Singapore and Malaysia have been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically. There are already many reports on the adverse impacts of oil palm plantation on the environment, however Adam Harrison’s on-site account of the current situation may convince our readers to take extra measures when purchasing items made with palm oil. This article is taken from Adam Harrison’s blog on the WWF website. “Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings […]
August and September are the months when tomatoes are at their ripest. I always take advantage of these months when good tasty tomatoes are easily available to whip up a scrumptious tomato pasta sauce or tomato curry. As I savor the sweet and flavorful sauce, which one could easily make from scratch, I also lament about the impending cooler months, when tomatoes tend to be relatively less dense and hence a blander in taste. Well, I decided I should lament no more and spend a […]
despite a heirloom of instructions on cooking eggs, we also find plenty of instructional videos on Youtube with egg-prep advice that ranges from rather comic to highly scientific.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: back to basics, Eggs, Gordon Ramsey, Hard Boiled Eggs, Joseph Thomas, Julia Childs, Kenji Lopez-Alt, kitchen conundrums, New York Times, Poached Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Serious Eats
Affordable, nutritious and highly versatile, beans are must-have ingredient in everyone’s pantry. I do not have a pressure cooker at home, and for many years I was daunted by the aspect of long preparation time for bean dishes…until I tried a recipe of beans in reduced red wine from Melissa Clark’s video on the New York Times. She debunked a couple of myths about cooking beans and got me hooked on the simple and fuss free way in preparing bean dishes. […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, beans, black beans and kale, chickpeas, comfort food, curry, dining and living, healthy comfort food, Joie de Vivre, pastafagioli, pumpkin, Slow Living, vegan, Vegetarian, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, winter warmer
Citrus fruits are at the peak of their flavours during the winter season. I always look forward to this season’s offering of clementine and blood oranges. In fact, it is the only time I would eat an whole peeled orange. For those with the luxury of owning a citrus fruit tree in the garden, you would also know that a great way to spend your cold weekend indoors, is to prepare and stock up orange (or mix citrus) marmalade for […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, living and Dining, Orange Marmalade, Orange Marmalade Glazed Pound Cake, Orange Salad, Oranges, Recipes, Salad, slow food, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, Winter Fruits
As the saying goes, we are what we eat, and here are a few interesting articles on how food and the cultivation of food shaped the world as it is today…
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: angiogenesis, basic cooking techniques, Christmas, food, food wisdom 2014, kitchen conundrums, melissa calrk, New York Times, red wine honey cake, rice versus wheat, shaping the world, social culture, TED, we are what we eat
The tartine is a french open-faced sandwich that is usually served with an elaborate or fancy spread. Despite its ‘frenchness’, with a little patience and imagination, the tartine is actually quite simple ‘dish’ to make. Preparation of this open face sandwich calls for deft patient hands and a good knowledge of complementing flavors using just a few ingredients. Understanding how certain foods (and cheeses) may be cooked at high temperature also helps. Herbs which are packed with flavors but occupy little […]
Despite being a current food trend, the concept eating raw foods isn’t new. Salads and chilled vegetable soups such as gazpachos are common examples of serving foods raw.
Rice is a great ingredient for summer salads. It adds texture and takes away the mundane of having to eat a big bowl of foliage.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, Barley, Basil, black rice, Bubur Hitam, Cherries, Corn, Pistachios, Rice, Sage, Salads, Savoury, Slow Living, Sour, Sweet, Wholegrain, Wild Rice, Wild Rice Paradise
Feeling listless, lacking in appetite, and having a short attention span…well it could be the temperature rising as summer gets ready to take over…or it could also be the World Cup fever. For the latter, the lack of sleep and a poor diet as a result of 24/7 monitoring on the matches’ results could put a strain on our physical health. Hence, we have dugged out our archives for 4 recipes that are quick to prepare and delicious and fun! […]
I juice every morning, but it takes the moon to turn blue for me to happily include kale in my juicing routine! So Martha’s green smoothies seem a more viable and palatable alternative to juicing kale, brocoli, and cabbage!
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, 72+Smalldive+Lifestyle+Blog, food drink, ginger, green enthusiasts, green smoothies, health food, healthy, Joie de Vivre, martha rose shulman, New York, New York Times, nourishment, pineapples, Singapore, slow food, Summer, vitamins, ViTRINE
A steaming bowl of won tons is welcome in any season, and making them at home is a fairly easy process. Purchase a package of high-quality won ton skins, which are available everywhere, and then it’s just a matter of filling and folding them. Once they hit boiling water they cook for just 2 minutes. The filling — usually a simple mixture of well-seasoned minced meat — may be substituted with mushroom, chives, and cabbage as a vegetarian option. Served with […]
mushroom could be a key ingredient in making delicious and satisfying comfort food during the winter season.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, broccoli, broth, comfort food, Leeks, mushroom, risotto, slow food, Slow Living, testaroli, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, wild mushrooms, wine and dine, winter
Our bodies crave for comforting during the winter months and naturally a plate of pipping hot and creamy pasta can be a delightful nourishment. Comfort food often carries the stigma of being too rich and fattening, and at times even being unhealthy. The key to comfort food does not lie solely on fat and gooey cheeses, our cravings can be easily satisfied with dishes that are packed with flavours even when served warm. Mushrooms are great comfort food ingredients. They […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: comfort food, feel good, feeling good, Fresh Egg pasta, healthly comfort food, i feel good, mushroom, mushroom pesto, organic eggs, red wine, teroldego, winter season
We like our gift shopping to be calm and easy. Thus we have designed a set of animal gift cards which we are certain will help you add that personal touch to your gifts wraps.
There has never been a lack of cooking shows and reality TV programmes related to the subject of cooking. However this heart warming short beats even our favourite celebrity TV food goddess Nigella Lawson. We vote this short as the BEST COOKING VIDEO of 2013.Marcella’s lightheartedness reminded me of why I love to loiter in my mother-in-law’s kitchen whenever I am in Rome…there is always something to learn from the ‘simple’ but absolutely delicious dishes she prepared for my partner […]
Chocolate truffles are elegant food gifts that are easy and fun to make for the festive season. When lined in pretty mini cake cases, these home made goodies will definitely win the hearts of your loved ones. Truffles also make perfect after dinner sweets when you have company over during the festive season. There are many chocolate truffle recipes on the internet; having tried and tested the various recipes, I still think Mark Bittman’s instruction is easy to follow and […]
What do you do when your neighbourhood cafès are overcrowded during Sunday brunches? Ribbon pasts served with a sauteed leeks and Philadelphia cheese is perfect for a Sunady lunch at home with friends who like to toss away their obsession of healthy meals for just one weekend! (For purists, you cab always substitute Philadelphia Cream Cheese with stracchino or marscapone)
For many, salads bring to mind the run-of-the-mill ingredients found within the plastic bag of salad leaves. However there are alot of dry ingredients from the larder that one may use for salads. Rich in anti-oxidants, minerals, and fibre, Bubur pulut hitam – black glutinous rice, a grain variety commonly found in South East Asia – is a perfect grain for a fresh and chilled rice salad. Toss the cooked rice with pickled onions, sweet corn kernels, rockets, and tomatoes for […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, black rice, Bubur pulut hitam, Chic & Quick Pantry, ethel's pantry, Lifestyle Blog, Monday Nourishment, one dish meal, pickled onions, rockets, slow food, Slow Living, ViTRINE
As the summer heat rises, so is my appetite for cold water and cooler dishes. But one can only drink so much water to hydrate oneself. But wait, before you give in to a can of of ice cold coke, here is a simple recipe that can help keep us from straying to pop sodas. A fruit-yohurt popsicle is an healthy way to stay cool. Blend 1 large banana, juice of 1 lime, with half a bowl of yoghurt and […]
Marinated grilled aubergines and roasted peppers served with italian breadsticks is a great aperitif snack for late summer evening drinks. (Our favourite marinate is made with vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper to taste…and slivers of garlic for the brave at heart)
Categories: Dining & Living
For many of us who do not like sweet salads, adding endives is a good way to cut down that sweetness from the raisins and apples of a Waldorf salad. They look pretty on a plate too!
An easy dish to prepare for a hot summer weekend lunch. Credit must be given to Maria Teresa ingenuity…the tomato sauce is a simple preparation of fresh tomato pulp flavoured with fresh basil, salt, pepper, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Chill in the fridge and toss in cooked tagliolini when ready to serve. Make sure you have bread to soak up the leftover yummy sauce, every drop is worth savouring!
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, chic and, chilli, cold, easy to prepare meals, extra virgin olive oil, flavoured, fresh, garlic, lemon juice, lemon szet, pasta, slow food, Slow Living, spicy, sugo crudo, Summer, tomato pulp, ViTRINE
The simplest recipe for a healthy start to the summer. Buy these summer fruits (preferably organic and fairtrade) off the market and blend them fresh with half a tub of yoghurt.
Spaghetti tossed in lemon flavoured chilli and garlic oil – a perfect summer lunch treat Ingredients: Olive oil + chilli + garlic cloves + lemon zest + a generous touch of lemon juice + rocket leaves and basil
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, arugola, chic and quick, chilli, dish, ethel's pantry, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, pasta, rocket leaves, rockets, simple, Slow Living, spaghetti, spicy, Summer, tang, ViTRINE
Steamed taros and yams smothered in caramelized coconut cream. Caramelizing coconut cream with bananas gives the cream a natural sweetness.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, bananas, bubur cha cha, caramelized, chic and quick pantry, coconut cream, dessert, easy meals, ginger, malaysian, peranakan, roots, Slow Living, southeast asian, sweet potato, ViTRINE, yams