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Good things come to those who wait

Sent this photo to R yesterday. He is addicted to Ali Express and receives a parcel every other day.

Today’s photo with the caption ‘another day another Ali Express package’😅. Both times he replied ‘my two favourite things’.

Ah Ma sent me this photo of gung gung and Saitaoha gardening. They bought her new gloves!

She’s becoming quite the little gardener hehe.

Baked an asparagus, mushroom and bacon quiche. I also did the laundry, changed the bed sheets, had adequate pumping sessions and had dinner ready today, such a sense of accomplishment haha. Little wins, little wins.

But then we discovered that I stuffed up some paperwork and now we have to redo it again! Grrrr… this is really the year to hone my patience, somehow nothing goes smoothly and we have to jump through hoops to get anywhere. The good news is I’m getting much better at dealing with these issues now and it doesn’t stress me out as much. It’s annoying but just get it done, no point stressing or whining. But I can’t wait till we are finally done and can celebrate! Here’s hoping good news is not too far away *fingers crossed*

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Siew pao

I know it’s wrong to say this because she’s my child but

So cute !!!! 😍😍😍 we think she resembles a 少林弟子 😂

Feel guilty because Saitaoha was at daycare today which meant I should have spent more time with Saitaomei. Instead, I spent my afternoon baking

Siew pao ! My biggest batch to date, 45 of these babies. They take ages for me to make and I always regret baking them, but my brother loves them and he’s flying in tomorrow so baby brother trumps all. Even Saitaomei, sorry baby.

The whole family is gearing up for my brother and sil’s arrival, it’s going to be a fun two weeks 😃.

On another note, I received my CT scan results today, no cancer 😬 but they discovered that I have a minor fracture in my foot which wasn’t picked up by the X-rays. I’m just glad that there’s a reason for the slow healing process and this pain wasn’t something I imagined in my head haha. It’s also good to finally get a diagnosis and not have to go for more scans and medical appointments. 就这样告一段落吧.

4 mth old checkup

Hi mummy, mah mah dressed me in the theme of shapes.

I love her solemn looking face. This is her favourite seat in the house, the beanbag!

Today ah pa and I brought her for her 4 months child health nurse checkup. She did really well and is tracking well in her growth and development. We’ve been suspecting that she’s put on weight and we were right, she’s now 6.4 kgs 😃. Her sister was 6.1 kg and one cm longer at 4 months, her father commented, ‘so Saitaomei is shorter and fatter lah?’ So bad this papa.

There was a bit of drama on our way to the check up, because it’s a new location we ended up going to the wrong place and couldn’t find the right venue. I was all for giving up and rescheduling a new appointment but ah pa refused to give up. ‘Let’s circle around and try again!’ he said. In the end the lovely nurse called me and gave us directions. When we left she said to ah pa ‘thanks Daitaoha’s dad for your persistence!’ Haha thanks indeed to my father, he is one in a million, I don’t know what I would do without my parents here.

Another chiffon cake, in fact I baked two today, one for Tristan’s class and the other for my uncle.

Roasted a chicken today but it wasn’t well cooked because I took it out too early. I should have put it in the oven earlier but it was occupied by the cakes 😓.

Ah Ma cooked this yummy bak cho mee for lunch, but I was too busy and only had it for dinner.

Saitaomei in her favourite beanbag watching tv.

Meanwhile jeje is hard at work cleaning the house.

‘You missed a spot jeje!’ says Saitaomei.

Hahaha, I would love it if both kids help me with housework in the future. I look forward to cooking and baking with them, just like how I cook and discuss recipes with ah Ma. It’s lots of fun.

Kitchenaid baby

Check out my new mint green baby. It was a very generous birthday gift, I still feel 心痛 when I think of the price. I don’t think my baking skills are worthy of a Kitchenaid yet, my plastic cheap Sunbeam mixer has served me well all these years. But when I offered to return the gift, the generous souls gave me this look 😐😐😐. Ok ok, I’ll bake more cakes to make up for the cost then.

Nice soft peaks! I was impressed with its speed, quiet and balanced mixing.

Of course the first bake has to be my go to chiffon cake.

It was an orange chiffon cake, turned out light and fluffy so I was happy.

Gave some cake to our neighbours and they returned the favour with these gorgeous plums and mangoes. We’re really lucky to have such generous and lovely neighbours. I’m glad that my parents have new friends too.

Saitaoha was mirroring her Tspellstrouble yee yee and enjoying sushi rolls for lunch.

Then she had cheese and crackers for afternoon tea, but she only ate all the cheese and left the crackers behind.

‘Mah Mah, buy cheese!’ she said. Poor Mah Mah is now Saitaoha’s grocery shopper.

Ah Ma sent me this photo with the caption ‘jeje watering plants, meimei supervising’. Hehe this duo warm the cockles of my heart ❤️.

Happy Chap Goh Meh

And just like that it’s the last day of Chinese New Year!

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Chap Goh Meh dinner tonight. Not as many dishes as reunion dinner but was still a merry affair.

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I’ve been on a chiffon cake frenzy,  third chiffon cake in the past month but this time I made an orange one which is my personal favourite.   If my sisters are reading this,  don’t worry I’ve saved you a boxful.

Work will be a frenzy in March but I’m looking forward to a short break in April :). I hope I’m getting better at the work life balance thing but it could be an illusion because the first quarter of the year is usually quiet.

I’m going to try to tick some things if my to do list this month,  funnily enough my  first thought was I really want to attempt a soufflé!  Mad March daze ahead. ..

Golfball pineapple tarts

My mum whatsapped me today ‘how did your pineapple tarts turn out?’

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I really am no good at baking! My pineapple tarts were huge that they resembled golf balls! I should have resized my portions, but I was too lazy ….

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I can’t comment on the taste because I’m not a fan of pineapple tarts. I know the pastry is quite nice, crumbly, buttery and melt in the mouth. Will have to wait for Jan, the pineapple tart expert to give me feedback. But Happy Chinese New Year Eve everyone! I hope the sheep year will bring my family and friends lots of happiness, prosperity, good luck and good health!

Sausage rolls, sake, passionfruit soufflé and chocolate raspberry macarons

Jaso is back in town and we caught up with him for dinner. One of his comments to me was ‘you don’t blog enough’ which is true. In my defence, I’ve been keeping up my new year resolution of keeping a journal (like a real paper based one haha) so there’s already too much daily writing.
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I know my subject title suggests a very odd meal but actually this is a mish mash blog post of past activities. Last Friday my sisters and I went out to watch Les Misérables and had our pre show lunch at Bistro Guillaume. It was a birthday treat from my sisters, hehe, I love musicals so it was great fun. We had cocktails to start off the fun afternoon.

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Our pre show lunch was nice, I enjoyed the passionfruit soufflé, I’m not sure why I like soufflés so much, maybe because they’re notorious for being difficult to bake. I must try making some one day.

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My own baking, sausage rolls which are a true and tried recipe. Mine feature lots of fennel and also apple and are a favourite in the office.

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Crumbed soft shell crab salad at Darlings Supper Club in Northbridge. This was a Friday evening after work when R and I headed into town. It was actually really tasty, the crumb was great (I think they used quinoa) and the salad which was Asian inspired tasted like som tum salad and was very appetizing.

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Pork belly and prawn vietnamese rolls which were very tasty too. Darlings Supper Club has great little share plates  which are perfect washed down with sake or beer.

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I babysat (even though she’s no longer a baby) Kaka today, my first attempt so I was a bit nervous but it was a breeze and she was such a delight. She spied my Christmas present of a Adriano Zumbo macaron kit back in December and kept asking whether she could bake macarons with me. So we finally baked them today. Isn’t she cute in her chef outfit?

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The macarons didn’t end up looking like macarons (more like pink cookies haha) but they tasted pretty yummy according to Kaka. She was very generous and allocated individual macarons for her mummy, daddy, mah-mah (that’s my mum), gun-gun, Tristan.. then she said ‘and one for my Daitaoha yee yee because I love you’ *heart melt into puddle* I could have easily bought her all the icecream in the world then. But she was very good and only ate one macaron as promised.

It promises to be a hot Australia Day long weekend, yeah, I love long weekends :).


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