Non-Alcoholic Kefir Sangria – a refreshingly delicious mocktail that’s great for entertaining and even good for you!
This year’s real summer in The Netherlands has finally arrived. At the end of August for 2 consecutive weeks, the weather has been above 30C. That indeed calls for a real celebration. I bet everyone is staying outdoor and soaking up every single ray of sun that comes out that day.
During our Barcelona vacation 2 summers ago, sangria, wine and cava were flowing everywhere. Every day felt like a celebration. I enjoyed how refreshing it is to sip a glass of sangria, the Spanish punch with wine, and munch on the luscious assortment of fruits that gets ladled into each glass. Though I can’t take alcohol well, the vacation mood got the better of me and had a few too many. Things didn’t end up pleasantly (at least it was not pleasant for a non-drinker like me)… Since then, half a glass of wine is the max for me. And no alcohol for Norbert too because of his gout. Continue Reading →
Raw Chia Jam is an easy low-sugar alternative to regular jam. 3 Ingredients + 5 minutes. Do you have 5 minutes to spare?
3 ingredients and 5 minutes. That is all you need for the easiest jam recipe ever with much lower sugar level compared to regular jam. You are in control of what goes into your chia jam, as well as the type of sweetener to use.
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Fresh Fruits Crumble – an absolutely genius recipe to enjoy the heavenly seasonal fruits.
Fresh fruits platter for dessert. That’s what most Chinese community including myself grew up with. Easy, light, sweet and yummy… In my humble opinion, a fresh fruits platter makes a great dessert or snack. But the western community seems to be puzzled with our idea of dessert. “Here you go, cut apples for your dessert”. That wouldn’t go too well to impress your guests, would it?
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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 →
Delightfully moist Banana Bread Muffins with Macadamia Nuts & Dark Chocolate, cute single serving that is a great grab-and-go snack.
What a month it has been. I have some very exciting news to share. Sorry for diverting a little bit. A production company contacted me a while back if I were keen to appear on Chef Luke Nguyen’s show in KL. Being a fan of his tv shows, my favourite being Luke Nguyen‘s Vietnam, naturally I said yes! I was among a few other bloggers showing Luke our favourite secret Malaysian eats and street food vendors. The filming in KL is one of the episodes for Street Food Asia airing next year. It was awesome to find out that Luke just exactly like how he is on tv, very down to earth and funny, though behind the scenes he takes his work very seriously. Just having the experience of showing Luke our delicious Malaysian food is priceless and fun. Crossing my fingers that my few seconds on the show, does not get cut out by the director. Continue Reading →
A healthy treat that makes you wanna to lick them clean and leaves you feeling good!
When I have excess bananas and they are ripening at a faster rate than I can finish them, I would normally make banana bread, or cut them into bite size pieces and freeze them. Those frozen bananas will come in handy for instant, soft serve ‘one ingredient ice cream‘ on hot days. It is not exactly ice-cream per say, but they are a super creamy, delicious and healthy treat.. Hence, someone came up with the term ‘nice’ cream. Continue Reading →
Mildly sweetened and sourish Wild Berry flavours with fragrant crumby crust, it was like eating berry cookies.
One of the cool thing about the summer in The Netherlands is foraging for blackberries (bramen in Dutch). I would grumble about erratic Dutch summer (mostly cold, windy and rainy) but all would be forgotten when the wild blackberries bushes are spotted. I even picked them in the rain! I can so imagine my mama frowning and nagging me about getting myself caught in the rain. And there was the time where I ignored my broken heel and party dress, and only focusing on berry picking. Haha.. the power of food.. 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 →
Sweet sour sticky Honey Lemon Chicken without the mess of deep frying. Delicious, easy & healthy weekday meal
Honey chicken is apparently a very popular Chinese restaurant dish in the West, as well as a popular take-out meal. Another similar chicken recipe created by the West is Lemon Chicken. Both dishes are deep fried and coated with delicious sticky sauce. However both dishes did not originate from China, as honey or lemon ingredient is not common in traditional Chinese cooking, but they are nonetheless delicious. Continue Reading →
Sour, tart, crunchy and pungent green mango with spicy, sweet, salty and sourish sauce – an explosion in your mouth.
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 →