Tish Boyle’s Cinnamon Swirl ButterMilk Pound Cake

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I can hear you YAWN….. yes, yet another one of Tish Boyle’s pound cake. Pound cakes are hopelessly boring to bake (translated to mean EASY!) achingly uninspiring to photograph… but always satisfying to eat…. After trying out her Luxe Pound Cake and Plainly Perfect Pound Cake, Tish Boyle beckons once more with her claim that this is a […]

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Baby Doughnuts/Donuts With Chocolate Honey Glaze

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As much as I love to play with flour and butter in the kitchen, there are still a couple of very simple and basic items which I have not yet tried. Among them are scones and donuts and one of the more trivial resolutions I have actually set myself in December is to try both […]

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Seafood Rice Congee

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When I was younger, Chinese New Year holidays was exceptional, quite unlike the other festivals or public holidays that we knew. For one thing, we got to wear new clothes (yes, it was a big deal. We never used to buy new clothes all the time like the way we do now) , feast on […]

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Prune Kueh Lapis – Spekkoek

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I do not remember eating this during Chinese New Year when I was young. In fact, I do not remember ever eating this during my early schooling days…. Then one day, it found its way into our household, and we’ve never been without it during Chinese New Year ever since… Initially, this (as with many […]

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Pineapple Tarts 2012

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I first attempted to bake pineapple tarts last year. This is decidedly the most popular Chinese New Year cookie among my family members and friends. I have a friend who would order his $1.50/piece pineapple tart every year without fail and it is not uncommon to pay $1/ piece for home-made pineapple tarts nowadays. In case, […]

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Crispy Golden Prawns With Lemon Mayonnaise

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The Chinese culture is most particular about celebrating auspiciousness. For a happy occasion like the Chinese New Year that celebrates a new beginning, we are even more mindful about surrounding ourselves with auspicious symbols. When I was young, we were not allowed to sweep the floor on New Year’s Day, for fear that we would […]

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Tish Boyle’s Plainly Perfect Pound Cake

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As you can see, I am continuing my celebration of simplicity. The inspiration to go back to Tish Boyle came about when one of the readers here tried out the Luxe Pound Cake recently and was raving about how good it was. I had baked it once and eaten it once. I remember I did a little […]

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Bill Granger’s Spaghettini With Crab, Lime And Chilli

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I am currently in love with Bill Granger’s recipes. This is possibly the fourth time I have cooked from his cookbook. Previous attempts included the poached peach in Rose Water, crumpets and more recently the souffle pancake.. I bought his cookbooks after my third trip to Sydney last year and after my third visit to his restaurant Bills at Darlinghurst. I […]

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Ox Tongue Cookies – 宜兰牛舌饼

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My first encounter with this cookie was in Taiwan. Named after the shape it resembles, it is literally called  Ox Tongue Cookies and is the local specialty of Yilan Province in Taiwan. The commercial grade I had tried, came in many different flavours including, cheese, coconut, black sesame etc…  The cookie was whisper thin and […]

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Pecan Cake & Best Wishes!

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2011 would not have been the same for me without Køkken69 and all the lovely acquaintances and friends I have met here. Despite my crazy travel work schedule, I am suprised that I have pressed on and this space has sustained. Looking back, I want to believe that I have continued to improve in what […]

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