Yearly Archives: 2009

Christmas Dessert: Ginger Custard With Chocolate & Hazelnuts

Happy Christmas Eve eve!! After an indulgent start with a brandade and creamed eggs with salmon roe, a nutritious interlude with the crab salad and spicy lemon dressing, and a pork roast to push the limits of satiety, here’s an easy dessert to round things off. If you’re looking for a fuss-free dessert that’s easily dressed up or down for the occasion, but won’t take an entire afternoon to prepare, custard is what you’re after. A short bout of mixing, whisking andRead More >>

Christmas Dinner: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

Bonjour from snowy Alsace! After a 40-hour journey that brought us through four airports, a major winter storm and bone-chilling temperatures, we’re finally warm, fed and rested at my in-laws’. Continuing with the main course for our virtual Christmas dinner (you didn’t think I’d forget would you?), here’s one that will make a dramatic entrance and centerpiece. Jamie Oliver’s Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder is at once hearty, filling and good for the soul.Read More >>

Macaron Fever

The goal: The process: Me: (Photo credit here) Yup, that’s pretty much what I’ve been caught up with for the past few days in the mad rush to get our Christmas goodies and gifts ready before we leave on Friday. I’ve lost count of the number of macaron-baking sessions I’ve had since the third and fourth attempts, which means too many wrinkled/cracked/hardened-macaron-shell-wannabes have left my oven over the past month. Way too many to be funny. The good news is,Read More >>

Christmas Dinner Part Two: Crab Salad With Spicy Lemon Dressing

The next course in Bon Vivant’s virtual Christmas dinner: a Nobu-inspired crab salad with spicy lemon dressing to refresh the palate and aid digestion.Read More >>

Spiced Persimmon Panna Cotta With Glazed Pecans

I am an impulse shopper. Not all the time (fortunately for M and our financial future), but man, when I set my mind to it, I can SHOP, for as long as it takes to cover all the racks, display shelves, boxes and what-have-yous to sniff out the best bargains. It must be my Chinese genes or Singapore upbringing (probably both), but I can never resist a good deal. And there are always deals to be found at the Farmers’ Market. Spend $5 and you get a huge bag of deliciously ripe fruit at theRead More >>

Christmas Dinner Part One – Salted Cod Brandade, Creamed Eggs with Salmon Roe

Come have Christmas dinner with us on Bon Vivant! Four courses in four weeks, beginning with hors d’oeuvres of Salted Cod Brandade and Creamed Eggs with Salmon Roe, washed down with Champagne.Read More >>

A Singaporean Thanksgiving

Right up till last Thursday, Thanksgiving was an alien concept to me, despite having been in the US for all of two years. It wasn’t the first time we spectated on the manic preparations leading up to one of the biggest American holidays of the year, but it was certainly the first time we commemorated it and truly enjoyed ourselves while doing so. Having had our fair share of innocently curious questions like, “You don’t know why we celebrate Thanksgiving???” andRead More >>

English Muffins & Eggs Benedict

Peter Reinhart’s easy English Muffins from the BBA Challenge, served up in a deliciously indulgent breakfast of Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon.Read More >>

Food Styling & Photography Weekend (Part 2)

Recap of a weekend spent with photographer Matt Armendariz and food stylists Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan.Read More >>

Let’s Lunch – Cranberry Lime Tart

Decadent as it may sound, we’re having dessert for this month’s lunch installment! Set aside those cold sandwiches, wrinkled salads and overnight soups for this Cranberry Lime tart. It’s as finger-licking delicious and yes, tart as they come. A category as wide and tempting as ‘Fall Desserts’ is pure nightmare for an indecisive Libran like me. So many ingredients, so little time. Karen over at Geofooding, ever the decisive blogger that she is, staked her claim onRead More >>

Food Styling & Photography Weekend (Part 1)

Recap of a weekend spent with photographer Matt Armendariz and food stylists Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan.Read More >>

Leeks, Truffle, Tomatoes & An Anniversary

It’s been a whirlwind of activity since returning from Denver last week. On Saturday, I drove up to San Francisco to spend the day with Dianne Jacob and a host of other aspiring writers (including Patricia from Brownies For Dinner and Joel from Six By 10 Tiny Kitchen) for a workshop on food writing. It wasn’t your typical way to spend a Saturday, but time flew by as the seven of us discussed everything from the state of food writing today to the importance of blogging, to reportingRead More >>

What I’ve Been Up To…

After sharing the pear pie with you on Tuesday, we hopped onto a plane and landed in Denver just in time for…the first major winter storm of the season. Blanketing pretty much all of Colorado in a coat of white ice, the past few days have been a thrilling but nerve-wrecking experience, driving through slush and icy road conditions with limited visibility. In the words of our waiter at Fogo de Chao, “You guys chose a bad time to come to Denver!!” But did that stop me fromRead More >>

Pear Dulce De Leche Pie

Getting a little creative with this Fall pie featuring the sweetest Bartlett pears in a Dulce de Leche bath.Read More >>

Foodbuzz Community Table Dinner At Spruce

As a member of Foodbuzz’s Featured Publisher program, I’ve had the unbelievable fortune of attending two of their Community Table dinners in San Francisco in just as many months. September’s dinner at EPIC Roasthouse was a memorable evening of networking, utterly delicious food and entertaining conversation with Bay Area bloggers like Vera, Stephanie, Mark and Chef John. Three nights ago, I made my way up to the city for yet another blogger evening at the über-chic Spruce inRead More >>

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