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Reading vs Cooking

For the past few weeks, I have doing more reading than cooking. Either is it due to the hot weather or high food prices or being unable to find a particular ingredient, I am simply put off on trying out new recipes.

Just as I have hinted that I might be making pizzas, I was so happy to find a recipe which I think is worth trying and was hoping to indulge myself with lots of cheesy bites, but when I saw the price tag for a block of mozzarella cheese, I hesistated to reach my hand out for a block. A 250g block would set me back by S$7.15 and mind you this is not the top grade fresh mozzarella cheese that all my books are harping about.

This is usually my shopping list for a pizza session:
- 2 blocks of cheese (S$7.15 x 2 = S$14.30)
- fresh button mushrooms (S$4.80 per 200g pun)
- asparagus (180g pkt, S$3.15)
- cherry tomatoes (S$3.05 per 250g pun)
- plain flour (S$1.80 per 1kg pkt)
- tomato sauce (S$5.10 per 500g bottle)

Total cost = S$32.20 (which works out to an average of S$10.70 per person f…

If I Am Gonna Start A Business ...

Last Friday, I picked up some cooking books from the library in hopes of finding some inspirations for cooking. But guess what? When I flipped out one of the books I picked up, I found a little note book and a pen wedged in between the pages. Out of curiosity, I flipped the pages of the note book and realised that this is probably part of someone's business plan to start a cafe. The book contained a handwritten menu as well as incompleted recipes for each item on the menu.

This set me thinking if I am able to commercialise my interest in cooking. I don't think I will be able to set up shop and start selling my experiments, but I would be more inclined to start something like private cooking/baking class. Simply cos I believe in this saying: "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for life."

Maybe my own business plan would look something like this:

- Love your freezer class
- Bento making class
- Tea with scones and muffins cl…

Northern Indian Chicken Curry

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Made this curry on Sunday. I didn't follow the directions exactly but the end result still tasted quite good. Guess curries are quite accomodating. (^.^)
Click here to see the recipe and a photo of how it ought to turn out. See how different?

Bento #3 For Hubby, et al

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::: Today's Bento Menu :::
Pesto with roast chicken and avocado sandwiches
Sliced apples and pear

We had leftover roast chicken and an overripe avocado sitting in the fridge, so I combined them to make a sandwich. Pity that I didn't have any tomato on hand to brighten things up a little. I'm in love with pesto sauce. Anything goes well with it, in my opinion.

We have signed our little princess up for a twice a week programme to stay in school for lunch and followed on by activities. She enjoys the activities but thoroughly hates the lunch in school for some reasons. So I thought maybe I would pack her favourite lunch and bring it to her later (just 5mins walk from my office). Hopefully this will help reduce her anxiety of lunching there. Cross my fingers.


::: Toddler's Bento Menu :::Breaded pork filletBoiled broccoliSliced hard boiled eggsAnd since she has 2 snack breaks now, I also packed additional snacks for her.::: Snack Corner :::Above - Calbee vegetable sticks with ra…

Bento #2 For Hubby

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Bentos for Hubby is really a good way to clear the fridge!
::: Today's Bento Menu :::
Pan fried fish fillet Quails' eggs Simmered lotus roots Boiled green beans Shoulder ham slices Cucumber pickles

Bento For Hubby

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Assembled this lunch box with all the leftovers in my fridge. Princess and I had the same thing for dinner last night, but when she saw the lunch box this morning, she said: "Wow!" (??!!) So presentation matters, eh?
As you can see, I have been cooking but most of them are from my own creation and I think not too photo worthy. After cooking lunch and dinner for 5 days a week for 9 months, I still haven't got to working out a system that would work for me. Talk about being slow! I'm getting there.
By the way, we had a picnic last Saturday at the Botanical Gardens. Geez, it was sweltering hot that day. But the kids had a good time just being outdoors. Here's a pic of the picnic spread.

I prepared rice balls for the picnic and also bought BBQ chix wings. Others contributed puff pastries, sandwiches and also salad. We went with 5 containers full of food but came back with 5 containers full of food cos we have so much leftover! Guess we were all abit overzealous. (^.^)