Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Carrot, Ginger & Rum Raisin Cake

The end of July is approaching.

So what so significant about this month end? That our National Day is just 10 days away? I am turning the BIG 40 two weeks from now? My mid-year performance review with my boss is due tomorrow? (This should be of the least significance?! Haha!) My tenure as the host of this month's Little Thumbs Up (LTU) event comes to an end tomorrow. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ginger Scone

Wife loves scones, any kind of scones. This ginger scone is her contribution to my LTU blog event. The use of ginger ale and candied ginger give the scone a gingery kick! The flaky layers make the scones so tender and light. Spread with butter and jam, we could not stop eating them for our Sunday Tea.

Just 4 ingredients, this recipe is so fast and easy. You should try it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ginger Mojito

Along with cigars, the Mojito is one of Cuba's most famous exports. Its name comes from the African word "mojo", meaning to cast a little spell. The advantage Mojitos have are the simple-yet-tasty ingredients: rum, sugar, lime juice, mint and soda water.

One of my favourite beverages, I make Mojito at home regularly. The combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors complements perfectly the potent kick of the rum. A perfect cocktail drink in our hot humid weather.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bar-Roque Grill by Stephane Istel

The Baroque style of architecture, decorative art, music, literature and philosophy flourished throughout Europe from the late 16th to the early 18th century. It is characterized by exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, exuberance and grandeur.

In the same baroque era, the pleasures of a formal dinner reached new gastronomic heights with the discovery of different and exotic foods and spices, and the creation of new recipes. For the first time in history, the dining room became a clearly defined space within a house strictly for the enjoyment of food. A place where the pleasures of the table was shared with one's lovers, friends and family.

Inspired by this style and philosophy, the Bar-Roque Grill, the latest addition to the vibrant Singapore dining scene, opened its door for the first time just 2 weeks ago. Located at the corner of Amara Hotel in the up-and-coming hipster zone of Tanjong Pagar, the Bar-Roque Grill is the brainchild of Chef-owner Stephane Istel, formerly the Executive Chef of DB Bistro Moderne @ MBS by Daniel Boulud, and co-owner Kori Millar, the former General Manager of Sky57 @ MBS by Justin Quek.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ashton is 5ive!

Five years ago, we were very blessed to go from a family of four to five. Ashton completed us.

We had Ashley and Audrey before Ashton. Raising a boy is a totally different experience for us. Not better or worse, just different. While the 2 girls are calm and compliant, Ashton is cheeky and loves to entertain. During dinners, he is always the one who makes funny faces, cracks jokes and imitate some funny TV characters and we always have great laugh with him around.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Braised Pork Trotters Bee Hoon

Braised pork trotter bee hoon (rice vermicelli) was one of the many dishes that I grew up eating frequently at Grandma’s place. This traditional Hokkien bee hoon is comfort food, homely and simple, but with great flavour and taste. Grandma loved to cook this for our Sunday lunch as a one-dish meal with a hot sweet dessert (usually sweet potato and ginger soup) and I could have 2-3 bowls of the bee hoon at one go.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

I am finally back to our sunny hazy island after almost 3 weeks! Through Facebook and the many whatsapp messages, I came to know that Singapore and Malaysia were covered by a thick blanket of haze 2 weeks ago and the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit several new record high!

My family and I were lucky to have escaped that. Although I could still feel some discomfort in my eyes and throat the moment I touched down two days ago, I was told that the worst was over (hopefully) and last weekend was the sunniest for the past weeks.

While recovering from the jet lag, I am also cracking my head over the dishes to cook and post for this month's Little Thumbs Up (LTU) event which I am hosting. With the harsh weather condition still lingering, I thought it would be a good idea to have some clear sweet potato ginger soup to kickstart the event.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Little Thumbs Up - Ginger

For thousands of years, from ancient Indians, Chinese, Arabians to the Romans,  ginger has been used as a spice and a medicine. Although it is commonly described as a root, it is in fact a rhizome, a stem that grows out from the plant underground, and from which small roots will sprout, as well as new green shoots.

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