The Saturday Kitchen — Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

The daughter has been slaving away at her desk the last few months preparing for her upcoming IB exams which finally takes place next week. So I try to stay home as much as possible during this period just to be with her to give her moral support. I think it makes a difference for … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen — Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

The Saturday Kitchen – Kueh Salat, A Double Decker Delight

One of my favourite desserts is kueh, a whole genre of little cakes and confections found in the indigenous cuisines of Southeast Asia. Called kueh, or kuih, it is an integral part of Indonesian, Malay and Peranakan culinary culture. You'll also find renditions of that genre in Thailand. There hundreds of different kinds of kueh … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Kueh Salat, A Double Decker Delight

The Saturday Kitchen – Shanghai Mooncakes with Lotus Paste

I have always had a weakness for traditional Chinese pastries, particularly those filled with lotus paste or red bean paste. But I always thought they were prohibitively complicated to make, until about a year ago when I rashly agreed to make some for a photoshoot and cookbook on mooncakes. That got me learning and practising … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Shanghai Mooncakes with Lotus Paste

The Saturday Kitchen – Still in The Mood for Oat (Cookies)

  I am still in the mood for oats. Apart from Yee Por's elusive savoury oat porridge, I only like oats in cookie or bar form. I found a pack of oats in my baking supplies drawer yesterday and felt the need to bake them up before they reached their expiry date. This is an old, reliable recipe which I … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Still in The Mood for Oat (Cookies)

The Saturday Kitchen – Old School Coconut Candy

I have been busy with writing  my second book. Now, it is done and ready to go to the printers. I finally have a bit of a breather, and I'm finally posting this -- my all-time favourite confection, coconut candy. Whenever the word 'retro' pops up, these coconut candies spring to mind. This, to me, … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Old School Coconut Candy

The Saturday Kitchen – Piquant Asian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

I am trying to eat healthier these days to keep the excess weight away. My metabolic rate is slowing down and now that I am writing my second children's book, I am spending more time seated. (Not good for the waist and the hips.) So I've taken to being mindful and eating only what I … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Piquant Asian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

The Saturday Kitchen – Salted Egg Long Beans with Pork

Ever since my father passed away six years ago, I head out with my mother for lunch a few times a week to keep her company. She lives alone with the helper, and thankfully a hop skip and jump from my brother's house and mine. Working from home and having a flexible schedule allows me to … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Salted Egg Long Beans with Pork

The Saturday Kitchen – Traditional Cantonese Fried Glutinous Rice

The Chinese don't often use glutinous rice in their cooking, but when they do, one of the most delectable dishes is fried glutinous rice. The moist nuo mai fan wrapped in lotus leaves, steamed with lup cheong (Chinese sausage), black mushrooms and chicken and served at dim sum is much more common the world over. But this fried … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Traditional Cantonese Fried Glutinous Rice

The Saturday Kitchen — Stir Fried Cabbage and Green Beans with Galangal

It's been quite a few weeks since I last wrote. I had been caught up with some exciting collaborations with our public libraries regarding my children's book (I'll write about that in another post), and made a trip to Kaiping in Guangzhou to see the UNESCO World Heritage diaolou. Incidentally that area is also where … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen — Stir Fried Cabbage and Green Beans with Galangal

The Saturday Kitchen – Chewy Peanut Butter, Fruit & Nut Cookies

Cookies, particularly chewy ones, are one of the most irresistible comfort foods I can think of. When it's about 4pm, whether I am peckish or not, I must have a cup of tea and a cookie. It's a small mid-afternoon treat and perks you up when your internal engine is slowing down. I made this … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Chewy Peanut Butter, Fruit & Nut Cookies