February 11th, 2017
You guys. I had these grand plans to finally tackle making tang yuan for Yuan Xiao Jie this Chinese New Year. Today is the Spring Lantern Festival, which marks the 15th and final day of the Lunar New Year celebrations, and is often associated with paper lanterns, solving riddles, and glutinous rice dumplings. L loves the black sesame dumplings, and I’ve never actually tried my hand at making them before, plus with some of the other recipes that I tried out over the holiday weekend, I had more than enough ingredients to give it a shot. Only we’ve both been instructed to avoid glutinous rice flour (since it allegedly exacerbates inflammation of injured joints?) so…it was back to the drawing board. But I think I’ve managed to come up with a somewhat seasonally appropriate recipe all the same. ;) Keep reading →
January 26th, 2017
Although you guys have only been privy to the first year this happened – this now marks the fourth year in a row that I’ve managed to make something a little seasonal and festive for the Chinese New Year. It started back in 2014 when I found out, to my horror, that plenty of my Hong Kong friends had no idea that the Singapore/Malaysia style of pineapple tarts were an entirely different beast compared to the Taiwanese pineapple cakes, which sent me down a little rabbit hole into a pineapple tart sweatshop.
Since then, I’ve managed to tackle bak kwa and sugee cookies too, but for a change this year I thought I’d try something a little closer to my adopted home. Keep reading →
January 5th, 2017
Well, so much for posting more regularly! Lol. 2016 was an intense ride, and all in it was a pretty good year for me. Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Snapchat probably realise that I’ve spent the last 18 months working on my health, fitness and weight. A few years ago I kinda realised that I had let my body fat levels get waaaaay out of control, and after a couple of stops and starts, I’m finally really happy with the shape I’m in, both mentally and physically. Keep reading →
February 4th, 2016
WHOA HELLO. Good grief, how on earth did the entirety of 2015 pass me by without a single update? [Insert chastised face.] Well, luckily for me, I kinda have a couple of days left to make sure the year of the sheep doesn’t completely go by unblogged as well. The good news is, this post is coming out well in good time for you guys to get cracking on this over the weekend, so you have a fantastic dine in option for Valentine’s Day this year to spoil your loved ones with. Because who goes out for Valentine’s Day anymore, really? (Okay fine, I do. Lol. Don’t judge.) Keep reading →
December 25th, 2014
It’s that most wonderful time of the year again! And if you, like me, are entertaining this year, you’re probably all too familiar with that feeling of having prepped everything but being unable to entertain your guests in the last 20 minutes or so when everything flies around the kitchen so that it can all appear hot and ready on the table just in time for dinner.
This, of course, is where your pre-dinner nibbles and drinks come in. Keep reading →