Beginner’s Choice: A Mother’s Love in Every Dish and Birthdays

The Photo Shoot Adel offered to help me with food styling and taking pictures. I know she will do a great job, but the reality is that most of the photos on the blog are from friends of their home-cooking, so there isn’t a chance to do a proper photo shoot. The Food Story WhatContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: A Mother’s Love in Every Dish and Birthdays”

Family Traditions: Sweet Pies

By Andrea Pavee To expand my repertoire of desserts, I have experimented with different types of sweet pies. Pies, in any form, are comfort foods, and are always a welcome change to Sunday dinners. Of all the pies I have made, chocolate pies are, by far, the easiest to make. Plus, they are very versatile.Continue reading “Family Traditions: Sweet Pies”

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”


By Andrea Pavee Happy New Year everyone! It is good to be back again, afresh into 2022. I hope Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were spectacular, wherever you rang it in. As for us, we stayed put in KL. Pandemics tend to put a damper on celebratory travelling. Tacking on to New Year’s celebrations isContinue reading “RESOLUTIONS: BOOM OR BUST?”

Gardening Tips: Japanese Roses

By Andrea Pavee When I was a teenager, Japanese roses were the craze throughout Malaysia. Pot after flourishing pot could be seen in houses, planter boxes, pots or growing in verdant beauty on the ground. Their brightly coloured hues offered a warm welcome to all who passed by. Their popularity was due in part toContinue reading “Gardening Tips: Japanese Roses”

Beginner’s Choice: Little Wonders and Festive Food

Hors d’oeuvres, tapas, canapes and dim sum have something in common – they are “little dishes” or appetizers. Hors d’oeuvres and tapas are finger food. Some dim sum items are finger food, like char siew pao, but others require the use of chopsticks, so they can’t be called finger food. “Hors d’oeuvres” translated literally meansContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Little Wonders and Festive Food”

Gardening Tips: Put A Little Skirt On It

By Andrea Pavee Plants housed indoors or out lend a distinct, but beautiful charm to any home. Some homeowners, however, feel that the “bare bones” of exposed topsoil, makes them look “naked”, and perhaps, unsightly. The good news? There’s a host of solutions available for you to fix that up right quick. Just “put aContinue reading “Gardening Tips: Put A Little Skirt On It”

To Carb or Not to Carb? It’s all about balance

Cousin Siri’s low carb dinner My cousin Siri (or P’Siriwan) sent me a photo of her Sunday dinner, with the following note: “Today is my low carb day so here’s my meal. The sweet and sour peaches contrasted well with the bitter watercress, the crunchy nuts contrasted well with the soft panfried tofu. I learnedContinue reading “To Carb or Not to Carb? It’s all about balance”

Gardening Tips: The Experiment

By Andrea Pavee Aeons ago, my husband and I bought a Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia Seguine) plant, at a local nursery. Our kids were small then and my gardening hobby lay deeply buried in netherworlds thus unknown to me. The plant lived for years at home, growing what I believed to be a millimeter each year. However,Continue reading “Gardening Tips: The Experiment”

Gardening – The Money Plant

By Andrea Pavee In a previous article, I wrote at length about the Golden Porthos, the most popular money plant, in my reckoning. As one of the easiest of plants to grow and propagate, it is my firm favourite. They grow fuss free in soil, hydroponic solutions or even in plain water – who couldContinue reading “Gardening – The Money Plant”