Making Sabudana Khichdi with Aunty Meena Newaskar (Melting Pot #2)

For the second feature of my blog series ‘Melting Pot’ , I’ve interviewed my childhood friends’ mother, Mrs Meena Newaskar, who was kind enough to share the recipe for her daughter’s (my friend Neeti) favourite – Sabudana Khichdi and how she learnt to create this popular breakfast and snack originating from Maharashtra. Sabudana, also known…

Photoessay : Morning Market Scenes in Siem Reap

Last July, we made a short trip out to Siem Reap, Cambodia and we took two food tours during our five day stay. Both our morning and evening tour was with Steven Halcrow , co-founder of Siem Reap Food Tours and an experienced chef. Steve’s familiarity with the Khmer language, food and the sprawling Pasar…

Making Mullu Murukku

Hello Everyone! Thank you for sticking around despite the long absence. As you may know from Instagram, quite a few things have been brewing in my kitchen since I last checked in here. For a few years now, I’ve been thinking about working on a blog project. I’ve finally decided to just take the plunge and…

Kimchi Chicken Fried Rice + A Homecoming

It feels incredibly good to be able to use the internet again! For the past few weeks since we’ve gotten back home to Singapore, we’ve been cable tv-less and internet-less. And to top it all off, everything in the house has been revolting against our year long absence – television’s temperamental, sinks completely choked, a…

Salted Milk Caramel Fudge Brownies

  I’m not quite sure when I ate the first brownie but it must have been from a bakery in my neighbourhood. I remember that I was not particularly pleased with its cakey, dry texture and weird tasting walnut. But then, later in my teens, I discovered the Betty Crocker brownie box mix and my…

Thai-style Minced Meat Pasta

I might be blowing my own trumpet here but if you’re like me and like Thai food and want something easy and very delicious then, I guarantee you’ll L-O-V-E this pasta dish inspired by the Pad Kra Prow variations in Bangkok. It is exceptionally easy to put together, very difficult to screw up and absolutely scrumptious!…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Psst! If you haven’t heard, it’s Mother’s Day (everywhere except the UK) this Sunday. If you’ve forgotten because you’re too busy enjoying Spring (un/fortunately it’s coming into Winter here in NZ) or got just too caught up with the results of the big fight, who can blame you? And if you haven’t gotten round to…

No Recipe Fried Rice

Hello fellow foodies! I’m excited to share some pretty exciting news with you. Firstly, I want to thank all of you for sharing my recipes on Facebook and Pinterest. I’m so over the moon that more than a hundred of you loved and shared my Cheat’s Chicken Rice and Ayam Masak Merah recipes! It gives me great…

Very Crumbly Coconut Rhubarb Cake

  I’ve no life event or personal anecdote to go with this post, except for this recipe. I’ve kept it a secret and not blogged about it for the past week. And so bit by bit it has been savoured with coffee over breakfast, elevenses, tea and as a midnight snack. I couldn’t help it….

Caramel Chai Hot Cross Buns

It was an emotional week of national mourning in Singapore after the passing of our first Prime Minister and founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The previous week had mostly been spent between reading numerous articles and poring through the avalanche of photographs of tearful Singaporeans paying their last respects. It was pretty traumatic and…

Cheat’s Chicken Rice

If you’re not from Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, then the image that pops up in your head after one mentions ‘chicken rice’ would probably be some fried or roast chicken with rice. Yes, chicken rice is some random chook + some rice. But it’s so much more than that. Imagine a whole chicken first being…

Orange and Poppyseed Syrup Cake

It’s the time of the year when Singapore becomes a ghost town and the occasional clanging of cymbals and drums from the lion dance troupes are the only signs of life. Yes. I’m talking about Chinese New Year. Most shops would be closed for at least 2 days and so people usually stock their homes…

Plum Crumble Cake

Hello again. Not to make you jealous or anything if you’re from the other side of the world but the New Zealand summer has been nothing but spectacular. Despite being from the tropics, I see the beauty the sun in a completely different light. Sunrise and especially sunsets are glorious every single day and in…

Moroccan Carrot Tarte Tatin

So this is my first post in 2015. We’ve finally settled down in our rented apartment in Auckland and started to enjoy summer in our new home. It has been an interesting experience thus far as we’d both thought that the New Zealand summer would be similar to the weather in Singapore. We were proven…