Yet another addition of a simplicious soup recipe. I realised that one of the key factors to achieving a pot of good soup is, time. My mum has been following a Hong Kong cooking program recently & thus shared with me that time is of the essence, literally: it is recommended that double-boiled soups be brewed for 4 hours & 2 hours for brewing normal soups. I've put that to test & am pleased with the results so far. For working mummies who do not have the luxury of time, I'll strongly recommend that you invest in a slow cooker where you can throw in the ingredients before you go to work in the morning & come home to a pot of comforting soup. Alternatively, you can opt for a pressure cooker which will significantly reduce your cooking time (you may want to check out another mummy blogger's post on Buffalo Pressure Cooker Review).
200g organic pumpkin, cut into 1-inch chunks
10 red dates, seeds removed
1 litre of water
100g of organic minced beef
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp of Bob's Red Mill All Natural CornstarchFreshly ground pepper
1 cup of Bellamy's Organic Vege Macaroni
1. Marinate beef with sesame oil, cornstarch & pepper for at least 30 minutes.
2. Place pumpkin & dates into a big pot filled with water, bring to boil & simmer for 2 hours.
3. After 1 hour & 40 minutes, roll the beef into small balls & put into the soup.
5. Once the time is up, pour the soup over the pasta & serve warm.
This soup has a more subtle sweetness to it & a slight peppery taste from the marinated beef. But overall I still enjoy it. As for BB, he finished almost 2/3 of the macaroni, requested for more beef balls & red dates as well as his usual top up of another bowl of soup upon finishing his meal.
On a seperate note, while feeding him the dates from the papaya soup previously, I also taught him how to articulate the name of the fruit (as per our usually practice during mealtimes) which he mastered almost immediately. &, he actually still remembered it & kept saying dates to ask for more.
His list of vocabulary now includes the following:
Papa, Mama (which means me & all his grandparents), GorGor, JieJie, DiDi, MeiMei, Uncle, Aunty, apple, nana = banana, tar tar = star, bird, ball, bus (corrected from butt & collectively means all vehicles to him), eyes, onion, girara = giraffe, an-mal = elephant, toup toup = soup, sit, bear, buckle, date, up & ABs = ABC.
Not only is he picking up more & more words recently, he seems to be able to pronounce after us in a much shorter time. Thus, don't despair if your lil' ones can't seem to do what you're teaching them now. Just keep repeating to them & you'll never know when they'll give you a pleasant surprise ~.^
Beef + Pumpkin = Tonifying spleen & replenishing qi as well as detoxify & alleviate pain
Pumpkin + Red date = Invigorating spleen & replenishing qi as well as restraining & inhibiting qi of lungs