Summer Berry Trifle

Red and White are the inspiration for today’s dessert, the by-product of an under-acknowledged patriotism as I planned the menu to commemorate Singapore’s independence last month. Ever one to pile on the ‘kitsch’ factor for the fun of it, we decorated our tiny cottage with the Singapore flag printed on …

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 …

Cinnamon & Cinnamon

I’ve been wrapped in cinnamon for the past week as part of the BBA Challenge, so here’s a double-barreled post on Cinnamon buns and Cinnamon raisin walnut bread. Both breads were relatively easy to make (though not without their challenges, as described below), and surprisingly I was more fond of …

Why Street Food Is Important

Last weekend, we took a leisurely drive to San Francisco for the city’s first ever Street Food Festival. Organized by La Cocina, a non-profit focused on developing ‘food entrepreneurs’, the event was part of the drive to raise awareness about street food culture and the challenges faced by vendors seeking …

Who Moved My….

…Quiche?! Until I met M, my consumption of French pastries and baked goods was limited to the croissants and fruit tarts from Delifrance which, although good, were a far cry from the flaky, delicious versions offered at your neighborhood boulangerie in France. All the same, I was content with the …