vegetable soup | flowers

Another attempt at #ivyytkitchenadventure yesterday!

Pretty easy to guess what my dish was yea? #dayrecooks

Chopped all the vegetables up!

Carrots
Tomatoes
Sweet corn
Cabbage
Cauliflower

My mum gave us these to make some soup!

Start by boiling 3.5 bowls of water in med-high heat.

My mum said if it’s just the 2 of us, 2 bowls will do. But.. there’s barely enough water in the pot to cook the vegetables so I added more.

Once the water boils, throw all the vegetables in. When it starts boiling again, change to low heat and let it simmer. Depends on how soft you want your vegetables to be. I let it simmer for 30 min because I like the vegetables very soft.

Threw in some vegetarian meatballs and dumplings.

I cheated by adding a little mushroom seasoning and 大菜头 because I was worried the soup will be tasteless.

It was very sweet indeed 😀 oh and a little too much for 2 pax. I have a bowl left over which will be my dinner for tonight.

It’s a very simple dish, but an achievement for me.

I’m very very scared to attempt Chinese food because I’ve never done it before. If I fail, it means either there’s no dinner, or it’s just very 难吃. Which I’m fine with, if I’m alone. But now there’s the hubs so ya.

Every small step means one step forward, more dishes learnt.

Very happy that I have a kitchen to call my own! Gradually conquering my fear of cooking (Chinese food) haha.

Got these beauties today!

Always wanted some flowers to brighten up the house.

And some thistles.

I picked the main flowers from my solemnisation bouquet.

Still loving this 2 choices!

My end product! For the dining table.

Plenty of thistles left so took some random jar and put a ribbon on. It’s on my coffee table!

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我的情人。

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I told the husband that I don’t need flowers since it’s a quiet evening at home.

Lies 😂

It started when I was helping my colleague help her father look for bouquet yesterday.

The more I find, the more I wanted a bouquet too, even though I know it’s exorbitant.

“Flowers or money?”

Hahah I told him give me the money sua.

In the morning when he kissed me goodbye, i still tell him not to get me flowers when I’m still in sleep mode.

Throughout the day, I was telling him I wanted a money bouquet made of blue hydrangeas LOL. $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 everywhere!

Then I randomly sent him an IGstory from a florist who is still selling bouquets for delivery 4-10pm.

Just as I was leaving office at 6pm, I received a call saying I have a delivery.

Well, I had 2 deliveries earlier so I just told the person to leave it there.

Delivery person: errrrr do you know what it is?

Me: nope but it’s okay!

Delivery person: errr. I tell you la. It’s actually a bouquet.

Me: oh!

Delivery person: I’ll leave it here, but just remember to put the bouquet at a cool area when you get it.

😅

So the husband got me bouquet after all!

💕💕💕💕💕

I made dinner for us today. Actually it’s just like any other days LOL.

His pork chops.

And my slightly over cooked steak.

Made very simple meals. Just salt and pepper (and mixed herbs for his).

 

It’s our first valentine’s day at #tohtallylokeyhome so it’s extra special too.

And my bouquet! It was between hydrangea and sunflowers and the husband sure knows what I prefer 😀 I’m a sucker for flowers hahaha.

And my Scent by Six fragrance came right on time!

One for the living room and one for the bedroom.

I got 1724 Puka for the living room and Bifei, which is a slightly heavier scent, for the bedroom.

My living room smells so good now!

With my forever valentine!

And we finally wore our matching PJs from Taobao today 😀

My first Chinese homecooked meal

I’m an absolute noob when it comes to Chinese cuisine and I’m always afraid of cooking because I’ve never really tried it before.

Today, I took the first step. Today, I cooked some Chinese food.

Since it’s just the 2 of us, I usually use the electric lunch box to cook our rice. Then I remembered seeing quite a number of dishes you can cook with it in YouTube so I did a quick search!

I decided on steamed tofu with minced pork 😀


For the minced meat!

1 tbsp oyster sauce (I’m using vegetarian because the husband is going vegetarian for CNY soon)
1/2 tsp sugar
A few drops of sesame oil.


Mix everything together!

Place it on top of tofu.
Steam it until the light goes off.

My rice is on the bottom tier heh


Tadaaaaa!


Cooked long beans with carrot and corn.

I thought it might end up quite badly because I put a tad too much water, turns out okay!

Our simple meal today!

Sent this photo to my mum and it got her approval!

“Looks nice”

“枣米饭?

“Good”

The husband says it’s okay too so I’m happy! 😊

Recipe: Honey Cornflakes Cup

Honey Cornflakes Cup

With CNY just around the corner, my mom has been experimenting with different snacks recipes with our air-fryer. Air-fryer is amazing seriously, it can do a lot of things!

So A and I decided to experiment too, and since he was craving for some honey cornflakes cup, that would be it!

It’s very simple. Only 3 ingredients needed!

Honey Cornflakes Cup

Ingredients:
150 grams plain cornflakes
2 tablespoon honey
50 gram unsalted butter
chocolate rice / rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Honey Cornflakes Cup
Honey Cornflakes Cup

Melt the butter and honey in a saucepan until it is fully liquid.

Honey Cornflakes Cup

Put your cornflakes in a big bowl. Crush the cornflakes into smaller pieces.

Honey Cornflakes Cup

Pour the melted mixture of butter and honey into the bowl of cornflakes and stir it properly so that your cornflakes will be coated evenly.

Honey Cornflakes Cup
Honey Cornflakes Cup
Honey Cornflakes Cup

Spoon them into the cups!

Bake them at 150 degrees for about 15 minutes, especially if you like them golden and crispy.

Honey Cornflakes Cup
Honey Cornflakes Cup
Tada! This recipe serves about 70+ mini cups. It’s really simple and fast! We gobbled up the first batch rather quickly so we made another serving.

Method:

1. Melt butter and honey over small heat until mixture turned into liquid.
2. Crush the cornflakes into smaller pieces.
3. Add the honey butter mixture into the bowl of cornflakes and stir to ensure cornflakes is coated with the mixture evenly.
4. Spoon the cornflakes into mini baking cups. Add some rainbow sprinkles if you want to!
5. Bake at 150 degrees celcius for 15 minutes, especially if you like your cornflakes to be golden brown and crispy.
6. Wait for the cornflakes to cool before packing ’em.

My parents loved them, A is now a happy boy and I just bought more cornflakes to make 😀 I heard how expensive some places are selling them, like $14 per container.. like whut?! This is definitely wayyyy cheaper to make them at home and it is not time-consuming!


Just reposting an old entry here for my own record!

I got all the ingredients ready but with moving and spring cleaning, I still haven’t got the time to do this T.T

food (or the lack thereof)

The husband usually leave the house earlier than me because it takes him longer to get to the office. He kisses me goodbye, leaves the house, and then I wake up.

My mum once commented “huh you never wake up to make breakfast for him?”

My mum wakes up to do that and sends all of us out of the door. But I can’t lol. I love my sleep too much. Even 1 minute is precious.

But today..


Is the first time we both left for work together!

So it’s deserving of a photo lol.

And I wish for many more days like this!

Living on our own is not easy.

I’ve taken simple things like cleaning the house and having meals prepared for me for granted.

Now, I come home to prepare dinner & clean the house. By the time everything is done, it’s 9pm and I’m like, where did the time go?!

Meanwhile I’m having a little struggle with preparing dinner. Haha. The tough part is deciding what to cook when we have very limited food items at home.

At one point of time, we didn’t even have rice. So here’s what we had so far..


My steak..


And his pork loins.

Pesto pasta with honey baked chicken!

Baked curry rice and salmon.

Only had Japanese rice at home so I just cooked that in my small electric lunchbox, and then threw everything into the oven. Done!

I love my oven. #ivyytkitchenadventure

As you can see.. they are all western food LOL.

I have little, or almost no experience in cooking Chinese cuisine and it scares me. But now that we have rice and some vegetable, I’m going to start trying!

I can do it 💪🏼

first impromptu hosting!

First impromptu hosting at #tohtallylokeyhome!

It was supposed to be a dinner outside but we changed it to our house because my two very good friends popped by with heavy gifts!

 

With barely anything at home, I rushed to the supermarket to grab some stuff.

So here we are, pasta with mushroom and broccoli, and honey baked chicken! #ivyytkitchenadventure

My first time using the built-in oven and I was reading the manual as I tried. So afraid that the chicken won’t be cooked 😂

I usually have problem gauging how much pasta to cook for one pax, and it’s 4 today 😓I guess the amount was okay for us! We ended the night with ice cream 🍨

 

I’ve never been so happy about receiving a tool box before HAHAHAHA

And of course, air fryer! 💕💕

So this marks the first proper meal I’ve cooked here, and the first hosting 😀 😀

Can’t wait to stock up the fridge over the weekend, clean all the electrical appliances so I can do a proper cookout!

My problem now is.. I can’t remember where I put all the different stuff 😅😅

#firstworldproblems for new #dayrehomes owners? 😬