One challenging aspect of being almost vegetarian is when I am in need of comfort food. Most of the things I crave from childhood inevitably contain meat of some sort. Hence, I am almost vegetarian: I typically pick around the meat in a dish, especially when I am eating out. Continue reading “Comfort Food: Vegetarian Tau Yu Bak (Braised Tofu in Soy Sauce)”
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”
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)
- Grate the apple into a bowl (I chopped mine into small pieces).
- Add all the other ingredients & stir together.
- 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.
- Restore to room temperature before serving.
- 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.
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”
About a month ago, Younger Daughter & I whipped up a batch of sweet potato & cranberry cupcakes which were surprisingly more-ish.
Knowing that the things we love to eat are also good for us is such a bonus! For example, did you know that sweet potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, which is great for all sorts of healthful benefits, including maintaining the skin’s youthful plasticity (I need all the help I can get in this department)? They are also a good source of Vitamin D (contributes to bone health), iron (supports immune system), magnesium (promotes relaxation as an anti-stress mineral) and carotenoids (strengthens eyesight & boosts immunity). Continue reading “Sweet Potato & Cranberry Cupcakes: vegan-izing a yummy morsel”
I love blueberries! so I am very fortunate that we can get these tiny powerhouses of healthy deliciousness all year round. On the off chance that I can’t get them from the supermarket, there is always the frozen option to use in our baking. Continue reading “Very Blue (Vegan) Blueberry Muffins”
I love stir-fried vegetables: it is a simple, colourful way to cook up a variety of vegetables in one pan. Continue reading “The Wonderful World of Stir-Fry”
I love smoothies & milkshakes & bubble tea & just about any beverage you can drink through a straw. I have never had a smoothie bowl before though, that is, using a smoothie as a base and then piling lots of goodies on top. So, this is a conservative first attempt at The Smoothie Bowl. Continue reading “Dragonfruit Smoothie: Naturally & Beautifully Pink”
I love breakfast!
Never thought I’d hear myself saying this as I really am not a morning person. I still can’t eat first thing when I wake up, but a couple of hours later, I really enjoy this first meal of the day. And breakfast foods, I could eat them all day long: pancakes, oatmeal, omelettes, French toast … what am I saying, I do eat breakfast foods for lunch, and sometimes, even for dinner! Continue reading “Brekkie is the Best!”
“Eat the rainbow!” is something I’ve tried to do of late. We’ve discovered purple vegetables which we’ve gotten a kick out of trying: purple potatoes, purple cauliflower …. did I mention that purple is one of my favourite colours? Continue reading “Fun with Purple-ish Fruits & Vegetables”