Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chicken-filled weekend

Everyone who knows how to cook should have their secret recipe for chicken rice. Mine is rather simple but hubby loves it. The last time I cooked the chicken rice was like a year ago and recently he told me he wish to have chicken rice on his birthday which is still a long way to go..so I pull out my old recipe and try him his favorite chicken rice. But the rice wasn't as good as the previous one, maybe I cooked too much rice this round and the chicken gravy was insufficient to bring out the chicken aroma. Last time I was using one whole chicken for two person rice, so it really tasted good:)



Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 whole ginger, simply cut it
5 red onions,minced.
One whole garlic, minced.
Chicken
Soy sauce
Oyster sauce
Zhao Xing jiu
Salt and pepper

Steps:
1.marinate the chicken with soy sauce, oyster sauce, zhao xing jiu, salt and pepper.
2.Put the marinated chicken into fridge for about half an hour
3.heat your pan and throw in the ginger,onion and garlic.
4.stirred until fragrance then throw in your rinsed rice
5.stirred evenly and transfer them into rice cooker,add water as usual and cook your rice like how you usually cook them :p
6.meanwhile steam your chicken, you can add one cup of water.
7.when your rice is cooked,pour in some chicken oil or Essence from your steamed chicken
8.add some salt to taste.

Anyway, if you want, you can buy the ready chicken rice paste from hypermarket, save all the hassles:)

And here is my another chicken recipe to share, the roasted chicken for terry house warming on sat night.we were all suppose to bring one food for the potluck and this recipe is just too handy for a lazy saturday afternoon.my friend said it was nice but I think it could be juicier, if only I didn't have too much time before the party started, I roasted it a little bit longer than it should be. So lesson learnt.


Recipe:

Ingredients:
Herbs like thyme, rosemary
Paprika
Salt and pepper
Butter
One lemon
Celery

Steps:
1. Marinate evenly your chicken with all the above ingredient except lemon and celery. In and out.
2. Tug in the lemon and chunks of celery into the chicken
3. Preheat your oven to 220c for 15 min
4. Roast your chicken for 1 hour and 20 min

Easy peasy:) next time I would bake my cheesy Patato along with my chicken!and lots of vege too!! Hub said I should cook him a whole roasted chicken one day but since both of us are thigh lover, so who would eat the poooor breast meat!?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

sleepless night

I have difficulty of having ample sleeping hours nowsaday. Last night was not an exception.
After clearing my bladder, I tugged myself back to my bed without a tad of sleepy mood. This is scary as tomorrow is going to be another long day. feeling baby oscar kicked vigorously inside me that makes me wonder if i would have enough patience to handle all the kid's crying and craving for milk every wee 2-3 hours when he was born. I wish i really could.

My friend helped me carry back my medela breast pump today from US and i was really excited to unwrap it but later comes to know that i am totally clueless on how to use it, and my excitement of mounting everything on became lackluster. I realize my passion and momentum of learning something new, regardless of work and lifestyle has been swift off bits by bits recently. Last time when i changed to a new job, I was determined to carry as much responsibility as possible but now just when i was about to change a job scope again, i told the new manager I wouldnt want to be too stress at these period, after all i still have a good 3 months to go and luckily he agreed.

Speaking of the new job scope, this isnt a really hard decision to make and in fact, i wonder if i made it too fast. My friend asked me can you guarantee if you would be happy? I said no, but at least i know i am not entirely happy now. at least not as happy as previous job that despite the heavy workload, i felt the satisfaction lies within, as well as appreciation. anyway, i believe things will get better.

just when i felt my life is getting mundane, i realize i might put the other burden to my hubby shoulder that he has to take care of things that i no longer care or do, which to my surprise that he told me he was feeling stiff on his shoulder and out of breathe this late evening, i told him..me too..but are you pregnant? he said "emm no..but just feeling a lil stress recently". darn! he is like rocking stone to me all these while and maybe that is making me more oblivious to his feeling or needs.  Not a good sign to see:( i dont want the ironman to collapse just yet.

Perhaps, now is the time to fix myself. hang in there hub! mummy will come to rescue!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

thank you!

I also want to be a baby! 
Baby oscar will be thrilled to see all the gifts that'd given from friends and my parents even before he was born..how lucky he is! thanks girls for all the very early blessing! can't help smiling seeing all the mini size clothes..mini is cute! isnt it!?

more gifts to come perhaps!!!!!???:P

Monday, August 19, 2013

natural or C?

We had a good laugh over the lunch today. 4 girls and 1 guys, frantically discussed on the pros and cons of c-section or natural birth. We have 2 experienced mother who try to persuade me on taking the natural birth. seriously I am still contemplated on going through the natural birth although i thought i had made up my mind.
Hubby said natural birth is good, not sure if it is because it is cheaper?:P but maybe i should have told him that our company covers all the medical fee if we go through the c-section. which is really attractive!!
Anyway, I have heard them saying natural birth gives a good massage over the baby, helping them to develop the lung better and you only need to endure the contraction pain which only last for a few hours, then you are free to walk the next day.. but on the other hand, set aside the labor cost that fully subsidized by company on C, i have heard that it actually reduces the risk on delivery complication and it is cleaner that they helped you to remove everything during your operation, and the pain after the delivery is durable too..
I have no right to debate on any of that now..if i would like to choose, i wish i can experience it once on the natural birth as that is the special gift that God gives to us as women, but I am afraid to take that reason and causing a risk to baby... another dilemma as a mother perhaps.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Being a mother journey

It is almost my 6 months of pregnancy and I admitted that I had never thought of blog on it, not to mention that i didnt blog on my marriage of being somebody's wife too. and now being somebody's mother. Maybe I feel that this is way too personal, just like I would never tell my husband all the mussy stuff in FB, no offence, but some people are bold enough to say them out loud.

For the first time in these 6 months, I am impelled to blog on this little baby inside that growing each day by days and my journey of being a mother, although I know now is just the beginning. A new clumsy mother to be. A mother who felt guilty because she didn't really enjoy over this whole pregnancy thing, the morning sickness and worn out feeling, at least in the first trimester, who used to doubt whether she could ever love this little baby more than anybody else in this world, including herself, a mother who so often feels like a child herself and wondering how to raise another child on her child-like way. A mother who fret of everything, like being too light on weight that if amniotic water supply is enough for the baby or being too heavy/puffy now that she looks ugly and the husband might start to look at other amoi.  And not to mention trivial little tings that never be my concern before, like the sleeping position.. seriously I would jump off the bed in the middle of the night when i found out myself lying flat as some of the forum mentioned it was bad for the baby. And paranoid over all the things i take in, like cafein. I used to drink 3 cups of coffee last time and now it downs to 0...there are so many worries that kicks in and sometimes i would become so vulnerable and over sensitive over the small things like if I would have to carry the big belly to do the house chores myself and started to complain if things unmoved without me telling the husband to do.. they will make me feel like i am the saddest mother in this world..My mum probably would laugh at me now that i havent seen the worst because she wasn't a very lucky pregnant lady before. 

out of so many things that i mentioned and never listed above, except from the house chores thing that i knew i would still feeling sad and crying a river over it..i believe I was probably too free to worry on those little stuff as my baby is going to be ok...at least I am not in the worst frame like some of the mother is enduring right now. 
I was an avid reader to a blogger but i stopped following ever since i stop blogging myself,but yesterday my friend shows me her post that she was having preeclampsia on her 30 weeks of pregnancy and she might give birth anytime to a wayyyyyyy too premature baby, i was dumbfounded. she is short, tiny, bubbly girl but now she looks so BIG to me. She built herself up like metal, strong and tenacious. Or maybe, there is nothing much you can do when you are in this position but just to learn to be strong. 

And this reminded me back to the little hiccup i had in my forth month of pregnancy..the bleeding experience that will put every pregnant lady in gushes. and of coz put me on bed for almost 2 weeks until i finally learnt to embrace everything in, accepted that it wasnt as bad as I have thought. But the feeling of seeing blood flowing down you in first sight and nights when you laid on your bed with nobody else around you but only you and that little lives inside you that you not knowing whether he was still there was somehow..frightening. I remember how many times i ask him to stay with me and sobbing alone in the dark that makes me somehow felt that i do want to be a mother..not matter how much I feel myself wasnt ready before, and how much I hate myself from being fatter and fatter each days goes by...above all these, I wish and pray he could stay with me, more than anything else. But luckily God hears me or maybe He pity that i wasn't strong enough to put me into harder test that He let me go with good news that it was just polyps and to like it or not, i might bleed anytimes again during pregnancy. 

and now, I still have that frail confident whether i could be a good mother to him, whether he is going to be healthy physically and mentally which i hope he will be..but one thing I am quite sure is me and husband loves this little baby already. 

baby, no matter how much your father sometimes feels that his wife is getting a little bit lunatic, over suspicious at times but we both know that he just doesn't understand because he is a "father", but at least we should thank him for serving your mother like a queen most of the times so your mother doesnt have to walk around and you could listen to some baby music and sleep soundly. 
We will see you after 3 months. til then, eat more, sleep more and be a happy baby.