Bruschetta Bar

Baking, Cooking, Recipes

Bruschetta Bar
When I saw this party idea – a Bruschetta Bar in the upbeat What’s Gaby Cooking – I knew I had to do it. And not just, heyyy I should do it, but more like NO, it’s happening, like SOON.

I rounded up a group of my girlfriends and planned a lazy weekend hangout, where we all could do a low maintenance (ok only kinda, low maintenance), fancy and super delicious brunch.

Here’s what I prepared – borrowing largely from Gaby, and a few additions of my own. No re-posting here because I did not change these recipes – not even one bit!

Red Pepper Sauce – this was the CLEAR favorite of the dips made
Tomato Confit – you can use the leftovers for pasta sauce
Mint Pea Pesto
Baked Bread – cut them into bigger pieces
Blondies – bake this beforehand, cut and freeze. On the day defrost and they will be perfect!

My girls brought the sauteed mushrooms, salami, caramelized onions, feta (fancy and normal), pepper jack cheese and rocket (arugula)!

And we washed it all down with some refreshing clerico sangria – of COURSE.

Landscape shot!

Landscape shot!

READ THIS: VOLUME 11

Thoughts

But honestly the answer to most problems = adequate sleep

But honestly the answer to most problems = adequate sleep

This edition is ALL about little tips and tricks to help you WIN at life. Man I miss that game.

Anywho. Firstly, here is all the equipment you need when dealing with fruit and veg in the kitchen.

Being stressed and depressed is more likely to make you fat. So, you know, don’t do it anymore.

Ok fine – here are some actual practical tips – you can practice being optimistic.

It’s hot y’all. I mean I know it’s hot in Singapore, it’s always hot in Singapore but for those of you going on a beach vacay, here are some handy tips to fight breakouts this summer. I ran right to Sephora and bought me some make-up wipes after reading this.

Enough for now! Watch this video! Watch the movie!

Tian Kee & Co

Flash Restaurant Review

TCS Cheesecake (SGD6.50) and an Iced Snag (SGD6.50)!

TCS Cheesecake (SGD6.50) and an Iced Snag (SGD6.50)!

What: A derelict-chic cafe housed in what used to be an old school provision shop.

Pros: REALLY good cheesecakes (Toffee Caramel Salted Cheesecake, pictured above, is an awesome flan/cheesecake hybrid and their famous Yuen Yang Cheesecake – coffee and tea combo – is refreshing) and coffee (esp the Snag – bandung + coffee = WHOA). Convenient to get to since it’s super close to Mountbatten MRT.

Cons: Savory food doesn’t seem to be a strong point and I would not recommend the gelato.

Verdict: Go visit for dessert or tea time and then stop at the old-school playground at Dakota Crescent to take pictures/swing on tyres!

Details:
Blk 12, #01-48
Dakota Cresent 390012

Bibimbap

Cooking, Recipes
Bibimbap YO!

Bibimbap YO!

Most people already know this but I spent a good four years of my life in Korea.

The first year or two I hated it. I hated the landscape, this new school I had to go to and MAN did I hate the food.

And then one day it was like a lightbulb turned on and I couldn’t get enough of the bulgogi, tokbuki, gimbap, ramen and ohhh bibimbap. In the months leading up to my family’s move back to Malaysia I would eat bibimbap everyday.

So when I came across this recipe from the aspirational How You Glow, I had to try it.

The verdict: IT IS SO DAMN GOOD.

Go straight to the website for instructions because I did it exactly as they advised. Except I subbed soy sauce (use 2 Tbsps) for tamari – what the heck is that anyway?

READ THIS: VOLUME 10

Thoughts

GUYSSSS. I feel ILL. And so sorry for myself.

But I better stop whining because, to borrow a quote from Orange Is the New Black (which I binge-watched last weekend), “Problems are always boring, until they’re yours.” Or something like that.

An inspiring interview with Jill Abramson, The New York Times editor who was just fired for her “brusque management style.”

I made those blondies (pictured above) two days ago. While sick. But I needed something sweet and easy and these were definitely that. Pro tip: reduce the sugar amount to 3/4 cup.

There’s a bunch of cooked rice in my freezer right now and I’m gonna turn it into rice pudding y’all. It’s gonna be gooood.

By the way, I’ve started bolding all my links after I rediscovered one of my favorite beauty blogs, Mouldy Fruit. She does it and it’s easier to find where the links are. She’s also really just making me want to spend all my monehhhh.

Ok I need a nap now.

Bunny Pasta Sauce

Cooking, Recipes

When I saw this pasta sauce on the fantastic blog, Lady and Pups – I knew I had to make it. It looked so vivid, so tasty so piquant! I don’t even know what that word MEANS, I just know I need to use it in this context!

So… then I made it and it was good. But it wasn’t particularly spicy or zesty.

It was mellow and complex. That’s something I haven’t been in awhile. Well at least not the mellow part.

For as long as I can remember I have been an anxious person. This anxiety has translated to frustration, irritability and sometimes anger, especially directed towards those closest to me.

But I know why I’m feeling and acting like this. It’s because I’ve stopped breathing.

WHAT?

I mean I’ve stopped doing my breathing exercises.

A few years ago I discovered that doing a set of breathing exercises in the morning helped calm me down. It was incredibly ANNOYING to do. Especially since the benefits weren’t immediate and it made everyone close by think I was wheezing to death.

But after a month of doing the exercises I realized that my brain wasn’t going into overdrive as fast.

Three months later I realized my skin was clearer.

And a year later my outlook was more positive, sunnier, and less hopeless.

I mean I don’t know if it’s all because of breathing but it seems like a might big coincidence. Especially since other anxiety countering techniques rarely worked for me. I once read somewhere that if you can’t dedicate at least 20 minutes a day to something that you think is important, then it clearly isn’t important at all.

Wise words. And I must get back to breathing and also advise you to make this mellow and awesome pasta sauce which goes well with a TON of fresh parmesan.

Do some yoga and get eating. You’ll be into it. I’m sure.

Pasta Sauce
2 Tbsps of unsalted butter
4 fillets of anchovies in olive oil
500 gm of carrots, peeled and diced
5 – 7 big red Asian chili peppers, roughly diced
1 tsp dried thyme (optional)
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup of chicken stock + another 1/2 cup
1/4 cup of heavy cream
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 Tbsps of Dijon mustard
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon

Pasta
1 package of any type of pasta
6 Tbsps olive oil
1 tsp of chili flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for grating

Pasta sauce
In a large pot, cook the anchovies with unsalted butter over medium-high heat.

Use a wooden spoon to break up the anchovies and let melt into the butter.

Add the peeled and diced carrots, diced red chilis, fresh thyme, salt and freshly ground black pepper, and saute for 2 min.

Then add 1/2 cup of chicken stock and cook till most of the liquid is evaporated and the carrots are soft.

Turn off the heat and add the other 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and stir.

Wait till it cools a bit and transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the heavy cream, garlic, Dijon mustard, sugar, red wine vinegar, freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

Blend until evenly pureed. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge until needed.

Pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. There should be some bite to this.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and chili flakes until fragrant.

Add the pasta into the pan, along with 1/4 cup of pasta water and the pasta sauce.

Toss the pasta and the sauce together and cook until the pasta water has evaporated.

Serve the pasta with a LOT of grated Parmesan cheese.

Bunny Sauce in jars!

Bunny Sauce in jars!

Berry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars

Baking, Recipes
"Moody" Berry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars

“Moody” Berry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars

The photos are so bad for this. I just got LAZY. And complacent.

And I wanted to EAT. I didn’t want to take stupid PICTURES.

Because these bars WERE SO GOOD ok?

Just accept this crappy montage of photos.

And then go make this.

Crust
200 gm digestives biscuits
4 Tbsps butter

Berry Filling
1/3 cup of raspberry (any type should do) jam (Yes, it’s THAT easy)

Cheesecake Layer
1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp flour
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil.

Pulse digestives in a food processor until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse.

Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.

Spread jam evenly over partially baked crust.

Beat the cream cheese and sugar until well combined and smooth. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla until combined.

Add in the flour and salt and beat until just combined.

Spoon over jam to cover.

Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Chill 1 hour.

Cut into bars. Carefully remove so that it doesn’t break.

EAT.

It’s tart and wonderful and homey and you will thank me so make it.

*Adapted from Handle the Heat.