Life anew

It’s been a good number of months since I have posted anything here – not without a lack/want for trying. It’s been a rather busy and eventful year for me. I got a new job in an NGO  (Finance! who would have thought), moved to another area of Athens, gained and lost weight (and gained…

Pandan and Lavender Scented Sachets

  With spring, comes spring cleaning. I have been going through a rather frenzied phase of Marie-Kondo-esque decluttering these past few weeks. I sorted out my clothes (does this skinny pair of black jeans from Topshop that makes me look like I am 2 kgs less than I actually am, give me joy? Hell yeah…

Spicy and Sour Fish Curry

The wonders of Nyonya Peranakan cooking have always intrigued me. The Baba Nyonya or Peranakan people are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Malaya and adopted the Nusantara customs. I had made a post about another type of Curry that I like – the Kapitan Curry, and this is another, but with no coconut…

Tsipoura: Grilled

This past weekend was an extremely hot weekend, with temperatures reaching to the mid-40’s (Celcius!). Husband bought us some fish, and as part of an East meets West table fare, I have decided to make an Asian recipe, and grill it the Greek way. Read about it here. Tsipoura is a Mediterranean fish, and its…

Tsipoura: Steamed Cantonese Style

This past weekend was an extremely hot weekend, with temperatures reaching to the mid-40’s (Celcius!). Husband bought us some fish, and as part of an East meets West table fare, I have decided to make an Asian recipe, and grill it the Greek way. Read about it here. Tsipoura is a Mediterranean fish, and its…

East West: Fish two-ways

Recently, I accompanied a new friend to the markets in Omonia and I managed to take a few wonderful pictures. (waves hello to Chris!!). The picture above is from the fish market downtown. This past weekend (heatwave weekend!) the husband bought for us fish from the local fishmongers, and the fish is called τσιπούρα (tsipoura) or…

Makan-makan Athens: Fairytale Cafe and Pastry Shop

  If you like Disneyland and themed-cafes; and/or sugar and chocolate-laden desserts, this is the place! I first came here with another Malaysian-to-Athens-transplant, Priscilla. This café (and now a pastry shop too!) is located in Nea Filadelfia, a suburb of Athens and is easily accessible by public transportation. I love this area, it has a lot…

Makan-makan Athens: Pink Flamingo

  I was told about this place by my friends Alison and Alexia, and with interest piqued, I decided to drop by recently. I mean, DIM SUM in ATHENS!!! It was a very hot day, and the refreshing pink grapefruit soda was a godsend. As you can you see with the decor – it is…

How-to: Clean Artichoke Flowers

Artichokes. I recently saw some artichoke flowers at the supermarket, and I have always been interested in having them fresh. I usually get artichoke hearts ready prepared and marinated in a jar, or cleaned and frozen, read-to-cook versions (just add lemon, etc.). So, impulse buying artichoke flowers, I set out to learn and attempt to…

Thai Basil Beef

This post has been a few months in the making. I planned to post this in November, but to cut a very long story short – writer’s block. During my last visit to Malaysia, we stumbled upon the wonderful Boat Noodle at Heritage Lane, Damansara where there were beautiful little bowls of noodle soup in…

Science How-to: Rice and Arsenic

Disclaimer: I have to start the title with ‘Science’, just in case any of you think that this is a recipe about how to make your rice with (more) arsenic. Early February, I was informed by the husband about several articles online, about arsenic content in rice. Rice, as most of you know, is a…