Monthly Archives: December 2013

5, 4, 3, 2, 1!! Bring out the bubbly!!

Happy New Year!!! 

No long post today. I just wanted to wish everyone out there a very happy new year. I also want to thank EVERYONE for your support and kind words in the last months since I’ve started this blog. I was so nervous when I started it. Are people going to like it? Will I be able to keep it going? I’d probably give it up after three weeks. God, they’re going to hate it! Those were my thoughts and fears when I pressed the publish button for the first time. But you guys have only been amazing and incredible and I cannot thank you enough. Here’s to another year of messy kitchens and full tummies!  *Clink*

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Sweet Sweet Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!! At least I hope you’ve had one. I know I’m late wishing you good folks out there a Merry Christmas. But if I had been good and did my Christmas post early then I wouldn’t have been able to show you my AWESOME CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!

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Ginger & Pork

Quick fix – Ginger stir-fried Pork

Do you have a recipe that you turn to whenever you’ve run out of ideas for dinner? Or when you just can’t summon the energy required to think? I’ve got one. It’s just bonus that it’s comfort food too.

As a child I wasn’t a fan of this dish, mainly because I wasn’t a fan of ginger. I would pick through the dish to find every last morsel of pork and leave behind a plateful of ginger in my wake. I think ginger is a grown-up ingredient. Along with coriander and eggplants. No one ever likes them as kids but now that we’re all grown up, we can’t get enough of them.  That being said, you can get my son to do just about anything if you had a jar of candied ginger. He absolutely loves it. Yeah, we’re baffled too.

My version of this dish is quite different from my Grandma’s version. My husband always jokes that I make Pork with ginger while my grandma makes Ginger with pork. The amount of ginger she uses is easily three times what I use. It’s still really really good. The empty plates can attest to that. I just prefer to let the pork hog the limelight. No pun intended. My version is also drier and its flavour more intense.

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The fat kid – Nasi Goreng Pattaya

Growing up, I was always the chubby one. I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself fat but I could definitely do with losing a few kilos. Even my school thought so too. They sent me to the weight loss club….. *no words*….It was so embarrassing. We fat kids had no say in it. Twice a week we had to report to school earlier than usual and run around the school. I kid you not. Luckily, bullying is not a big issue in Singapore schools. Not back then anyway. I honestly don’t remember anyone being picked on for being fat or short or anything else. Maybe the odd tease if you had a funny name or bottle-bottom glasses, but never anything serious. Or maybe I was just that oblivious.

Anyway, you can imagine that I’ve tried a plethora of diets. Each one lasting for a whole two days. Three, if I was really determined. I just love food too much and I make no apologies for that. What joy is there in life if you can’t enjoy your food? My specific weakness is rice. I LOOOOVE rice. Which is why I never even tried the Atkin’s diet. Rice just makes everything taste better. So believe me when I tell you that I always cook way too much rice. Thus I always have leftovers. What to do? Logical answer: fried rice.

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Grittibänz

Ho Ho Ho – Grittibänz

I actually had no plans to make these little men of bread this year but my daughter came home with two yesterday and I got suckered into it. It’s Saint Nicholas day (at least it still is right now as I’m typing) and there is a tradition in this part of Switzerland that involves pretend cannibalism. We make bread shaped like little men and then eat them. I remember how I refused to eat them when I first arrived 11 years ago. Hahaha! How I laugh now. I can’t explain it but back then I just thought it seemed so wrong.

Grittibänz

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