Tapas Party & Rioja Wine – A Match Made in Heaven

July 31, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

A Match Made in Heaven - Rioja Wines

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Tapas Feast

When hosting a dinner party, who does not want to prepare a simple meal with little planning and yet look impressive? Definitely me! I’m still dreaming about Spanish cuisine and my vacation.. hence a tapas party. Hosting a Spanish tapas feast is a fun way to let your family or guests mingle and “graze”. If you love Spanish tapas; have had plenty of these small appetizers on your travels or in local restaurants, don’t be intimidated by the number of dishes to prep. Continue Reading →

Spanish Garlic Shrimp & Catalan Style Spinach

July 29, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Spanish Garlic Shrimp – one of the most popular and classic tapas, served as a main with a side dish of classic Catalan Style Spinach with pine nuts, apple and raisins.

Spanish Garlic Shrimp

I have a problem. After every vacation, my body is back but my spirit is still on vacation – with the sights, sounds or food. This time it’s the Spanish flavours that I’m dreaming about from my Barcelona vacation. Especially the fresh seafood. Spain, a culinary crossroads with cultural influences that over the centuries have made Spanish food one of the most popular Mediterranean cuisines. Most of traditional spanish cooking is down-to-earth, uncomplicated food, based on the ingredients available locally or the crops grown regionally.

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Grilled Plantains

July 25, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Caramelised grilled plantain with a dab of butter & brown sugar. So easy & DAMN DELICIOUS

Grilled Plantains

The first time I tasted the delicious plantain was in a Suriname shop in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (or commonly known as Holland). Bakabana is the Surinamese version of fried banana, but with plantain dipped in batter and fried, and some places serve it with spicy peanut sauce. As part of South America was under the Dutch colonization, the Dutch, too, brought other colonies (Indonesian & East Indian) influences to Suriname during the colonization years. That explains the Indonesian style peanut sauce with the plantain. Continue Reading →

Barcelona Vacation 2014

July 18, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Barcelona Vacation 2014

With a short notice for an 8-day vacation, I was undecided where to go. Norbert chose Venice, I wanted somewhere more fun. Without even doing much research, I decided on Barcelona and we were lucky enough to get cheap tickets. As we were both pretty occupied before the trip we decided not to make any plans – be a wanderlust traveller for once. We rented apartments through Airbnb to live like the locals and do some food hunting as usual – eat local and go where the locals go. Continue Reading →

Filipino Chicken Adobo

July 15, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 12 Comments

Tender falling-apart Chicken Adobo in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce. The quintessential dish of the Philippines.

Filipino Chicken Adobo

If April Bloomfield (chef and co-owner of 3 Michelin starred restaurants) deemed Filipino adobo worthy to be included in her “A Girl and Her Pig” cookbook, then you must definitely give adobo a try. At least once. Adobo, a tangy, salty dish of stewed meat in soy sauce and vinegar, is ‘the’ quintessential dish of the Philippines. Some even name it the unofficial national dish. Continue Reading →

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