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.
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.
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
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.
Here are some of my favourite autumn fruits and vegetables: Continue reading
Seafood is a great choice for quick and easy meals. Fish, prawns, clams, squids and all these delicious choices are tasty, healthy and wonderful options for those busy weeknights where you just need to get dinner on the table for yourself or your family. The simplest of seasoning such as olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and the occasional dried chili flakes are more than enough to bring out the sweet tastes of delicate seafood. And whether it is sautéing, grilling or baking in the oven, the cooking time for seafood dishes are always less than 30 minutes.
As I always tend to go the western route when it comes to cooking, here are my top 5 Asian seafood dishes that I think are perfect for simple weeknight dinners but good enough to make for dinner parties. Continue reading