There’s always the newest gadgets promising to slice, chop and cook better than the rest and before you know it, the kitchen is overflowing with food processors, electric squeezers and objects with interesting names like Mandoline, Microplane and Silpat. Of course, a well-equipped kitchen is any foodie’s dream and the greater the variety of cooking utensils you have, the more you’ll be able to do. But sometimes it’s easy to overlook the essentials — those classic cooking tools that make it possible to prepare our food. Here’s my top 10 Favourite Kitchen Items (essential & time saving items) that can make a lot of everyday food. They are all very useful, practical, and inexpensive. Continue Reading →
Last week when I was visiting my sister and brother’s family in Singapore, I made them some chocolate chip cookies and apple cake. Both the cookies and cake did not turn out as expected – the cookies was not crunchy and the cake has slightly burn outer crust. I was disappointed and I contemplated if I should give them something not up to standard. But whether it is good or bad, mama said I had put in the effort and they would appreciate it. Continue Reading →
Do you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Eating breakfast helps jump-start your metabolism after it slows down during your sleep. Not only that, but eating breakfast is an important tool in maintaining weight loss. So don’t wait until lunch to grab a bite; eat a filling, healthy meal early in the day to keep your energy up, brain on, and weight loss goals in check. Studies also show that children who eat breakfast perform better in school.
A complete good breakfast consists of a combination of fiber, protein, carbs and some healthy fats. Filling up on fiber and protein helps keep you full long into the morning. A high fiber breakfast also aids you in good bowel movement early in the morning among many other health benefits.
I have a pretty much boring breakfast routine daily. I prefer easy straight forward breakfast and these are my daily favourites and fresh fruits.
I find this grocery list Dr Oz recommends to be rather useful and comprehensive for busy people. Dr. Oz covers everything from produce to desserts to keep your kitchen stocked with only the healthiest foods. Click here to print this list and take it on your next trip to the supermarket.
I don’t follow 100%, only use it as a guideline because my cooking is mostly Asian cuisine. My personal preference still remains using fresh produce instead of canned or bottled items.
I’m one of those people who avoid complicated recipes. I will just skip the recipe at the first glance of slight complexity. My brain just does not comprehend. I totally understand how some people do not want to step into the kitchen because what requires to be done in the kitchen can be at times confusing. That’s why I’m always looking for easy & quick methods, and I LOVE to SIMPLIFY recipes I find. Not only I save time, I just want to avoid headaches in the kitchen! Once you learnt the little tips & tricks here & there, cooking will become less daunting and more fun!
What better way to learn how to save time & neat tips from the wonderful cooks behind some of the food blogs I love. These amazing food bloggers have so kindly share their secret time saving tips, which I found to be extremely useful. Do check out their amazing blogs and tell them Shannon sends you over. Continue Reading →
I am not here to preach, but I am sharing in this post the reason why in the past few years I am trying my best to shift from a typical city girl way of eating (fast food, processed, lots of junk) to one that is more focused on natural fresh food. Continue Reading →
I just recently went on a long break back to my hometown Penang. At the mention of Penang, most people would immediately think of Penang’s yummylicious hawker food – char koay teow, laksa, hokkien mee, nasi kandar, pasembur, etc. As a result of stuffing their face silly, some friends end up with indigestion at the end of their Penang trip! Seriously! Continue Reading →
Yesterday, I went for my weekly shopping at the pasar malam (Malaysian night market) and bought lots of fresh lovely produce. Even though it’s nicer and cooler to shop at the supermarket, I love going to the market. There’s something about buying fresh local produce at the morning market or pasar malam. I get to know the sellers, chit chat, sometimes even get tips & recipes and bargaining is fun!
Here I am at Taman Sri Serdang pasar malam, the prices are unbelievable! Continue Reading →
Make Yogurt Part of the Perfect Snack
Make the perfect snack by pairing homemade yogurt with a high-fiber food like fruit (fresh, frozen or dried) and/or a high-fiber (flaxseed, wheatgerm, bran, chia seed, sesame seed, etc) breakfast cereal. You can find many lower-sugar breakfast cereals/muesli. Or make your own granola.
Whip Up a Yogurt Drink or Lassi
Craving for smoothie? Give lassi a try. Make your smoothie creamy and thick by adding yogurt instead of ice cream. It’s usually lower in fat, saturated fat, and calories.
Customize Your Yogurt
If you want to create your own flavored yogurt, start with your favorite plain yogurt and stir in all sorts of foods and flavors. My favourite is using tropical seasonal fruits, which is easily accessible in Malaysia. Here are a few ideas: