Easy weekday meal of teriyaki salmon, steamed bok choy and egg rice bowl.
Fish appears often on my weekly meal, mostly local fish like mackerel, sea bass, sardines and red snapper. About once a month, salmon is my treat as they are not cheap in this part of the world. Like most families of Chinese descent, I grew up eating fish dishes almost daily because of the belief that fish helps us become smarter -> better grades -> better jobs -> better life. Yes, Chinese are always being made fun of for only thinking about studying and making more money. I wouldn’t deny that for the majority of Chinese descendants. Continue Reading →
Easy hearty one-pot comfort meal packed with good-for-you multi-grains and enzyme-rich miso.
There’s something comforting about a bowl of piping hot porridge, even on hot days. On days when I’m under the weather, tired, or just do not feel like cooking, rice porridge is one of my go-to meal. Spinach porridge, chicken porridge, fish porridge or egg & pepper porridge. My current favourite is Multigrain Miso Porridge, which I’m loving for breakfast too. Continue Reading →
Hot, spicy and sour Thai-Style Kelp Noodle Salad, with crunchy cashew, fresh salads and juicy seafood. Every bite bursting with flavour and texture.
I first heard about Kelp noodles from my raw food teacher Daniw Arrazola. It was the ‘noodle’ ingredient in the raw noodle recipe that she taught, but Fine Organic Gallery that sold it ran out of stock. Luck was not on my side after a couple of times of dropping by that shop, but it never occur to me to pre-order it as it wasn’t something I urgently wanted to try. Continue Reading →
Easy and healthy creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup, that’s bold and rich with Asian flavours.
This Spicy Pumpkin Soup is one of recipes that I teach in my class and demonstration. Most pumpkin soup recipes are loaded with cream, but this Spicy Pumpkin Soup is a healthy soup recipe, bold and rich with Asian flavours. It is gluten free, vegan and a comfort to the soul. The participants love how quick and healthy it is; and packed with bold flavours. Continue Reading →
Turn earthy nutty buckwheat pancake into stove top pizza loaded with goodness!
It might seem strange to some, but I don’t miss any food made with wheat. This would be an utterly absurd thought when I was first told by my naturopath 3 years ago to omit wheat among a few other food groups. I was whining and protesting. I thought I would literally “die” without bread, cakes, pasta and noodles. I wanted progress, to get better, and yet detested change. Humans are strange beings, aren’t we? Change is scary, and until we are forced to change, until we feel the pain, most of us prefer our safety net – clinging to the things we are familiar with.
Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are, for what you could become.
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Roasted broccoli salad tossed with mustard vinaigrette. You might never want to eat broccoli cooked any other way again.
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 →
Crispy Spiced Quinoa Cakes – great as snack with a squeeze of lemon juice or addition to any meal
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 – a no-fuss, super easy salmon & vegetables dish, that’s gently steamed for a tender and flavorful salmon.
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 – 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.
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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Fresh, healthy and spectacularly satisfying Vietnamese street food that’s easy to recreate at home
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 →