Baking: Homemade Bagels (Plain & Sesame)


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Soft, chewy and emanating a gorgeous malt flavour. I fell in love with bagels when I bit into my first New York bagel in Greenwich. There’s nothing quite like a delicious bagel breakfast that’s both hearty and satisfying in so many ways.

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The ones in the supermarket in Singapore are always either too hard or dehydrated. So I thought, why not make my own? I scoured the internet for recipes. But many were super complicated. So I combined a few and made some tweaks on my own for these scrumptious breakfast treats!

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Japanese Cooking: Healthy Green Bean 白和え Shiraae


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The first time I tried a green bean shiraae, was at Nakajima Suisan where we had some of the best grilled fish in Singapore.

Shira-ae or shiraae, a classic tofu paste that was born from the Zen Buddhist vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryouri. Over the years, I’ve felt a certain affinity with Buddhist teachings and traditions, so the simplicity and wholesome nature of this dish particularly appealed to me.

This dish is super tasty, but very light on the palate. And I loved that crumbly texture which I found out was actually dehydrated beancurd. So I tried to make this on my own at home, and boy was it really quick to prepare!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1/4 cup firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp miso (white)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

First, boil green beans in a saucepan until tender.

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Baking: Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake


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Just look at that molten blueberry goodness and gorgeous soft crumb! I wolfed down 3 slices of these straight out of the oven. Zesty, buttery and fluffy at the same time, this makes for a wonderful breakfast loaf or afternoon tea cake. I’m not a big fan of overly sweet, rich cakes. So this really hit the spot for me.

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I loved this recipe so much, I just had to share it with you guys. So, let’s get started!

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Musings: Rainbow Children’s Home, Nepal


 

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Goma (in the middle) is a real-life fairy godmother.

Most of these beautiful children lost their parents in the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. But Goma took them under her wing, gave them food, shelter, and most importantly, an education. And from how wise, intelligent and compassionate these children are, you know they’ve had an unbreakable rock to lean on.

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Despite the hardships they’d been through, these cuties still had so much sparkle and curiosity in them. Sometimes, it amazes me how resilient children can be.

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This is the place they call home in Pokhara — a modest 3-story house nestled in the scenic tourist town. And that’s pretty much how they get by. From curious visitors who’ve heard of their efforts online, or those passing through enroute to the Himalayas.

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