Annabel Karmel’s Salmon with Carrots and Tomato

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.

On Weaning and Nutrition

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. 

Hands-free

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. 

Clementi Mall Nursing Room

The nursing room at Clementi Mall is available on various floors:

  • Level 3 next to #03-49 Elitrend
  • Level 4 next to #04-43 Nanyang Optical
  • Level 5 next to #05-27 Optical 88

Amenities:

  • Changing table
  • Soap and sink
  • Toilet paper
  • Cubicle with lockable door
    • Single sofa seat
    • Power socket
Soap and Sink, and Toilet Paper
Soap and Sink, and Toilet Paper
Changing Table
Changing Table
Cubicles with Lockable Door
Cubicles with Lockable Door
Single Seat Sofa with Power Socket
Single Seat Sofa with Power Socket

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National Library Nursing Room

The nursing room at the National Library is on Basement 1. To gain access, you’ll have to talk to the people at the security counter near the entrance.

Amenities:

  • Long sofas at the entrance
  • Hot and cold water dispenser
  • Changing table
  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • 2 cubicles with drawn curtains:
    • Power Socket
    • Single chair
    • Small side table
Two Long Sofas at the Entrance
Two Long Sofas at the Entrance
Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Changing Table, and Diaper Bin
Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Changing Table, and Diaper Bin
Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Power Socket, Small Table, and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Power Socket, Small Table, and Single Sofa in the Cubicle

My comments:
It was overall very clean and well maintained. I liked that access to the room was limited, that’s prolly how the place is kept clean.

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Week 12 Postpartum

Wow, so much has changed in the past month, I haven’t had any time to update.

We are currently arranging for domestic help to care for Ardan, but until help arrives and is trained, Ardan and I are at my parents’ place Monday to Friday. It’s extremely troublesome to keep moving back and forth every weekend, but I am receiving intense infant care training from my parents. Learning so much more here than what I had learnt from our confinement nanny. Now, the next challenge is to transfer all that to our domestic helper.

Here’s a picture of happy baby.

Ardan at 12 Weeks
Ardan at 12 Weeks

2nd Vaccination

We brought Ardan for his first month vaccination on 8 September at Clementi Polyclinic. We had a good pediatrician, Dr Terence Tan from Kinder Clinic at Mount Alvernia Hospital. He told us about the government subsidised vaccination program, and recommended that we have the vaccinations done at the polyclinic instead of a private clinic. Basically most recommended vaccinations will be subsidised by the government at the polyclinics, except for Chicken Pox, Rotavirus, and Pneumococcal. Which is fine, don’t mind paying for some of the vaccinations myself if majority of them are free! 😀

If any parents are concerned about waiting times at the polyclinic, don’t worry, baby vaccination queue is a separate queue from the adult patients. However, do call in to make an appointment before walking in. The doctors will do a wellness check and track the baby’s growth and milestones against the recommendations in the health booklet as well.

Ardan cried when the needle went in, but he was quickly ok after that. He’s a brave boy!

Brave Boy Post Injection
Brave Boy Post Injection

Raffles City Nursing Room

Raffles City has 3 nursing rooms, 2 of them on B1, and 1 of them on L3. The one on L3 is the biggest.

Location 1: One of the nursing rooms on B1 is next to the washrooms beside Bangkok Jam #B1-44C.

Raffles City Basement 1
Raffles City Basement 1

Amenities:

  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • Diaper changing table
  • Diaper dispenser
  • 2 cubicles with frosted doors and locks:
    • Single sofa chair
Paper Towels, Soap, Sink, Diaper Changing Table and Diapers Dispenser
Paper Towels, Soap, Sink, Diaper Changing Table and Diapers Dispenser
Single Sofa Chair in the Cubicle
Single Sofa Chair in the Cubicle
Cubicle Frosted Glass Door
Cubicle Frosted Glass Door

Location 2: The other nursing room on B1 is next to the washrooms beside Crumpler #B1-23.

Raffles City Basement 1
Raffles City Basement 1

It is a single lockable cubicle with the following amenities:

  • Single sofa chair
  • Baby chair
  • Soap and sink
  • Power socket
Single Sofa Chair, Power Socket, and Baby Chair
Single Sofa Chair, Power Socket, and Baby Chair
Soap and Sink
Soap and Sink

Location 3: The biggest nursing room is on the 3rd floor, beside Skechers #03-06/07.

Raffles City 3rd Floor
Raffles City 3rd Floor

Amenities:

  • Two seater sofa
  • Hot and cold water dispenser
  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • Diaper changing table
  • Diaper dispenser
  • 2 cubicles with wooden doors and locks:
    • Single sofa chair
    • Baby chair
    • Small table
    • Power socket
Two Seater Sofa at the Entrance
Two Seater Sofa at the Entrance
Diaper Changing Table, Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Diaper Changing Table, Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Diaper Dispenser
Diaper Dispenser
Power Socket, Small Table and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Power Socket, Small Table and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Baby Chair in the Cubicle
Baby Chair in the Cubicle

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