Middle Eastern Orange Cake

It’s September 12 on the other side of the world as I type this post about an orange cake from the Middle East that my mother, a true blue Chinese lady, absolutely loves. And it’s easy to see why. Quickly assembled over a few spare hours in an afternoon, this …

Fig & Goat Cheese Clafoutis

As a kid, the question “What’s your favorite fruit?” inevitably popped up across conversations with the majority of adults I encountered. It was part of the ‘getting to know you’ sequence, fielded by well-meaning adults who wanted to make conversation but didn’t quite know what else to say to an …

Z’s Apple Crumble

Today’s dessert is a request of one of my closest friends, Z, whom I’ve known for over 10 years now. Among the numerous friendships I’ve had (and still have), this one in particular is special for the marked absence of trivial misunderstandings, over-sensitivity and a consistency of communication so remarkable …

Ginger Panna Cotta & Honey Tuiles

Have you ever had that experience where, in a fit of inspired gusto, you concoct a combination of flavors in your mind, for a dish sweet or savory, absolutely convinced that it will be a surefire winner? Then you sieve through a Google Reader‘s screen worth of recipes, waiting for …

Chocolate Overdose Brownies

This dessert needs no introduction. But it does require a fair bit of precision and understanding of how flour, chocolate, butter and sugar operate and work together with other ingredients. It’s the perfect comfort dessert for those days when you just need something other than your preferred adult beverage to …

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 …

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 …

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 …