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  • The Beautiful Fig Tart

    I find that cooking, more specifically baking, creates a sense of control and accomplishment. I find that rewarding probably because I like to be in control and I like completing things well (& one should also pick a recipe that has a high probability of success to ensure higher probability of that sense of satisfaction.) […]

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  • Roast Pork 燒肉

    During our trip to Hong Kong, we picked up a “meat tenderizer” which looked like an instrument of torture. In a twisted way, since I purchased this instrument, I’ve been dying to try to make roast pork 燒肉 at home – and the family christmas get-together was a perfect opportunity. My mum ordered a 1kg […]

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  • Gâteau De Crêpes

    The Crepe cake has been quite fashionable so I thought of giving it a shot over the holidays. This took patience and a whole afternoon to prepare, it was repetitive but oddly satisfying. Ladle and swirl, wait and flip, remove and cool – on repeat. Time passes quickly when you’re concentrated on the task at […]

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  • French Onion Soup

    I had a major craving for that rich soup (which partially made me checkout a cast iron dutch oven) I couldn’t have been happier for the weekend to come so I could work on this soup. The internet says by mixing red and yellow onions, we get a more complex taste – I wasn’t sure […]

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  • No-Knead Bread

    The first thing I did when my cast iron dutch oven arrived was to make bread. Four ingredients, overnight dough rest and a quick bake. It came out beautifully – I was pretty impressed myself. The scent and taste of fresh bread is addictive. The crust was termed on the internet as ‘artisanal’, I guess […]

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  • Pasta Making

    Inspired by the soft lush and delicate angel hair pasta I had while working in Manila, I broke out the pasta machine on Saturday morning. I was tempted to add more yolks into my dough for that lovely eggy taste and color but only two eggs were left in the fridge. I learnt a neat […]