Thursday, October 31, 2013

seriously dark chocolate sugar cookies for everyday


Some days all you want is a simple cookie. Not loaded. No oats, nuts or dried fruit. No chocolate chips. Just a plain ole sugar cookie. Make that a seriously dark chocolate sugar cookie. One where there is a slight tinge of bitterness and not cloying sweet. They are not crumbly and can be rough-handled by preschoolers and at the same time, tender to the bite. It goes utterly well with a glass of cold milk. Or a mug of sugarless black tea. It's perfect for a middle of the day pick-me-up or a midnight nibble. My boys love these for their snack time. They enjoy having them as a post-dinner treat. I make them quite small so they can be stuffed into snackboxes. I leave a couple on my co-worker's desk as a surprise happy treat. I probably can go on and on about how these are so perfect for any time. Did I mention how good these are? I guess I did. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

buttermilk bread loaves


I haven't been baking much bread these days as October is birthday month at our household. Both my boys' birthdays fall in this month so I've been busy with party planning and cake baking. These buttermilk bread loaves were quick to do and turned out fragrant and soft; and were perfect for little sandwiches. Anything really. I've used them for pizza cheese toasts, french toasts and for peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. I love the small loaves as I freeze the lot and take one out the night before to defrost in the fridge to eat the next day. If you are looking for an easy and quick bread fix, this is your loaf. I'm sure you'll find a great use for it. Or you could just munch on them plain, as I have on occasions.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

sweet thai chilli sauce


After an unsuccessful run to the supermarket to get chilli sauce for a hotpot (steamboat) dinner, I decided to make my own. I wanted one that was slightly sweet, but with enough chilli kick. I also wanted it a little tangy and not too salty. This homemade chilli sauce hits all the right spots. And best of all, it's fresh and preservative-free. This one is reminiscent of those Thai 'suki' chilli sauce one can always find at a Thai hotpot restaurant like Coca and the likes. It's perfect for those pork balls or sukiyaki beef slices. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

banana sponge cake - a favourite at teatime


I had a bunch of bananas calling out to me each time I walked into the kitchen. "Use me! Use me before I fall to my death!" I had to find a way to save them. (Like how I had to save my zucchinis the last time) And so I did. I was looking for a light spongy banana cake and not those American versions of 'banana bread'. This recipe promised sponginess and no separation of eggs. It was also really popular with bloggers if you bother to follow the recipe trail. Well, I'm glad I decided to jump onto this bandwagon too cos it is really a yummy banana cake and it delivers all that it had promised. Spongy and light and oh so delicious. And yes, it helps you use up 3 whole bananas and that is really the point. And yes a terrific tea time treat too. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

grilled squid, eggplant and chickpea salad


We have been trying to go off meat more often these days. I have been stocking up my fridge and pantry with more veggies and staples like beans and pulses. As I don't have the luxury of popping by the wet market or supermarket that often, I like to buy veggies that can last the week, and a little longer hopefully, such as zucchinis, eggplants, french beans, asparagus and root veggies like carrots and daikon. The green leafy veggies are usually the first to get eaten up after a market visit. So this is one of those dishes that was inspired by what's left in the fridge and pantry towards the end of the week. The 3 main ingredients go very well together, especially with a middle-eastern slant to it. Smoked paprika and cumin form the basis of the dressing, giving it an exotic Moroccan twist. Some flat bread and a glass of dry white is all you need to complete the meal. On days when you are tired of the meats, this dish will lighten your palate and ease your body of the heaviness of meats, carbs and fats. Have fun with your veggies this weekend!