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”

Beginner’s Choice: Aroy Mak Mak Quick Dish

P’Pew, my friend in Bangkok, sent a photo of the braised pork spare ribs in soy bean paste dish which P’ Pad, her sister, cooked. She said it was yummy (aroy in Thai, mak mak means very) and it didn’t take long to cook. I am always looking for recipes of dishes which don’t takeContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Aroy Mak Mak Quick Dish”

Beginner’s Choice: Discovering Gastronomy

This week has been a busy week with the launch of Homskil’s Homemaking 101 programme. Val’s Amazing Lunch Box Fortunately, friends have sent photos of their cooking for the blog. Val (of Val’s Amazing Lunchboxes) sent a photo of her most recent lunchbox of crab cakes, gambas ajillo (Spanish garlic shrimps) and roasted potatoes. SheContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Discovering Gastronomy”

Beginner’s Choice: Leisure Cooking, Pleasure Cooking, Simple Cooking…

Cooking adds a new dimension to life. You may or may not agree. A new experience Chart, my brother, surprised me last week when he told me that he was marinating chicken to air-fry with an air-fryer his friends gave him. He sounded very enthusiastic about cooking dinner. There was the excitement of trying somethingContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Leisure Cooking, Pleasure Cooking, Simple Cooking…”

Beginner’s Choice: A Deeper look at Dumplings

Have you ever thought of the origin of dumplings? Probably not. But it doesn’t matter, because if you are reading this article, you are about to find out. There are many kinds of dumplings. I have always been familiar with Chinese dumplings, but during Circuit Breaker (Singapore’s lockdown period) someone at home had a cravingContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: A Deeper look at Dumplings”