Angry Bird Fishcake

:: Angry Bird Alphabet Soup ::

Cooking for the kids can be a challenge at times. I try not to fuss about whether they finish everything on their plate but I try to encourage them to try everything once. My younger son is more adventurous in this respect. He loves trying new dishes that he has never seen. He may not always like it but he will try it.

But it really isn't always easy trying to serve up new things and worry about them getting enough to eat. I find it helps to serve some tried and tested favorites alongside the new dishes that you might want to introduce. Or throw in a little distraction like fishcake in the shape of a character. 

Recently, I stumbled onto the Stitch and Hello Kitty fishcake and decided to buy it to try it out. The kids loved it and when one of my sons was down with the flu, I cooked him fish porridge and added the stitch fishcake which added a nice touch of color. He had two bowls of porridge that day and well, I don't think it was just because he liked the porridge.

:: Fish Porridge garnished with Stitch Fishcake ::

The nice thing about buying fishcake is that you can freeze them for a little while in the fridge and use as required. I would suggest cutting up the Stitch fishcake and freezing it. They come in a little block and I managed to slice 10 pieces so they cost approximately $0.60 each.

The angry bird fishcake comes cut up and I found that at the wet market at Shun Fu. They cost me $0.25 each but I think the price varies depending on how well you know the stall owner. 

Have you seen any other types of fishcake sold in the wet market?

Do let me know! I am still hoping to find the nemo fishcake.

:: Fried Egg Noodles and Gyoza served with Steamed Broccoli ::

Cook :: Wholemeal Pancake Recipe

Hi! How was your weekend? I like trying new recipes on the weekend and on Sunday, I tried a wholemeal pancake recipe. It turned out to be super yummy.

I wasn't sure if the texture would be different so I whipped out these mickey pancake molds and had some fun. 

The pancakes were slightly different in texture but I really enjoyed them. It kinda reminded me of tapioca cakes. The kids also enjoyed them and didn't mention that they were different but they could have been distracted by the mickey shapes.

Here is the recipe if you would like to try it. I doubled the recipe and made extra so I could freeze it for the week ahead.

Ingredients: 

135 g wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp golden caster sugar

150 ml milk

1 large egg

2 tbsp

melted butter (and some extra for frying)

maple syrup to serve

Directions: 

1. Put the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for 5 minutes.

2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it's melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.

3. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.

4. Drizzle with generous amount of maple syrup. 

5. Enjoy.

Cook :: Make your own Sushi

We made sushi this weekend. We didn't have much planned on Saturday so I thought it would be fun to try doing something new. The last time I made sushi was when I was in University and in a foreign country. 

Making sushi is not that difficult. It doesn't really require much skill. 

The only special equipment that you need is a sushi-rolling mat and I already had that.

So we made a trip to the supermarket and bought:

- sushi vinegar

- seaweed

- egg

- crabstick

- cucumber

- japanese mayonnaise

- porkfloss

If you want to try making your sushi, this is what we did.

Directions:

1. Cook the rice. (I used normal rice but japanese short grain rice is what you can use if you want it to be really authentic).

2. Once the rice is cooked, add the sushi vinegar to the rice. Mix well and fan the rice till it is cooled. (Use a 1:4 ratio for vinegar to rice)

3. Then lay the seaweed on the sushi mat.

4. Scoop out the rice and lay it out on the edge of the seaweed.

5. Lay out ingredients on the rice.

6. Begin rolling the sushi and moisten the edge with water to seal it.

7. Slice using a very sharp knife by running it through a damp dishcloth with the blade facing away from you.

We made simple sushi rolls with our favorite ingredients but I am definitely itching to try some fun and new variations next time.

Hope you had a fun weekend too!

Cook :: Holiday Popsicles

It's the school holidays and I am taking some extra time from work to spend time with the kids. We are making ribena popsicles today. It's a hot day and we might make it to the pool if the weather stays hot. What about you?

If you want to try the ribena popsicle recipe, it is basically one part ribena concentrate to 4 parts water.

Next week, we have a few playdates set up next week and we are hoping to make it to the Museum for the children's season. I will be posting photos to my instagram feed. If you are not on instagram, you can view my photos at my new tumblr site over at

http://scissorspaperstoneblog.tumblr.com.

Happy holidays!