Making a Meal Out Of Your Pancake

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This is a Japanese savoury pancake called Okonomikayi, meaning “add-what-you-like pancake”. In my pancake, I have added cabbage, crab meat, prawns, mushroom, tomato, bonito flakes and dressing like mayonnaise and okonimiyaki sauce.

Ingredients
For the pancake base
1 cup of Plain flour
1 Egg
1 cup of Water (or Dashi Stock)
Shredded white cabbage

For the toppings
Garlic (minced)
Onion (sliced)
Mushroom (sliced)
Tomato (sliced)
Oyster sauce
Crab meat
Prawns

For the dressing
Bonito flakes
Okonimiyaki sauce
Mayonnaise

Instructions
1) First, get the pancake mixture ready by mixing together the flour, water, egg and finish off by adding in the thinly shredded white cabbage.
2) Stir fry the toppings as your would normally by heating up some oil in a pan, then add in garlic, onion, mushroom, tomato, crab meat and prawn in that order. Then add in some oyster sauce for extra flavour.
3) Add the pancake mixture on top of the toppings in the pan, heat on medium fire and wait patiently for 10 – 15 minutes.
4) Use a fork to poke some holes to see if the pancake is cooked.
5) Flip the pancake over and cook the other side.
6) Now, you can decorate your pancake by sprinkling in some bonito flakes. The bonito flakes will move if your pancake is still hot! Create your own design by squirting on some mayonnaise and okonimiyaki sauce too!

Mmm.. If that is not a meal, what do you call it? Happy pancake making!

Share your best pancake and win a Philips AirFryer too by entering Confused.com‘s pancake challenge competition.

Get Fit, Feel Epic!

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After reading about the existence of a “food clock” on Emma Nutrition, I no longer feel so alien about my recent humongous increased in appetite. It is a cliché everyone overindulge over the festive period and lost track of their exercise routine because they have been away from home visiting family and friends. The snowy January has also contributed to our lack of activity, of course! Sometimes, it is too dark. Other times, I would rather stay at home because my baby has diarrhoea and I do not fancy frantically looking for a baby changing room in the middle of a park! If someone else can baby sit for you whilst you get your exercise, then lucky you. I just got to do it all on my own at the moment.

Google searches gave me some repeated suggestions for “exercise for mums” and this article Eight Ways to find time to Exercise by Baby Centre pretty much sums it all. The only suggestion that seems feasible to me at the moment is the last one – work it out at home. I have ordered ABBA: You Can Dance (Wii) from Amazon at a bargain price of £4.88 and am waiting to try it out as soon as it arrives.

This is my entry into Get Fit Feel Epic competition from Moneysupermarket.com hosted by Mum Reinvented.

Thrifty Storage Solution for the Home

Ever wonder what to do with all those wrapping paper and amazon boxes gathered during Christmas? Why not turn them into a storage solution for your home? My little boy started crawling and loves exploring around the house, including the CDs and DVDs, so I thought of keeping things tidy in a storage box to prevent him from messing it up.

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What you need
Scissors
Used wrapping paper
Boxes
Glue
Cellophane tape

Easy Step by Step Instruction
1) Gather what you need.
2) Wrap up your box as if you are wrapping a present, omitting the opening of the box.
3) Fold in the top part of the wrapping paper into the inside of the box.
4) Tape/ glue in some more wrapping paper on the inside of the box.
5) Make sure everything is taped or glued properly.
6) Now get storing!

My entry to Appliances Online Craft Kids competition
For more information on entering the competition, click on The Mummy Blogger site.

New Year Resolution?

Did you make any new year resolutions this year? Does it work? Or, have those resolutions been broken already? I used to make new year resolution every year until few years ago because I kept breaking them only a few days after.

Anyhow, I did mentioned I wanted to get out more often in the new year. I guess making sure that the whole family keeping fit and healthy is something that I would like to work on this year.

Family Health and Fitness Plan

Get Active
Do things together as a family that will get us moving about
- Walk in the park together (push baby in pram)
- Bring baby swimming in our local leisure centre
- Window shopping

Eat Healthy
- Look up for inspiring recipe. I have a sweet tooth and resisting sweet has been hard going since after Christmas. So, I am thinking of venturing on healthy sweet treat alternative like this healthy chocolate cake recipe.
- Introduce more vegetable in our family meal that our baby could share as well.
- Stick to baby’s weaning plan.

Plenty of Fluid
Easy as it sounds, it is actually really difficult to drink the recommended eight glasses of fluid a day. I am a coffee lover addicted to the caramel macchiato from my local Coffee #1 and the Mochalatte Ice from M&S cafe. I am thinking why not make friend with tea if eight glasses of plain water does not sound appealing. Tea has lower caffeine content hence more hydrating and contains less calories compared to latte.

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Sleep Well
This one is hard because it will depend on my baby, but I guess I can sleep earlier to make up for lost sleep in the middle of the night.

Start a Cleaning Routine
A cleaning routine to get the family healthier and fitter make absolute sense to me. I have to declare that I am not a clean freak as I think there is more to life than to keep my house spotless at all time. A sterilised environment might not be the best way for a baby to cultivate a healthy immune system either. They got to get use to be exposé to some allergen somehow.

However, I think getting into a routine to get the house clean and organised can have a therapeutic effect on everyone. Knowing where things are kept keep stress to minimal and constant 30 mins of cleaning everyday can give you less of a headache when your friends and relative give you last minute visiting notice.

I am inspired by this Clean + Organised planner by Clean Mama.

I am also going to give my kitchen a clear out this year by joining My Organized Chaos’ Ultimate 7 days kitchen clear out. They also have a Facebook Group you can join for free.

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The end of my maternity leave is imminent and I will soon be a working mum. Being a mum is hard work, working on top is really going to be a challenge. So, hopefully these get fit plan will make me feel epic enough to conquer all it requires to be a working mum.

This is my entry for the ‘Get Fit, Feel Epic’ competition sponsored by MoneySupermarket hosted by Kate on Thin Ice. You can click on here to find out how you can too join and win a FitBit activity tracker and smart scale worth over £150.

Example of a Meal Plan for an 8 Months Old

As a first time mum, I found weaning my baby a real challenge. I felt frustrated when he refused the fish pie, the vegetable medley and the potato mash. It sometimes take an hour just to feed my eight months old. We had also resorted to offering him ice-cream so he has his carrot the next spoonful, tricked into thinking that he is having another spoon of ie-cream. He knows that now and just kept his mouth shut regardless of what we fed him.

A community nursery nurse came round to offer me some help and this is an example of a meal plan my eight months old could follow. He usually sleeps late and wakes up late, hence first meal of the day starts at 9am.

9 am. Porridge made up from milk and finish milk after eating

10.30 am. Snack ripe fruits/ breadsticks/ rice cakes/ yogurt/ pitta bread

12.30 pm. Protein + Carbs + Veg +
Yogurt/ Fruits

Mid afternoon Healthy snacks

Dinner Protein + Carbs + Veg +
Yogurt / fruits/ rice puddings/ low sugar custard + fruits

Milk for bed.

My Personal Highs and Lows of 2012

Kate from Kate on Thin Ice has set all grooving mums a challenge to list our personal highs and lows of 2012. She also has a new sassy blog call The Naked Mum Blog. If you fancy joining, click on the bottom below to find out how.

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1. What was your happiest event?
Giving birth to my first baby in April 2012.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
My teeth! Finding out that I needed three fillings and possibly more as there were sign of decay on my other teeth. :-(

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
When I was pregnant, I liked to nosy about other’s birthing experience and always wish I could have an easy and short labour like one two of my colleague in work. Like popping a pea, if you know the expression. It turned out my labour only lasted an hour a half and I only needed gas and air as pain relief. I was well pleased with that. It felt like I could not have possibly done that myself, god must have been with me.

4. Who let you down?
People who has not kept their promise.

5. Who supported you?
My husband has supported me during my pregnancy and also my new role as a mum. My mum and mum-in-law has also helped immensely with caring for our new born baby. People who work professionally with mums, like my health visitor and community nurses make a difference to my life too.

6. Tell us one thing you learned
Sometimes, just take your mind off things you think you ought to do and focus on the present. Live the moment and love it.

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
When my baby do something unexpected.

8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
Well, during my labour I did cry for a bit and also after finding out my teeth needed fillings after a routine dental appointment after pregnancy.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
Looking at my baby everyday, I think how could I have possibly made something wonderful like him myself?

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
I lost all my pregnancy weight! I am very proud of that because I thought it was impossible in the beginning.

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
I wanted to channel some creativity and to connect with other mums out there, especially when it can be pretty lonely staying at home most of the time with a new baby. I have done exactly that when I signed up to WordPress in August 2012 and started blogging!

12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
One: I am going to take good care of my oral health. I do not want any more fillings! So, I got to brush thoroughly as well as floss tidily. Also, I got to rid the habit of eating chocolate and/or something sweet throughout the day if I want no more caries!
Two: I want to get out for fresh air more often regardless of the weather.
Three: I want to get out of my comfort zone like I did this year with starting a blog.