Baking with the Twins!

I’ve learnt that with multiples there are 2 things that are key to keeping my wits about me.
First, routine, routine, routine is my best friend!
Unlike a mom of a singleton, I can’t just go with the flow of my child. Because 2 children means 2 different flows…2 different needs…2 different wants…and all at different times. You could go mad. So settling them into a routine is critical! So they nap at the same time, eat at the same time, etc. I can also start planning my day around their schedule, rather than be held hostage by it.
The second lesson I learnt recently is that i have to plan my weekends, which is the when I have large pockets of time with my kids, really well. I need to plan activities to fill up the time between routine activities like meals and naps. 
If there are no structured activities that keep the boys busy and engaged, it’s likely that they get bored and then the chances of tantrums being thrown are upped. 
And tantrums, my friends, are a Multiple Mommy’s worse enemy!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!
But sometimes I get lazy and I absolutely forget to do any planning. So a couple of Sundays ago, I realised I had nothing up my sleeve to keep the boys occupied. They had been just playing together and had started getting into little tussles. The alarm bells went off..and I knew..I KNEW I had to plan something quick! 
Luckily for me, I had recently asked Corsage for her recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. And I knew I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. So I practically yelled at the hubby, telling him to brace himself for an hour of baking!

Since this was unplanned, I found myself quite unorganised. I don’t remember why I didn’t just use the big plastic sheet we have for the boys activities instead of lining the table with old newspapers. But ah well, it served its purpose!

Daddy’s help to supervise the boys was critical to the success of this activity. 
Note to self: Don’t attempt to do this without Hubby around to help!

Yeah, well sometimes us moms like to think the kid was 100% involved in the activity, when really the parents were doing most of the work while the kid was like in la la land!  Here, Ihsan is just playing with an IKEA clip while Hubs and I were hard at work!

But they did some work of course!

This little boy has my blood coursing through his vein! He kept dipping his fingers into the batter, saying, “Ihsan want cookie!” Just like his mommy, he loves his cookies and is terribly impatient 
about it!

We had the cookies in the oven while the boys played. And after they had their lunch, they each had 1 cookie each. Yeah right, more like 2 or 3… =)

Irfan ignored me when I asked him whether the cookies were nice! =)
(Note to self: Good to have hubby around for such activities, especially when he does the washing up!)

YUMZ!!!!!
Thanks Corsage for the wonderful recipe! We’re definitely going to bake them again!

Introducing the Eveel Lair

I think I’m finally ready to share the Eveel Lair with you folks…

We’ve moved into this home for close to half a year now, and I’ve finally gotten most of my decorating done.

With work and the twins, it’s been close to impossible to get things in place any faster. It has been a fair bit of work because the look that we were gunning for was something that didn’t look like an interior decorator put everything together. I wanted it to have a distinct sense of US!

This meant keeping the renovation simple. A simple canvas that we could leave our indelible marks on.

And boy of boy, trying to express individuality in a small 4 room HDB flat is no easy feat! To ensure that our living units are as small as possible without it being an unconducive living space, HDB planners have pretty much mapped out the way homes are built these days so that you have so little space and freedom to be really different.

So working around the constraints, mostly space, Mr Eveel and I have been engaged in a trial and error process of getting to where we are now. Some of our furniture have moved more than once over the last few months. And we’ve even had to switch the function of some spaces because reality trumped planning on paper.

Our inspiration


Our design inspiration is this set of lamps we bought when we were in Turkey 2 years ago. It was a trip that took place post-unsuccesful first pregnancy. It was a special trip because it was a healing trip. I think we both grieved the loss of our first pregnancy in separate and different ways and it was during the trip that it finally felt that our individual journeys of coming to terms with that loss had finally come to an end. And finally, we were together, in step, beginning a new journey, one filled with hope, together.

The lamps serve as an everyday reminder of the special place and that precious moment in our lives.

It was perfectly us. Because there’s nothing more (other than our twins) that we love more than COLOUR. It so made sense that our colour palette would be inspired by the beautiful gem like colours of the lamp. Bright Yellow, Shades of Blue, Red and Orange.

And what better colour to feature in our kitchen than the bright, sunny, happy colour YELLLOW.

Welcome to my kitchen!

I hope I’ve peaked your interest! I don’t expect everyone to love it, but I love it! And i’m so excited to share my excitement with you!

Stay tuned!

Wild Fig & Vanilla Conserve

I was in a rush to get to work today. But i remembered the lovely gifts of Jam the girlfriend from Perth brought along during her last visit with me. Managed to butter up some toast and slather on some of this Wild Fig & Vanilla Conserve on my piece of whole-wheat. Took a bite and when straight to Jam heaven!

I LOVE JAM!

And i LOVE FIG jam even better. And this is the BEST fig jam I’ve ever tasted. The vanilla works so smoothly with the fig. It doesn’t over power it, but leaves a lingering…not even taste…a sensation, maybe from the smell of the vanilla…that made me go….WHOAH……

A Western Australian family-owned company, Ogilvie & Co, with the best tagline “Life is too short for anything but the best”. I’m truly won over, the next time someone’s headed to Perth, PUH-LEASE bring me back more of this jam!

The Best CNY Ever (part deux)

…and the awesome weekend continued….

CNY weekend Day 3 (First day of CNY)

We decided that it was time for the boys’ first trip to the Mandai Zoo! What better time we thought? It was a long weekend, it was the first day of the Chinese New Year so certainly all our fellow Chinese Singaporean citizens would be busy visiting and we had the whole of the next day to recover from whatever madness transpires at the zoo.

The entrace of the zoo as we were leaving!!!!
And what madness it was. It could have possibly been the busiest day at the zoo EVER! We were amongst, what must have been, contingents of Bangladeshi workers enjoying their long weekend and bus loads of tourists and of course about 99.36% of the expat community here in Singapore who thought it too was the best day ever to descent upon Mandai zoo.

Ipin and the billy goats. They tried to bite off my babies little toes.
Time to buy them shoes I’ll say!
For our first trip, it went surprisingly well. We didn’t see much cos the boys were a tad cranky from fighting the zzzzs. They were obviously thrilled. But we have the membership passes so this will be the first of many many trips to the zoo!

We thought of Auntie Imp, whose holidaying in Shanghai,
 when we were at the Orangutan enclosure!
We did spend loads of time at the Orang Utan enclosure, which I love!!! So the boys got to appreciate why the gift we had gifted Auntie Imp was a very important one!
CNY weekend Day 4

Day 4 was a ‘take-it-easy’ day before life resumed to its normal frantic pace. I wanted a home-cooked meal so I planned for a trip to the nearby supermarket. Hubby was craving prata so we thought we’d make a stop at a nearby prata joint for breakfast, before shopping for groceries. Yes, with the twins. We do EVERYTHING with the twins!

It was such a delightful surprise when the doorbell rang early in the morning and I found my brother and my lil nephew waiting for us to welcome them in. They had gone on a very very early morning walk at Bishan Park and stopped by to say hello. They decided to join us for prata and it became certainly more fun than if we had just gone, the 4 of us!

It was actually very very good!

Shopping at NTUC went well and I managed to get everything I needed for an Ikan Bakar lunch. I also made baked honey chicken wings for the helper who is allergic to fish and we had scrumptious stir-fried bittergourd to round off the meal!

Oh though, I forgot banana leaves, which would have done wonders to the dish. My folks have a banana tree right in front of their place, so it didn’t occur to me that I’d need to buy some, seeing that I’m now a heartlander with no space to plant my own fruit trees!

I even had enough energy to round up a batch of Apple Pie Muffins. Which didn’t turn out as I expected, but that’s for another blog post.

The weekend ended with me sharing to hubby, ‘ Our weekends have never been more tiring, but they’ve never felt more fulfilling and rewarding either’.

The joys of parenthood. =)

Feeding the Twins

Someone recently asked me what I’ve been feeding the twins since they started on solids. The questions was one which arose out of curiousity more than an enquiry on why my twins look so…solid! *lol* They aren’t much bigger than the average 7+ month old baby really.

When I came to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to breastfeed my children successfully, I decided that I would do my best to ensure that they get the best, most nutritious food that my purse-strings would allow. I’m delighted to report that I have from the get-go tried to do this and continue to try and feed my children well.

I’ve been following the Super Baby Food Diet book which my sis-in-law kinda recommended. She was reading it but didn’t make an outright recommendation. I got a copy for myself and have been following this diet quite zealously.

I don’t know if this is the best book about baby foods, but I found it simple. I like that she tells you when is the best time to introduce what sorts of foods, e.g. Sweet Potatoes and Avocados at 6 months, Carrots, Peas, etc at 8 months. For a new mommie like me, information like this really helps. I don’t second guess my choices on how to feed them and what’s the best ways to cook their food.

So I steam and puree different types of foods for the twins which I store in the freezer. I do this about once a week. Right now we’re still in the midst of introducing new foods, but they eat a staple of a daily porridge made out of brown rice, oatmeal, barley with a sprinkle of ground flax-seed.

This porridge is mixed with usually a fruit for the mornings, and sometimes served with yoghurt. And a vegetable for supper. We’re going to work towards introducing more legumes for their base porridge, and more veges so that they end up eating a mix of veges during the day.

They are such great eaters the two of them, and would even wallop sour prune puree which even my mom can’t swallow. LOL!

I actually enjoy prepping their food for them, the peeling, cutting, steaming, pureeing, labelling are all very therapeutic activities. It also makes me feel wonderful that they’re eating good wholesome foods.

So far, they’ve started eating: Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Barley, Yoghurt, Peaches, Prunes, Pears, Bananas, Avocados, Peas, Carrots, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes and Tofu.

We still have a long list of foods to introduce and I aim to try and introduce as much as possible. I want my babies to have a varied palate for different cuisines, even from a young age!

sweet and savoury

since reconnecting with some of the ol’ gal friends late last year, i seized the opportunity to have them over for dinner over the long weekend. all part of the plan of being more connected to friends i have tended to neglect over the years.

i fought the lazy bug and decided to cook. and also to make dessert.

the menu? salad with feta cheese, followed by do-it-ourselves-pizza and a low-fat, low calorie strawberry tart for dessert.

the pizza dough was made from scratch, and when the gals (and some hubbies) arrived, we folded up our sleeves and got our hands dirty, and assembled our own pizzas. hubby was happy to dump loads of blue cheese on his pizza, and my lil sis was happy to load her slices with lots of turkey ham.

the tart turned out pretty good. the recipe came from a cookbook i borrowed, and the light recipe only asked for a base of digestive biscuits, light cream cheese sweetened with only a few tablespoons of honey, topped with gorgeously sweet korean strawberries with blueberries. too.

loved it. i am definitely going to make it again!

sweet and savoury

since reconnecting with some of the ol’ gal friends late last year, i seized the opportunity to have them over for dinner over the long weekend. all part of the plan of being more connected to friends i have tended to neglect over the years.

i fought the lazy bug and decided to cook. and also to make dessert.

the menu? salad with feta cheese, followed by do-it-ourselves-pizza and a low-fat, low calorie strawberry tart for dessert.

the pizza dough was made from scratch, and when the gals (and some hubbies) arrived, we folded up our sleeves and got our hands dirty, and assembled our own pizzas. hubby was happy to dump loads of blue cheese on his pizza, and my lil sis was happy to load her slices with lots of turkey ham.

the tart turned out pretty good. the recipe came from a cookbook i borrowed, and the light recipe only asked for a base of digestive biscuits, light cream cheese sweetened with only a few tablespoons of honey, topped with gorgeously sweet korean strawberries with blueberries. too.

loved it. i am definitely going to make it again!

creating tradition in my kitchen

the traditional cookies i bake every year for eid are not traditionally traditional type cookies, if you know what i mean. it actually falls into the category of modern cookies or kueh.

Traditional kueh raya (eid cookies/pastries) would be the kueh bangkit, kueh makmur, kueh tart-type, biskut kachang type cookies. These are cookie recipes which date pre-1960s Singapore and uses traditional ingredients, i.e. no cornflakes, chocolate chips which are modern ingredients that only became popular and widely used in baking after the 80s.
But these M&M cookies that feature in our eid fare every year, for more than 10 years now, are traditional to my family although they fall technically into the modern cookie category (m&ms and chocolate chips!). My sister always looks forward to these and eid would not feel complete without these cookies (don’t you just love the colours?).
I love that traditions are being created every day. So what are we holding onto anymore? Tell you what, i think i’ll start a new tradition this year- something wacky like errrr…macarons for raya!

creating tradition in my kitchen

the traditional cookies i bake every year for eid are not traditionally traditional type cookies, if you know what i mean. it actually falls into the category of modern cookies or kueh.

Traditional kueh raya (eid cookies/pastries) would be the kueh bangkit, kueh makmur, kueh tart-type, biskut kachang type cookies. These are cookie recipes which date pre-1960s Singapore and uses traditional ingredients, i.e. no cornflakes, chocolate chips which are modern ingredients that only became popular and widely used in baking after the 80s.
But these M&M cookies that feature in our eid fare every year, for more than 10 years now, are traditional to my family although they fall technically into the modern cookie category (m&ms and chocolate chips!). My sister always looks forward to these and eid would not feel complete without these cookies (don’t you just love the colours?).
I love that traditions are being created every day. So what are we holding onto anymore? Tell you what, i think i’ll start a new tradition this year- something wacky like errrr…macarons for raya!

creating tradition in my kitchen

the traditional cookies i bake every year for eid are not traditionally traditional type cookies, if you know what i mean. it actually falls into the category of modern cookies or kueh.

Traditional kueh raya (eid cookies/pastries) would be the kueh bangkit, kueh makmur, kueh tart-type, biskut kachang type cookies. These are cookie recipes which date pre-1960s Singapore and uses traditional ingredients, i.e. no cornflakes, chocolate chips which are modern ingredients that only became popular and widely used in baking after the 80s.
But these M&M cookies that feature in our eid fare every year, for more than 10 years now, are traditional to my family although they fall technically into the modern cookie category (m&ms and chocolate chips!). My sister always looks forward to these and eid would not feel complete without these cookies (don’t you just love the colours?).
I love that traditions are being created every day. So what are we holding onto anymore? Tell you what, i think i’ll start a new tradition this year- something wacky like errrr…macarons for raya!