Han got this recipe for Paleo Friendly Cookies from his gym instructor, and he’s already made me make 4 batches of these cookies so far. They’re not my thing, but Han loves them.

2.5 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
10 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate chips

  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until completely covered
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten on baking tray with grease-proof paper
  5. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes

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So I tried making the same banana cake again, this time making two loaves of cakes instead of cup cakes. The bottom turned out to be very dense, so I’m going to try making them again tomorrow.

I made slight tweaks to the recipe.

250g unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
4 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
4 tablespoon Milk
2 mashed Bananas
220g plain flour sifted with 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon Baking powder

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Overly dramatic video of #ardanxu having my cooking for the first time

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Ardan turns 8 months old today, and he can get started on fish. I decided to try making Salmon with Carrots and Tomato based on a recipe from my Annabel Karmel book. This is my first foray into cooking (home ed classes don’t count, the teacher gave us tips along the way) while following a recipe. Totally didn’t realise I had to defrost the meat before cooking. In my defense, I cook frozen peas, straight from the freezer into the boiling water! Lol. So we went out for dinner with the Huatians while letting the fish defrost at home.

Here’s the recipe in entirety, reposted from netmums.com. I used Option 2 and cooked the fish in milk rather than microwaved it.

Annabel Karmel Salmon with Carrots and Tomato

225g carrots (peeled and sliced)
150g salmon fillet
½ tsp milk (or enough to cover the salmon, see method for details)
30g butter
2 tomatoes (ripe, skinned and desseded), chopped
40g cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Put the carrots in a steamer set over a pan of boiling water and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender
  2. Option 1:
    1. Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, add the milk, dot with half the butter and cover, leaving an air vent
    2. Microwave on High for 1½ –2 minutes
  3. Option 2:
    1. Alternatively, put the salmon in a pan, pour over enough milk to just cover and simmer for about 4 minutes or until cooked
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the tomatoes and sauté until softened and slightly mushy
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted – blend the cooked carrots with the tomato mixture
  6. Drain the cooking liquor from the fish, remove the skin and check there are no bones
  7. Flake the fish and mix it with the carrots and tomatoes
  8. For younger babies you can blend the fish together with the carrots and tomato for a smoother texture

If you are interested in other recipes from Annabel Karmel, you can get them here.

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#ardanxu did really well for his first time

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We started Ardan on solids the week he turned 6 months in early February. That’s a video of him taking solids for the first time. I’m introducing new foods without testing, i.e. Not waiting 3 days after introducing new foods, and have had no problems so far.

 Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner  

I am referring to Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. At the same time also referring to this image to stagger the introduction of variety. 


Even though I can’t cook, the initial chapters of the book are real easy. I found it manageable to wash and chop fruits and vegetables, and then steaming and puree-ing them with my Philips AVENT Combined Steamer and Blender. However it had a max capacity so I had to cook batches sequentially. 

But as I went through the book, I found that I have no time and interest in learning how to cook. So what I’ve been doing so far is continuing to introduce new food by steaming and puree-ing them. I hope that later on as he gets older, I could get Sheila to cook his meals for him. 

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Ardan in his play pen

There are nights when I come home from work and I want to work on some things – sell some dog clothes, pay my bills, craft a little, surf a little Internet etc. But most nights I found that I couldn’t do these things, as it would be 9 plus in the evening after I’ve had my dinner and showered after work, and it would be time to put Ardan to bed. We co-sleep, so it means I have to be in bed with him at 9 plus as well. Or I could be done earlier, but neither Han nor Sheila are free to help mind him. 

So recently I’ve started putting Ardan in his playpen in our room again, and to my surprise, he’s experiencing new found enjoyment in it. I was using the playpen heavily when I was on maternity leave, but in recent weeks it just hasn’t been used that often. 

He would cry if we put him on our bed and we went off to do our stuff, but he seems plenty happy rolling about in his playpen alone, and would entertain himself for an hour sometimes. Which equates to an hour I could use to do some mindless Internet surfing, for example. :)

We use the Nuna SENA in red, which Han bought from a baby fair last year. 

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