B’s Recipe Index

The list of my tried and tested recipes that I’ve blogged about so far!

Appetizers

Avocado (Mustard-Mayonnaise) Crusted Chips

B’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Mash

B’s Basil Pesto Bruschetta

Bread Cups with Fresh Guacamole

B’s Crunchy Chickpea Bites

B’s Crispy Kale

Easy Stove Top Homemade Salty Popcorn

B’s Grilled Potatoes

Quorn Steak Sushi

B’s Mediterranean Lettuce Cups

Makhani Potato Bake

Baking

Coconut Scones

Eggless Scones

Extremely Easy Banana-Nutella Boats

B’s Eggless Scones (Revised Recipe)

Cookies

B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Chewy Brownie Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Breads

Cheese Loaf

Easy Home-made Artisan Bread

Olive & Cheese Breadsticks

Desserts

B’s Eggless Oven Pancake 

B’s Eggless Milo Custard

B’s Frozen Banana Ice Cream

B’s Easy 3 Ingredient Ice-cream:  Banana, Nutella & Peanut Butter

B’s Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding

Fruit Jelly

Sago Custard

Mains

Asparagus, Tomato & Olive Pasta

Chinese Crispy Noodles

Chinese Style Ginger Glazed Brussel Sprouts

B’s Easy Vegetarian Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

B’s Easy Jacket Potatoes

B’s Red Sauce Topped Over Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini (Easy)

Eggless Oven Pancake with a Mexican Quorn Minced Twist

Easy Sushi Bowl

Kitsune Udon (Japanese Noodle Soup)

Makhani Paneer

Scrambled Tofu

Eggless Tofu Frittata

Pad Thai

Peanut, Almond & Walnut Satay Sauce Noodles

Pineapple Fried Rice

Poha – Flattened Rice

Vegan Jacket Potatoes (With Creamy Avocado & Sweet Corn)

Vegan Savoury Masala Pancakes (Chilla)

Vegetarian Tuna Jacket Potato with Avocado and Chia Seeds

Salads

B’s Easy Coleslaw Salad

B’s Multi-seeded Cranberry Salad

B’s Summer Salad

Spreads

B’s Basil Pesto Spread

B’s Easy Home-made Peanut Butter

B’s Oregano Cashew Dip

B’s Quick and Healthy Hummus

Guacamole (Avocado Spread)

Drinks

B’s Easy Green Smoothie

Ferrero Rocher Banana Smoothie

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade

Aloha! Mom’s 50th Birthday Pineapple Fried Rice

Just a little hello from Hawaii. Ok not quite. I’m back home in London.

I just got back from Singapore yesterday.  Surprisingly, I missed blogging. It’s weird as I’m still a new member of this blogging community. 🙂

I had a heart-warming trip back home – meeting close family and friends as we celebrated my Mom’s 50th birthday!  We threw a Hawaiian-themed party.  My mom’s favourite holiday destination has always been Hawaii. We have been there 8 times together as a family when we lived in Japan (pretty awesome, huh?) Honestly, as a child exploring Hawaii was nothing less than a fairy tale.  Beautiful beaches, hotels, luas, and culture.  I vividly remember swimming with dolphins in Waikoloa Hilton! I was just 11 years-old and was in exuberance.  Hawaii is a must-see.  Add it to your bucket list if its not there yet 🙂

I love beautiful decor. I love aesthetics. I love all things bright and beautiful! So I enjoyed shopping for decor thoroughly.  I’m thinking of having an e-shop for decor, so will let you guys know if that idea falls through.  As having family business we have access to a whole sale shop – thus the price I buy at, is much much cheaper than a normal retail shop.  So if I do sell to individual people online, whilst I’d be making a marginal profit – the consumer still pays much less than retail price! It’s a win-win!

Some pictures to illustrate our theme:

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We attempted to make pineapple fried rice – which turned out pretty exotic.  However, the one that I ate in Hua Hin was still better! I am in desperate need to find the secret ingredient!  I googled a few recipes and some suggest adding curry powder, so I may try that in the future.  My sister created this recipe FYI!

A quick overview of the recipe – nothing was actually measured, so go with the flow!

 Pineapple Fried Rice (Quick and Easy for a Party!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • Some veggies (your choice!)
  • Cooked rice
  • Oil
  • A full pineapple
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, chilli powder, light soya sauce, dark soya sauce , curry powder

Method:

1) Sauté some onions with oil.  Add your choice of finely chopped vegetables

2) Add salt, pepper, soya sauce, chilli powder to the mixture

3) After vegetables are cooked well and flavoured to taste (I’d suggest curry powder as well) add cooked rice and mix well.

4) Cut pineapple in half and scoop out the filling neatly.  Cut pineapple into desired size and throw in the fried rice and mix.

5)  Serve the fried rice in the pineapple half!

Here’s the picture of her result:

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I was very impressed with the presentation of this dish!  It really added to the

mise-en-scene of the party for sure.  Let me know how it goes if you try it out!

Travel Thursdays – Hua Hin

I absolutely love traveling.  Like Benjamin Disraeli has once said,

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”  My most recent holiday to somewhere completely new was end of January.  I went to Thailand for a cousins wedding & an engagement ceremony!  In between all the parties and functions there was a gap of 3 days.  I finally got quality time with my family (since now we live continents away – Sydney and London often seem like different planets to be honest)!  We all have been to Thailand many times as my mom used to live there in her childhood and we have family there.  My dad decided to take my family to Hua Hin Sheraton Resort. We hired a minivan and off we went!

It was simply beautiful.  Reflecting on it,  there’s definitely more to it than I remember.  It’s tricky how memories are so elusive.  Thankfully, photos capture our memories quite accurately 🙂

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We went there to simply soak in the atmosphere.  Very different from my usual holidays- which you will see in my future Travel Thursday posts.  I usually maximize my time in any country with the desire to cover every inch of it – with no regret!  Yet this time, we were so happy to be with each other, that we just wanted to be.

Our typical two days were :  wake up and make it in time for the buffet breakfast.  A fantastic spread of cold, hot and anything in between!  Asian 5 star hotel breakfast spread puts Europe to shame, sadly.  There were hot pancakes, waffles, potatoes, sausages, hash browns, a table of assorted freshly baked breads, mouth watering exotic Asian fruits such as logans and rambutans, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches, rice, etc etc.  I was in love.

After being so exhausted from eating, we sat and absorbed our surroundings, till it was time for our second meal.  We basically ate, sat, and got massaged. It was heaven.  Definitely how I picture it.

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The best massage I ever had in life – was on the beach. The picture above is of my feet that are about to indulge in a wonderful massage in the perfect atmosphere where I hear the calming effects of the swash and backwash of the waves.  It was peaceful.  Except for my sister who would keep interrupting the beautiful silence. 🙂  It was still perfect.

The hotel overlooked the beach, so we didn’t really have to leave the hotel at all. There were little canopies where you could sit and relax.

It was so easy to do nothing.  Something that is not as easy in a city-based life which we were all used to.  We loved it. Before we knew it, it was time to eat again (yaey to food!)  I absolutely loved the pineapple fried rice.  An authentic Thai dish which was served in a pineapple!  I was in awe.  I had never seen a dish served in a fruit. The flavor exceeded my expectation and it is definitely a dish I would recommend to all.  I had it all three days. 🙂  We ordered new dishes everyday – but one pineapple fried rice was a must.

In addition to that, I loved coconut ice-cream, which was also served in a coconut!  I was so pleased with these refreshing creative ideas of serving food, that I was being the typical foodie tourist.  Taking out a picture of my food before eating it!  It was delish!!  Coconut ice-cream topped up with Thai sticky rice and peanuts.  To top it off, a drizzle of coconut milk was poured over.  You might think that’s a coconut overload, but frankly it was very pleasing to the palette! All the food we had was simply divine.

My mom can speak very fluent Thai, so we didn’t experience any difficulty while ordering.  Otherwise, if I were the one ordering I cannot imagine the consequences of me having to play charades with the waiters!  (I have had an experience like that in Shanghai – while trying to ask the salesgirl if a jacket was waterproof.  Let’s just say it was very comical and I think I might stick to drawing instead of playing charades)

So here we have it! My first entry of Travel Thursdays! Hope you enjoyed reading it, as much as I enjoyed blogging about it.  I would definitely recommend Hua Hin Sheraton Resort as a place to unwind from the city life of Bangkok if you are holidaying in that region.

xx

B