Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chicken Soup with Pear 雪梨鸡汤

Okay, before I feed you with some nourishing soup, I have something to tell you. Somebody out there hates me.

Yap, I received a long hate mail a couple of weeks ago. Basically, the person hates me and wants me to close my blog. Apparently, he/she says my blog is a waste of space in blogsphere. He/she doesn't understand what I'm writing and looking at what I cooked makes him/her vomit (may he/she happened to have food poisoning), blah, blah, blah, and the list goes on .

I'm a stay-at-home-mum who only started learning cooking when my elder son was slightly over 2 years old, that's about 4 years ago. I never mentioned anything about me able to cook like an expert. Nobody says anything about having to writing beautifully when you blog either. He/she must have really high standards for food blogs. :P

Oh! One more thing! I didn't create a few hundred emails to subscribed to my own blog if this is what he/she meant when he/she said I fake my own readership. And I have never forced anyone to subscribe to my blog too. Did I force you to subscribe?

So, dear "wokkingmum sucks" (that's what he/she signed off as), I'm sorry to disappoint you, this blog will not be closed even it makes you vomit; as least my family didn't. I'll continue to blog even nobody (except me) understands what I'm writing or nobody continues to visit this blog. It was meant as a cooking reference for myself when I first started it anyway. So it just back to square one even if it happens, no worries! :P

Okay, not that I need one but having a nourishing soup now is not a bad idea either. ;)

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 200g Lean Pork
  • 1 large Chinese Pear 雪梨 (round with brown skin)
  • 5 Dried Figs 无花果
  • 20g Chinese Almond 南杏
  • 10g Apricot kernel 北杏
  • 1.8 litre Water
  • Salt to taste

How to do it:
  1. Blanch chicken.
  2. Skin, core and cut pear into pieces.
  3. Add all ingredients except salt together.
  4. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to a simmer.
  5. Continue to cook for at least 2 hours.
  6. Season with salt.
  7. Serve.


  1. Hi Wokking Mum:
    I think you're doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Just ignore the hate mail because you have more fans -- hundreds/thousands more fans than that one pathetic person who does not have guts to show himself/herself when spewing the venom. Just feel sorry for losers.

  2. Hi Elaine,

    Not sure about the intention of the horrible person. I, for one was inspired by your creative presentation of simple, kids friendly recipe. You are one of the few people in the cyberspace that started off my love for cooking.

    Rest assured that I will continue to read your blog, even though the rest of the world decided not to.

  3. Are you serious bout the hate mail?
    Can't believe there is such loser out there.
    Just ignore them Elaine, don't let them bother you and spoil your mood.

    Let me tell you all haters, I subscribe to Wokkingmum and follow her blog on my own willingness because I think they are a good reference for beginner cook like me. So shut up and get back to where you come from!

  4. Thanks for sharing your recipes, and I do hope you'll continue blogging! Maybe the person is just jealous...

  5. Hi Elaine,

    Pls pls do not stop blogging. I have learnt so much from you. I enjoy cooking your recipes for my family. You are so very generous to share with us all your cooking tips too. Really appreciate your kindness and God bless you and family. That "sicko" is just jealous of you.

  6. hi wokkingmum, i am a new housewife (singaporean relocated to USA with my husband for his posting) and need to learn how to cook simple and delicious meals.

    i haven't tried all of your recipes but it calms me knowing it's not all that difficult. so pls do keep sharing your skills and knowledge so i can succeed in my new responsibility to cook decent meals for my husband. :)

  7. That person is just a coward! Your recipes are delicious and inspiring, keep up the good work!

  8. Hi wokkingmum,

    Ignore that "wu liao" person. He/she must be jealous of you.

    I've tried your recipes and they are good.

  9. Just do what you believe in.
    We can't please everybody.

  10. hi, wokkingmum, I enjoy reading your blog, please do not stop blogging, just ignore the hate mail, I am inspired by your cooking. Keep it up!

  11. I return to your blog over and over again for recipes so you can be sure you are inspiring. Keep up the good work on this blog.

  12. I tink u have a great blog.. and I do understand every bit of thg u wrote!
    that hater is purely jealous of u!
    keep up with the good work yea =)

  13. Just want to say this even though its obvious, the hate mail you got obviously came from someone who is plainly full of spite and jealousy. You are one of the most humble and talented mums I've seen on the blogging sphere, and I am sure you have inspired other mummies out there apart from me. So keep up the good work, and post as much as you have time to. :)

  14. hi WokkingMum. I've been your silent reader for a while. Want to say that you are doing a great job and I love your recipes. They are a lot of crazy people out there. If he/she is not crazy, then very obvious that this person is jealous of you. Just ignore him/her. Keep up the good work :)

  15. hi WokkingMum,
    i'm one of your "admirers"/ silent reader but active follower - and very grateful for your recipes which are extremely reliable! pls don't stop blogging, and ignore the loser. don't let the poison get to you!
    what a coward! can't believe such people actually exist.

  16. Hi,
    some ppl are just jealous! Ignore them. I know I enjoy your food posting n blog very much. Dun stop!

  17. Hi WokkingMum,
    I'm another one of your silent reader. I'm a guy and just learnt to cook. I was inspired by your blog - look easy, tasty & presented nicely. Most of all, your heart is in it. I've tried a few of your recipes and they're good and most importantly for me, easy for a novice to follow! Having gained the confidence, I've then progressed to try more complicated stuffs. Thanks for having inspired me!! God bless!!

  18. Hi WokkingMum

    You have done very well. You have our support. don't give up.

    with best regards


  19. Glad to read what you wrote! Keep going & stay strong. You have lots of fan out there, so one bad apple is nothing! Ignore him/her!

  20. Hi there, i've happened to chance upon ur blog during Feb and had been a frequent reader. I think u did a great job. Pls keep it up and ignore that loser.

  21. Hi there,

    im sorry to learnt that you had received such a mail. I hoped that it doesnt affect you. As to understanding of ur recipe, i definitely does not have such a problem. I am able to follow ur recipe throughout when cooking the chicken rice.

    In the event that we are unable to understand, we can always send a query to you.

    Looking forward to your next post.


  22. People are idiots - I love your blog as living in Scotland it gives me an insight into a completely different type of cuisine. Fascinating as well as informative. Ignore the haters, wokking mum, we love you!

  23. ya that guy is a retard. ignore him. hes just plain jealous of you.

    im a fan of your blog and and i believe many ppl are, too!

  24. Hi wokkingmum,

    Ur blog has been a big source of insipiration. Do continue blogging and ignore the inane voice of irritation. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion even if its way skewered and wrong.

    In this instance, ignorance is definitely bliss. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful recipes. I for one do not think ur blog is a waste of time.

    Keep up the good job!

  25. jealous childih pple lah..

    heck care them..

    i viist ur blog, i am a real person..

    keep the recipes coming!! I appreciate ur efforts for sharing the yummy food with us!!!

  26. hello wokkingmum,

    Your blog is really great and inspired me to cook more for my siblings even though parents are away from work (they were proud at least). Ignore the hater and please do continue to blog for everyone who liked and loved your cookings.

    More power!

  27. WokkingMum
    Pls ignore the bugger...and keep blogging!
    Stay happy!


  28. Don't bother about what peoples say. As long as you did nothing wrong. In fact, you have a nice blog! keep it up!! Don't stop blogging, your cooking did inspired me a lot!

  29. Dear Wokkingmum,
    I've been reading ur blog since before i pregnant (my ah boy now is already 5 mths old) and is one of the blog that i MUST read everyday coz i really enjoy reading ur blog; so, keep up the good work, don't stop blogging ok!!

  30. Hi Wokkingmum,

    I would like to take this chance to thank you for your many simple yet wonderful recipes. I just relocated from SG to Seattle with my hubby, and boy have I got plenty to learn from cooking. Thanks to you and all others I am more confident now, and am advancing to baking soon. Keep it up will ya ? btw, I loved your garlic mayonaise baked fish, its always a big hit with my hubby!

  31. Dont let such retard bother you! I support your blog! :)

  32. I appreciate the time and effort you put into your website. Keep it up!

  33. I think this soup is good for the lung. I'll try this as my children have very sensitive lung. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  34. haters don't know that blogging is an end unto itself. in fact, i like to read my own blogs for my own inside jokes. love your creativity and zeal for food. foodies unite!


  35. Another silent reader who loves reading your blog. Yet to cook any of the dishes you blog but I believe I will one day when I have more time and when my family starts to complain about my boring cooking!You inspire me! So don't stop blogging! =)

  36. Hi,
    I'm new here and I think you've got an interesting blog. Like you, I started blogging for my family. I don't score A for English language, I don't cook/bake like a pro, I don't take good pics, etc.... But all these are secondary. We blog for a simple reason, and that's for OUR FAMILY.

    I'll be visiting again :)

  37. wm, you are an inspiration to me. Your easy yet tasty recipes really got me interested in cooking. I am always amazed by how your family gets to eat restaurant quality cuisine at home and I hope I can cook half as well as you one day. So dun let the words of one person get you down as you have many many fans out there :) xoxo

  38. hi wokking mum,
    just stumbled on yr blog like 10mins ago and had a quick glance, truly sorry to hear about the hate mail, i totally agree he/she is a coward!!! my hat off to your putting in so much time and effort to this great blog!
    am a s'porean living in italy and your recipes seem pretty interesting, especially for me who's quite hopeless at cooking.
    take care and blog on.

  39. hi,
    i seldom drop by but when i do, i get real hungry :)
    nope, i don't cook and i can't cook but i do get inspired by your dishes.
    the hatemail is someone who is green eye over your creations.

    keep on wokking n blogging!


  40. Looks very strange so I am in to try it ....I love weird combos most of the time they are the best. :)

  41. Hi, wokkingmum

    Don't bother of what the irritated person said, not worth to waste time.

    What true is true. Keep up your good work, you have support from us. Cheer up !

  42. Your article was really well written and easy to follow. I think that a lot of other people would find this article super useful. You should look at reposting it on They have a lot of awesome articles on the website and they help you get your article read because you can post your link and drive traffic back to your website. They have a good search engine and it is perfect for getting your stuff read. Wacanai also matches your article with other articles that use the same material so it could give you some new ideas!!!

  43. I have been reading your blog on and off, but haven't quite gotten my butt to preparing any food.

    HOWEVER, my excuse is that I'm a 26 year old local female, working executive (THERE YOU STUPID WOKKINGMUMHATER or whatever you signed off as, I"M REAL)

    So my dear wokkingmum, please continue to post all your delicious looking food with the easy to understand recipes for hungry young people like me to admire, and hopefully to inspire me when I get married and have kiddos of my own.

    I truly admire the dedication you put in preparing food for your family, and it is highly highly commendable.

    Before I sound like a complete groupie, I better sign off and continue reading your blog!

    Only gripe is you don't post often, but COME ON. What do you expect of a mum with her family and children!

    I love your style wokkingmum. Never ever stop!


  44. Hi Elaine,

    Wow... I havent seen ur blog for a long time... have you stop posting it to Multiply?
    Anyway, I guess I dont need to say anything bout tat fellow who send u that "lovely" letter.

    I call it lovely coz he/she has help u to know so much ppl care for u... hehehe.... n they love ur blog.

    Sometime, ppl just envy others and he/she just translated his/her envy to hatred.


  45. Sad to hear that there are such spitful people out there. Well, the world is made up of all kinds of people. I love your blog, though not all the receipes are to my taste. Reason being that it is not easy to find the ingredients here and also I am more into westernised recipes. Will try out your pancake recipe :0))


  46. Hi Elaine,

    Ignore those hate mails. These people are simply to free and too jealous with your popularity. You have a lovely and sincere blog. Keep up the good work.


  47. I learned from you for my 1st trial at cooking. It was your recipes and your teachings that has enabled me to have my 1st hands on cooking experience. Thank you. God Bless You!

  48. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. I'll strive on and continue posting up my recipe whether he or she like it or not.

    Thank you once again!

  49. I occassionally dropped by your blog to see what had you been wokking. I was surprised that even a humble blog like yours got hate mails. I had not read anything controversial or offensive from your posts, so it really puzzled me why. Don't take it by heart by comments from people who has nothing did not achieve anything in life (a LOSER!), yet go around bashing others like that. Just send the junk mails from a skunk directly to the junk without even reading them.

  50. Hi, sorry I'm reading this late, but I was shocked to find that someone would attack such a harmless blog like yours. Don't take such things to heart. Just continue with your success and your warm-hearted posts. We're all supporting you! :)

  51. Hi, I'm a busy executive who hasn't time/lazy to cook for my family, in fact, my Indo maid does all the cooking but I need tell her what to do, how to do it. Your blog is certainly helpful to me, I usually pick the dishes I want my maid to cook, print it out & tell her "here's what i want".
    Please do not be discouraged, the person is probably just jealous, maybe he/she has a rival blog that nobody goes to... do continue to introduce easy to prepare dishes, I'm a fan!

    Regards, little lamb

  52. i hv been reading your blog faithfully n love everyone of your recipes. u r surely one capable and beautiful lady. thank God for your motivation to continue blogging for the sake of many followers out there.

    God bless you and your family always!!

  53. o well, u inspire me elaine.. i now trying to learn how to cook fer my children so tat they dun eat outside food so often and of cuz so tat my hubby can tk in healthy food too. . hmm. . oso aid me when i have my own house in future!! :) u have my support ;)

  54. Hello Wokking mom! I've just recently discovered your blog when I was looking for Durian Pudding recipe. I'm so impressed with your kids' lunchboxes and the marvelous meals that you whipped up for your family. I just want you to know that you're doing a great job, and continue blogging cos I'm your No.1 fan!

  55. Thank you for your support, Kirsten. :)

  56. Hi WokkingMum, must we use 雪梨 for this soup? Is any other kinds of pear ok?