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)
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.

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



Quinoa & Ginger Porridge

One of my favourite bedside books is Deliciously Ella: Every Day.  I flip through it often, drooling over the beautiful photos, and dreaming of which recipe I will make.

One of my favourite brekkies is steel-cut oats, cooked in water (not milk), then topped with all sorts of fruits & nuts.  A close second for a breakfast bowl is rolled oat porridge, also topped with fruit & nut.   I decided I would do something different and try quinoa as a base for my brekkie bowl. Continue reading “Quinoa & Ginger Porridge”

Hoshino Coffee: The Incredible Lightness of Being

I love Bling!  and so, inevitably, I love chandeliers and lighting which is sparkly & well, anything that shines!

This beauty in my Feature Photo is whimsically placed: the faux opulence of wood panelling, gilded framed mirror, adjacent to exposed pipes & wiring on the ceiling.  It gave this Hoshino Coffee at Raffles Medical Holland Village,  a very whimsical feel, along with the fun seating (think leather sofas, corner seats looking out onto busy Holland Village, the waitstaff immaculately attired, Butler-style. Continue reading “Hoshino Coffee: The Incredible Lightness of Being”

My Mommy Cooks: Nonya Nostalgia

Both Loving Husband & I come from food-centric families.  Hence, it is not surprisingly that our own little family unit is also the same.  Although Older Daughter and I are finicky about food, we do enjoy eating the things we like.  And of course, Loving Husband & Younger Daughter love most food experiences!

To me, the best food in the world comes from my mother’s kitchen.  When her busy travel schedule & energy levels allow,  I would receive a phone call with an invitation to dinner; I get a blast of nostalgia just thinking of the yummy things she made for us when we were growing up & having the difficult task of deciding what I want her to make.  Cooking for others is one of the ways she pours love into us, and her kick these days is to make old favourites healthier but still tasty!

Her Popiah  Parties are legendary; it is a feast several days in the making, because it’s not just the filling that has to be painstakingly julienned & cooked, the many ingredients prepared, Mom also likes to serve Ginger Longan Tea & Seafood Porridge along with the popiah.

The Only Popiah Worth Eating: ready to wrap
What one’s Popiah hopefully looks like if done correctly: too fat, you risk an exploding roll; too thin, doesn’t have enough bite.
And the day after, we have Popiah Goreng: a fried version which is divine!


And here are some other dishes which I grew up with, which I continue to enjoy today.

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Feature photo: Mee Siam (Nonya Spicy Rice Vermicelli)