Mak Kimchi (Quick Cabbage Kimchi) – the spicy addictive Korean dish that you must absolutely try, with a dose of natural probiotics
After my 1st attempt at making kimchi with bok choy, I kinda become hooked. Actually Norbert loves it more than I do. We’ll eat it with everything from fried rice, noodle soups to pancakes, onigizaru, and, of course, straight out of the jar. This traditional Korean dish creates the healthy bacteria, Lactobacillus (the source of probiotics), during the fermentation process. When we eat fermented foods, it is almost like taking probiotic supplements, except it is delicious and far less expensive. Continue Reading →
The sun is out, weather is warmer, flowers are blooming and the doves can’t stop humping..
Hello spring. Continue Reading →
There is nothing nicer at the end of a long day than a bowl of homemade vegetable soup.
Norbert has been ailing by gout attack these past 3 weeks, which has only started to disappear into the 4th week. During his days working at the university bar, he must have over-drank his lifetime quota of beer (one of the causes for developing gout). Gout is a kind of arthritis, with sudden attack of swelling, burning pain of the joint. His affected toe was hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the bedsheet is intolerable. Gout occurs when urate crystals (formed by high levels of uric acid in the blood) accumulate in your joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain of a gout attack. Continue Reading →
This is what I crave for this month – a hearty bowl of Split Pea Soup, my take on Erwtensoep, the quintessential Dutch winter dish.
Happy New Year and greetings from a very cold day in the Netherlands. I know it’s almost the end of January but it is still a brand new year.
Gosh! So much has happened since I was last here. Continue Reading →
A flavorful, creamy and lip-smacking delicious dish from the humble and economical purple eggplants, that kept me going back for more.
I have been so busy recently, with testing recipes and teaching cooking classes, that I find myself getting less excited about cooking at home. Where has my kitchen mojo disappeared to? I wondered if this happens to chefs as well.. Hence it has been very often quick and simple recipes for me. And one of my favourite new finds is this Korean Style Steamed Eggplants, a flavorful, creamy tender vegetable dish that makes me go back for more and more. Continue Reading →
Simple made-ahead confit tomatoes and roasted capsicum can easily elevate your meals. Make some today.
Both confit tomatoes and roasted capsicum (bell peppers) are really easy made-ahead recipes that can be stored for a couple of days, lovely for all kinds of dishes (as side dish, garnish, crostini/pizza topping, in salads, toss into pasta, and as a base for sauce or dips). I love how both these two recipes can easily elevate my meal. Continue Reading →
An easy soup meal that’s packed with green goodness. You just need 1-2 seasonal vegetables and broth for this deliciously light and comforting 1 pot meal.
Hellooooo! Remember me? I’m baaaaack. I had a few things to take care of, like taking an exam, traveling back and forth between Rotterdam and KL for quite a bit. Oh, and I got married. Settling into married life and the traveling takes a while for me to get used to. I do not know how people with various holiday homes around the world do it, as I have yet to get used to living in 2 continents. I’m someone who needs a routine to stay grounded. Any advice is much welcomed! Continue Reading →
To resume blogging after a hiatus is harder that I thought. With many ongoing projects and remembering to get enough down time, writing for the blog became less of a priority. I have postponed writing too many times that I have to schedule in daily mandatory ‘writing’ time. Since my last post, I’m getting much better than expected, with occasional fatigue in between days. By following the new routine I’ve shared in my previous post and a careful intake of food, I’m feeling more energised and alert by the day. One of the things I’m doing to help with my digestion is increasing the intake of fermented or cultured food, that has beneficial bacteria. Continue Reading →
Scrumptious good-for-you Good Morning Muffins loaded with zucchini, carrots, buckwheat, chia seed and hemp seed. Best wheat free, gluten free, dairy free muffins ever.
When I’m in the mood, I would have non-stop recipe creation sessions and ended up with tons of food to giveaway. Sometimes (unlucky) friends would find the flavours too funky. The damn good ones like these Good Morning Muffins get responses like: “Oh My, these are so good, when are you baking another batch again? You should sell these. ” 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 →