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Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Whenever I move to a new place, one of the biggest elements for me to settle in is getting a handle on all the grocers and local markets.  When I discovered Singapore’s Tiong Bahru wet market over a year ago (and subsequently moved to live right next to it), everything started to click into place.  Now my Hong Kong … Continue reading

Herb Crumbed Chicken Breasts

Quick and easy chicken recipe from Stuff It: The Great Little Book of Chicken Dishes.  For a fancier version of this herb crumbed coating, try Thomas Keller’s Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Honey Mustard Glaze. The original recipe is below, but I improvised a bit as I was missing a couple ingredients (sad I know… considering the … Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end. I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made … Continue reading

Simple Roast Chicken

This is the easiest roast chicken recipe I have ever done, and all it really requires is salt. I had always thought I needed to properly brine a chicken for hours before to ensure it would stay moist, and then coat the skin in butter or oil for maximum flavor such as my super high maintenance Whole Roasted … Continue reading

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

Summer Squash Skewers

Summer to me always signifies BBQ time… and by summer, I mean a proper summer.  In a place where seasons actually change. Fortunately, I was back in good ole ‘merica just in time for summer grills to fire up.  Within a week, I spearheaded three successful summer BBQs for friends and family across the country … Continue reading

Lamb and Winter Vegetable Stew

Winter doesn’t really exist in Singapore; it’s ridiculously hot and humid all year round.  That whole equator proximity thing… The seasons we do experience here can be characterized as wet and dry, although the lines are blurred because it can rain even during non-monsoon season.  Which it does… often.  However, when it is monsoon season, … Continue reading

Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Herbs

This simple side dish is often served in steak and Italian restaurants, and I order it without fail each time I find it on the menu. I decided to make these mushrooms to accompany some Sirloin Steaks, along with Crisped Roasted Mini Potatoes and Glazed Pearl Onions. In my effort to explore more local produce, … Continue reading

Glazed Pearl Onions

We have often cooked pearl onions as a part of a larger dish, such as using it to stuff a Whole Roasted Chicken or accent a fancy Seared Scallops with Tomato Confit and Asparagus Purée.  However, in this dish, the pearl onion takes center stage.  Pearl onions are sweeter than their common onion counterparts, which … Continue reading

Crisped Roasted Mini Potatoes

I was looking to make some side dishes to accompany Sirloin Steaks and of course I had to cook some potatoes.  I was contemplating making mashed potatoes, such as Thomas Keller’s Purée of Garlic Potatoes, but I was not in a dairy kind of mood.  I decided to try out another Keller potato recipe instead … Continue reading