December 16, 2013

I Made A Monster Of A Chicken Meatloaf!!

Let’s be honest here; it’s winter. This means that we barely go out because it’s either it’s raining or we’re just not in the mood to go out and freeze our ass off. And if we do end up going out, I'm buried under layers and layers of clothing. And after all that by the time I remember to take outfit photos, it’s already dark; by 3pm. Yeah, forget about it. So what I end up doing is cooking and cooking some more. Not because I have to because I genuinely like cooking. I won’t say that it’s what I do to destress or whatever (because seriously, I burn myself constantly while rushing around the kitchen) but I like cooking new things and experimenting.

So this dish came about just because I’ve watched soooo many American high school flicks and they all had meatloaf in one scene or another. So I randomly started googling and whad’ya know I made meatloaf today! And I’m so full! *burps* The first photo doesn’t look too appetising but trust me it was delicious! Omnomnom!

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Okay I would like to say that I followed this recipe to the letter (substituting the meat for chicken) but I really didn’t. Halfway through I started adding my own flair to the dish. So if you want to try my version have a go:

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

1/2 cup Milk

3 slices White Bread

1kg Ground Chicken

1/2 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup Grated Mozarella

1 teaspoon Salt 

1 teaspoon Ground Paprika

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Ground Garlic

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley

2 whole Eggs, Beaten

Sauce:

1/2 cup Ketchup

1 tablespoon Brown Sugar, heaped

1 teaspoon Dry Mustard 

Tabasco To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground chicken, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, Mozarella, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a baking tin. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess and easy cleaning!)

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the loaf. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 35 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Serve with mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. Done!!

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About the cooking time I’m not too sure so it’s really an estimated and just keep your eyes peeled. Alternatively, if you like a neater meatloaf you can always pop it into a loaf tin and then just bake! ;)

Husband and I are soooo extremely full from our dinner tonight and we have leftovers to boot. Yes; this means no cooking tomorrow! Muahahahahahahahahaha *burps* Excuse me! Haha

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December 12, 2013

Made Gingerbread Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I came across this recipe on one of those nights that I was going through BuzzFeed while nursing Z and I was obsessed. Gingerbread. Check. Cupcakes. Check. Cinnamon. Check. Cream Cheese. Check. All the things that I adore smooshed into one thing, awwww baby! In the days counting down to baking, I slowly gathered all the things that were needed. Today I had everything at home and it was baking time baybeh. Just one thing though, Z refused to go to sleep. Anytime I would put her down, she would start screaming for attention. Usually after nursing Z would have a nap but today she was going down kicking and screaming. At the end, I handed her over to her Daddy and she was out like a light bulb in minutes! Pfffffft!

Somehow, I managed to bake the gingerbread cupcakes to almost perfection. The frosting however, is a whole different story. I think I didn’t beat the butter and frosting until it was completely light and fluffy and the other thing that happened was when I started adding the icing sugar, the whole thing got really watery. And I only added 3 cups of icing sugar because I already found it too sweet. It’s completely shocking that I found something too sweet! But by the time I was making the frosting, Z was awake again and screaming for attention. I made the frosting and chicken curry for dinner at the same time, all the while running in and out to the living room to check on Z. So I guess that could be another reason that the frosting didn’t turn out right.

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Anyways, I found the recipe here, but if you’re too lazy to clickety-click the recipe is below:

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Cupcakes

1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 large egg

1/2 cup water

Frosting

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

4 cups (1-pound box) confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 to 2 tablespoons milk, enough to make a spreadable frosting

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 24 small paper brioche cups, and place them on the baking sheet.

2) To make the cupcakes: Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

3) Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg.

4) Add 1/4 cup of the water to the melted butter mixture, then half the dry mixture, and stir. Add the remaining water and dry mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined.

5) Spoon the batter into the prepared brioche cups.

6) Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool for 30 minutes.

7) To make the frosting: Beat together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.

8) Add the sugar and cinnamon, beating well.

9) Add the milk a little at a time, until the frosting is spreadable.

10) Fill a piping bag with the frosting, and pipe large swirls on top of the cooled cupcakes. Or simply frost by hand.

Yield: 22 to 24 cupcakes in mini brioche paper cups; or 12 standard cupcakes (see tip at left).

Recipe from King Arthur Flour.

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The batter for the cupcakes looked a lot like batter for bread, which means it was thick and dense. Once baked, the cake was nice and moist even though it was dense as I expected it. I suppose that if I were to make it again, I might just be lazy and stick it into a loaf tin instead of as individual cupcakes. The frosting really got me down because I was hoping for it to be good as well, but oh well better luck next time. Now, should I make gingerbread men? I love them, but I can’t seem to find any in stores which is so weird. If I make them I’ll be the only one eating ‘em because hubs doesn’t like gingerbread men. Aaaaahhh…I’ll think about this and the loopholes tomorrow. 

Okay you guys, I would love to stay and chat sumore but this SuperMama really needs to get some sleep…after having another one of this delicious gingerbread cupcakes!! Yuuuummm!!

December 10, 2013

Z's Childsmile Dental Appointment

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I know right?! For someone with no teeth, this little miss is one busy bee with her first dental appointment today. And yes, I’m totally serious; Z had a dental appointment today with the surgery that husband and I go to. No, we are not anal parents who set up an appointment for our toothless baby; it was the health visitor! *shifty eyes* I swear! *shifty eyes*

We kinda went in not knowing what to expect; maybe the dentist would check Z’s gums and say, 'don’t worry she’ll have teeth soon', or something like that. Instead the dentist kept saying what a small baby she was and questioning why were we there. Ermmm…its for the Childsmile program, and the health visitor arranged the appointment. Which we basically repeated that a few times. In the end the dentist did check Z’s gums and had a laugh at how Z was trying to nom the prodding fingers. And that was about it.

We were given another set of toothbrush and toothpaste (for a baby that has no teeth, go figure!) and an educational CD for Z to watch. The advice that we received; 1. No giving sugar to your child at least until they are three years old so that the child won’t really know what ’sweet’ is (O.O riiiiiiiight...like that will happen), 2. When Z finally has teeth we have to clean it with a cotton pad with a smear of toothpaste and this has to be done after every meal (that has solid food), 3. And to beware of hidden sugars in the food that we give! Wooookeyh!!!

We scheduled Z’s next appointment in 6 months time and hopefully *fingers crossed* that Z has at least one tooth before going in to see the dentist again! LOL

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p/s: Z’s outfit, T-shirt - Zara, Leggings & Socks - Primark, Hairband - gift, and ummm…yeeeeaaaaah we forgot her shoes in the rush out! Hehehe

December 9, 2013

My Pouty Little Ducky

Happy 5 Months, Poop-ie Butt!!

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Today my lil Z is 5 months exactly, adjusted age she would be 4 months. However when I look at how far she’s come since the day she was born, all I have in my heart is awe and amazement, and just heaps and heaps of gratitude to Allah s.w.t.. She is already rolling; even though she releases a warrior like cry when she rolls! Z’s already reaching out, and grabbing for stuff; the no.1 victim is obviously my glasses. And anything and everything that she manages to grab goes straight into her mouth!

And good Lord, we have finally recovered from her immunisations. She had a terrible fever and would cry at everything, yeah even the twins. She would wake up and just scream her lungs out for a few minutes. Nothing would calm her down that husband and I had to take turns soothing her. Thank God the next round will be when she’s 12 months old, ppffffttttt!

Happy 5 Months bubba, Mama loves you heaps!

December 4, 2013

Ignorance Is Totally Bliss

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Ask any baby and they’ll totally agree. That is Z, while waiting for her turn for the third round of immunisations at the clinic this afternoon. Completely unaware and happily blowing bubbles. That right there is her expression before blowing bubbles, pursed lips ready to sputter spit in the cutest manner possible. Obviously it was her daddy holding her while she got the jags, I can’t do it. I was squirming away in my seat just waiting for it to be over. She got two jags today, left and right drumlets got hit and this little miss cried the roof off! *cringe* She cried so much and so loudly that our lovely health visitor said, ‘Oh gosh Zia, you’ll give the other babies the wrong idea!’ *double cringe*

And on my hands right now I have an overly attached, clingy baby who doesn’t want to sleep on her own, or even be put down. So yeah my arms are hurthing from just holding Z in one position. Z is in such a cranky mood that she even screamed (literally high pitched screams) at the twins! Haih, I hate immunisation days. Now all is well that she is a baby and doesn’t know what’s going on, I hate to think how we’re gona get her to the clinic once she’s old enough to know what is actually happening. *double sigh*

Okay, gotta get back to my lil cranky pants now. Wish me luck!

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p/s: I just have to say that I absolutely adore our health visitors, they are the kindest people I’ve ever met and I’m so grateful for all the help they’ve given us. 

December 3, 2013

That Crappy Feeling

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Yesterday afternoon husband decided to take ma and the bubba out to Glasgow Fort for a little look see. It’s a relatively new area with heaps of shopping to be done. They had all the usual suspects; Topshop, Topman, MissSelfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Boots, Costa, Starbucks, and even Cottage Chicken (which is awesome coz it’s Halal!). I got all dressed up but I totally forgot to take my outfit photos and that Z kept pulling on my head scarf, unraveling everything! LOL, total fail! So we spent a couple of hours there doing some window shopping or as I would like to say having a makan hati session because I’m waiting till boxing day to shop. It got dark; all was well, and we headed home. As usual Z would scream her head off for 5-10minutes in the car seat and the promptly fall asleep. All was good. Until we got home...

Z had a long scratch on her right cheek that broke skin. I freaked the hell out. I started checking my fingers, rings, cuffs of my shirt, wondering if I scratched her on accident while trying to calm her down. But nothing. I even checked her teether. Obviously it was impossible for her teether to scratch her, duh Farah, duuuuh!!! I already had this sinking feelling that she had scratched herself but until Z grabbed her Daddy’s face that he went, ‘Yeah, I think she scratched herself’, that I felt like the crappiest Mama ever. In all the mad dash I was doing around the house getting ready to go out, I FORGOT to cut Z’s nails KNOWING that it was long and sharp. Yeah people, I knowingly didn’t cut her nails and she scratched her perfect, chubby little cheek.

I looked at her and felt like crying, even though Z was all chilled out and blowing bubbles. Yeah I know, I overacted. But I still feel pretty horrible about it. And I am usually so anal about things like nails, boogers, and earwax. I do spot checks even on husband okay! So you get where I’m coming from? And the worst part of it all is the fact that I know some people trim the nails of their babies TWICE a week so they won’t scratch themselves. Yeah, TWICE. And I can’t even do once without her scratching herself! Pfffffft!!

It was 10pm but I trimmed her nails on the same night itself because I couldn’t bear waking up to find another scratch on her face. And I guess she did ‘punish’ me by having a massive poop at 4am in the morning while her daddy was in too deep a sleep to wake up for diaper duty!

Even if you do have the biggest poops that I have ever seen, I love you heaps munchkin!

P/s: If anyone was wondering, Z is wearing a Zara dress (present from her Nani-ma) and laying on a kain batik! LOL

P/p/s: Just to make it doubly clear, I KNOW I’m not a bad Mama. Just one who really OVERACTS a bit too much and who might accidentally hurt and offend others.

December 1, 2013

Glasgow Loves Christmas, Yes It Does!

Last Saturday hubs, Z and I headed out to the city centre for the Christmas fair that was already going on in front of St Enoch and St George’s Square. Yeah and it was still only November! Really early right?! Anyways with all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations up, Glasgow just started looking so much ‘warmer’. And so much less the dreary, wintry cold it is right now; yuck! I just love how the sparkly lights make everything look a whole lot more beautiful, masking all the grime that a city just naturally has.

We took some snaps of the Christmas fair and I thought it would be nice to share it here. I kinda failed in the sharing dept last year what with being pregnant and having nausea almost all the time, pffffft.

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Happy December all! Now I am really on the hunt for more of these Christmassy type events, because hey just because we don’t celebrate it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it right? Right! So be prepared for more of these kinds of posts. Peace out!

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