Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Special Feature: Nutritious Tonic Soups I


I know how hectic life can be for a full-time working mom, because I am one. We are constantly struggling in balancing our time between work and family. We want to excel in our career and at the same time trying to do our very best as a wife and a mother, to allocate time for our family. How many times you wanna cook a delicious and nutritious meal for your family, but ended up having to scrap the idea because you couldn't get back on time before dinner? Or, you simply do not have any idea where to start planning your menu?

Lately, I have been going through books and webpages to find out new recipes on soup. I have been boiling the same old soups all these years. It's time to have a revamp in my soup menu since Jeriel is fully on solid now. The first few years of life are extremely important to the growth and development of a kid. A child's diet in the first few years are of vital importance, as this is the crucial time when the foundations for future good health are laid. It matters for a lifetime.

This is going to be the first in this series of my soup recipes. I am going to first introduce the slightly time consuming 'simmered' soup (煲湯, 'bao tang') then it will be the 'boiled' soup (滾湯, 'gun tang') in my next feature. Since these soups are meant for busy working moms, even the so-called 'simmering', it shall not take more than 1 hour. I truly hope you will find these recipes useful. Have fun making soup!

Recipes coming soon.........

  1. Apple Seaweed & Pork Rib Soup
  2. Chicken & Mixed Vegetable Soup
  3. Apple & White Fungus Soup

8 comments:

Oppss said...

Dear Jo,
How about using the help of a thermal cooking pot(燜燒鍋)? I usually use thermal cooking pot to boil my soup. It could help saving your time and saving the gas bill. the soup quality yielded is actually pretty good. =)

Jo said...

Hi Oppss,
You know what, I have been trying so hard to convince myself not to buy another gadget cos there is really no more storage space in my kitchen. I believe taste is equally good with thermal pot. Occasionally, I also depend on my timer to switch the slower cooker off when I boil soup before going to bed so that I have warm soup (normally tong sui) for breakfast.

Oppss said...

oh... but i think thermal pot is very helpful. I don't like cooking with slower cooker. just one more pot, buy buy buy, haha!!!!!

Jo said...

Itchy already Oppss, see if I could get a good deal. Budget is RM 150. Any Malaysian knows of a good buy?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, I didn't know a thermal pot is so expensive! Is it better to invest in a pressure cooker instead? Seem to cook food in 15-30 mins, also save gas bill. Better yet if you already owned a pressure cooker, don't have to buy the thermal pot.

Ling's Passion said...

As me, though soup boiled in pressure cooker is fast but doesn't taste as good. Now I am using the National Smart Pot and am very happy with it. It has a built in timer and can fry, boil, slow cook, keep warm and reheat. What I do is bring water to boil, add in all the ingredients and bring to boil again. After the 2nd boil, I'll set the pot to slow cook with timer on and happily leave for work....no worries.

Jo said...

This post probably doesn't apply to you guys as you are all smart supermoms having all kinds of sophisticated gadget, hahaha.....

Ling's Passion said...

No lah, not smart supermom. Just that firstly, it is therapeutic to buy kitchen gagets. Secondly, need to share the stress and workload. If shared too much with family members may give rise to domestic warfare....ha..ha..ha