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Whoopie pies by daughter

Whoopie pies by daughter

I was actually amused to read all the comments in my previous post, Super Star In Bad Cooking. Makes me feel good that I am not the only one who went through burnt food and burnt pots…..*smiling*. I actually imagined looks of horror on everyone’s face…haha.

shallot oil a little burnt

shallot oil a little burnt

You probably wonder whether it happened again. Well, I’m blushing to tell you that it did. Only that, it didn’t get as bad. I burnt the shallots while trying to make fried shallot oil but didn’t burn the pan…..phew! It would have been worse. The whole house would be greasy. I managed to salvage it in time though it was more burnt than what I wanted. But at least I can still use the oil though not the shallot which is sadly the best part, so good sprinkled on food. I thought I have been very careful, but still not good enough…*BIG sigh*.

Not macarons, but whoopie pies

Not macarons, but whoopie pies

By the way, not all things had been bad like burning food and cleaning badly burnt pots. My second daughter came back excitedly one evening with a little bag in her hand. She said, “Mom, I thought of you when I was at Starbuck today. I know you like macarons so I bought you 2!’ Immediately my tiredness and stress disappeared. She gave me a big hug, passed me the bag and said softly with an apologetic expression on her face, “But I think they were not macarons. They look like macarons!” I looked inside and took out her ‘macarons’. They were whoopie pies and they cost¬†¬£1 each! I thought that’s very expensive cos they taste like cakes filled with cream and small in size. But then that’s not important. It was just Right Love But Wrong Food! I really appreciate her sweet thought. I felt so loved as a mom!!! It’s just SO sweet of her!

Ellie loves fried rice

Ellie loves fried rice

Then the other week I had my little friend, Ellie, came by again. She has just turned 4. She was the one who loved my Unsuccessful Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Turned Out Best. I told you in my previous post that I have been cooking a lot of fried rice and fried noodles lately because of my busyness. I cooked fried rice to share with her. She liked it very much.

Yummy fried rice

Yummy fried rice

Thumbs up for my fried rice. Kids don’t lie. Must be very delicious. She brought BIG smiles on my face. Ellie is a regular visitor. She came again the other day and I cooked fried noodles for her. But she told me, ‘I like your fried rice!’ She just warms my heart. So, fried rice it will be when she comes again.

Well, my life had been on the fast lane lately, trying to do too much in too short a time. Now I’m away, apparently on a forced ‘vacation’. But gosh…my brain can’t stop working….*sigh*. I must have been so exhausted I slept almost the whole day yesterday. When I get home, I will be playing badminton for inter-company competition the very next day! Sounds like a super woman huh. How scary is that not to have time for more practices. So, I am trying to play badminton in my mind! I wanted to withdraw this year but I fell in from too much persuasion by others. I guess every company is short of women players so you know how precious we are at this time…haha.

Badminton team 2010

Badminton team 2010

I played mixed double last year and got first runner-up in the end…not bad huh. The credit has to go to my partner. He is really good. He picked up most of the shots. My husband’s company got overall 1st runner-up. The photo here is my team, Team A. We have another team, Team B. The pretty girl next to me is my second daughter. She is the one who bought the whoopie pies for me, thinking they are macarons. She is good in badminton but this year she is playing for her company where she is having her training…..*sigh*. She loves sports and also plays basketball and volleyball. Now, imagine if she is playing against me on that day! I told her she has to be easy with me otherwise there won’t be good food for her…haha.

Fun at snowboarding

Fun at snowboarding

Oh, and she loves snowboarding, too. I don’t have much time to see her during weekends because she will leave early for the snow covered hills. I feel cold just looking at this picture. Ooops….look at that snow ball in her hand. Someone is going to suffer…haha.

To tell you, my friends say I am good in badminton…yeah. Proud to know that….I mean at my age, even though I know I am not that good. There are so few women players that I have no choice but to play with guys every week. Now I will tell you why I am good. It’s because I am quite smart…..*wink*. 5 reasons I can give you. I guess you will change your mind by the time you finish reading my 5th reason!

1. I play mixed doubles only even though the opponents are 2 guys. Very often we win. Whoever is my partner is very lucky to have me…haha. As if I am so good! You better continue to read on to find out.

2. My partner has to be a good player to make up for my weakness…yeah…..*smiling*

3. My partner will have to cover the back while I cover the front. So he has to run like mad and hit the shuttlecock with all his strength to get it far or do drop short if he is tired….hehe

4. My opponents hardly smash the shuttlecock at me. They are very gentlemen….*smiling*. Of course they have to, otherwise I won’t want to play with them…haha.

5. I don’t know all the proper techniques how to play badminton well. Good players always suffer because my techniques always confuse my opponents…haha. They see me as a little fragile thing but then sometimes when luck is on my side, I can hit quite far. Other times, it just managed to cross the net. That’s unusual skill…pure luck….haha

So, you see how ‘good’ I am…..*wink*. If you want to go for badminton, learn to play like I do and you will be fine! But if you don’t believe me, then you have to come and see how I play….hehe.

If there’s any sports for exercise that I would recommend, I would say ‘badminton’. It’s one game you can play the whole year round even if it’s burnig hot, cold or snowing outside. It’s a good game to socialise and build up stamina, too. My badminton friends are really wonderful, friendly people. We joke and laugh at lot as we play friendly matches each time. We challenge each other to be a better player while not putting down the other person. That makes me want to go every time. Hope you make effort to exercise regularly for good health.

For your info, I have not been trying my macarons again after my previous 6 attempts in a row. You can read about it at My Big Fat Valentine’s Day post. I will try again one of these days when life is not as busy.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Quote of the day……

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”

- Plato

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Sonali  on March 25th, 2011

Thanks for stopping by my space…wow these pies look absolutely gorgeous…I bet my daughter would love these pies too !

Belinda @zomppa  on March 25th, 2011

Dang! I’d hate to play against you! I love the two thumbs up. =) I concur.

Jeannie  on March 25th, 2011

Just reading about your activities makes me tired lol! You are a super active woman! I think the whoopie pies are just as delicious as macarons if not more:)

ginny Hartzler  on March 25th, 2011

I JUST had the Starbucks red velvet whoopie pie, very good!!! i love badminton, it is such fun!! Used to play when I was younger, hubby still plays tennis all the time. You must be quite a player, wish I could see you play sometime!!

LeQuan  on March 25th, 2011

mmm…deep fried shallots are sooo good on noodle soups. i’m so bad though, it’s so easy to make but i usually buy mine (blush). i just hate cutting shallots and onions. i weep like a little baby. glad to hear you didn’t burn your pan again. you’re starting to worry me my dear. please try to be more careful.

yes, i remember Ellie. what an adorable yummy fried rice picture. i’d love to bring her home with me…too cute! you know who else is cute? your eldest daughter. loving that snowball photo!her and i would get along very well because those are my favorite sports also. and how sweet of her to buy you those “macarons” - melts a mother’s heart. i remember what she did for you for your birthday too. you’ve raised beautiful children, Mary! we must get together for some badminton some day. that is my favorite sport! moms against daughters would be so much fun. although you’ll have to threaten your daughters with no food if they win beforehand again. i’ll take every advantage i can get…teehee. hope you have a wonderful weekend!

anncoo  on March 26th, 2011

Mary, that red whoppie pie looks like red velvet pie to me, hope I’ve got a chance to try it :)
I am not a good badminton player, always feel exhausted when the game just started…hahaa..
Yes I remember Ellie too. She is real cute and look at her happy smile, feel like giving her a big kiss on her little cheeks :) :)

suituapui  on March 26th, 2011

Eyewwww….the red colour puts me off! Yaaaa…fried rice, the best! Can’t go wrong with that!!! LOL!!!

sushma  on March 26th, 2011

Those pies looks gorgeous and I am sure looking at Ellie’s smile she absolutely loved ur fried Rice:)

somewhere in singapore  on March 26th, 2011

The little girl is so cute…

Ananda Rajashekar  on March 26th, 2011

You mum’s are the best! how adorable she brought some for you awee wish i could get a hug right now from my mom :)

Swathi  on March 26th, 2011

sometime loving wrong food will be more fun. looks delicious though.

Ivy  on March 26th, 2011

Wow, you are a super woman with all this activity, which I envy. The only exercise in my lif is “browsing on the computer” :)

uncle Lee  on March 26th, 2011

Hi Mary, I love your lively sense of humour even when odds not with you.
Thats the way to go. If not for humour I would have been at the gate up there long ago, ha ha….

I like your this cake though have never tried any.
To me any cake is good as long there’s a glass of iced coffee beside me, ha ha.
Actually I’m not much of a cake lover.

With regards to badminton, I love that game, but its a pity Canadians eat sleep ice hockey, basketball and baseball.
Mention ‘badminton’ here and most will think it’s a wrong spelling….should be an ‘E’ where the ‘A’ is, ha ha.

When young I use to play a mean game, as I had an added advantage, my height. And love playing crosscourt drop shots.
The only thing that stopped my going ahemmm, professional was the discovery of SYTs (Sweet Young Things), and so as not to be hauled off to jail for holding or embracing beautiful women, I learned how to do it legally….I took up the Tango, ha ha.

You have a beautiful Sunday and keep a song in your heart.

Katerina  on March 27th, 2011

You are one sports woman! I am on the lazy side and I admire so much all people who are so active and involved!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on March 27th, 2011

Oh those sneaky whoopie pies masquerading as macarons! Shame on them!

claire  on March 27th, 2011

Mary, your posts are always full of humour.. i like your style.. it depicts u.. :)
So you are a badminton fan too.. I am too!! but unfortunately, i stop playing already due to my shoulder and arm pain.. looking at the pic and reading what you do in court, that sounds like me too.. hahahaa… i am always in front when i play mixed doubles.. before we started playing, i always tell the opponents not to smash any part near me.. hahaha…

Drick  on March 27th, 2011

one thing I do love about you is your wit, even in your busy schedule and you always keep that smile too… always nice to learn a little more about you, hope all goes well in the competition…

Angie's Recipes  on March 27th, 2011

I love fried shallots! And you are right: kids don’t lie when comes to food they like. That stir-fried rice must have tasted great.

Blackswan  on March 28th, 2011

Hahaha Mary, well at least, you’re playing! I think I can’t even hit the shuttle cock. LOL! Kudos to you. You’re not only a good cook, but a good player too :) There’s a lot I’ve to learn from you, my dear friend!

tigerfish  on March 28th, 2011

I love fried shallots and shallot oil! They are so good in noodle soups, soups and even tossed with noodles :)

Anna Johnston  on March 29th, 2011

Wow! Your a sportswoman too :) Those whoopie pies look awesome… your a busy girl these days :)

Mary  on March 29th, 2011

@Sonali - Thanks vey much for visiting and lovely comment, Sonali! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha…..I will let you win :P

@Jeannie - Haha…..too active huh. My mother-in-law thinks the same way, too :D

@ginny Hartzler - Yes, the whoopie pies are good but I think I still prefer the macarons….mmm…delicious. Awww….why not continue with your badminton? Yes, it’s really fun. One of my badminton team players is 64 years old now. He plays tennis 3x a week on top of his once a week badminton. That’s really inspirational. It’s lovely to know that your hubby plays tennis. Maybe you can join him sometime :D

@LeQuan - Yes, I can’t live without shallot oil. I don;t cut the shallots. I use desiccated shallots. It very simple and quick. I think Ellie and your girl will be able to play very well. I wish I can cook fried rice and have K and Ellie over to enjoy it and play together. Whah…LeQuan, you have fantastic memory! You seem to remember everything…haha. I sure can’t measure up to you on that. My girls often complain, ‘I have already told you many times!’….oooops :P Now, don’t you teach my youngest daughter to ask me for good food before the game…LOL. I will be in dead trouble!

@anncoo - Yes, I think it’s called red velvet pie. I have never seen something so red before…perfect for Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day…haha. Oh, you make me laugh when you said you feel exhausted when the game just started….haha :D

@suituapui - Yes, very red huh! Must be colouring. Fried is one of my best comfort food…easy to cook and delicious to eat. Yes, you are right…..can’t go wrong with it :D

@sushma - Haha….yes, Ellie loves the fried rice, even more than the fried noodles :D

@somewhere in singapore - Yes, indeed she is :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Sometimes, I mean sometimes, children can be real angels…haha. But they are always the mom’s heartbeat :D So, you know you are, too…your mom’s heartbeat!

@Swathi - Haha…yes, mixed feelings at times. But look at the good side of it :D

@Ivy - Haha……you make me laugh, Ivy! You sure do a lot of eye exercise :D

@uncle Lee - Haha…that’s how I keep myself sane. yes, like you said…would have been at the gate up there long ago….haha….good description! Oh no, ‘bedminton’ instead of ‘badminton’…..that’s so funny! Now I see why my dear hubby won’t let me go and learn tango. I will have to face his piercing green eyes if I do….haha. Badminton is safe for him :D

@Katerina - In this cold land (almost the whole year round) I really badly need to exercise. Otherwise the temptation is to become a couch potato and eating crisps and putting on weight. So far so good :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - What a way to get people mistaken huh! Well, that’s what we call business tricks…haha :D

@claire - Glad my post cheers you up….even though at my expense! Oh dear, so sorry to hear you have shoulder and arm pain. Maybe it’s good to seek treatment. It happened to me once, before I started badminton. It was so bad that I couldn’t even open car doors! I went for physiotherapy treatment. Quite a number of sessions I went and did the exercises recommended. It went off eventually and never came back…..phew! :D Claire, I would love to partner with you in badminton….woman’s doubles. We can surely win…hehe

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! You are always very encouraging. Yes, hope I do well in the competition :D

@Angie’s Recipes - If my girls like the fried rice and Ellie likes it, too, I am happy. I will cook often…easy for me :D

@Blackswan - No worry, you need good badminton partners like mine….hehe. They will help you to win….haha. Badminton is just a fun game for me…good for exercise and also to de-stress :D

@tigerfish - Yes, totally agree with you :D

@Anna Johnston - Not a very good sportswoman though…trying to….haha :D

kristy  on March 29th, 2011

Mary, you really make me laugh till the end. haha… To tell you the truth, I’m allegic to badminton. I’ll definitely have heart-attack even if just holding the racket. Boooohoooo…. See, what I mean. I prefer dancing especially ballroom for example quick-steps, cha-cha & rock n roll will helps to burn your fat fast & sweat like nobody business. You know, how I wish I am 10 years younger. Then my partner can throw me up & down without fear. HAHAHA… OMG!

lena  on March 29th, 2011

not just wrong food ..even if that food doesnt taste right,i think you will just finish that till the last bite cos it’s coming from someone’s heart! how lovely of sharon! NOw i know your startegirs of winning the game..”JIA YOU”!

anonymous  on June 16th, 2011

Great post, and I also love fried shallots and shallot oil! Most of the mentioned here reminded me of the recipes I I saw on Extreme Chef. Check it out, its pretty rad http://www.facebook.com/pages/Extreme-Chef/195324160502642

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