Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yummy Chocolate Oatmeal Cupcake

Found this chocolate oatmeal cake recipe from www.allrecipes.com. It's really easy to made and healthy too with the inclusion of oatmeal. I made it into cupcakes to make it more appetising for the kids and sprinkle some Wheatgerm to increase the nutritional content. I also made some cream cheese icing for the kids to decorate it. It was a hit, my sis's 2 picky eater loves it although my SMALL FAN only eat the icing and some of the cake (he can't finish the whole thing)

Here's the recipes:

Chocolate Oatmeal Cupcakes

* 1/2 cup rolled oats
* 1/2 cup butter (115g)
* 1 cup boiling water
* 1 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 of white sugar instead)
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup all-purpose flour (I mix 3/4 cup plain flour with 1/4 wholemeal flour)
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 4 tablespoons cocoa (I used Hot Chocolate powder mix instead and use 3 tbs instead of 4)
* Some wheatgerm flakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8x8 inch pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats and butter. Mix in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
3. Beat together the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla; add to cooled oat mixture and mix well.
4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into cupcakes cup and sprinkle some wheatgerm flakes on it.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and remove pan.

Cream Cheese Icing

* 3 tablespoons of Cream Cheese
* 1.5 cups of Icing Sugar
* 1 tablespoons of milk
* Food colouring

1. Mix 1st 3 ingredients together until creamy.
2. Add food colour of your choice. Then decorate your cakes.

Monday, August 11, 2008

How to boost my kid's immunity?

SMALL FAN has been falling sick for one month plus already. Have this very bad phelgmy cough. He was on a course of antibiotic (Klacid) and was on the road to recovery when the cough came back again. Just brought him to see the doctor and the doctor said he develops brocholitis and need another course of antibiotic (Augmentin). Poor boy, have been taking so many drugs, I'm really worry what all these drugs will do to his health. But the doctor say, if he needs antibiotic, he will need to take it, otherwise the cough might develops into brochitis. Sigh....I'm at my wits end now, how can I boost his immunity such that he won't fall sick so easily.

Tried giving him powdered cordycep but he has been falling sick so often that I have to keep stopping the cordycep intake as I worried it might contradict with the English Medicine that he is taking, until the bottle of cordycep turns mouldy and I have to throw it away. I also tried giving him vitamin C with Echinea as well as mulitivitamin from GNC as well as Naturefarm but not sure if it's effective. Brought him to a Chinese Doctor before and she recommended building up his lung by giving him Herbal Soup (2 stick of good TungSheng, 6 Red Dates, A Spoon of Wolfberries, boil into soup and drink). Tried making him the soup a few times, but I think I need to keep continuing to see the effect. Poor boy is like my guinea pig, trying out different drugs....I'm really lost now how else can I boost his immunity...


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