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November 7, 2010

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Blog Migration

November 5, 2010

Hello dear readers,

I am in the process of attempting to migrate my blog. It’s quite complicated and I have no idea what I’m doing, so in the next week or so, if you suddenly have trouble accessing, please do go to instead. That should work regardless, I think….

Thank you so much for reading!

Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon

October 31, 2010

I finally did it! I made Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. It took me over 5 hours, but by golly I did it! *pat myself on the back* Every inch of the stew was marvellous – the beef, the onions, the mushrooms… and the rich beautiful sauce that was just oh so ooh-la-la French.

I’m sure most all of you are well acquainted with this cooking legend, but just in case, Julia Child was a famous American chef, TV personality and writer. She began her career in a US intelligence agency, but had to move to Paris two years after marriage when her husband Paul was sent on assignment there by the US State Department. In Paris she was introduced to the magical world of haute cuisine and it changed her life. She enrolled herself in Le Cordon Bleu, and thereafter began writing cookbooks and teaching cooking. She eventually  snagged her own television show when she and Paul were back in the US.

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Dairy-Free Pumpkin & Chickpea Soup

October 29, 2010

Yes I know – the pictures for this post are so utterly unattractive! But the soup tasted much much better than it looks in my icky pictures. And I just had to post the only pumpkin dish I’ve made this fall =) Especially while it’s still October.

It is remarkable how many thousands of pumpkin recipes are floating in cyberspace right now. Just go to Tastespotting and key in “pumpkin” and you’ll get over 1800 search results. There’s everything from soups to muffins to cookies to puddings to breads to quiches to pies. Being in the infancy of my culinary life (two years isn’t that long, right?), I only discovered the joys of cooking with pumpkin fairly recently, so I’m still not too adventurous when it comes to pumpkin. But my previous experiences with pumpkin (aka caramel pumpkin tart, pumpkin curry soup and pumpkin risoni) were so positive I really wanted to make something with pumpkin while the markets were still chock full of them.

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Pierre Hermé Chocolate & Raspberry Tart – Revisited

October 23, 2010

When I made the Most Extraordinary Lemon Cream Tart a few weeks ago, I had three servings of Pierre Hermé’s gorgeous sweet tart dough leftover. So when my husband asked me a few days ago whether I might bake something nice for his friend’s birthday, I decided to use two servings of the dough to make Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate Raspberry Tart. The first time I made the tart the ganache tasted wonderful, but the crust was a tad burnt. The second time I made it, I had some trouble mixing the butter into the ganache evenly, so you could see a yucky layer of grease over the ganache after the tart was baked.

This time, I am pleased to report that the tart was perfection!

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Beer-Battered Fish & Chips and Mushy Peas

October 19, 2010

My hubs and I love a good plate of fish & chips. It’s not often that we chance upon a really good fish & chips place in Singapore, so we’re always on the lookout for one when we’re overseas. And we did find one in fact, back in November 2008.

I was in London for work, and my husband came to join me for a few days towards the tail end of the trip. One evening we were looking for someplace to have dinner, and the hotel concierge recommended that we try a little Fish & Chipperie closeby called The Golden Hind. And what a delight it turned out to be! The Golden Hind, named after a famous warship from the 16th century, was a teeny mom & pop shop situated on 73 Marylebone Lane, near Marble Arch station. The inside was marvellously rustic, replete with wooden tables and chairs and a big ‘ol wooden signboard telling you how ownership of the restaurant had changed hands over the years. The owner, a Greek gentleman named Mr. Christou, kept mostly to himself, but was nice enough to have a couple of pictures taken with us before we left.

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Using Everyday Ingredients to Banish Pesky Pests

October 16, 2010

Did you know that you could use flour for something other than baking/cooking?

When I just started blogging, I did a post about ants, roaches and lizards and how to keep them away.

I thought it might be worth revisiting since that was some time ago and many of you might not have seen that post. Also I’ve discovered one or two more prevention measures since then which I’d like to share with you!

This is not quite a food post, but if you cook often you’ll know just how mortifying it can be to see a big fat lizard running around just 2-3 metres from where you’re mixing your dough. So I’m hoping this post will help save you some of that trauma (and drama!).

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Coconut Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream

October 12, 2010

*This post made it to the Foodbuzz Daily Top 9 on 14 Oct 2010!*

Aren’t these cupcakes just pure happiness? I wanted them to look happy, because they were inspired by a happy surprise I received two weeks ago.

It was a Tuesday afternoon. I had just wandered into my house when I noticed a little blue slip of paper lying innocently on the ground, informing me that I had missed a package delivery. A package? But I hadn’t ordered anything… My curiosity peaked, I dashed to the post office first chance I got, and was very pleasantly surprised to see Hui Leng’s name on the envelope. For those of you who aren’t totally immersed in the food blogosphere, Hui Leng, better known as tigerfish, is the author of Teczcape – a wonderful and educational food blog that I enjoy very much. Hui Leng really knows away around her kitchen, and is especially handy with her rice cooker. She has, in fact, recently published a book called the Everything Rice Cooker Cookbook, that contains 300 recipes you can try with just a rice cooker!

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Cook & Fry

October 8, 2010

Here’s a little breather from the seemingly endless slew of Western dessert posts I’ve put up recently.

As I mentioned two posts ago, I’ve been doing more subsistence cooking of late, and that means the less glamorous but more enduring stuff, like basic stir-fry and steamed Chinese dishes. The pictures aren’t as fun to look at and the recipes aren’t quite as challenging, but I thought it might be worthwhile doing a couple of posts on these styles of cooking anyway, just in case I have readers who are terrified of cooking just like I was two years ago and could do with some simpler stuff to start off with.

If I can fry, so can you!

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Most Extraordinary Lemon Cream Tart (LiveSTRONG With A Taste of Yellow 2010)

October 3, 2010

*This post made it to the Foodbuzz Daily Top 9 on 4 Oct 2010!*

I’ve been wanting to make this lemon tart for a while. Dorie Greenspan learnt the recipe from master French chef Pierre Herme over 12 years ago, and loved it so much she decided to include it in her popular book Baking: From My Home to Yours. (I don’t own a copy of the book, but I hope I will someday soon!) For those of you who’ve been following my blog for some time, remember the gorgeous caramel pumpkin tart recipe that I was crazy about? Yup, it was a Dorie Greenspan recipe.

So anyway, yesterday I bought me a nice bag of lemons intending to make the tart over the weekend. When I got home, I was too lazy to do my chores so I decided to while away some time by blog surfing for a little bit. I chanced upon Ellie’s just-published post on LiveSTRONG With A Taste of Yellow, recalled that Shirley had also submitted a post in honour of LiveSTRONG day, and since two of my favorite bloggers had jumped on the LiveSTRONG bandwagon, I thought I should find out more about it too.

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