Month: May 2012

Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole and Salsa

Seasoned chicken with red and yellow peppers!

Does K ever cook with me?

Well, today’s post will provide an answer to that question.

Of late, K and I have found that baking and cooking together can be such a splendid way to spend quality time. So yes, he does cook with me sometimes! And then, of course, comes eating together which is possibly the best part ha ha.

K eats a lot of chicken (since it’s one of the cleanest meats) and so I’ve picked up this preference too. We tend to have that kind of influence on each other 🙂

But that also means having to source for all kinds of new (healthy) chicken recipes — I’m currently even reading a book on it — to prove this meat can be so versatile, and to avoid the boring “same old same old” ways of preparing chicken.

Today’s feature is something we cooked two weeks ago. Talk about a symphony of flavours and this is definitely what I’d like to call a winner winner chicken dinner.

Read on for the recipe!

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The Line Buffet, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Endless salad spread.

One will be easily spoiled for choice at The Line. Serving up a wide array of international cuisines, The Line could not better represent the diverse flavours you can find in little cosmopolitan Singapore — and all made with choice ingredients.

I had the pleasure of partaking in the buffet feast last Saturday, as part of a committee treat for some Hall committee I was involved in the past year. And, I must say that food is an excellent way to express appreciation (aha! the glutton in me speaks again).

Tried as I may, I was struggling to have a taste of everything available. But, alas, it was impossible. In the end, in the battle of (wo)man vs. food, food won this time!

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Stay-Home Saturday Dinners

I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like, and it truly bothers me 😦

So tonight, despite yet another long tiring day at work, I decided to expend this little extra bit of energy to get a post up — albeit probably a shorter one.

My rants on work and the experience there won’t take center stage today; rather, I’ll share about Saturday home(cooked) dinners I look forward to almost every week 🙂

Food is just such an essential part of life (yea, this could be an understatement on its own!) that I can’t help but feel all fired up just thinking and talking about it!

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Strawberry-Blueberry and Banana-Peach Cobblers

Strawberry-blueberry cobbler dusted wtih icing sugar, yum!

Presenting to you: summer on a plate!

Strawberries, blueberries and peaches… All the fruits that are splendid this time of the year. Not that we really have such local produce here in Singapore — or seasons at all, for that matter — but we do get hints from the food imports found in the supermarkets.

I had all these fruits piling up in my refridgerator, so I searched for a simple recipe to turn them into a delish dessert.

And, since this treat was so easy peasy to make, I decided to jump in with both feet, making two at one go!

Read on for the recipe!

Quick Chicken Lunches

Since it’s term break and I haven’t started my summer job, I’ve basically been idling the holidays away.

Not too bad a thing when I consider how, after another year or so in school, I’ll be consigned to a desk (God forbid, though!) for the rest of my career life. Doesn’t sound fun. At all. I need something to satisfy the secret adventurer in me.

So I’ve been taking this opportunity to cook and bake to my heart’s content.

For lunch, I often have chicken. So I’m sharing my simple and quick chicken lunches 🙂

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Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana walnut cake served with tea in a strawberry cup ha ha.

You know how some foods just give you a feeling of home?

The humble banana cake is a classic that does just that.

For me, it brings back memories of the banana slices I used to pack to school for an afternoon snack during recess. But of course, those were pretty crappy ones bought off the shelf of the neighbourhood bakery.

Those might’ve fooled little me, but my now mature taste buds know better than that. They crave the real thing. No artificial banana flavouring, but authentic ripe bananas mashed into a batter to create the most homemade, delectable experience.

Read on for the recipe!

Thanks, Mom!

Mother’s Day came a day earlier for my family this year.

Last night, instead of heading out to a fancy restaurant, we had a quiet and simple celebration at home. No party, no frills — just home.

Crowds aside, love was the reason we all chose to be at home. And I’m sure home with those whom we love the most (and those only who can love us the most) was where everyone most wanted to be.

Full colour grilled vegetables.

My Dad’s really fond of what we’d call “Western food”. To him, that’s simple cooking. It’s true, sometimes; Asian food is a whole different ball game. So since he was in charge of dinner for the night, Western was on the menu.

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An Afternoon of Exploration: lunch at The Plain and tea at ReStore

I can’t say for sure I know much about Tanjong Pagar. It’s always been a business district, as far as I know.

Of late, though, Duxton Hill has been home to many eateries that are gaining in popularity. And within Tanjong Pagar itself, little cafés have sprung up,  making the place sparsely garnished with little food surprises.

Having heard some reviews about The Plain, my girlfriends and I decided to give it a try. So yesterday, we met there for lunch.

Coffee drinkers make better lovers.

Continue exploring!

Health Steps: Rolled Oats

Rolled oats with honey, dried cranberries and fresh banana.

Rolled oats are considered an excellent choice when it comes to a healthy diet. They make for good breakfast food, and can also be eaten as a snack at midday.

As a good source of dietary fibre, iron and thiamine, it is claimed that these oats can help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. And for those looking to shed some pounds, it’s amazing that rolled oats have been found to be a “natural weight-loss food” because they fill you up and help keep you on your diet plan.

Today I’m sharing a simple way to prepare and enjoy your rolled oats 🙂

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Sweet Potato and Avocado Veggie Burgers

Not all burgers are unhealthy.

You just need to know what to put in between those two bread buns. (Then again, some burgers don’t even have bread!)

There’s a whole variety of stuff you can choose to make. Today’s feature has got sweet potato and kidney beans for the burger patties. The original recipe is vegan, but I did add an egg in mine and if I’m not wrong vegans don’t take eggs. So it’s not vegan anymore! But in true Ely style, it’s been given a twist.

Together with some fresh vegetables on the side, I think I felt pretty good eating this burger. Thanks to the potato it’s slightly sweet, which is a tad deviant from the usual savoury taste.

Read on for the recipe!