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”

Beginner’s Choice: Flavours and Textures

It has been ten months since this blog went live. If you are reading this article, then the time and effort have been worthwhile. Andrea and I have enjoyed catching up every Friday when she sends her articles. Friends have been sending photos of what they have cooked and comments on how the blog hasContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Flavours and Textures”

Beginner’s Choice: Kids’ First Cooking Adventure and More

Ferninda sent a photo of the meat patties she made with her two boys. Both are less than three years old. It was their first attempt at helping Mama in the kitchen. Her two year old helped to crack an egg and mix the minced meat. Her other little toddler wanted to help Mama fryContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Kids’ First Cooking Adventure and More”

Beginner’s Choice: Meat Bone Tea and Leafy greens

Have you ever thought of where the word “restaurant” comes from?  I was pleasantly surprised to come across the origin of this word in Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker. The first restaurants were eighteenth-century Parisian establishments that served rich soups to restore, or restaurer, the hungry citizenry.Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Meat Bone Tea and Leafy greens”