Laksa

For some reason, I woke up with a craving for laksa, lol. Thank goodness for instant laksa paste! Didn’t have a couple of the usual accompaniments but it was still perfection on this cold wintry day. ❤️

Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Cake)

Took down our Christmas decorations yesterday before the snow came and hung up a couple of lanterns outside (Keith did all that in the freezing cold just for me ❤️). I also took the opportunity to make some nian gao for the fast-approaching Chinese New Year. They are simple to put together but can be […]

Malaysian Honeycomb Cake/Beehive Cake

Made one of my favorite cakes yesterday evening – light and tender (the honeycomb/beehive layer has a slight chew) with a delicious caramel/butterscotch flavor. Fresh baking soda makes a big difference in how distinct the honeycomb-like patterns turn out. Recipe can be found here. Enjoy! ❤️

Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) and Ayam Goreng Berempah (Spiced Fried Chicken)

For our New Year’s day dinner, I made coconut rice and spiced fried chicken and served them with your basic Nasi Lemak accompaniments such as sambal (a spicy sauce), crispy anchovies, roasted peanuts, sliced cucumber, and a hard-boiled egg. I can’t even begin to tell you how satisfyingly delicious the meal was! We are off […]

Chicken Mushroom Soup with Mee Suah (Somen)

Wanted to make something special for our New Year’s Eve meal but at the same time, nothing too elaborate (since I wanted to spend time with Keith and Alex more than anything), I decided to make our usual celebratory dish – chicken mushroom soup and mee suah. Not only does it smell/taste like Chinese New […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yikes, I’ve been so neglectful of my blog…..I will try to do better. ❤️ P.S. If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, look me (Simple Pleasures in our Lives) up – I do a better job of keeping up with them when I lack time. :)

Peanut Pancakes

Made apam balik (Malaysian/Singaporean-style peanut pancake) for a delicious afternoon snack. Used The MeatMen recipe and Sunrise Flour Mill Heritage White Flour. Yum! Personal note: I typically spread a thin layer of softened butter on the pancakes before adding the peanut mixture.

Heritage Flours

Received our order on Friday and will be trying heritage flours for the first time. Got a sample of sourdough starter from Sunrise Flour Mill as well – supposedly (according to the story passed down), this sourdough strain originated from Italy and has been maintained for over 100 years! I just reconstituted it a short […]