The school holidays are around the corner, and this is the best time to indulge your children with the goodness of healthy home-cooked preparations. Irene Jansen shares with us two colourful and lip-smacking recipes that not only energizes your little ones, but will have them coming back for more!





200 grams chicken breast, remove skin and cut into strips

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

Pinch of salt to taste

Dash of pepper to taste

1 cup flour

1 egg, beaten

1 cup breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons olive oil


Marinade the chicken strips with the light soy sauce, salt and pepper. Leave aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the flour, egg and breadcrumbs by separating them in 3 different plates. Coat each chicken strip with the flour first, beaten egg second and lastly the breadcrumbs

In a heated pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and shallow fry the battered chicken strips until golden brown, add a little more oil if required to fry the remaining chicken strips.

Compliment with plain yogurt mixed with chopped apples. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Irene Jansen
All rights reserved by Culinary Adventures Pte. Ltd.


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2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small onion, halved

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

3 potatoes, remove skin and chop into small cubes

1/4 cup chicken stock

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

2 teaspoons oyster sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

150 grams minced pork (can be substituted with chicken)

1 bowl cooked white rice


In a heated pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic until fragrant.

Add in the mixed vegetables and potatoes and stir fry for 3 minutes before adding in the chicken stock, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and pepper and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.  

Next, add in the minced pork and cook for another 15 minutes. Mix well with the vegetables.

Pour the mixture over a plate of cooked white rice and serve immediately.


Recipe by Irene Jansen
All rights reserved by Culinary Adventures Pte. Ltd.


Children who are fussy with their meals are a common issue most parents face.  Here are some useful tips on how to encourage your child to eat right, so that they get their regular intake of fruits and vegetables without them pushing the plate away.


It’s all in the presentation

It is important to make your child’s meal look colourful and fun. So, presentation is essential to entice your child’s appetite. When serving fruit, chop them up into bite-sized pieces, making it is easy for your child to consume a piece in one mouthful. You can also use a cookie cutter to make interesting shapes of fruit. This extra bit of effort will go a long way in ensuring your child finishes his portion of fruit.


First taste counts

When cooking a dish that your child is trying for the very first time, it should contain adequate amounts of flavour. That is to say, the right amounts of salt and not too spicy.  Thus, when your kid is introduced to his meal, he would enjoy it and ask for more.


Conceal rather than reveal

If your child hates his greens such as spinach or broccoli, try pureeing them in a blender and turn them into creamy vegetable soups or special sauces that you can use on fish or pasta.


Get your child involved in the kitchen

Let your child help you out in the kitchen. This will allow them to experience the aroma of cooking and also familiarise them with the ingredients you use. Lending a hand in the kitchen also makes them feel special and fills them with a sense of pride and responsibility. What’s more? It promotes the bonding between your child and you at the same time.








On a concluding note, do remember your child is special and they would love to feel that way. When you have a party, where you are serving cappuccinos to your adult friends, don’t leave your child out just because they aren’t allowed caffeine. Instead, make a special “Choco-ccino” for them by making a cup of hot chocolate and top it with the same cappuccino milk froth.

Cultivating the joy of eating well with your child will in the long run, help them to improve their palette for new tastes and widen their perspective on food.


Written by Irene Jansen and Audrey Jansen

Culinary Adventures Pte. Ltd.

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