Christmas cookoff

This is a much belated post but one that I must definitely do!

Christmas 2013 was spent with cell group. This year, we had a food/cooking competition. It was a potluck format where everyone had to bring a dish, with the option of either cooking it or buying it from somewhere. Each person got to pick an invitation card with a specific food category (eg. Meat, dessert, veg) that they had to prepare. The dish also had to be in line with the theme Christmas/Western. There would be prizes for Best Chef and Most popular dish so as to recognize efforts to cook as well as effort to source out and bring a really tasty dish.

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What was amazing was that 90% of the dishes were cooked with love by our cell members. A lot of effort went into each and every one of the dishes. Most of the time these days for potluck, we just da bao something out of convenience. Guess the competitive element helped to motivate us all to cook something. I like what one of them said – that he would rather attempt something and have it fail rather than just simply buy something. And it turned out that his dish was quite a hit! So the event was a successful one because everyone participated. The dish that was bought were really good too!

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The food category that I picked was vegetable!! Not my favourite food and not easy to make it shine ….. how to win with a vegetable dish?? Nonetheless, I tried my best and was quite pleased that I managed to do a yummy coleslaw – almost like the one at KFC. My dish did not win but it was quite palatable and enjoyable and I was happy with it 🙂 I used this recipe. There was a lot of love that went into it for sure! Was quite sick during that week and had contemplated abandoning the dish. But decided to do it anyway donning a mask and all. Glad I managed to pull off quite a pleasant dish in the end.

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My husband won the best chef. He picked meat and chose to do ribs. Good choice! It was a winner! Not bad considering that this is the first time he is cooking ribs.

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After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon exchanging gifts and chillaxing over card games.

What a lovely Christmas day spent with my spiritual family!

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Enjoying Christmas at the malls

One thing that I love about Christmas is the special shows and themes that malls have during this time. Before Daniel came, I seldom look out for what’s going on at the malls for Christmas. The only reason that I go to the malls would be to dine and to shop. But now, I am also on the look out for shows and activities at the malls during this season of the year.

I am actually quite amazed that almost every major shopping mall is dressed in a certain cartoon theme and has activities going on. Am thankful for Singapore family blogs that make an effort to compile the list of activities going on in the malls during the year end holiday period. We only managed to catch a few of them but it was good fun, even for an adult like me. Having children sometimes makes you relive or go through children activities that are really fun for adults too. Once again, I am reminded of how it feels like to be a child and do kiddy things.

Managed to catch a few of these shows in Dec. We went down to Junction 8 to catch the Care Bears. Closer to home, we went to Changi Airport which featured Spongebob Squarepants and Downtown East which featured Doraemon. I thoroughly enjoyed the Doraemon show even though I am not a Doraemon fan. Simply cute!

And the best thing about these shows and activities – they are mostly free 🙂

Doraemon @ Downtown East

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Spongebob @ Changi Airport T3

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My favourite Christmas present this year

My favourite Christmas present for this year is an unexpected gift from a colleague. Was pleasantly surprise as I wasn’t expecting a gift from her. At first glance when I unwrapped the present, it was a lovely ornamental cross. I do not usually like ornamental gifts as I do not have much space to display them. However, the verse on this cross spoke to me so much and encouraged me much. Am tremendously blessed by this gift.

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Drive thru dazzling Orchard Rd

I have been miserably sick the past few days with the end still not in sight. Caught a horrid flu bug from our relatives from down under. They caught it while they were in HK. This bug is sure nasty. Fourth day running and still feels terrible! I was so disappointed to miss the Christmas production by our church again this year 😦 Last year we missed it too as we were all down with gastric flu. Also missed a few Christmas gatherings with friends due to the flu. Was super grouchy and grumpy on Sunday. To cheer me up, Ivan took me and Daniel on a car ride through Orchard Rd on Sunday night since I was not well enough to go out yet. It turned out to be quite lovely. Have not had a chance to visit Orchard yet this Christmas. Though it was only a drive through the area, the pretty dazzling sights went a long way to add some cheer in the midst of this dreary sickness. Perhaps will do a walk through Orchard Rd next Christmas 🙂

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