Cook your own chicken rice at Creative Culinaire

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Tata! We can now cook our own Chicken rice! Yes, Singapore’s National dish 🙂

Everyone loves chicken rice, the fragrant oily white rice, the tender steamed chicken and the dark sauce with chili paste. But how many of us got the chance to butcher a chicken, tear out the innards, and even marinate the chicken?

We jump at the opportunity when Creative Culinaire invited us to cook our own chicken rice.

Chicken Rice workshop

After listening to Chef Judy’s instruction, Boon Yee (no3) and me tried to remember the steps, portions and sequence.

Our junior Master Chef wannabe preparing the ingredient, stock soup base and concocting our own spices (garlic, ginger, pandan leaf etc).

We are supposed to stir the pot until we can smell the fragrant chicken essence infused with garlic. In fact, the whole kitchen was enveloped in chicken rice fragrance 🙂

We pickup some news and tips from Chef Judy along the cooking class too.

Example, Chicken Rice is one of the top 50 World cuisines and originated from Hai Nan China (thus the name 海南鸡饭) . Singapore has R&D the recipe to suit our own palate.

We heard Chicken fat was used to flavour the rice in the good old days, but health-conscious Singapore has opted out fatty oil.

Kampong chicken was preferred then, although meat is tougher but it was a healthier option (no injections).

One of the highlight for our class, we needed to butcher and cut up the chicken. This was no easy task with our small scissor, even adults have problem cutting open the chicken!

Next, we need to remove the innards, we will spare you the gloss bloody photos. I told Boon Yee the plate of chicken rice in school always look so polished and presentable, but he now realised the hard preparation work.

Boil and poach the chicken, then keep it cool, we want to keep the meat tender.

Besides learning to cook, kids learn about keeping the kitchen workspace and utensils clean. If he does aspire to be a chef one day, this would be crucial for him to remember. Meanwhile, he can help to keep our home  kitchen neat.

We always remembered to have fun along our cooking session, and we now know why the chicken portion kept shrinking!

Taste nicer right, when you prepare the chicken yourself?

Creative Culinaire cook off

Instagram Video : Project Chicken Rice

 

This chicken rice (photo below) is Chef Judy’s masterpiece, you should hear her talk about Chicken Rice butter cake!

chicken rice
Singapore Nationall Dish Chicken Rice

 

Do pop by our Facebook album for more Fun photos. I really appreciate the opportunity to cook a special dish with my boy. Do pop by our Rainbow cake baking session too.

Even the chili blending looks so therapeutic and inviting 🙂

What's cooking? Not #JuniorMasterChef #sengkangbabies Smells nice 👍

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Chicken rice anyone? You can pop up Creative Culinaire website for the next school holiday cook-off.

Lego NinjaGo Movie

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We brought our Ninjas to watch Lego NinjaGo Movie earlier (trailer). Ninjago Fans will rejoice at another Lego movie, with all the cool gadgets battling each other out!

But Lego NinjaGo Movie has a story behind the bricks (pardon the pun). We all know Lloyd (Green Ninja) grew up without his Dad.

It seems like everyone knew that Lloyd’s Dad is the bad guy, except Lord Garmadon himself. No wonder little Lloyd was bullied in school and society, everyone blames him for the evil happenings in NinjaGo city!

 

 

Lego NinjaGo Movie tells us not to judge others, and we must always be objective. Always look at things from another angle.

Example we see kids misbehaving in MRT and we straightaway assumed no manners or poor parenting (but child might be autistic). Or we see tattoos and finger-point bad influence etc (hey, everyone deserves a second chance even if we make mistakes before, Yellow Ribbon)

Kids might be too young to understand the concepts now, but I hope they will continue to embrace empathy and compassion in their character 🙂

 

Kids at an earlier Lego Ninjago Challenge

At the movie preview, we got to wear Ninjago masks and try to roleplay Good vs Bad guys. Why Daddy always become the bad guy :p

Lego NinjaGo Movie
Lego NinjaGo Movie

There are some other interesting revelations in Lego NinjaGo Movie:
-The destroyer of Ninjago City is not Lord Garmadon haha
-Lord Garmadon used to have a love story too
-NinjaGos do not leave anyone behind

 

Grab the latest updates about Lego from their Facebook.
Do pop by our marvelous “Destiny’s Bounty” here.

Volkswagen Tiguan, please bring us off road

Handsome and masculine, our courtesy Volkswagen Tiguan brought us around town (and countryside) in style. The new VW Tiguan outline gave a distinct yet refined image.

Little vehicle commanders

“Exterior”

Be it Urban or Rural backdrop, this ride is always in style.

One might take a second look at the sharply defined contours, the running leds present an imposing presence.

 

VW Tiguan refused to be subtle.

“Interior”

When you start the car, “SengkangBabies profile” gave us a pleasant welcome. Our ride can customise multiple profiles for different driver.

You can programme your driving style, display and seats, etc. I would hate to re-tune all my favourite settings.

 

A touch of class and luxury inside the cabin.

Techie drivers would love the abundant automation and infotainment features in this ride, but the “traditional” me got a bit intimidated with all the buttons :p

Touch screen infotainment console paired with Apple Carplay, let music stream into the Dynaudio speakers for a surround experience.

 

Paranomic sunroof is always the kids’ favourite. Besides a seamless top view from front to end, they keep bugging me to let natural air flow in!

Designed for creature comforts, aircon “on demand” for front and rear passengers. We heard Tiguan’s biogenic filter (unique for SUV line) can prevent pollen and allergens from entering the cabin. This would be welcome news for those who suffer from allergy.

Flip a tray out for your colouring book or even Ipad, kids would be entertained though the journey.

 

Abundant boot space (600l) for our family. We could easily load shoes and blading gears for our sports outing. We can even fold the middle row to accommodate one or two junior bikes.

 

“Safety and convenience features”

The Tiguan R-Line comes with VW’s new feature, “Adaptive Cruise Control“. The auto system will help maintain a safe distance from the car infront, we heard “Front Assist” will even brake to prevent an accident.

Volkswagen Tiguan pick up 5stars in euro NCAP tests, making it one of Europe’s safest cars.

Picture below (top left), the Head-up Display unit is pretty cool, we need not look down to check whether we are speeding.

 

All round sensors will warn the driver if someone is driving too near, so we can take defensive actions.

The sensors also help us to safely navigate our car into tight parking lot. We appreciate the 3D drone-like top view of the car, showing Tiguan’s four corners (and blind spots). Otherwise, we can always auto-park with “Park Assist” (both parallel and vertical parking is possible)

Be it a family car (comfort and safety) or executive SUV (for off-road thrills), Volkswagen Tiguan performs well in both segments.

Our R-Line 380 TSI 2L petrol engine delivers maximum power of 220ps (between 4500 and 6200 rpm) and an impressive maximum torque of 350ps at a low 1500 rpm.

We kept our Volkswagen Tiguan busy with more family activities 🙂

 

We would like to thanks Volkswagen for the courtesy car, travelling was definitely cooler and more stylish over the weekend.

 

Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line is retailing from $192,000 (COE inclusive). More photos and specifications can be found on VW website.