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chin_wan
22-04-2008, 02:32 PM
My baby girl is 11 months old and she loved her porridge so I thought I'd share it here with you guys. At the same time, I'd like to get some ideas from you guise too. :)

Pumpkin Porridge

1. A slow cooker
2. Anchovies
3. Pumpkin
4. Fish
5. Pork
6. Rice (1 cup)
7. Potato

First boil some water and add anchovies. This is to give the broth a good taste and anchovies is packed with Calcium. Plain water is also fine.

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Then wash the rice. Don't over wash it as you will wash away all the nutrients. Best bet is to run through water for about 15 seconds. Put the rice into the slow cooker.

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Then cut your pumpkin into small cubes (about the size of a grain of rice). See pic for the amount of pumpkin to use.

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Next cut your potato into small cubes (about the size of a grain of rice) as well. See pic for the amount of potato to use.

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Mix the potato and pumpkin with the rice. Then add in your fish and pork.

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Next add the anchovies boiled water into the mix above.

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Put them into the slow cooker and let it cook for about 4 hours. Your porridge should be ready. TO add flavour, you can also add a little vegemite before serving it to your baby.

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Note:
a) You can always play around with the recipe. E.g. instead of using pumpkin, you can substitute it with broccoli or spinach or carrot.
b) The fish is optional. Using pork only is also as good.

My apologies if my recipe seemed a little vague. I suck as this....maybe cause I have balls. Anyways, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about this. :)

racheljansz
22-04-2008, 04:07 PM
Thanks chin_wan,
I used carrots instead of pumpkin.
I have tried broccoli but it becomes brown.
Now that my boy is bigger, I add a tiny bit of garlic and shallots.
Since he has some teeth I cook stuff separately like peas, broccoli, cauliflower and baby long beans.
These veg cannot stand high temperature too long.
So I cut them in small bit size.
Put them into very hot boiling water for about 2 minutes only.
Before I forget, I do add a bit of salt and oil in the water 1st.
Drain away the water.
Later, I add them in when I want to serve the chook.

Once a week my mum would cook it with 2 to 3 thin slice of Cordyceps.
Do not know good or not, best keep quiet, after all I too have been fed on the same stuff.

Beside the Ikan billis stock, I also use chicken bones and fish bones to make the respective stock.
You can find many recipe on the net on how to make these concentrated thick stock.
I make a batch and keep them in a Jam Bottle.
I use masking tape to label and date them.
These stock if kept at correct temp can last about 7 days.
So I do not make too much.
I also used a spoon of these stock to stir fry veg.

Oh, I have been told by my friend who stayed in Pantai Remis to wash clean the Ikan Billis properly and it contains harmful chemicals.

LMei
22-04-2008, 04:43 PM
The calcium is in eating the anchovies. I do not think boiling it will contribute calcium into the soup. And yes you have to take note of the harmful chemicals used in preserving them.

My question is does boiling the fish together for 4 hours make it overcooked?

racheljansz
23-04-2008, 10:26 AM
My question is does boiling the fish together for 4 hours make it overcooked?
Fresh fish right?
I do not cook them with the porridge.
Since fresh fish cooks fast, I would just steam it for just 10 to 15 minutes.
For fish porridge, that where my concentrated fish stock come in handy.

chin_wan
23-04-2008, 01:36 PM
Very good advice ladies. I'm gonna get my wife to look into them. :)

LMei
24-04-2008, 03:01 PM
I learned one new trick while surfing the net. I pre-soak the rice in water the night before, so it cooks faster.

lady-o-leisure
25-04-2008, 11:10 PM
One trick that was learned some years back while living in Taiwan, if you keep washed & well drained rice in a container and keep it frozen, when u take it out to cook porridge, it takes half the cooking time. So if u just keep a ziplockbag of it in the freezer, u can use it anytime u need, plus it doesnt take up too much space.
Try that and let me know what u think.

racheljansz
26-04-2008, 06:45 AM
I learned one new trick while surfing the net. I pre-soak the rice in water the night before, so it cooks faster.That's what some restaurant are doing.
Yes it cooks faster.
lady-o-leisure - Freezer? Did that but got an ear full of old wives tales from my mum.
Anyway I just kept a small tupperware of cleaned rice in the fridge.
Freezer section is full.

chin_wan
27-04-2008, 05:10 PM
My question is why do we want to cook the rice faster? If we let it cook in a slow cooker longer, it is bad?

racheljansz
27-04-2008, 08:09 PM
My question is why do we want to cook the rice faster? If we let it cook in a slow cooker longer, it is bad?Use less gas or electricity?

chin_wan
28-04-2008, 10:12 AM
^^ Good point.

Bulldoggie
28-04-2008, 03:58 PM
Hi everyone...

My daughter is almost 12 mths soon. :) What I do is get a small pot (those for cooking maggi mee) put in some brown rice and other diced organic ingredients like pumpkin / sweet potato/ anchovies/ broccoli /carrot / chicken / fish / and etc, add half a pot of water, boil it until the water dried off and so will the ingredients turn soft.

After that puree the ingredients with the food puree machine (mine is Philips bought from Jusco for RM199) Whole procedure is abt 10 mins. Simple, fast & nutritious (due to shorter cooking time)

Hope this will help all busy working moms...even the dads can try it themselves.

Regards,
Bulldoggie

chin_wan
29-04-2008, 10:32 AM
That's awesome...bull! I will forward this to my wife cause I know nothing about cooking.

I think I am turning gay by posting here to much. I need to go out and do some push up now.

brb...

racheljansz
29-04-2008, 12:41 PM
Hi everyone...

My daughter is almost 12 mths soon. :) What I do is get a small pot (those for cooking maggi mee) put in some brown rice and other diced organic ingredients like pumpkin / sweet potato/ anchovies/ broccoli /carrot / chicken / fish / and etc, add half a pot of water, boil it until the water dried off and so will the ingredients turn soft.

After that puree the ingredients with the food puree machine (mine is Philips bought from Jusco for RM199) Whole procedure is abt 10 mins. Simple, fast & nutritious (due to shorter cooking time)

Hope this will help all busy working moms...even the dads can try it themselves.

Regards,
Bulldoggie
Certain veg cannot take the high temp become discolor and may lose some essential nutrients.

After puree, you find that you have too much you can use the ice maker tray to freeze it for later use.
You may even want to use this method as a portion control.
Get the ice tray with covers to prevent freezer burnt, dehydration and contamination.
You can get these at Jusco also.

To thaw these blocks you can microwave them,
or throw them in when you make porridge.

I am lazy thus I prefer the slow cooker method cos I do not have to watch it whilst it is cooking.
I throw my prepared ingredients into the slow cooker and set it on.
When I come back from work it is done. :D

LMei
29-04-2008, 02:55 PM
Well I had to puree my son's porridge too as he dislikes anything with texture. It's only a few months back that he starting eating it without having to go throught the blender.

chin_wan
30-04-2008, 10:23 AM
I think all Vitamin C will be gone once you cook it. Vitamin C are too fragile to stand and heat. My best bet for getting Vitamin C is to give fruits. I find Papaya very good but not too much. Maybe once every 3 days.

racheljansz
30-04-2008, 10:59 AM
Have started giving my toddler some solid food also.
I bought those frozen veg with the original UK Tesco labels.
Mostly basic veg like baby carrot, green garden baby peas, broccoli and baby Brussels sprouts.
I just take out what he usually eats.
Wash them and blanch them in brisk boiling saline water.
Cut the big veg to his bit size, add drops of olive oil and let him eat by himself.
Big problem is when he is full he tends to play with the food and becomes messy.
Oh well ... that parenting for you :D

Some studies were done on frozen veg vs fresh veg.
But the results were not so conclusive and the jury is still out.

My confidence level for local veg is not very high when I do know our fresh veg do not usually gets a pass by the S'pore Govt.
And personally knowing people who does land fumigation for the veg farmers.

chin_wan
01-05-2008, 11:06 AM
The calcium is in eating the anchovies. I do not think boiling it will contribute calcium into the soup. And yes you have to take note of the harmful chemicals used in preserving them.


Taking your advise, I've decided to prepare my ikan bilis differently. Here's what I did:

1. Buy the ikan bilis....duh??!?
2. Wash them thoroughly and then put them outside to dry in the sun.
3. Then put the dried ikan bilis in a blender.
4. See below.

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