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December 25, 2015

Savory Crispy Cheese Cookies

This Christmas, I’ve decided to make these Savory Crispy Cheese Cookies over the usual sugar cookies. You’ll need only six ingredients to pull off this recipe. These cheese cookies have a crisp texture on the outside and crumbly on the inside. I love munching on them with a piping cup of hot tea. They are good, and I mean it...
December 23, 2015

Easy Roasted Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Making these easy roasted garlic button mushrooms never fails to disappoint. At least in our household. They are perfect as a side dish to go with just about any type of protein, a great dinner party starter or simply on its own...
December 18, 2015

Crispy Thai Shrimp Cake

This Crispy Thai Shrimp Cake is yet another crowd-pleasing appetizer and my favorite item to order whenever we are at Thai restaurants. This version requires no corn starch or flour so it is important to use the freshest prawns / shrimps you could get your hands on. The trick to achieving the “QQ” or bouncy effect with every bite is to “grab and slam” the prawn mixture against the bowl for several times...
December 16, 2015

No-knead Crusty Artisan Bread

When I saw the No-knead description, I was immediately sold. Believe it or not, I’m still trying overcome the fear of kneading dough for 10 mins with my bare hands. And no, I don’t have a bread machine. There is really not much arm muscle strength involved at all, maybe only when I was transporting my cast iron pot into the oven. The recipe requires the use of Dutch oven (I used a 5-quart size cast iron pot) but if you do not have it, fret not. You could use an oven safe dish with a lid, Pyrex baking dish covered tightly with aluminum foil, stainless steel pot with a lid...
December 11, 2015

Cuban Mojo Marinated Roast Pork

If you have watched “Chef”, then you must know this Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork is from that movie. The consultant chef in that movie is super generous to share his recipe! If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to buy the Blue-Ray/ DVD or download it (legally). I wouldn’t spoil the plot for you but a piece of warning - don’t watch with an empty stomach. ..
December 9, 2015

Japanese Corn Potage

If you are corn-lover like me, then you MUST make this Japanese Corn Potage. Corn Potage is a creamy corn soup made popular by Japanese. In fact, it is so popular in Japan, they are sold in vending machines. Making this sweet, velvety comfort soup takes only 20 mins and I love to freeze the leftover (if any) and enjoy it on a rainy day...
December 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Fruit Cake

I’ve been receiving multiple requests from BNF fans requesting for a fruit cake recipe. After multiple researches and few recipe tests, I’m proud to present you this Quick and Easy Christmas Fruit Cake. Actually, you could enjoy this rich and ultra-moist fruit cake anytime of the year but since Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to make this for my dad-in-law who is a huge fan of fruit cakes...
December 2, 2015

Croquetas de Jamón

Tapas-style eateries have been sprouting up in our sunny island for a while now and it seems like the trend is here to stay. If you are not familiar with the term, think of Tapas as the Spanish version of Dim Sum. Call me greedy but I love the idea of ordering small plates of savory food and be able to enjoy the different variety in one single meal. One of the must-order items on my Spanish tapas list is Croquetas de Jamón. As much as I love having them outside, it makes much more economical sense to make them at home...
November 27, 2015

Dark Chocolate Roulade with Roasted Strawberry Mousse

The name of the recipe post “Dark Chocolate Roulade with Roasted Strawberry Mousse” might sound all fancy and stuff but do not be intimated. It is really an easy-to make flour-less sponge chocolate roll filled with (lots of) light wondrous whipped cream and roasted strawberries. I decided to use a flour-less recipe for the cake as I prefer it to be lighter side and also for anyone who is looking for a gluten-free dessert recipe. Since Christmas is around the corner, this would make a wonderful dessert and centerpiece at lunch or dinner. A homemade cake just brings special joy to the holidays. The cake would not be completed without blanketing it with a layer of decadent dark chocolate fudge all over and to create that Yule Log effect, I used a fork to give it the signature peeling bark look...
November 25, 2015

Stuffed French Toast Roll Ups

Sliced bread is one of the most common breakfast items we have at home. But have you ever come across this problem where the last few slices are always left untouched? Well, at least that was what happened in BNF household.Thanks to mom’s constant waste-no-food drilling, I often save up the last few slices in the fridge and use them to make these Stuffed French Toast Roll Ups...
November 23, 2015

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

I can’t believe I’ve missed making these Balsamic Roasted Strawberries most part of my life. Well, as they say - better late than never (who is they anyway??).Roasting strawberries not only releases their natural sweetness, it also intensifies the flavor and create that syrupy jammy goodness. The acidity in the balsamic vinegar lends a slight tang to create an overall sweet and tangy mouthfeel. These balsamic roasted strawberries are perfect to go with your ice-cream, in your yogurt, on top of your breakfast pancakes and even in cakes...
November 20, 2015

Crispy Tofu Cakes

Mention Tofu and most people would not describe this soy product as tasty. In fact, tofu itself is pretty neutral-tasting. However, there are tons of ways to spice up this nutritious and versatile ingredient and these crispy tofu cakes is one of them.
November 19, 2015

Restaurant Review: Sync Korean Tapas and Bar (Singapore)

Besides spending time (a lot of it) in the kitchen, weekend is the time I could unwind and one of my favorite activities is to try out new eateries and restaurants with the family. Of course there are hits and misses on our weekly food adventure, I would love to share with you our unbiased two-cent worth experiences. Disclaimer: I’m not a food critic, but I do love to eat!The first restaurant I would like to talk about is Sync Korean Tapas Bar at Serangoon Gardens Estate. I chanced upon it when I was reading a food and travel magazine and that very weekend, we made a reservation and headed over...
November 18, 2015

Crunchy Corn Fritters

In South East Asia, we are huge on corn so it is no surprise there are many different delicious versions of crunchy corn fritters from Indonesia, Thailand, India, etc. Using fresh corn kernels is vital for sweet, fresh and juicy corn fritters. They are really inexpensive and packed with tons of antioxidant benefits.
November 13, 2015

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies

I can’t believe this post never made it out sooner. I think this is one of those recipes I reckon is so common I didn’t think anyone would be interested. Until now. Besides my Easy Banana Chocolate Sheet Cake, these Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies is the other most requested pot-luck dessert from hosts of dinner parties I’ve attended/will be attending soon to bring along. Even for those parties I was not invited to. (kidding, it was for my mom-in-law’s gatherings and I have no intention to gate crash any of them, hee hee).
November 11, 2015

Banana Bread Cookies

Even though they are called Banana Bread Cookies (mainly because of the shape), the texture are super fluffy, moist and almost cake-like. Thanks to the use of the super ripe banana, they smelled and tasted 99% like banana bread. I can’t help but to open the cookie jar every now and then to get a whiff of that addictive aroma.
November 6, 2015

“Oh My Garlic Goodness!” Noodles

The hype of Louisiana-Style Cajun seafood restaurants serving fresh and hearty seafood has been sweeping our shores since a couple years back and one of my favorite restaurants has got to be Dancing Crab. The no-frills concept is pretty straight-forward. Choose the choice of seafood (crabs, prawns, mussels, etc), type of sauce (their signature sauce is really awesome) and the whole bag of seafood is emptied on your table. It’s all about getting those fingers dirty and working. Last heard, the laid-back American restaurant has already ventured into the shores of Jakarta and Tokyo, well done!Anyhow, today’s post is not about crabs. In fact, garlic noodles is one of my favorite side items to have...
November 4, 2015

Easy and Smooth Hummus

When we were having our honeymoon in Greece years ago, hummus was one item I always had to order at all the eateries we went (tzatziki was the other). I just can’t get enough of this creamy, garlicky and zesty dip. I love to spread it on warm toasty pieces of pita bread or just eat it on its own. Hummus actually means “chickpeas” in Arabic. In terms of nutrition, this humble-looking dip is high in protein, fibre and has a solid reputation as one of the healthiest foods in the clean-eating community.
November 2, 2015

Homemade Tahini

This homemade tahini is incredibly easy to make and super-friendly to your pocket too. Store bought versions usually cost over $10 for a tiny jar. I used this for my upcoming Easy and Smooth Hummus recipe this Wednesday. There are many ways to use this beautiful paste. I.e salad dressing, sauce, or even in desserts...
October 30, 2015

Easy Sandwich Bread

Anyhow, I’ve always been very very reluctant to jump into the bandwagon of bread-making. 1) I do not owe a bread-making machine. 2) Waiting 3 hours for the dough to rise is something I do not look forward to 3) What if after spending all that time and effort, the end result is not what I expected? If you realize, there is a very lacking category space for bread in my blog. Until now...
October 28, 2015

Instant Geotjeori (Instant Kimchi)

Love your kimchi but wish to skip the whole fermentation process? Then this Instant Geotjeori (Instant Kimchi) is just for you. In less than an hour, you’ll be able to savor fresh and crunchy kimchi that is packed with sweet, salty, spicy and tangy flavor.
October 23, 2015

Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies

If you have made my Outrageous Chocolate Cookies or Red velvet Chocolate Chips Cookies (hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!), you should know my immense love for soft and chewy cookies. Not to mention chocolatey.The craze for adding salt to desserts has been going on for quite some time (salted caramel being the top favorite combination). Since Tiger and meh-bear are salted dessert junkies, I decided to jump into the bandwagon and make these salted chocolate brownie cookies for them...
October 21, 2015

Cream Cheese filled Banana Cake

Couple of days ago, I was doing my weekend grocery run and guess what? There were a few big bags of ripe bananas sitting at the fruits weighing station, crying out “Buy Me”, with a price tag of $2 bucks! The offer was too irresistible and since we are huge banana fans, it would be fitting to add that bag into our grocery cart...
October 16, 2015

Crispy Pan Fried Ddeokbokki

If you don’t already know, I’m a super-duper big fan of Korean food. Do you know they actually serve different banchan (small side dishes) to Korean customers vs non-Korean customers in Korean restaurants? I contemplated so many times to learn Korean language so I could order in Korean and hopefully pass off as one, so they’ll serve me those secret speakeasy side dishes. Tiger thinks I’m Crazy – with a capital C.