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Donna Hay Inspired Upside Down Apple Chocolate Pudding

As always I was very eager to get my hands on the new Autumn Issue of my favourite Donna Hay magazine. And guess what the central photo spread was about? Apple Picking!!! Yep, the number one thing on my "to do before 35" list. Naturally I was enthralled by the gorgeous photography and page after page of delicious apple recipes. The layout was clean and simple, the emphasis on the fruit and abstract views of the orchard. One recipe in particular caught my eye. It was a simple recipe for "Apple Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce". I had to try it since we were also having a friend over for Easter lunch. So, I decided to tweak i... Read More >>
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What Makes A Raspberry And Coconut Cupcake Frou Frou

frou-frou (froo froo) n. 1. Fussy or showy dress or ornamentation. 2. A rustling sound, as of silk. The word frou-frou is first recorded in English in the early 1870s. Its original sense was 'a rustling, as of silk on a woman's dress'. An example that the Oxford English Dictionary cites from 1871: "With a frou-frou of soft silk she arose." This sense also appears as a verb--"frou-frouing skirts," for example. The current sense, 'elaborate or frilly decoration, as on women's clothing', is also found for the first time in the 1870s. The word frou-frou is a borrowing from French, in which it is first found in the 1730s... Read More >>
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5-Star Chicken Congee Singapore Style

Whenever I think of Singapore, I do so with a fond smile and an ache in my heart to fly back there and relive the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Lion City. The 5 years that I spent there are as vibrant and fresh in my head as if it were yesterday. I enjoyed numerous gastronomic adventures, discovering wondrous tastes for the first time and savouring every new one. There was this very popular award-winning place selling the much-loved Hainanese Chicken rice on our street called simply "5-Star Chicken Rice". Needless to say, their chicken rice became our staple for lazy evenings and work emergencies. Never a dull moment a... Read More >>
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Spicy Baked Vegetable Cutlets – Indian Croquettes

With memories of long-distance train journeys along India's West Coast ricocheting in my head, I set out to imitate the pungent and 'chatpata' taste of the Vegetable Cutlets that were served by the canteen boys on those trains. I tried to make them a bit unconventionally. I microwaved all the veggies on high with a little bit of water. The potatoes were still a bit firm when I took them out of the microwave. Then I got out my trusty, big, stone mortar and pestle; and gave the veggies a good bashing. That softened them up nicely without making them overtly mushy . After shaping them into long croquettish shapes and rolling them in breadcr... Read More >>
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Authentic Dutch Pancake Poffertje Recipe

  A while back I had mentioned how we oohed-aahed and literally drooled over this generous plate of dutch pancakes/poffertjes at a local fair. It didn't help that they looked gorgeous and were dolloped with fresh cream, strawberries and caramel sauce :). Well, I did manage to buy an authentic cast-iron poffertjes pan on ebay and with a lot of hope and aspirations tried it out over the weekend. It wasn't too bad, but it was not what we enjoyed at the fair. These eggy little marvels came out too chewey and not sweet enough. They looked pretty darned delicious though ... a pity, they did'nt exactly taste that way. So I am appealing to a... Read More >>
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Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa brings to mind little ornate steel bowls full of delicious, moist, beautifully textured carrot pudding garnished with slivered nuts and silver foil . Hot ... Of course, fresh off the stove!! The typical Halwa like the one Mum makes, takes anywhere between 2-6 hours simmering away on the stove. It takes constant stirring , constant adjusting of consistency and a lot of love. My mum always says that the longer you cook the halwa, the more sweet it becomes. Maybe it is just love after all ... the love of the person doing all the toiling away at the stove. Thanks to modern technology and a lot of laziness , I have conjured u... Read More >>