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December 10, 2014

Christmas Tandoori Roasted Chicken

The usual protein suspects you see at Christmas dinners are either ham or roasted chicken. To be honest, I think it is a little too predictable. This season, I’m looking for something with a little more kick and yet, able to maintain that Christmassy feel at the dinner table...
December 8, 2014

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Bruschetta

Go to any Italian restaurants and you’ll probably find Bruschetta (Bru-sketta) listed in the Antipasti (Appetizers) section of the menu. A basic bruschetta mainly involves rubbing raw garlic on grilled bread with toppings of chopped tomatoes with basil. While the basic version is absolutely delicious, it often leaves a strong garlicky scent in our breath (courtesy of the raw garlic)...
December 5, 2014

Classic French Onion Soup

The usual way of making classic french onion soup is by sautéing the onions, adding red wine, stock and simmer until ready. I was doing that for the last 10 years until recently, I’ve discovered a “classic restaurant” method, thanks to YouTube. I’ve been following this channel 'CookinginRussia' for a while and this guy (I still don’t know his name though) apparently have many years of experience cooking in restaurants all over the world and now has settled in Russia cooking for private guests. This soup was even served at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant...
December 3, 2014

Profiteroles

This is one of my all-time favorite dessert to bring to Christmas parties. I fell in love with Profiteroles when I tried them in Italy a decade ago. Profiteroles are basically cream puffs or as the French would say “choux à la crème (shoo ah lah krem) filled with either whipped cream, custard, ice cream, drizzled with warm chocolate sauce on top...
December 1, 2014

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

There is no other way to describe these cookies except they are insanely good. I’m still on a chocolate-high while writing this (just ate two of them). The ratio of chocolate in this recipe exceeded any other chocolate recipes I’ve ever come across...
November 28, 2014

Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns

I’m pretty sure this dish is no stranger to many of us, especially if you are an avid Hong Kong traveler like me. Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns originated from Hong Kong and the original version is made using crabs. After watching a short video clip, which featured one of the founding restaurants for this dish, the open secret in making this iconic dish is deep frying all the ingredients (sauces included) in a large pot of oil and throwing in heaps of minced garlic along the way...
November 27, 2014

Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes (Lolla)

Duck fat. The mere sound of it is enough to put off health fanatics. I used to think duck fat belongs to the same category as lard, butter or those bad saturated fats. Thankfully, the record was set straight by nutritionists and health professors. Duck fat rank sits between olive oil and butter...
November 26, 2014

Stuffed Baked Mushrooms

I could almost smell Christmas around the corner! Well, actually it is still a month away and technically, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow but since I’ve a few Christmas dinner parties lined up already, I’m wasting no time working on my menu! The thing about throwing dinner parties is we have to make sure most of the food could be prepared ahead of time, impress our guests and taste good at room temperature...
November 24, 2014

Homemade Pomodoro Sauce

So hubby texted me a few days ago: “The SAUCES recipe index on your blog looks very sad.” Immediately, I was hit by a sense of guilt. Couple of months ago, he bought half a dozen of mason jars for me as I had ambitious plans on making different kind of pasta sauces which I could store in the fridge and use them to whip up quick meals. He is a huge fan of tomato based sauces. I guess I’ve conveniently locked those plans far far away in my memory bank...
November 21, 2014

Watermelon Cookies

Chanced upon this super kawaii ("adorable" or "cute" in Japanese) watermelon cookies recipe while I was doing some research online. My immediate thought was: “Looks so complicated, too difficult to make..don’t think they'll taste good”...
November 19, 2014

Breaded Mushrooms

Occasionally, I would cave in to “comfort food” cravings. Accordingly to Mr. Wiki (Wikipedia), comfort food is food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it, frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation...
November 18, 2014

Moist Chocolate Cake

I know many people are obsessed with light, spongy, fluffy, chiffon cakes. This recipe is quite the total opposite, so am I. I’m obsessed with dark, rich, moist cake. Oh, and it MUST be chocolate. I can’t think of any other cakes that are dark. Today is my hubby’s birthday, who just turned 30-something today (not sure if he wants me to mention his age here hee hee)...
November 17, 2014

Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel is another of my favorite childhood dessert. I remember helping mom mixing the instant powder (vaguely recall the brand to be White Wings?) into hot water and separating them into small bowls to set in the fridge. Yeah, unlike the “strawberry generation” these days, during my time, we gotta work hard for our meals (haha, okok, maybe a little exaggerated but you get the idea )...
November 14, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I miss Mrs Fields’ cookies! Those chewy, moist, soft baked gooey cookies are to die for! No, I don’t work for them. I’m only responsible for contributing to their profit margin. Sadly, they are not available here anymore...
November 12, 2014

No-machine Vanilla Ice Cream

I can safely say vanilla is the most universally accepted ice-cream flavor. Notice how pies, crumbles, brownies are always paired with vanilla flavored ice-cream? I rest my case. From my chocolate ice-cream post last month, there were requests for a no-machine recipe. So as promised, here is one using only 3 ingredients! The result of this product is smooth and creamy, giving the machine-churned ice cream a run for their money.
November 10, 2014

Tom Yum Goong

I used to think making Tom Yum soup from scratch requires many man hours. Boy, was I wrong! Not only it is easy-peasy but I can also control the amount of heat / chilli level that goes inside. You see, we (hubby and I) are sissies when it comes to eating spicy food but yet we love them. How contradicting, eh?
November 7, 2014

Super Moist Banana Cake

What’s the difference between banana bread and cake? They are almost similar except a subtle difference in the taste and texture. Banana bread is not as sweet as banana cake and has a heavier and drier texture. Banana cake, being a cake, embraces the full sweetness of a dessert (of course, you could adjust the sugar level) and is generally lighter and moist...
November 5, 2014

Isan-styled Grilled Mushrooms

Mention Thai food and thoughts of Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, etc spring to my mind. However, do you know the genres of Thai Food? I admit I wasn’t that well versed until a couple of years ago when one of my Thai friends gave me a quick rundown on it. Apparently, Thai food is categorized as Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Aahaan Dtaam Song (General Thai food) and Isan. I was very intrigued in finding out more about Isan food...
November 3, 2014

Hearty Tomato Corn Chowder

I love shopping. Some of the brands I totally adore are Ghirardelli, Valrhona, Barilla, etc. Oh, right…I forgot to mention grocery shopping, that is :-P. Cold Storage, NTUC and Giant are my favourite haunts. You can find me there at least 4 times a week. There’s just a minor problem – I end up getting more items than I should. What started out as an innocent trip to get a couple of items always ended up with a trolley of ten other things...
October 31, 2014

Halloween Edition: Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

I can’t remember when the last time I celebrated Halloween was. Wait...I remember - 2009 Halloween Horrors @ Night Safari. Both daughter and I were dressed up as a pirate and fairy respectively. Haha, not that crazy but at least we bothered to. Now that she’s in her teens, the last thing she would want is to hang out with her mom. Oh well, I’ve been through that stage...
October 30, 2014

Upgraded Garlic Bread

Who doesn't like garlic bread? The only ones I know are Vampires? Or are they Draculas? I always get them mixed up. I wonder what will happen if I serve some to the zombies?? Oops..been watching too many zombie shows lately. Can't help it, hubby is a big zombie fan...
October 29, 2014

Homemade Ferrero Rocher

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October 28, 2014

All about MUSHROOMS

Who doesn't like mushrooms? Okay, I’m sure there are plenty of mushroom-haters out there but I just haven’t met one yet. So today’s article is a tribute to all mushroom lovers out there. We all love our mushroom soups, stuffed baked mushrooms, risotto porcini, truffles (mmm…), etc but do you know the health benefits these fungi offer? How to store / clean them and what are the different types available here? Let’s read on!
October 27, 2014

Lemon Squares

Robertson’s lemon curd. Does it ring a bell to anyone? It was certainly one of my childhood favorite jam spread (the other is Marmite – I know, I know, some of you are going “ewww”). Sadly, I can’t find the lemon curd here anymore. I still remember collecting all those golliwog batches that we redeemed by peeling off the tokens from the jar labels. I must’ve been about 8 years old? Too long to even remember...