Green Mango with Fish Sauce

September 12, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 1 Comment

Sour, tart, crunchy and pungent green mango with spicy, sweet, salty and sourish sauce – an explosion in your mouth.

Green Mango with Fish Sauce

Being a fruit fiend, I would feel strange if I don’t get my daily dose of fruits. Though I can’t quite remember how I got through a whole month without fruits during my candida detox 3 years ago. At the beginning of my recent Europe trip, I was totally ecstatic with the abundance summer fruits. However towards the end of the 2 months, I can hardly believe I had an overdose of the luscious summer berries and stone fruits. Day after day at the fruit stall or grocer, the options are mostly cherries, berries, plums, peaches, nectarines and grapes. I remember saying out loud one day: “Oh no, strawberries again”. Continue Reading →

Roasted Broccoli Salad

September 6, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 5 Comments

Roasted broccoli salad tossed with mustard vinaigrette. You might never want to eat broccoli cooked any other way again.

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

I have yet to come across any kids that ask for broccoli. Definitely not the ones I know. Most of the time they stick their tongue out when I mention broccoli. I too have done that to any mention of veggies back when I was a kid. Continue Reading →

Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji 三杯鸡)

August 30, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 8 Comments

Finger-licking braised chicken in sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce with Thai basil

Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji 三杯鸡)

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 →

Spiced Quinoa Cakes

August 28, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Crispy Spiced Quinoa Cakes – great as snack with a squeeze of lemon juice or addition to any meal

Spiced Quinoa Cakes (Grain Free & Dairy Free)

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 →

Very Berry Power Smoothie

August 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Power packed smoothie with beautiful summer berries, chia seed & hemp seed

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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 →

Fenugreek Tea & Benefits

August 16, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Mildly sweet & nutty Fenugreek Tea – a traditional remedy that helps from digestion to blood chemical imbalance

FENUGREEK TEA & Benefits

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 →

Baked Salmon Packets with Vegetables

August 5, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 7 Comments

A no-fuss, super easy salmon & vegetables dish, that’s gently steamed in packet for a tender and flavorful salmon.

Salmon & Vegetable Packets

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 →

Tapas Party & Rioja Wine – A Match Made in Heaven

July 31, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 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 →

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