Happy Chinese New Year

I reminded Alex that it’s Chinese New Year (CNY) tomorrow and he’s pretty excited because that means he’ll be getting an ang pau (a red envelope filled with money) from us. I asked him if he remembers what saying we can use to greet someone during CNY. He replied, “Happy New Year?” Lol. I responded […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year

It’s Chinese New Year Eve today! In Malaysia, we would have a huge family reunion dinner tonight to start the celebration but in the States, it would just be the three of us. :) Normally, we would invite close friends to celebrate with us but Alex has been sick with the flu…so no invitations went […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

Being super-busy with our daily lives, I decided to put off making any Chinese New Year treats until this past weekend. Not that last weekend would have been any better (time-wise) since I work both Saturday and Sunday every week but I was determined. Then, I got sick (of course) and that was the end […]

Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls

Update (2/19/15): I had previously listed ground chicken as the main protein in the spring rolls. I love it for convenience sake but have found that it creates a filling that is too wet and therefore, more likely to tear the spring roll wrappers. Hence, I’ve replaced it with diced chicken breast. Also, there will be […]

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tarts

Next up is CNY treat #5 – the extremely time-consuming, labor-intensive, but oh so delicious Pineapple Tarts! This time, I decided to try Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover’s latest melt-in-your-mouth dough recipe. If there is any doubt that this is truly melt-in-your-mouth, let me dispel that notion right now. It is the ultimate, most tender Pineapple […]

Crispy Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Crunch! Hear the sound? No? I guess you’ll just have to make these delicious cookies yourself. Back when I was growing up, the only kind of cookies that I liked were the crispy ones. It took me a while to learn to appreciate the soft, chewy kinds that are commonly found here but my first love will always […]

Valentine’s Steamboat

We finally had our belated Valentine’s meal tonight, and for the special occasion, I decided to do a steamboat. Also known as a hot pot, a steamboat consists of a simmering pot of broth placed right at the dining table, to which raw ingredients are continuously added to the broth and cooked on the spot. Now, if you are […]

On Facebook

Hello everyone, I would just like to let you know that Simple Pleasures in our Lives is now on Facebook. I finally caved in and decided to create a fan page for the blog. Hopefully, that’ll make it easier for those on FB to follow and make comments. :D We had a wonderful CNY Eve dinner yesterday, […]