To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

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6 Jan 2014 is a very special date for me and for The Girlfriend. It marked the two years where we got together to enjoy dim sum and tea appreciation (See Yum Cha Dim Sum (飲茶點心)), and it was there that I confessed my love to her (See Prologue to the Relationship). But more importantly, this date is of very special …

Yummy yam paste!

Mooncake Making Workshop

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It’s the eighth month of the lunar calendar. That means the Mid Autumn Festival is coming soon! Tis the season where mooncakes are in abundance! YUM! I love mooncakes! I’ve never attended cooking classes at the community centre before. But I’ve always heard so much about them. A few days ago, out of curiosity, The Girlfriend and I walked into …

Fully Loaded Pizza! MMMMmmm... Great choice!

A Delightful Brunch

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Today, The Girlfriend and I decided to enjoy a slow and leisurely, yet very indulgent brunch (breakfast plus lunch). We decided that at least once a month, we should pamper ourselves and indulge a little in good quality breads, cheese, fresh produce, and anything else that would contribute to a hearty and delicious meal. So, what’s on the menu? Well… …

Don't worry about the charred bits. You can remove them. I assure you, the tomatoes will taste so heavenly once it has been roasted for an hour.

Roasted Tomato Sandwich

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Here’s a follow up to a recent post (See Two Lessons from Recent Cooking Experiments)… In the previous post, I was too excited that I forgot to take photos of the delicious roasted tomatoes. Well, I’ve made another batch of roasted tomatoes and put them in a really delicious sandwich! Here’s a quick recap of how to make roasted tomatoes: …

The Pre-Beginnings of the Philosophical Concept of Harmony (和 he)

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The concept of harmony is primarily articulated through the Chinese word, 和 he. (Other words for harmony include mu 睦, xie 協, and xie 諧.) According to scholars, the word he is derived from two different sources: culinary and music. In the culinary context, 和 he was derived from the word, 盉 he, that referred to a wine mixing utensil used to adjust the thickness/concentration of wine by mixing it with water, whereas in a …

Breakfast Delight!

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Sometime back in May, The Girlfriend came by to my house early in the morning. She had woken up really really early in the morning to give her mother a lift to the airport. The first thing she did was to take a nap because she was just sooooo sleepy. We were originally supposed to cook and eat breakfast together. …

Japanese Pumpkin Curry!

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Half a semester has flown by and I realised that I haven’t done any cooking in the last 9 weeks or so. So today, I decided to cook Japanese Pumpkin Curry! I got the recipe from the manga, “Addicted to Curry”! What I love about this manga is that at the end of every book is a curry recipe! Really …

Not your average garlic bread

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Couple of days ago, I had dinner with my friend at a particular restaurant. They had this menu item known as Garlic Focaccia (Italian bread). We tried it out of curiosity and it turns out to be really awesome! Part of our dinner time was spent trying to figure out what the ingredients were. Today, I decided to attempt to …

Today’s Dinner: Cantonese-style Congee, Braised Peanuts, Steamed Chicken in Wine, Steamed Broccoli and Mushrooms in Egg Sauce, and Baked Salmon

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Today’s one of the rare occasions where I get to cook such a grand meal! I love Cantonese-style congee. I really do! It’s one of my favourite dishes. A bowl of such congee and a little drizzle of sesame oil. Wow… That is just heavenly. You don’t need anything more. That alone tastes so divine you’ll find it hard to …

Katana Knife Set

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I had the most amazing shopping trip today. A good friend of mine told me about a particular shop in Chinatown which supplies things to restaurants, cafes, hawker centres, and food courts. I thought there was only one shop, but as it turned out, the entire stretch of shophouses along that road was nothing but shops that sold kitchen ware …

Today’s Lunch: Ramen with Poached Eggs and Vegetables

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Today, I experimented with making some Japanese ramen and its accompanying soup for the noodles. Here’s how it looks: Looks really good. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and broke the egg. Otherwise, the presentation would have looked really perfect. I got the recipe from Youtube. Unfortunately, I don’t have many of the ingredients needed to make the ramen soup. It’s …

Huge Claypot!

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It’s 3.12am. And once again, here I am sitting in front of my computer because of insomnia. One hour on the bed in an attempt to sleep. That’s all I can endure. It’s really gruesome lying there for an hour waiting to lose consciousness. My head right is spinning at the moment. Mentally and physically drained, and I still can’t …

Chinese Calligraphy Apron!

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A few days ago, I bought a blank apron from Ikea. Yesterday, I got a bottle of white fabric paint. Today, I decided to combine my love for cooking with my love for everything Chinese. How? By doing calligraphy on the apron itself! Here’s how it looks! Side View I originally intended to write out a passage from the Doctrine …

Today’s Lunch: Aglio Olio

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Tried making aglio olio today! Today’s meal was quite good, although I wouldn’t call it a culinary success because I made a mistake. I should have first thrown in the spaghetti after simmering the garlic and chilli in olive oil for about 10 minutes. But instead, I threw in the green and red peppers and mushrooms first. This meant that …