Grilled leeks with hazelnut brown butter

  LEEKS IN BEURRE NOISETTE | Who would have thought leeks could taste so incredible? I don’t eat leeks often but having returned from Singapore recently earlier this year, I was inspired by the critically acclaimed restaurant Burnt Ends (nb: book early) to recreate their signature leek dish with browned butter and hazelnuts. First, let’s delve into…

Grilled Asparagus with Torn Bocconcini and Persimmon

CHARRED ASPARAGUS | A rich juxtaposition of vibrant colours to brighten up your dinner parties What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of asparagus? Well, for me, it is ‘versatility’. That’s right, asparagus is amazing versatile: steam, simmer, roast, batter, grill, pan-fry, or wok-fry – these are all the ways…

Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

BABY CARROT LOVE | Sweeten those baby orange gems with a dash of maple syrup For a simple and fast side dish designed to delight your guests, look no further than the baby carrot. Dress the carrots with maple syrup and a hint of brown sugar to accentuate the natural sweetness of these orange gems further….

Heavenly Almond Milk with Vanilla Bean and Dates

Save the money buying almond milk and make your own. Creamy, lightly sweet, and so satisfying—homemade almond milk (without the additives and preservatives) is a true luxury! It also contains no animal byproducts, allowing vegans and vegetarians to enjoy it without guilt. Personally, my favourite flavour combo comprises of utilising an entire vanilla bean, a couple…

Grilled vanilla peaches on truffled ricotta rye

VANILLA DREAM | Vanilla and maple glazed peaches layered on a  ‘truffled-up’ ricotta rye toast. If the thought alone of grilled peaches is enough to excite your taste buds, try adding a smidgen of vanilla bean and a dash of maple before subjecting them to grill pan. Trust me, you won’t regret. It adds that extra oomph of sophistication…

Butternut Pumpkin Soup

BUTTERNUT SMOOTHNESS | A silky textured soup bursting with vibrant colours and nutrition to brighten up your day or evening – all without the extra addition of cream or butter.  Okay, so this was my first time making butternut pumpkin soup and boy was it delicious (not to mention the extreme ease at which it was…

Refreshing Watermelon and Mint Salad

REFRESHING SUMMER SALAD | Rehydrate with a cooling watermelon salad tossed with lime and mint leaves.  Yearning for something cooling in the hot summer months? Then look on further than the watermelon. Juicy, sweet and available in seedless varieties, watermelon is not just comprised of water and sugar, but is in fact a nutrient dense food,…

Persimmon Caprese Salad

Tired of the usual heirloom tomato mozzarella salad (aka Insalata Caprese)? Why not spice things up a little and substitute the tomato with the juicy ripeness of persimmon.

Caramelised Figs on Avocado Toast

Figs…a culinary delicacy par excellence. Caramelise them with honey and serve on a toast layered with sliced avocado for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Figs. There is nothing like the tastes and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and…

Chargrilled Miso Corn

Chargrill the classic corn cob to perfection by dowsing it with some Japanese flavours. Miso replaces the need for salt, and provides a great balance to the sweetness of the caramelised corn kernels. This is not a time to be stingy with the butter. Generosity will go the extra mile when it comes to grilling corn. That’s…

Cherry Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad

I am a sucker for colours. Precisely because of that, I was immediately captivated by the vivid kaleidoscope of colours that deck out the pages in Plenty More, Ottolenghi’s vegetarian cookbook. One usually does not equate healthy produce with good taste but trust me, he somehow manages to make vegetables taste phenomenal as if they have undergone…