Month: April 2012

Kiwi-Strawberry Chicken Breast Salad

Kiwi-Strawberry Chicken Breast Salad!

The name (and featured photo) says it all. In this dish is where you’ll find a clash of flavours, both savoury and sweet. And let me tell you, no one really wins this time. Instead, it’s a harmonious marriage of the two sides, forming a union that will seriously blow your mind.

So earlier today I was watching Junior MasterChef. I love the kids on that show. They’re talented, witty, and of course adorable! Now if I could cook like them… 🙂 The cooking challenge was to play around with “the art of deception”. Max Brenner was the guest for the day and he showed them how to make sweet foods look like savoury foods. A tad baffling, but point being I was inspired by the whole sweet-meets-savoury, even though not exactly like what was shown on-screen.

After the episode, it was time to get some lunch. I wanted salad with chicken breast. But that was too boring. So I opened the fridge and let my creative cooking juices flow.

If you love salads, give this a go! But be warned: this is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who are bold, those who are daring and for those with just a little quirkiness in them (those like me, and the potential you).

Read on for the recipe!

K, the Boyfriend

Hi Keith!

This is my boyfriend Keith who, from henceforth, shall be affectionately referred to as “K” on this blog. He’s a cutie. And I won’t lie, I’ve been crushing on him for quite a while now… Ha ha, needless to say.

Thought I’d write something more personal today. This post is dedicated to him. No, not our sappy love story, but a post about him.

It is not every day that you meet a bodybuilder. And neither is it every day that you fall in love with a bodybuilder.

Have you yet guessed?

My boy is a bodybuilder.

Read more 🙂

Deviled Avocado Eggs

Deviled Avocado Eggs served with cherry tomatoes and walnut wholemeal bread.

Eggs are good for you. No matter these are presumably from the Devil. Let me repeat myself: eggs are good for you.

On an interesting side note, a quick search on Google (Wikipedia, more like) will tell you that the name originated somewhere in the 18th or 19th century, and is used to refer to “spicy or zesty food”. Not sure if today’s featured dish is necessarily spicy, but you can be sure I added just enough zest to it!

Definitely a healthier option than your usual Deviled Eggs, I’ve used only half the amount of egg yolks and replaced it with tons of avocado instead — ah, that’s easy to guess, considering the name I gave this dish. But, for the special ingredient that gives this version an “Ely twist”, you’ll have to read on.

Read on for the recipe!

Oreo and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Brownie Cups

Allow me to introduce you to a little heaven on earth.

Yes, that statement may well be bordering on the lines of blasphemy, but I’ll leave you to decide if you’d like to hop on over to the Dark Side (dark chocolate, geddit geddit?) once you’ve had a taste of these brownie cups. They’re not just ordinary, boring brownies. And neither are they simply Oreo-flavoured or peanut butter brownies.

Inside these little cups of magic are two whole Oreo cookies, and all-natural peanut butter (which is good for you, if eaten in controlled portions, though I can’t say for sure with this recipe…). If that isn’t a mouthful, I don’t know what is!

Indeed, these cups are what I’d like to call “calorie bombs” — be sure to watch how many you gobble down!

Inspiration for these brownie cups came from a Food Snots entry I chanced upon. The recipe there calls for brownie mix but as I’d have you know, I don’t trust pre-mix ha ha. So, I combined a dark chocolate brownie recipe from Joy the Baker with the recipe I found on Food Snots and, voila! Nothing short of a genius idea 🙂

Read on for the recipe!

One (Very) Happy Student

NYLON's 2nd issue, heck yeah!

This is one very, very happy student. It’s life after exams! (Please excuse the wrinkles, eye bags and messy hair.)

And, guess who got her hands on NYLON Singapore’s second unreleased issue?! Won tickets to Maybelline New (York) Me’s event at Zouk, and they were handing out complimentary NYLON copies too 😀

Looks like I’m going to have some good fun immersing myself in its pages this weekend…

But first, before a review of Maybelline’s party, upcoming is a post related to what I baked this afternoon. Hint: starts with “choc” and ends with “ate”. Yummy, yummy stuff! 😉

Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. And I love apples. So, two weeks earlier, I thought I’d try my hand at baking an apple cheesecake!

And, what better way than to look up some easy cheesecake recipes on Joy the Baker! She’s one of my favourite food bloggers and I absolute adore her work ♥

Apples are such a versatile fruit to work with when it comes to baking, and even cooking for some. I love all kinds of apples: the sweet ones, the crunchy ones, even the sometimes soft ones! The health benefits, of course, are but an added bonus 😉 And as for cheesecake… It’s no secret: I absolutely have no willpower when it comes to resisting them.

The recipe I used is adapted from the one on Joy’s site, so it’s similar but does not follow it strictly.

Overall the taste was pretty good, not too sweet and not too bland. I especially loved the caramelized apples on top! The only downside would have to be the crust; in all my previous baking efforts I’ve always had problems with the crust. I’ve yet to perfect it 😦 But I’m still learning!

Read on for the recipe!

Snack Packs, Grab Bags!

One snack pack for each day!

I haven’t been posting for a couple of days now, and that’s because I’ve been buried under the enormous pile of work I’ve to cover before my semester final exams which are just in two days! This evening, though, I’ve the luxury of spending a little time here as earlier today I spent 10 hours at Starbucks cramming my mind. It’s safe to say it’s bamboozled right now, with all the abstract concepts I’ve had to plough through! 😦

Relating to school and studying, today I’m sharing about something I’ve found particularly useful. And I am almost certain this could work well too even for the non-schooling (i.e. those of you older ones, ha ha).

Do you find yourself getting hungry in the middle of the day, despite having had lunch and wondering just where you can get your tummy filled? Yet, you don’t want to be snacking too much because you’re afraid off putting on the pounds? What do you do then?

Well, I’ve been snacking a lot, but on fruits! I call them snack packs. Excellent source of vitamins, refreshing, and just what you need to satisfy those hunger pangs — with all natural goodness, at that! What’s not to love? 🙂

Fruity love!

Now why I call them grab bags is this: they’re splendid for those grab-and-go mornings.

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Vegetable Stir-fry: Sweet Beans, Carrots, Onions and Eggs (and Oranges?)

Vegetable Stir-fry: Sweet Beans, Carrots, Onions and Eggs

A few months ago, I decided to pick up simple, healthy cooking. I admit I used to be really afraid of the kitchen, and a tad too apathetic as well — “What’s the big deal with cooking? It’s dirty work and time-consuming. I just want to have food on my plate and to eat it.”

Yet, as I’ve discovered, it’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it. In fact, I dare say I’ve been drawn to the Dark Side: addiction to cooking! 😀

Why I say this is particularly fun is because staying on campus means I’ve got limited grocery supplies in the fridge. Each weekend I’ll stock up at the local supermarket and whatever I get has to last me the week (painful, I know). And so I took it upon myself as a challenge to create healthy, yummy dishes in whatever combinations my taste buds deem fit. It’s all like a game, really!

Today’s feature is something I created last week for lunch.

It’s got the right mix of vegetable, protein and oil so I’m taking a bet here by saying it’s a pretty decent addition to your meal!

Read on for the recipe!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Lately I’ve been on this baking craze. Every other weekend I’d be tossing my books aside and whipping up something in the kitchen instead. And, I must say, the number of hours spent in the kitchen are manifold — especially when compared to the measly attention my schoolwork gets… Oh, the pains of being a student!

Featured in the photo above are my tried-and-tested banana chocolate chip muffins. I must say my Mom has a pretty mean recipe, and my family practically swears by it. Unfortunately, having to carry the burden of this seeming “heirloom” she’s passed down to me might take a while if it’ll be anything close to perfect. Hence, my deepest apologies if the photo doesn’t do it justice but the taste? Oh, trust me on this one! 🙂

Read on if you wish to get your hands on the recipe, and also a few tricks I use when baking.

Read on for the recipe!

Hello!

Since I was 14 years of age or thereabouts, it has always been a passion of mine to write, yet I never got a proper lifestyle blog going. God knows what took me so long! In the past two months I’ve been giving much serious thought about my career path (you see, I am getting old) and frankly, no prizes for guessing it right!

And so here I am, starting off with this little space I can call my own “home” — where I can nest my thoughts and document every calculated step in life. My interests span across a vast spectrum: from art to photography and yes, especially food and fashion.

Enjoy reading! 🙂