I am Mrs Toh

Ideas for our home

Posted on: April 22, 2013

Cooked minced meat on Thursday again for Mr Toh. xD
Got a good improvement award. Ahahahaha!

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My OFTD on Friday, it was soooo cold when I woke up! So it’s time to bust out my neglected knit wear!

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Went to Ikea on Saturday and got a copy of their catalogue. Was flipping through it yesterday and they have some great ideas!

Thinking of doing something like this for the TV area. Currently we do not have anything there except for a TV console we got from his aunt.

Can arrange these cupboards around the TV.

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Maybe can add some shelves too to do something like this~ Simple and nice.

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I also dig this cupboard with doors, thinking of doing something like this for our study room.

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For the bathrooms, I thought the idea for this sink was pretty cool.
There’s a space for you to put stuff like hand soap in the space between the sink and the wall.

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And this is quite a cool idea for hanging my belts~
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And now for my actual home. It is still very much a work in progress and we are still waiting for some pieces of furniture to arrive~

On the right side of the entrance is the shoe cupboard and the kitchen entrance.
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The living room. Just a very simple layout.
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We will be doing a partition to partially block the living area from the door. Can use that as a display cabinet too as well as put a cushion bench so we can sit there while wearing our shoes.

Mr Toh also have not done a proper table for his Buddha statues.
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Sofa! Top fabric cushions and bottoms is leather (I think).
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Our small extendable dining table~ Bought the place mats from Ikea.
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The hallway leading to the toilet and bedrooms.
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Our master bedroom~ Very very simple with a bed and wardrobe only.
Only waiting for our side tables~
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That’s a small part of our soft toy collection on the bay window! *Hi Chopper, Tweety and Piglet!!*
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Super love our bedroom too. Nothing to distract me from sleeping and I super like our high bed. xD

Some small ideas of Mr Toh that I thought were brilliant.

I saw this cute hook for putting our dishwashing sponges and Mr Toh thought it’d be better to put it in the sink instead of beside the tap. This way, the soapy water won’t drip all over the counter top too.

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Awesome dustbin we bought from Ikea!

Mr Toh saw it and installed it in the cupboard under the sink. Looks very neat and saves space too since we don’t have any space for a dustbin due to all the cupboards installed. =X

When pulled out.
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& pushed in.
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Potpurri we bought from Ikea too. In the beautiful bowl that my Secret Santa gave me 2 Christmases ago. This is Mummy’s great idea~ Originally wanted to put keys but we didn’t want to scratch the bowl. This idea makes our living room smell great too!
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Pressie from my bestie! Have yet to use it though.
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So, I singlehandedly cooked dinner yesterday!

~Baked fish~

Not sure that this is a suitable fish for baking but we didn’t want to fry it and make the whole kitchen oily so baking was the next best option. xD

Preheat oven to 220 degree celsius.
Cleaned the fish and slit the belly.
Rubbed sesame oil, salt and pepper all over the fish and its belly too. Then I stuffed strips of ginger in the belly.
Placed aluminum foil on the baking pan and put the fish on it.
Then loosely place another sheet of aluminum foil over it.
If you want crispy skin then remove the aluminum foil during the last 5 minutes. Can also turn up the temp for the last few minutes.

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Baked it for about 15 mins I think. Just estimate lah until fish is cooked. Sprinkle light soya sauce over the fish after you take it out. I thought the skin wasn’t cripsy enough though.
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~Stir fry cabbage with whitebait~

All portions are based on estimates. I am Queen of Estimation. Haha. Learnt that from Mummy. =X

Roughly chop the garlic. (about 1 clove.)
Wash the whitebait, pat dry and set aside. (Depends how much you like)
Wash and slice the cabbage. (I used one whole head of chinese cabbage)

Heat oil in pan or wok.
Stir fry the garlic and whitebait until whitebait is crispy.
Add the cabbage and stir fry for about 1 minute or until they start to soften.
Add 2 tablespoons of oyster or abalone sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of light soya sauce and a dash of salt & pepper. (Amount of sauces can be adjusted according to your liking.)
Cover and simmer for around 1-2 minutes or until the cabbage is soft.
Add mixture of cornstarch with a little water, estimate about 2 tablespoons.

And done! My veggies were a tad overcooked though. =X But ok for a 1st time attempt I guess….though I prefer it to be cooked by my mom. Hahaha~ Needed a bit more whitebait too.

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Wanted to cook soup but we didn’t have any more pork ribs so I thought of frying the pork slices with garlic. Went on Google and got a recipe for pork with onions. No problemo, I just changed onions to garlic. Hehehe. Forgot to say I am Queen of Improvisation (or Queen of Anyhow) also. LOL.

[Source]

400 g boneless pork loin (I used thinly sliced pork, the kind people use for steamboats. xD)
1 onion (large) (I used garlic instead, lots of it, about 2 big cloves?)
3/4 tablespoon light soya sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dark soya sauce
3/4 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

1. Slice onions. Set aside. (In my case, roughly chop garlic and set aside.)
2. Slice pork against the grain into thin, matchbox-sized pieces. (Mine came pre sliced, so I just had to slice it into shorter pieces)
3. Place in large bowl. Marinate with sauces, sugar and sesame oil.
4. Mix well. Leave for 15-60 minutes to marinate.
5. Heat frying pan / wok with 2 tablespoons of oil.
6. Stir-fry onions (in my case, garlic, stir fry till brown) on low fire, till soft and fragrant.
7. Add pork. Stir 2 tablespoons of water in your marinade bowl and pour into pan (so there’s more gravy). (I added 1 tablespoon of water only.)
8. Cook over medium heat.
9. Serve with rice.

The end result. Looks OK right??
Mr Toh gave me the stamp of approval for this dish. Heh. Tasted surprisingly good!
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I realised I really like cooking. Heh. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though. But I am happy cooking for my loved ones though I’ll need more practice before I can invite any guests over. =P

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