Ham, Spinach and Cheese Muffins

I’d love to have R help me in the kitchen. I’m certain that kids take great pride in their work when they are actively involved in the process. The outcome may not be the best, great if it is but if not it’s alright. However, the learning process is more important.

With that I decided that he could help me in making his tea time snack that day. I figured that if he liked it, I could freeze a few and when I was short of time or had no idea on what to feed R, I could easily pop this in the microwave for a quick and fuss free meal.

The preparation is a little tedious as you’d need to chop the spinach and ham otherwise, the combining of ingredients is very fast.

Ingredients:
2 cups of grated cheese (I used cheddar)
2 cups of self raising flour
2 eggs
1.5 cups of milk
0.5 cups of ham (I added about 1 cup)
A large handful of baby spinach
Half a teaspoon of salt (for taste especially if the ham is not salty enough)

Method: (makes 12 muffins)
1. Preheat oven at 180°.
2. Chop the ham and spinach.
3. Sift the flour.
4. Whisk the eggs.
5. Make a well in the flour and combine all the ingredients together.
6. Mix well.
7. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tin.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or till the top is golden.

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R helped me with whisking the eggs.

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And with combining the mixture.

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I think he enjoyed greasing the muffin tin the most.

The end product was a little too bland for my liking. I didn’t add salt to the mixture but the next time, I would for more taste. R wasn’t so interested in eating the muffin although he managed to dig all the pieces of ham and that was really what he wanted.

Cooking with a toddler also means there’s a little bit more to clean up like when the mixture spills on the floor or when he gets a little curious and sticks his finger in the mixture. Nevertheless, it’s really the process that counts and the fun of making something together. I was glad he understood my instructions and I definitely enjoyed having him help me.

I must add that I’m really no expert when it comes to baking. So, giving credit where it’s due, this is the site for the recipe http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/06/ham-cheese-and-spinach-muffins-cooking.html?m=1

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Christmas 2014

Oops, I’ve been a little quiet here because things have gotten a little crazier on the home front. Not that it wasn’t already crazy but lots of thoughts about arrangements for the new year.

Anyway, I was looking forward to my family being back home for Christmas. It was nice to see them again after many months and before they fly off to their respective places. Family time is precious definitely. And with hubby not around during this festive season, all the more I was reminded how important family is to me.

Unfortunately though, the bigger kid wasn’t so well behaved. Perhaps it’s the terrible twos slowly setting in or the insecurities he felt, the melt downs were aplenty. Many times he was clinging onto me which was a nice feeling but when you can’t eat in peace, it was challenging. When I was busy with baby, he would cling onto my helper. Anyway, that’s that.

Now that Christmas is over, things are slowly settling back to normal. Soon, big boy will be off to playgroup.

Meanwhile, I hoped you had a good Christmas and wishing one and all a great 2015!

Exploring Singapore’s farms: Bollywood Veggies

A bit further from the frog and goat farms is Bollywood Veggies. When my in-laws and I decided to go to the farms, this wasn’t on the agenda. It was just getting fun and my father in-law wanted to visit more places. On the map that I had earlier picked up from the frog farm, I suggested dropping by Bollywood Veggies as I knew we could have some lunch.

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For a small entrance fee for adults while kids and helpers get in free, you can roam around e large area and view all sorts of plants, herbs and trees. There are two trails that you can embark on. A ten minute trail or a thirty minute one. I thought my in-laws wouldn’t want to be in the heat so I suggested the 10 minute trail but as we walked on, we ended up on the other trail. I was quite sure we didn’t take thirty minutes to cover the area because before we knew it we were back at the entrance next to the Poison Ivy restaurant.

We were quite pleased with the food selection. It was mainly Asian fare that was affordable. It was great they had something for kids and adults. Since it was our first time, we asked for food recommendations. We had the Nasi lemak, otak covered in omelette and cempedak (jackfruit) curry. The last option came highly recommended as the jackfruit came directly from the farm.

It’s a great place for kids to connect with nature and learn about the various types of plants, leaves, etc. However, be prepared depending on the time you visit that some fruits are not in season.

I liked that there were quirky signages within the area. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of them. At the end of it, I purchased a little lime plant that’s sitting at my corridor now.

Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Road,
Singapore 719026 (Kranji)

Exploring Singapore’s Farms: JFF Pte Ltd

About five minutes drive away from Hay Dairies is JFF Pte Ltd, or previously known as the Jurong Frog Farm. I visited this farm about 4 years back when it was arranged as a Science learning journey for the Primary 3 pupils in my previous school. And I can see why schools arrange for such visits because it’s educational and fun!

This time round, we didn’t engage a tour guide so we walked around the premises freely on our own. It’s a fairly large area with many ponds, some of which housing only tadpoles, others specifically for mating and they even have one where kids can try their hand at catching frogs and tadpoles. Frog feed is also available for sale if you’d like to feed them.

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I highly recommend engaging a guide. You’d get a chance to be up close and personal with the frogs that the guide would carry out from the tanks, give a short explanation about the differences in the genders and bring you around the premises.

After the tour, you could head to the little shop for some souvenirs or purchase some fresh produce i.e. frog meat, crocodile meat and the likes. Based on my understanding, they’ve also developed their own bottled Hashima dessert which you can taste in the shop and purchase them as well.

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I enjoyed revisiting the farm and I’m sure if the opportunity arises again, we’d be back.

JFF Pte Ltd
51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864