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3 Simple Wine Pairing Ideas for Weeknights at Home

I usually don’t make New Years resolutions but for 2017, I decided to make it a mission to cook more. One Sunday I spent the entire day studying Serious Eats and making this slow cooked ragu sauce which took 5-6 hours. But on weeknights, quick, easy and satisfying options are necessary. So one Monday, I decided to make myself this epic, while simple, three-course wine pairing dinner at home. Blowfish Wines & Giveaway (ends 11 Feb 2017) People always say, Thursdays are the new Fridays. People also celebrate Hump Day Wednesdays. Then there’s Mondays. In short, there’s always an excuse to open a bottle of wine. Blowfish wines are good options for non-wine-experts; they’re inexpensive (averaging HK$100 per bottle), pair easily with food and simply crowd pleasers. Now to celebrate the end of the elongated holiday season and welcome a lot of weeknights to come before another holiday, Blowfish are giving out a full case (12 bottles) of wines, which include: Chardonnay (x4), Shiraz (x4) and Cabernet Merlot (x4). Head over to my Instagram page for more details (now!) – it ends …

Best of Food, Travel and Lifestyle in 2015

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year (actually I might be a bit late) to reflect and look ahead… And to give you some inspiration and ideas to add variety to your 2016, here’s some of my best ideas for food, travel and life in general from 2015! Hope everyone had an excellent long weekend and feels refreshed for a new week and new year. Food Best Fine Dining Meal: Wagyu Takumi (Hong Kong) Labelled as the “Best Meal I’ve Had“, the dinner at Wagyu Takumi was hands down the winner of my eventful year of devouring food and gaining 1-2kg despite upping my exercise game. But at HK$2000 per person, I’m eagerly waiting for bonus pay day to visit again! Best Guilty Meal: Annie’s Burger (Nottingham, UK) I’ve had a lot of burgers in 2015. With all the new burger shops opening up in Hong Kong, who hasn’t? But none in Hong Kong were as evil (no doubt delicious) as the ones from Annie’s Burger all the way in Nottingham, UK! With …

Do Mug Cakes Actually Taste Good?

If you follow any food blogs, accounts or websites, you must have seen all the viral posts on “mug cakes”. It’s an easy sell for modern busy/lazy people, because it’s a quick cake recipe that’s supposed to take no longer than 5 minutes, including microwave time. So I’ve always been curious as to whether mug cakes actually taste good. Even though many of them sound horrible – come on, you can’t expect real cake with just 3 ingredients, some actually look amazing. So I browsed a while for relatively complex mug cake recipes. Plus I was hoping that adding in some characteristics of actual good cake could give me a better shot of churning out a decent tasting cake. That’s why you’ll see the ingredients list I used is so long. Recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients: 1/8 cup flour 1/8 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/8 cocoa powder pinch of salt 1/8 milk vanilla essence 1 egg 1/8 oil Method: Mix the dry ingredients then mix in the wet ingredients. Pop it in the microwave on “high” for 1.5 …

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese from Scratch with 3 Ingredients

I shockingly learnt from my invaluable cooking class at Red Feather Inn that you can easily make your own ricotta cheese at home with close to minimal effort and accessible ingredients too. It’s easy, cheaper (than buying it) and you can use it to make delicious ricotta hotcakes, mix it into your scrambled eggs to make it extra creamy or simply use it to top your salad. Here’s how… Ingredients 2 cups of milk 1 cup of cream Apple cider vinegar Method 1. Put the milk and cream into a saucepan and heat over low fire until it is “bearably hot” (I check by dipping my finger) or just as soon as you start to see a bit of steam. Turn the fire off. 2. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix and wait 2 minutes. You should see the mixture curdle into small lumps. Add a bit more vinegar if parts of the mixture are not curdling. 3. Strain the mixture using a soup bag (cheese cloth) to separate the cheese …

Get HK$450 of Free Food on Sugar (offer ended)

Update (9 Aug 2015): This promotion has now ended. Thank you all for the interest and stay tuned/subscribe for more updates, reviews and offers! I’ve been trying out a mobile app called Sugar for a few months now and it’s been a great tool for generating ideas on what and where new to eat. If you haven’t started using it already, now is the best time to do so as they are running a series of promotions, where any new user can get HK$450 of free credit (no strings attached, a limited time offer!). You can freely spend it on items at a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Plus, on the app, the food or drinks are redeemed at a discounted price so there really is nothing to lose! Step 1 Visit http://hk.wewantsugar.com/sugarlove Enter your mobile no. Enter this code: LOLLERL Step 2 Download the app on your phone (link) Step 3 Sign up with your mobile no. and a password How do I get HK$450? You will be sent a top-up code through SMS …

Recipe for Kimchi Grilled Cheese and Kimchi Carbonara

Asian fusion, especially kimchi-everything, seems to be strongly trending in Hong Kong these days. Having sampled such fusion dishes myself, such as the kimchi bruschetta from Moyo, I do understand the addiction. That’s why I’ve even gone ahead to try these kimchi-fused dishes at home! Apart from actually making the kimchi (I’m not Korean enough for that yet), incorporating it into everyday comfort food turned out to be pretty easy, straight forward and a great complement. See my two recipes for kimchi grilled cheese and kimchi carbonara below. Kimchi Grilled Cheese Ingredients: 2 slices of bread A handful of grated cheddar cheese A small handful of kimchi Butter Method: 1. Butter one side of each slice of bread 2. Mix the kimchi and grated cheese in an oven-proof bowl, shove it in the oven (I put it in my mini toaster oven) until cheese is melted (about 3-5 mins) 3. Spread the mix onto one slice of bread on the non-buttered side 4. Place on the pan on medium heat (butter side down), place other …

3 ways to cook flavourful and healthy chicken breast

With the growing number of burger places and steakhouses opening up all around Hong Kong, not only am I eating out at least 10 times a week, these dining out meals are getting increasingly oily. In an effort to extend my Make healthy Mondays a habit, I’ve been trying to dish out more healthy lunch meals for weekdays (2-3 per week), giving myself a little more burger-eating quota without gaining 100 pounds. Meal preparation takes a huge amount of effort (3 hours on a Sunday afternoon), so I’ve come up with three different ways to make the same meat (chicken breast), in attempt to introduce some variety into my lunch boxes, without the effort of making something totally different every day. Where to buy your herbs and spices Herbs and spices are key to adding colour and flavour to meals (without adding unhealthy ingredients like sugar, salt or soy sauce). I recently discovered better quality spices from online store Regency Spices and found they are much more effective in flavouring up a piece of meat, compared with the ones …