breakfast

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!

Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

Perfect Cinnamon Rolls. Or Cinnabon? Or cinnamon swirls. Just, cinnamon.

I’ve an addiction to sugar and cinnamon.

When I was little, my parents would buy Saint Cinnamon rolls (Cinnabon-equivalent) for the family and it was a much-loved treat. That was until somewhere along life’s journey when they decided to leave Singapore for good — in other words also forcing our love affair to end.

But as with every relationship, if it’s worth fighting for, you never give up.

And so as I began my journey four months ago, sourcing for that same taste so cinn-fully delicious, I think it’s safe to say: I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for.

Read on for the recipe!

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes topped with strawberries, bananas, maple syrup and icing sugar.

I’m always finding ways to use up the second half of my buttermilk carton.

That’s because most of the time the recipes I use call for only a bit, plus it’s not like I’m feeding an army here at home. It’s terribly inconvenient that the supermarket stocks them in such large quantities.

And then, I thought of pancakes.

Yummy, scrumptious, light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes!

I’m a total breakfast person, so pancakes are definitely top of the list when it comes to my idea of an all-day breakfast menu.

Read on for the recipe!

Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Bread

Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Bread, all gift-wrapped.

Blueberries have been on sale at the local supermarket!

I was so excited when I first found out, because they aren’t cheap over here. Plus, they go really well with my bakes, and I was just about to start the rhythm of baking again.

So I made some blueberry banana buttermilk bread (oh, the beautiful alliteration) on a whim.

Best of all, I made little portions which are just great for sharing!

Read on for the recipe!

Brown Sugar, Maple & Almond Pound Cake

Pound cake: It don't hurt to pile on more of that syrup.

I’ve been a sloth of late.

As mentioned in my recent food post, summer can get too warm for baking. Today I am here to contradict myself; the weather in Singapore is just that unpredictable anyway. Just like how it’s been raining the past two days. Heavy, continuous rain. In the middle of summer. Surprise, surprise.

So, my oven’s been pretty lonely for a while now. I decided to turn the heat up again, with something really classic and simple: the pound cake.

Read on for the recipe!

Blueberry Jam Topping

Mountain of mini waffles topped with blueberry heaven.

I’m feeling really excited as I write this.

My summer attachment has been eating away my weekdays (even nights), since I’m doing a desk-bound job no less. Ah, such is life.

But that invigorates the weekends all the more. I appreciate the TGIF syndrome like I haven’t before. All through the week, I make plans for cooking and baking, building up that adrenaline…

Yes, I have awesome kitchen plans this weekend 🙂

But first, let’s start with breakfast. (Naturally.)

Read on for the recipe!

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!

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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Apple Crumb Cake

Almost more than half gobbled up, so soon!

It’s my second attempt at this cake.

The first time it was only half-baked. That was bad, though somewhat still edible. (Or maybe I shouldn’t have eaten it? Ha ha.) But I blame my oven at home. It’s not much of a baking oven.

Credit for today’s success goes to my grandmother’s oven. And what a difference it makes, as I’ve learned!

It’s actually a cake now! Sugary crusty streusel topping, soft cakey insides and large sweet apple chunks. Yum yum.

It’s not yet perfect, but I dare say dangerously close.

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!