Monday, October 12

Best Baba Ganoush Ever (IMHO)

Hummus. To be honest, I don't even like it that much. I prefer baba ganoush.

It is surprisingly really easy to make, which makes it a staple in my list of entertaining to-dos. I left the skins on - 99.9% recipes out there would tell youth peel them of, which absolutely baffles me since that's where the flavours, texture and nutrients from. Word of caution: if you intend to leave the skin on, make sure they are not carcinogenically blackened. Otherwise, you might get a bitter aftertaste too.

Baba Ganoush 
Adapted from
Serves 6-8
  • 1 medium eggplant or 3 small eggplants
  • 1⁄4 cup Japanese roasted sesame dressing
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed 
  • 1 pinch ground cumin salt, to taste 
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  1. Preheat an oven to 375°F. Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places and place on the grill rack 4 to 5 inches from the fire. 
  2. Grill, turning frequently, until the skin blackens and blisters and the flesh just begins to feel soft, 10 to 15 minutes. 
  3. Transfer the eggplant to a baking sheet and bake until very soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly. 
  4. Place the eggplant in a bowl. Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to a consistency you love. 
  5. Break open the chips and get dip-happy. 

Friday, October 9

Friday 9th finds

Must read //

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent? Love this article about Japanese toddlers and the society at large.

Must make //

Breads are one of those things  can't imagine myself making, but this challah sure looks inviting

Two weekends of home entertaining have been itching to make more dishes like this delicious-looking Thai cashew rice salad

Must visit //

A modern-day Japanese recycle shop, treasure trove of consignments

Wednesday, October 7

A long-awaited cookout in October

After months, our cookout returned with a bang - this usually happens after months of hiatus as everyone seems to put in their 120%. It is nice having people over, and more so, because it helps our very shy Firstborn warm up to people. Yes, it was a relief to not have him burst into tears when our friends coo over him. 

Homemade Baba Ganoush - recipe up soon

Zhu's crab, corn, cherry tomatoes and avocado salad

Esther's Sayur Lodeh and Ayam Buah Keluak 

My version of "Pok Pok" chicken

Another of Esther's contribution - Pear tart

Complete with vanilla ice cream

More sweets for my sweets

It's quite funny how my threenager kept telling me, "Mama, tomorrow, my friends are coming over... I bought a cake for them." 

Monday, October 5

Lucas // 9 months old

Yeah, and he can't sit still.
Stay happy, my dumpling

Thursday, October 1

Figs Roasted Shallots Salad + Crab Angel Hair Pasta + Roasted Whole Salmon

It usually is a week-long celebration when KW celebrates his birthday. Not because he's a megalomanic with an ego to match, but because he prefers small gatherings with his family and friends. 

We did something small over the weekend with a couple of KW's closest and oldest friends, and whipped these dishes for them. I think out of all the meals we have made so far, this is one of our favourites =)

Figs, with roasted shallots, blue cheese and jamon

I only made this dish because we have a bunch of shallots sitting in the fridge. My friends, slow-roasting shallots is the way to go, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

 Crab Angel Hair Pasta, based of this recipe

The original recipe needs some tweaking but this is a lovely light pasta worth trying out.

Roasted Whole Salmon

By a stroke of luck, there was an amazing deal for salmon at Cold Storage and we bought the entire dang fish. KW made this sublime roasted whole salmon

Vernon and Yiling got a Strawbery Mille Feuille from Chef Yamaahita, with an appropriate message.

Monday, September 28

Bar-Roque Grill, Amara Hotel

I have bloggged about the seriously good food at Bar-Roque Grill on not just one, but two occasions, but our third visit marks the charm. If I had to rank all the steakhouses I've tried in Singapore, Bar-Roque Grill is definitely within the top three.

We returned for KW's birthday and what really took the cake (or pie) was the amazing service from frontline to backend. When I made a request for them to add a Star Wars reference to the dessert, they took it up by a notch by presenting us with this lovely surprise.

I've often read that Caesar Salads are insidiously calorie-riddled, but I enjoy them all the same. Bar-Roque's Caesar is an example of a test-tested classic done well, dotted with perfect half-boiled quail eggs, anchovies and bacon.

I am normally wary of octopus dishes, which tend to be more bite than bark. The The chargrilled octopus salad is certainly worthy of being one of the restaurant's signature dishes. The octopus is toothsome without posing any dangers to dentures, and the Romesco sauce tied everything up beautifully.

We also shared smoked salmon Tarte Flambée. I was quite ready to dismiss it as a French pizza wannabe but it honestly quite moreish. It offered a good nibble without filling us up too much.

A safe-enough option would be the sautéed spinach and goat cheese. Nothing surprising, but a good way to get more greens in your system.

A more interesting side dish would be the delicious Ravioles “Royans.”  I like to call them Pillows of Creeping Destruction, especially since one is barely capable of staying awake after such a creamy unctuous filler.

Might be abit of an exaggeration here, but it's safe to say a Tomahawk is always within grasp whenever we celebrate birthdays. Nothing quite satisfies like a hunk of steak and we cleaned up this 1.5kg Tomahawk nicely.

Salty, beefy, buttery and smoky - our Tomahawk bore most elements of a great steak. After we were 90% done, they took the bond back, shaved off extra bits and gave them a good sear on the grill. Kicking up the temperature intensified the flavors and we wished the first round had enjoyed this trait.

Almond cookies with coffee? Don't mind if I help myself to a couple.

Saturday, September 26

Paul Boulangerie, Paragon

We headed to Paul for lunch after finding Sushi Tei unexpectedly undergoing renovations. The food was pretty decent, though yes pricey. Admittedly, we stayed there for coffee and desserts out of convenience. 

Moelleux Citron Framboises
Fncy name for a raspberry lemon cake but to be honest, it was a rather grainy cake with none of that lemony flavour coming through. Pity.

Tarte Abricot 
Apricots might not be my favourite fruit but this was a pretty likeable tart, filled with lots of apricots and light custard cream.

Millefeuille Chocolat
My craving for chocolate was met with this Millefeuille Chocolat. It doesn't have the flakiest of layers but the rich chocolatey saved it from being a dud. 

Saving the best for last, the Palmier is undeniably one of their best pasties. Sweet, crunchy and buttery... You have got to try their Palmier!