Crunchy Bottoms

Striking the caloric balance. Barely.

Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pear and Hazelnut Torta

Pear and Hazelnut Torta

 Most of the time, recipes tend to be painfully simple. Most of the time, recipes give an estimation of the total time needed to putter around the kitchen. Most of the time, one ends up spending half a day tripping over kitchen stools and knocking over bowls. I’ve come to accept that whatever I spill, it is always sticky, and it is always liquid.

As they say: All inanimate objects will move just enough to get in your way. Read more of this post

Skinny Pizza

Macadamia Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

I’ve been talking about dragging Gushi to an outlet ever since my first bite of cracker-thin Skinny Pizza at Wheelock Place. Today I did. Lugging 4kg of assessment books and textbooks from Novena to City Hall and through Citylink to Suntec City, (because poor students like us have to make peanuts from selling used books at second-hand book stores and stingingon transport fares) I met up with her during her lunch break.  Read more of this post

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

I’ve wanted to try my hands at cooking up paella ever since watching how it is traditionally and painstakingly on either Travel and Living or Asian Food Channel. There was something captivating about the dedication and care that went into making a single pan of aromatic paella. I wanted to re-create that. I wanted to step into the shoes (imitation ones, you’ll get what I mean when you read on.) of the men who stood faithfully by the searing heat of orange and pine branches, and tended to a pan for an hour at best. Traditionally, men were the ones to cook paella. I have no idea why. I suppose it was all the more reason for me to whip this up for dinner tonight because I found nothing stereotypically macho about creamy rice.   Read more of this post

Obsessed with holes

Gorgeous crumb.

I know what you were thinking. Don’t deny it!

So I’m surprising myself here, with a double post today. I made my weekly bread and was ecstatic when I sliced it open. Wouldn’t that be perfect with a splash of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar? Or perhaps lightly toasted along side a steaming bowl of minestrone? Read more of this post

The Queen & Mangosteen

If someone were to tell me that this was the title of the sequel to the fairytale The Princess and The Pea, I’d have believed them in a heartbeat. Really, wouldn’t it make perfect sense? Young girl sleeps on poor pea to prove she’s a princess. Fast forward a couple of decades, and now she’s a woman, trying to prove she’s a queen by dozing on a mangosteen.  How about that for a fairytale eh? I might just be inspired enough to write that one. 

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Cracking up.

I still remember the first thing I’d ever baked on my own. I’d baked Betty Crocker’s Blueberry Muffins. Yes, it’s a premix, yet I somehow managed to royally screw it up to the point where friends dubbed the finished product Mushfins, because I’d maimed the blueberries till they bled the whole batter grey. Maybe then I hadn’t had much common sense (what’s new really?), or maybe the instructions were too daunting because there were so few of them that I was convinced it couldn’t be that simple. It was only years later that I realised that baking really is that simple, and no I’m not dwelling on pre-mixes anymore. No, seriously. Read more of this post

Hello world!

My love affair with food has finally transcended the blogging border. Having given up and chucked ancient blogs aside, I’d never thought I’d find myself an owner of another one, much less a food blog at that. One could consider this a pledge to my everlasting adoration toward calories and I can only hope and strive towards receiving some form of food love in return. Nothing would be better than the embrace of a perfect meal.