Tag Archives : Appetizer

Smoked Salmon Crostini


I have been relying on the Bruschetta recipe for years when an Italian appetizer is needed on the menu. Great recipe, except it is quite stressful to make sure it is served hot whenever we entertain. Tried this Smoked Salmon Crostini over the weekend and I liked it a lot. Appetizing, easy to prepare, can be served cold. Stress free! Read More

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Peach and Fig Crostini


A couple of years back, my colleague Ravi gave me a bag of figs from his backyard. That was my introduction to fig. This is an unusual fruit (actually, it is an inverted flower) with a unique taste and texture. I fell in love with figs until one day, I came across this article that describes how fig is pollinated. It Read More

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Chinese/Homestyle Meatballs (肉丸)


This is a recipe from my aunt that I continue to prepare frequently as part of our home-cooked Chinese dinner. A special ingredient in this recipe is the cream-style corn. It adds color and sweetness to the meat. The meatballs has the crunch from the chestnut and tenderness from the creamed corn. Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 1 hour Read More

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‘Five Spice’ Roll (Ngor Hiang) – 五香


In my whirlwind trip to Singapore, I missed many items on the checklist of must-try dishes. Thankfully, I was able to try some home-made Ngor Hiang from my god sister and noted the recipe. I was surprised that she did not add five spice powder to the filling! She insisted on taking the time to make mini-rolls as she says Read More

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Chinese Rojak (Salad in Shrimp Paste Dressing)


My sister prepared this delicacy for me when I visited last month. Her version uses apples instead of jicama. I love the sweet and tangy taste of the shrimp paste dressing combined with the varied texture of fruits, vegetables, and Chinese crullers. I rarely eat salad, but this is one salad I will eat often if I can afford the Read More

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Triple Tomato Bruschetta


  Today, I made bruschetta to go with the spicy italian sausage lasagna and tiramisu for our Italiano dinner. I like this recipe because the sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar give the appetizer a little punch. Since I have been into colorful dishes lately, I added some yellow cherry tomatoes to jazz up the look. A few cherry tomatoes can really liven up Read More

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Thai Spring Rolls


I learned to make Thai Spring Rolls with Jirayu Peoter of Mama Thai Cooking Club.The first time I made this was for the ‘Flower’ theme gourmet club event. I used a package of edible flowers as garnish then. I made spring rolls again for today’s Gourmet Club ‘Yum Yum Vote’ club event. My fellow club members have voted this as Read More

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Crab Cakes


Prepared this dish for the girls. This is one dish that all of them like and don’t get to eat at their college cafeterias. Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Ingredients 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbsp heavy cream 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 egg Read More

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