Food, Uncategorized

Bosch experience with chef John See (part 3-dessert)

Chef John See is trained in French cuisine. Hence we can see from all these dishes that  he’s very particular with the presentation. Every dish is like an art form. Rich, colorful & pretty. Of course, very nutritious too! Below are the ingredients for making this refreshing & pretty dessert. 

Dessert: Chilled melon soup with avocado & assorted berry.

 
    

Ingredients

2 white dragon fruits

4 avocado

4 gooseberry

1 cup fresh blueberry

1 cup strawberry  
 Melon mix:

1 Rock melon

2 cup Ice cube

1cup fresh raspberry

  1) Combine the melon mix ingredient together in a Bosch blender, puree the ice & melon to fine. Set in the fridge & stir before serve.

2) Place one of the dragon fruit halves into a soup plate & nicely place all the fruit balls & berry onto it. Then, pour the chilled melon soup into the soup plate as shown.

Done! So pretty right?  

   

Putting the same dessert in different bowls give it a different feel…

 With the 3 “H” (haze/ hot & humid) in Singapore, Mrs Eio will strongly recommend this dessert for everyone. Have a blessed & restful weekend! 

Education, Food

Bosch experience with Chef John See (part 2- main dish)

In addition to the appetizer salad that Mrs Eio shared in her earlier post when she’s at the Bosch Experience Center, chef John See also shared his recipe on the following main dish & how he used Bosch home appliances to create this dish with ease. 

    
Main dish:

Steamed Salmon encrusted with flaxseed & walnut. Served with beetroot-tomato jam & sautéed kale with soya milk   
This is a dish with lots of superfood ingredients: 

Salmon
2tbsp Olive oil

Pinch freshly cracked salt & pepper 

8 slices lemon slices 

Flaxseed & walnut crust: 

3tbsp toasted flaxseed

Half cup toasted walnut

2 sliced toasted wholemeal fibre bread (cut to cubes)
1tbsp honey 

  
Beetroot & tomato jam:

2 cooked beetroot (peel & diced)

3 cup fresh tomato (cut to quarter)

2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

4tbsp brown sugar 

Half white onion (diced)

Kale in soya milk:

1tbsp olive oil

2 whole garlic smashed 

Pinch of salt & pepper

300gm Fresh kale leaves

1 firm bean curd

Half cup soya milk


1) tomato jam: Heat up an pot over Bosch stove. Add all the tomato jam ingredients together & simmer to boil. Keep at low heat & keep stirring from time to time for 15 min. 

Use a Bosch handheld blender (see photo above) & purée the tomato jam into fine puree & add in the cooked beetroot cube. Set aside to serve with salmon. 

   

 2) combine all the flaxseed mix ingredients (except honey ) into the Bosch mighty mix blender (see photo below). Roughly blend & set aside. Add honey, then heating it on a pan. Set aside as a crust for the salmon.   

 3) place the salmon onto a tray top with salt, pepper, lemon slices & olive oil. Then into the Bosch Series 8 steam oven (see photo below) to steam for 5-6 min. 

Mrs Eio is impressed with bosch series 8 steam oven. It’s an all-in-one oven that can steam (that’s the container to hold water for steaming function), roast, microwave & bake etc. Recent new developments have very small kitchen, this oven will help save space as there’s no need for a steamer, microwave etc. Of course, this oven is more pricey as compared to the other conventional ovens in the market. 

  

Chef stressed that we should not over-steam salmon. If we see whitish substance on the salmon, it means that the fish is over cooked. 
  4) encrusted with the flaxseed walnut crust & place it onto a plate.   (Mrs Eio loves the taste of this crust. Crunchy & nutty. Can serve the kids as snacks. Lol) 
   

Mrs Eio has tried cooking this black tau kwa. It’s delicious, tougher & taste abit like meat. Well… You can see from the packaging that it contains antioxidants. 

5) lightly sautéed the garlic to golden brown, add kale & bean curd (see photo above & below) . Fry for 2 min. Finally add in soya milk to braise for 3 min.

   

6) serve with beetroot tomato jam. 

 

The final product! 

Steamed Salmon encrusted with flaxseed & walnut. Served with beetroot-tomato jam & sautéed kale with soya milk  

Mrs Eio has not tried steaming fish with lemon! She usually used ginger & garlic. Hmm.. Something different that she can try at home. Hopefully the Eios will like it. 

Cafe Hopping

The Bark Cafe

The Bark Cafe is located next to the Changi chapel & museum.  If you are looking for a place for Al fresco dining, this is a cafe that you should give a try.   

 Mrs Eio visited the Changi Chapel & museum before heading to the cafe for lunch. Good place for an educational trip for Eio kids when they are slightly older. 
   
  

No air-con but the dining area is rather cosy despite the heat. 

  
 
Ordered latte, chapel cheesy burger & of course, not forgetting waffle for dessert. 

   
Mrs Eio was really impressed by their chapel cheesy burger. One of the best beef patty ever- juicy & succulent. One thing Mrs Eio must highlight is that the chef toasted the burger bread which makes this dish even yummier. 

    
 
The waffle tasted good but it’s kind of too thin. Hence it gets soggy very quickly with the icecream, fruits & syrup.   
 Hmm… This cafe is worth re-visiting. 😊

Website: http://www.thebarkcafe.com

Kids/Children

7 ways Eio kids “self-service” at home (age 2-6)

After shifting to their new place this year, Mrs Eio decided it’s time for Eio kids to do more “self-servicing” at home as compared to the past since they are now older & this can save her more time & trouble. Eio kids can also learn to be more independent. 

  
Nevertheless for some of the pointers below, adult supervision & guidance are absolutely necessary to ensure the children’s safety. The kids also need to know how to “self-service” correctly right from the start so that they need not unlearnt & re-learnt what they have already know. Patience are very much needed at the initial stage so parents try not to loose your cool when the kiddos miss the mark. (A reminder to Mrs Eio herself!) Mrs Eio stresses on age appropriateness & readiness of the child. In the long term, this will relieve the SAHM/ caregivers who are looking after the kids at home on their own. 
 

 1) Place a stable stool at the sink for them to stand wash hands on their own. 

Place hand towels lower (at their height) so that the kids can reach them easily to dry their hands. 

  

2) Install/ Set up a lower laundry rack so that the kids can help to keep & sun clothes

  
  

Some days Eio kids helps to fold Mr Eio’s handkerchiefs. 

  
    

3) Set up a work station (at least a table & chair) so that the kids know where to go automatically to complete their assignments or school homework. (Mrs Eio is still trying to refine this after Em goes Pri school. Probably a more conducive corner in a room… For the time being, Eio kids enjoys doing work at their windy front balcony.) 
  

Just last months, Eio kids shared a table when their do work, but Mrs Eio soon finds them distracting each other. Her in-laws gave her another table. There are time they work together but it’s good to separate them to work at different places when necessary. 😊

  

4) Place books & a box of toys at the living room or at a corner so that they kids can play or read in the morning while waiting for mommy to wake up. Lol. Eio kids has been going to their play or reading area quietly in the mornings when they woke up earlier than Mrs Eio these days. 

Books at the TV console & a box of train set etc. Messy as they’re very much in use. 😁

Mrs Eio separates the toys into a few boxes & the boxes are rotated every week so Eio kids have “new toys” to play with all the time. Lol. 

Mrs Eio is sure most kids are told not to draw on the walls etc, it’s good if we can also provide an area or an easle /whiteboard for them to scribble & express themselves. 
  

5) Use a jerry can or container with a tap for the kids to get drinking water on their own. 

  
Place their cups (unbreakable) near the edge & at a height that they can reach. 

  

El is pouring water for mama. Simply lovely! 
 

**having a stool at the sink also allows the kids to wash their own cups after use. 

Eio kids tell Mrs Eio that they can wash their own cup after use when Mrs Eio asks them to place the cups at the sink for her to wash.  

6) Lower the shower head & place the children’s soup on a lower shelf so that they can bathe on their own. 

 Em is able to bathe on his own after some guidance. This really save Mrs Eio lots of time everyday & she can prepare meals etc while he’s showering. But she’ll do spot check once in awhile.

 
Ps. This photo is posted after having Em’s permission. 😄 

7) Store/ place the socks & shoes at a good height within the children’s reach so that they can put them on on their own. (They must be taught how to put their shoes & socks on properly initially). 

  
** Having a lower shelf to store clothes & socks or storing them in the lower compartments of a cabinet will also allow the kids to help us store their clothing after they have taken it from the laundry rack. 

   
 Others: Mrs Eio has tried getting the Eio kids to prepare their meals, lay the tables, clean the table after meals, vacuum & clean the floor etc etc but that’s not everyday for kids 2-6 years old. Well… They are still kids right? Lol. 

  Em is better & more particular in cleaning the area under the dining table. Lol. 
The pointers above are not exhaustive. Mrs Eio is sure there are parents with very good tips too. Please share with us so that we can all benefit & make lives as SAHM/ main caregivers easier & happier!!! Cheerios!

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NIV‬

Animal-Milk-Protein Free, Baking, Dairy-free, Food, Recipe

De-stressed cupcakes

Yesterday was a stressful day for Mrs Eio. She did these cup cakes in 20 min. Mr Eio & em commented, “Wah! so fast!”


Yah! Mrs Eio needed to release all her stress to these cakes & eat them to make her happy. Lol. She’s surprised that these are one of those batches that taste really good.


 The blueberries really burst in her mouth. Not joking!
Mrs Eio didn’t measure what she used. She simply dumped everything in a big bowl & keep stirring until she released all her stress & was exhausted.


 All by estimation. So Mr Eio asked if Mrs Eio can “repeat telecast”. She replied,” Err… Dunno leh…”

Recipe (“agaration”/ estimation):

1.5 cup of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Half teaspoon of salt.

Half cup blueberries (added on; not in those recipes she read)

2 super ripe banana (most recipe asked for 3)

1/3 cup of oil (instead of melted butter so El  can eat)

1 egg

Added few drops of vanilla extract (not in the recipes)

1/3 cup sugar instead of the usual half cup.

**Preheat oven to 175 degree celcius. Bake for 10 min (small~medium size cupcake)


Wallah!! Eliz ate 2 of them for supper. Enjoy…

Food

Bosch experience with Chef John See

Thanks to Mrs Eio’s ex-colleague Ms Juansa Cheng, Mrs Eio had the opportunity to visit Bosch experience centre this week for a demonstration by Chef John See. Little does she know that this Learning Journey is much more insightful than she thought.

While waiting for the arrival of Chef John See, Mrs Eio toured around the Bosch Home Appliances Center. She’s pretty impressed by their high-end products – Gaggenau.


  

Suitable for landed housing & patio area. 

Yes!!! Chef John See had arrived. Despite being a veteran Chef & having a wealth of experience in conducting cooking classes, he has no air. Mrs Eio was totally at ease throughout the 3 hours session at Bosch Kitchen.

Chef John See has been working with Singapore Health Promotion Board in creating healthy menu. Hence, the dishes that he’ll be sharing are definitely good for our body & taste buds.


He will be demonstrating to us on how to prepare the following 3 dishes:

1) Sea Cucumber, white Fungi Salad with citrus Salsa & Pomegranta molasses reduction. (Salad)

2) Steamed Salmon encrusted with Flaxseed & walnut served with Beetroot-tomatoes jam & sautéed kale with Soya milk. (Main)

3) Chilled melon soup with avocado & assorted berry. (Dessert)

For this post, Mrs Eio will share on the salad. She’ll share more on the main dish & dessert in her subsequent posts.

Mrs Eio was pleasantly surprised with Chef’s choice of ingredients for the salad. Sea cucumber & white fungi? We have probably eaten cold desserts with white fungi but most of the sea cucumber Chinese dishes are braised. Hmm.. Not sure how would this salad will taste like.

These are the ingredients. 
Sea cucumber mix:

200g sea cucumber (preblanch with salt water)

50g white fungi (preblanch to cook)

1 Japanese cucumber (thinly sliced)

1 red apple (thinly sliced & soak in salt water)

55g arugula green

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Citrus salsa:

3tbsp White onion (thinly diced)

1 Grapefruit & 1 orange (wedge & squeeze out the juice)

This is how Chef John wedge the grapefruit & orange.


Pinch of freshly cracked rock salt & black  pepper.

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Garnishes:

4tbsp toasted almond flakes

2tbsp pomegranate seeds (see video at the end of this post on how to remove Pomegranate seeds.)

1 tbsp pomegranate molasses reduction (see photo below) . Mrs Eio thinks it taste like berry essence. Leaving a sour aftertaste at the back of your tongue. However, if you dip arugula green into this reduction, it’ll bring out the sweetness of this vegetable. 

1) combine all the sea cucumber mix together in a big bowl, set aside.

2) combine all the citrus salsa ingredients, mix well & tossed it over the sea cucumber mix.

3) top it with the garnishes & serve.

Photo of the end product! Which type of plates would you like your salad to be served in? 

  
Same salad but serving it in different plates gives a different look & finishing. Mrs Eio supposed different prices too. Lol. The salad is very refreshing. Of course, the zero calories & high-in-collagen sea cucumber will make you craving for more. Try it at home. Well… Mrs Eio’s mother-in-law has been eating sea cucumbers to improve the condition of her knee joints. Hmm… This is another option to prepare this wonderful ingredient from the sea.

There’s weekly cooking demonstration at Bosch experience center. Do check it out! A chef & teacher at heart who also enjoys eating what he cooks. Attached please find Chef John’s sharing on how to remove the flesh (seeds) of the pomegranate fruit.


As you can see, Mrs Eio had an enriching & fruitful session at Bosch that afternoon! She will share on the main dish & dessert, as well as an all-in-one Bosch oven that can steam, microwave etc. in her subsequent posts on her “Bosch Experience with Chef John See”. So stay tuned!

PS. This is not a sponsored post.