Welcome everyone to our very first Stillen Moms Feature!  We hope to bring you an article each month featuring one of the moms/experts in our community and getting them to share useful tips and golden nuggets on topics ranging from weaning recipes, getting fit pre and post partum, travelling hacks when overseas with children, breastfeeding and basically anything that help make moms’ life easier or more interesting! Whether you are a new moms, moms-to-be and if you have been mom for awhile. I’m sure you can learn new things from these monthly features 😉

This month, we have invited Sharlene to share with us on her thoughts of mom life and one of her best recipes that is simple and not time consuming so mommies who would love to cook for their families can perhaps try their hand at cooking this for the family over the festive season! Sharlene is an awesome cook who makes such appetizing meals for her little daughter Sonya and many are her followers in what she is whipping up next for Sonya. Be sure to follow her at @Reverse.banana on Instagram if you are looking for inspirations on what to cook for your little ones and/or family members. Check out her website www.reversebanana.contactinbio.com for lovely discounts and promos as well.

Read on to find out more about Sharlene:

(Sharlene@ 17weeks dressed in Tayla Jumpsuit on her recent OZ trip – Photos courtesy of Sharlene)

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, Colleague – in a nutshell, that’s who I am, rolled into one. We all have different hats to wear in our lives.

Being a full time working mother, I always struggle to balance work, marriage, home, my child, and myself. Mum guilt is so real even though it shouldn’t be! It’s something I’m still working on but I’m thankful to have a supportive husband who encourages me to take time out for myself so I stay sane, and also for a great village to help out whenever needed.

Sometimes society has these expectations placed on mothers and more often than not, it makes me wonder whether what I’m doing is right… but then again, different strokes for different folks! What works well for some families might not work well for others. My advice to new mothers? Do what is right for you and your situation. Don’t be so caught up with what people say and force yourself into a situation where you are unhappy because that will make those around you miserable too!

One of the things that makes me happy? Food! Food has and always will be an important part of my life. It’s where my family and I share our lives… it brings us together… Food is also how I pamper my loved ones! I felt really guilty about not being able to breastfeed very successfully or for very long and I felt the need to compensate that with delicious and nutritious food once weaning began! Hence began my Instagram journey of documenting all the food I prepared! It also became a little passion project for me!

Pan-seared Halibut with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Honey Lime Carrots (Feeds a family of 2 adults and 2 kids)

Ingredients

  1. 3 to 4 Russet Potatoes (peeled and cut to the same size)
  2. 75g Unsalted Butter
  3. Dash of Garlic Powder
  4. 3 Medium Sized Carrots (peeled and cut to the same size)
  5. 2 teaspoons of honey
  6. Juice of ½ a large lime
  7. 2 tsp olive oil
  8. 3 portions halibut, about 150g each (halve 1 portion to make 2 kid-sized portions)
  9. 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  10. Juice of ⅓ lemon
  11. Knob of butter
  12. Fresh dill ~5g (stalks removed)
  13. 75ml cream
  14. Salt
  15. Pepper

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Steam the potatoes
  2. Once soft, remove any excess water collected and mash the potatoes.
  3. Add the unsalted butter and garlic powder and mix well.
  4. (Optional) Add salt and pepper to taste (usually not necessary for kids portions).

Roasted Honey Lime Carrots

  1. Mix honey, lime, oil and carrots together.
  2. Roast at 160℃ until well cooked.
  3. (Optional) Add salt and pepper to taste (usually not necessary for kids portions).

Pan-Seared Halibut

  1. Season Halibut with salt and pepper (usually not necessary for kids portion)
  2. Heat up 2 tsp of oil in a pan and fry halibut skin side down so the skin is crispy.
  3. Once skin is crispy and fish is 90% cooked, turn fish over, switch off the heat and allow the other side of the fish to continue cooking on the hot pan.

Lemon Dill Sauce

  1. Melt the knob of butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the garlic and fry till fragrant.
  3. Add the lemon juice and dill and stir.
  4. Add the cream and stir.
  5. (Optional) Add salt and pepper to taste (usually not necessary for kids portions).

Voila, Plate up all the ingredients and serve!

Hope you have enjoyed Sharlene’s recipe above and look out for our next feature in Jan 2020!

Sending you all blessings of joy and peace, Happy Holidays!

Have a lovely Merry Christmas

From all of us at Stillen Maternity! Muacks*