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15 February 2017

How to Prepare Healthy Meals as a Busy Working Mum

去年11月我跟同事參加公司新成立的Toastmaster英文演講社團,交了很多新朋友。這篇是我的C2演講稿,十幾年沒有背稿子了,實際寫下來還要講出來實在是有點困難度,這題材還是我自己選比較熟悉的,真的沒辦法想像演員背台詞是有多麼的辛苦!



Good day everyone! 

Some of you have listened to my precious C1 speech might still remember I have 2 kids and love cooking. This is why I started to prepare meals as a mum because several incidences of food safety scandals happened in Taiwan, such as chemical clouding agents in 2011 and the recycled waste oil in 2014.

Today I will be sharing my ideas how to prepare healthy meals as a busy working mum. I will be focusing on preparing dinner on weekday after work. Probably I will be sharing my ideas about preparing breakfast in my next prepared speech!

Do you know how much time to prepare a meal for a small family, I say 2 adults and 2 kids? Roughly speaking, it might take 2 hours, including grocery shopping, washing, chopping, and cooking. But as a busy working mum, I need to reduce it down to 1 hour to make the kids go to bed before 9:30; whereas, to provide sufficient nutrition for growing kids.
 
These are some ideas I have worked out so far:

First of all, in terms of grocery shopping, I do online shopping most of the time, through mobile phone. I make order in the morning, the delivery comes in the afternoon and I can make dinner in the evening. I could buy almost anything online, including veggies, tofu, milk, soy milk, eggs, sea foods, meats, rice, and oils, but NO processed foods.

Secondly, in order to reduce cooking time, I use different kitchen appliances to cook different food at the same time, such as rice cooker, oven and stove. But NO microwaves - I don't use microwaves at home. The food needs longer cooking time would need to be prepared earlier. Dinner will be finished within 1 hour and let the kids to have dinner around 7:30.

You might be curious what I cook within such short time. In order to provide minimum nutrition for growing kids, I need to prepare 3 portions of starch - which is rice or noodle, 2 portions of vegetables - including 2 to 3 types of vegetables, and 1 portion of protein - which is meat, sea foods, eggs, or tofu. My signature dishes are fried rice, curry rice, spaghetti, risotto, and last night we had 麻油雞麵線 - this is so easy! I could finish it within 30 minutes and everyone in my family loves it! I place everything on one plate or in one big bowl for each person. So we have less dishes to wash!

After listening all above, you might be thinking I am a hardworking mum. But actually, I am NOT! I don't want to cook everyday and I don't want to cook at weekends, either. And besides, my kids don't even feel appreciated what I have done so far because they want to go to nice and expensive restaurants too.

After doing all these efforts, I do see my kids grow healthily and hardly get sick in these years.

While I am cooking in the kitchen, I always imagine to have a big and nice kitchen and able to see my family doing in the living room. Of course, I want a dish washer too! My house is too small to fit in a dish washer. I have to wait until I buy a new and bigger house in future.

13 December 2016

薑、蒜、麻油 - 絕妙的搭配

中華料理不可缺少蔥薑蒜,但是無意中我發現了薑、蒜、麻油三者一起搭配使用有非常美味的結果。

一般台灣人炒菜只有熱油鍋加蒜吧?一般煮麻油雞只是麻油煸薑片吧?但是我有了新發現,而且不需要加人工調味料就可以做出像是外面餐廳一樣的滋味!


01 October 2016

《海的彼端》台北特別映後場

說老實話,跟電影紀錄片「灣生回家」比起來,這一部「海的彼端」就沒有太多人知道。我盡可能地在網路上宣傳,但是每隔一陣子我會看一下朋友的反應,我發現效果很有限。「灣生回家」是歷經多年蒐集故事、幫忙眾多的日本灣生阿公阿嬤回台灣,先是出書、再出電影紀錄片,我周圍知道要去看這部電影的朋友比較多。「海的彼端」是台灣人移民到西邊的民垣島,我會知道這部電影紀錄片是好幾個月之前,在臉書看到行銷宣傳,好奇是什麼台灣移民日本的血淚史,我才知道原來有這段故事啊!


28 September 2016

[讀後心得] 一青妙《我的箱子》

其實一青妙的這本「我的箱子」是兩年前(2014年)看的。那時候我在書店發現這本書名有台灣日本:「日本媽媽的臺菜物語 ママ、ごはんまだ?」,感覺很新奇,拿起來翻了一下,一看到內頁寫一青妙的爸爸是台灣五大家族的基隆顏家人、媽媽是日本人,而且妹妹是一青窈!嚇了一跳,我竟然不知道有這個人!當下決定把這本書、以及放在隔壁的「我的箱子 私の箱子」一起買回家看。


25 September 2016

晨間劇「當家姐姐」主題曲 - 宇多田光 「送你一束花」

這齣劇都已經播了五個多月,快要播完了,我才寫這一篇,因為我沒有很喜歡哪!很久沒有聽到宇多田光的歌曲,印象還是留在她為「魔女的條件」唱的主題曲 First Love,歌詞有很多英文,但是這首已經沒有英語歌詞,還是保留著她獨特的曲調,也就是音階會上下起伏,唱KTV不是很簡單哪!


20 September 2016

懶人版的南瓜濃湯

一直很想寫工作家庭兩頭燒的食譜系列,後來看到有人分享一顆蕃茄飯的快速省事食譜後,我就放棄寫這系列了。

最近因為兒子在餐廳說南瓜濃湯好好喝,我就想自己煮好了。但是之前上愛料理找的南瓜濃湯食譜不是太好,煮出來很像蒜蓉南瓜湯,我很不滿意。在煩惱要找什麼食譜好呢,突然想到Carol的食譜,google「Carol 南瓜濃湯」就找到了!

03 August 2016

看日劇學英日語

我看日劇並不是只有練聽力、學日語,還可以學日本方言和英語!真的是一舉數得呀。雖然這些字平時不太常用,但是記在腦子裡,說不定哪一天就可以用上場了呢!

28 July 2016

日劇「有喜歡的人」主題曲

這一季目前我只看了有帥哥美女出陣的月九「有喜歡的人」,想說來查查主題曲,歌手名字叫JY,歌名與劇名一樣,都是「有喜歡的人」,查了Youtube看到JY上節目演唱,我就在想這個人很眼熟,咦?不就是演民王那個敵黨主席的艷麗高挑女兒嗎?


06 July 2016

荒井由実(松任谷由実) 飛機雲

剛剛看完廣瀨愛麗絲和三吉彩花主演的NHK特別劇「飛機雲」,敘述30年前女人的友情以及女人在日本社會爭取平等工作權,很溫馨,髮型衣服裝扮都是30年前流行的模樣,讓我想到以前看的日本時尚雜誌Non-no。


03 June 2016

日劇「早子老師」片頭曲 - 這樣就幸福了

這一季我最愛的日劇就是「早子老師」,晾衣服、等紅綠燈時,嘴裡哼的就是chay唱的「それでしあわせ」。曲風輕快俏皮可愛,歌詞簡單又容易背得起來,chay本人也長得很可愛,雙眼皮大眼睛、笑起來有酒窩,我覺得某些角度有一點像貫地谷栞(かんじや しほり)。


21 May 2016

日劇「早子老師」插曲 - Let It Be Me

一開始對於松下奈緒的新片「早子老師」不是太有興趣,我不喜歡擺脫單身女的劇情,但是對於松下奈緒為了這齣劇剪了多年的長髮,我很好奇,另外我也很想看貫地谷栞,所以開始看了第一集,沒想到非常溫馨,女主角完全沒有想要極力擺脫單身、找到白馬王子,每週都很期待新的一集。

看戲的時候,劇中會聽到輕柔的男女對唱英文歌,非常好聽,搭配劇情會讓人有一種安心的感覺。上「早子老師」官網查詢,發現竟然是山下達郎和竹內瑪利亞的合唱!啊!完全聽不出來是日本人唱的,他們怎麼可以把這英文歌寫得這麼好!而且這才發現原來他們是夫妻!都結婚三十幾年了。


12 April 2016

日劇「東京傷情故事」的餐廳與景點

我是NHK晨間劇迷,為了「花子與安妮」裡飾演石碳大王的吉田鋼太郎、在「多謝款待」裡飾演羞澀小妹的高畑充希,我看了2014年12月30日這天晚間11點播出的1.5小時「東京傷情故事 SP」。日語的「センチメンタル」就是sentimental,意思是多愁善感、感傷、憂鬱的意思,在民國年初時,一些去英國美國留學的人不知道要如何在中文裡詮釋sentimental,就會使用類似「盛地門頭」這種音譯的字,以前我在紐西蘭的大學圖書館借到好多民初文學家的作品,看到這類的詞都不知道到底是什麼形容詞,到底是什麼「頭」!後來在中央日報國際版副刊才看到一篇解釋,恍然大悟。


24 March 2016

歷年來的NHK晨間劇

那天想查上一齣晨間劇「小希」的NHK官網,發現已經被撤掉了,取而代之的只是很簡單的劇情和人物介紹,然後發現NHK製作了這篇NHK連續電視小說一覽表。以前只有在Wikipedia看歷年來的晨間劇介紹,沒想到NHK自己也做了一篇。