Crunchy Bottoms

Striking the caloric balance. Barely.

Monthly Archives: February 2010

Decisions, decisions…

Mescluns Salad Bar

I met up with Ash on Tuesday after work and we traipsed down to our current favourite salad bar at Citylink , Mescluns. Maybe it’s a new fad (like the horrendous bubbletea period almost half a decade ago) that salad bars are popping up all over town like deranged weasels. I’d like to think that the owners have caught whiff of the lingering smell of doom that’s settled over fast food joints and have leapt onto the health bandwagon that has left many dazed Singaporeans in it’s wake. Alright, so it’s not possible that fast food restaurants ever leave without a trace because heaven knows the percentage of the economy that is fueled by them. I’ve weened off fast food (Subway and Yoshinoya don’t count) for more than a year now and have proudly bid adieu to Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Double Cheeseburger, Hash Browns, Mushroom Swiss Double meals, Bendito Pocket, Cheese Fries and Long John’s fries. To think that I used to knock off a McDonald’s Happy Meal every Saturday of the week when I was five or so. Read more of this post

My mom pwns

Mom's Japanese -style Fried Rice.

Still grappling with the massive aftermath of Chinese New Year gluttony, I sat down for a proper Sunday lunch today at proper lunch time, the past few days having been numbed by the food coma amidst stale bak gua and pineapple tarts that the office has to offer. I barely have appetite for much of anything – and, for those who know me, that is saying a lot.

My stomach had the perfect running start for the CNY season the moment the weekend taxied down the run way, and so the CNY period took off with a fine steamboat of marbled slices of shabu shabu beef, fresh pond prawns, Japanese firm tofu, rice noodles, New Zealand green mussels, juicy oysters and Chinese cabbage.

That was last Saturday’s dinner. Read more of this post

Double-chocolate pecan cookies

Double-chocolate pecan cookies

Tomorrow’s the first day of Chinese New Year, and instead of baking festive goodies like pineapple tarts, I produced cookies. Cookies as in chocolate cookies, as in double-chocolate pecan cookies, as in cookies made 56% of chocolate.

If you don’t  understand the gravity of it all, I’ll put it simply – more so for myself actually, because I am still reeling from disbelief – that is a hell lotta chocolate.

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Homemade Muesli

Homemade Muesli

My health craze last year lasted a good five months before it crashed and burned in the wake of A Levels. Before it’s untimely demise, I remember being obsessed with saving money on food to the point where I eventually went Homemade. I’m not that much of a stinge, but I just find it hard to trust dubious looking cereal boxes that boast High-Fibre, Low Sugar and Low Fat (more on that later). I’ll admit, I do believe the nutrition benefits touted by certain cereal brands because I’m one of those people who block supermarket aisles while scrutinising the nutrition table and list of ingredients on every single cereal box that catches my fancy. I get that absorbed.

And when I think I’ve found a cereal I would stick to religiously for breakfast, on the first bite, I think I’d very much rather eat the cardboard box it came in, and hey, it’s got tons of fibre too. Read more of this post

Roasted pumpkin, hazelnut and feta salad

Roasted pumpkin, crushed hazelnut and feta salad.


Think of this as my attempt at redemption from all my previous posts. Read more of this post