Pork Vermicelli Omelette in Chicken Broth – With The Inherited Teochew Taste

Holidays is almost over, but Chinese New Year is almost here! There’s probably no other way for me to savour the festive atmosphere back home, except to cook up some of my favourites here from among the list of my mum’s best dishes....more

Teacher Appreciation Gift

Many of us are just glad school is out.  No more rushing around in the mornings, no more making sure there is enough food in the fridge for cold lunches, no more homework!  But there is one thing left to do, and that is saying, "Thank you" to the teachers who have nurtured our children while at school.  Those who may have put band aides on or let the "I can't find it" slide just this once.  Let's give them some appreciation for their hard work so when they come back to school in the fall, they have some renewed gusto to give 100% to the new students.   ...more

A Mixture Of Colours With Vietnamese Rice Paper Salad (Bánh Tráng Trộn)

So much for my adventures in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Now it is time to turn the attention to my culinary experiences in Vietnam!...more

Preserving Wild Mushrooms & Making Mushroom Stock

Photo credit: Nancy Anne HarbordPeople I don’t want to brag (okay, maybe I do), but I just found a truly epic quantity of St. George’s Mushrooms. About 4kg of them! I actually had to stop picking because I couldn’t carry anymore. They were everywhere!...more

Homemade Mix

This is a fabulous coating for chicken and pork...and homemade makes it better!Ingredients:Dozen Club crackers--crushed to fine2 tsp paprika3 Tbsp season salt2 Tbsp flourSalt and Pepper to tasteDirections:Combine all ingredients in a large closable plastic bag.  Add pieces of rinsed chicken or pork and shake to coat evenly.  This will coat 4-5 pork chops or pieces of chicken.Enjoy!!!...more

Civil War Macaroni and Cheese

Old Fashioned recipe for homemade Macaroni and Cheese comes from 1861 Civil War recipes cookbook “Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey’s Lady’s Book“. The most unusual thing about this recipe is that macaroni are cooked in milk. I haven’t tried that before, but I can tell you that it is a very good idea. The pasta soaks milk flavor while cooking and you don’t need to make sauce separately. And it is all done in one pot....more

Colcannon

Colcannon is an old fashioned Irish dish made with mashed potatoes and kale or savoy cabbage with addition of milk, butter and scallions or chives. It is traditionally served with boiled ham or bacon. Every Irish family has its own version or this classic dish. Colcannon recipe is from the bubble ‘n’ squeak family and traditionally it is served on St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween, but can be equally enjoyed throughout the year because it is so quick and easy to make and healthy at the same time....more

Vegan Side Dish

This Vegan Side Dish recipe is great for any season. You can increase or decrease the amount of vegetables according to your taste, or add a new one which is fresh on the market. Meat eaters will also love it, served together with baked or grilled meat. In that case, add vegetables to the baking pan with meat about 20 minutes before the meat is cooked. Cover with foil and cook together. In my family Vegan Side Dish was such a success that I was asked to make it two times in a row. I hope you will like it, too!...more

Frugal Friday

This Frugal Friday is more of a lifestyle hack.  There's a website my son found that really helps use up what you already have in the house!Head over to:  http://myfridgefood.com/You'll see a checklist.  Check off everything you have on hand and the website will give you recipes using only the ingredients you already have!...more

A Finally Successful Attempt To Bake Peanut Cookies

Lesson learnt: Never ever follow the steps taken right out of a microwave manual. It’s horrible and distasteful....more