Category Archives: I Try to Cook / Bake

Eat Clean

Last semester has seen me attempting to eat clean. I have been itching to try quinoa, which is a superfood packed with protein.  I finally got round to making lemony quinoa salads as my post-workout meal and I really enjoyed them!

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Also attempted to recreate Smart Alec’s Garden Delight Salad but ended up with something else. I decided to roast my mushrooms because after doing some online research, I discovered that it is not recommended to eat raw mushrooms as the digestive system is not really capable of digesting raw mushrooms and the nutrients are only released when cooked anyway.

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Dressing-lonely meals:

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Bell pepper loving

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Bell pepper stuffed with brown rice, minced turkey, mushrooms, onions, garlic and love in marinara sauce

‘Egg Tarts’

Finally got round to baking egg tarts after dreaming about it for the past year with my roommate. We used this recipe from Allrecipes.com and may or may not have made alterations to the recipe that may have compromised the quality of our egg tarts. Having a whimsical oven that turns itself off randomly or refuses to bake at high temperatures did not help either.

The second batch was a semi-success.

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The first, evidently not. Burnt baked product with rock hard crusts looked like hybrids of egg tarts and creme brulee.

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Today I also found out that an egg tart is about 400 calories, which brings me back to the day when I consumed four egg tarts in less than half a day. Oh dear.

Italian in the Kitchen

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Pasta with chicken, baby spinach, arugula, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, onions and oregano with lemony white wine sauce

I have always been a fan of pasta in light sauces. It is quite rare for me to order anything with alfredo or carbonara sauce, and I will usually go for a dish like linguine ai frutti di mare if it is an option. To my surprise and delight, making light wine wine sauce turned out to be not as difficult as I thought! Basically involves simmering water, oil, white wine, minced garlic and onions, and whatever ingredients I desire for fifteen minutes. My jar of marinara sauce may have to move over to my bottle of Sauvignon Blanc now.

On the topic of cooking with alcohol, I am tempted to give steamed mussels in beer a try to recreate the awesome mussels I had in Brussels years ago.

Home Cooked Food

Oyster Chicken and Kale @ My Humble Abode

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Oyster chicken with caramelized onions, sauteed kale with garlic, and brown rice . I present to you the first chicken dish that I have cooked in two months.

Having time to whip up an actual home-cooked meal (slapping turkey breast and cheese between slices of bread does not count) can be considered a luxury for me this semester. I have been subsisting on plenty of sandwiches, free food on campus and restaurant food. There was even one point when peanut butter jelly sandwiches were my staple for a week. Judging from all the pictures of food that I have been posting up here, my multiple attempts to go on a ‘diet’ have evidently failed.

Needless to say, I have not had very many nutritional home-cooked meals the past few months. This time round, I should make a New Year’s Resolution to just eat healthier in general.

Kek Batik

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Kek batik, one of my favourite Malay cakes ever. To those unfamiliar with kek batik, this cake is a Southeast Asian fudge cake made from cocoa powder, Milo powder and Marie cookies. Credits to a blogger who posted the recipe online.

Corn on the Cob

I don’t know about you but I love digging my teeth into corn on the cob. Which is why I could not walk past the barrel of corn in Trader Joe’s without buying one, and for only $0.39 for that matter. Oh summer, why are you so awesome?

I do not usually attempt to cook anything remotely complicated and this was no exception. I like the simplicity of making oven roasted corn on the cob. Wash it, butter it, pop it in the oven at 450 degrees for 25 minutes and voila — there you have some warm and juicy corn on the cob waiting to be eaten.

I Like Rice Noodles

Dang, the filters in instagram make my food look so good.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Finished my last packet of herbs just in time for the end of semester. Nothing like herbal Chicken soup to make me feel warm and happy inside.

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Midnight Munch

I was not in the best of mood tonight and I happened to be hungry at 1:32AM, so I overcompensated by eating two bowls of Kashi cereal and two almond poppy seed muffins. My conscience is probably gonna nag at me all day tomorrow but for now I have no regrets because all that carbs and sugar made me feel blissful inside. Ah, the joys of eating.