Cooking for Sweetheart (Marinate Food)

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Wish you were in great weekend *hugs*

Today, I love to share about “How to Marinate Food for your Sweetheart (dear husband & kids!)” ^0^

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Mashed fries with scrambled eggs and cheese ^-^

No two toddlers or kids are alike but one thing that most children have in common is their love for delicious food ! (variety of flavor with careful & eyes-appealing cuisine presentation).

Yes, it’s simple secrets to get your lil ones eating good food.

I believe in ideas of yin and yang used in the sphere of food and cooking, indeed balancing health with food and “five-elements”. There are five tastes which seasonings help create: sweet, salty, bitter, spicy, and sour. The taste of food is also enhanced by five colors: green, yellow, red, black-blue, and white.

Alhamdulillah, every week, my kids help to prepare the marinade and squish the meat around in the sealed bag to mix, while I taking charge of the cooking and slicing 😀

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Chicken Lemonade~

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Tadaa . . . Roasted Chicken Drumsticks~

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Ho ho! *winks*

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Roasted Chicken Lemonade with Tomato Rice ^-^

Tips: The length of time you marinate food depends on both the food and the marinade. Delicate fish, shellfish, and fruit usually soak for a shorter period of time (from 20 minutes to a few hours), while meats can go longer (up to a day or two).

Remarks: Suitable for babies above 12 months.
When my babies was about 11 months old, I used to roast the chicken only with olive oil as marinade then shred the meat and freeze for future used. Then, I used the shredded roast chicken meat for adding into their porridge or soup. Definitely instant yummies! Super-duper good stuff for our kids and even for adults (perents!) ~ MamaFiza

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Topside Steak~
(marinate with: Olive Oil + Shallots + Lemongrass + Ginger + a bit of Honey)

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Part I . . .

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Part II . . .

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Part III . . .

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Topside Steaks with Mushrooms & Herbs Gravy with Butter Rice

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My personal point of view: While selecting the food for the family you (parent) should make sure to take out the toddler/kid to grocery store and let him/her pick the foods. That way he/she will get to know the amazing diversity of foods and also will start enjoying the meal cooked from the food that he/she helped pick.

Please make a menu of the meals for the week in advance.

Do encourage your child to participate in that and let him/her prepare those weekly lists on a big sheet of paper and paste it in his/her room. Tell him/her to strike out each day one by one 😉 Simple, rite?

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To make a homemade marinade you will need:

  • An acid to tenderize-you use lemon juice, lime juice or orange juice.
  • Flavoring – whatever seasonings or spices you happen to have on hand >_<
  • Oil – to hold everything together and add moisture to the meat, I vote for olive oil!
  • Salt– just a bit! To make the meat more juicy and flavorful.

How to Marinate & Cook?

1. Mix together three parts oil for every one part acid used.

2. Then, add in your choice of flavorings, and salt to taste.

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Mutton’s Lemonade~

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Grilled Lamb with Eggs and Black Pepper Gravy 😉

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Safe Food Preparation (Marinating Process):

  • Always marinate in a non-reactive container like glass, stainless steel or plastic. Aluminum containers are not suitable for marinating.
  • Pierce the meat with a fork to allow the marinade to penetrate.
  • Fish should not be marinated for more than 30 minutes because the acid will start to cook it.

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Salmons with Olive Oil + Lime Juice 😀

  • If you marinate foods be sure to do so in the refrigerator, not at room temperature on the counter. Never reuse marinades, breading or coatings on meats or vegetables. Throw them away after one use.
  • Avoid “tasting” meat, poultry, eggs, fish, or shellfish when they are raw or only partially cooked.
  • Always label and date food, even take home foods. It is easy to forget how long something has been in the refrigerator or freezer!
  • When in doubt, throw it out”

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Hopefully you’ll enjoy your “cooking moment” with your sweetheart!

Gambatte ne mommies 😉

May Allah swt always blessed your day. Amin~

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About MamaFiza

Born in 1984. Family 1st; living in boulevard of peace, loving my treasured family, fully breastfeeding my precious 4 kids (tandem nursing) *30 months duration for each of 'em*, homeschool advocate, book writer, Work-at-Home-Mom (WAHM), certified Lactation Counselor (LC), official ZIN, yoga + pilates enthusiast, no pacifier & no maid rules! [Praise to God]

11. July 2009 by MamaFiza
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