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FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby the queen » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:55 pm

Hi all!

May i have your guidelines for simple dish to be cooked on weekdays? i am a full time working mum with the elder DS gg to primary school and yonger DS gg to childcare, may i know, for those in the same situation as me, how do you cope ? can cope? :scared:

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby hellokittyspore » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:25 pm

the queen wrote:Hi all!

May i have your guidelines for simple dish to be cooked on weekdays? i am a full time working mum with the elder DS gg to primary school and yonger DS gg to childcare, may i know, for those in the same situation as me, how do you cope ? can cope? :scared:


Hi Queen,

I'm a FTWM as well. Frankly speaking, I don't cook on weekdays. On weekdays, we eat at parent/ parent in law house since we need to fetch our children from there after our work and we don't have any maid. Cooking on weekday will add up to my stress level. :slapshead:
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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby watmekiasu » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:26 pm

I don't cook at all on weekdays and very rarely on a weekend.

Breakfast is usually a banana and milo (coffee for me). When we run out of bananas towards the end of the weekdays, then it is bread and butter with milo.

My dc's meals are catered or frozen meals. I guess the latter is not so healthy but it's impossible for me to cook as I return home very late. Needless to say, dc does not have a proper meal schedule. She eats only when she's hungry which could sometimes be 1 meal for both lunch and dinner. That does not seem to have affected her growth or health.

I keep lots of nuts at home. She will not touch fruits as they have to be washed. Also fruit juices and soya milk in the fridge.

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby beanbear » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:23 pm

the queen wrote:Hi all!

May i have your guidelines for simple dish to be cooked on weekdays? i am a full time working mum with the elder DS gg to primary school and yonger DS gg to childcare, may i know, for those in the same situation as me, how do you cope ? can cope? :scared:


I want to acknowledge you really wanting to provide a home-cooked meal for your children. It's wonderful because your nutritious food will go a long way to your kids having childhood memories of their mummy's cooking, even if it's very simple.

I'm blessed to have a maid now but in the past, when I was a younger FTWM with 2 young children at home & no maid, I would go home to cook. It takes planning but it's doable. I've suggested these dishes based on the consideration that the preparation should be simple and these are one-dish meals that have sufficient nutrition.

Here are some suggestions for one-dish meals:

1. Claypot chicken rice (But cooked in a rice cooker) - put in marinated cut-up chicken (from one whole chicken) together with the rice to cook. Half-way through, throw in sliced chinese mushrooms, chinese sausage, salted fish. Put in the vegetable at the last 2 mins to allow the steam to cook it. If you can, prepare the chicken the night before you sleep and have the chicken ready in the fridge together with the other ingredients. Chicken only need to be marinated with soya sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, pepper and a little black sauce for colour)

2. Chicken stew cooked in slow-cooker or cook when you come home in a stew pot. Put in carrots, potatoes, leek, and dried herbs such as oregano, tarragon. If you cook with a stew pot, do the following. Fry the cut-up chicken with chopped large onions & garlic in olive oil. When the onions are soft, you can throw in the carrots, potatoes, leek and fry a little, then pour in chicken stock (you can buy ready packets) or water and simmer for about 30-45mins. Sprinkle dried herbs when the stock is boiling and add some white cooking wine. To thicken the gravy, you may mash up some of the cooked potatoes or add corn-flour mixed with some water. Again you can prep the chicken the night before by marinating with a bit of oyster sauce, a little salt and pepper.

3. Chicken macaroni soup. Make the stock with a whole chicken. When the chicken is cooked after about 45mins, take the chicken out, debone and throw in the bones to cook the stock for another 45mins. Add salt to taste for the soup. Parboil some vegetables separately. Boil the macaroni separately. Serve with macaroni with soup and vegetables. Sometimes, to make it more attractive to my young kids, last time, I would make toasted small bread croutons for kids to garnish on their macaroni. Just cut up old break into small cubes & toast it. Your kids can help too!

Other one-dish meals that are great to try are shepherd pie, lasagne, yong tau foo soup, dry mee tai mak, fried rice.

Happy experimenting and most important, your children will appreciate you for it, even if not now, they will later in their life.

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby sparks » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:57 pm

you can try this website called noobcook for recipes. I find her recipes easy to follow n homely tasting.

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby the queen » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:31 am

the queen wrote:Hi all!

May i have your guidelines for simple dish to be cooked on weekdays? i am a full time working mum with the elder DS gg to primary school and yonger DS gg to childcare, may i know, for those in the same situation as me, how do you cope ? can cope? :scared:



haha i don't know if i can cope or not.... i will try first, thanks for reply :lol:

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby the queen » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:39 am

hellokittyspore wrote:
the queen wrote:Hi all!

May i have your guidelines for simple dish to be cooked on weekdays? i am a full time working mum with the elder DS gg to primary school and yonger DS gg to childcare, may i know, for those in the same situation as me, how do you cope ? can cope? :scared:


Hi Queen,

I'm a FTWM as well. Frankly speaking, I don't cook on weekdays. On weekdays, we eat at parent/ parent in law house since we need to fetch our children from there after our work and we don't have any maid. Cooking on weekday will add up to my stress level. :slapshead:


Hi Hellokittyspore,

gg to PIL hse for dinner really a blessing to me ! kekeke

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby the queen » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:46 am

watmekiasu wrote:I don't cook at all on weekdays and very rarely on a weekend.

Breakfast is usually a banana and milo (coffee for me). When we run out of bananas towards the end of the weekdays, then it is bread and butter with milo.

My dc's meals are catered or frozen meals. I guess the latter is not so healthy but it's impossible for me to cook as I return home very late. Needless to say, dc does not have a proper meal schedule. She eats only when she's hungry which could sometimes be 1 meal for both lunch and dinner. That does not seem to have affected her growth or health.

I keep lots of nuts at home. She will not touch fruits as they have to be washed. Also fruit juices and soya milk in the fridge.



Hi Watmekiasu,

What kind of nuts you keep at home ?

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby the queen » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:51 am

sparks wrote:you can try this website called noobcook for recipes. I find her recipes easy to follow n homely tasting.



Hi Sparks!

Thanks! i really need this ! yeah!

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Re: FTWM-NEED YOUR GUIDE

Postby mummychua » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:03 am

i used to cook dinner everyday but since my hb change job, we started having dinner at my in law place. but i still miss my own home cook food. mil is a lousy cook. but cannot complain lah... ;P

i use to cook soup everyday using my tiger thermal magic cooker. i will have all ingredients cut up at night, i will just add water into the pot in the morning, boil it while im preparing for work. pop in into the outer pot before i step out of house. when i get hm, i will cook the 2nd dish, which is normally a quick stir-fry. so within 10mins, i will have dinner ready on table.

the most challenging part is to plan menu on the wkend, buy everything, cut and marinate meat for the coming wk. im quite strict with myself on it. i dont buy extra and i expect myself to cook everything i bought. i will cook those ingredients that will turn bad quickly early in the week. those that can last will be cook at the end of the wk.

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