Hello Bebe from Lock & Lock: The Real Time Saver for Busy Parents

Being a working mum left me with little time to prepare my son meals every weekday. As you know that I always try to give homemade foods for my son, it means that every morning I have to cook his lunch and dinner before going to work. After using Hello Bebe glass food containers for about a month, I must say that I’m impressed. This product really is a time saver and a versatile cookware that allows easy cooking, storage and reheating of foods and leftovers.

Every morning I cook and divide the foods into my Hello Bebe glass food containers. One container is for lunch and the other is for his supper. Thank God for the borosilicate glass that can withstand sudden change in temperature, so they can go straight to the oven, steamer, or microwave! The 300 ml container is perfect for my son’s meal portion so he can eat from the container straight away. After the meal’s cooked, I let them to cool and then put on the airtight lids. I usually put the dinner’s food in the fridge, just in case the food can’t last until dinner time. When it’s time to eat, my son’s nanny just has to re-heat the foods in the microwave (Oh, my Hello Bebe glass food containers can also be heated straight from the refrigerator). After it’s done, I can’t leave my home happily and “peacefully” :D.

And about the Hello Bebe straw bottle, ah my son adores it! This bottle has a perfect size to be held by his tiny hands, and its one-touch cover is very easy and convenient to be opened by a 3-year old toddler. I’ve told you in my last post that it’s his favourite water bottle as he always asks: “where’s my blue bottle?”, every time he needs to drink :D. Well yes, we even brought along the straw bottle to our holiday in London! The bottle itself is BPA free and its straw made from silicone that is safe if kids chew it. And one more important thing is, Hello Bebe straw water bottle also comes with a special straw brush and one refill silicone straw! I love the brush because it really helps to keep the straw clean and hygienic.

All in all, I really recommend these products, especially for parents with little kids. They had been tested and met the FDA standards. They’re also BPA free, made from eco-friendly material, and very durable. If there’s one thing I could add, I wish that the straw bottle also came with a strap to make transporting it easier and more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

My New Favourite Baby Product: Hello Bebe Straw Bottle

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Maybe you’ve already known about my concern to use BPA free plastic containers. BPA or Bisphenol A is a widely produced chemical used primarily for the production of polycarbonate plastics. The use of this chemical is so profound that it was detected in the urine in 93% of the population over 6 years of age. However, the health risks of BPA have been receiving considerable attention. A growing body of research links the chemical BPA to a range of human health problems, including a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects and diabetes. High temperatures can cause BPA to leach into the food or beverage.

IMG_1651I usually use my Bisfree water bottle from Lock & Lock. Now that Lock & Lock had introduced a special product line for babies, Hello Bebe, my son finally has his very own Bisfree straw water bottle that suites all his needs. Bisfree is a BPA free material made of “Tritan”. Tritan itself is a new material developed by a well-known chemical manufacturer, Eastman Chemical. It’s safe for humans and the environmental and spotlighted as a new generation of safe plastics. It has the plastic’s advantages of lightness and durability, plus high transparency similar to glass.

Not only BPA free, Hello Bebe straw water bottle comes with a silicone straw which is harmless to human body, a dedicated straw brush, plus one refill silicone straw! How thoughtful is that! I’ve never had a water bottle that includes a refill straw, let alone a special straw brush. It’s very, very useful to keep the water bottle clean and hygienic.

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This 360 ml water bottle comes in two different colours: pink and blue. My son always refers this bottle as “my blue bottle” every time he wants to drink. He loves it so much because it has a perfect size to be held by his tiny hands, and its one-touch cover is very easy and convenient to be opened by a 3-year old toddler. The tip of the straw also has a tilt angle so it’s very handy for him to drink. That’s why, when we travelled to London two weeks ago, this water bottle is one thing I can’t leave without!

Hello Bebe: Say Hello to Easy Life!

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Okay, pardon me if I’m way too excited :D. So, few months ago I got my hands on Lock & Lock Glass, as you can read in my reviews in this blog. It’s perfect for busy home-cooks, because this product allows you to make an easy transition from kitchen to table. But back then; I wished they had the smaller size of the Lock & Lock glass. The 630 ml glass container, which I’ve already had, is actually too big for my son’s meal portion. It’s not a really big deal though, as I can always scoop out the food and transfer it to the plate. But it will be more convenience if my son can eat from the container straight away. Because it means less dirty plates to be washed later! 😀

I’ve had no idea that Lock & Lock already had special product line for babies. Let me introduce you to Hello Bebe. Hello Bebe is a brand that has been created by Lock & Lock with several icons representing the funny character and interesting storyline loved by children. I know there are a lot of health-conscious women out there (including me :D) who are trying to choose a safe product for their children. This product has been tested and has met the FDA standards. It’s hygienic, BPA free, and made from eco-friendly material.

imageOne of Hello Bebe favoured products is the glass food container, which comes in small size (300 ml). This size is perfectly fit my needs in feeding my 3 y.o kid. The container itself has the same advantages as other Lock & Lock glass containers. It’s made from high quality borosilicate glass, which is highly heat resistant. Borosilicate glass withstands sudden change in temperature, so it can be microwave or oven heated (up to 400℃ ) straight out of the fridge. It really is a versatile cookware that allows easy cooking, storage and reheating of food and leftovers. Hello Bebe glass food container is also equipped with the famous Lock & Lock airtight silicone sealed lid that seal in flavors and keep air out. This revolutionary four-lock mechanism and resilient seal is perfect to keep the freshness and hygiene of your baby foods.

So can’t wait to try my Hello Bebe glass food container! 😀 Wait for my new recipe hereee.. Toodles!

 

 

Lunch Box Heaven: The Way to Make Your Kids Devour Their Lunch

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My most memorable childhood memory was my mum’s homemade foods, specifically, her homemade foods inside my lunch box. Yes, she was that great in preparing my to go lunch. While my friends constantly had instant noodles or boring chicken nuggets as their lunch, I triumphantly ate various lunch menus from day to day. There was a great pride to unpack my lunch box and find the today’s “surprise” inside it.

Please do not imagine fancy bento or intricate shape sandwiches as my lunches back then. No, my mum was not an expert in doing “crafty” things like that. She just put her best efforts in cooking me various, and of course delicious, menu everyday. I used to have 6 different meals a week (yes, I had to go to school on Saturday). That, my friend, was my mum’s ultimate way to win my heart and make me clean off my lunch box, every single day.

I know that some of you, maybe, are totally freaking out about preparing your kid’s lunch box for his first week of school. What should I prepare? Will he eat it during break time? What if he doesn’t like it? And so on.. Please, do relax. And if I could give you my friendly advice: Do not take a peek on Pinterest for lunch box ideas, unless you want to feel like the most uncreative and laziest mum alive! 😀

Right, so how did I do to prepare my kid’s lunch box? As you know that being a working mum left me with little time to cook everyday, so here are several tips from me to save your time from worrying much about your kid’s lunch box tomorrow 😀

1. My son is not a picky eater, but you know how kids are. One day he randomly loves something, but the next day he can totally hates it. Strange, I know. The only key to cope this is “variety”. Try to pack a different lunch, or snack, everyday. You don’t have to cook a very distinct menu everyday; just a slight of modification would be perfect.

For example, I know that my son recently loves to eat bread for his snacks. So, for one whole week I will prepare different kind of sandwiches for him. Or you can prepare one staple recipe that can be transformed into many possibilities. I’ve posted here before about my versatile meat sauce. This sauce itself can be used to cook many other meals, for instance: pouring over pasta/rice/baked potatoes, layering up lasagna, or using this sauce as filling to make meat pies.

You can also encourage your kids to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Kids who help choose and prepare their own lunch are more likely to eat it! 😀

 

bento-panda-pick2. Ask yourself, how does my kid eat his lunch at school? Please make sure that their foods are manageable and easy to eat. Some kids, like my kid, don’t like getting sticky or dirty hands while eating. You also have to consider that there are limited times for kids to eat during the day, especially at school. They may prefer to play with friends instead of eating. To subdue this problem, you can cut the foods into one-bite portions, and don’t forget to prepare a proper cutlery along with the meals.

For example, sliced fruits or peeled oranges are easier to be eaten by small kids. Cute toothpicks can be used to prick the fruits. Plus, they look nicer.

3. Invest in a good lunch box. No matter how much effort you put on cooking homemade meals for your kid, it will end up useless if they don’t come up with proper packaging. You really don’t want mushy sandwiches as your lunch, do you? A good lunch box will also last a long time and keep the food inside cold or warm, because in most cases, food is stored in lunch box for several hours.

These following tips from Wikihow.com give me some good considerations in selecting the right lunch box:

  1. Get a lunch box that is insulated, or one with a freezer pack. Otherwise, water bottle can be frozen to help keep foods in the lunch box cool.
  2. Consider how many pockets and divisions you want. Do you want to stack things or place them side-by-side? Do you want everything in one compartment or do you want to keep certain things separate? Do you need a separate pocket for a napkin or fork? Do you need features to contain an ice pack or keep a beverage bottle from tipping?
  3. Choose something sturdy. Plan to use it for at least a full year.
  4. Try out the handles, straps, and any closures. Make sure they will make a loaded lunchbox easy, comfortable, and secure to carry (won’t pop open or tip over).
  5. Choose a lunch box that can contain spills. If your soup or drink leaks, or if that nice, squishy fruits gets squished, at least the mess will be contained and not all over the rest of your stuff.
  6. Choose something washable. For heavy use, this may mean a hard-sided mini cooler, but many soft-sided lunchboxes have plastic or foil liners that can be wiped down and even removed for cleaning.
  7. Choose something with style. For kids, choose something fun. A favorite cartoon character might be worth the extra expense if it helps convince your younger one that what’s inside is fun. For older kids, it’s probably best to let them choose the style, so long as it fits everything it needs to. But don’t forget, kids’ lunch box should be easy to be opened by themselves. Believe me, I’ve dealt with series of cute lunch boxes that are so difficult to be handled by 3-year-old kid, and they all turned out useless.

 

 

photo-7Well, with several considerations described above, you may think that finding the perfect lunch box is far away from an easy job. Thank God I’m done with all the “researches” 😀 May I introduce you to my favourite lunch box: Lunch Box Set from Lock & Lock! This lunch box set contains:

  • 1 insulated bag. The inside of the bag is made of aluminum foil, which helps preserving the food inside cold or warm. It also comes with a perfect-size handle to help carrying the bag conveniently to the school;
  • 360 ml round container that has outlet of water vapor so that you can open it easily. Just lift up lightly and the water vapor will go out;
  • 220 ml divided dish container that has division inside it so you can put different meals side-by-side; and
  • 220 ml dish container.

The containers are airtight and have double locking system to keep the food fresh for long hours. They’re also leak-proof, highly durable, and easy to clean. And one more feature that will make you please, this lunch box material is safe for changes in temperature -20 °C to 100°C for use in microwave, freezer and dishwasher! Plus, the material is also BPA free. So, no more worries, Mum!

lock---lock-bento-multi-round-lunch-box-set-with-3-containers---small-bag---green-lock---lock-bento--leopjaThe size of this lunch box is so ideal for my son’s portion. His school time ends before lunchtime. So everyday, I just have to prepare some snacks to be eaten during his break time at 10 a.m. I usually use only the 220 ml dish container for mini sandwiches, or mini pies, and the 220 ml divided dish container for 2 different sliced fruits, or 2 different kinds of small biscuits. Because I don’t use the 360 ml round container, I have extra space inside the bag to put his water bottle.

If I have to carry his lunch on the move (yes, even he can eat table foods by his age now, I try my best that he eats my own homemade foods everyday), I usually use the 360 ml round container for storing steamed rice, the 220 ml dish container for soup, and the 220 ml divided dish container for other side meals or sliced fruits.

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active kids. It is important to help them concentrate and learn at school. You know you could make your kids enjoy their healthy meals by creating the lunch box heaven…. We can do it! 🙂

 

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Free yourself from unsafe plastic containers!

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Before my son is born, I didn’t have any knowledge at all about the safe and unsafe plastic food or water containers. I used to use whatever plastic containers that I thought has cute patterns (such a girly thing I know :p). When I was pregnant and looked for a good brand of baby bottle, I read in so many parenting forums or articles that whatever brand you’ll have, the most important thing is you should get the BPA free baby bottles. But what is BPA anyway?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely produced chemical used primarily for the production of polycarbonate plastics. The use of this chemical is so profound that it was detected in the urine in 93% of the population over 6 years of age. However, the health risks of BPA have been receiving considerable attention. It has long been known that previous studies done on lab animals showed that BPA could cause genetic damage. BPA has also been linked to cancer, diabetes, and obesity. High temperatures can cause BPA to leach into the food or beverage.* That’s why it’s not safe to use baby bottles made of BPA.

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look at these adorable patterns! 😀

Now my son is not baby anymore and no longer using any baby bottles. But using BPA free plastic containers will always be my concern. Thank God that Lock & Lock introduced the Bisfree water bottle collection. Bisfree is a BPA free material made of “Tritan”. Tritan itself is a new material developed by a well-known chemical manufacturer, Eastman Chemical. It’s safe for humans and the environmental and spotlighted as a new generation of safe plastics. It has the plastic’s advantages of lightness and durability, plus high transparency similar to glass. And not only BPA free, these Bisfree water bottles from Lock & Lock also come in refined colour, sophisticated design, and very cuteee patterns! I squeal in delight seeing their wide range of colours and patterns. These bottles are great for outdoor activities as they have convenient carrying strap and grip bottle cap to make transporting them easy and comfortable.IMG_9431

I’ve already had a 480 ml Lock & Lock Bisfree water bottle with comes in a light green cap, blue carrying strap, and airplanes pattern (they call it “Gliding” pattern actually). My son has a big admiration to airplanes recently, that’s why he loves this bottle so much. But I have to admit that sometimes I sneakily borrow his bottle 😀 Just like I did this morning. Every Sunday morning in Jakarta is a car-free day that closes the main avenue of the city from cars. We love cycling, running, or just casually walking on the streets that normally full of cars and traffic. We brought my husband and my son’s folding bikes and I also didn’t forget to take my strawberry and lemon infused water stored inside the Lock & Lock Bisfree water bottle. This bottle really helps to keep my infused water safe, fresh and clean wherever I go! 😀

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Mamaku Koki Handal and Lock & Lock COOKING CHALLENGE: Potato “Lasagna”

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Having homemade food stocks neatly stored in my freezer really helps to lower my tension every morning. As I’ve told you in my previous post, I had cooked big amount of Bolognese sauce last weekend. This versatile sauce is ready to be “transformed” to many delicious meals 😉

I usually prepare a quick-cook meal for my son everyday to be eaten during his snack time at school. I remember when I was at primary school, I used to have my lunch box and shared the contents with my friends. There was a great pride to unpack the lunch box and find my mother’s homemade foods inside it. I promised myself that when I became a mother, I was going to carry on this tradition. I thought that a homemade meal inside my kid’s lunch box is a simple gesture of my love and care for him to carry off to school.

Yesterday, my son had a field trip with his schoolmates. I planned to prepare him a bigger portion of his usual meals, so that he could share them with his friends during the trip. Considering that I still had some Bolognese sauce in the freezer, I suddenly came up with this recipe. At first I wanted to make baked lasagna, but I didn’t have the lasagna sheets at the moment 😀 So I replaced the pasta with whatever I had in my kitchen: potatoes! I thought it would work wonderfully well. After all, they’re both carbohydrates! 😀

So then, early in the morning I boiled the potatoes and made some mashed potato out of them. I intended to have layers of mashed potato between the Bolognese sauce, as substitute for lasagna sheets. Once again, I used my trustworthy Lock & Lock glass in cooking this meal. Maybe some of you wondering why I trusted my 3-year-old son to carry a glass food container. Actually, my son is taught to use glass tableware at school, so I guess he could handle the Lock & Lock glass well enough and it’s safe to be carried by him. His teachers are also always there to supervise the children anyway. After all, Lock & Lock glass is made from high quality borosilicate glass, which is stronger than normal glass. It’s designed to go through temperature extremes and if broken it shatters into pebble pieces rather than shards. Lock & Lock glass is also 10% lighter than other tempered glass product, so it will not cause too much trouble if it’s carried inside my son’s school trolley bag.

It took only 15 minutes from mashing the potatoes till the assembly of the “lasagna”. Once the mozzarella topping melted and browned, I simply removed the Lock & Lock glass from the oven to cool it down a bit (I was surprised it didn’t take a long time to cool the surface of the Lock & Lock glass so it’s safe to be put inside my son’s bag!), put the lid on, and it’s done! Super quick, super easy, super tasty! 🙂

 

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Ingredients:

–       3 medium-size potatoes

–       1/4 recipe of my Bolognese Sauce (more or less)

–       2 tablespoons butter

–       ± 4 tablespoons cooking cream/milk

–       80 gram grated Cheddar cheese

–       80 gram grated Mozzarella cheese

–       ground white pepper and salt to taste

 

How to cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180º C.
  2. Peel the potatoes, put them into a saucepan. Add water until potatoes are covered and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, lid on, for 15 – 20 minutes, or until they’re done (a fork can easily be poked through them).
  3. Drain water from the potatoes. Put them into a bowl. Add cream and butter (room temperature), and use potato masher to mash the potatoes until well mashed. You can add cream/milk to achieve the consistency you desire. But remember to not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey. Add the cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Rub the Lock & Lock Glass with olive oil, arrange 1 layer of mashed potatoes, and spread it evenly to cover the bottom of the container. Pour the Bolognese sauce to cover the mashed potato layer. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers as you like, but you have to have the Bolognese sauce on top of your layer. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese on top of your layer.
  5. Put it into the oven, and cook for around 15 minutes just until the mozzarella melts and the top gets brown.

 

Check out the video here!

 

 

 

Mamaku Koki Handal and Lock & Lock COOKING CHALLENGE: Baked Spaghetti with Cheese Sauce Topping

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Being a working mum “forces” me to make extra efforts in cooking homemade foods for my son. In this kind of situation, I always use weekend as my “stocking up” time. Because in weekend only, I could cook big batch of chicken/vegetable stocks, meat sauce, or sorts of homemade frozen foods (like chicken nuggets or beef/salmon patties) supply for the next week. All stock, sauce, and frozen foods are packed up in individual portions (I pack them in separate freezer bags) and kept in freezer. This food-arrangement helps me a lot in preparing my son’s meals everyday. For instance, I just have to thaw and reheat one bag of meat sauce, cook some pasta, and voilà! One dish is effortlessly served! 😀

Talking about meat sauce, ah, this is my favourite! I always looove one staple recipe that can be transformed into zillion possibilities. Once you can cook this sauce, you can always use that same sauce for many other things, i.e.: pouring over pasta/rice/baked potatoes, layering up lasagna, or using this sauce as filling to make meat pies. As I cook this meat sauce for my kid, I usually “hide” some veggies into the sauce. That’s why, I use Bolognese sauce recipe in making my meat sauce. Originating from Bologna, Italy, Bolognese sauce itself is a meat-based sauce that contains onion, celery, tomato, carrot and cheese. I thought that’s healthy enough for my son’s diet 😀

Last weekend I cooked a big pot of Bolognese sauce and at the end of the day I had 4 medium-size freezer bags containing this wonderful sauce, ready to be happily frozen in my freezer 😀 . Last Sunday, my family actually planned to have an out-of-town family outing, so I used this Bolognese sauce to make some baked pasta. Baked pasta is a one-dish meal, which is convenient and simple to be carried on. And when I cooked the baked pasta, I knew I could really make a good use of my beautiful Lock & Lock Glass. Made of borosilicate glass which withstands high heat and sudden cooling, Lock & Lock Glass could be used not only in a fridge, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, but also in a 400ºC oven! Unlike other normal glasses, Lock & Lock Glass uses strong heat resistant properties which could withstand sudden change in temperature, so it can be heated straight from the refrigerator, and when it’s broken by physical shock, it doesn’t break into numerous fragments and scatter, therefore it is a safe and suitable choice for food container. And oh, please don’t forget that this IS Lock & Lock, people! Of course the product itself is well equipped with the famous four-lock mechanism lid. This is one feature that makes my life so much easier. After using it as an oven cookware, I just have to put the lid on and we’re ready to go! No need to “transfer” the food to another food container. Ah, simple things that make me happy 😀

Okay, without further ramblings, here is the recipe for Baked Spaghetti (the only pasta left at my kitchen storage! 😀 ) with the additional-but-hard-to-resist cheese sauce on top! 😀

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Ingredients:

–       200 gram dried spaghetti, cook until “al dente” according to the package instructions

–       1/4 recipe of my Bolognese Sauce

–       2 tablespoons margarine or butter

–       2 tablespoons plain flour

–       400 ml milk

–       100 gram grated Cheddar cheese, or as many as you like 😀

–       ground white pepper and salt to taste

 

Ingredients for Bolognese Sauce:

–       500 gram good-quality minced beef

–       2 cans Italian chopped tomatoes (@400 gram) or 800 gram fresh chopped tomatoes (choose the very ripe ones)

–       water, the amount will be explained later

–       1 large or 2 medium onions

–       2 cloves of garlic

–       2 carrots

–       1 stick of celery

–       2 heaped teaspoons dried oregano

–       small bunch of fresh basil (if you can’t find it, feel free to substitute with the dry one)

–       salt and freshly ground black pepper

–       50 gr grated Parmesan cheese

–       Olive oil

 

How to cook the Bolognese sauce:

  1. Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.
  2.  Add some olive oil into a big pan, and then add the veggies. Cook and stir them until softened and lightly colored (for around 5 minutes)
  3.  Stir in the minced beef and chopped tomatoes. Fill the empty cans with water and add back the water from the cans into the pan. If using freshly chopped tomatoes, add about 800 ml of water.
  4.  Finely chop the basil stalks (keep the basil leaves in the fridge for later), then add them into the pan.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano, then bring the sauce to the boil.
  6. Turn the heat down and simmer with a lid on for about an hour. Don’t forget to stir it every now and again.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat, and add grated parmesan.
  8. Stir in some basil leaves, and have taste (add more salt and/or pepper if needed).

 

How to cook the Cheese sauce:

  1. Melt the margarine/butter in the pan, then add the flour.
  2. Stir them for a while until well combined, then quickly add the milk into the pan.
  3. Mix thoroughly, and add the grated cheese.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring the sauce to the boil (when it starts bubbly, remove the pan immediately).

 

Final Assembly

  1. Preheat the oven to 180º C.
  2. Rub the Lock & Lock Glass with olive oil, and place the cooked spaghetti in the bottom of the container.
  3. Pour the Bolognese sauce on top of spaghetti; spread it evenly to cover the spaghetti.
  4. Finally, pour the cheese sauce on top of the Bolognese sauce.
  5. Put it into the oven, and cook for 30 minutes or so until the top gets brown.

 

Don’t forget to watch the video here! 😉

Mamaku Koki Handal and Lock & Lock COOKING CHALLENGE: Classic and Strawberry Tiramisu

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I was beyond happy when my Lock & Lock Glass arrived!! In addition to the heat resistant feature, this versatile glass storage container is equipped with the famous Lock & Lock airtight silicone sealed lid that seal in flavors and keep air out. This revolutionary four-lock mechanism and resilient seal is a perfect way to keep the freshness and hygiene of food (and also zero spillage!!), which is stored inside the container. The lid is also BPA-free, so I don’t have any concerns using this product.

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The first recipe idea using Lock & Lock Glass that came up in my mind is my no-bake tiramisu. I always “assemble” (because the word “bake” is not suitable since it requires no baking whatsoever 😀 ) my no-bake tiramisu in a porcelain container. But my container doesn’t come with the lid. Hence, I always have to cover the container with plastic wrap to maintain the food hygiene and to seal the flavor from fridge odor. Now that the Lock & Lock Glass is provided with airtight lid, I don’t have to use plastic wrap to cover my tiramisu when it’s refrigerated. And there’s one more thing that I looove from this product: Its clear body! I can easily see my beautiful layers of tiramisu with no need to remove the lid. Lock & Lock heat resistant glass also contains low sodium oxide (Na2O), so the surface will remain clear even if it’s frequently used or stored for long periods of time.

Each finalist received Lock & Lock Glass package which contains two 630 ml glass containers. So I decided to make two flavor of tiramisu: classic tiramisu and strawberry tiramisu. Since this tiramisu recipe requires no raw eggs and no alcohol (rum), this is suitable for your little ones (but please consider that this recipe contains dairy products, which are suitable for 1+ year-old).

Ingredients

–       150 ml strong brewed coffee, room temperature

–       150 ml strawberry juice (I prefer homemade strawberry juice since it is so easy to be made. You just need to chop 100 – 150 gram strawberries, blend them with small amount of water until smooth. Pour the strawberry juice into a pan and heat until it starts bubbling. Put enough sugar and water to the juice as you like.)

–       1 tsp rum essence (I don’t use any alcohol in this recipe, but sometimes I want the “flavor” of rum, so I use essence instead. If I make this tiramisu for my kid, I’ll skip this ingredient.)

–       250 gram mascarpone cheese

–       125 gram cream cheese (I like to combine mascarpone and cream cheese because I love the tangy taste of cream cheese)

–       250 ml whipping cream/double cream

–       8 tbsp castor sugar

–       2 packs Italian lady finger

–       cocoa powder

–       100 gram strawberries, thinly sliced

–       50 gram sliced almonds (optional), roast them in moderate oven to give extra flavor and “crunch”

 

How to Make

  1. Whip the whipping cream with sugar until it forms soft peaks. Refrigerate the whipped cream while preparing the next step.
  2. In another bowl, mix well the mascarpone and cream cheese.
  3. Mix together the cheese mixture and whipped cream until well combined. Since we will make two kind of tiramisu, it will be easier if we split this mixture into two equal parts.
  4. Add the rum essence (if using) into the coffee, mix well and set aside.
  5. Prepare the first Lock & Lock Glass container to assemble the classic tiramisu. Dip both sides of the lady fingers into coffee mixture. Remove the lady fingers quickly (as they get soften really quick) and arrange the soaked lady fingers in the bottom of Lock & Lock Glass container. Spread enough amount of cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers as you like, just remember that you have to have the cheese mixture on top of your layer. Dust the top layer (cheese mixture) with cocoa powder.
  6. Then prepare the second Lock & Lock Glass container to assemble the strawberry tiramisu. Dip both sides of the lady fingers into strawberry juice. Remove the lady fingers quickly and arrange the soaked lady fingers in the bottom of Lock & Lock Glass container. Spread enough amount of cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers. Arrange sliced strawberries to cover the cheese layer. Repeat steps for second layer. You may have two or three layers as you like, but you have to have the cheese mixture on top of your layer. Sprinkle the top layer (cheese mixture) with sliced almonds (if using), or you can decorate with sliced strawberries.
  7. Put on the silicone lids to the Lock & Lock Glass containers, and refrigerate them at least 8-10 hours to let the flavors blend.

  

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Check out the cooking demo here! 😉

Mamaku Koki Handal and Lock & Lock COOKING CHALLENGE: An “Introduction”

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When I started this blog, my only aim was to preserve my recipe collection. I used to jot down the recipe on any random papers, and sadly, these papers were not collected properly. Much to my annoyance of the disorganized situation, I tried to gather all my recipes that can be found and re-typed them. And to make it even easier for me in looking for any recipe that I need, I made this blog and posted the recipe here. Never in my mind that my blog could be useful to enter some kind of  “cooking competition” 😀 . Remember about MpasiRumahan Mailing List? I once mentioned about them in this blog as one of my baby’s food recipe source. Well to be honest, I learned a LOT from this community about baby/toddler foods. They’ve been inspiring me in preparing my son’s dishes everyday. This community (also known as “Mamaku Koki Handal”), together with Lock & Lock (as the sponsor), held a cooking challenge specially appointed to members of the community who have cooking-related blogs. Luckily I have! 😀 In short, I was chosen as one of 10 finalists who could participate in the next step.

The next step is the most exciting one. Firstly, Lock & Lock will send all 10 finalists their newest product: Lock & Lock Glass. Lock & Lock Glass is made of high quality borosilicate glass. Borosilicate contains boric acid, which is highly heat resistant. Thus, borosilicate glass withstands sudden change in temperature. Lock & Lock heat resistant glass container can withstand temperatures up to 400℃ and can be microwave or oven heated straight out of the fridge. This allows for easy cooking, storage and reheating of food and leftovers.

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After receiving this product, all finalists are obliged to make their review using Lock & Lock Glass. We must post in our blog at least 3 recipes in which we will cook using the Lock & Lock Glass. Ahh… I’m so stoked!! Can’t wait till my Lock & Lock Glass arrives so I can start doing some cooking experiments using this product! 😀