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May 7, 2015

Osmanthus Flower Jelly with Wolfberries

Mothers in the world unite! Today’s recipe is dedicated to all the amazing mommies out there. Whichever age group you belong to, one thing we all have in common is we strive to keep ourselves healthy and vigor for our children and family, right?...
May 6, 2015

Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

If you are fan of Thai Laab (minced meat salad), then you will love this crispy fried version. The soul of this dish is the toasted sticky rice. It gives the pork that crunchy texture and roasted fragrance. Your laab wouldn’t be the same without it...
May 1, 2015

Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumlets

For those of you who had made the Christmas Tandoori Chicken, a big pat on the back! Thank you for all the positive comments and I’m so happy it worked out for you. If you are not aware by now, we love our Indian food. So much so I dedicated a shelf on my pantry just for Indian spices...
April 29, 2015

Spicy Glazed Candied Pecans

Few days ago, while topping up my baking supplies at Sun Lik, I chanced upon bags of pecan nuts in their fridge. My eyes immediately went “KLING!” and grabbed a bag. One thing I learn about storing nuts, (especially pecan and walnut) in our super humid weather is they need to be refrigerated. The last batch of pecan I bought at another place (no refrigeration) was a disappointment...
April 24, 2015

Simple No-Cook Penne Arrabbiata

What is Arrabbiata? For those who are not familiar with this word, “Arrabbiata” means “angry” in Italian. When translated into Italian cooking, it means a spicy tomato sauce made with garlic, tomatoes and red chili. Think pomodoro (tomato) sauce with a spicy kick...
April 22, 2015

Peri-Peri Chicken Drumlets (Nandos)

When Nando’s first opened up in Singapore on 2010, long snaking queues could be seen outside their first restaurant at Bugis Junction. Nando’s is famous for their Peri-Peri Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. Peri-Peri means African Bird’s Eye Chili. The secret of their success is in the peri-peri sauce...
April 17, 2015

Almost Famous Amos Cookies

I’m a Famous Amos cookie junkie. Especially the no-nut chocolate chip version. That way, I could enjoy the sweet, chocolatey, buttery goodness in every bite. While it is tempting to “up-size” the purchase (100 g free for every 300 g purchased), I was disciplined enough to buy no more than 100 g each time...
April 15, 2015

Frozen Watermelon Slushie

Watermelon is really one of my all-time favorite fruit. It’s juicy, sweet and so easy to eat. Tiger bought back a whole watermelon few days ago. After devouring ¾ of it, we are left with ¼ and it was then I decided to turn it into something else...
April 10, 2015

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Between Tiger (aka the love of life) and I, can you guess who the bigger sweet tooth in the family is? Judging from the way I phrased the question, quick witted readers would have gotten the answer right in a heartbeat. There’s no other way to describe except that I married an ice cream monster. A rather attractive one I must say. If the kitchen police were to raid our freezer, they would definitely find at least a tub (if not two) of frozen treat in there...
April 8, 2015

Tasty Pasta for Kids

Getting kids to eat their vegetables has always been an ongoing battle. I was a living example. I used to detest eating fibrous part of those pesky greens or really any other parts that didn’t resemble the leaves. Those were donkey years ago and now, I can’t live without my greens at every meal. Okay, enough about me...
April 3, 2015

Deep Fried Black Eyed Peas

If you are a food network junkie like me, you would've come across the segment “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” where star spangled chefs would describe their favorite food (mostly American) they would indulge in their free time...
April 1, 2015

Melt-in-your-mouth Pancakes

In my opinion, a good pancake should be light, fluffy and has an airy texture. To achieve melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, just remember these few tips...
March 27, 2015

Red Velvet Cupcake

There are many different versions of the origin of Red Velvet Cake but the truth is still a mystery. The rumored birthplace of the original recipe hovers between Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and Eaton’s department store bakery in Canada...
March 25, 2015

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mention any red velvet dessert and everyone would go “ooh “ and “ahh” over it, especially with the ladies. The color red usually represents passion, desire, romance and love, which pretty much checks every box of what we (women) fantasize in a relationship. What better way than to translate it through desserts, right?...
March 20, 2015

Street Food Style Pad Thai

Pad Thai is listed at number 5 on world’s 50 most delicious food. It’s not hard to imagine why. This delectable stir fry noodle dish is packed with intense flavor and utterly addictive. Pad Thai uses simple, everyday ingredients we can find in our local supermarkets so there is no reason not to try making it at home. The 'essence' of Pad Thai is really in the sauce – Tamarind paste...
March 20, 2015

Pad Thai Sauce

Besides using fresh ingredients, I believe the essence of a good Pad Thai is in its sauce. Best of all, it requires only 4 ingredients (minus the msg and other preservatives found in the readymade version)!...
March 18, 2015

Japanese Goma Dressing

Few weeks ago, Sis brought our Dad for some shopping therapy and they ended with dinner at a Japanese restaurant in town. Ever since, Dad has been raving about this “salad with special sauce”, where he cleaned up two bowls of it at a go. Now, Dad has never been a fan of salad (In fact, who is? Unless we are on a diet...okok I speak for myself only) so I was really curious to what kind of sorcery the chef performed on that salad...
March 13, 2015

Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffin

If there’s one cake I would bake over and over again, it would be this Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffin. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate, not to mention the number of chocoholics we have in this household...
March 11, 2015

Choux au Craquelin

What is Choux au Craquelin (pronounce shoo-o-krat-ker-lan)? They are baked mini cream puffs with a sweet, crackly, crunchy topping. Tiger (aka hubby) just could not get the pronunciation right and I've given up correcting him. At least I had a good laugh every time he tried...
March 6, 2015

Homemade Mandarin Orange Jam

What is your idea of a perfect breakfast? For me, that would be a nice, crispy slice of buttery toast, smothered with a thick layer of jam on top. So when Tiger (aka the hubby) asked me to make something with all the countless mandarin oranges we have lying around after Chinese New Year, this homemade mandarin orange jam seemed to be the logical choice!...
March 4, 2015

Candied Mandarin Orange Peel

Thanks to Chinese New Year, we always ended up with a lot of mandarin oranges lying around the house. I’ve also received several requests from BNF readers asking for ways to use them up. Hmm, first thought that came up to my mind was orange cake. But there’s only so many (which is not a lot) mandarin oranges you could use in a cake. I quickly strike it off from my mental checklist...
February 27, 2015

Crabmeat Chilli Pasta

Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese. It is the most important festival for us and during this period, indulging in festival food is a MUST for many of us. But as Shakespeare’s wrote: “Too much of a good thing...”.
February 25, 2015

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a classic American side dish that is no stranger to anyone in this world. But the question is, could you differentiate between good and bad mash? I’d like to think so. The texture of a good mash should be smooth, velvety and almost instantly disintegrate into a sheer bliss of buttery goodness once it hits the back of your tongue. The additional use of garlic gives this dish an elevated oomph...
February 17, 2015

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (笑口棗)

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (Siu Hao Zou in Cantonese) was one of the quintessential CNY goodies we had in our household during my childhood years. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to savor them anymore in the recent years. Being brought up in a typical Cantonese household, the traditional CNY goodies we had were Kok Zai (Mini Peanut Puffs), Jien Duy (Glutinous Sesame Balls), Nien Gou (Sticky Pudding), etc. Most of them were handmade by either mom, Godma or neighbors but they turned up their aprons long ago...