A Ghastly To-Do List. And Halloween Cupcakes To Die For


The to-do list went on and on, even as a sense of foreboding and doubt built, as if it were The Ten Commandments. Only it outnumbered them: (more…)


October 31, 2009. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Festive, Halloween. 3 comments.

Chicken Stirfry with Red and Yellow Peppers and Cashew

This is one of the fall-back recipes I’ve kept from decade to decade. It worked as well in the BC days (before children) as it does now – the only difference being in how I use my free time (far more frivolously in those days) and is inspired by the fresh and quickly prepared ‘street food’ in Singapore.¬† It’s easy, you only need the one wok, and takes 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Just put the rice in a rice cooker before you start chopping the veg and chicken fillets and watch everything come together at the end for a steamy-hot comforting meal on a cold-weather day like today. The red and yellow peppers may be substituted for green beans, broccoli or sugar snap peas.

October 19, 2009. Tags: . Asian, Chinese, Dinners, Mains, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

It was nostalgic cooking with butternut squash recently, a much-neglected activity since the early months of weaning both my children. It has literally been years since I have picked up this fruit, preferring instead to make pies, couscous, roasted veg dishes and soups with pumpkin instead.

Back in the day, I’d skin the Mr-Peanut-shaped, pale beige butternut, cube and steam it, then whizz it into the most attractive orange-colored (more…)

October 15, 2009. Tags: . Autumn, Festive, Gluten-free, Rosh Hashana, Soups, winter. 2 comments.

Cinnamon Cupcakes

These are immensely popular with adults and kids alike. I thought I’d throw the cinnamon in instead of vanilla, betting confidently that this would keep the kids at bay. But no such luck.
Make them mini bite-size cupcakes and even the ladies on permanent diets will reach for seconds, even as they protest (feebly).

October 10, 2009. Tags: . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts, Kids Cuisine. 4 comments.