January 30th, 2014

Tarting Up the Year of the Horse

Since moving to Hong Kong back in 2008, I’ve not been back to Singapore for Chinese New Year – my family isn’t terribly traditional, flights are ridiculously expensive around these peak periods, and I generally see my family enough that they don’t make a fuss if I miss occasions like these. However, that means that apart from the odd box of cookies that gets smuggled back into Hong Kong by whichever friend that has completely overdosed on binge eating back home and hence doesn’t want any for themselves, I haven’t really had too many of our traditional CNY snacks in the last 5 years. Keep reading →

 

January 6th, 2014

Yamazaki and Yuzu Glazed Carrots

Happy 2014! I know I’m hardly the first person to make this observation, but it always confounds me how the last quarter of the year flies by. It probably doesn’t help that the most significant birthdays in my life are bundled between end September and early November, and they’re quickly chased by Thanksgiving, Christmas and the turn of the year, all of which have become little traditions in the circle of my surrogate HK family of friends, and which make the most amazing and delicious excuses to go all out in the kitchen for. Keep reading →

 

December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas!

And have a fantastic, delicious new year!

PS: Yes, this is the only way we get to have our tree without the three monsters strewing pine needles all over the living room. But this one is awesome, and thank you to A for our tree that’s the perfect mix of Charlie Brown and 21st century. :)

 

December 24th, 2013

Hamming it up this Christmas

Boy this year has been busy! The second half of the year was filled with a crazy boatload of activity and drama, culminating in my siamese cat, Rufus, being hospitalised on Sunday for an emergency procedure due to a kidney stone-induced blockage and infection! But, I’m super pleased and relieved to report that he’s recovering well and has been discharged to come home with us for Christmas. Keep reading →

 

August 3rd, 2013

Crazy About Nuts

It’s no secret that I enjoy drinking. A glass of wine at dinner, a bit of whiskey while I watch TV at home, or an ice-cold pint on a hot day; these are some things I will never say no to. I’ve even got a decently kitted-out bar at home, complete with both a cobbler and Boston shaker, Hawthorn and Julep strainers, a couple of muddlers, pretty bar spoons/stirrers, homemade brandied cherries, and most types of hard liquor (except vodka – a night back in uni days of three people, 1 bottle of Absolut Citron, and drinking-Jenga was a recipe for me never being able to drink vodka ever again). Keep reading →