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Beef with Broccoli

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By abbey95 · June 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I like how this dish is so simple to make. Me and my sis cooked it over the weekend and it's delicious. It's typical asian dish that will surly satisfy your hunger.

 

Recipe

Adapted from chinese.food.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless round steak
  • 1 lb charcoal chuck steaks, cut into thin 3-inch strips
  • 1 small onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water, plus
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 4 cups broccoli floret

 

Directions

 

1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
2. Add beef and toss.
3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
4. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes.
5. Return beef to pan.
6. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.
7. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
8. Serve over rice.

 

Filed in: asian, Lunch
Tagged with: broccoli, asian, beef, Lunch

Cereal Drink For Breakfast

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By abbey95 · June 11, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So much for trying to live a healthier life and getting a good physique , I've been searching for foods that are low in calorie and easy to prepare. This morning I settled for an instant cereal drink. Quite lame I know but it only has 110 calories..beat that :P

Much Love!

Filed in: Western, snack, Breakfast
Tagged with: instant, cereal, breakfast, snack, drink

Tuna Panini

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By abbey95 · June 3, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I feel bad not having to updated this blog much since last week. Maybe because I'm thinking that I'm into this whole diet thing that some foods I eat may not be interesting. But then it's still something to share right?

So today's breakfast I had tuna panini. I prepared the mix overnight so I won't have to rush in the morning. This recipe is good. Definitely worth the try :) I totally forgot to take a picture. Oops!

Recipe

Adapted from myrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 3  tablespoons  finely chopped red onion
  • 3  tablespoons  organic canola mayonnaise    (used regular mayonnaise)
  • 1  teaspoon  grated lemon rind    (omitted)
  • 1/4  teaspoon  fennel seeds, crushed    (omitted)
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3  slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2  (5-ounce) cans albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 8  slices sourdough bread    (used wheat bread)
  • 4  (1/2-ounce) slices provolone cheese    (used cheddar cheese)
  • Cooking spray    (used olive oil)

 

Preparation

1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well to coat. Place 4 bread slices on a flat surface; top each bread slice with 1 cheese slice. Divide tuna mixture evenly among bread slices; top each serving with 1 remaining bread slice.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat sandwiches with cooking spray. Place sandwiches in pan; top with another heavy skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned (leave skillet on sandwiches as they cook).

MUCH LOVE!

 

Image courtesy of thinkliz

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Tagged with: Panini, western, breakfast, sandwich, Tuna

On A Diet But Still Into Sweets

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By abbey95 · June 3, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie

Jim Davis

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Health Kick

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By abbey95 · May 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Okey, enough excuses. I have to do this. I really have to do this.

It's already mid year and my physique looks the same as it was a year ago. Not very good. I've tried dieting but I always fall short and go back to my usual habit. It's time for a change and this time I mean it.

Vital Information:

Age: 21

Height: 5 ft

Current Weight: 48kg

So you might think that I don't look as bad but I know I could loose some weight. I've been doing pilates for a year now but its mainly leg workouts. It was only 2 months ago that I've been serious in toning up my arms but the thing is if I don't loose enough body fat then I wont be able to see those muscle.

Tomorrow is the start of my lifestyle change and I'll monitor my progress as it goes.

The Main Diet: Apple Diet

Food: All organic

Execise: Pilates (at least 30min to 1 hour a day)

Diet Pills: Fat Burner

Wish me luck!!

Shrimp Scampi

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By abbey95 · May 21, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Oh my gosh! This recipe is so good, you have to try it!

Okey, so I have frozen shrimp laying around in the freezer for quite sometime now but I didn't know what to do with it. I don't feel like cooking it the usual way so I thought of doing something else. Since I love pasta, and quite bored of the usual bolognese,  I was thinking why not try shrimp pasta? So I browse online and found this. It's an amazing recipe I promise.

Initially, I was thinking of not following the recipe. Like cooking the shrimp with the shell and adding white wine while it's still cooking. But I thought, hey I tried not following several recipes before and it didn't turn out quite as good as I was expecting. So this time, I followed the recipe with a few substitute. Spaghetti instead of linguine, rice wine instead of white wine. lemon chili sauce instead of red chili pepper flakes, wintermelon juice instead of lemon and basil instead of parsley.

Recipe

Adapted from Closet Cooking

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 pinch red chili pepper flakes (optional)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 pound shrimp (shelled and deveined)
1/4 cup white wine
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound linguini (cooked)
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped, optional)
1 tablespoon parmigiano reggiano (grated, optional)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan.
2. Add the red chili pepper flakes and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
3. Add the shrimp and saute until cooked, about 1-3 minutes per side.
4. Remove the shrimp from the pan.
5. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
6. Simmer the liquid until reduced by about half, about 3-5 minutes.
7. Add the butter, wait for it to melt and turn off the heat.
8. Add the shrimp, pasta and parsley and toss to coat.
9. Serve with a garnish of parmigiano reggiano if you wish.

Much Love!

Filed in: Lunch, italian
Tagged with: scampi, italian, pasta, shrimp, Lunch

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snack- Crispy Chicken

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By abbey95 · May 14, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

During Saturdays, after a busy week at work, I would usually go to Orchard Road to relax, unwind, shop and do a little leg workout. It's my way of spending sometime with myself and just really forget about work.

So last week, I was there again. While sitting at the food area of Somerset 313, I noticed some kids eating bits of fried chicken fillet in a paper bag. I was wondering what it is so I walk around the area and found this Shihlin Taiwan Street Snack, where they bought the chickens. But then I didn't bother buying because I just had a bread and soya milk. So just I walked around the mall and went straight home.

This time, while walking around Tiong Bahru Plaza, I notice this street snack food stall again. Out of curiosity, I just told myself I have to try it since I've been seeing a lot of people eating it and the queue is pretty long, so there must be something about this chicken. Ok, so I finally bought it and I wasn't disappointed. The chicken is so crispy and the flavour is so good.. It's spicy and salty at the same time. For a price of $3.50, I wouldn't say it's worth it but its good enough to buy it again.

Much Love!

*photo courtesy of curiousfoodie

Filed in: snack, asian
Tagged with: Shinhin, Crispy, Asia, street, snack, Chicken

Cedele's Carrot Cake

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By abbey95 · May 9, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I've been staying in Singapore for 1 year now. Woohoo! I survived!...

So what's a better way to celebrate it? I'd say a glorious slice of Cedele's carrot cake.This is one of the best cakes I've tried and I'm not lying. In fact this cake is so good that we bought the whole cake for my sis's 23rd birthday. I super love this, totally one of my favorites. It's moist, flavourful and the best part is the generous amount of walnuts they put on it. No wonder this is their best seller.

So if you're a fan of cake like I am then this is something you shouldn't miss. I'm telling you, this should be one of your to do list when you visit Singapore. "Eat a slice of Cedele's carrot cake". You'll be glad you did.

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Tagged with: Cedele, carrot, dessert, cake

Chef Tony's Popcorn

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By abbey95 · May 5, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I know this is not a Singaporean food for me to review on but I just love this popcorn so much that I have to feature it here.

It's been awhile since I've eaten this baby. It was not until recently when my sis got back from Manila and brought a tub here that I got to munch on it again. I forgot how addicting it was, one pop after the other.  I had the white chocolate with walnut but I still love the mochachino with almond.

I know the popcorn craze has died down a few years ago but its a classic snack. Everyone still munch on it in front of the tv or theatres right?

Much Love!

Photo courtesy of dessertcomesfirst

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Tagged with: Chef Tonys, popcorn, snack

Dieting

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By abbey95 · May 5, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook

Julia Child

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