Stir Fried Clams with Tomato and Basil

We Chinese love our stir fries. They are super quick 15 minute meals that you can whip up any day of the week. I admit I don’t have a well-stocked Chinese ingredients pantry. I do however have a pretty solid cupboard filled with spices and sauces for any western dishes. So I’ve got to make do with what I have.

Clams are perfect for stir fries as they cook in no time and you get a dish with wonderful flavours packed full of briny goodness. The only Asian ingredient you’ll need for this recipe is soy sauce, which adds another layer of flavour savouriness to the dish. Serve with some rice or bread to mop up the tomatoey sauce and I think that’s a pretty great meal for a Tuesday night. Continue reading

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Cooking with Kimchi

Seoul, Korea is a great place to go for a short girls’ trip. I recently went with my cousins and we had such an amazing time. Aside from the crazy shopping of clothes and Korean skincare and cosmetics, we treated our stomachs very well with out-of-this-world Korean food! From the very local joints to the more ‘east meets west’ restaurants, Seoul has it all. One thing that we couldn’t get away from (and why would you want to get away from it) is their delicious fermented side dish, kimchi. Kimchi is the dish that is served in all restaurants whether you want it or not. This side dish is part of Koreans’ every meal and some restaurants even offer unlimited servings of them.

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Top Tips for Easy Christmas Entertaining

Christmas and New Years are just around the corner and you know what this means – festive dinner parties and gatherings. The twinkling lights, the smell of Christmas (think pine trees, cinnamon, ginger bread), the Christmas songs and all gorgeous decorations just make December all the more special.

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This is the time of year where I love to host a few cozy dinners for my family and close friends where we can spend some quality time together. However, I know having guests over can also lead to stress and exhaustion when there seems to be so much you have to prepare. So I am here to share some of my top tips for keeping your spirits up and making this a hassle-free Christmas. Continue reading

What’s in Season? My Top 5 Autumn Fruits and Vegetables for Cooking & Baking

It is always a good idea to eat according to the season. As the weather changes so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers a wide selection of beautiful fresh produce that are fresher and sweeter because the fruits and vegetables have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time. This also means that they are more flavourful, nutritious and much cheaper since the crops are harvested in large quantity.

I really love autumn. As the weather is starting to cool off, we get to spend more time in the kitchen, making slow cooked stews, braising meats and baking delicious warming desserts. From beautiful figs and juicy pears to dark leafy greens to sweet root vegetables and squashes, who could resist these seasonal goodies? Everyone should make the most of what they can find at the markets this autumn and cook up the best dishes that this season has to offer.

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Here are some of my favourite autumn fruits and vegetables: Continue reading