Finger-licking braised chicken in sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce with Thai basil
I’ve returned from my long vacation, gleeful to find my edible plants have thrived under CM’s (my elder sis) care. She’s indeed a great plantsitter this time, and she seemed to have developed a fondness for them from the way she speaks about them. Yay! Another happy plant mama in the making. Continue Reading →
Crispy Spiced Quinoa Cakes – great as snack with a squeeze of lemon juice or addition to any meal
After my 2-week Fruit and Veggie Cleanse, I’ve been finding ways to increase my overall vegetable intake. What more do I need to say with the recent findings by British experts of 7 a day (5 portions of veggies and 2 portions of fruits) would prolong life. Most of us are struggling with the recommended 5 a day, let alone 7. For the past couple of months, I find it getting easier for me to go meatless for a few days in a week because my body has somewhat been conditioned by the cleanse. I’m proud that my other half is getting there by amping up vegetables into every meal to slowly replace carbs. But for those who are not used to eating a lot of vegetables (kids and adults alike), sneaking them in certain dishes is certainly helpful. Just like this Spiced Quinoa Cake. Continue Reading →
Power packed smoothie with beautiful summer berries, chia seed & hemp seed
I am indeed very blessed for the chance to visit some amazing European cities recently – Barcelona Spain, Paris France, Bruges Belgium and a couple of cities in the Netherlands, with many 1st time food experiences. You might have seen the photos on my Instagram. Picnic by the canal with ducks and geese swimming by. Tasted salted cod fish and black summer truffles. Unknowingly ate calf’s brain. Pricked by cactus pear. Picked wild bramen (blackberries) and turning them into a yummy dessert. Continue Reading →
Mildly sweet & nutty Fenugreek Tea – a traditional remedy that helps from digestion to blood chemical imbalance
A recent conversation on G+ started with Dane Finely about replacing one of the daily cups of coffee with drinking tea. Dane’s post was a gentle reminder that coffee is a bit acidic, a tad dehydrating, and has enough caffeine that it can impact your adrenal glands in a way that might not be ideal. I responded it’s a good thing that both coffee and tea over-stimulates me, thus resulting in me stopping tea; even green tea consumption. Taking any type of tea after noon time will turn me into insomniac that night. A sip of coffee is all I can take, more will cause my body to have weird sensations, heart palpitation and of course become insomniac. Continue Reading →
A no-fuss, super easy salmon & vegetables dish, that’s gently steamed in packet for a tender and flavorful salmon.
Sometimes I come across people who remind me of how I used to be. Recently I came across someone who said she likes cooking but she’s a lazy cook, coupled with a picky husband and daughter. Her cooking for her family involves heating up pre-cooked food from the supermarket. Frozen croquettes, meatballs, pizza, potato salad, pasta and pies. For a moment, I was saddened. Then I recalled I was like that too, years ago. After a long day at work, it was much easier to heat up pre-cooked food just to fill my hungry tummy. Continue Reading →
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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 – 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.
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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Caramelised grilled plantain with a dab of butter & brown sugar. So easy & DAMN DELICIOUS
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 →
Tender falling-apart Chicken Adobo in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce. The quintessential dish of the Philippines.
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 →
Pumpkin Seed Bars & Truffles – guilt-free and nutritious sweet treat
Once you’ve tried making your favourite nut/seed butters, there’s no turning back. For peeps like me who don’t get access to good quality nut/seeds butters, a good old handy food processor helps with making your own from scratch a breeze. Like how I made my Pumpkin Seed Butter in minutes. Continue Reading →