Stream of Conciousness

SOC: Junk in your Beef

This week I’ve seen some really disturbing videos. It got me thinking of how terrible it is that retailers are exploiting one’s health in the name of  profit. If you have seen Jamie Oliver’s clip above on how ” Grounded Beef” is made with Ammonia and that it is in about 80% of all beef patties and processed food. It’s really disgusting how some people give zero value  to other people’s lives and willingly sacrifice  the other person’s health just to make more profits.  I have heard about so many fake products made in China and now there are fake meats in USA too!!

I know that in China there is fake milk formula, pork being passed off as beef, fake eggs and a whole list of chemically created food. It got me wondering what foods are safe for consumption then?  Is it possible that there are fake vegetables and seafood too?? Or  just that they haven’t been called out and identified by the whistle blowers yet.  That’s a really scary thought.

I guess from now onwards I need to be more stringent on what foods enter our mouths and to check thoroughly the source and ingredients used in making it. I’ll start by removing all the sweets and questionable stuff that we have in our kitchen.



SOC: Birthday Celebration Monkey Boy Style

Monkey Boy's Birthday Cake

Come Monday the 5th of March we will be celebrating my eldest boy’s 8th birthday.  This year he has requested for an Aeroplane cake for his birthday. He specified that he wanted it to be a Ryan Airlines plane and to look like the model airplane which we have in the house.

It really wasn’t that easy to create the plane and I had to redo the wings a few times as they broke in the process. In the end I substituted baby biscuit for cake and it manage to hold up without having to put extra “support” inside the cake.  It was a really rush job as I actually intended to decorate the cake after the kids went to sleep at night but they only went to bed at 11pm which was way past their bedtime. In the end I decided to wake up early and decorate the cake the next morning. Who knew that these energizer bunnies would wake up too at 7am and make such a din playing around making it extremely hard for me to concentrate on decorating the cake and getting them settled for breakfast before going off for their Saturday morning swimming lesson.

This is not one of my best cake decorations. The Angry bird cake which I made for Doggie boy’s 5th birthday back in December was better planned out and it looked much better. R said that it did look good given that it took me about 1.5hrs to finish getting the cake done  and everyone enjoyed eating it.

Monkey boy got his wish of an Aeroplane cake and had the toys/books which he wanted. He too got to eat his favourite Japanese food and had a great 8th birthday celebration.