Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beetroot and Ginkgo Nuts Porridge

I have totally no idea about this vegetable until I saw Caroline used it as the ingredient for porridge. I managed to buy one last Sunday after searching for so long.

So I google the beetroot, and I am amazed with the huge benefits of it; the main benefits was it contains no fat, very few calories and it’s a great source of fibre.

Ginkgo Nuts
I am sure you all have seen it or eaten it before. To be frank, I dislike its funny smell and the weird texture when chewing it. Although I’m not fancy it, but I can’t deny it does help strengthen the vascular system and reduces clots to improve hearing.


I can’t help but to joke with my husband when I saw the result. I asked:” Does it looked like Bloody Mary Punch?” And my next question is, “Will Sarah eats a porridge that’s red in colour?”

Then I showed Sarah the meal, she was so excited about the colour. And guess what, she was able to finish two bowl of it. I must thanks the Beetroot for it colour to entice Sarah to eat more and more…

I feel extremely happy every time when I see Sarah eating the porridge. I just know that she is swallowing all the “goodness” from the ingredients that I have used.


MommyAngel said...

Oh .... the colour does look nice right?? I am glad that Sarah loves it coz I personally love beetroot so much!!! So that's porridge in red which Sarah really enjoy!! :) Hhhmmm ..... interested to try Porridge in Purple soon?? I will post it up soon just for you and Sarah :P

MommyAngel said...

Oh ya ... forgot to ask you, did you feed Sarah with the ginkgo nuts? Does she loves it? Hhmmm .... never think of ginkgo can put into the porridge, you are so creative!!

MeRy said...

The colour of porridge looks like chilly paste .. How's the taste?? I have been looking for beetroot at Sibu...seem can't find it here.

Mummy Gwen said...

Wow..so red..hahaha. Your joke is really funny. ;) I also thought the same thing..hehe. Glad that Sarah loved it. She has great appetite.

2ma said...

nice colour but looks like vampire's food *haha* anyway, as long as it is good for the kids & they love it, who cares if its red

Fussy mum said...

Wow, the porridge looks really red. Glad that Sarah liked it.

Wonderful Life said...

Red? not purple ah?? i remembered it's a little purplish color the last time mil cook Ryan's porridge wt beetroot. :P

I like gingko nuts lorr...

little prince's mummy said...

Glad Sarah love ur new menu!~

little prince's mummy said...

Glad Sarah love ur new menu!~

Esmeralda said...

Wow...! Red porridge.. I would love to eat that.. but don't think Ashton fancy that coz of the colour. He's so anti-colour lar...

I love gingko nuts, esp when cooked with dried bean curd (fu zhuk) and barley...

Good girl Sarah.. You've never wasted mummy's effort in cooking special meals for you..!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda - You will like to try the porridge? For me, I dont dare to try it even I cooked it. Hehe.
- So normally Ashton will prefer what colour combination that in his porridge?
- So you have tried beetroot before? You like it?
- My mom also likes to put in ginkgo nuts in the dessert, but I normally only eat one or two.
- Yes, a big kiss to Sarah for not wasting the food and also my effort.

Kylie - It is definitely a big relief for me when I saw her swallowing the food and asking for more.

Doreen - Purple colour? Erm, how come I got rec colour porridge..hehe.
So did Ryan loves the purple porridge?
- You like ginkgo nuts ya? Likes to eat it especially with the fu chok and barley tong sui ya?

Fussy Mum - Hahah...I hope you did not get shock when you first see the porridge.

2ma - I like the way you describe the porridge "like vampire food". Hehe. Actually I also thought so leh.
But as you said, the nutriton in it is the most impt.

Mommy Gwen - Hehe, you also think that it looked like bloody mary punch ya?
- Yes, I am glad that Sarah likes it.

Mery - Mery, then this "chilli paste" is the most spicy one as the colour is so RED and BRIGHT:-)
- It taste like "soil" to me. Erm, I am not so favour to it.
- Oh, at Sibu did not sell beetroot? How about at supermarket?

Caroline - Thank you. You were the one who given me the idea of what is beetroot.
- Personally I dont like its bright colour. I know you will like it as you love RED right? Hehe.
But the most imp thing, Sarah likes it. hehe.
- You like beetroot? Normally how do you cook it for your meal? I dont like it le. For me, it has some kind of "soil" taste.
- Purple porridge? Hmmm, let me see. Is it sweet potato porridge? Ai yo, you making me so excited with it. Quick2 post up. Hehe.
- Yes, I did feed Sarah with the ginkgo nuts. I choped them and feed her. I think she likes it as she did not spit it out.

slavemom said...

So red! I suppose a kiddo wud love the bright color. But I personally dun fancy it. hehehe

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Slavemom - Agreed with you, I am lucky that Sarah likes the bright colour of it.
I also not fancy with it. Hehe.

LittleLamb said...

joanne, u r getting more n more adventurous on food...

recently i went to CH..and i bought the purple sweet potatoe..and the porridge turned out all purplish.. very sweet...

Kristie said...

yes it's wondrous how different vege and fruits can make ur food creations so yummy! i love it too, would love to try it :)

why u dont dare to try lah, cos of the colour ah?

Esmeralda said...

I love porridge Joanne, till now.. I love porridge with lots of mushrooms. Smells nice. Haha.. you don't quite fancy porridge ya..?

Ashton will normally prefer plain colour in his porridge. I still don't dare to try any colours yet. Maybe next time..

I love beetroot, especially when cooked in soup. So nice!

MommyAngel said...

JT, ya ... I loves beetroot so much!! Normally I will boil it into soup but I seldom eat the flesh, I just drink the soup, so yummy!! Maybe because I was expose to it since very young so I liked it :) I am glad that Sarah loves it too :) She is such a good girl .... you really should try coz the porridge is so sweet :)

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Caroline and Esmeralda - Seems like you both like Beetroot alot. Mind to share how do you cook it with soup?

Caroline - Actually I did try the porridge, but only one tea spoon, hehe.

Esmeralda - Yes, I am not fancy porridge, altho my mom loves to cook it before I married. But eating porridge is very healthy, my mom said, it will helps to "qing cheong wei", or improves the bowel movement.
- Great taste hor when added alot of mushroom in porridge, I have tried that before and Sarah also liked it.
- Hehe, maybe Ashton will favour to move colourful porridge later. So at this moment, you just add marmite into his porridge?

Kristie - You love beetroot too? You cook it with soup?
Erm, first of all, I dont like its taste, and secondly, I dont like its colour.

Rachel - Hehe, same goes to Sarah. She is even more adventurous than me,coz she dare to eat those food I cooked for her :-)
- Purple sweet potato? You mean the flesh also in purple colour?
Yummy, I am sure it is nice. I also like sweet potato alot.

Esmeralda said...

Joanne, I usually cooked beet root with pork ribs (less oily than "chu kuat") or with free-range-chicken... Taste superb!

Now Ashton's porridge will be alternate of pork, chicken or fish with some mixture of mushrooms, potatoes, spinach or carrots. I seldom use Marmite, usually will be some salt, but now moving to organic soy sauce, thanks to Caroline for suggesting that! *wink* Yup, eating porridge is real healthy, but if you were to go on a diet, it's not really helpful coz it's loaded with carbs.

Kristie said...

joanne ya i think the 1st time i've tried beetroot was in a salad! :) fresh and very crunchy and tasty. yes, the colour is bloody haha... either u like or dislike it :)

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Kristie - I also saw from TV cooking prog that likes to use beetroot as part of the salad's ingredient.
Maybe I shall try it in salad. Who knows, I will fall in love with it. hehe.

Esmeralda - "taste superb" ya! Ok ok..I will try it in soup next time. Thanks ya.
- Ashton is so lucky, mommy always prepared nice and healthy food for you. Must sayang sayang mommy ya!
- Talk about spinach, such a long time I did not cook it for Sarah. Thanks for your "reminder" hehe.
- I remembered when I first started on diet, I will take porridge for my dinner. Then, I started to feel "jelak" with it because I took it almost daily.

Serene said...

Creative mummy!! Bravo!! First time i see the porridge in red.. glad that Sarah love it!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

serene - Thanks for your comment. So do you like beetroot?
Yes, I also feel happy when Sarah able to finish this red porridge.

UmmiRosma said...

The red colour from the beet root attracted Sarah's attention as well as her appetite! Good...my kids have unstable appetites..but will try this one soon.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Ummi - Yes, I think Sarah loves the colour of the porridge, thats why she could finish the porridge. Maybe I should cook more this kind of porridge for her. Hehe.
- Hope that your kids will like the red porridge.

Oliveoylz said...

I love ur creativity. Very healthy stuff! Glad ur daughter likes it too!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Thanks Olive. I also think it is a healthy combination.

Qistina's Mama n Abah said...

Joanne, how I wish I know how to eat beetroot. Last time while working with Jusco, I always ask chinese parent that bought this beetroot..and they said that this is a good vege. You know la..malay seldom know this vege kan. Especially me..hehehe.. I want to try out but afraid la...how about its taste alone? Yummy or not? Beside cook with porridge..what else can be cook with? Hahaha..a lot of question for you..sorry!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Sha - Ooo..I really have no idea that Malay seldom eat beetroot. I wonder why ya?
For me, I also never try it until I cooked the menu for Sarah. I dislike its "soil" taste.
- I have heard from Esmeralda and Caroline, they said it taste superb with soup. I never try it though.
Kristie also said beetroot is nice with salad.
- Is ok for your questions. I am ok with all of them. Hehe.

Agnes Khoo said...

Wow...Sarah loves it? But I think the colour attract her and of coz she knew is mummy Joanne put lots of effort on it!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Agnes - Yes, Sarah very "pong cheong" the porridge. Lucky me.
- If she eats it, then it will ended up in dustbin coz I dont eat beetroot. Hehe.