I love the distinctive flavour of almonds. They lend themselves so nicely to all sorts of dishes, from hefty sweet pies to flourless cakes, cookies to Chinese desserts like almond cream with red bean-filled rice balls and delicately brittle Chinese almond cookies. I enjoy them on top of fragrant, spiced pilafs both Indian and Middle … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Easy, Successful Amaretti Cookies
It has been an eventful week. Singapore just celebrated its 53rd National Day on 9 August, which also happens to be the anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, which quickly brought WWII to an end in Asia. From the perspective of a hobby cook & history nerd, this brings to mind sweet potatoes. "Why leh?" you … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Sweet Potato Ubi Talam
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
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
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 light outside today is not warm, but hot and glaring. So for today's assignment, I felt it best to pick something out of my heap of holiday photos. I think warmth and light from the sun is nicely captured here, illuminating one of my favourite desserts, Baklava, perfectly paired with sweet tea Turkish style. This was … Continue reading Photo 101 – Warmth & Light
How often are we left with a bunch of rapidly ripening bananas hanging from a hook in the kitchen? You look on in dismay knowing that by the next day, it would have tipped over its ‘use by’ date and you know you won’t be able to finish them on time. But dangerously … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – What to do with dangerously ripe bananas?