Saturday, 17 November 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday!

PARTY PREPARATIONS

A pink top and a swirly ballet tutu skirt. Cooked breakfast, packed lunch boxes. Sent the birthday girl to kindy. Walked 20 minutes to the wet market to buy fresh salmon, fruits and vegetables. Reached home. Boiled a soup and marinated her favourite baked salmon.

Packed 15 party packs. Thought I'd love to be a party planner - changed my mind after stuffing 15 bags with candy, fruit, snacks and toys! LOL

Crashed on the bed after a quick lunch. Set alarm clock.

4.00 pm Picked up big brother and we set off to her kindy.

PARTY TIME!

Tea time - Toddler was seated at her place, having her tea like a little princess. Where is our monkey???

Teachers helped set up the birthday cake, candles and plates. Mamarazzi busy at work :D

 Toddler stared at candles. Puzzled when the teacher handed her the plastic knife: "What am I supposed to do with this?" LOL

Cool as a cucumber when everyone sang "Happy Birthday".

Funny for someone who's been baking "birthday cakes" and singing the birthday day song SIX MONTHS ahead of her birthday -_-

Birthday cake was a total letdown - too much cream, too little cake. Mummy bake next year's birthday cake? Cheaper, healthier, tastier.

Watched 15 toddlers + 1 kid eat cake.

Passed the party packs to the toddler to distribute. Big brother helped out too. Phew!

We all walked home. Kids play.

Fry noodles, bake the salmon and prepare a salad.

PARTY TIME - AGAIN!

Hubby arrived in time for dinner. Yum yum. Ice-cream cake came out. Kids started to jump!

Toddler yelled, "Dora cake! Dora cake!". Actually, it's just a girl's face.

She was happy: "WOW! So nice! Hahaha! (claps hands) Mummy,mummy, mummy - my cake so nice!" :D (I'd ordered a pink heart cake but the bakery messed up the order.)

Kids stuck the candles. Big brother switched off all the lights hahaha. We yelled, "Not yet!" and the lights came back on. Hubby quickly lighted the candles, big brother switched off the lights and we all sang "Happy Birthday".

Then, the big brother snagged the chocolate bits and popped them into his mouth!

Luckily, the birthday girl was OK. She's happy with her "girl".

A wonderful celebration - kids loved the cake, kids goofed around with each other, I was happy with the birthday noodles and Hubby was happy everyone was happy!

The next morning, the toddler woke up, singing, "Happy Birthday you you!" hahaha.

Next year, my dear, next year...

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Sushi or Kimbap?

My son loves sushi and has repeatedly asked me to make it for him to pack to school and one morning, I did it!

I am afraid that my sushi and onigiri would fail in Japan in terms of aesthetics:

  1. the rice was still warm and the heat melted the seaweed
  2. the cucumber and carrot were a bit thick that they resembled Korean gimbap / kimbap

But you know what? The little guy LOVED every morsel of it and even requested for me to cut the salmon bits thicker next time :)


Here's the D-I-Y onigiri kit I used to shape the onigiri. I found that plastic triangle the most useful: 


Note: Due to the risk of BPA (bisphenol-A) leaching from plastic into food, I did not use the plastic wrap. 

In any case, this little kitchen experiment was fun even though it began at 5.30 in the morning! :)