[Recipe] Winter Solstice Festival (“Ball Ball” day)

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, winter solstice falls on December 22 or 23 (solar calendar) every year. For the past 22 years, I never knew Chinese Winter Solstice Festival was more important than Chinese New Year. I just knew that no matter what you must do whatever you can to have at least one tang…

[Recipe] Pineapple Jam

This jam is super versatile – you can have it on toast, cake, make it into a slice or even better, pineapple tarts! The preparation time is about 7 -10 minutes (depending on how fast you are at cutting pineapples) and the cooking time is about 1.5-2 hours. Don’t try increasing the heat of the…

[Recipe] Aloha ‘Auinala Tea Cake

Take me back to Hawaii!!! ❤ (Click the link above to watch a video that summarises my 9 days in Hawaii with my exchange friends) Aloha everyone!! Today, I was just looking through my album of pictures and reminiscing the amazing time I had in Oahu, Hawaii early March this year. If someone sees me looking…

[Recipe] Nasi Goreng aka Fried Rice

What can go wrong with an innocent dish like nasi goreng right? Oh boy it can! My mum tried making her first proper nasi goreng 8 years ago and it was a plate of rice mush! After several more attempts and using Tip #2 below, my mum perfected her fried rice and it’s probably one of…

[Two Recipes] Flippin’ pancakes!!

I have a HUGE confession to make… Before I learnt how easy pancakes are to make, I used to buy pancake mix!! I only learnt how to make pancakes 8 years ago from my dad who was too horrified by the fact that I was about to buy pancake mix. After I learnt how to…

Malaysian Kuih: Onde-onde

Onde-onde, my favourite of all the Malaysian kuih-muih because of the chewy texture of the glutinous rice balls, freshly grated coconut on the outside and the burst of oozing gula melaka on the inside. Seriously hands down better than any chocolate (and this is coming from a chocoholic!) I would use freshly grated coconut if you can find…

[Four Recipes] A quadruple of dips!

Whether it’s with nacho chips, carrot sticks, pita bread or your fingers, here are 4 simple and very easy dips you can make. It’s a great and delicious way to satisfy the savoury cravings without having to reach out for that bag of chips. I don’t know about you but sometimes I actually cringe at the…

Hawaii : Olomana Three Peak Trail

Friday, 20th March 2015: Olomana Three Peak Trail  This was our last full day in Hawaii so I decided it was gonna be more rewarding and more productive use of my time ending a very active holiday with a big hike. I googled and yelped Olomana Three Peak hike and read many different reviews. Some…

Hawaii: Manoa falls & Waikiki

14th March 2015: Manoa Falls & Waikiki Started off my day right with a bowl of oats, topped with sliced bananas, raw cacao nibs and goji berries. Hmm.. We began our day trip to Manoa Falls Trail. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by a pristine rainforest and tropical bamboo shoots. The gravel guides you…

[Recipe] Chunky Monkey Banana Bread

My grandpa and I used to buy bananas together whenever we went to the shops but I never understood why he would hang the bananas up and wait days for the bananas to have brown spots before eating them. It made no sense to me. Why on earth would I want to eat an ugly…

[Recipe] Asian Salmon Patties (Fish cakes)

MY SERIOUSLY EASY ASIAN SALMON PATTIES (FISH CAKES) Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 5-10 minutes You know how most children despise vegetables and would throw a fit when they don’t want to eat it or some cheeky ones might try sneak abit onto their sibling’s plate? That’s how I feel when I salmon is…

[Recipe & Story] Congee: Ultimate comfort food

This is comfort food to me 🙂 It’s perfect for breakfast, dinner, lunch, snack, whenever.. My dad would say it’s for sick people but let’s ignore that comment because it’s not good energy for my soul 😛 hahaha I just love congee, especially when it’s made well. When it’s cooked well, it’s silky and smooth, the…