My Kitchen

It’s a long weekend, and I have grand plans to stay home and vegetate.  Sleep a lot, watch a lot of TV and catch up on my reading, and do whatever it is that catches my fancy. But the embargo on going out also means meals need to be self-catered.

So for lunch today, I decided that I wanted a nice vegetarian pasta salad, and modelled this recipe after the Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad recipe from Better Homes & Gardens.  I had truffle oil around and used that to augment my lunch, but I realised belatedly that I’d run out of garlic, so I improvised and made it with some garlic butter I had lying around.  And the sun-dried tomatoes turned out to be a nice touch.


I like it.  I like it enough to document this so I can keep referring to this recipe.  It makes a quick, yummy one-dish meal for those days when you just feel like something simple and uncomplicated.

Yay for new discoveries on vegetable weekend.

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I’m trying to cut back on baking.  Work takes priority in the day time, so the only time I get to bake, other than the weekends, is in the evenings after work.  But in the evenings, I exercise, I meet E or friends for dinner, or I cook myself dinner, and all that competition for […]

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It’s the Easter weekend.  A lovely long one.  And I made a cake.  Just for me. It’s a simple vanilla sponge, minimally frosted with a mango ermine buttercream made with unsweetened mango puree, topped off with some white sprinkles, in keeping with the minimalist theme. The sponge cake was nothing to write home about, I […]

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A colleague, K, mentioned to me yesterday that she’s been looking forward to me bringing a swiss roll to office since she went with me to B-I-Y, where I bought the Wilton jelly pan.  But she’s waited for three weeks, and still, nothing.  “When are you going to bring that swiss roll?” she asked.  I told […]

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The BFF’s little boy turned 4 yesterday.  Time flies.  It really does. Seems like only yesterday that his older sister was only a wailing babe in arms, and now, her younger brother is 4.  I hate to sound like an old lady… but man, I feel like an old lady. So the BFF decided to […]

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I stumbled upon What to Cook Today’s recipe for Hokkaido Chocolate Milk Bread today and decided I had to make it.  But as I read through the recipe, the idea of switching out the brown sugar and condensed milk for gula melaka (also known as palm sugar) started brewing in my head. So much that […]

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My first taste of gula melaka was when it was used to sweeten a sago pudding – this dessert is known as sago gula melaka. It is a simple (but tasty) Malaysian dessert comprising three ingredients – melted gula melaka (also known as palm sugar), cooked sago and coconut cream. I fell in love with […]

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A colleague is leaving us at the end of this week.  She’s a delightful girl who’s been accommodating to our relentless and incessant requests, undeservedly so.  It gave me an excuse to make her a farewell treat yesterday, a sweet, girly and fragrant one. I went looking online for strawberry cupcake recipe – the fruit was […]

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So today, I’m posting my first real adapted recipe for choco-cinnabuns!  I made some tweaks to Smitten Kitchen’s Chocolate Swirl Buns to incorporate the tangzhong (汤种) method, so the buns would come out extra soft and fluffy. It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow for a novice baker, I reckon. If I can do it, I […]

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