Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Tea

I love hot drinks.  No matter how sweltering the Singaporean weather is, I love a strong cup of breakfast tea with a splash of milk.

Until now.  It started with coffee several years ago; even decaf made me a light-headed and nauseated. Too much tea also makes me feel unsettled.  It was long overdue for me to find non-caffeinated alternative. Continue reading “Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Tea”

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Glazing Fruit

Younger Daughter and I have been experimenting with different cupcake flavours & combinations.  This is quite a novel approach to baking for me as I’ve always opted for the quick & easy; everything in one-pot?  even better!

So, this journey of discovery, which is recorded in part in Crazy Little Cupcakes,  takes me a little away from my comfort zone.  Younger Daughter is quite adventurous and I have to check myself often not to curb her enthusiasm!  So what if she wants to make a curry cupcake! Bring the spice on! Continue reading “Glazing Fruit”

Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Onsen Eggs

I love onsen eggs and when I saw this recipe in Savour (Cold Storage‘s free Food Magazine), I just had to try it.   Younger Daughter thinks of them as Japanese poached eggs, and I guess that’s pretty close.  I think the egg white is silkier and softer in the Japanese version though.

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Feature photo shows the egg served immediately after cooking, with instant ramen & a variety of blanched vegetables (from Left to Right: broccolini, bean sprouts, cai xin).

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This egg was refrigerated overnight, warmed slightly by the steamed zucchini.  Still very good.

Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Easy vegetarian mini-quiche

With Easter just around the corner, eggs come to mind: chocolate eggs, coloured eggs, decorated eggs, Eggs Ben, French toast, Toad-in-a-hole, omelettes, frittatas…

Younger Daughter must have had similar ruminations, because she said to me at Sunday breakfast, with a completely straight face: “Why don’t you talk about your Eggs-periences”. Continue reading “Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Easy vegetarian mini-quiche”

A Cookie Baking Sort of Day: Norwegian Christmas Butter Squares

It has been overcast and we found ourselves with a whole day at our disposal; naturally, cookie-baking was in order.

Older Daughter found this recipe while combing through Tumbler.  She thought they were shortbread cookies, but in fact, they are the opposite of short:  these are rich & buttery but are also chewy. Continue reading “A Cookie Baking Sort of Day: Norwegian Christmas Butter Squares”

Bircher Muesli: a very quick brekkie

My first encounter with Bircher Muesli was at a hotel breakfast buffet: it was strangely more-ish.  Since then, I cannot resist having a bowl when I see it in the buffet line.

As much as I enjoyed it, I never thought of making it myself, until I saw it in Deliciously Ella: Every Day.  I couldn’t believe it was really that simple.  Till I tried it.  It is.

  • 1 apple
  • 45g rolled oats
  • 40g raisins (I used cranberries because I ran out of raisins)
  • 15g sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 125ml plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup, date syrup or honey (optional – I omitted)
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Chopped (instead of grated) apples mixed with the other goodies.
  1. Grate the apple into a bowl (I chopped mine into small pieces).
  2. Add all the other ingredients & stir together.
  3. Place the mix in an airtight container and leave in the fridge for about 6 hours to allow the oats to soften & absorb the milk. You can continue to store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  4. Restore to room temperature before serving.
  5. Top with fruit and nuts.

Note: if you want an extra creamy muesli, add 1 Tbsp of coconut yogurt or plain yogurt before serving.

This recipe is meant for 1 serving, but I ate it over 3 brekkies.  Maybe it stretched further because I added more fruit & nut on top of it.

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More fruit (frozen blueberries) & seeds (pumpkin) on top of the Bircher Muesli.