Charred Tomatoes With Black Lava Salt On Cold Yoghurt

This recipe was inspired by Simple, Ottolenghi’s latest book; except I added my own twist (and subtracted the thyme and oregano since I didn’t have any at hand – yes, one must improvise ūüėČ ). Charred tomatoes on a bed of cold, creamy Greek yoghurt. Finish with a dusting of black lava salt and a…

Fig and Haricot Vert Salad with Date Molasses and Toasted Almonds

LUSCIOUS FIG SALAD WITH HARICOT VERTS | Kid you not, this salad screams vibrant flavours The luxury of a luscious ripe fig is second to none.¬† A sweet, honeyed taste and a soft (some might say ‘squishy’) texture make fresh figs worth seeking out. Unctuous fruit studded with discernible seeds are a far cry from…

Easy Summer Gazpacho

GAZPACHO ANDALUZ | A bomb of rich nutrients condensed in the form of a refreshing soup that can be readily made in 15 minutes.¬† Having just returned home from a whirlwind escapade to Spain and the Basque country, I was completely mesmerised by the arresting landscape, architecture, rich culture and history, and of course, the…

Creamy cashew asparagus leek soup with a hint of thyme and lemon

SUPER GREEN GOODNESS | Nutrient-rich and comforting asparagus leek soup bursting with cashew creaminess To spruce up those spring and summer months, I strongly advise making this potent green (detoxing) concoction for the family (or friends). Asparagus, leek, green peas, and spring onion soup infused with the creaminess of roasted cashews and enhanced by a…

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 ‚Äď these are all the ways…

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…

Baked Scallops with White Wine and Pancetta

SCALLOP-MANIA |¬†Large sea scallops are kept in their shell and dosed with a mixture of¬†garlic, pancetta and white wine before¬†being¬†baked to perfection. Hankering for a quick and easy dinner but also concerned about sustainability? Scallops make a smart seafood choice. Not only are they convenient and cook in less than 5 minutes, they pair beautifully…

Grilled Squid With Lemon, Garlic, and Cumin

Squid Attack! Last week after catching up over¬†brunch with some friends at Cupping Room in Wan Chai (one of the more casual and decent brunch places in HK with coffee on par with Sydney standards) I walked pass the wet markets and saw some¬†fresh squid eyeing me back. Picked two of these up and subjected…

Light and Easy Cucumber Ribbon Salad

If you are looking for an asian inspired light and simple side ‘salad’ dish to balance out your heavier mains, then look no further than the dependable cucumber. Eating cucumbers raw is a good and natural way to keep your skin looking youthful. Cucumbers are extremely hydrating so will keep your skin looking plump. What’s…