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January 7, 2015

Just Gathering A Few Things Here ‘n There

Hi dear readers! As we start upon this new year, I am so excited to share with you my upcoming lineup of fabulous new recipes and dishes! Can't wait!But first, I am going to do a little stock take of the Bear Naked kitchen ...
January 2, 2015

Dark Chocolate Mousse

2015! First of all, a very Happy New Year to all BNF readers! 2014 was the birth of Bear Naked Food site and I couldn’t have made it without the support from readers and fans like you. So a very BIG thank you as well!...
December 31, 2014

Mini Fruit Tarts

Recently over dinner, father-in-law requested for some mini fruit tarts the next day. I can’t help but to sweat a little. The last time I ate (not make) fruit tarts was like eons ago. They are basically short-crusted pastries filled with a light custard and topped with fresh fruits. I remember having them for quite a bit back when I was a kid. You see, FIL is an extremely amazing man with vast years of knowledge and with that, he has also acquired a very sharp and discerning palette...
December 29, 2014

Coconut Sorbet

This is probably one of the simplest ice cream I ever made. The texture is lighter than the usual custard based ice cream (thanks to the coconut water) and it is really a cross between a sorbet and ice cream. This recipe is perfect for newly acquired ice cream machine owners or novice ice cream makers.
December 26, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since the banana cake is such a hit in our household and I've lost track of how many times I made it, I felt I needed to switch things around before anyone gets sick of it. How else could I create this moist and decadent goodness into other varieties? Quick check with google and muffin came up to be on top of the list. To be honest, I’m not a big fan on muffins. They tend to be dense, buttery and I don’t know, just not my type of “cake”. When I made a test batch of these banana chocolate chip muffins, I wasn’t too hopeful...
December 25, 2014

Banana Mango Crumble (PS. Café)

Being an avid dessert lover, I’m surprised I did not come across this delicious combination sooner. I was catching up with one of my besties over dinner at PS. Café and was ready to throw in the white towel after stuffing ourselves with soups, truffle fries, pasta and pies, when she insisted we had to order this dessert. “Okay, just one bite” I told myself. Well, you could guess what happened after...
December 22, 2014

Nutella Banana Upside down Cake

An upside down cake is simply a cake turned over and served upside down. The base is lined with a layer of fruit (usually pineapples) covered in butter and sugar. In case you have leftover Nutella lying around at home (like me) and in the mood for baking, try making this Nutella Banana Upside down Cake, which is an upgraded version of butter cake. If you are not a fan of banana, feel free to replace with mango, pineapple, apple or whatever works for you...
December 19, 2014

Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream (no machine!)

If you love Thai Ice Tea, then you must know the key ingredient used is condensed milk. One of the technique for no-machine ice cream recipes is using condensed milk and whipped cream. Well, life couldn’t get more perfect than this!...
December 17, 2014

Thai Fried Shrimp Balls (Tod Mun Goong)

“Tod” means deep fry, “Mun” means fatty and “Goong” means prawns. This recipe is actually a twist on Thai fried fish cake ingredients. Originally, Thai fish cakes are cooked with lard hence, “Mun”. Thai fish cakes are absolutely delicious but I can’t say the same about their looks. They puffed up nicely during cooking but crinkled almost immediately the moment you fish them out...
December 16, 2014

Essential Thai Sauces in BNF Kitchen

Since this is Thai food week, I thought it’ll make sense for me to share with you some of the essential Thai sauces in BNF Kitchen. Now, perhaps this might be boring read on a Tuesday morning (you’d rather be reading Korean Air nut rage latest saga maybe stalking someone on Facebook or Instagram), but if you are interested in making Thai food at home on a regular basis, read on!..
December 15, 2014

Coconut & Lemongrass Clam Soup

Thai food week has begun here at BNF! If you have read my earlier post on Thai Grilled Pork, then you must know I’m absolutely hooked on Thai food. The ironic part is hubby and I can’t hold our chili heat too well but that doesn’t deter us from staying away. In fact, we are getting better now and I’m confident enough to say I can finish a bowl of Tom Yum Soup without downing a whole jug of iced water! (Maybe just a glass, hee )...
December 12, 2014

Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

This is yet another of my “lazy one-person meal” to make when I’m home alone. Now, even though the term “lazy one-person meal” sounds boring, the taste is far from it. Three words – tasty, umami, addictive. In fact, it is one pasta dish I could eat everyday! (Ok, maybe a bit exaggerating but you get the drift.)...
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)...