50ml
  • Corn flour 2 tsp (to be added at the last stage)

Method:

Step 1: Marinate chicken and keep chilled. (The longer the better but if time constraint, 15-20mins will do) Step 2:

  • Heat up sesame oil
  • Add in garlic and ginger, stir-fry until fragrant
  • Add in onion and continue to stir-fry for another 3-5mins until onion shows sign of soften (add some oil if needed)

Step 3:

  • Add in marinated chicken cook until almost well done.
  • Add in black fungus and pour in 3/4 of pre-mixed sauces except corn flour and continue to cook on medium/high heat.

Step 4:

  • Once the sauce is boiling, reduce to low heat and cover with lid and let it braise for 10-15mins.
  • You may adjust the taste by now, add soya sauce if needed or you may add dark soya sauce if prefer a more brownish texture.
  • Mix in corn flour to the remainder 1/4 pre-mixed sauce and increase to high heat, stir in to thicken the sauce.
  • Lastly, stir in spring onion and coriander and serve!

Spicy stir-fry fish (紅燒炒魚)

Ingredients (to marinate fish):

  • Grouper fish (cut into pieces) 600gm
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil 2 tsp
  • Pepper Pinch

Ingredients (to steam fish):

  • Ginger (sliced)
  • Spring onion ( bottom part)

Ingredients (to stir-fry):

  • Cooking oil 30gm
  • Garlic 8 cloves
  • Ginger (sliced) 12 slices
  • Onion (cubed) 1 whole
  • Lemon grass 2 stalks
  • Curry leaves 5 stalks
  • Tamarind slice 2 slices
  • Fresh red chilli (deseed) 2
  • Small red chilli (deseed) 5
  • Dried red chilli (deseed) 8
  • Spring Onion
  • Coriander

Ingredients (sauces):

  • Fermented bean paste 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Chinese wine (紹興酒) 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Water 50ml
  • Corn flour (for thickening) 1 tsp

Method:

Step 1: Marinate fish for minimum 15mins

Step 2: Place in sliced ginger and spring onion, steam marinated fish on small/medium fire for 5-8mins. This method helps to kill fishy smell, discard ginger, spring onion and steamed water and set aside.

Step 3:

  • Heat up oil
  • Stir-fry garlic, ginger and onions until fragrant

  • Add in lemon grass and curry leaves, continue to stir-fry for 2-3mins
  • Add in all chillis and continue to stir-fry on medium/high heat

Step 4:

  • Add in steamed fish and stir for another 1-2mins

  • Pour in half mixed sauces and cook on high heat

  • Mix in corn flour in the remainder sauces
  • Pour the remainder sauces for thickening purposes, stir on high heat for another 1mins
  • Add in spring onion and coriander and done!

Chinese style Stir-fry Kung Po Sliced Pork

Marinate Ingredients:

  • Pork (sliced) 200gm
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil 1 tsp

Stir-fry Ingredients:

  • Cooking oil 2 tbsp
  • Sliced garlic 3 – 5 cloves
  • Cubed onion 1 whole
  • Sliced ginger 6 – 8 slices
  • Capsicum (optional) Half
  • Dried Chilli 5 – 10 pcs
  • Spring Onion
  • Coriander

Sauces:

  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Dark soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Water 1 tbsp

Step1: Heat up oil, stir-fry sliced garlic and ginger until fragrance, add in cubed onions and capsicums and continue to stir-fry for another 2-3mins

Step 2: Add in marinated sliced pork, stir-fry until fully cooked, about 3-5mins.

Step 3: Add in dried chilli and sauces, continue to stir-fry until sliced pork is well coated. Taste it and adjust sauces accordingly.

Lastly, add in spring onions and coriander and stir for a while. Dish up and serve!

Tips:

  • Can substitute pork with chicken
  • Can add some corn flour to marinate the pork if you prefer smoother texture
  • To get thinner slice, slice the pork while is half frozen
  • I used pork fillet (梅肉) cause it is lean and soft, you may replace with half lean meat

Waffles with Oreo Cookies Crust

Ingredients  A:

  • Egg White                        2
  • Caster Sugar                    2 tbsp

Ingredients B:

  • All purpose flour            1 1/2 cups
  • Corn flour                        1/2 cup
  • Milk (Liquid)                   1 3/4 cups
  • Olive Oil                            1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder                4 tsp
  • Salt                                     1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract                 1/2 tsp
  • Egg Yolk                             2

Ingredients C:

  • Oreo Cookies Crust (can be purchased in baking shop)

Tips: May replace olive oil with butter if prefer buttery fragrance

* Yield 10-12 pieces, recipe adapted from    Lena Lai

Method:

Step 1: Beat ingredient A until soft peak

Step 2: Combined all ingredients B and mix well

Step 3: Stir in Ingredient C and mix well

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Step 4: Bake in waffle maker ( approximately 4 mins each round)

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F0900D56-351A-43DA-BC2E-46DB667763ECLet it cool on wired rack and serve it right away!

 

Inconspicuous role but never be forgotten…

Day in day out whenever I drive pass my guard house, they will never once fail to greet us and honestly I don’t even know their names…

They might seems unimportant and low in socioeconomic status but their passion and commitment towards their job can never be underestimated.

Their pride and seriousness towards their role can be seen through their exceptionally clean and non-wrinkled working attire. At times, their enthusiasm and positive attitude can outperform those who working in white collar working class.

Perhaps by putting aside social hierarchy status, they are well deserved more respect and less judgement from the society.