Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Marks and Spencer's deal

I was in Marks and Spencer and saw their valentine’s deal – dine in for two for £20. I thought that was a great deal so I checked it out during my lunchtime. I did speak to my hubby as to what his plans are for us but with a 14 months old toddler, a romantic dinner doesn’t seem too appealing and plus I don’t want to disturb other couples! Plus, I always find that restaurants on that particular day, the meals are really expensive! I would prefer to have dinner at home.

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Our valentine's dinner!!!

I was so amazed about what I got as it seems too good to be true! In this deal, you get a starter, main, side, dessert, bottlenof cava and chocolates…all for £20!! When I was getting my foods, I had to double check with the sales assistant that I was doing it correctly as there were alot of stuff included!!!

I was so pleased as dinner is sorted for valentine’s!!! All I need to do is to heat them up! Yum! I can’t wait! Wishing everybody a happy valentine’s day!!!

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Dee’s very own cottage pie!

Cottage pie ready for the oven

Cottage pie ready for the oven

As Dee Dee is approaching 8 months now, it is the time for feeding him food! It has only been a couple of months that I have given him food mostly fruits and veg purees, carrot sticks and cucumbers for finger foods. I do find it quite scary feeding him proper food in case he starts to choke and I worry if he can swallow certain foods. I remember, Dan and I gave him some soldiers of toast and we would be sitting there watching Dee intensely shoving the whole toast in his mouth and wondering if he is going to be ok. I know he has got 2 teeth but he doesn’t really use them for eating, it was quite frightening and we were just watching him trying to eat it and he would start to coughing if the piece was too big! The health visitor told me that I should be giving him 3 meals a day and a pudding!!! I have only just started to give him breakfast of porridge which he quite likes and have been making more lumpy food that contains fish and chicken for dinner! For snacks, I would give him some yoghurt or cheese. At dinner time, he would always wants to eat whatever Dan and I are eating instead of his own food!! I knew it was messy when they start having food but did not realise it would be so messy!!! All the food would end up on the floor! 🙂

I have got a few Annabel Karmel books to get ideas of what to cook for babies, some of the recipes are quite adventurous and does uses a lot of ingredients! And most often for meat, it would add fruits to it which is a strange combination i think! 🙂  I guess at the moment, for babies, it is a blank canvas, they would just try everything! I love Dee’s face when i give him a segment of an orange, his expression is so funny, i think he finds it quite tangy but still adamant on sucking the juices! 🙂

Yummy cottage pie ready for Dee Dee to munch!

Yummy cottage pie ready for Dee Dee to munch!

My mum came over the other week so i made us a big cottage pie and made Dee his own cottage pie as babies are not allowed any salt. I fried some beef mince, onions, carrots and courgettes and added some tomatoes. Once cooked, I used a mini food chopper to cut them into smaller pieces and then added the mash on top with some cheese and put the whole thing in the oven for approx 20 minutes. Dee really enjoyed his meal! 🙂

Our Brighton trip!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

After the christening, i booked a weekend trip to Brighton! As it was our first time away with Dee, I think i went slightly over the top with the packing as most of the stuff belonged to him rather than us!

In Brighton, we ate mostly take outs on the floor as most of the eating places closed quite early and we didn’t want to go out too late at night! Our room didn’t have a table so we ate on the floor!! We found that there were alot of mexican places to eat so i think it is very popular in Brighton!

Typical fish and chips!

Typical fish and chips!

For our first day, we had a typical fish and chips from Harry Ramsden and for the first time, we managed to finish all our dinner without having to hold Dee as he slept!!! Here are some of the foods that we had during our trip!

 

 

Fishcake and Chips

Fishcake and Chips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pancakes from 'World of Crepes' on the Brighton Pier

Pancakes from ‘World of Crepes’ on the Brighton Pier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our take out from Tortillia

Our take out from ‘Tortillia’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love bubble drinks!

I love bubble drinks from ‘Chatime’!

Tea and Scones from Stanmer House

Tea and Scones from ‘Stanmer House’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean take out from Namul

Korean take out from ‘Namul’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcake Desserts from Celebrate with a Cake

Cupcake Desserts from ‘Celebrate with a Cake’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, we ate at Giraffe, I had the noodles

Last night, we ate at ‘Giraffe’, I had the noodles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan's meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

Dan’s meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

 

One for the road home!

One bubble drink from ‘Pearls’ for the road home!

Dee’s Christening Food!

Happy Christening Dee!

Happy Christening Dee!

I am pleased to say that Dee’s Christening went really well last Sunday, he was very well behaved and looked like he enjoyed the event!! People were so generous as we recieved so many gifts, i haven’t even attempt to open anything yet as there are 2 massive grocery bags which are filled with cards and pressies!!! 🙂

We hired a caterer for this event as there were over 100 people to feed! The main dishes were:

  • Boiled rice
  • Vegetarian noodles
  • Sweet and sour fish
  • Caldereta (their filipino signature dish)
  • Chicken and mango
  • Lechon
  • Vegetables
  • Lasagne, pesto pasta, samosa – ninangs (god mothers) made

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christeningFor desserts, everybody chipped in to make them, the ninangs, titas, and my mother in law made her famous fruit salad! Everybody goes mental for it esp my brother-in-law, Josh who eats ‘bowls’ of it at one time!!! I am sure that mum probably saved him a big bucket of fruit salad at home! :p

Yum!

Yum!

There were strawberry cheesecake, bibingka, brownies, rice crispies and coconut bites, oreo cupcakes, whoopie pies, oreo cheesecake, fruit salad, melons and watermelons! Lots and of course, Dee’s Christening Cake! 🙂 We ordered this from ‘Cake Box’, they make eggless cake and the sponge is so soft and light. For more info on their cakes, visit their website.

 

Bargain steak from Donald Russell!

My meat package!

My meat package!

Guide to cuts of beef

Guide to cuts of beef

I subscribe to the Jamie Oliver’s magazine and there was a flyer that my hubby picked up which was for a fab ‘traditional steak selection’ offer from Donald Russell’s company all for £29!!! You will get:

  • 2 x sirlion steaks
  • 2 x ribeye steaks
  • 1 x pave rump steak
  • 4 x pave rump medallions
  • 6 x mini steak burgers
  • 4 x port sausages

I also ordered 2 x lasagne for £7 aswell. It is free delivery and you can choose which day for your delivery! I recieved my package today and they were all vaccum packed and it also included a guide on how to cook the meat to perfection! 🙂

My mum is staying with us this weekend and she was cooking the steaks tonight! My mum and I had the ribeye steaks and Dan had the sirlion steak! I was going to cook the dinner tonight but my mum saw me in the kitchen all day baking cakes for Dee’s Christening this Sunday and wanted me to rest! Sweet mum eh! 🙂 Dinner was delicious and the steaks were juicy and tasty!! :0

Sizzling in the griddle pan! :)

Sizzling in the griddle pan! 🙂

 

My yummy dinner! :)

My yummy dinner! 🙂

Feast for my friends from HK

Dinner Feast!

Dinner Feast!

Last Saturday, I was busy cooking in the kitchen preparing a feast for one of my best mate and her boy friend as they were coming down here from Hong Kong. For the feast, I cooked chicken, veg, potatoes and salmon! I love cooking for my friends and I get to make a dessert. This time, it was not be a cheesecake, I made a Pavlova as the boy friend is from

Summer Pavlova!

Summer Pavlova!

Oz and I haven’t made one in a while. I forgot to take pics making the Pavlova so next time when i make it, I will post the recipe up! 🙂 I have been watching Australia’s Kitchen Rules and one of the couples was from Oz and the other from New Zealand and they were having this massive debate about where the Pavlova comes from!! It was like a really serious debate and they each believe passionately it is from their country!

I didn’t have any left over so that was a good sign that they enjoyed the food!!! 🙂

Abergavenny Food Festival! :)

September Food Festival

September Food Festival

I have read that in September, the best known of all food festivals takes place in Abergavenny, Wales. The activity spreads all over the town and there is a whole weekend of scheduled events and has the most fantastic food market! I am very excited about this because our tickets arrived in the post last and we managed to get them for £8 each which is a bargain!!! Even now, you can still buy the tickets for £9 each which is still cheaper than compared to the London Food Festival prices. It takes place on the 21st and 22nd September in 5 different venues around the town. I am sure it will be a completely different atmosphere than compared to the other foodies festivals that I have been in London! I can’t wait to go! 🙂

For more information about the Abergavenny Food Festival, click here.