Taste of Home

It crossed my mind

but I was defeated

even though my favourite line was

Nothing is Impossible

I lack the equipment

which in this case



Then they have to show this poster here

which made me craved over it for nights



And then …


like a spark of genius

I realised that

maybe I COULD


and the rest was history …

So now I shall thus add

Desperation Creates Possibilities

Desperadoes, here you go !

Recipe for Chwee Kueh (improvised from Auntie Jess’s recipe)


Rice Cake
200g rice flour
1.5 tbsp tang mien fen or tapioca flour
200 ml cold water
800 ml hot water
1 tsp salt
3/4 tbsp oil
3/4 tsp sugar

1. Mix the flours.
2. Add in cold water
3. Then add in boiling water, salt, oil and sugar.
4. Prepare moulds in steamer.
5. Stir thoroughly and pour into warmed moulds.
6. Steam for approx 10min.

300 gms Chai Por
4 shalots
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 tbsp sugar (optional)

To do:
Saute onions, garlic and in chai por. Fry till fragrant.
Add in salt and sugar.
Serve with chwee kueh.


The Way To A Man’s Heart


and you know they really LOVE it when they lick their plate CLEAN !!!


it may be because




Singapore Hokkein Prawn Noodle


Handful of yellow round noodles

Handful of white round noodles

2 bunch of asian chives

Lard (optional)

2 eggs

10 prawns

fried fish cake

bean sprout

3 cloves of garlic

fish sauce


Ingredients for prawn stock

1/2 kg prawn heads peeled

some pork ribs

1 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

3 bowls of water

oyster sauce




A. Prawn Stock

1. Heat up oil in stock pot

2. Brown garlic

3. Add in onion and cook till soften

4. Add in prawn heads and lightly stir fry

5. Add oyster sauce and salt

6. Add water and bring to boil

7. Add in pork ribs

8. Cover and let it simmer for an hour or till soup reduce to 1 bowl

B. Preparation of Noodle

1. Bring to boil a pot of water

2. Cook both noodles in boiling for a few minutes

3. Remove noodles from pot and drain under cold running water

Prawn Noodle

1. Heat up wok

2. Add in lard, cook till lard turn crispy and brown

3. Add some oil if desired

4. Brown garlic

5. Cook prawn and remove it from wok

6. Crack eggs into wok and fry till fragrant

7. Add in fish cake and stir fry

8. Add in noodles in B, chives and bean sprout

9. Add fish sauce and salt, continue stir fry.

10. Add prawn stock in A, cover and let it cook at low heat for about 5 minutes, stir occasionally

11. Add in cooked prawn and mix

12. Cook till sauce reduce and noodle soften

Serve 2 adults and 1 very hungry kid

For Perfection : Serve with balacan chilli and lime !


Gingerbread Man

Malcolm woke up with a cough, runny nose and slight fever and was given the day off.

He ate, played and napped. It was hard to tell that he was sick. I guess not having to go school automatically makes him feel better.

We read loads of stories.

His recent favourite from the library is The Gingerbread Man. We found an excellent edition of this old tale. He loves it and so do I.

This is the 2nd time we borrowed this book, after hogging it for 2 months the last time.

The book came with a Recipe for the Gingerbread Man at the back cover.

He wants to make his own gingerbread man, hoping that his gingerbread man will jump out as well.

And of course, anything for my sick boy today.

Nov 622

Checked the fridge and found out that I ran out of butter.

I don’t have molasses, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground clovers, ground allspice.

Not worth to splurge when I only need to use 1 teaspoon each.

I miss home where I have EVERYTHING for baking.


Maybe we could make Gingerbread Man PANCAKE instead ??

I have been trying to find the perfect pancake recipe, maybe something close to MacDonald’s, as Mal loves them so much.

But how to shape the pancake ?


Nov 591

An Aluminium Foil Gingerbread Man Mould!

We even came up with a shark one.

And after a long time fiddling and meddling in the kitchen.

We FINALLY have our very own Gingerbread Man

Nov 603

We managed to make 1 decent looking gingerbread man, 1 mess up gingerbread man and 1 weird looking shark.

It was hell lot of work, it was messy.

The aluminium foil mould wasn’t a good idea.

The Only Consolation

We had fun together and my sick boy was happy

Lesson Learned

Necessity is the Mother of All Inventions (at least for this time)

Here’s the recipe for the pancake


I cup self raising flour

2 tablespoons castor sugar (optional)

1 egg, beaten lightly

180ml of milk

butter for cooking (I used olive oil instead since I run out of butter)


– Mix flour and sugar

– Mix in egg and milk, to make a smooth batter.

– Add a bit of butter to lightly coat a hot pan. Pour dessert-spoons of pancake mixture onto the pan.

– Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface of the pancake, flip.

– Serve hot with jam and honey.