Bread For the Brain

After 3 weeks of school holiday in my country, including one and a half week of Idul Fitri holiday where factories and most companies in my country close during the season, I become so glued into the very leisure or slow motion mode. No morning hurry to prepare brunch-box and drive 2 kids to 2 schools of total distance 12 kms before the morning traffic starts. And no need to prepare breakfast for hubby before drive kids to school. No need to make sure kids review what they study at school on weekdays. Yay…

But mid July the school will start again. We need to make sure the young one learns a lot to be able to read, write, count & do simple math before the young one tested for the elementary school eligibility, in the same school as the older one. While the older one should have had the proficiency in math: plus minus up to 100. Why? Because the next level, the older one will start multiplying & dividing.

As a stay at home mom, it seems my brain has not been working during the “real” holiday. But I think I have come to consciousness that I need to activate and feed my brain regularly through learning everyday. I and every human being need to feed their brain on a daily basis, because that’s a human nature. I am struggling to do it everyday, to have time & energy to nurture my brain, even though it’s only a bite of mini-knowledge-cake. I see that some people in my surrounding, specially the stay at home moms (some are at my age or a decade younger, more are the old style traditionalist) that they don’t need to activate their brain, or believe so that women with kids don’t need to study/achive more in knowledge/expertise except if it can help the family income. I think that believe is too bad. So many unused potentials for the betterment of human kind. But I believe that it is every human’s Nature and Right to use the brain we are equipped with for a betterment through learning and studying in real life as well as using books as the tool. And I also do believe in part time job, which everyone could give more their expertise and energy to the economical productivity system for the progress and more development of their own country.

I believe that no single seed, effort nor deed is wasted. 

30 Things I Gave Up in 3 Days 

Living in equator we have only 2 seasons, dry & rainy season, therefore we (my hubby, kids & me) never wear & buy pajamas. Our pieces when we’re at home for day & night are simply short sleeve’ shirts & shorts.

Following is the 30 things I gave up in the first 3 days of 2017…

1.  A sometime work sometime not perforator. 

2.  A repaired toddler’s toy. 

3.  Corrugated papers for crafts. 

4.  A Snack box for toddler. 

5.  A lunch box. 

6.  2 pieces of my kids’ old shorts. 

7.  5 pieces of my older kid’s not 100% cotton shirts. 

8.  IKEA 2016 catalogue. 

9.  A now too small black Hush Puppies T-Shirt. 

10. A ragged underwear. 

11. 6 outgrown shorts of my younger kid.

12. 4 outgrown tops of my younger kid.

13. 2 new too heavy towels with embroidered names from my brother. 

14. A now almost never wear Grey blazer of mine. 

15. 2 collar tops I’ve been bored to wear. 

16. 2 table calendars of 2016, of course hehe… 

The end of the list. I hope for you all a great day. 

Cheers.

#simple
#living
#minimalist
#minimalism

On Every Day

Saat masa-masa genting
Ku tersadar hal-hal penting

Sering ku berjalan tidak terarah
Ku gampang merasa gerah

Banyak hal yang ku abai
Tak ada yang tlah tercapai
Terbiasa berlaku santai

Ku ambil keping-keping yang terserak
Tak mau ku henti bergerak

Kucoba selami esensi
Ku kuatkan kaki dan hati

Semuanya dari Yang memberi kelegaan.

Note: last week my kinders got constant high fever. But now they have recovered & back to school.

Kemangi

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Kugigit kau,
Baru kau udarkan bau.

Harum lime kaya aroma yang tak pudar,
Ringan dan segar,
Hadirkan ceria memekar.

Satu-satunya sayuran,
Yang tak pernah kutolak untuk ditelan,
Bila kau ada di menu,
Aku pasti mau.

Just name it…
Sayur bayam (jangan kunci) ataupun pecel sayuran,
Pepes (botok) ataupun lalapan,
Kaupun kuhadirkan dalam beberapa reka,
Nasi goreng kare – yang pertama,
Nasi goreng tuna – yang kedua.

Kemangi,
Kau sedap mewangi,
Keharuman dan kekayaan aromamu,
Tak tergantikan,
Tak terlupakan.

Fried Beef Chunks

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Fried beef chunks

Mother & small kids friendly: easy to chew, simple ingredients, easy to cook.
Freezer food.
Halal.

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Bread crumbs flour, carrot, shallots, nutmeg
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Minced meat, steamed blended veggie, onion, sugar, salt, nutmeg powder
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Tear wholewheat bread into pieces, add to the meat batter

INGREDIENTS:

– 250 gr Minced beef tenderloin
– 1 broccoli/1 carrot
– 6 shallots/1 onion
– approx. or as per your taste 1.5 – 2 spoon (flat) Sugar
– approx. or as per your taste 1 – 1.5 teaspoon (flat) Salt
– 1 teaspoon (flat) nutmeg powder
– 1 Egg
– 2 slice Wholewheat bread
– 2 pack Bread crumbs flour (panko). Here 1 pack contains 200 gr.
– Frying oil, here I use coconut oil.

METHOD:

1. Broccoli/carrot: rinse well, cut small, steam till a bit soft. Put into food processor, add a little water, process (blend).

2. Chop the shallots/onion, blend till soft (add a little water if needed).

3. Put into food processor: steamed blended broccoli/carrot, shallots/onion, minced tenderloin. Process. If your minced tenderloin is from freezer (like me), steam the frozen minced till not hard, it can be half cooked, but it’s okay, wait till not too hot, then just put into food processor to blend together with other ingredients as above.

4. Add sugar, salt, nutmeg powder into the food processor. Process together with the meat.

5. Tear the wholewheat bread into pieces. Put into food processor, process together with the meat. The meat batter now is thicker after the wholewheat bread. Nlends inside. Put this meat batter into a big bowl.

6. Beat the egg. Put the beaten egg into big bowl. Mix egg with meat batter well, using spatula/hand with plastic gloves.

7. In a wide plate, spread the bread crumbs flour. Take a spoon of meat batter, put it in the bread crumbs flour, roll & cover the meat batter with the flour. Do the same till all the meat batter covered & powdered with the flour, they are now beef chunks, ready to fry/freeze. To freeze: put the uncooked beef chunks into clip lock plastic, then freeze immediately. You can fry them once you need, finish within 2 weeks.

8. To fry: small-medium heat oil in non teflon skillet. Put several beef chunks into the skillet, the oil should cover the chunks. Fry them till both sides are golden brown. Put them on paper towel to dry the oil, then serve.