Roasted Broccoli Salad

September 6, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 6 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 →

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 →

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 →

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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Vietnamese Crepes (Bánh Xèo)

June 24, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 6 Comments

Fresh, healthy and spectacularly satisfying Vietnamese street food that’s easy to recreate at home

Vietnamese Crepes (Bánh Xèo)

A crepe without egg and naturally gluten free? With a basic 2 ingredient (rice flour and coconut milk), you can make a savory and crispy Vietnamese crepe filled with shrimp, meat and veggies. Bánh Xèo is a sizzling crepe sold by street vendors in Vietnam. Ever since I had my first taste of Bánh Xèo in a Vietnamese restaurant in KL, I’ve been having cravings for it. You might have noticed on this blog that I LOVE Vietnamese cuisine. Continue Reading →

Spicy Kale Chips

June 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Crispy and chewy spicy kale chips baked in the oven, a healthy alternative to potato chips

Spicy Kale Chips

Who would have thought a leafy greens can become into crispy chips? It did sound strange when I read about it. The stranger it is, the more I have to give it a go. Continue Reading →

How to grow Kale in the Tropics

June 18, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 3 Comments

How to grow Kale in the Tropics

I first got to know about kale 2 years ago. Everyone – bloggers, online health sites, magazines and even chefs were raving about this super veggie. I had my first taste of kale last year during my Europe trip, and made it a point to get some seeds back to plant them. Many of you were curious how I grew this winter vegetable, so here’s my little guide on How To Grow Kale In The Tropics.   Continue Reading →

Spiced Quinoa, Spinach & Poached Egg with Tahini Sauce

June 15, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Spiced protein packed breakfast to rev up your day.

Spiced Quinoa, Spinach & Poached Egg with Tahini Sauce

After my 2 weeks cleanse, sweet breakfast seems so icky nowadays. Anything that’s sweetened, even honey, seems icky. Even my favourite big breakfast oats with fresh fruits or granola doesn’t seem very appetizing. Yay! after 30 something years my sweet tooth is gone (for good I hope). Continue Reading →

Flaked Seabass, Confit Tomatoes and Fennel Salad

June 7, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Quick and light fridge clean-out Fennel Salad

Flaked Seabass, Fennel & Confit Tomatoes Salad

Would you eat something you have not tried before? Or do you prefer sticking to things you are familiar with?

I’m always looking for new ingredients to try, crazy me. I get uber excited when I see something new. Which can (and already did) get out of control. My kitchen and fridge are filled with STUFF begging for me to use them. A bad habit that I’m slowly getting rid of and learning a new habit to only stock up the fresh produce when the fridge is empty. It has been working quite well and it’s quite surprising that the fridge clean-out recipes turned out better than expected. Continue Reading →

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