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Braised Duck that is oh so good (Singapore) [May. 12th, 2009|10:34 am]
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vanessafrida



First dish to arrive at our table was the famous braised duck.  I asked the vendor for enough duck to feed 3 pax…and when I finally got the plate I was stunned….it was a huge portion for SG$16.  Not that we were complaining.  This braised duck is just delicious.  It has this gravy that is just so addictive.  Juicy lean tender boneless bite size pieces of braised duck in a dark thick gravy.  The duck is braised in this sauce which is a combination of dark soya sauce, five spice powder, star anise, cinnamon, and I don’t know what else but the flavour really goes into the duck.  The gravy is then reduce and doused over the duck before serving with a simple garnish of cilantro and cucumber slices.  Heavenly. 

 

To check out the rest of the local Singapore delights we had after a crazy workout session, click here

 

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Great Yummy Thai Chicken Salad [Apr. 30th, 2009|10:58 am]
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vanessafrida



I have been bugging N, asking him what I could do to thank him for the awesome holiday.

This is really a very simple recipe that is a great confidence booster for anyone who is just starting out in cooking or keen to try their hands on cooking.  Seriously so little effort, but oh man…amazing in flavour.  Refreshing, healthy, complex in flavour.

 

I am actually quite embarrassed to even share this recipe cos really it is just thrown together without hardly any effort.  The problem is, it really tasted so good and it would be a waste not to share.  

 

Dad commented this morning that he thought the salad was fantastic and he would like a repeat.  N’s verdict? He loved it, and wants the recipe posted online so that he can whip it up when he is back in Australia.  

 

If you want to read more about how this salad come about or for the recipe, please click here. I have included heaps more pictures including step-by-step pictures.

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Wasabi Potato Salad [Apr. 28th, 2009|12:49 pm]
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vanessafrida



This has always been a crowd pleaser when I bring it to parties.  Definitely sinful…I will say that now. Well…we all deserve small little indulgences once in a while.

 

Extremely rich…but it has a nice tinge to it, all thanks to the wasabi added to it.  I think it gives it a more unique bite…when you compare it to the usual potato salad where wholegrain mustard. 

I think my friend Sam best described this salad… “dammit! This is like good potato chips! Once you start…you just can’t stop…and you jolly well it is gonna be sitting on your hips for ages!”

 

I hope this salad has intrigued you and it hasn’t turned you off….

 

Click here for the recipe

 


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Sweet Basil Roast Chicken and Veggies [Apr. 24th, 2009|12:31 pm]
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vanessafrida






There are days when I am just lazy and I have no urge to spend time in the kitchen.  But at the same time, I want a good hearty dinner.  A meal I will savour slowly, healthy (have to keep Dad in mind), something different…something I haven’t done before.  Yes, I like challenging myself, and most of the time I am pleasantly surprised at the “nonsense” I can come up with.  A person’s imagination/creativity can at times be amazing. 

 

This roast chicken recipe has got to be one of the quickest meals.  The chicken was purchased really close to dinner time, so I didn’t have time to allow it to sit and marinade for a long time.  Pretty much it had all of maybe 15 minutes to marinade while I prepped my veggies and waited for the oven to pre-heat.  

 

This ended up a great tasty dinner with nice leftover for a good lunch the next day.

Click here for the recipe and step by step pictures

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Kahlua Tiramisu [Apr. 22nd, 2009|11:03 am]
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vanessafrida



This seriously is one of the easiest dessert to whip up and anyone with 45 minutes to spare can make this.  All it requires is a little planning ahead so that the tiramisu has time to cool and set.

 

Taste wise, you can make it strong or weak alcohol wise, the choice is yours.  I like my alcoholic desserts strong in taste…so I added more (as shown in the recipe below).  You can substitute the kahlua with baileys if you like…and if you want to make a non-alcoholic dessert, just leave the kahlua out completely.  I have done that before for a party and it was still delish.  

Click here for the recipe and for step by step pictures of how to make it


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Steamed Miso Cod [Apr. 21st, 2009|10:35 am]
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vanessafrida


I was bored of steaming it the Cantonese style….and wanted to do something different.  After raiding the fridge, I decided on steam miso cod.  I have done some research a couple of days back and it said that miso had a lot of health benefits.

 

Miso is a fermented soybean paste. After fermenting for a number of weeks to years, depending on variety, miso comes out with a texture similar to peanut butter, and a strong, salty flavor. It is used as a condiment, a flavoring agent and to make the popular miso soup.

 

To make it extra healthy, and to help flavour the dish, I threw in some seaweed, which yet again is very healthy.  Seaweed tastes similar to leafy green vegetables, with an underlying salty, sea flavor.

 

This took all of 10 minutes to prepare, another 5 minutes to steam and it was done. Extremely easy…healthy dish. 


Click here to read more about the health benefits, recipe with step by step pictures


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Awesome BBQ! (singapore) [Apr. 20th, 2009|01:02 pm]
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vanessafrida




I purchased from Greengrocer a great huge piece of pre-marinated lamb leg and a small slab of chateaubriand for the bbq. The lamb leg was HUGE!  And it was less than SG$35 for the whole leg….def cheap and good.  It did not have a gamey smell or taste to it, and oh so tender.  I just slapped on a bit of salt and pepper on it.  Stab the meat here and there, and stuffed it with garlic and rosemary for extra flavour.  A good drizzle of olive oil and that is all I needed to do to the lamb.  Too easy! 

 

The beef, I stabbed it again and stuffed it with rosemary and garlic.  Give the outside a good rub of a flavoured salt from Margaret River.  It was a yummy river salt flavoured with mustard seeds.  PERFECT.  Drizzled some olive oil on the outside and left it to sit for a couple of hours.  This beef really didn’t need much help….it is such an excellent cut.  So tender.  It was the first time the boys tasted this cut of beef.

 

We started off with the lamb cos that was going to take the longest time to cook.  We seared the outside to seal the juices and then allowed it to slowly cook.  We kept cutting thin slices off the outer layer and allowed it to slowly continue cook on the grill.  This meant we constantly had nice hot yummy lamb…. . 

 

Man…was it a lovely bbq! 

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Steamed Pork with Tofu [Apr. 17th, 2009|12:16 pm]
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vanessafrida




Part of the healthy Singapore recipes series.

Dad is still in a porky mood, and seriously I was running out of healthy ideas on what to cook that contains pig.  I had a couple of criterias.  It had to be healthy, preferably steamed, cheap and fast.  Thankfully a browse around the supermarket always helps in the inspiration department.

 

The pork is pre-cooked before steaming almost 100% just to ensure that it is cooked right through.  I didn’t want to cook it with the tofu because tofu cooks really fast. If you want to substitute the pork with something else, fish paste is a very good alternative.  And you don’t have to pre-cook the fish paste.  Even faster!

 

Click here for the recipe with step by step pictures

 

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Foie Gras Burger (Singapore) [Apr. 15th, 2009|11:21 am]
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vanessafrida


The best dish that evening has to be the foie gras burger.  Two little mini burgers.  The homemade beef pattie was done to perfection…medium rare…full of flavour and so juicy!  The foie gras portion in the burger was generous…the caramelized onions…was sooooooooooo good!  A very well put together burger.  My mouth is watering just thinking about the burger.  At SG$22 for 2 mini burgers, it was very reasonable.  Served with a portion of yummy fries to boot! 

Click here to check out the rest of the food we had at 7atenine

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Yummy Lamb Chomps with Clam Pasta [Apr. 14th, 2009|04:38 pm]
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vanessafrida




The pasta was tomato based..served with good quality lamb chops.  The chops had very little fat on it, and boy was it meaty. 

Just lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and a touch of homegrown rosemary...thrown into the oven and dinner was ready.

Great meal!

For another picture of the meal and to read about a funny story I shared with the cook, click here

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