I used to love making shortbread as a kid. So easy. Butter, sugar, flour - done! I mean, copious amounts of butter, can it really get any better than this? Well friends, it can. Queue in caramel. Queue in chocolate. AND Maltesers?! Yes…imagine it now. Or just make the damn thing! The recipe is so extremely easy that you’ll be indulging in this within a couple hours.
Leaving for long trips is always the ultimate Chopped challenge: how to use up all of the leftover ingredients in your fridge. So… wilting cilantro, sprouting garlic, and a cup of milk turned into this cilantro spaghetti Alfredo. Turned out to be surprisingly delicious and my neighbours could attest for that!
I bake cakes for my coworkers every month and this month was no exception. I typically ask for their requests and will bake something depending on what they had asked for. Surprisingly, this was the easiest one yet! Four birthdays but only one specific request: hazelnut. And when I think hazelnut, I think Nutella. But since my office has a lot of vegans, I had to veganize it once again. Was I successful? Recipe after the jump!
Miso might be my favourite ingredient right now to use, especially in sweet applications. Its saltiness and rich umami flavour works so well in sweet desserts. It gives depth to what would have a very simple and nutty cookie. I was seriously blown away at how much flavour this cookie had and how easy it was. Adding to my roster!
Who loves a good tortilla soup? Don’t even think about throwing those leftover corn tortillas out after taco night. Throw them into this super easy, super spicy soup that can be whipped up in a cool 20 - 30 minutes. Freezes well and the flavours develop the longer it stays in the fridge. You might be needing a dollop of sour cream to cool this one down!
Give me eggs, give me leftover tortilla chips and you have breakfast in about 5 minutes. No, seriously. This is the quickest breakfast ever, especially useful for those days when you wake up hangry! Kick up the heat with my version of migas, featuring two types of peppers if you’re a pepperhead like me! Mexicanize your breakfast and you will never go back to regular scrambled eggs ever again.
As you may know, pastas are always an easy go-to. Pasta + veg + sauce = done. It’s an easy meal to whip up during the middle of the week. Feel free to add an egg, chicken or any type of protein to make this into a complete meal. Don’t forget the lemon zest - it’s s important to brighten up the dish!
When your office asks you to make pho for during your cooking workshop, you deliver. I have a policy that if you ask, you will receive. Of course, there are a great handful of vegans in my office so the next layer of veganizing a pho recipe was going to be a challenge. But you know what? It was surprisingly simple and easy to make! Recipe after the jump!
I love myself a good European citrus cake. Okay, maybe borderline obsessed but they are just SO GOOD. Not too sweet, perfect crumb, and suitable at any time of the day. The Portuguesebolo de laranjais no exception. I made this for a party and if you’re looking to feed a crowd, look no further. A breeze to make and a cake that stays moist for days… I don’t think you need anymore excuses to not make this cake.
One of my favourite street foods I had eaten when I was in South Korea was rabokki. Tender and chewy rice cakes, savoury fish cakes and instant noodles - what?! Of course, I had to learn how to make this for myself. Surprisingly, the whole recipe can take less than 15 minutes of cooking. Try it - you’ll understand why I was so hooked!
Not going to lie, I’ve never been interested in Puerto Rico…not until Despacito came out and I became obsessed with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. But since I needed a weekend getaway, I thought “Why not Puerto Rico?”. There was this beautiful new hotel opening in the ritzy Condado district that I just needed to check out so…I booked my flight. And the rest is (recent) history.
Malta, I’ve been dreaming about you since last year. You see, I was supposed to go to Malta last year but due to complications, I wasn’t able to go and went to Rome instead. Since then, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Fast forward to 2019, I was planning a trip to Europe and to be honest, I knew I had to make it happen. And I am beyond ecstatic with how pleasant my stay was. It was all a dream - and a damn well good one.
Mexico City. An accidental layover turned into a spontaneous birthday trip for myself and my dad. What a vibrant city. An eclectic mix of modernity and and the old. Still authentic to a tee. Dirt cheap tacos and world class mezcal cocktails. Currently awaiting my next weekend trip to this wonderful city. Skip the beaches and go to CDMX instead.
Porto, what a dream of a city. I loved visiting you so much. You were first my introduction to Portugal - and what an introduction it was! A quaint little city nestled by the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and the Douro River, producing the best port in the world. The food was out of this world. For someone that knew nothing of Porto prior to visiting, I cannot stop boasting about how wonderful my stay was.
Iceland has been a dream of mine to visit for the past little while and I am so glad I finally got to visit! With tourism increasing every year, it was time to go. I visited over my birthday with two of my girlfriends and it certainly lived up to its expectations - and more. I still don’t think the pictures do justice but judge for yourself! Prepare yourself for a very picture-heavy post on Iceland.
Never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling to Wellington but of course, life trajectories happen and have lead me to this beautiful city. Wellington was the highlight of this trip to the Pacific Islands and I am glad I made the trek out there. Wellington, although small, is completely doable in a day or two. Its best enjoyed starting off the day at one of the many artisanal coffee shops, people watching by the bays and ending with a cocktail or two. One of the most hipster cities I’ve seen as a whole and I loved it all. Read on to find out why!
Bula! Fiji was a spur-of-the-moment add-on to my recent trips to New Zealand and Australia. Featuring a one-night stint, Fiji in a day might not sound doable…but if you’re on this side of the world, why not? Heavenly blue waters, tropical climate and everlasting sunsets, what more could you possibly ask for? More after the jump!
Yangon, Myanmar. A place only opened to tourism a mere six years ago and is still unbeknownst to the Western world. So little is known about the country tourism-wise and you’re stuck reading the same blogs with the same tips. But what else is there to do? I was luckily able to explore and wonder over a couple of days in the old capital of Myanmar and it came as a wonderful surprise after my chaotic tourist-filled stay in Thailand. If you’re wanting a place that is still relatively undiscovered and you can count the number of foreigners on your hand, Yangon just might be the place to visit.
The sprawling metropolitan capital of Rome. What a sight, what a beauty! A city studded so full of ancient monuments and doused in history. But is it possible to visit this city in a mere matter of days? A spontaneous flight purchase and boom, I did it again - another weekend trip! It’s definitely doable but I would advise you to plan accordingly. Rome in 48 hours, the complete itinerary - after the jump!
Bali... Oh, where to start? Such a hot destination for over the past ten years or so. I always dub Bali the new Thailand. Island life, hot tropical weather, exotic fruits, white people everywhere. No, seriously. My posts are always honest and transparent. Did I enjoy Bali? Yes. Did I love it? No. Scenery was breathtaking but I fear that the island is starting to be overrun by tourists and locals wanting to make an extra buck. Read on to find out my honest opinion on Bali.