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No Bake Baker

I am not a baker and I don’t even have an oven. But I have all the ingredients I need to make lactation cookies or brownies. So I decided to make some that do not require any baking. And this are really easy, money saving and milk boosting delicacies! 

I have been buying Mom’s More Milk lactation brownies and they’re so yummy! But I also wanna make my own. So here goes…  

No Bake Lactation Balls

– 1 cup of oats (rolled or instant)*

– 1/2 cup ground flaxseed*

– 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder*

– 1/2 cup peanut butter

– 1/2 cup butter (I’ll explain why I used butter and sugar)

– 2 tsp sugar 

– 1 tsp vanilla essence

*optional: crushed almonds, chia seeds

Method

1) Put in all the dry ingredients(*) in a bowl and stir to mix them well. 

2) Melt the butter and add in sugar when the butter is 3/4 melted. Stir well and remove from heat. 

3) Add the peanut butter into the bowl of dry ingredients, pour in the melted butter and vanilla.

4) Mix everything well and roll them into balls. Arrange them neatly on a big plate or a tray and let them cool in the fridge for at least 1 hour. The longer you keep, the firmer they get ūüėČ.

Ok! Now the part where I need to explain about the butter sugar thing. I am not a sweet tooth person so I used dark cocoa. You may wanna get sweetened cocoa powder. And the butter is to actually replace honey (too sweet for me), that really can stick them balls together! But since I don’t use honey, I melt some butter. This works, too. The sugar? Well, just to give it a nice taste. HAHAH! If you wanna use honey, you can opt butter sugar out and just use 1/2 cup of honey. Oh yea, the peanut butter is also for making the ingredients sticking together and making the balls thicker. 

If you wanna get more supply, you can also add a teaspoon of ground fenugreek. I don’t put it in because I’m done with smelling like maple syrup. Not that I hate it. The smell makes me crave for pancakes!!!

Alrightey then, I gotta feed my chunky boy. Happy (non)baking!

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just another year added

every time we spoke of birthdays, Fateha would always ask if it was hers as well. I told her that it was mine, she shook her head and kept saying it was not. she insisted it was her birthday. so I had to explain that hers was over and it was in January, after Fateena was born (like she even understood), and mine was today which was 4 months after hers. she stared blankly at me.

anyways, I turned 32 already,¬†almost 24¬†hours ago, Singapore time. this year’s turning of age felt weird because firstly I got 2 presents from husband, of which one was received in February and the other was last week. secondly, due to his shift work, he chose to treat me to dinner 2 weeks ago.

and yesterday,

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though it wasn’t really for my birthday, my mother in-law treated us to lunch at 1 Market buffet restaurant by Chef Wan. I was glad that the lunch was brought forward to yesterday, eve of my birthday, because it was initially planned in march and then changed to end of this month before they confirmed for yesterday’s. somehow it felt special.

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located at plaza singapura (PS), a place where husband and I used to frequent during our courtship days. and yesterday, we were brought back to this place for the first time after 6 years. yea, that was how long I had not been to PS. because we had other important things to care for aka family.

the food, I must say, was anything but special. I thought they tasted good but just the same as every buffet restaurants I had been too. however, I love the waffles! and I love the fact that we got to meet the owner aka Chef Wan.

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I gotta frame this picture and hang it on the living room wall.

a man whose speech was as fast as a bullet train, a number of times when I “catch no ball” of what he was saying. his entrance to the restaurant was very low key. no one actually realised that he was already inside. it was husband who noticed the funny, laser-mouth chef. I counted myself lucky to get to meet him without having so many people crowding around us. you can see from the picture that everyone was just busy with the food on their plates.

I know you might be wondering why Fateha wasn’t in¬†the picture. she was at the table, eating and entertained by her grandfather; my father in-law. ¬†but we managed to get a whole family picture again with Chef Wan before the restaurant closed for cleaning up and dinner spread.

as for today (my actual birth date), husband and I spent the time together in JB.

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thanks husband, for the early dinner treat. I realised that this year I got double of everything from you. 2 presents, 2 dinner treats and 2 kids. I wonder what you’re gonna give me next year.

another baby will be in my wish list. that’ll be a nice present for me.

love the spread so spread the love

my aunt made the tastiest garlic spread ever. tried it during our family gathering at aloha resorts and my palate refused other barbecued food that were prepared.

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there were chicken wings, beef and chicken satay, prawns, hot dogs, stingrays and slices of french loaves. all barbecued. once i took a bite on a slice of french loaf with the garlic spread, i fell deeply in love! managed to cajole my aunt into unleashing her secret recipe in making the spread. i was glad that she shared.

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made a batch (as above) a few days ago but i left it chilled in the fridge. read somewhere that the longer it got chilled, the tastier it would be. and prior to making it, i wrote a list of the items needed before scooting off to johor bahru for our fortnightly marketing.

– garlic
– butter
– italian herbs

so the above spread was made with love. hahah. about 6 tablespoons of softened butter (approximately, i didn’t really measure), 1 clove of garlic, some dashes of italian herbs, a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of sugar. yea, i liked it sweet. i smashed the garlic and chopped them into tiny bits before adding them to the butter. and then finally, in went all the other ingredients.

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i love the smell of the italian herbs and i guess it made the spread smell wonderfully delicious. well of course, the smell of the garlic was stronger.

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just to make it my style, i added half slice of cheese on top of the spread and baked them in the oven toaster for 3 minutes only. the husband had asked for them twice and i was so happy! it only meant that my garlic spread was nice, if not delicious.