Let’s Lunch! – Chilled Borscht Soup

I have a new group of lunch buddies. Virtual buddies, in fact. Organized by Cheryl at A Tiger In The Kitchen, we “meet” once a month on Twitter and on our blogs to share our interpretations of that theme for the month, which, for September, is about chilled soups. It …

Gingered Peach Pavlovas

Apart from rugby, cricket and the occasional jibe about each other’s idiosyncracies, the other contentious issue between Australia and New Zealand lies with the ownership of a dessert – the Pavlova. Created in honor of the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who visited the region in the earlier years of the …

Les Profiteroles

For the first dessert in the countdown, I present to you, les profiteroles. Milk, water, butter and flour are cooked twice – on the stove and in the oven – a deceptively easy process producing elegant golden puffs of air that nestle scoops of ice-cream, topped with a warm chocolate …

Keeping Wrinkles At Bay

September 1 marks a month to my next birthday, that annual event marking the passage of time and the appearance of another wrinkle (or laugh line). To counteract the negativity associated with aging, I have decided to look to desserts for the answer. Beginning tomorrow, Bon Vivant will feature a …

Leek, Mushroom & Egg Linguine

Last night’s dinner was literally put together on the fly. It had been another hot day, M was away for work, I wasn’t in the mood to cook and even contemplated running out for a take-away. But time passed and soon, it was 7:30. Too late to drive out for …

Meat On A Stick

August 9 was Singapore’s independence day, a day that usually passes like any other save for the three hours in the evening when everyone would tune into the live broadcast of the National Day Parade. An annual ritual, this prestigious event represents the culmination of a year of planning, rehearsals …

Simple Salmon

I was 18 when Salmon Fever hit my family. We started having the fish in myriad forms a few dinners a week – there was grilled salmon, poached salmon, salmon curries, salmon steaks….as many as my mother’s inspiration allowed. Due to its nutritional value (convincing my mother that this was …