Category Archive: DIY

Indoor Hopscotch!

Hey… Check this out… Hopscotch… Now if I can only figure out which foot goes into which box… Never mind… Better to leave it to the girls… Hop hop hoppity hop…!

Rainy Days…

We love them! Especially when the haze is back… It is the perfect reason to take out the girls prettily decorated $2 umbrellas from Daiso. Here is Little B decorating hers ‘in case… Continue reading

Hello 2015!

The first week of 2015 has actually gone by!  My my… This year, I MUST try to post more here.. Hehe.. This poor neglected blog. I peeped out into my garden this morning… Continue reading

Baby penguin sushi stuffed with pork floss

Saw this adorable contraption online and knew Little B would love the end result. She already loves sushi with seaweed; little penguin sushis would definitely be a hit. Here is the penguin mould… Continue reading

Trust and Obey on Garageband

Purple cauliflowers, anyone?

Apparently, purple cauliflowers are a common sight in Australia. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen one! I had to get one to try. Pardon me for my ignorance, but it… Continue reading

Gyudon and Oyako Don (Japanese Beef bowl and Chicken-egg bowl)

Felt like having a bowl of Yoshinoya’s rice with XXL toppings today… Hehe… What better way than to make your own toppings… You can request for as high a mountain of toppings you… Continue reading

Little Brown Hedgehogs and Bunnies

After the Steamed Little White Bunnies were so well-received by Little B, I was spurred on to try out little brown bunnies and hedgehogs. They need a few more steps and ingredients, but are… Continue reading

Steamed Bunny Buns with Pork Floss-Mayo Filling

Little B adores little white bunnies. So I made little white bunnies and stuffed them with her favourite pork floss! Hehe… Turned out pretty cute and tasty! I modified a recipe that came… Continue reading

Meat Fish ball Noodle Soup

Actually this post should be called ‘how NOT to make fishballs’. Cos this was meant to be a Fishball Noodle recipe! In fact, the soup base and all the other ingredients that you… Continue reading

Best Ipoh Hor Fun Soup Recipe

Ever had one of those comfort foods that bring back many fond memories? 🙂 This recipe takes me way back in time to a nostalgic Ipoh Hor Fun shop (Lee Tong Kee) that… Continue reading

Stir-fried Bittergourd with Salted Egg

I love salted egg yolk! It not only tastes good alone but makes almost everything you cook it with taste good; dumplings, prawns, crab, even bittergourd… If not because it’s unhealthy, I would… Continue reading

Pig’s Maw Soup with Fish Maw and Gingko Nuts

Okay, I know this dish sounds gross, even though I have already tried to lessen the gross factor by saying ‘maw’ instead of ‘stomach’… But pig’s maw soup is comfort food for a… Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pork

This is a dish that almost every Chinese family is familiar with. But every recipe probably has it’s own unique twist too! This is the way my family likes sweet and sour pork!:)… Continue reading

Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce

This is a really simple dish that can be whipped up in less than half an hour! Ingredients Two pieces of Tau Kwa Some thinly sliced cucumber, pressed dry Some thinly sliced carrot,… Continue reading

Japanese Curry

This is a foolproof dish you can whip up in half an hour! (Maybe slightly more, if you like your potatoes super soft, like me!) Ingredients4 potatoes, cubed1 onion, cubed1 can of button… Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Thinking of something to warm your tummy on a cold day? This appetising soup is an awesome blend of sour, sweet, spicy and salty and so wholesome I can have a big bowl… Continue reading

Chicken Mushroom Claypot Rice with Salted fish and Chinese Sausage

B and I went for Claypot Cooking classes many years ago. Though I have lost the original recipe for this one, this comes quite close! Ingredients3 cups half-cooked ricechicken chunks, marinated (and deboned,… Continue reading

Rainbow Salmon!

Haha, no, it’s not a new species of fish; just a dish with many colors! Asparagus wrapped in streaky bacon with a light coat of sweet Japanese sauce. Sizzling alongside honey grape tomatoes… Continue reading

Fried Rice with Char Siew, shrimp and scallops

(…and many more ingredients that would make the title too lengthy…) I’ve been wondering what makes the fried rice at some restaurants smell so fragrant? Maybe the secret lies in the type of… Continue reading

Apple and Corn Soup with Waterchestnuts

I love this clear and refreshing soup! Ingredients4 Fuji Apples2 corn on cobs12-15 waterchestnuts1 carrot1 chicken Method1) skin and core the apples. Cut them into thick slices. Cut the corn into chunks. Skin… Continue reading

Watercress and Pork Ribs Soup

When the weather gets scorching hot like it has recently, there’s nothing I like better than to have a bowl of cooling soup. Watercress soup is one of my favourites and I can… Continue reading

Stir-fried Beef with Kai Lan

I love eating hot steaming rice with this dish! Ingredients200g sliced beef1 pkt KailanSome ginger slicesChopped garlic Marinade for beef1 egg white1 tbsp waterPepper powderCorn flour (add after the above has been absorbed… Continue reading

Steamed Stuffed Mushrooms and Tofu Puffs

Recently, the weather has been crazy; swinging from scorching temperatures of 36deg C to sudden heavy rains. My neighboring area had a recent Dengue outbreak and several preschools were closed due to cases… Continue reading

The art of eating chicken wings + yummy wing recipe

B, who finds meat attached to bones gross, has been eating chicken wing after chicken wing ever since he discovered this video: How to eat chicken wings So, for the sake of all… Continue reading

DIY Family Books

I had great fun doing our own family versions of fairy tales for Little B. The last one was The Little Red Riding Hood, starring Little B as Little Red Riding Hood and… Continue reading

Sambal Brinjal with Savoury Shrimp Floss

Is there a difference between brinjals, eggplants and aubergines? Apparently, no, according to Wikipedia. For me, they all taste great, whether they are green and pea sized or purple and as long as… Continue reading

Best Fish Head Bee Hoon and Recipe

This is the best Fish Head Bee Hoon Stall in Singapore!! It would have tasted better if we had eaten it right after ordering, but well, we were running late, so we had… Continue reading

Cauliflower and carrot flowers

Was playing around with extra food in the fridge a few nights ago… …tried to doll up my cauliflower with this… Ingredients Cauliflower 1 carrot 10 large shelled prawns Pork slices Marinade 1… Continue reading

Happycall Belacan Fish

I haven’t used my Happycall pan much since I last purchased it. I bought it cos it promised an odorless + greaseless + splatter-free cooking while frying stuff, especially fish. What they don’t… Continue reading

Making Chilli Padi Last and Last

This is another one of those things that they pack much more than you can consume in one sitting. I experimented with freezing them and it works! These little fire bombs can last… Continue reading

Keeping Spring Onions Fresh for Longer

It can be frustrating to have your spring onions wilt on you when you thought you’ve bought them only three days ago. Here’s a simple solution to make them last longer: Wipe them… Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Pork

In my eagerness to cook this, I forgot to take most of the process pictures. So you will have to imagine what went on. Hehe… Okok, I’ll update the post the next time… Continue reading

Fish Soup with Century Egg and Coriander

I’ve always wanted to cook one of those savoury, milky fish soups they serve at Chinese restaurants. So I tried this yesterday. Though it ended up a little different from the ones I… Continue reading

Reuse a Container for Another Purpose

I tried another Book of Doing recommendation today. Little B finished one of her baby puffs, so we had a pretty plastic bottle (especially after stripping away the plastic covering). It became a… Continue reading

Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg and Cereal

From the title, you can guess this is a sinful dish. ‘Cereal’ is just a cover-up. But it’s one prawn dish well worth the post-meal workout…;) Ingredients for batter: 3 tablespoons water 1… Continue reading

How to Stick to New Year Resolutions (A serious, non-frivolous post)

Over the years, I’ve come to look forward to setting new year resolutions. I used to be a firm believer of ‘let tomorrow worry about itself’. Then one sunny day 12 years ago,… Continue reading

Prima Taste Chilli Prawns

This has made its way into my list of favorite insincere foods. It’s meant for days when you’ve got no time to cook prawn sambal from scratch but still have a craving for… Continue reading

The Little Critters are Moving…

My Ferrero Rocher box is full. Time for the first batch of animals to move into Noah’s ark (a.k.a my car dashboard). Little B will have her car seat turned around soon, so… Continue reading

Amazing Everything – The Art of Scott C

Here’s another gem I picked up from the library – a collection of whimsical, funny and delightful art by Scott Campbell. I love his quirky style and his adorable illustrations which are full… Continue reading

Artist’s Complete Problem Solver by Trudy Friend

I liked this book so much that I ended up buying it after borrowing it from the library.:) (Mine is a 2nd hand copy off Ebay at less than half it’s original price… Continue reading

Deep Fried Crispy Tofu Puffs Stuffed with Otah

This is so crispy and yummy! Credits for this dish goes to my mother-in-law who does something really ingenious with the tofu puffs… check it out! Ingredients12 Tofu puffsOtah paste, Frozen and cubed… Continue reading

Grilled Saba Fish with Zesty Lemon

This is so easy to make and effortlessly delicious because the Saba Fish(a type of Mackerel) itself is so sweet and flavorful! Ingredients4-5 Saba fish fillets2 tbsp Japanese Soy Sauce (Terriyaki Sauce will… Continue reading

Buttered Scallops and Clams with Brocolli

Scallops are my favorite shellfish especially the extra large ones:) I use scallops a lot, especially the dried ones for soups, scallop stock for seasoning, the XXL plump and juicy ones as main… Continue reading

White Bait, Cheese and Tomato Omelette

This tasted scrumptious with plain porridge.:) Ingredients3 Eggs1 tomato, diced50g white bait2 slices of cheddar cheese SeasoningsPepper1/2 tsp concentrated chicken stock/ a little salt1/2 tsp sugar 1) marinate tomatoes with sugar and white… Continue reading

The Rainbow Connection

I dislike anything to do with numbers. Apart from my salary, the more the digits, does not make me the merrier. Since we got married, I’ve always left all household finances to B.… Continue reading

Chicken Feet with Black Mushrooms Stew

I cooked half a packet of chicken feet that my mum bought me. I’m so glad they have it pre-cooked and frozen. It makes things so much easier. For B’s benefit, I added… Continue reading

First Homemade Bolster Case

Little B’s bolster case was getting stinkier every day, due to all her teething and drooling. We had only one set of covers. It was time to get another set. But they were… Continue reading

Jumping Clay

B is on leave this week. Which is why I’m taking a break from cooking and taking this chance to try out and finish using up my Jumping Clay before it all dries… Continue reading

5 of My Favorite Insincere Food

What rubbish term have you coined this time? You ask. ‘Insincere food’?? This is my definition: any dish that is more than 50% pre-made commercially by someone or something else (factories included) apart… Continue reading

Steamed egg with Luncheon Meat and Porridge

Simple meal but satisfying.:) Steamed Egg with Luncheon Meat Ingredients2 eggs4 ‘eggs’ of water (or 8 half-shells of water)1/2 can luncheon meat, smashed with the back of a fork1 tsp concentrated chicken stock… Continue reading

Tikki and the Tick

Tikki made friends with a Tick and brought him home last night, much to our horror. It was the size of a fat raisin, only it was ugly; grey and plump with tiny,… Continue reading

Wong Bok with Crispy Shrimp Floss

I had quite a bit of Wong Bok (chinese cabbage) and herbal chicken soup in the fridge. Might as well combine those two to cook this savoury dish! Ingredients1/2 Wong Bok, sliced thickly3… Continue reading

Herbal Black Chicken Soup

This post is probably going to make my viewer ratings plummet to rock bottom. But anyway, here goes: I happily bought a black chicken on Monday and noticed something unusual about this breed-… Continue reading

Black Pepper Beef with Red and Green Capsicum

I like this dish because it looks so vibrant and happy; because of the main ingredients: Ingredients400g sliced beef1/2 large onion, chopped1/2 red capsicum, chopped1/2 green capsicum, choppedSliced gingerChopped garlic Seasoning3 tbsp Black… Continue reading

Butter Prawns with Asparagus and Oyster Mushrooms

I bought two packets of Oyster Mushrooms last week. I usually just stir-fry the prawns with asparagus, but because mushrooms were turning soft, I added them in too! Thankfully, my experiment with this… Continue reading

The Curious Incident of the Ant in Broad Daylight

Today, I did something that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long while – follow the path of an ant with my crayon. I always feel there is something spiritual about… Continue reading

Thai Green Curry

My brother gave me a packet of Thai Green Curry back from his recent trip to Thailand and I was both a little excited and dismayed. Excited, because I’ve never cooked green curry… Continue reading

Stewed Chicken Wings with Potato and Bamboo Shoots

This is a favorite of mine. Especially when the chicken has absorbed all the flavors and fragrances of soya sauce and rice wine. Ingredients3 potatoes, cubed1 1/2 bamboo shoots, sliced1 onion, sliced thinly12… Continue reading

Bak Kut Teh

I like having Bak Kut Teh (the literal translation is Meat Bone Tea) on cold, rainy days. It’s not really a tea but a soup. Hot, peppery, spicy and aromatic… B doesn’t like… Continue reading

How to Compose your own song and upload it onto YouTube (all on the iPad)!

Call me slow, ‘sua-ku’, frog-in-well, whatever, I don’t care! I finally managed to upload my first-ever song on Youtube! (in fact, that is my first ever Youtube video. Yes, yes, I am so… Continue reading

East Meets West

Yesterday’s dinner was a fusion of East and West… And the end result was thoroughly satisfying cos it involved one of my favourite vegetables- chubby portobello mushrooms, and one of my favourite fish-… Continue reading

I’m FINISHED.

I can finally pack the mess on my drop-desk… …wash my paintbrushes… …and throw away my disposable Daiso palette… (though I kinda like how the acrylics caked up layer upon layer on each… Continue reading

French Beans with Dried Shrimp Floss

This is a savoury dish with lots of crunch and it goes well with steamed rice, or in my case last night, Hainanese Chicken Rice. IngredientsFrench beans, sliced thinly and diagonally Dried shrimp,… Continue reading

Hainanese Chicken Rice

This is a very simple dish to cook, but a difficult one to master. Hmm. Actually many dishes are like that. Nevermind. If you can, slaughter a chicken fresh because the essence of… Continue reading

Sharksfin MELON Soup

It’s a MELON! Not real sharksfin, so don’t call up the animal rights group! But to be honest, Sharksfin Soup, the indispensible dish at many Chinese Wedding Dinners, is delicious. And I still… Continue reading

Cheapest veggie on the block… Tau Gay a.k.a bean sprouts

I can buy a whole bag of these at NTUC for just 30 cents! So it would cost even less at a wet market! How can farmers ever expect to earn any profit?… Continue reading

Salted Fish Fried Rice with Assorted Meat and Long Beans

Actually, this is more of a use-up-all-your-leftover-food recipe… But it tastes good, so well, haha, I guess it’s okay! The important thing about cooking fried rice is to use rice that has been… Continue reading

Stir-fried Shiitake Mushrooms With Fish Paste

Finally nearing the end of my non-heaty week. On the heatiness scale, this is quite a mild dish, and a nice, savory one to go with plain, steamed rice. I’m not a big… Continue reading

Nai Bai with Double Egg Recipe

Dish#3 went great with our plain fish porridge last night too! IngredientsSliced ginger1 tsp chopped garlic1 century egg, diced1 boiled salted egg, dicedNai Bai (I guess other dark leafy green vegetables like Spinach… Continue reading

Egg Omelette with Sausage and Cheese

This goes with about almost anything- plain porridge, rice, bread, muffins… I added a little chicken stock and a dash of pepper to three eggs while beating them. The rest is self-explaining(I think!):… Continue reading

Wintermelon Tofu Puff Soup

Yes, I mentioned that I would be having this for dinner yesterday. Well, I must say I prefer the traditional Wintermelon with Pork Ribs version, but B prefers this version… so well, I… Continue reading

Roast Chicken with Pandan Leaves

I had to use up all my Pandan leaves today(Friday the 13th) as they were drying up and starting to turn yellow. So, what better dish to cook than stuffed Pandan Leaf Chicken… Continue reading

How to Cook the Perfect Steamed Egg

I’ve always wondered how Japanese Restaurants always manage to consistently produce the smoothest Chawanmushi (steamed Japanese Egg Custard) without bubbles… I’ve discovered that the secret lies in the egg to water ratio and… Continue reading

Luncheon Meat with Potatoes and Ketchup

Needed to finish up the half-opened can of pineapples. What better dish to cook than the sweet and sour luncheon meat with potatoes? One of our favourite homecooked dishes. So, dice dice dice…… Continue reading

Not for the faint-hearted

Today’s meal is actually for the faint-hearted in the literal sense… It’s a Chinese Herbal Soup meant to build up one’s stamina and rejuvenate the body. The common meat that is used with… Continue reading

What to do with too much perfume…

Have you ever received perfume from nice, well-meaning friends and relatives which you know you’ll never use? They’re not the expensive sort; neither are they cheap. Maybe they’re too floral or sweet-smelling or… Continue reading

Coconut Day

Yummy=unhealthy Haha! I cooked TWO yummy dishes yesterday! Nasi Lemak was the challenge of the day, cos I’d never cooked this before. Fish Head Curry is an old time favourite…:) For me, Nasi… Continue reading

Albino Bittergourd…?

Came across a white bittergourd at NTUC… Decided to buy it and try cooking it! Did a bit of googling to find a recipe. Finally decided on a few and did a little… Continue reading

Don’t Throw Away Your Rusty Knife Holder Yet!

You can turn it from this: To this: Just use WD40…   …to soak rust for awhile… Then use this hard sponge (some call it Magic Eraser) to rub away the rust… After scrubbing… Continue reading

How to Make Body Scrub at No Cost (almost)!

Who doesn’t love a good backrub after a long, tiring day? Imagine rubbing away at all those tense, achey muscles with an exfoliating, relaxing scrub that smells of exotic flowers and tropical fruit… Continue reading

Foolproof Very-berry Blueberry Muffins

Some people scoff any instant confection. While I’m not a such big fan of instant food myself, I don’t mind playing around with instant bakes. I’m such a newbie at this that anything… Continue reading