Replacing Eggs In Baking

If you’re a lazy cook/baker like me, there will be times when you realise that you have missing ingredients just when you’ve taken out the flour, chocolate chips and what nots. Most likely, you’ll find out that you have run out of eggs. We tend to take it for granted that our egg tray is stocked…but don’t fret! You can replace them eggs with other things! Good tip for vegans too! I did replace eggs with banana when I made my Salted Caramel Banana Chia Seed Cupcakes simply because I ran out of eggs. Haha…now you know why. Photo credit:...

How to cook grains

As a Chinese, I do eat rice as my staple and I’ve also switched from white polished rice to brown rice. You’d think that rice is rice but different types of rice (and therefore, grains) require different amounts of water to cook. Instead of writing down everything, here’s a good infographic that I found off Pinterest to give you a quick guide on cooking grains.

I’m finally on Pinterest!

I’m finally on Pinterest and if you’d like a more organised ‘board’ of my posts on my nail art plus my recipes, do follow me there at http://www.pinterest.com/themelissafann/. Besides those 2 boards, do give me suggestions on what other boards I should put up as I’d love to hear from you guys. Big thanks in advance for the follow!

Bats Cake Pops for Halloween – Fail :(

Bought this on my birthday and was inspired to bake them for Halloween. I even planned a party at the bestie’s place just so that I could showcase my Bats Cake Pops! The instructions from the kit made it seem sooo simple… and initially, it was. I just had to mix the red velvet pre-mix with an egg and melted butter, give it a good whisking before baking it. “Cut the cooled cake into squares and crumble it. Mix it in a bowl with half of the frosting.” Yup…that part is simple too. “Roll the cake mixture into balls.” Uh…that’s...

October Food Haul

Went to Meidi-ya one day with the parents after having a Japanese curry dinner and these 2 bags of crisps caught my eye. Thank you UK for the interesting flavours! The large bag of Guinness chips (S$5.95) tasted like lightly salted potato chips with a very slight aftertaste of stout. I really don’t mind having my stout like this but I would’ve preferred a stronger taste. Dad loved it and gobbled the whole bag down. I grew up eating Marmite and Bovril where it was a MUST to add it into plain rice porridge. I like eating it with toast...

Simple Roast Chicken with Figs and Onions

Fresh figs are hard to come by in Singapore but when you do get them, they’re so lush that it seems a bit of a shame to just eat them plain. I bought a box of 4 figs and I had already done the “eat ’em raw and fresh” to 2 of them and I didn’t want to make jam (with only 2 figs?) so I decided to cook them! As it is my birthday, my mum happily bought a whole chicken leg for me to do whatever I wish with it for lunch (I was on leave). Thus, the...

Gourmet-like Burgers at Fat Boy’s – The Burger Bar

With a name like “Fat Boy’s”, you know that you need to keep your trip to this joint a secret from your cardiologist. Just as the name suggests, chuck out your diet and just enjoy a burger. If burger isn’t your thing, there are other ‘healthier’ options such as salads (expect the meat toppings) and some other mains such as salmon and chicken and waffles (was sold out when I went). I love the sense of humour that surrounds the whole place. The sentence above the exit reads, “If you don’t like our burgers, the clown is just around the...

Hello Kitty Baking Haul!

I am not a shoppaholic and I really don’t think I’m a Hello Kitty fan but when I went to Takashimaya the other week, I could not help myself to this adorable haul!!! This is the SiliconeZone (heart) Hello Kitty series and yes, there was a premium charged to this series when you compare it to SiliconeZone’s regular items. The Hello Kitty cookie jar set (S$62.90 before discount) comes with the jar (duh) which was filled with a rolling pin (with the rings to ensure even dough), 2 cookie stamps, 1 cookie cutter and 1 cookie lifter. I’m amazed at...

Mentaiko Salmon Ochazuke

This dish is immensely satisfying. Especially to the Chinese in me. It is a bowl that has the perfect combination of protein, carbs, savouriness (if there’s such a word as this), omega-3 and creaminess. Ochazuke refers to a simple Japanese dish of rice that’s poured with tea, hot water or hot soup. In this case, I used hot miso soup. You can easily substitute the miso soup with hot green tea if you do not have miso paste. The recipe below serves 4 pax. Ingredients:4 eggs1 mentaiko sac100-150g salmon belly, sliced100g enoki mushrooms4 cloves garlic, minced4 pieces, grilled nori2 tbsp...

My Special Tofu with Mentaiko

You can find the recipe for my special tofu here. In light of the mentaiko that my bro bought, I added that to the top of my tofu to add in yet another dimension of flavours. The last time I made this, I added salmon roe. I love both versions and it does make a nice starter. I also added some sliced spring onions for my parents’ portions but not to mine because I don’t like spring onions. My mum didn’t ask for seconds this time round because she knew that we only had 1 century egg and that is...