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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!

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Via Mar Paella & Tapas @ SAM

Pasta con camarones y chorizo (Spaghetti tossed with Shrimp & Chorizo Bits, $19) at Via Mar Paella & Tapas @ SAM.

To mark the end of summer (and the dreaded start of the school term), a much-needed lunch date with two of my favourite friends was certainly in order.

We started the meal with hugs, dug into our tapas, chatted in between mouthfuls of spaghetti and rice, and finally toasted with churros to a wonderful semester ahead.

Ah yes, it was a good afternoon. And then oh, we had some wine.

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Ramen Santouka

Tokusen Toroniku Ramen at Ramen Santouka!

Touted as (probably) the best ramen in Singapore, this ramenya sure has a lot to live up to.

Ramen is something quite exquisite. While distinctively similar to instant noodles or bak chor mee of the Chinese, what truly sets it apart is the skill in the preparation of the broth, and the texture of the noodles which are often handmade.

Maybe there’s just something about doing things the Japanese way that reigns supreme. Their attention to detail could almost be termed unmatched.

Over at Ramen Santouka, the chefs spend hours on the broth to get it at just the right temperature, and flavour. So rich is the stock that I would have to say that hands down, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Baikohken Ramen Restaurant

Baikohken Ramen Restaurant serves up generous ramen in grossly large amounts.

If there’s one thing I like about Singapore it’s got to be the food. Cliché but true, and I would even go so far as to say if you’re not passionate about food found locally, you’re truly missing out.

It’s common knowledge that there isn’t much to do around here, and food hunts are one of those past times that really get me all excited.

Amidst the busy preparations for my birthday, we managed to squeeze in time for some good food. Today’s review is about another ramen place. K has a weakness for Japanese food and really — don’t we all?

Okay so you’re not Singaporean until the mere thought of food gives you an adrenaline rush…

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Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Orchid Hotel

What a beauty; I couldn't stop taking photos even whilst halfway through the bowl!

I am finally back with a post. It’s been a crazy past two weeks, I can’t even begin to describe.

Quick update: I am about to leave my job (yay!), so starting next week it’ll be back to the kitchen for this home girl. I cannot be more elated. Oh joy!

Today’s feature is about a restaurant my girlfriends and I visited earlier this week. This dinner was just what we needed to perk up a Monday to chase away those blues.

While it was pouring heavily outside, we were huddling comfortably in a little bustling eatery at Orchid Hotel — slurping down what I’d like to call “artisan Maggie mee”.

Oh yes, it’s time to say amen to ramen!

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BLT Steak Salad

I missed out the cheese that would've made it look just that little bit better.

So it’s common knowledge I love beef. I also love having myself a good BLT sandwich.

My parents are currently away in Malaysia, and will only be back later in week. With my Dad not around to make dinner, the responsibility naturally fell on my shoulders to “tank”. I blame my ovaries — wait, before you freak out at my preposterously crude remark, do understand it’s because I have two brothers and being the only daughter… You get my drift.

Now this is really a challenge. Settling my meal is easy; I’m O.K. with quick salads or sandwiches. My brothers? Hm, not so much.

Check out my attempt at striking a balance: give and take, with a little compromise.

Read on for the recipe!

Homemade Garlic Bread

Even if it means garlicky death breath.

Homemade garlic bread. Say what?

In under 20 minutes? Incredulous.

But no, let today’s post prove you wrong.

If you’re generally skeptical, never the type to believe in magic — or the magic of quick cooking apart from instant noodles, that is — then I’d suggest it’s high time you start believing.

C’mon, have a little faith, wouldya?

Read on for the recipe!

Potato Gumbo

Never eaten this before in my life... Not 'til about a couple of weeks ago.

So I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve found I actually have other things to do with my life, ha.

Anyway, as promised, I’m back with the potato gumbo recipe.

I hope all of you have been looking forward to this post. (Well, even if you haven’t, I’ve got one fan for sure — K has been bugging me to get this recipe up because when we had it over dinner he just loved it so much!)

And, if I hadn’t previously already mentioned, K is quite the foodie. So… You’ve definitely got the free hand deciding whether or not to trust his judgment; but if you love food too that shouldn’t be too hard a decision to make. I mean, just saying 😉

Read on for the recipe!

Lemon-Infused Chicken with Chard and Caramelized Onions Spaghetti

Could use a little more chard.

I couldn’t think of shorter name for this dish. There’s just so much in it that I can’t quite describe it fully.

The lemon-infused chicken has been something I’ve wanted to cook for a while, after reading about it in the chicken cookbook I’m currently onto. The idea of little lemon pockets in chicken breast sounded too… Adorable.

And then for the spaghetti — I was browsing for Swiss chard recipes (as I happen to have had some in the fridge that needed to be used quick) and chanced upon one that sounded like it could pair well with the chicken.

It was all a series of very unfortunate events, that led to the most pleasant discovery.

Read on for the recipe!

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!