My laziness contradicts itself. When people hear that I make my own kimchi, they usually respond with “Wow! You make your own Kimchi?? I just get mine at the asian shop because I’m too lazy.” The irony is that I make my own kimchi because I’m too lazy to make the trip to the asian grocer’s. Hah! When you live in the countryside and the next Asian grocer’s is a train and bus ride away, you learn to either do without some things or you learn to make your own. Like kimchi and salted eggs. Even egg tofu! But that’s another post for another day. It’s about the eggs today.
Salted eggs are traditionally used in mooncakes, rice dumplings or even steamed by itself and eaten with porridge or congee. In the last couple of years though, there’s been a salted egg craze in Asia. I THINK it started with Liu Sha Bao, a steamed bun filled with a salted egg yolk custard and you can find it on most dim sum menus. While it wasn’t exactly a new dish, it suddenly got A LOT of attention and that’s when things started going out of hand. Salted egg dishes started popping up everywhere. From salted egg prawns to salted egg potato chips and salted egg croissants! There are lists of salted egg dishes for the brave and curious to try out. Continue reading 40 days and 40 nights – Homemade salted eggs
So Chinese New Year ended like a week ago. The good thing about having a second new year is that you get a second chance at making resolutions you know you’re not likely to keep; such as work out more, scream at the kids less, procrastinate less and finally, start writing again. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognise the pictures from last summer. I’m finally posting the recipe (2 resolutions with one post! I am on a roll!).
Satay is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Everyone loves it and if you don’t, you need to get yourself checked (I kid!!). I pored over the internet and studied various cookbooks to find the perfect recipe. Then I realised that it’s Teriyaki Salmon all over again. There is no unanimous recipe for Satay. Everyone has their own versions – Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Thai and more – and they are all too different from one another to find common ground. So, if you can’t beat them, join them. I made up my own recipe and I’m happy to say that it’s a winner. Every time I serve it, they fly off the plate and I quietly scold myself for not having made more.
Continue reading Of Second Chances – Best Homestyle Chicken Satay
I know! I know! The rainbow cake has been done to DEATH. But…….it’s a rainbow cake! You know you want to make one too. For a first attempt, I got to say, it turned out pretty damn good! *pat on the back* Also, I kind of made a promise here that I would. This was not baked for the same cause I promised it for though, so watch this space.
The rainbow cake has been on my to-bake list for the longest, longest time. Ever since I saw it on Sweetapolita 3 years ago. I promised myself that I will one day bake it for my daughter’s birthday and see her face when I cut out the first slice. I finally got around to it and it was totally worth the 3-year wait. Oh the satisfaction…..*blissful sigh*
Continue reading A unicorn pooped on my platter – Rainbow cake
So this is what they call a writer’s block. I have opened this window at least five times the last two weeks but closed it each time empty. Nope. Nothing. Nada. Haven’t a clue what to write. Until today. About time too!
I had a revelation today. Nagging works. As a kid, my mum would nag at me till she turned blue in her face but I would just carry on as I were. I often wondered why she bothered since it obviously didn’t work. She still nags at my sister today and having been in both positions as the nagger and the “naggee”, I got to say I feel sorry for my mum more. It’s very very frustrating. But nagging works! Ok, not always and it depends on who you’re nagging at but it DOES work.
Continue reading Such a nag – Mango Sago
I was chatting with a friend the other day when he asked what’s for dinner. So I told him that we’re gonna put some meat on the grill and have a lil barbecue. He then asked what we were celebrating. Celebrating?? It was Wedenesday. Good enough reason for me….Haha! I was confused and then I realised what he meant. In Singapore, we don’t BBQ unless there was an occasion. I don’t know why. Maybe because it’s a hassle to get a fire started. But here in Switzerland, warm sunny days are not all year round. Couple that with the ease of a gas grill, we have BBQs every chance we get.
But cost of living is high in Switzerland. More accurately, it’s meat that will bankrupt you. Especially when you’re feeding 2 baby carnivores (my kids no longer eat vegetables. ARGH!). You’d think after all these years I’d be pretty good at estimating how much meat to buy for the week. Wrong! I still tend to buy way too little meat. Especially during BBQ season. Towards the end of the week, I usually find myself getting creative with whatever is left in the fridge.
Continue reading Emergency meals – Tarte Flambée / White Pizza