Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Raw Salted Caramel Nut Tart – a crunchy nutty tart with creamy sticky caramel flavours.
I always admire cooks that are good at both cooking and baking. It is, however more common to meet someone who is good at one or the other, just like myself. I’m not much of a baker and I have yet to develop the patience required for baking. I don’t mind taking a long time to prep for my savoury dish, but not for baking. I’m sure I’m not the only weird one 😀 Continue Reading →
Delightful and moist bejewelled Persimmon Bread-Cake. Hide it when you make it.
Persimmon. Sharon fruit. Kaki fruit. 柿子. I love thee.
When I was growing up, imported fruits were rare and precious as finances in my family were tight. The one I looked most forward to was persimmon, fresh or dried ones from China. Mama had since stopped buying the dried ones as she felt they might have added with some weird stuff. Most people I know enjoy the persimmon while it is still firm. Not me. I would reach for the ones that nobody wants – the ripest and the juiciest squishy soft ones. When fully ripe, it is as sweet as honey with heady pungent deep sugary aroma. One gentle bite into the ripe squishy fruit will result in ultra sweet flowing juices. Absolutely divine.. Continue Reading →
Make these Almond Cranberry Salted Chocolate Bark. Easy beautiful edible gifts in 10 minutes.
It’s that time of year again – gifting time! I do not celebrate Christmas, I just enjoy joining in the joy of the year end festivities and gifting. I’m not very good at gift shopping – I always struggle to think of what to get someone & the frugal me dislike the thought my gift being stored away and never used.
I personally think the best gifts are edible ones. However most of the time, the edible gifts are unhealthy commercial sweets or cookies. One or two of these is OK, too much of it will make you feel unhealthy. The good news is there are many healthy and delicious edible gifts you can make. Friends who received my Passion Fruit Vinegars last year, kept requesting for them. Sorry, I make different gifts every year. You can get more ideas on my posts Homemade Edible Gift Ideas and 30 Healthy Dessert Ideas. People love receiving gifts when it’s been made with love. Yes, I know you don’t have time to make your own gifts, neither do I. But a lot of them are sooo quick and easy, like my previous No Bake Coconut Cranberry Seed Bars recipe. And so are these Chocolate Bark. You can make them in bulk, and add personalised topping. Continue Reading →
Fragrant and addictive coconut cranberry seed bar. Easy no bake munchies in 10 minutes. Refined sugar free, grain free, nut free, dairy free
Finally, I’ve discovered an awesome a no-bake bar recipe for you. And I have to warn you – these Coconut Cranberry Seed Bars are pretty addictive!
I’ve made these no-bake bars a couple of times, usually with oats, nuts & seeds. For this recipe, I made it with grain and nut free, so it can be enjoyed by everyone. As it’s that time of the year, I thought the addition of white from coconut flakes and red from dried cranberries would give it a festive feel. The finished product didn’t turn out as I earlier envisioned. In fact, it was even better with the specks of white sesame against the green pumpkin seeds and red dried cranberries. Perfect! And the fragrant coconut flakes just made me wanting to go back for more, over and over until I have to tell myself to stop. A couple of times 😀 Continue Reading →
Banana Spirulina Smoothie packed with healthy fats, good carbohydrate, complete protein and green boost to fuel your day and workout.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Tracy took me along to her personal training session as her husband could not make it to that session. Honestly, I’ve not been actively working out this year, just some occasional yoga practice, morning walks at the park, hike or swim. As I don’t like working out in the gym, a part of me dreaded a killer session but a part of me was so looking forward to it because I’ve been wanting to firm and strengthen my body, especially the arms and abs. Continue Reading →
This is my typical daily Big Breakfast Oats, except it looks like a pile of mess on most days (like my Banana Oatmeal recipe). This is my evolved breakfast oatmeal. I used to burnt my oatmeal.. quite often.. sigh.. I’ve received enough stern looks. I’m really bad at multitasking – cooking rolled oats on stove while brushing my teeth or picking my clothes. Without knowing it, something smelt burnt. My poor pot has seen better days. Continue Reading →
My digestion has acted up quite badly from early this year, causing me restless nights and fatigue relapse. My road to recovery from leaky gut is ongoing since 2 years, thus having the bloating symptoms reoccur can be frustrating. Having planned many great projects this year, I felt disappointed when things are not going well in that direction. When I get a bit better, I just pushed & overworked my body. Then the body breaks down again. Continue Reading →
The Cakap Makan bloggers community on FB have been buzzing about the exotic Middle Eastern ingredients for the Asian Food Fest: West Asia blog event that I’m hosting this month. A lot of them have never tasted middle eastern food, let alone know where to buy those exotic ingredients like sumac, zaatar and pomegranate molasses. As I was going to Suria (a middle eastern grocer in KL) to get some cheese and olives, I offered to get sumac for Lena of Frozen Wings. To my amusement, Suria only sell one size pack sumac (500g is a HUGE pack), I shared them with a few friends and searched for recipes to use up the balance of my portion. Sumac is a decorative bush that grows wild throughout the Middle East and parts of Italy. The dark purple-red berries are sold dried or ground and have a fruity, astringent taste. If you can’t find sumac, the closest substitute is ground black pepper and lemon zest. This Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds from Jerusalem is absolutely addictive because of sharp freshness of sumac and chili flakes. I’ve never thought chili would go so well in a salad. Continue Reading →
This Banana Pancake recipe isn’t exactly a pancake, but it’s shaped like a pancake, eaten like a pancake, just sans the flour in recipe. Yes you heard me. Flourless pancake, just banana and eggs, and taste just as delicious. Whoever created this recipe is a genius.
Now don’t you agree everyone could use less flour in their food intake. Even though I am intolerant to wheat, I still substitute wheat with other grain flours like rice, buckwheat, millet and sorghum. Whole-kernel grains does conceal an array of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. But when machines pulverize kernels into flour, even whole-grain flour, what’s left behind is a starchy powder capable of wreaking havoc on the body. Continue Reading →
Don’t laugh. I brought 1kg of my granola on my Europe vacation. As most breakfast options in Europe are wheat based food, my granola was my breakfast, my snack- sprinkled on yogurt parfait and my traveling munchies.
I love making big batches of granola. But sometimes there’s not enough ingredients to make a big batch. Or it’s just too hot to turn on the oven. Or the oven broke down, just like mine did after I came back from vacation. Continue Reading →