Monthly Archives: December 2012

Daxon’s VIP Fashion Bloggers

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Do you get excited writing about fashion? Why not become a Daxon VIP fashion blogger and get rewarded at the same time? All you got to do is to follow these three easy steps on their website.

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Here is a little insight into Daxon.
Daxon is part of Redcats, which is the third largest home shopping organisation in the world. They specialise in top quality clothing, for all occasions, to give you effortless style. They aim to find the perfect fit for you and they do not believe in compromise when it comes to fashion.

Here are some fabulous finds from the Daxon’s website:

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I like this Ladies Expert Designed Body Shaping Dress with a clever invisible firm-support tummy panel. I definitely can do with a little bit of help to pull my tummy in after having a baby. It is 30% off the original price at the moment, for £24 I think this timeless and slimming wardrobe essential is an investment I will never regret.

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To my surprise, Daxon also supplies healthcare products like this Back and Waist Support Jacket, which helps

correct bad posture and keep the spine straight

I am thinking I need that too because I am slouching a lot lately picking up toys and bathing my baby.

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I love this Ladies Stud Detail Handbag with a shoulder strap so I can be hands free and the generous storage inside is just perfect for a first time mum like me!


Homemade Santa Mask

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Here is a Christmas craft that is super easy to make, even a toddler could do it with a little help from their elder siblings. I have forgotten to post this up before Christmas but it could be an idea for next year.

What you need
Paper plate
Glue brush
Cotton balls
Red nose (from any hobby/ craft shop)
Red colour card

Easy steps
1) Cut a semi circle off the middle of a paper plate.
2) Apply glue all over one side of the paper plate.
3) Get sticking the cotton balls.
4) Stick the red nose in the middle.
5) Cut out a triangle and apply glue on top and at the bottom.
6) Glue a cotton ball on the top of the triangle; and glue the bottom of the triangle to the top of the paper plate.


Apple & Raisin Herman-the-German Friendship cake

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You can find all the detail information on how to bake a Herman-the-German cake yourself here.

I was given a Herman starting dough by a friend and it was quite cool caring for the dough for ten days before baking it. Guess what, I ate the whole thing mostly on my own in two days! Maybe it is time for a new year resolution to make up for all the over indulgence in food during the festive period.

Thai Basil Minced Beef Recipe

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This recipe is inspired by the Thai Basil chicken recipe. You can google search for “Thai Basil Chicken” and get many different recipes online but I have used what I have got in my pantry and fridge to make up this delicious recipe.

500g Minced Beef (or any minced meat)
2 Tbs Fish sauce
2 Tbs Light soy sauce
1 Tbs Brown sugar
2-3 Tbs Gourmet Garden Basil paste (be generous!)
1 Tbs Gourmet Garden Chilli paste (as hot as you fancy)
1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic paste (to add an infused garlicky taste)
2-3 chopped shallots
4-5 chopped garlic
1 small chopped chilli
Spring onion to garnish

1) Heat sunflower oil in wok and add in shallot, garlic and chilli.
2) Add in minced meat and stir fry till almost brown.
3) Add in fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar.
4) Add in basil, chilli and garlic paste towards the end and stir well.
5) Garnish with spring onion.

Taste super with warm white rice and steam egg!

My One Pot Slow Cooked Recipe

Have you ever experiment with dishes and come up with your own recipe? This is my one and only self-invented dish and is well liked by those who has tried it (including my OH, in-laws and neighbour). This dish is nick-named my “Kimchi” dish because it has the Chinese white cabbage in it, it is garlicky and peppery like the Kimchi, but it is definitely not the real Kimchi (a popular Korean dish).

Chinese white cabbage
Shiitake mushrooms
Fish balls
One whole garlic (chopped, I have yet to try replacing it with garlic paste)
Oyster sauce
Korean red pepper paste

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1) Heat sunflower oil in wok and add in garlic.
2) Add in the bottom (harder) part of the white cabbage first, followed by the leafy part. Give it a good stir fry.
3) Add in the chopped shiitake mushrooms and fish balls.
4) Add in oyster sauce and stir well.
5) Add in the Korean red pepper paste and stir well.
6) Transfer to the slow cooker and add enough boiling water to cover the food content.
7) Slow cook on high for 2 hours.

Serve with warm rice and enjoy.

(Forgot to take a picture of the finished dish this time, but will try to upload it when I remember next time).

Mum’s Miso Fish

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This is another dish I learnt from my mum. It is extremely easy to prepare and very healthy too.

What you need
2 teaspoons miso paste
Chopped Garlic
Julienned Ginger
Julienned Small red chilli
Sliced Spring onion
1 Tablespoon Light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Rice wine
Corn flour
White fish fillets (I used Basa fillet)

My easy instruction
1) Cut the fish fillets into bite size squares and coat with corn flour.
2) Heat a little oil in wok and add in the garlic, ginger and red chilli. Stir for 2 minutes.
3) Add in the fish fillets and stir fry.
4) Add light soy sauce, rice wine and miso paste. Stir fry for another few minutes.
5) Garnish with spring onion.

Serve with warm rice. Enjoy.

Mum’s Slow Cooked Pork Rib Stew

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This is my entry into Gourmet Garden’s Blog Off/ Cook Off competition.

This is my mum’s recipe (a traditional South East Asian dish) and I could not find an exact same one from the Internet. Every time I want to make this dish, I would have to ring her up to reiterate all the ingredients required. This time, I am going to type it down here so I can refer to it next time.

If you have a slow cooker, you should definitely give this dish a go. It has a nutty taste and so full of flavours. It is warm and there is depth of flavour and there are different textures. Perfect for winter I think.

Marinade A
2 – 3 cubes of Red fermented bean curd
1 Tablespoon of Rice Wine (Xiao xing wine)
1 Tablespoon of Light Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Cornflour

Marinade B
1 Tablespoon of Gourmet Garden’s Chilli paste
1 Tablespoon of Gourmet Garden’s Ginger paste
1 Tablespoon of Gourmet Garden’s Garlic paste
1 Teaspoon of Miso paste
2 thinly sliced and chopped Shallots

700g Pork Ribs
1/2 Cup of Raw peanut
Potatoes (Optional – to make the stew more starchy)

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Easy steps
1) Boil raw peanut in a pot.
2) Marinade the pork ribs with marinade A.
3) Add oil into a wok/ pan and fry the marinated pork ribs.
4) Clean the wok/pan.
5) Add oil into the wok/pan and fry marinade B.
6) Add in the fried pork ribs and cooked peanuts. (Optional – add cooked potatoes)
7) Stir.
8) Add water and wait till it boils for five minutes.
9) Transfer into slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours, then low for 2 hours.

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My mum and me (1986)

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