Crunchy Bottoms

Striking the caloric balance. Barely.

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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

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


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