Beginner’s Choice: Tart Art and A Mother’s Heart

There is something special about cake! There is also tart art. Cakes and tarts have a value that comes from the heart. Many years ago, I went to Chinatown on an outing at night with some friends. We had dinner, and then we walked to China Square. There was a small café with a signContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Tart Art and A Mother’s Heart”

Beginner’s Choice: Mom’s Magic

It has been a busy week, and the HomSkil’s Homemaking 101 course is on my schedule for this afternoon. I managed to get some free time to go on a National Gallery tour yesterday, and I will recommend it. Lianne, who was our guide did an excellent job. Two hours flew by too quickly. SheContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mom’s Magic”

Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food

We have featured a variety of cuisines and dishes and a lot of celebration meals. Brenda, a law student, who is currently abroad on an exchange programme, surprised me by saying that what she liked most was a fried rice dish which was featured (Garlic, egg, tomato and carrot fried rice). To her, it wasContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food”

Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger

The Eve of the Lunar New Year is the only time in the year that the streets are quiet at night. Most people are home for the Reunion Dinner. I suppose it’s like Thanksgiving Dinner. I asked around to see what friends were planning for their reunion dinner, most said: “Steamboat. It’s the simplest!” Well,Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sun, the Moon and the Feasts

Tomorrow is the eve of the Lunar New Year. Wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy the light of the moon. There are songs and poems written about the moon. That reminds me, I must get around to looking for the book Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins, about his fight to theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sun, the Moon and the Feasts”

Beginner’s Choice: Home-made and Hand-made

Aunty Julie’s goodies I have been wanting to feature Aunty Julie’s home-made lemon curd and whiskey orange marmalade for a while. Aunty Julie makes them every year as Christmas gifts. One of these days, I must get around to learning how to make them. They are among Aunty Julie’s legacy. She used to make theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Home-made and Hand-made”

Beginner’s Choice: Noodles, Rice and Everything Nice

Noodle success When my friend Marie, who is doing her post doc studies in the US, sent me a photo of her dinner of a piece of bread and a boiled egg, I was very concerned. But then she explained that she had had a late lunch out, and portions are huge when eating out.Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Noodles, Rice and Everything Nice”

Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness

The featured image of this post is tiramisu. “Tiramisu” translated to English is “pick me up” or “cheer me up” an appropriate name for a dessert created to cheer you up at the end of a meal. One of my favourite movies is a Japanese movie entitled: Flavor of happiness or Shiawase no kaori (theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness”

Beginner’s Choice: New Insights into Food

Food for thought New Year’s Day is a cause for celebration as it marks a new beginning. While preparing celebration menus, one cannot help but think of those who have been badly affected by typhoons, tornedos and floods. Food in a crisis situation Andrea, who is the most frequent contributor to this blog, has beenContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: New Insights into Food”

Beginner’s Choice: Christmas Preparations

Christmas a-buzzing I received a WhatsApp message this week from Andrea who said, “Christmas is a frenetic time.” I understand what she means, but I would say that the days leading up to Christmas are more frenetic than Christmas day itself and the twelve days of Christmas which follow. Christmas Day is like the calmContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Christmas Preparations”