Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert

I have a bag of granola which I tired of and has been sitting in my larder. When I came across this recipe in Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, I just had to try it: after all, I love apples, cinnamon, and it was a chance to use up some of the granola!

Anita says this dessert is low in sugar and a good source of fibre, Vitamin C and quercetin (a plant compound with potent antioxidants which helps to reduce inflammation and promote muscle repair). If you have plenty of apples to use up, make a bigger batch – reheated leftovers taste wonderful, or just eat them cold! Continue reading “Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert”

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Oojamaflip

Oojamaflip: a wonderful word to capture a state of mind I find myself in all too often lately. For one who thrives on words, struggling to remember the name of a thing should cause great frustration. Except that it has become a constant game of Charades; everyone joins in and enjoys laughs in the process.  Once again, laughter trumps grumpies!

After all, a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet;  in my case, a Frangipani, my photographic contribution’s to Debbie’s One Word Sunday. Thanks Debbie, for a new word under my belt with which I can use to refer to all sort of good things whose names I have temporarily lost!

Feature Photo: grove of Frangipani Trees in the Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Changing Seasons: April 2018

April has been a month of poetry: writing, struggling, gorging, studying, dialoguing, renewing my faith in the art and my commitment to its practice.  I can honestly say I have not worked in such a focused manner in a while, and it has been brain-taxing, euphoric, troubling & cathartic in turn.

I believe that we have a deep-seated need to create, to encounter Beauty, to transform our world.  Music, photography, poetry are ways which allow me to do this.  And so I will. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: April 2018”

A Bar for the Road

I occasionally find myself in need of a nutrition bar: when I am a little farther away from home for a workout, or when I have to run errands before I return to breakfast, or when I just simply have to eat something NOW!  I find it difficult to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t before I workout; consequently, I find myself hungry fairly soon after I’m done.

I searched for commercial bars which offered a little higher protein (challenging) and tried quite a few (urghhh!).  Then I found a recipe in Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, which looked simple & delicious, except that it took three attempts too get it right (1st time: too sticky, 2nd time: didn’t bind, 3rd time: success!).  Moral of the story: don’t modify a recipe until you’ve tried it as is at least once as is! Continue reading “A Bar for the Road”

A-ha! SingPoWriMo Day 1-5 Update

It has been an educational 5 days:

  • 5 days, 5 poems released into the Wild
  • I’ve tried a Somonka & a Ghazal, both of which I’ve only become acquainted with this week.
  • every day is a challenge not to faint from intimidation, being amongst much younger, hugely intellectual and as far as I can surmise, extremely talented poets
  • going back to the basics & asking the question: Why do we write Poetry?  (Thoughts, anyone?)

Continue reading “A-ha! SingPoWriMo Day 1-5 Update”

Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome

I spent a happy hour exploring the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru  last week.  It is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned trendy by all the cafes and shops that have taken up residence.  While we visit to shop and eat here frequently, I haven’t taken the time to wander around.  It is amazing how different things look when one is not pressured by time or agenda; when we have time to stop and peer at fruits growing, to discover hidden gems. Continue reading “Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome”

The Changing Seasons: January 2018

Following  Zimmerbitch is an eye-opening experience: Su’s photography is spectacular and her insights astute.  She has recently taken over the curation of The Changing Seasons, a monthly blogging event that celebrates the changes in our world throughout the year.  This past December, my 30-Day Challenge was to take a Photo-a-Day.  I had so much fun thinking & reflecting on the month through photos so when I saw Su’s contribution to The Changing Seasons, I just had to join in! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: January 2018”