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Fun plates

February 12th, 2012 2 Comments »

I was initially surfing on this site to contemplate purchasing this when I saw a few kiddy items that made me chuckle. I’ve seen the face plate at Urban Outfitters before but the other options here are cute. Since I know that a couple of mommies of young children read this space, this might interest you!

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Bacon-wrapped Baby Asparagus and Truffle Salted Potato Thins

February 12th, 2012 No Comments »

My last recipe post on Petits Pain Au Chocolat was a big hit and I received thanks all around. :) I’m glad you guys tried it out! A couple of my friends told me that they loved it because it was not only simple, their daughters that enjoyed cooking were able to join in and help. So I’ll endeavor to do such recipes every now and then and share them here. Meanwhile, if there’s any recipe you would like me to demonstrate, drop me an email!

I’ll admit. Cooking takes a lot of time and when I’m working full-time, it can get challenging. Some preps take some time and by the time I get back from work, it’s quite late to marinate, prep etc. The last few months, I’ve been training for my marathon which is a 5 times a week program so sometimes I don’t have the energy to spend hours cooking something for dinner. But then again, we don’t fancy eating out unless it’s with friends or for special occasions so we still cook on a daily basis – T cooks a lot for me too, and do a couple ‘cheat’ recipes and leave the more complicated elaborate ones for the weekends.

Cheat recipes are those that require very simple preparation work and ingredients and can still make up a decent meal. The ‘cheat meal’ that we had today is also a great starter for hosted parties. It’s balanced in carbs, proteins and veggies so it makes a decent light meal too or compliments other mains. And for mommies, you can get your kids to help with wrapping the bacon around the asparagus so it’s both fun and helpful for both.


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Herb-Crusted Salmon

February 12th, 2012 No Comments »

This recipe came from A and originated from good old Martha Stewart. I changed some of the ingredients and quantity and initially wanted to serve it with bacon wrapped baby asparagus (recipe to follow) but I bought way too much salmon so we decided to save the bacon and asparagus for another day.

Salmon is a very rich and fatty fish. If there is anything I learnt from cooking it, its do not cook too much of it per person. I should have just bought a fillet to split amongst us both but we landed up with portions sufficient for four. The thing about salmon is that if it’s baked/grilled, you can’t eat too much of it. So if you serve this, it’s okay to keep the portions modest and mix in other types of food.

The two main ingredients that I amended were the bread crumbs and mustard. Instead of using regular bread crumbs, I used panko bread crumbs. I’ve explained about panko bread crumbs previously. I chose it because it has a lighter texture and comes out more crisp. I forgot to do an additional 2-3 minutes of top toasting to brown the crust slightly so mine looks slightly ‘whitish’. Dijon mustard is widely used in recipes. I prefer whole-grained mustard for the grainy seedy texture  and less ‘spicy’ taste. If you prefer Dijon mustard, feel free to use it as the original recipe calls for.

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