Pie on the Fly or as I like to call it my See Suah Lai Pie

I have what a lot of people will call the “eyes bigger than stomach” problem. I will see wonderful recipes/craft projects online or on tv and almost immediately I will go buy the ingredients/materials required in hopes I would jump into it that very day or at least the day after. Of course I never got to the projects that day or that week or even that month. Now almost every nook and cranny of almost every room in the house is filled with all sorts of materials and supplies. My kitchen is also not spared. Buy until lao hong (become soft) or fah mou (turn moldy) because I forgot I had them in the first place. Waste money sia.

So one day, I had a huge craving for a shepherd’s pie. Largely because a few weeks prior, I bought one but had left it in the office over the weekend. I knew by the time I get to it on Monday it would probably have turned bad so I told my sister (I’m working for her at her office lah) to eat it, don’t waste it. I never got the chance to taste it.

Lucky for me, we had some potatoes lying around and I started to gather whatever  I could find in the house for my pie. I tried to look for some easy recipes online but most required special sauce which I didn’t have so I thought, let’s just wing it.  Shepherd’s pie very easy one right? Just assemble, fry and bake mah. Ok set!

Ingredients I used (serves 2)*

  1. Concentrated chicken stock (almost expiring)
  2. Frozen vegetables (they last forever)
  3. Frozen minced pork (500g)
  4. Potatoes
  5. Light soy sauce
  6. A little corn starch powder
  7. A little pepper
  8. Butter for frying the meat and the mashed potatoes. You can used healthier alternatives if you wish but I prefer butter.
  9. Some water

*I’m not indicating any measurements because I didn’t measure them. All by feeling one.



  1. Defrost minced meat (duh)
  2. Mix a bit of soy sauce, corn starch powder and pepper with the minced meat in a bowl and put aside.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters.
  4. Boil potatoes until soft, not mushy. This should take about 15-20mins depending on how many potatoes you use. I used 7 small ones.
  5. When the potatoes are boiling, start frying the minced meat.
  6. Add frozen vegetables when the meat is nearly done. Please don’t add it when the meat is still raw. You don’t want to cook the veggies until they are dead.
  7. Add some water if it gets too dry.
  8. Put the cooked mixture into a bake-proof dish and set aside
  9. By this time, your potatoes should be done so remove from heat. Add butter and bash mash ’em up. No need to be super smooth, slightly chunky also can.
  10. Top the meat mixture with the mashed potato.
  11. Use a fork to score/scratch the surface. The tips will brown very nicely in the oven. I was too gentle with mine so it turned out quite pale with very little browning.
  12. Pop into the oven to bake for about 15mins. Then broil for about 10 mins. Just don’t bake until chao da (burnt) can already.
  13. Take out from oven.
  14. Take picture of it until pie turns cold or until your family faints from hunger or whichever comes first.
  15. Serve to the hungry folks.






So how? What do you think of my Si Suah Lai Pie? The Husband said it tasted very Asian, like the mushroom puff from Old Chang Kee that Xander loves. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not but Xander asked for second helping because he said “This is the best pie in the whole world Marmee!” WAH! *head swells* Ok boy, I give you all! Never mind Daddy is starving, I give you as much as you want.


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Today I told my son to be a quitter


Xan is in K1 now and he has been having spelling tests at his preschool every Monday for a few months now. The teacher go through the list of words with the class the week before the test doing the usual writing practice.The list is usually between 6 to 10 words and they are words like brush, push, chair, etc. Not too tough, but I can understand if he mixes some of the ‘e’s and and the ‘a’s for words like men and man. We would also do some revision on our own to try to refresh his memory on Sundays at home.

This morning, I decided to spring a surprise test on him during our journey to his school. I got extremely frustrated when he couldn’t remember anything we went through so I gave him a pat on the back and said “Be prepared to fail the test later. Heck, why don’t you just not write anything at all during the test so then you will get to write and rewrite all the words all day long in school today?” He gave me a very sad look, shook his head slowly and said “I dowan”. I continued “You remembered me threatening to keep the iPad and yet forgot all 6 of the words you learnt last night. You even gave up after giving me just the 1st letter. You should just fail the test, don’t learn how to read and write anything. How are you going to survive P1 if you can’t even read or write? Be a quitter then. Easy for you easy for me and I can save my money on your education for other things. You want to give up? Ok, I’ll give up too.” Silence for next 10 mins.

When I dropped him off at the school’s main door and walked off to sign in the attendance book, I heard his teacher said “Oh dear, why are you so sad Xander? Where’s Mummy?” He finally burst into tears much to his teacher’s surprise. When I stepped back into view, he sobbed harder but not yet wailing. What did I then do? I handed him a tissue to wipe off his tears and told him sternly to stop crying. He nodded, grabbed his enormous bags, tried to hold back his tears, waved byebye to me while walking to his classroom with his teacher. I definately won the Parent of the Year award today.

How do you deal with a child who when faced with a difficult task decides to give up halfway? Or when he sees the other children already running so far ahead or have completed their assignment, he would feel defeated and will stop whatever he was doing because he doesn’t see the point of completion anymore. He used to be so fearless and determined. Where did that boy go?

I wonder if he is picking this up from us his parents and if so, are we really doing it? I don’t remember giving up so easily leh. His teacher know he has a tendancy to give up easily and has advised us to be more patient and gentle with him. I tried but my patience is running thin and I finally cracked this morning.

I don’t want him to be a quitter and neither do I want to quit on him. How in the world do I motivate him then?


Say Cheese Singapore! (Review)

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For as long as I can remember, my mum would always prepare my breakfast/lunch sandwiches in all sorts of weird and wonderful combinations that always include cheese. “Because cheese and milk are good for your bones!” my dear mother would drill into my head every morning. Decades later, she is still buying sliced cheese but this time she buys for my nephew who practically inhales them in seconds.

Recently, the nice folks from SCS sent us some cheeses to try. At first I thought, SCS got cheese meh? I have always used SCS butter (salted and unsalted) for baking and cooking so SCS to me was synonymous with butter. Did you know the homegrown dairy brand also produces cheese? Ah, now you know lah! They come in 4 tasty flavours like Original, Reduced Fat, Smoked BBQ and Black Pepper.

SCS cheese

SCS cheese in 4 different flavours

How do you usually eat your cheese?

We usually eat them plain…

Mini cheese sandwiches

Make cheese sandwiches.

I’ll make mini ones when I want to feel fancy or when Xan requests for them.


Make cheese chips.

This is a recipe I found online some time ago. Just tear the cheese up and nuke them in the microwave oven.



They didn’t really turn out the way I was expecting them to because they were supposed to be flat, not puffy pillows. Nevertheless, they tasted pretty ok. Best with beer!

But my all time favourite way to eat cheese is to have it melted into my spicy instant ramen soup ! Just add a slice of cheese into the noodles after cooking and let it melt through. Once you try this, you will always want your ramen with cheese all the time. I no bluff you!

Cheese with ramen

Do you have a weird and wonderful way of eating cheese too? Share leh!

About SCS

Home grown dairy brand SCS has recently launched a series of programs and roadshows to educate Singapore’s young children on the health benefits of eating cheese through the aptly named “Say Cheese Singapore!” campaign. To date, SCS has reached out to some 54,000 schools kids via this exercise and some 5,500 young children at the recent Cold Storage Kids Run 2013 on 19 May, by conducting mobile sampling at the multi-generation event.


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