Beginner’s Choice: A Tribute to Mothers

Bianca, who is studying in Australia, sent a photo of the sans rival cake she baked. With a note: “I baked sans rival! A Filipino dessert.” Bianca Sans rival means without rival or unrivalled in French. I had the famous Filipino sans rival cake for the first time in the Philippines. It left an impression!Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: A Tribute to Mothers”

Beginner’s Choice: Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day Celebration Planning Skills Therese, who leads a busy life and hardly has a minute to spare, cooked a Mother’s Day celebration meal from scratch. She was seen preparing beans before she went off to work in the morning. She was again in the kitchen in the evening cooking something else. There were nicelyContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mother’s Day Special”

Sourdough diaries continued!

By Anne Lise Tan Hello everyone and Happy Easter*! If you remember my sourdough post from a few months ago, I started growing and maintaining my sourdough starter, Cricket, at the start of my second university year in London and am happy to report that I have made many successful loaves and sourdough derivatives sinceContinue reading “Sourdough diaries continued!”

Beginner’s Choice: Easter Brunch

Easter brunch is a tradition in many homes, especially in families that attend the late night Easter vigil. Vici sent photos of her Easter family brunch. I was impressed with Vici’s baking skills. I only knew her as an exchange student in Singapore who cooked well. She baked a typical Easter bread called Osterzopf andContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Easter Brunch”

Beginner’s Choice: Traditional Spanish Bread Dish

When my friend Teresa, who lives in Madrid, told me that she was back in her mother’s hometown enjoying traditional dishes, I couldn’t resist asking her to send some photos. She obliged. “This is migas, a traditional Southeast dish. It is very filling and gives you a lot of energy, it is often eaten byContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Traditional Spanish Bread Dish”

Beginner’s Choice: Mum’s Homemade Bread

Jo’s mum, Aunty Geraldine to many, finds the time to bake bread for the family. Not many busy mothers find the time to cook, let alone bake. Jo celebrated her birthday in an unusual way. Her brother had learnt how to make pasta so he was going to make spinach and ricotta ravioli for dinner.Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mum’s Homemade Bread”

Student Specials: Grandma’s Treats

Suzie went to Malaysia to visit her grandmother and to have a well-deserved holiday after completing her nursing course. As expected, grandmothers will be grandmothers. Suzie’s grandmother was prepared to welcome her with homecooked delights! There was variety in the dishes Suzie’s grandmother cooked, which showed her skills in Indian and Chinese cooking, as wellContinue reading “Student Specials: Grandma’s Treats”

Beginner’s Choice: Bread of the Three Kings

Sara, who was an exchange student in Singapore and who has returned to Spain, was inspired by Elena to bake. (Featured image is Elena’s Roscon de Reyes) Sara sent photos of the traditional Roscon de Reyes she baked, which is a sort of sweet bread which resembles a crown. Roscon de Reyes is served onContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Bread of the Three Kings”

Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas

A cake for Christmas is quite appropriate because Christmas is a birthday celebration. Mothers have a central role in birthdays as they are the ones who gave birth to the birthday celebrants. Mothers also have a major role in deciding the menu for family celebrations. My mother decided that we will not have turkey thisContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments

It’s already December 2022 and time to look back on another year that has gone by. We will no doubt find memories of sweet moments and not-so-sweet moments, and celebrate the fact that for there to be a picture there has to be light and shade. I remember a funny scene (perhaps from Sesame Street)Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments”