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: Food for Thought

A simple starter Have you ever thought of de-constructing guacamole? Well, Elena has done an excellent job. There are skills which are beyond survival skills, we call them home-chef’s skills. It’s great to start a new year with some small details, like a nice starter. A de-constructed guacamole is fairly simple to make and it’sContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Food for Thought”

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”

Cultivating Friendships, Food and Joy Between Strangers

By Marie Anne Lise Tan What my first two months at university have taught me about gastronomy The kitchen has always been my steady pillar of comfort and stability in my life and has played a significant role in making me who I am today. From getting my first cut from a sharp knife whenContinue reading “Cultivating Friendships, Food and Joy Between Strangers”

Beginner’s Choice: Berry Goodness

November was a very busy month with Homskil’s Homemaking 101 programme running every Sunday via Zoom. One participant commented that she never thought that one can have systems for doing things at home like one has systems for doing things at work. It was a new concept for her. ‘ Setting a household budget andContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Berry Goodness”

Beginner’s Choice: Val’s lunchbox ideas

It has been a while since Val introduced us to her amazing lunch boxes. I didn’t have the heart to ask her to send more articles knowing how busy she was at work. To my surprise, she sent a photo of her lunchbox last Monday morning with a note that said: “It’s clearing out freezerContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Val’s lunchbox ideas”