Read. Do. Make. Eat. 25.9.2015

Cooking, Eating Out, Stuff to do, Thoughts

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Read.

The new Mindy Kaling book, Why Not Me? This book has been responsible for all the scream-laughs coming from my bedroom this past week.

Do.

Go Christmas/whatever shopping at Public Garden! This month it is weirdly enough in the Suntec Convention Centre but maybe that’s good because #haze.

Make.

Some blueberry inspired things, like that crumble pictured above or these Clinton St. Baking Co’s blueberry pancakes.

Eat.

Speaking of, there’s a Clinton St. Baking Company in Singapore now. It’s apparently expensive and very hip.

Read. Do. Make. Eat. 28.8.2015

Cooking, Eating Out, Stuff to do, Thoughts

Eat some ice-cream. Here.

Eat some ice-cream. Here.

Read.

SO cute AND helpful. This writer followed her Mom around Costco and this is what she learned.

Good looking people share the contents of their fridge. What? Why? Because they’re good looking and that makes me care.

Do.

It’s the last weekend of the Singapore Night Festival – gotta love it when people try to marry the (supposed) mundanity of museums with the novelty of staying out past your bedtime.

Practice your (insert language here).

Make.

Banh MI. BANH Mi. BANH MI.

Eat.

This chocolate bar.

The SGD18++ six-plate degustation pasta with wine at Bottura. Can you say value for money?

A parting thought – what do you guys think about cookbooks? I think they’re beautiful but I never use them – I either find recipes on the Interweb, make something up or call my Mom.

Goi Ga AKA Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Recipes

Yummmm

So, DiniBlini, is still a food blog in it’s essence. Just that I haven’t been repping that side of it that hard, recently.

PZ sent me a picture of some amazing risotto she had made a couple of weeks ago – which she had served with what looked like an enticing salad.

Since I’ve never met a salad I don’t like I was all “Hayyyy what’s that? Is it tasty? Can I get the recipe??”

PZ obliged and sent me her version – which I promptly adapted – and messed up.

The first time round I made it, it looked like this:

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Goi Ga close-up

Which is to say – it was GORGEOUS but I forgot to put sugar in the dressing and left the onions I had marinated in vinegar on the counter and didn’t put it in the salad. I also added the quinoa which I had prepared to make it a full meal on the counter and only added it after I was halfway through. Which made me sad. It also made me hate my counter.

The second day I prepared the salad – I was ready. Onions went in! Honey (I didn’t feel like sugar), went in! Quinoa went in! And it was great. This was a salad on a budget (Let’s face it Chinese cabbage is a lot cheaper than those mixed salad leaves) and it does a body (and wallet) good.

Serves 2 – or 1 hungry girl, twice

Protein
1 chicken thigh
1/4 tsp salt
olive oil

Salad
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 – 3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 head of Chinese cabbage, about 500gm, quartered, cored and cut crosswise into 1/4″ ribbons
1 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 bunch chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Dressing
1 to 2 chillies, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
Pinch of salt
1 tsp honey
4 Tbsps fish sauce
2 Tbsps lime juice
3 Tbsps water

Protein
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Toss the chicken with a bit of olive oil.

Lay it on the grill bit and bake for 20 to 30 minutes – flipping once halfway through.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Chop into bite sized chunks.

Original recipe: Fill saucepan half full of water, add salt, let the water reach a rolling boil on high heat, and drop in the chicken. When the water bubbles at the edges, remove from the heat, cover tightly and let it stand 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and reserve the stock for another use. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it by hand and let cool to room temperature.

Dressing
Pound the chili, garlic and salt into a paste. Scrape into a bowl and add the honey, fish sauce, lime juice and water. Combine well.

Salad
Place the sliced onion in a small bowl, add enough white vinegar to cover the slices and let sit for 15 minutes.

Drain the onion, add it to the chicken, along with the cabbage, carrot, coriander/cilantro and quinoa.

Toss the salad with the dressing just before serving.

READ THIS: VOLUME 12

Thoughts

There was so much sweat. SO MUCH SWEAT.

There was so much sweat. SO MUCH SWEAT.

I have embarked on a more-intense-than-usual training regime since I need to look good for an upcoming Valencia vacation. The picture above was taken after doing this workout. I’m smiling but I’m actually IN SO MUCH PAIN. Honestly though, it was a good challenge and you should try it if you’re bored with your current running routine.

Recently I’ve been feeling like some of the world’s problems could be solved if we kept an open mind AND ate some food together.

For some reason I can’t stop reading articles about the Orlando Bloom-Justin Bieber (almost) fight and then cracking up 😛

Need to try this whole summer-time pin up look soon – would it work on a brown girl like me???

Finally – a simple article about what gluten is.

Internet-ing: FOOD BLOGS

Baking, Cooking, Thoughts

When I read food blogs I feel the way little kids do when they meet a cool grown-up.

I want my blog to be just like this blog when it grows up!

Thing is, I read a lot of food blogs so I have a feeling my blog is a little confused about its future.

Some blogs standout because of their witty writing, some with the best recipes I’ve ever made, some with stunning photography and the rare few with all of the above.

And the personality of each blog? Wildly different.

Still, since my blog is in its infancy it may be wise to draw inspiration from all these varied wildly talented people.

SO I give you the best food blogs on the Internet (according to me).

The Sugar Hit – All-Rounder
1) Lip-smacking in your face photos with none of that overdone faded effect (both pictures in this post are from The Sugar Hit)
2) Funny and very relatable. Bonus: the recipes aren’t overly descriptive (aka the blog assumes you have some common sense).
3) Flavor combos that have you slack-jawed and drooling at the screen – like chocolate and raspberry muffins and apple fritters and salted caramel.
4) I can’t comment on the recipes because I’ve never made one! (SORRY SARAH – FYI Sarah is the author and we’re totes best friends now because she replied to my email, ok?) Shall I start with the Salted Caramel & Macadamia Pull-Apart Bread???

Joy the Baker – Famous
1) There’s a reason why this blog is famous. The recipes are something special. The Cranberry Orange & Pecan Coffee Cake? Best cake I’ve made in my life to date.
2) Bewarned the recipes are elaborate – but they are detailed and the blog features useful tips.

Cooking Classy – Reliable
1) Cook anything from this blog and I guarantee it will be amazing. The Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting were not only the first cupcakes I made in my life, they were better than ANY cupcakes I’ve eaten ever.
2) The savory dishes are simple and good, like the Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad that kickstarted a salad binge in my house.
3) Really regular posts = key in this short attention span world.

Lady and Pups – Asian Fusion and Kick-Ass Personality
1) Recipes that make you sit up and go WOAH – like this gem: The New York Halal Drunk Food
2) That photography – THAT PHOTOGRAPHY
3) The tagline – An Angry Food Blog – which hints at the deliciously acerbic prose

The Kitchn/Bon Appetit/Food52 – ResourceFULL
Not exactly blogs more like Internet food bibles – they have HUGE recipe databases, useful advice like how to pack a better lunch and are a great place to hangout for any foodie.

READ THIS: VOLUME 4

Thoughts

When you are sick – there is nothing to do except feel sorry for yourself and drink soup.

OR you could feel sorry for yourself, make soup AND a grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
You KNOW what I’m sayin’.

So, Cuddle Parties? They’re a thing. And they’re now in Singapore.

Being sick has meant time at home to rediscover old TV favorites, like New Girl. I don’t have strong opinions about Zooey Deschanel (except her hair is AMAZING) but it might interest you that the carefree/zany/beautiful women that she typically portrays have a name – Manic Pixie Dream Girls.

Next time you want fancy take-out – consider hitting up PS Cafe Petit at Tiong Bahru. The PS Bolognese Pizza is yums. One tip though – get your wine elsewhere.

I watched Philomena last night – you know that Oscar nominated movie that didn’t win anything (apart from American Hustle) – and it was lovely. A very tightly told story which made it effective.

BTW going to bootcamp with friends is a really fun way to hang out. Especially love/dread battle rope!

READ THIS: VOLUME 2

Thoughts

I’ve been doing some really satisfying reading/watching/skimming and I’ve gotta share!

The Book Thief (the movie) just came out and is supposedly good and usually I’m not averse to watching movies about books BUT it’s a movie based on a book about books – so no I had to read The Book Thief first. It’s a children’s book and it’s riveting – good pacing and a surprising narrator.

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Here it is on my handy dandy Kindle in its awesome Timbuktu case (FYI they don’t sell that case anymore).

This morning I discovered the delightful i am a food blog – the title is too cute – and the photography and inspiring twist on food just makes you want to read and savor every post. I’m itching to make these Earl Grey Tea Latte Pancakes.

The Everygirl is a website targeted at 20 to 30 career woman. It’s laid out beautifully and basically I’m just all over the home tours coz dayamn.

Also a new obsession of mine – Couple Blogs. Can I be painfully chic like Susk and Banoo or amazingly put together like the Rockstar Diaries when I grow up???

Recently I’ve been really wishing that I was creative and crafty. But I’m not… so… DESIGN LOVE FEST is fulfilling that part of me right now 🙂

Also I finally listened to everyone around me and started watching House of Cards. You should too. And then we should start a Robin Wright devotional group together.

Finally something a bit serious, which i know I don’t usually do, I read this article at xoJane (great website for women just generally) and it made me tear up. I think sometimes we don’t realize we really aren’t immortal.

Read this: Volume 1

Thoughts

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My favorite blog posts are generally the ones that come once a week with links to insightful articles/tasty food/pretty things WHATEVER. And since I work in communications, collating news or links was my job once upon a time. Since I apparently miss it so much here is my contribution to what you’re reading today!

Breakfast: The International New York Times – I get a free copy at work every morning. Best way to start the day!

The reason my diet will start next week: 50 Things to Eat (in Singapore) Before You Die – Bak kwa mac and cheese anyone?

Following this news all week – NSA phone tapping – today’s story is: Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States

Looking forward to: TEARING into my new bag of Throwback coffee from Papa Palheta
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Not surprised that: Men Look More At Your Body Than Your Face – you mean they don’t like me for my WINNING PERSONALITY???

Smartypants at Oxford tell us: Now, a Kiss Isn’t Just a Kiss

Blog Discovery – Food: Brown Eyed Baker and the Katharine Hepburn Brownies (a classic I must know) that led me to discover her wonderfulness. My pants will not thank me.

Blog (re)Discovery – Fashion: Extra Petite helps the vertically challenged girl dress all purty. I actually found her blog ages ago but found her style too adult, but that seems to have changed! Look, look, LOOK – so pretty!

Grateful for the rain

Eating Out, Gratitude Journal

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I would like to preface this post by telling you that yesterday I reached my office with my entire self still wet from the lovely walk I took to and from the bus stop to work – using my very busted umbrella.

BUT STILL – I am grateful for the rain. Coz why not.

I am grateful for Tiong Bahru Bakery – I know it’s expensive and people will say overhyped BUT order their savoyard and a cappuccino and don’t tell me that it isn’t just about perfect.

I am grateful for the workout I did yesterday since I know that it’s the main thing between me and a mental abyss.

I am grateful for Friday lunches with workmates at The Retrospective that bring us together and make me feel okay for the times I’ve been anti-social.

I’m grateful for apt mates who will A. tell you you look good in the morning (ego boost HELLO) and B. search for your lip balm and bring it to you because they know you’re an OCD freak who needs their goddamn lip balm.

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Finally I am grateful that I have a new baking project – I’m going to try out this Honey Cake recipe from the spot on Food Fashion Party blog.

Wish me luck!