From the yearly archives: 2011

One Bowl Rice

On November 6, 2011 By

I started a blog with grand promises of providing easy recipes for a friend who was overseas and missing home-cooked meals. I think I must have gone on and on about how cooking is not that hard… (which is true), but blogging is a little hard going these days. Another friend recently went overseas, and [...]

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Sambal Tomat

On October 2, 2011 By

I tried making ayam kalasan because I liked the recipe when it was first recited to me – boil the chicken in coconut water, and then deep-fry. It turned out good the first time I tried it, and the recipe is in today’s StarTwo. Fried chicken is my all time favourite, and this Indonesian version [...]

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Milan

On August 29, 2011 By

Milan was all grey and cold in late winter, and I love it. I was there earlier this year many many months ago – my blogging mojo has kind of waned this year, and that’s why this late posting – for Milan Fashion Week. It was my first trip to Italy, and I had expected [...]

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Char Keow Teow

On July 3, 2011 By

THE recent weeks haven’t been so good in the kitchen for me. I haven’t had much success trying out new recipes, especially in baking bread. I wanted to try to cook pad thai, just so I could have a noodle dish that I can add condiments to, the way they do in Thailand. I finally [...]

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THIS tattered recipe book is almost 30 years, yes I am ancient. It was the first thing we had to do when we started our Sains Rumahtangga (SRT) or domestic science classin Form One. At that time, students were streamed into either Commerce or SRT. Traditionally the best students study commerce, and the weaker ones [...]

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Taipei Treats

On May 30, 2011 By

OUR short holiday in Taipei was kind of impromptu, although my sisters and I have been talking about going on a trip together for ages. We wanted an easy trip, and Taipei turned out to be an incredibly easy and uncomplicated city. It is not a flashy big city, but they’ve got all the important [...]

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I WAS stressed out over work last weekend; mostly from not being sure of what I had to do. Instead of turning on my notebook and actually doing work, I procrastinated…. by reading cookbooks. I read Nigel Slater’s The 30-Minute Cook: The Best of the World’s Quick Cooking, and came across his recipe for plum [...]

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I haven’t been cooking much lately. It’s been a whirl of trips and weekend excursions, and I am hoping things will start to settle down in April. But that doesn’t mean I have not been eating well. I had wonderful meals on my trip to Hatyai, Milan (will get around to posting about them) and [...]

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Ordinary Days

On March 14, 2011 By

I have been watching the news of the tsunami that hit Japan, and grappling with the sheer magnitude of the disaster. It’s pretty surreal seeing the wave of black water making its way ashore, and grabbing everything in its wake. The news feeds don’t quite capture the horror of the losses; they are reciting and [...]

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OURS is not a big family… both my parents have two sisters each, and they are our closest relatives. We are a typical Chinese family; no one professes their love for each other, or hug, or kiss. But there is no mistaking the deep affection we have for the family, expressed in genuine big welcoming [...]

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