Saturday, October 10, 2009

Finally

Finally my dear prince is done with the First hurdle of his life. I can't imagine myself going through another one of such year. This year definitely had been very trying, for the kid, the siblings and the parents.

Despite having two Mandarin tutors who all didn't last more than 3 months. We didn't get any other tutor for him till the middle of this year. Having tutor is also very trying as you don't know how reliable and trusty he or she is.

For us, our luck isn't there when we had our first one this year. He is definitely not a responsible one and a committed one per se.

After a few months, I know I had enough so I changed to another. Whom I am glad to say that at least she is responsible and best of all, she gelled with my son.
She is able to teach and yet bond with him. We will have to gauge by the result of this year to see whether we will have her for son's secondary education path.

When one's child turn teens. Being parents, we have to adopt the next set of parenting style. In the next two years, I will have to spend more time understanding him. I was told that generally, next two year, the child will start to detach from the family, seeking his own identity.

The kind of friends he mixed with will play a big role in his life. Listening from all experienced friends who been there done that. I definitely heed well and will put them into good practice. I am lucky in the sense because I volunteered in his school. I am able to get to know his classmates and his buddies.

I am able to share my opinion on each boy's character or personality with son. Thus when there is a news article about child delinquency, I am able to use real life example of certain behaviour to teach him.

Towards the last few days of the examination, son was already planning how to “celebrate”. Initially I was hoping that he will have a day out with his buddies. For a movie or for a luncheon, at least I don't have to prepare anything at home. LOLz.

But he still opted for having his friends over for lunch and some computer games together. I think this is good too as I will be able to get to know the boys better in a different environment.

I decided to make Meatball Pasta as I know son loves the Meatball Sandwiches in one of the deli nearby.

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It wasn't as hard as I thought it will be making meatball. In fact, it is relatively easy as I already have all the ingredients on hand. I just adore the fresh smell of the Rosemary and English Basil.

Give it a try, your kids might like it too.

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Adapted from Jamie Oliver's site.

What you need:

4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 heaped teaspoons Dijon mustard
500g good-quality minced beef, pork, or a mixture of the two
1 heaped tablespoon dried oregano
1 large egg, preferably free-range or organic
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
a bunch of fresh basil
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
½ a fresh or dried red chilli
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
400g dried spaghetti or penne
Parmesan cheese, for grating

Method

To make your meatballs

Pick the rosemary leaves off the woody stalks and finely chop them

Wrap the crackers in a tea towel and smash up until fine, breaking up any big bits up with your hands

Add to the bowl with the mustard, minced meat, chopped rosemary and oregano

Crack in the egg and add a good pinch of salt and pepper

With clean hands scrunch and mix up well

Divide into 4 large balls

With wet hands, divide each ball into 6 and roll into little meatballs – you should end up with 24

Drizzle them with olive oil and jiggle them about so they all get coated

Put them on a plate, cover and place in the fridge until needed To cook your pasta, meatballs and sauce

Pick the basil leaves, keeping any smaller ones to one side for later

Peel and finely chop the onion and the garlic

Finely slice the chilli

Put a large pan of salted water on to boil

Next, heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and add 2 lugs of olive oil

Add your onion to the frying pan and stir for around 7 minutes or until softened and lightly golden

Then add your garlic and chilli, and as soon as they start to get some colour add the large basil leaves

Add the tomatoes and the balsamic vinegar • Bring to the boil and season to taste

Meanwhile, heat another large frying pan and add a lug of olive oil and your meatballs

Stir them around and cook for 8–10 minutes until golden (check they’re cooked by opening one up – there should be no sign of pink)

Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer until the pasta is ready, then remove from the heat

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions To serve your meatballs

Saving some of the cooking water, drain the pasta in a colander

Return the pasta to the pan

Spoon half the tomato sauce into the pasta, adding a little splash of your reserved water to loosen

Serve on a large platter, or in separate bowls, with the rest of the sauce and meatballs on top

Sprinkle over the small basil leaves and some grated Parmesan
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