Taiwanese 'Pop-Corn' Chicken with Crispy Basil Leaves

These irresistable salt and pepper coated crispy chunks made the pain of cleaning up after a session of deep-frying worthwhile. Crispy-liciousness got kicked up a notch with golden, translucent deep-fried basil leaves, albeit my leaves were crushed when I tossed them through the fried chicken pieces. Quick and simple, this popular Taiwanese dish makes […]

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Daring Bakers' March 2011 Challenge: Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

I’ve been baking bread; lots and lots of bread since stage 3 of my patisserie course began in February. As a […]

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Viola Extract and Pulut Tai Tai with Kaya

Glutinous ‘Pulut Tai Tai’ slathered with home-made ‘kaya’ (coconut egg jam)

Some time three weeks ago, I woke up with dreams and thoughts of flowers oh so pretty, oh so bright oh so colourful and wandered whether I could extract some colour out of the Viola Tricolor species  dotting a small […]

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Sweet Architextural Night: A Sugary Fanfare

Charmaine of Heartsoul Desserts and I attended a sweet exhibit almost two weeks ago at St. Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel. This 2011 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event was a culmination of talent, blood, sweat and tears of two B&P teams: Ian Burch and Darren Purchese of upcoming Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra […]

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Steamed Egg and Pork Mince with Salted Duck Egg Yolk

I love this Hakka dish for its simplicity. I associate this dish with my popo (grandma) who used to whisk this up for Sunday dinners. I remember being content polishing off a small chunk of this tasty dish (yes we have to share) with nothing else but plain rice and I would even pray I got the chunk with the […]

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