The early autumn here is rather strange – some days are ‘cold-to-the-bones’ and some days are warm like summer. Hence the plants in my allotment are not doing too well. If your garden still has some tomatoes, it’s lovely to use them in Gazpacho, Spanish Cold Tomato Soup. 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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The sun is out, weather is warmer, flowers are blooming and the doves can’t stop humping..
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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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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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