Tea in general has been a huge interest of mine ever since I can remember. I especially have a fairly decent collection of Chinese Tea – ranging from Pu’er tea cakes through to high mountain greens. It still amazes me how all teas types generally come from the same plant (camellia sinensis), but due to […]Read more "Cold Brewed Tea"
This growing season I decided to plant Strawberry Popcorn. And no, the corn isn’t strawberry flavoured. There is actually a plant that is called Strawberry Popcorn. It’s an heirloom variety, producing rather small ears (3-5 inches) of corn, encrusted with these tiny ruby like kernels. I placed a whole ear of corn in the microwave […]Read more "Strawberry Popcorn"
Since I came back from my overseas trip, a lot of things have changed in the garden. The blistering 40 degree weather had killed a few young plants I planted. It also burned a lot of leaves, and my zucchini plant has stopped producing fruit with the onset of the cooler weather. Therefore, I was […]Read more "Basil & Cashew Dip"
The past few weeks have been blazing hot – think mid 30’s to mid 40’s – many days in a row. The sun has burned a lot of plants in the garden and some have even died. I’ve accepted the fact that these things do happen. But from the disappointment does come triumph; and in […]Read more "Zucchini"
From the initial 4 banana shallots I planted in the ground this season, we have harvested in total, 4. Pitiful, right? Well, I guess it’s not that bad when I think about it – there are still 2 in the ground that have gone to flower so I can get the seeds for next year. […]Read more "Giant Banana Shallots"
I hope I didn’t take these out of the ground too early – but I needed the garden space for other crops. They look like a good size though for something that I sort of neglected over the past few months… Now all I need to do is let them dry out for later use.Read more "Garlic"
This post is really a note to myself. I’m writing it to remind me that today, I ate what I would consider the best punnet of strawberries I have ever had. As I write this post, I am scoffing down the last remaining halves that are dotted around the bottom of my bowl; wondering if […]Read more "Note to Self"
When I am able to get a substantial harvest of snow peas from the garden (enough to feed three, at least) I always cook them the same way. This is my snow pea stir fry, and it is just as simple as it is delicious. Something I must insist on in cooking this dish properly […]Read more "Simple Snow Pea Stir Fry"
I can’t remember where I got this recipe from but I have to say that it is without a doubt the easiest and the best that I have ever come across. Most importantly it only takes very little time to prepare and only uses a few ingredients which are readily found in most households. These Patty […]Read more "Quick Mix Patty Cakes"
Hainanese Chicken Rice is a staple meal in my family. Mum cooks it at least once a week. It is a dish found predominantly throughout South-East Asia, with each country / locality having it’s own unique variation, all centered around the same star ingredients – chicken & chicken rice. So what does one do with […]Read more "Hainanese Chicken Rice Salad"