Student Specials: Anne Lise’s Superfood Breakfast

Breakfast is a meal many people tend to miss or to rush through, but it is in fact an important meal that has to get us through half of the day until lunchtime. In February we featured the Spanish-style French toast with orange compote, blood orange and beurre Suzette and Dutch pancakes (poffertjes) which AnneContinue reading “Student Specials: Anne Lise’s Superfood Breakfast”

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”

Student Specials: Tang Yuan and Togetherness

Tang yuan (or glutinous rice balls) with different types of fillings (peanut, sesame, red bean) in syrup are served throughout the year as a dessert, but they take on a special meaning when served at Chinese New Year. They become a symbol of togetherness and family reunion. Tang yuan is available in the frozen sectionContinue reading “Student Specials: Tang Yuan and Togetherness”

Beginner’s Choice: Cool Ideas for the Lunar New Year

If you really want to experience the atmosphere of the traditional Lunar New Year, the place to go is the supermarket. Someone who was at the supermarket sent a message as I was on the way to one: “Enjoy the mad rush!” Yes, the only thing to do is to stay cool. My brother isContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Cool Ideas for the Lunar New Year”

Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations

New beginnings As we start a new year, we look forward to new adventures and ventures. Yesterday I came across a documentary about a nineteen-year-old boy in Thailand, who has to work very hard to buy rice to feed his family. He is working to support himself and is determined to finish school so thatContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations”

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”