Jelly with a twist

Gratify your sweet tooth with this easy to make Jelly with a twist.

A fellow expat introduced this to me.  I loved it immediately.  It is not the usual jelly that we buy from the grocery.  It looks like maja-blangka, but it tastes like ice cream at the same time. I have attempted to bake, cook, or make sweets before.  I failed most of the time.  But this one, I nailed it! That’s according to my husband and he is super blatant about what he thinks of things.  So I was so happy.  I want to share this with you. I used Mr. Gulaman, which my sistah has sent via EMS.

Jelly with a twist

Ingredients

1 sachet of Mr.Gulaman (any flavor will do)

6 cups of coconut milk

2 cans of condensed milk

 

Procedure

1. Put 6 cups of coconut milk in a pot.  Bring it to a boil in a low fire. Stirring constantly.

2.  Add in the condensed milk.  Heat the solution for another minute.

3.  Gradually pour in Mr. Gulaman. Continue to heat it until the solution has already thickened.

Nota Bene:

Make sure that you are using low fire all through out.  Constant stirring is essential to make sure that Mr. Gulaman is totally dissolved, and to make sure that the solution at the bottom part of the pot will not get burned.  Do not use the ready-packed coco milk from the grocery as they have preservatives although their ads say otherwise.  Go green! Help coconut farmers.  Buy grated, freshly squeezed coconut milk.

Here it is…. 

 

Treat your loved ones with this. And let me know what you think about the recipe.

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Fried Egg with Veggies

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Egg is one of the most nutritious food on the planet.  It contains nutrients that work wonders for the brain and has antioxidants. There is really no true measure of how much is too much when it comes to eating eggs.  According to authoritynutrition.com, a perfectly healthy person can safely consume 3 whole eggs per day.  This is great news for us.  We love eggs. I as a mom, particularly love them because they are easy to prepare.

I also thought of taking advantage of the fact that my kids love eggs by putting in vegetables. It would be great as well if we support local farmers and buy organic eggs and vegetables to make sure that our food is phthalates free.  For vegetables we could grow them ourselves in our own background or garden.

So here it is…

FRIED EGG with VEGGIES

What do we need?

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. fish sauce

vegetable oil

carrots and broccoli (minced, proportion depends on you)

Here’s how

  1.  Beat eggs and add in minced vegetables.
  2. Fried in vegetable oil over medium heat. You may adjust heat accordingly so not to burn the vegetables.
  3. Drain excess oil and serve.

How do you like it?

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Derick’s First On-Stage Experience


Derick (in bright yellow “football” shirt), who’s now 2 and 8 months old danced to

“You are my sunshine and Twist” together with the rest of reception students.

 

Seeing little ones perform in front of a crowd with confidence and enjoying every bit of it makes parents really proud. Synchronization is no longer important, the mere fact that they were able to go up the stage, perform the entire presentation without throwing tantrums is definitely a major feat.

For most, performing in front of an audience is frightening. Stage fright is a real thing which could at times ruin a performance. Luckily though, these youngsters are oblivious to that. So through it all they did what they are suppose to do, and performed their hearts out on stage.  They had fun. We all had fun.

The entire show would not have been a success if not for the dedication and all out support of their teachers. Teachers are these children’s superheroes. Indeed they are! They made everything possible. The daily rehearsals are tasking and challenging. Their patients surely was put to the test, yet they were able to keep their cool. That’s why teachers are so loved by these cuties.  Not just this, teachers have to decorate the stage from planning, procuring, and the actual placing of backdrops and other decorations.  Good thing though www.shopbackdrop.com makes life a bit easy.

We hope that this confidence in them is nurtured and will one day help them achieve greater heights in life.

To Derick, may you grow up full of charm, confidence, and humility.  May you always find yourself in auspicious situations, surrounded by happy, helpful, kind-hearted individuals, and to always look back and be grateful to all the people who have helped you along the way.

We love you.

 

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Dips

Filipinos being in a tropical country love fruits…. green, unripe fruits.  This is very much contrary to western food preference.  I have an American colleague, who was a bit confused.  He was wondering why we torture ourselves eating sour, crunchy green mangoes when we can wait for a little while and have a sweet, tasty, and soft ripe mango. He must have thought of this as really silly, lol.

Oh well, that is I guess the beauty of having so many fruits.  We can afford to eat anytime, anywhere in whatever form we like it.  We can also afford to be creative in how we serve them.

Like dip it in….

soy sauce

vinegar with salt

sugar

shrimp paste

This is the Filipino way.  I remember, when I was in primary years my sisters and I used to buy the  sliced green mangoes for 1 peso and we dipped it in vinegar with salt.  Then sip the vinegar dip after.  Oh my, reminiscing those times makes me salivate, lol.

Thai dipping is quite different, in a sense that it is full of chillies. They have variety of dippings which are pretty exotic and yummy too.  For now, I will feature 2 favorites of mine.

PRIK KLEAU is a mixture of salt, sugar, and powered chillies. But there are twice as much salt than sugar.  So, it is dominantly salty with a bit of sweetness.

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BUAI on the other hand has the same composition as prik kleau but with the addition of powdered dried plum.  There are twice as much sugar than salt.  It is sweet with a bit of saltiness.

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These two are very easy to do.  You can try this at home.  Let us know how you find it. Don’t forget the chillies.  It would not be Thai without it.

 

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Cha-Manaw: Lemon Iced Tea

lemon iced tea

My ultimate favorite Thai drink is the Cha-Manaw or the lemon Iced Tea, which comes in variants of hot (Cha-Manaw-Ron) and cold Cha-Manaw (Cha-Manaw-Yen). It’s main ingredients are tea juice, extracted from dried tea plant, and Manaw or lemon.

For the cold lemon iced tea, this is how they do it –  mix the extracted tea juice and sugar together in a small cup.  Pour this solution in a bigger container or cup full of ice.  Then squeeze a quarter of lemon into it.  You may increase the amount of lemon according to your own preference.  I personal like it with a lot of lemon juice.

For the hot lemon tea, just follow the instruction above except the ice part.

It is served by peddlers on the street and even in the most posh restaurant in Thailand.  Thai people from all walks of life, from kids to oldies drink Cha-Manaw.

So it’s no surprise if Thailand like India, China, and Japan has low incidence of gout, a form of arthritis. Lemon (Manaw) is an integral part of their diet.  Lemon juice is extremely beneficial in combating joint pains and gout.  It helps expel uric acid in urine. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of purine-rich food like legumes, nuts, anchovies, organ meat, meat extracts, spinach, mushrooms, and alcohol and other beverages.  Excessive level of uric acid results to its crystallization and deposition in joints, ligaments, and tendons.  Consequently causing joint pains.

Below are food that help lower uric acid;

Oranges,  Papayas,  Kiwifruit, Strawberries, Bell pepper, Broccoli, Bananas, Celery, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Parsley, Pineapple, Cocoa, Vegetable oils, and Water

qqeust  What is your favorite health drink?

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Home-made Playdough

playdough making        dough

For Design and technology, our kids made a HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH.  They love it.  I love it as well! It brings out the child in me. LOL.

This playdough is safe because it is toxic free.  It is made from ingredients we usually used for cooking and baking.  One of my students even tasted the  mixture while stirring it.

This is a good stuff for our kids specially the kinaesthetic ones.  This will also enhance their imagination, improve their motor skills and knowledge in craft.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of salt

1 tablespoon oil

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon food coloring

 

Procedure:

1.  Measure all ingredients.

2.  Pour all the ingredients in one bowl.

3.  Stir until the mixture has a fine texture.

4. Cook it over a moderate heat for 2 to 4 minutes.

5. Put the playdough on a table or bowl dried and coated with flour.

6. Let it cool down.

7. Time to play dough!

 

Go try this! It’s easy.  Your going to love it.

 

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Krabi Tour

Krabi trip is never complete without its famed island hopping.  The islands worth checking out are Tup, Poda, Phranang, and Chicken Islands. Snorkeling in these islands is really a pleasure.  The fish are “friendly”.  They are going to crowd around even without food.  The sceneries  are fantastic and  picturesque.  It’s as if I stepped into a travel magazine or postcard.  The water is clean, and the people are nice.

During low tide, you can actually walk from Tup to its adjacent Island.

While swimming in Tup Island

 

Tup Island

 

 

The shape of this island explains why it’s called Chicken. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Chicken Island

 

Swimming with the fish at Chicken Island

 

We stopped over at Poda Island for lunch.  It is quite bigger than the first two Islands.  The white fine sand is great to the feel, and it is as powdery as that of Koh Lipeh‘s.  A towering rocky Islet is facing Poda Island at one side, which looks like a bow, port side of a ship. And if there are long-tailed boats docked in front  will make it picture perfect (at least for me).

A scenic view at Poda Island

 

Most photographed view in Poda Island

 

Phranang Island, where the “sacred” phranang cave is found.  Our last stop.  The tour guide told us that the locals considered it as a sacred place.  They believe that the cave protects them from any harm.  With this we psyched up ourselves to tone down a bit from our holiday mode. When we got there, it was THE BIGGEST SURPRISE of  my life. The cave is full of gigantic replica of the male genitalia.  OMG!

Me and …..

 

Oh boy! Me and one big…..

 

Ao Nang also offers little conveniences in life.  It has Starbucks for coffee lovers, and Mc Donalds.  There are a lot of Convenience Stores for those who are on a tight budget.  Hostels range from 300 baht to 700 baht per night on a low season and 500 to a whopping 2500 baht per night on peak seasons.

We also went to Ao Thalen to Kayak.  It was a fun, scary, and exciting experience for me, somebody who doesn’t know how to swim. We kayaked the entire length of Ao Thalen Bay, witness scenic views, explore some of the caves.  My muscles were really sore. But it was a feat on my part.  My friend and I were able to complete it without help from the guide.

Kayaking at Ao Thalen

 

 

Into the Cave…

 

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Reasons I include Moringa in My Children’s Diet: You Should too.

To be healthy need not be expensive.

Growing up, I never had vitamin supplements or power drinks like Milo or Ovaltine. Bragging aside,  my siblings and I were healthy and never frequent the doctor while growing up.  We ate healthy – a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially Moringa!

Moringa Oleifera Leaves which have been removed from their stalks by my children. The process is so easy that my 6 year old could even do it. These here are ready for drying.

 

Moringa Oleifera is a tropical tree that’s  abundant in Asian countries like the Philippines,  Thailand,  Malaysia,  and India.  Moringa is so packed with health benefits,  it is called by many  as super food. What’s good is, it can be made into powder. It is so easy even kids can make Moringa powder themselves.

Having experienced it and up until now I am still reaping the health benefits of Moringa,  I would certainly without a doubt include it in my kids diet.  For those who are unfamiliar with Moringa but have been hearing good stuff about it,  and who would love to know more; here are some reasons why I include Moringa in my children’s diet.

1. Combat the effect of too much screen time.

Screen time is giving kid’s eyes nowadays so much strain.  It is affecting their vision.  A healthy amount of Vitamin A is definitely needed.  Moringa is an excellent source of Vitamin A.

2. I’m not short. My height is just cute!

Your child may be dreaming of one day becoming a basketball player or a supermodel, help them attain this.  As growing kids,  they need hefty amount of protein to build and repair body tissues.  With only just a cup of Moringa leaves, your child gets 2 grams of protein. Isn’t that great?

3. Can’t drink milk. Worry not!

For lactose intolerant kids,  Moringa is one great source of Calcium as it has 4 times more than what is found in milk. And because there is a case of scoliosis in my side of the family, all the more my kids need this to have strong bones. You could just discreetly add Moringa to fruitshakes, other dishes like fried eggs with veggies and veggy nuggets, and may be to Jellies.

4. Keep the Doctor away with Moringa

Children and toddlers are prone to common colds and other illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses,  Moringa boosts your kids immunity like no other.  It has 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges,  rich in antioxidant,  and reduces inflammation.

5. The body’s Lego

The only vegetable that contains  9 essential amino acids that the body needs but could not synthsize on it own such as histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. These are essentials in the overall development and bodily functions in cellular level. These amino acids are building blocks, somewhat similar to Legos, behind the normal functions of our cells, muscles, and other tissues.

Aside from these,  Moringa is also rich in potassium,  magnesium,  Vitamin B6 and B2, and Iron. It also has loads of digestive fibers to aid your child’s digestion.

Your child could eat Moringa leaves as an ingredient in soup,  or in powder form which you could add to a variety of food, drinks, or smoothies. There are so many creative ways to feed children with Moringa.

To be healthy need not be expensive.  Moringa is the most affordable super food there is.  In fact,  in Asian countries you could just ask for this from a friend or a neighbor for FREE.  However Moringa does not grow well in cold places,  what’s good though is that it is available in powder form and can be bought online.

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