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Monthly Archive for September, 2012

Every week, I rack my brains for ideas on what to cook for our daily weekday dinners. Seriously, it’s not easy planning dinner menus that are balanced, varied, interesting, and keep to a certain budget — week after week! I’ve discovered that convenience sauces can help to instantly jazz up a dish without much effort. [...]

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Just five days to go before Mid-Autumn Festival! Have you all prepared your mooncakes for this Sunday’s (September 30) celebration? Received quite a few samples of mooncakes this year, and Crystal Jade’s selection is one of the more unique offerings. Particularly memorable are the yogurt pudding mooncakes, newly launched this year.

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The BIG day is coming. Free time will be practically a non-existent luxury once Baby 2 arrives. The foodie BFF generously treated us to a leisurely weekday afternoon tea at the former Scotts Lounge, now renamed as 10 Scotts. This is my first time here after refurbishment, and I must say I really like its [...]

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Bought these dirt-cheap pastries from Giant hypermarket — around S$1.80 for 5 mini choc Danish and S$2.40 for 10 mini butter croissants. Definitely not artisanal Maison Kayser-quality, but at prices like these, who’s complaining?

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The Chinese believe that it’s essential for a new mom to have proper nutrition during the one-month postnatal confinement period so that she can regain her strength and build her health. But unlike my first delivery, we won’t be having a confinement lady or nanny after Baby 2 arrives. That’s why we’re considering the next [...]

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There’s nothing more leisurely than spending a few hours on a weekday afternoon, nibbling on dainty bites and sipping exquisite teas in a luxurious hotel lounge. Weekday teas served at hotels are generally divided into two kinds: high tea buffet or 3-tier afternoon tea. If what you want is the traditional English experience, the 3-tier [...]

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Not the most orthodox pairing, but when I saw these two items in the kitchen pantry next to each other, I thought, “Hey, why not?” Can’t take any chef’s credit for them. Baked beans came out of a Heinz can, and the rosti is from a Swiss Delice vacuum pack. Fried the rosti in a [...]

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Next to Chinese New Year, the other most important festival in the lunar calendar has got to be Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival aka Mooncake Festival falls on Sunday, 30 September 2012 (15th day of 8th lunar month). The reason why I’m always excited about Mid-Autumn Festival is the array of wonderful mooncakes [...]

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