Crispy Malaysian Pancakes (Crispy Apam Balik)

  The mere mention of Apam Balik (Malay) or Min Chiang Kueh (Mandarin) evokes a sense of nostalgia in many Singaporeans and Malaysians. So adored and relished is this childhood tea time treat that there are variations of this versatile pancake all across South East Asia – a namesake fluffier, yeasted version and  Murtabak Manis…

Pistachio Fig Yoghurt Cake

  My first taste of fresh figs was years ago. I’d bought some from the supermarket out of curiosity. Without knowing any better, I bit into an unripe one which tasted so terrible that it left me with a distaste for figs for a long time. Then a few months ago at the Auckland Food…

Brûléed Citrus Pound Cake

  Last weekend, we took a trip up north to the Mahurangi Peninsula and drove around Matakana, Warkworth and Scandrett Regional Park. It is the ideal weekend getaway just an hour drive from Auckland Central with many interesting local primary industries like cheese and honey factories, the famous Matakana Farmers’ Market and tons of regional…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Psst! If you haven’t heard, it’s Mother’s Day (everywhere except the UK) this Sunday. If you’ve forgotten because you’re too busy enjoying Spring (un/fortunately it’s coming into Winter here in NZ) or got just too caught up with the results of the big fight, who can blame you? And if you haven’t gotten round to…

Nigella’s Nutella Cake (Torta Alla Gianduia)

I owe you a massive apology for being away for so long. Since August, I’ve been busy studying for my TESOL exams and preparing for a move…We’re temporarily moving to Auckland, New Zealand for the whole of 2015 ! It’s been a longtime coming as we’ve been preparing for this for years but it’s crunch…

Moist Strawberry Loaf Cake

  Growing up, I remember having an extreme dislike for strawberries. Actually, not strawberries, but strawberry-flavoured ice-cream. They were a pale, calamine lotion-pink (Yuck!) that bear no taste resemblance to real strawberries. None. So for a long time, I never had anything made with strawberries until I’d tasted the actual strawberry fruit when I was…

Flourless Citrus Cake

  Many moons ago, I was watching an Italian travel and cooking show and was very intrigued by a cake the host was making. She boiled an entire orange and chopped it and used all of it in a cake. An entire orange. Most citrus cake recipes only call for the zest or juice of…

Marble Pound Cake

  A pound cake always reminds me of my childhood years when my mum used to stash Sara Lee pound cake in the freezer. It was a treat, especially during the school holidays. I ate it cold or toasted. Have you tried lightly toasting your cake slices on  a pan and then finishing it off…

Penang Laksa, Cendol and 50 Shades of Sexy Mee Goreng

So, how many of you clicked on the link because it read… 50 Shades of Sexy…? It’s alright. No one’s judging. Ha! I promise, we’ll get there. Eventually. So, this week has been an exciting week as my birthday is approaching (12th March, if anyone’s interested!) and celebrations have started! Ever since our dating days,…