Solitary Confinement – Brandy Chicken with Wood Ear and Goji Berries 鸡酒

Did you know that the Chinese celebrate the New Year for a whole fortnight? Fifteen days to be exact. So technically, I’m not too late in wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous year of the goat.

With the new year comes new life. And in this case, literally. One of my best friends is expecting her first child in mid-April *YAY!!!*  As a first-time mum, she naturally has a lot of worries and concerns about how she’s going to cope when the baby arrives. One of her biggest immediate concerns is not being able to find someone to help her with her confinement. For my non-chinese readers who are wondering what she’s being punished for, she’s not. Though it can sometimes feel like you are being punished. Confinement is the chinese practice of Continue reading Solitary Confinement – Brandy Chicken with Wood Ear and Goji Berries 鸡酒

Chinese Carrot Cake

Dong dong dong qiang – Chinese Carrot Cake 萝卜糕 Lor Bak Gou

Did you get the title? If you’ve ever heard Chinese New Year Songs, you would most definitely get it. The Chinese New Year is in two days!! *Gasp* Where did the time go? I haven’t even started spring cleaning yet. Haha! Like I spring clean……It’s like you don’t know me at all. I do cook though. Honestly, that’s about all the CNY celebration I do around here and I’ve already started. Continue reading Dong dong dong qiang – Chinese Carrot Cake 萝卜糕 Lor Bak Gou

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Overdue – Steamed Pork Dumplings

What’s more comforting than a piping hot meal on a cold winter day? I can’t think of much else. Except maybe hiding under the covers with all four seasons of Game of Thrones (What can I say? I caught on late). Comfort food is still top on the list though; and I have a very very long list of comfort food. From Chicken Curry to Beef Rendang to Chili fried Pork Belly. Have you ever noticed, how what we considered comfort food is almost always what we grew up with?

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Dumpling Wrappers

Oh the irony – homemade dumpling wrappers

*cue Alanis Morissette*

It is so very ironic that my last post was one for my blog anniversary. A post wishing myself a better (blog) year and determination for more consistent posts. That was three months ago.

My excuse? I have plenty. But let’s just settle with one ambiguos one: I’m going through…………..some stuff. It’s been going on for a while now but in the last three months, it really started to eat me up. I wasn’t even cooking much. Come mealtimes, I find myself racking my brains for the fastest and easiest, yet not altogether unhealthy (you know, cos of the kids) meals. More often then not, you’d find sandwiches and carrot sticks being served in this household. You know it’s bad when a foodie loses interest in food. Continue reading Oh the irony – homemade dumpling wrappers

Chocolate Cake with vanilla-orange buttercream

Milestones – Vanilla-Orange Chocolate cake

I almost missed it. By pure luck, I checked and realised it was today.

Coriander and Garlic is one year old today! 

OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m still here? I’m still here!! To be fair, I did go MIA for a bit in the middle of it but hey, I’m still here.  This is the bit where I get a little emotional.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this thing here I call a blog. Kowtows to you lovely folks who subscribe to me. And a big giant wet smooch for my blogger friend Bonnie, for being SO supportive. I can always count on you to have my (blogging) back. Guys, seriously, check out her page, Thirstyfortea.com. Mad skills she has, this woman.

How else could I possibly celebrate this milestone but to bake a cake, right? It’s just been sweet sweet sweet around here lately. My pantry’s running low on sugar as a result. But this is necessary! We only turn one once!

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