Pok Chang...

~ Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM ~

The post title might sound weird (especially if you're not Chinese) but this is the name of the pancake dish that I love love love love love the most and have yet to be able to perfect it. My mum used to make this for me when she was alive but sadly and regretfully, I didn't inherit her recipe. I asked my eldest aunt for the recipe and have been trying for years to make this as close as I can get to what I used to taste from my mum's cooking...

I've seen a similar recipe at Food 4 Tots website but my mum's recipe was without sugar and she used butter instead of oil. I can't share the exact measurements for the ingredients as I am still tweaking around and experimenting with the measurements. But all I can say is you will need the following:

- plain flour (I've tried wheat and corn flour)
- eggs
- salt to taste
- Water (if necessary)
- Butter

What I normally did was I mixed the flour and eggs and salt together and prior to frying, I will add a dollop of butter to the pan to oil the surface so that the pancake will not stick onto the pan.

This picture was taken during my latest attempt to make Pok Chang. All I can say is the look is almost exact to my mum's but the taste, not salty enough and the texture, not fluffy and thick enough... sigh... I miss my mum's cookings!

Do you have any memorable dishes that you love?

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"You can give birth in a taxi..."

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM ~

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Was what I'm hearing at my 33 weeks pregnancy check up. Detail story as below...

Today our gynae was caught up with some appointments and was not able to attend to a few of his patients (including me... the last one for the day) and one of the nurse on duty asked me whether I mind seeing another gynae for today instead.

Thinking that it's already going to be 5pm (the clinic closes at 5pm) and I really don't want to reschedule my appointment, I just said 'Sure, no problem!' and went ahead to see this lady gynae.

So anyway, the gynae went through my records and then we did the 4D scan, confirming again that Spicy Baby's gender is indeed...

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XX (aka GIRL which reminded me I forgot to announce it on my blog! Whoopsss...), that her weight is now almost 1.8kg and everything is normal.

Then the gynae also asked me whether I had taken the MGTT (glucose test) which I did at 7 months pregnancy and she asked me what about a TT, and I went 'Huh? What is that?'

Now, for those of you who are as blur as me (I really have no idea and don't remember taking this when I had Ben though my hubby told me I did), here are some info I found on the Net:

* "Tetanus is acquired through exposure to the spores of the bacterium Clostridium tetani which are universally present in the soil. The disease is caused by the action of a potent neurotoxin produced during the growth of the bacteria in dead tissues, e.g. in dirty wounds or in the umbilicus following non-sterile delivery." Source: http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/tetanus/en/index1.html

* "The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine is given during your pregnancy to prevent tetanus to you as well as your baby. Antibodies formed in your body, after the vaccination, are passed on to your baby and protect her for a few months after birth. It also helps prevent premature delivery. " Source: http://www.babycenter.in/pregnancy/antenatalhealth/testsandcare/tt-vaccine-expert/

Back to the gynae... she then explained that it is an injection given to prevent tetanus, for example, we can get tetanus if we got wounds or cuts from rusty materials and non-sterile environment. She also explained normally if I give birth in hospital of course everything is sterile and I wouldn't need the shot, but what if I couldn't make it on time to hospital and had to give birth in a taxi or somewhere that is dirty?

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Which then brought us to my post title today... when she said 'so with this shot, you are protected and can give birth in a taxi' (Ermmm... woohoooo???)

So anyway, after finding out that there is no side effects or anything, I went ahead and got the shot. My left arm is still aching-kinda like someone sucker punched that aching area.

Other than getting this TT shot, there's nothing much to report for my pregnancy update for now. As for Spicy Baby's preparation, I've already dug out Ben's old baby clothes and will be rewashing them all again. Hubby's gotta get a new wardrobe for Spicy Baby by then.

Till then, thanks for reading and pray for my smooth and safe pregnancy & delivery!

Say Cheesecake!

~ Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM ~

I have not been posting about my baking adventure for a few months already! Though of course, I do still use the oven on and off - but more to roast chicken for Ben, or baked some pastry puffs and muffins here and there... Anyway few days back, I attempted my first cake baking recipe!

And as usual, my first attempts in baking stuff will always - always involve premix. Not that I'm lazy, but it's just that I'm not confident enough to measure and use the real ingredients for the first time. After trying for 2-3 times then only I will be brave enough to venture into measuring the proper flour, sugar and etc etc for cake baking process, so for now, premix will have to do... Anyway, without further ado, here goes:

CHEESECAKE

PREPARATION TIME: LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR

* About 5 minutes to mix & prepare the batter
* 25 minutes for baking process 

Ingredients / Tool Required:

* 225 g cheese cake flour (premix)
* 150 g butter (I used salted butter instead)
* 3 eggs

* A bowl to mix ingredients in
* Kitchen scale
* 8 inch aluminium cake foil
* Baking sheet & paper

What to Do?

 * In a mixing bowl, stir the butter & eggs together for about 6-10 minutes. 
* Add in the cheese cake flour slowly and continue stirring.
* Pour the batter into the aluminium cake foil.

BAKING PROCESS

* Set oven to 200℃ and bake for 25 minutes.
*
Remove from oven to cool on racks.

THE RESULTS

REACTIONS FROM MY "GUINEA PIGS"

ME
"Yummy, but kinda sweet!"
BEN

"More!" (this was on 2nd day)

HUBBY
"Hmm.. nice! But the top of the cake a bit burnt, should not bake so long, I guess..." 
MIL
"Nice!"
BIL
"Nice, taste like cheesecake, but a bit hard" (this was on 2nd day)

So there you go.... my first attempt of baking a CHEESECAKE! Overall, I think the cheesecake should be eaten on the same day as apparently, when we ate the leftovers on 2nd day, it's kinda hard and dry compared to 1st day. I shall attempt this another round, maybe reducing the baking time (so that it won't be so burnt).

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