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The Bananiverse

06 Jun

A conversation over dinner :

MK : Drink your milk!
M1 : I’m eating my banana first!
Me : You’re entering the bananiverse?
M1 : Dad!
Me : “Are you thinking what I’m thinking, M1?”

 

Siemens Washing Machine

05 Oct

We bought this Siemens Washing Machine 2 years ago. So far it has been working efficiently. It costs us about $1300. We bought it from Retravision, Osbone Park, Perth. It has 5 years warranty.  I love this machine. It washes well and when it spins, it does not try to move away from its spot. Most of all it reduces our water and energy consumption. It has 15 programs. You can even select the washing temperature and the spin speed. It has a child lock. It can even adjust the washing , drum movement and soaking times to the type of stain.The shortest cycle of complete washing is about 33 minutes with a temperature of 30 celcius and a speed of 1200. You can store a program and all settings permanently so that your older kids will only need to press a button to complete their washing.  I would strongly recommend you to buy this machine because it is a sturdy high quality machine.
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Back Friendly Laundry Basket

05 Oct

My dear husband made me a back friendly laundry basket. He screwed the laundry basket onto the stool. Now I do not need to bend down and pick up the clothes from the basket. It is a brilliant invention.

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Gigantic Lemon

04 Oct

Our lemon tree grows really well. We have got some huge lemons off it.
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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

12 Apr

Wide plastic spatula : $2.
Using it with my bread slicer : priceless

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Japanese Curry

10 Jan

We had Japanease curry last night. My kids love it. It is not spicy. I bought the mild S&B  golden curry sauce mix to make the Japanese curry. Firstly cut the beef or chicken into smaller pieces and chop the one brown onion finely. Place them in a pot and fry them with some oil until the onions are lightly brown and the meat is slightly cooked. Then you add in chopped carrots, celery and potatoes. Next you add some water and bring it to boil. Once it is boiled, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer the meat until it is tender. Once the meat is tender, add in the S&B golden curry mix sauce into the pot and make sure you stir the food and the sauce properly until the block of sauce is melted. Continue to simmer the food longer. Stir it from time to time. Once it is ready serve the Japanese curry with steamed rice or noodles. Enjoy!

 

Steamed fish and tofu with thermomix

09 Jan

This is a very easy recipe.  I will tell you what you need to have to make the sauce for the fish and tofu. You need  20 g or sugar, a pinch of pepper, 30 g oyster sauce, 5 g of sesame oil, 1/2 a measuring cup of Chinese rice wine, 15 g of soy sauce, 25 g of olive oil, 4 gloves of garlic which I will chop them finely with 3cm of ginger in the thermomix. I use 2 pieces of salmon fillet and 4 pieces of tofu and finally for garnishing I use some finely chopped spring onions.

Firstly, place your garlic and ginger in the thermomix and chop them for 7 seconds on speed 6. Do remember to scrape them down in the thermomix jug. If not they will stay at the side of the inner thermomix jug and not being cooked properly. After that, add your oil and sesame oil in and cook for 100C for 3 minutes on soft speed. Next add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce into thermomix. Cook it for 5 minutes at 100C on soft speed. Once the sauce is ready pour it into a bowl.

Now I will show you how to cook the rice. Do not wash the the thermomix jug which you use just now to make the sauce. Use the same jug and put in 900 of water. Weigh and wash your rice . I use about 400g of jasmine rice.Insert the basket of rice and cook it for 20 minutes at Varoma temperature on speed 4.  Your rice will have the fragrance of the sauce once it is cooked. I cook the rice together with my fish and tofu which are in the varoma . But I remove the tofu out from the varoma tray(upper tray) after 10 minutes of steaming.  I place the fish in the varoma receptacle(bottom tray).  Once the food is ready, remove the salmon from the varoma receptacle and place it on the plate. Pour the sauce over the fish and tofu and garnish them with spring onions.  Enjoy your salmon and tofu with your steamed rice.

Steamed fish and tofu with thermomix

Steamed fish and tofu with thermomix

 

Roti Paratha

07 Jan

Easy Peasy Asian Breakfast

This morning, we had roti paratha for breakfast. My family loves them. Since it is hard to find the authentic roti canai in Perth, we will normally just have the frozen ones which are good and less oily. You can find them in the frozen session of the Chinese oriental shop. It claims that it is trans fat free and it has no artificial preservatives. Trans fat is found in deep-friend fast foods and process foods which is made with margarine or shortening. I will normally buy the value pack which is cheaper. There are 25 pieces of roti paratha in the pack. We will eat then with dhal which I make in my thermomix. I will soon show you how to make dhal in thermomix later. All you need to do is get a packet of roti paratha straight from the freezer. Please do not defrost the roti pratha because the dough will get too sticky and you will find it hard to panfry it. You do not need to use any oil to panfry it. Then peel of the plastic layer from the roti paratha and place the it in a pan or a wok. Pan fry both side of the roti paratha until it is golden brown. Make sure the pan is not too hot because it will be burnt if the pan is too hot. When the both sides are ready, scoop up the roti paratha and place it on a plate and enjoy.

Roti Pratha

Roti Paratha

 

 

How to wash the Panasonic Electric Thermo Pot

07 Jan

How to wash the Panasonic Electric Thermo Pot

Today I decided to clean in the inner part of my electric thermo pot. The last time I cleaned it was two months ago. I will clean it regularly because I do not want to have any discolouration like dark brown patches in the inner part of the pot. I use about 80g citric acid to clean the inner pot. You can also use lemon juice. I bought my citric acid from this website- http://www.2brothersfoods.com. 100 g of citric acid cost me only $1.00. 80 g of citric acid is about seven tablespoon. Firstly I make sure that the mesh filter at the bottom is attached to the inner pot. Then I pour in 80 g or citric acid into the pot. Next, I add water until it reaches the maximum water level mark. Make sure you mix the citric acid and the water well. After that you close the lid and press the select cleaning button for about 3 seconds until you see the 98C lighted up. Depending on the model of the thermo pot, my thermo pot takes about 50 minutes to clean. Once the cleaning process ended, there will be a flashing light on the 98C. Once the flashing light appear, unplug the thermo pot and remove the lid. Then pour the water out via the “drain’ mark. Add water into it again until the maximum water level mark and then pour the water out. Repeat this process at least twice to remove the taste of citric acid or lemons. Now you will have a clean thermo pot.