Green Mango with Fish Sauce

September 12, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 2 Comments

Sour, tart, crunchy and pungent green mango with spicy, sweet, salty and sourish sauce – an explosion in your mouth.

Green Mango with Fish Sauce

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 →

Grilled Plantains (Pisang Tanduk)

July 25, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 6 Comments

Caramelised grilled plantain with a dab of butter & brown sugar. So easy & DAMN DELICIOUS

Grilled Plantains

The first time I tasted the delicious plantain was in a Suriname shop in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (or commonly known as Holland). Bakabana is the Surinamese version of fried banana, but with plantain dipped in batter and fried, and some places serve it with spicy peanut sauce. As part of South America was under the Dutch colonization, the Dutch, too, brought other colonies (Indonesian & East Indian) influences to Suriname during the colonization years. That explains the Indonesian style peanut sauce with the plantain. Continue Reading →

Homemade Passion Fruit Vinegar | Fruit Vinegar

December 9, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 13 Comments

Homemade Passion Fruit Vinegar

Drinking vinegar isn’t something new. History buffs are probably aware of posca which was drunk in Ancient Greece and Rome. In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it was used not only in cuisine but also for medical purposes for centuries until now. In feudal times, Japanese samurai warriors carried vinegar mixed with water into battle as a tonic to fight fatigue. There are also a variety of benefits claimed from stimulating appetite to beautiful skin. Continue Reading →

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

November 15, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 5 Comments

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Grandpa loves to give away his papayas (pardon the pun) everything I visit. and I’ve made many visit since last year, hence papaya overload. He has 3 papaya trees in his backyard which he is extremely proud of. I do not understand why he loves planting just papaya and sugar apple trees in his huge backyard, I love other fruits too like mango, rambutan and passion fruits. Maybe I’ll sneak in a mango tree next time I’m back.

Last weekend, I took back an unripe (green) papaya to make Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Continue Reading →

Mango Pomelo Salad

August 6, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 15 Comments

Time sure flies.. and it’s already one year into blogging. It’s a year of personal growth, lots of joy and some tears, this blog has been a very fulfilling journey for me, something I have not felt in a long time. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved with this new hobby – be it cooking or photography. Occasionally, mama would ask “Why are you spending so much time with cooking new recipes and taking photos?” Being a typical asian mother that has gone through a hard life, she is always concerned about spending time on activities that does not translate into income generation. Mama, not everything is about money. Continue Reading →

Passion Fruit Yogurt Parfait

April 26, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 9 Comments

I was choosing some local passion fruits at the fruit stall. One elderly lady came and very quickly piled up her big basket with what looked like 3 kg of passion fruits. My eyes went wide open “Aunty, why you buy so many fruits? to make dessert?” “Oh we eat a lot daily, it’s very good for you” and went on with a long list of benefits – good for the heart, helps constipation, high antioxidant, helps to sleep, etc.

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