Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pita Pizza by Airfryer

Many people ask me if the Airfryer is a good investment.  I have met a few folks who bought the airfryer but it ended up as a white elephant. For me, I try to use it at least twice a week.  So, YES, it is a good investment for me.

I haven't baked pizza from scratch from a long time simply because I'm getting lazier each day.  Age is catching up and with a backache for almost a month, I've been very selective in my cooking.   For now, my pizza base is either using store-bought wrap or pita.  It is easy to use ready-made pastry, save me the hassle to knead and wash utensils :P

With the airfryer, it makes DIY pizza even easier!  Just a mere 5 mins and you get piping hot pizza!

Pita Pizza

  1. Preheat airfryer for 3-5 mins.
  2. Spread one side of the pita with olive oil and pizza sauce.
  3. Arrange a layer of grated mozzarella cheese followed by preferred toppings. Sprinkle the top all over with grated cheese.
  4. Fry in Airfryer @ 180C for 3-5 mins.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken Wings

I've not done justice to this recipe as the chicken was without skin, making the dish look less appetising.  Despite cooking this several times, I always forget to take a picture of it until today.  So here it is, Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken that is soft and tender.

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken
6 large chicken wings, approx 700g (separated at joint)
2 tbsp dark soya sauce
2 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp of sugar, or honey
3 - 4 tbsp of apple cider (add more if you like)
Enough water to cover the meat
1 thumb-size ginger (optional)

  1. Wash and place cut chicken wings into a heavy stainless pot (I cooked using my AMC pot). 
  2. Add all seasonings and water into the pot.   Stir to mix well.
  3. Using medium fire, cook till sauce is boiling.
  4. Reduce fire and simmer for 30 to 40 mins.
  5. Serve with fluffy rice.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cooking rice with AMC Pot

I used to have a small rice cooker but I find it occupies too much counter space.  My parents needed another rice cooker so I passed them mine since the rice cooker only serves one purpose.

When the children are still young, my way of cooking rice is to steam it.  I love the lingering rice smell in the kitchen.  But as the kids grow, I need to cook more rice so steaming gets a bit tricky as that means I'll need to use a bigger pot.

During our holidays in Australia, we cooked rice using the pots in the service apartment we stayed.  It wasn't that difficult, just need to ensure that when the water boils, it is time to turn down the flame and simmer till the rice is cooked.

Using the same logic, I experimented with cooking rice using my AMC pot.  After some trial and error, I'm finally able to cook rice the easy way.  If you are also a AMC user and wish to try it out, here are the steps.

Using medium fire, cook rice till 12 o'clock.  The water should be boiling inside (do not open lid).

Turn to medium low flame and cook till 3 o'clock.  Turn the heat to low and simmer for another 10 - 15 mins.  Turn off fire and let the needle retract back to 12 o'clock.

Open lid to fluff up rice and serve.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Eczema flare-up and DD1's first kitchen experience

I just realised I've not updated my blog for more than a month.  There are supposingly 2 birthdays in April (DH and myself) but I've been so busy I didn't bake a single cake.  I was busy preparing for our 2nd F&E trip to Taiwan.  We went Taiwan last Nov for a 10D/9N F&E trip.  I spent about 2 months working out the itinerary, liaising with hotels/minsu and drivers.  It sure is a lot of coordination work done.  Many kind people tell me it is easier to just book a tour package.  I can still remember very clearly when I went to USA some 12 years ago, we joined a package tour.  The trip was hectic with much traveling, checking in and out of hotels on a daily basis.  When I returned from the 14D trip, I lost 4kg because I couldn't eat well and was having motion sickness.

With DH studying in Australia, we did our first F&E trip and fell in love with it.  We planned our itinerary but never stick to it 100%.  Now that is the beauty of going on a F&E trip.  You can plan beautifully but you don't necessarily have to follow suit.  Hahaha!  And when you are traveling with young children, I find it very stressful to follow a package tour.

Now, if you are interested to do a DIY to Taiwan, watch this space!

Besides the planning of our trip, I have another eczema flare-up.  This is my 3rd week, going into my 4th week of flare-up.  When I have a flare-up, it is usually with urticaria (hives).  The itch is unbearable, most often than not, I found myself scratching myself vigourously in the middle of my sleep.  And then I'll be up the whole night for at least 3 hours.  Some eczema patients have localised eczema, which is only concentrated in one or a few parts of their body.  But for me, my flare-up is all over.  If you've seen a person with chicken pox, that's exactly what I'm having now, except that mine is eczema with a heavy load of concentration on the chest (I thought it looks very much like a Singapore map on my chest!).  I've gone to see a dermatologist 3 times within 4 weeks.  Was prescribed antihistamine (for urticaria), steriod cream and moisturiser for my eczema.  However, these medicine don't stop my itch and sure didn't bring down my eczema.  I've been in distress, utterly digusted with my skin condition that it is affecting my personal life.  I deliberately send DD3 off to school later than usual, and pick her up 5 mins later so I don't get to meet any of the parents waiting outside the school.  And I try to walk the dog in the wee hours to avoid meeting any neighbours in the lift!

Finally, during my visit to the dermatologist last Friday, I was prescribed oral steriod in addition to cream steriod.  Besides oral steriod, I'm also on steriod shampoo now.  The moisturiser prescribed has changed from a S$3/tube to a S$37/tube.  But as long as it is effective, money is not the issue now.

After 3 days of oral steriod, I'm finally feeling better now (that explains why I can sit down in front of the computer to post this entry).  12 more days to go and I believe I'll just get better each day.

I don't cook as much as I used to, and definitely no baking at all.  With steriod cream and moisturiser from head to toe, I'm worried some drug may go into the food I'm preparing.  So we've packing food home recently.  But that doesn't help as DH is on a tight traveling schedule again and I hate to leave the house in this condition.

DD1 will be turning 10 this year.  Instead of eating stall bought food all the time, I think it's time to teach my 9yo how to cook a simple meal for the family.