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3 Recipes Perfect for Date Night

I’m a big believer that food brings people together — and so does cooking! Spending time as a couple in the kitchen will not only help you to better understand your partner’s working style (which is key to a happy relationship) but you get to engage in a rewarding activity together.

So today, as part of a guest post for Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA), I’ll be sharing three super simple recipes that are great as bonding activities on date night. Whether you’re ready to call the cooking room your second home or complete novices, I promise these recipes can be done. Plus, all awkwardness is out the window here because you’ll actually have an activity to focus on, even if not on each other ha ha 🙂

The best part? Needless to say, it’s having a homemade meal to savour together when you’re done. You can thank me later.

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Herb Lemon Salad

Herb Lemon Salad: healthy, clean and easy.

I have taken the time off to adjust to a new stage of life. Been working for the past three months on internship and I will have another three to go. I’m back to give my blog another go! Isn’t life about making time for the things you love? 🙂

Sharing a herb lemon salad that I promised to post the recipe, uh, 12 weeks ago on my Instagram… Yes, it has been that long!

But appropriate nonetheless, as I have been receiving requests from girlfriends for simple (and healthy) salad dressings. I will be incorporating more of these onto the site!

And as we enter spring, it’s all about colour. So really, colourful salad, why the hell not?

Read on for the recipe!

Almond Apple Banana Smoothie

Almond Apple Banana Smoothie.

First off, happy 2013! The old has gone, and the new come.

I believe everyone has had their fair share of highlights in the past year — and while we remember the good, let’s also forget the bad (learn from them, too) then look forward to better things 🙂

I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog in the past few months. Changes will come but possibly slower than expected; yet it’s all about taking things one at a time! I’m just happy to have all of you with me on this journey.

Today being 1st January, I thought I’d start off the new year with something simple and healthy to share. And these two are also part of the goals I had set for myself when I first started sharing. It’s nice, then, to remind myself and to have things go full circle.

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make and super refreshing almond apple banana smoothie!

Read on for the recipe!

Go Denim! Ely’s (21st) Denim Birthday Party

Denim Blue & White Birthday Party with a DIY tissue paper bunting :)

After two months or so of planning, my 21st birthday party has finally come and gone!

With much help from K, my cousin Athalie and my family (with the last minute decor, ha)… Thank God the party was a success. Everyone enjoyed themselves, I do believe, and it went according to how I’d planned — more or less.

It’s never going to be perfect because of the perfectionist that I am (yikes), but even then.

Yayyers, I’m twenty-one at last!

Go denim!

Hello from my kitchen again!

Homecooking is my comfort.

School has been swallowing me whole. Not to mention the birthday prep and the party itself for my 21st just a few days back.

I haven’t been posting, and about my food all the more 😦 What I’ve missed is cooking at home. It’s probably not the food, but the cooking that is my comfort; going back to why I started this blog, you’ll know.

And hence, on impulse, I plated up after making lunch today, got my camera and set to work.

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Chasing Sunlight

Mellow summer hues paired with a flash of electric blue and my lime green Longchamp.

It’s summer, and the setting sun is always the prettiest.

K left for Bangkok this morning, and the day before he did, we went on a date to continue our search for my birthday outfit as well as to take a few pretty photographs.

Despite being dressed in mellowed summer hues, I certainly did not forget my flashes of colour.

What am I wearing today? (Plus teasers for my next recipe!)

No-Bake Fruit & Nut Nutella Bars

Here’s another addition to the no-bake list, if you recall my other no-bake dessert. In fact, I should also start making another list for the uses of Nutella in baking. There are just too many.

Everybody loves Nutella. You can’t go wrong with that.

Today, I added Nutella into one of my favourite snacks: granola bars. And it’s made it my new favourite snack.

I know I promised some time back to post my homemade granola recipe, but that’ll still have to wait. (Good things are worth the wait.) For now, let’s be content with Nutella. We can always count on Nutella like a best friend — like one of life’s simple joys.

Read on for the recipe!

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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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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May Day, May Day!

Yesterday, after my biscotti bars turned out so well, I was feeling a little ambitious. In the evening I tried my hands at Lemon Delicious. It was, after all, supposed to be painfully easy.

Boy, was I wrong! (Or, should I say, were my oven settings all wrong.)

I realize I probably should have taken a photo of the destroyed curd pudding — and yes, by “destroyed” I mean that I had to consign it to the trash bin, never to be seen again — just to illustrate the realities of baking: there will be off days, and lots and lots of failed attempts (no less heartbreaking).

The whims of my oven are sure hard to please. I’m thinking of shifting to my grandmother’s this summer where I can: 1) keep her company, and 2) use her hugeass stellar oven.

Yet, despite the dismal encounter last night (which left the family without a proper breakfast this morning as I was banking on that pudding to fill us), the mark of true passion is this: come what may.

This second day of May, I’m itching to bake again. And wait — are those more overripe bananas I spy in the fridge…?

Yup, time to get ’em hands durrrrty.