Motivational Monday {Linky Party} – Cooking with Love

Cooking has become a rather therapeutic form of stress relief for me. This was more so after I decided to eat more healthily, so preparing my meals definitely gives me better control over what I’m feeding my body.

But as a working mom, it can sometimes be a form of stress especially when it means I have to get up early to prepare for the day’s meal or stay up late into the night to cook and wash up the dishes. Because of that most of my dishes tend to be rather unadventurous, sticking only to my tired and tested methods.

Last Saturday, I took part in the “Never too busy to cook”workshop conducted by Daniel who blogs at Daniel Food Diary and and Maureen, otherwise known as Miss Tam Chiak, to pick up some cooking tips and put my excuse of “too busy to cook” at rest. One of the dishes I’ve learnt was the grilled fish fillet with vegetables. It was such a flavorful delight that I decided to try my hand at it.

Here’s the recipe.

Grill Fillet With Vegetables


  • 300gm fish fillet (washed and pat dry, sliced into 2 pieces)
  • 120gm mushroom (sliced)
  • 120gm colour capsicum (sliced)
  • 4 baby potatoes (sliced)
  • 2 carrots (sliced)
  • 50gm onion large (sliced)
  • 60g mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • Paprika powder
  • Black pepper and salt (according to preference)

Seasoning A

  • 40g mozerella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 1/2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)

Seasoning B

  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A few oregano leaves
  • A bit of black pepper and salt

Preparation Method

  1. Marinate fillet with pepper, salt and Seasoning A. Leave aside for about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix mushroom,carrots, potatoes, capsicum and onion with Seasoning B. Leave aside.
  3. Place fillet on grill tray, towards outside. Next place the mushroom mixture towards the inner side of the tray.
  4. Sprinkle cheese and paprika on top of fillet and mushroom.
  5. Set double grill for 15 min by placing grill tray on top shelf.

Sadly, the grill function of my oven failed me, so I had to pop it in my Happy Call Pan for another 10 mins. I reckon, it would have tasted so much better if it had been properly grilled especially when it was topped with cheese. But what I did enjoy about this dish was how simple it was to prepare and how it was a nutritious and colorful one dish meal. For those watching your weight, just hold the cheese and mayo πŸ™‚ Learning simple dishes to cook for my family is one of the things that I’m motivated to learn, because cooking for them is an demonstration of my love for them.

I’ve also taken up Daniel’s challenge to take part in his #CookForFamily initiative. It’s a bloggers-for-bloggers initiative where the objective is simply to get more bloggers to start cooking and bonding with their families. Sound great doesn’t it? To be part of this initiative, do drop him an email at
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  1. Ellena | Cuisines Paradise July 16, 2012 at 9:27 am Reply

    Don’t worry of the small setback. Sometime cooking is like a fun project where you get up and down in the dishes. But eventually, I am sure you and your family will enjoy the wonderful homecook dishes made love and effort πŸ™‚

    • Susan July 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement Ellena. The good thing was hubby enjoyed it despite the little setback in the kitchen and he even told me we can go shopping for a new oven πŸ™‚

  2. Ai Sakura July 16, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply

    well done Susan πŸ™‚ I really like cooking too but usually only have time during the weekends to do so. Have tonnes of recipes I want to try but no time!

    • Susan July 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply

      Me too. I have tons of recipes that I want to try but with limited time on my hands, I’ll only attempt those that take me less than an hour in the kitchen. After al,l what good is it if I’m laboring in the kitchen and can’t spend time with my family πŸ™‚

  3. DinoMama July 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm Reply

    Welcome to the cooking club!

    Me & Daniel love to cook, its really satisfying to taste the food we prepared ourselves.
    I have alot of gadgets to help me with the cooking, so its not so hectic to try to cook a few dishes at the same time within the hour *sweat*

    Have you get your new oven? *smile*

    • Susan July 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Not yet but at least I have the “green light” to purchase it πŸ™‚

      I do enjoy cooking too. It’s very satisfying to see others enjoying my food.

  4. DanielFoodDiary July 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm Reply

    My own motivational quote for this Monday is “Everyday & moment is precious. Why spend it complaining about people you care less about?”

    • Susan July 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm Reply

      Excellent quote to remember especially on days when I feel like I’m working with not so clever people. Haha.

  5. Summer July 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Looks nice! It’s really tedious to cook and look after a kid at the same time, not to mention you even have a full time job. So way to go and keep it up! Definitely a healthy lifestyle!

  6. Shalny July 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Hi Susan! Nice to see you at Nver too busy to cook workshop (*o^,)v

  7. janie real July 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

    looks so yummy and healthy! i’ve been trying create dishes for the family as well. i agree with you, there’s a different sense of fulfillment in being able to cook for your family. hats off to you susan for making this “juggling mum” thing look effortless =)

    • Susan July 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

      Hi Janie,

      I have to give credit to my trusty HCP for this easy dish. And I like to cook simple easy dishes, like just salads or wraps. I haven’t been cooking as often as I used too. But I hope to get back in the groove when work is less busy πŸ™‚ Look forward to see your dishes too.

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