Easy Chinese Beef Skewers

Want to introduce your kid to fire? Upgrade their kitchen skills to an actual stove top? This is the recipe for you.

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Roselle Cordial & Popsicles – DIY Flu Fighters

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I found these in the market a few days ago and I got very excited. Don’t they look beautiful?

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Exploring Bangkok | City of Smiles

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After my wonderful, short, city break to Penang with my mother, I am rather in love with short city breaks. Now that I don’t get those lovely long summer holidays as a teacher any more, I have to make the best of public holidays and be a little more creative in stretching my time off. 

I surprised my boy with a 3 day trip to Bangkok to visit his best friend. Our friends had relocated there just three months earlier, swapping idyllic Cheung Chau island life for frenetic city life.  Read more

Foodie Magazine : School Lunches!

Need some inspiration for your kid’s school lunches? Look no further than pg 38 in the new issue of Foodie magazine … done by yours truly ;)

 

Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu

 

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Tofu divides people, much like Marmite. For many it’s too bland, with that awful slimy texture.  For others, it’s a versatile ingredient that absorbs flavours well, and with a little ingenuity it can taste marvellous and full of texture. I didn’t really like tofu until my twenties but I LOVE the smell of chau dau fu, the deep fried, smelly, fermented bean curd.  There’s just something about that rancid, musty smell… mmmm!  

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Sea Salt Ricotta Ice Cream with Salted Caramel

Sea Salt Ice cream

 

It’s 9:30am, and it’s my first day of freedom – no child (off to his dad’s for the summer) and no job for 10 days. I can do anything I want! HURRAH!  I made ice-cream. Because I’m a grown up. And I can eat ice-cream whenever I want. Especially if there’s no small child around…

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Roasted Duck Tacos with Asian Coleslaw

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This recipe is currently appearing in this month’s issue of Playtimes, a local parenting magazine, of which I am this month’s guest contributor.  Hurrah! *takes bow*

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Savoury Korean Pancakes

 

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So I made this just now for dinner. I’m pretty pleased with myself, because it tastes AMAZING. And it took less than 30 mins to put on the table. AND it’s (relatively) healthy (being gluten free but fried = same same). AND the kid gave it the thumbs up.  It’s crispy and crunchy, and YUMMERS.

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Grilled Miso Eggplant

 

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This is one of those great, no-brainer, side dishes that is so “derrishus”, you’ll ask why you didn’t try it earlier and serve it to your buddies as a nice little scene-stealer.

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Green Tea Loaf with Lemon Cream

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It is a fact of my life that if it is raining outside, I will invariably be baking. Is there anything more soothing and comforting for a cook on a rainy day? (To be honest, off the top of my head having a massage, a hot bath, watching a movie, napping, reading are probably right up there before baking). Read more

Picklesaurus Fromage Rex (Cheese & Pickle Dino Biscuits)

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Cheese biscuits. Who doesn’t love ‘em? I remember learning to bake cheese biscuits with my English gran when I was the same age as my son is now.

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Bacon, Chorizo & Baby Bak Choi Breakfast Hash

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Brunch. What a beautiful word.  To me it conjures up images of bacon, and friends, and laughing, and copious amounts of hot tea. Just like a Dove shampoo advert, where I’d come into a posh restaurant, about to meet my equally glamorous friends with lovely swishy, shiny hair. I love brunch. It’s also just another way to eat two meals in one go, right?! Yum.

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Beef Burgers with Ponzu Avocado & Radish Walnut Pesto

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The sweat. The time. The devotion. It pays off…

Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!  Welcome to the Year of the Horse! That means MEAT…

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Chicken & Water Chestnut Pot Rice

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Did somebody say one pot cooking?  HELL YES!

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Stir-fried Prawns & Garlic Stems

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Happy New Year people! It’s been a while, I know. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating like a trucker… And now my clothes don’t fit. Dammit!

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Christmas Spring Rolls

 

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Fusion. Such a dirty word to so many foodies. NOT THIS ONE!  No one else but third culture kids will know the joy of eating hard-boiled eggs with Maggi sauce, or condensed milk on toast. There is a lot to be said for the meeting of East and West…

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Roasted Cider Cauliflower

 

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I saw a similar recipe to this in Food 52, with whipped goat’s cheese dipping sauce, and it sounded divine. This dish is so simple but looks so pretty, and with the festive season upon us, this make a beautiful side addition to your Christmas table.  No need to floret the cauliflower. It’s the perfect lazy side dish. Read more

Bacon and Egg Pie

 

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My friends know my love for bacon knows no bounds.  When I was 15, I tried being vegetarian. 3 weeks I lasted, until my smug brother waved a crispy bacon sandwich and I was undone.  I knew then bacon would always be my kryptonite. If there is bacon on any dish in a restaurant, there is a 99.99% chance I’ll be eating that dish. If I don’t, I’m probably sick.  So when I saw Saveur’s Bacon and Egg Pie recipe last week, I knew it was just a matter of days. Read more

Boozy Autumn Spice Cake

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Crispy Soft Boiled Eggs

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Yep, you heard right. Crispy AND soft-boiled… and so num num num….

It came about from an early breakfast at the beach with neighbours and kids, and having 4 leftover soft-boiled eggs.  They make the perfect light dinner with salad, or a gorgeous, decadent, slightly trashy breakfast…

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