Thursday, August 24, 2006

Simple dinners

People often ask how I manage without a helper. And I always say, I make almost everything simple. I'm sharing here two recipes of simple dinners, nothing to boast about except being satisfied, seeing my family enjoy them.

1. Pita bread with chicken

I was a little tired of having rice and pasta. Thanks to butterflutter who mentioned pita bread in one of her entries a few weeks ago.
I season pieces of chicken with salt and deep-fry. While they are cooking on one stove, I toast the bread on another. I just chunk a little butter on a pan, and place a bread on it. I let the side turned a bit brownish. I got a crispy-outside-soft-inside result. I sliced some lettuce leaves, chopped some tomatoes.
Chicken is cooled and chopped, and I add some mayoinaise. I cut the breads into two pieces and fill the pockets.
It would taste better with pepper, but I don't want anybody to complain that it is hot.
It taste good and Bea1 can finish 2 whole pieces (equivalent to 1 whole bread).

It would also look like the McD Chicken foldover, if I add in the tiny slice of carrot and purple cabbage. And think the taste is also close to it without the taste of the box that also comes together, with the foldover;).

2. Imitation of Pizza Hut Prawn Olio

We love the Prawn Olio. We had it for 5-6 times, and hubby suggested we just cook it ourselves. I modify the recipe a bit.

While the pasta is cooking, I fried some chopped garlic till crispy, and put it aside. Then, I saute garlic and chopped union. Throw in some prawns (and sometimes squids, too).
Add some basil leaves, chopped tomatoes and sliced shitake mushrooms. Finally add in the spaghetti, some chopped almonds, and the fried garlic.

This type of dinners are cooked with Bea3 is either at the kitchen floor, playing by herself or sitting in the high-chair besides me, eating a biscuit. While the two other girls playing everywhere in the apartment. I make sure over and over that everywhere is safe for them, and I would only worry about any mess that they make after the dinner is done;).

If hubby is around, I would normally let Bea1 'helps' me cutting some veges, while he keeps an eye on the little ones.

Think at the moment we cope well without a helper;). And I'm just grateful for being blessed with this beautiful family (who so far is very, very easy with food) and the good health (to keep on cooking and taking care of the family).


Blogger Leilanie said...

I salute you for managing the house, the 3 kids and a hubby, without a maid.

You're one Wonderwoman.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Sexy Momma said...

Hiya!. Just found your blog. I like your simple recipes and realised that you're obsessed with Ikea. So how do you get all those white stuff (from sofa to kitchen cabinets) clean with 3 small kids?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous sofhib said...

The whole month of July we have to survive without maid. Everything OK, BUT very tiring...

I really salute supermom like you.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous flowsnow said...

simply mouth watering. I tot I just ate lunch..and now I am hungry...yum!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Lrong said...

Pita bread with chickeaaaan... I like...

Prawn Olio... I like alsoooo...

4:47 PM  
Blogger ninuk said...

eeemmmm me hv helper also always opt for simple dinner. simple but can eat .

1:17 AM  
Blogger Mama22Beas said...

leilanie...wonderwoman? No lah...think I'm just happy if I can do it all by myself.

sexy I realise they do look clean in the pics. BTW, watch out, you just give me a new topic to blog ...hehe!

sofhib...penat tu penat, but I'd always try to relax too whenever I got the chance, to recharge;)

flowsnow...there is more to come;)

lrong...I expect that from you;)

Ninuk...that's because you have 4 boys, seriously with 3 (plus 1) mouths pun sometimes, I ran out of ideas what to cook...kalau boys, pengsan!

6:28 PM  
Blogger WMD: Wife, Mother, Daughter said...

Hmm another pasta loving family. The pasta look so delicious. You are truly a superwoman...3 kids and no maid.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Lian said...

You do what you have to do right? Your girls are blessed to first hand see and follow the footsteps of great mom. Keep it up!

11:25 PM  
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