Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sri Lankan Home Cooking - Mushroom coconut fry

I didn't have time recently to put together a Meatless Monday post as I have been away and then busy with the move. I hope to pick that thread back up when I get back to Nice and have access to loads of fresh veggies!

So for now, I am falling back on a previous meal we put together, with our usual Sri Lankan food obsession!



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Singapore - Tandoori Corner - Lovely Authentic North Indian Food & The Entertainer App Discount Code

This is my last weekend in Singapore. I don't quite realise it yet to be honest. But for our last Saturday we decided to try a couple of new places. Dinner was at Candlenut (post to come - it was awesome) but for lunch we finally tried a place really quite close to our house that I had seen highly reviewed on Tripadvisor but just never made it to!

We saw that this year Tandoori Corner was on The Entertainer application (all my Entertainer posts and the post about The Entertainer 2015) so we really just had to go! So we took a break from packing and headed over the CTE to Balestier Road. You really should get The Entertainer application - use this discount code before end Feb for 10% off - totally worth the investment, trust me: 2015ALVIN


We are now very glad we did decide to head over to Tandoori Corner as the food transported us back to India, where we spent a month going around Rajasthan. The food at Tandoori Corner isn't fancy, it is lovely and homely and tastes great, really really authentic.



Monday, 19 January 2015

Meatless Monday - Protein packed stir fried veggie noodles

I was home alone last week as the hubby was in China for work. So I had to actually cook for myself when I realised I should stop ordering food in ;) Also I realised I was feeling a little weak and dizzy, and it was most likely due to my habit of not really cooking meat for myself, and a tendency to mostly eat vegetarian even when I am out. So I decided to make myself a big vegetarian (even vegan) dinner and load it full of protein and at the same time have my next Meatless Monday post.

It did make me think just how careful you need to be if you are vegetarian, even more if you are vegan and you really need to plan ahead if you want to be sure to get all the nutrients you need to be healthy, either by cooking yourself (and making things like nut cheese) and frequenting a lot of "health" restaurants or by filling up on supplements to get all your required vitamins and minerals. I prefer the healthy cooking option though.

So what did I make? The protein packing came from having tofu, bean sprouts and mushrooms, as much as I could do really without hitting meat or eggs :) And combined with various other veggies and noodles.


Read on for more info.....

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Nice - 3 things I love about my hometown

I was contacted recently about a new blogger competition with Accor hotels where you can win a prize of a weekend away and other gifts. I am of course in :) If you would also like to join in (I know a lot of my readers are also bloggers) then check out the following link: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/content/tale-of-3-cities.shtml

I immediately thought of my hometown of Nice. Well, my adopted hometown, the place I have lived the longest in my life so probably the closest to a real home I have. What do I love about Nice? Well, many things (and I just published a post about what I am looking forward to in Nice), but for the sake of this post I will pick three categories 1) food / wine 2) colours/buildings 3) location / sea.

This is after all my blog, so why don't we start with food :)

Food and Wine

If you follow my blog, you know I am obsessed with pizza, totally obsessed, to the point of being crowned the Pizza Queen in Singapore and having planned my honeymoon around eating pizza in Naples! We have a good option in Nice at the Neapolitan pizza place called Les Amoureux, as well as places like Au Vieux Four. So I am looking forward to pizza.

I love Acchiardo, one of our regular haunts in Nice with great nicois local food which is generally quite simple food but with good produce, heavily influenced by the proximity of Italy (Nice wasn't even part of France until 1860) and the sea. 

Socca is very typical to the coast from Nice to Genova (called farinata over the border in Italy). Head to Chez Pipo for socca! Oh and a glass (or more) of rose of course - one great thing about Nice and more generally France is access to good and cheap wine. And the pale rose is very typical of the Cote d'Azur / Provence.

I said Nice is heavily influenced by Italy and that is reflected in the number of good Italian restaurants like Le Local on the Port of Nice. Gorgeous freshly made pasta and aperitif plates full of grilled and preserved veggies, cheeses and meats.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Siem Reap, Cambodia - Sister Srey Cafe

We were wandering home after dragging ourselves out of bed to go have a bite at The Hive (post to come) and more coffee at Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe when we bumped into our friends the Expat Kiwis who were chilling out at Sister Srey Cafe. We joined them there and were glad we did as we ended up at Sister Srey 3 times during our visit including our last meal in Siem Reap!


I am feeling a bit bad I didn't bother using my proper camera during the first visit! You will recognise the ugly pics ;)



I like the ethos of Sister Srey and the origin of the name (short version - they are sister from Melbourne and "Srey" is the Khmer way of saying sister) - check out  Beiruti Brit's post for more detailed info on the origin. They give a chance to Khmer students and their children, giving them flexible options to make money, learn English as well as study.
 

The Sister Srey coffee (locally sourced) is well balanced, strong enough for my taste, and as BB says, quite fruity, which I love in coffee.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Things I will miss about Singapore and what I am looking forward to in Nice

As I am in that in between moment in the middle of quotes for removal companies and planning flights etc, I wanted to take a second to take stock and look back at what I will miss. What would you miss and what would you look forward to about heading back to Europe?

Things I am sure I will miss about Singapore

  • Wide variety of food options at great prices from hawkers to fine dining. New cafes open all the time, new restaurants open, new menus or creative ideas pop up regularly. 
  • Indian food. If you read my blog you know just how much Indian food I eat! I will miss Khansama, Murugans, Komala Vilas and my hawker options on Kitchener road... I can cook lots of different Indian dishes but not thosai / dosai. *sigh*
  • DIN TAI FUNG! Oh how I will miss my dumplings and their perfect fried rice. 
  • Kailan! I love my green veggies so much we bought some kailan seeds to hopefully plant on our balcony. And my Thai lunches at Rochor.
  • City life. The sheer number of options for everything will be something I miss. 
  • Access to neighbouring countries - great travel options, I won't be able to spend weekends in Thailand, or go to Cambodia or Bali for short trips. Booooo. 
  • Changi airport. Truly the best airport in the world. Where else can you get home under 30min after landing?
  • Access to Asian ingredients in the supermarket which make our home cooking options so varied and cheap. Will be much harder in Nice to get the ingredients I need. Especially things like fresh kaffir lime leaves or fresh curry leaves. 
  • Mustafa!
  • Little India - my enclave of chaos in Singapore. Well, as chaotic as Singapore can get. 
  • Creative cocktail scene. I love a good cocktail and don't think there is the amount of competition in Nice that there is here in Singapore.
  • Public transport. I will miss the efficiency and cheapness of the MRT and buses. 
  • Learning more about different cultures and festivals and celebrations all the time. 
  • No winter, summer clothes all the time
  • Safety. You feel so safe in Singapore. I know low crime doesn't mean no crime, but feeling safe is really important as a woman. 
  • My house! We won't have much space back in Europe....
  • My friends and colleagues of course. I was so lucky to meet some amazing people who I count as some of my closest friends within the first week in Singapore and I have some great colleagues I also consider friends.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Best things I ate in 2014 around the world - Eating out

I am looking back over 2014 and of course thinking of food :) I have gone through some of my favourite meals of the year to share the highlights with you. They are from all over the place to be fair but it seems I didn't have any new very good Thai food this year, I should work on that next year! Same for Indian, we mostly stuck to our usual favourites and the ones we tried were not mind-blowing. The only decent one was Sakunthalas, we liked the curries but not the starters.

Pizza

Winner - Di Matteo - Naples, Italy

This pizza won our pizza pilgrimage through Naples so it had to come out on top of my pizza list for the year! Check out this link for more info on my yummy vegetarian pizza:
 http://www.mylifeinsin.com/2014/09/pizzeria-di-matteo-our-favourite-pizza.html


Runner up - Starita - Naples, Italy

If you read my post about all the pizza we sampled in Naples then you will know just how much I loved Starita a Materdei, especially the pizza G chose with a nut base, smoked mozzarella, cooked down courgettes and courgette flowers. Amazing!

http://www.mylifeinsin.com/2014/09/pizzeria-starita-da-materdei-fancy-and.html


Runner up - Les Amoureux - Nice, France

No list of pizza would be complete without my favourite and the best pizza in Nice. I went twice during my recent trip! This is their signature pizza, the "Les Amoureux" which gets all sorts of gorgeous ingredients from small producers around Naples. Yummmmm. 




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