Rice Congee with Century + Salted Duck Egg

Porridge-01 Not so long ago I discovered the word ‘nutraceutical’. When I looked it up it meant using food as medicine – the food you eat has the ability to heal you. This isn’t a foreign concept to me, the Chinese and Indians have been doing that for centuries. My mum was always brewing Chinese tonics and soups for us when I was growing up. Sadly, I took it for granted and never made the effort to learn the connection between food and health. Now as a thirty-something, I am more and more interested in studying ‘functional foods’. I would rather rely on food than on drugs or dietary supplements for good health.

How I became so intrigued by this came through two personal lessons. First, I was looking for a sustainable way of releasing excess weight. Over a span of eight years, I have put on about 15 kilos. And no matter how much I exercised (ran, yoga-ed, swam) and dieted, it would go and come back. You know how the story goes. It’s a tiresome one…. 

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Lo Mai Kai (Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken)

Lo mai kai is a delicious rice dish that uses glutinous rice (which is more fragrant and stickier in texture). At yum cha restaurants, you’ll find it wrapped in lotus leaves that gives off a sweet lovely aroma when you gently peel it away. Recently, I brought home a bundle of goodies from Taiping, Malaysia which was my… 

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Banana & Coconut Mini Bundt Cakes

Have you ever been stuck with lots of ripe bananas? I know I’ve been there. Summer days are especially unkind to bananas. They just don’t do very well in the heat. So what do you do when you’re stuck spotty bananas that even a monkey won’t touch? Make banana cake of course! I bought some… 

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Rainbow Kuih Lapis

  I’ve been thinking a lot on the subject of happiness and looking to what makes me happy. There are some successes last year that made me feel A-W-E-S-O-M-E; and there are little things that just lifts me up. Trying a new recipe is definitely one of my joys. I suppose you want to know… 

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Milky Bread Rolls & Market Day

I’m gaining a little bit more confidence with bread now. Though I’m still wary. When it comes to living organisms that I have no control over, I feel it can be a little unpredictable. However, so far so good. I’m kinda loving my latest acquisition – Collected Recipes by Kristin Hove. What drew me to… 

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Pecan & Date Banana Bread

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius. There is a fair amount of truth in that. I saw a recipe for walnut bread in my latest possession, “Collected” by Kristin Hove, but I noticed that the bananas were ripening and we had half a pack of pecans and dates lying… 

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Chocolate Fudge Coconut Cake

Huzzah, it’s spring! It’s so nice to have sunshine again. Which means, I can take photos by my favourite spot in the house again without worrying about lighting. I missed food blogging, trust me. But I’ve also been really busy with my Happee Monkee shop on Etsy as well as HardtoFind. It’s been so great,… 

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Dates & Yogurt Cake with Orange Honey Syrup

I used Watson & Son’s Manuka Honey to make the orange honey syrup for the cake. Watson & Son’s were very kind to send me a jar of UMF 10+ manuka honey . I love manuka honey, and usually I just add a teaspoon to warm water and drink it throughout the day. I’ve been… 

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Nothing Sombre About Ombre Cake

Have you heard of Pinterest? It is absolutely addictive. I’m constantly inspired by other people’s creativity, and this it is like a huge, beautiful, online scrapbook. So one day I was not minding my own business and saw the word ‘ombre‘. What is this word? And why are all these beautiful colour tones connected to… 

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