Home-Cooked Food For School

Drama Queen likes bringing home cooked food to school. This year, she has to stay back in school every day for UPSR exam preparation classes. When there are extra dishes and rice from dinner, she will keep them in the fridge. The next morning, she will wake up 5 minutes earlier to reheat the food to bring to school. When she’s in the mood, she will cook something up in the evening, for school the next day.

Below is the turmeric fried rice that she cooked on her own without any help form us adults.  The ground turmeric oil is from the turmeric chicken that we had for dinner. As there was quite a bit of ground turmeric and shallot oil left on the platter, she used the oil to fry some rice, along with some chopped carrots, long beans and 2 eggs.  The fried rice was not only aromatic and yummy, it’s very healthy too.  The fried rice was enough for her and Cass to bring to school.

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Amazing Healthy Snacks From Amazin’ Graze

I received my much-awaited goodies from Amazin’ Graze a few days ago. They are two flavors of granola (salted gula Melaka and hazelnut blackforest), zesty maple glazed nut mix and a bottle of ABC (almond, brazil nut, cashew) butter. All are droolicious! 😋👍

When our girls got home from school, they darted straight into the kitchen to forage for food (as usual!). Their sharp eyes spotted something new at the counter top. After getting permission from me, they ripped open the packet of salted gula melaka granola and oh my, they almost finished the packet of addictive granola.  For once, they fell in love with granola. They are not fans of oats and granola but they love Amazin’s granola!   What makes Amazin’ Graze’s range of granola stand out from other imported brands of granola is that the granola is very fresh, super crunchy (swoon!), nutty and ADDICTIVE!

Below – The salted gula Melaka granola has just the right tinge of saltiness, sweetness and every single piece of oat, cluster and nut inside is oh so crunchy!

I like the granola eaten on its own to get the best out of its crunchiness. This morning I sprinkled some crunchy granola clusters on my chilled overnight organic oats, threw in some crunchy zesty maple glazed assorted nuts and fresh Korean strawberries.  This baby has all the tastes and textures in a cup – from sweet to salty, milky, nutty, zesty, crunchy and fruity.  So yummy, refreshing and filled me up until lunch.

Amazin’ Graze’s crunchy granola clusters are baked fresh daily and packed with superfoods. Each flavour is uniquely delicious and nutritious!  Price is priced reasonably between RM18.90 – RM29.90  for a 250g pack.  There is also a gluten-free range priced at RM22.90 for a 250g pack.

Amazin’ Graze’s ABC butter is another amazing healthy product. Toasty almonds, creamy cashews and earthy brazil nuts team up in this rich and delicious nut butter medley. Stone-ground and natural with no added salt, sugar, or oil, this butter is healthy and harmonious in flavour and nutrition. Use it as a spread, to add creaminess to cereals, as a dip for fruits and vegetables…or just eat it on its own!

Check out Amazin’ Graze’s other amazing nutty butters at their website.

Here’s my creation with Amazin’ Graze’s ABC butter…

ABC butter on crackers topped with crunchy zesty  maple glazed assorted nuts and juicy sweet Korean strawberry, yums!

Our girls are already bugging me to place an order for more granola and nuts from Amazin’ Graze. Snacking on granola and nuts is way healthier than biscuits, ice-creams and cakes.  I don’t mind stocking up our pantry with healthy snacks for our three perpetually hungry piranhas (that’s what the hubs calls them) 😆

To order these amazing healthy snacks, all you need to do is hop over to register online at https://www.amazingraze.co/register/ and receive RM10 off your first online purchase!

Shipping for Amazin’ Graze’s products are RM6 across the whole of Malaysia. You can earn free shipping for delivery to major cities for orders above RM50.

You’ll be truly amazed with Amazin’ Graze’s range of healthy snacks when you are shopping at their website. Happy grazing 🙂

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Savory Oats

I have never really fancied eating oats, though I eat it pretty often, for health sake.  I have genetic high cholesterol and oats are one of the most readily available and affordable foods that can help to bring down bad cholesterol level.   Thankfully Cass likes eating oats. While her two sisters have toasts for breakfast every morning, she’s happy with a cup of hot sugar-free cocoa drink with fresh milk and organic oats.

This reminds me that I must fix an appointment with my doctor to check my cholesterol reading again!  What I HATE about getting cholesterol levels checked is the darn fasting for over 10 hours. That’s my number 1 turn off. I don’t understand why most doctors never come into their clinic on time!!

Note to self: must stop procrastinating!

Today I had organic rolled oats with vegetarian crispy floss for breakkie.  I like to experiment combining a variety of foods to break the monotony of having food prepared the same way over and over again. And this combo is for keeps. I love it!  The lightly salted and crispy vegetarian floss with seaweed and sesame seeds add a lot of flavors and texture to the otherwise dull and tasteless oats. I love food that is crispy and this combo sure beats the boredom of eating oats hands down!


Nature Quest’s vegetarian crispy floss can be purchased from organic shops, Cosway outlets and selected supermarkets. I got mine from the organic foods section of De Market.

I add the crispy floss to spice up porridge, as filling for sandwiches and tossed onto fried rice, noodles, salads and  yoghurt.  Crispy Floss can also be used as one of the ingredients for sushi.

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French Toast Sticks & Bites Cooked By Kids

Today is another day of Deepavali holiday for the girls. I just found out from Alycia in the car this morning that her holiday ends today while Cass and Drama Queen have another day of holiday tomorrow. WTF?!! I thought I was going to have another day of sleeping in tomorrow morning, but my holiday officially ends today too *boo hoo hoo hoo*

We had Indian food again today (all of us except for Drama Queen who preferred to stay home since she has to abstain from spicy and heaty food).

I didn’t know what to takeout for Drama Queen. Everything sold outside is oily and has MSG, which is a big NO NO for someone recovering from inflamed tonsilitis. So I got back empty-handed and told Drama Queen that I was going to prepare French Toast Sticks and Bites for her since we’ve got so much bread left in the fridge.  I got her to help in the preparation.  But Cass and the Big Princess wanted to play masak-masak in the kitchen too, so it was a bit of havoc in the kitchen with too many hands. But the girls had fun with their masak-masak which churned out really delish French Toast.  It was so delish that the girls could not get enough of it and they finished off the entire loaf of bread for French Toast!  One loaf  has 13 slices of bread! 😀

Dust some vanilla powder or cinnamon powder on the sticks just before serving…

And drizzle maple syrup over…

Alycia cut her bread into cubes and heart shape and I could even saute the bread on the pan.  Bite-size French Toast seems to taste better as they are crispier and easier to pop into the mouth.

I thought that Cass and Alycia were already pretty stuffed from tosei rawa and chicken Murtabak with curry fish but they stuffed in several slices of French Toasts when they got back.  If anyone can gobble down several slices of these even after a heavy meal, these French Toast Sticks and Bites must be dang good!


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Our Merdeka Day Holiday – 31 Aug 2016

We had brunch with the girls’ grand aunt and visiting grand uncle from New Zealand at Han Room today.

As we were alighting from the car at the car park of Gardens Mall, I had a major heart attack.  Alycia who was in the midst of getting down from the car, missed a step and fell onto the car park floor with a loud thud!  Hubs’ car is an MPV and the passenger seat is much higher than a regular sedan car.   Thankfully her fall was cushioned off by my thigh and she didn’t fall onto a hard tar road. The both of us were in shock. She was too shell shocked to even tell me if she had hurt her body but my thigh hurt as a result of her body hitting me before she fell flat onto the floor. Thank God there was no bruise or graze, except that she turned pale white from the shock of the fall.  ** PHEW, sweats!! **

The main purpose of going to the Gardens Mall today was to get myself a new swimsuit but I didn’t find one that I really like, though I had tried on a few at the Speedo and Arena shops.  When we were at Robinsons, I saw a few sexy maxie swimsuits which I really like but the big girl kept bugging me to hurry up as she wanted to go home to study for a test tomorrow. Plus the queue at the fitting room was a long one, so we left.  That’s why I hate shopping with the girls on a public holiday. I’ll have  better peace of mind shopping on my own on a school-going day when the girls are in school. This gives me an excuse to go retail therapy again next week 😀

For dinner, we scrapped our plan of eating out as the big girl wasn’t in the mood to eat out on the eve of her History and Chinese composition test.  So we cleared our fridge and walloped all the leftover food.

I reheated the kafir lime leaves fried rice that I cooked for dinner yesterday and blanched some ladies fingers. I also blanched some vermicelli to go with the leftover chicken curry that the girls’ grand aunt gave us yesterday.  Drama Queen helped to cut avocado, cucumbers and capsicums.

The crisp and sweet raw capsicums tasted really good with a drizzle of Uncle Jeff’s Berenberg Creamy Parmesan Caesar dressing.   Hubs bought this salad dressing for his Arugula Rocket salad, which he eats in the morning for breakfast along with hard boiled eggs.

Berenberg Family Farm is an Aussie brand and they have a tasty range of dressing sauces, jams and condiments.



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Breakfast – 10 August 2016

Avocados are back in season and we are having them everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 😀

From RM15 for an avo just about 1.5 months ago, the price has now dropped to RM5 each for New Zealand avos.  I stock up on our avos twice a week. I buy green, hard and unripened ones and they ripen really quickly when I place them together with other fruits like bananas and oranges in room temperature.  If only avos are more affordable here, we could then eat them all year round. When we were in New Zealand two Decembers ago, avos were sold cheaply everywhere. At the weekend farmers’ market, avos were sold at NZ$1 each and I remember buying a big bag full of them, only to have them all polished off in just a few days.

Since we have a few ripen avos today, the girls had avo on toast this morning.  Alycia mashed up the avo and spread them like butter on her crispy wholewheat toast while Drama Queen had thinly sliced avo on her toast.  Cass had avo wedges minus the toast.

Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, the versatile avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA). Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.  Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat.

Avocados are good for your heart, help to lower your cholesterol and are loaded with fiber.  The fat in avocados can help you absorb nutrients from plant foods while the power antioxidants in avocados help to protect your eyes.  Avocados may help prevent cancer too, just to name a few.

As for moi, I had half an avo, a blood red orange, a slice of wholewheat toast with dad’s homemade pandan kaya and chia seeds, a handful of coconut coated almonds and boiled curried chick peas. And not forgetting my Izumio hydrogen water to give me all the energy I need for another busy day while detoxifying my body.



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Fruits & Veggies

I ensure that the girls get their daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday.  They have either fruit smoothie or fresh whole fruit everyday.  Yesterday I made them apple + orange + pineapple + chia seeds smoothie.  Today is papaya + sliced red capsicum.   Alycia has no issues eating capsicums. She grazes veggies (both raw and cooked) like a goat.  Drama Queen used to be averse to capsicums but after drumming into her head the benefits of capsicums, she is starting to like them.

As for the littlest one, she still abhors the taste of capsicums. But it’s just a matter of time before her taste bud is trained to accept them, just like her 2 sisters!

Goodie box for the girls to munch on upon their return from school today 🙂



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Start Of School Holidays

School is out, YIPEE!!  Each morning as I drag myself out from bed at 4:45am feeling woozy as a result of insufficient sleep (less than 6 hours), I would wish that it’s actually a holiday that I have forgotten about and I could plonk myself back onto my cool and comfy bed.

What I am going to do during this 2 weeks school holiday is:

1) Catch up on my sleep
2) Sleep in
3) Repay my long overdue sleep debt
4) Be lazy and skip my morning exercise so that I can sleep in
5) See sunlight seeping through the blinds in my room the moment I open my eyes

We haven’t exactly confirmed on any plans yet but making a trip back to Ipoh and possibly to Penang to see Cass’ surgeon is on the cards.

What I really want to do right now is just to sleep until I turn insomniac 😀

This is my raw green of the day for today-

While our girls had herbs and spice cheese spread on crackers, I had my cheese spread on green capsicum. I wolfed down the entire green capsicum. It’s funny how we can condition our minds to love something that we once hated knowing that what you put in is only good stuff.  Capsicums were never in my list of favorite veggies. I never liked the pungent smell but I am now hooked on them. I eat one capsicum everyday.

What I really like about capsicums is that no matter how much I eat them, I don’t get the bloatedness that I get if I eat other raw greens. Plus capsicums are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, carotenoids and dietary fiber which makes them immensely beneficial for the overall good health.  Capsicums also have vitamin B6 and folate that help to lower homocysteine levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.  Best of all, capsicums are inexpensive, can be easily washed unlike leafy veggies, you can munch them as you would an apple making it really convenient for you to load up on your phytochemicals and they are crunchy, sweet and bursting with goodness!  Capsicums just got right up my alley 🙂


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Dark Chocolate Muesli With Skinny Yoghurt

Today I had quite a heavy breakfast of bitter gourd and pork yee mee. I also pecked at hubby’s char siew and roast chicken.

Being a flexitarian, my meat quota for today is almost met and I know the hubby is going to bring us to devour on a carnivorous dinner tonight.  If I bust my meat quota for the day, it will make me feel really cloy and bloated.  Thus, I had something light yet yummy for lunch today! 🙂

I had skinny sugar-and-preservative-free yoghurt with dark chocolate muesli, organic five grain crackers, organic black sesame crackers, roast pumpkin seeds and a teaspoon of Pic’s almond butter. I also shared half a raw green bell pepper with Alycia.  Raw green bell pepper is the latest addition to my clean eating diet.

Of all the brands of muesli that I have tried, I like Emco brand (imported from Czech Republic) best in terms of texture, taste and price.

I am sure many of you have cheat days during the weekend where you indulge in everything and anything that your heart desires.  Don’t forget to go easy on the portion and don’t stuff yourself silly. And don’t forget to eat clean again for the next five days.  Happy weekend everyone!


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Capsicum Salad

This is my salad of the day for today:

Capsicum (green, red and dark purple), kyuri, baby radish, toasted walnut, toasted almond, Furikake, Nori and a drizzle of roasted sesame dressing.

This capsicum salad is really yummy and refreshing. I love the crunchiness and freshness of the sweet capsicum.  I especially love the vibrant colors in my bowl of salad, packed with loads of nutrients and vitamins.

Recently, I saw purple and brown capsicum at our neighborhood supermarket. I was intrigued as I never knew that capsicum comes in these 2 interesting colors too!  We have always only been buying capsicum in the traffic light colors.

Below: a purple capsicum

Purple Beauty

Capsicums are really something to chew on! Check out the health benefits:

Capsicum or bell pepper contains an impressive list of plant nutrients that found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Unlike other fellow chili peppers, it has low calories and fats. 100 g provides just 31 calories.

Capsicum contains small levels of health benefiting alkaloid compound, capsaicin. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously, it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

What Color Pepper Is the Healthiest?

Capsicums are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant believed to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate, bladder, cervical and pancreatic.

Eating capsicum boosts hair growth by regulating the blood flow to the scalp. Incorporate this colourful vegetable into your diet to get long silky hair, and to strengthen your hair follicles.

Red, green and yellow capsicum help with the production of collagen, a component that is responsible for healthy and firm skin. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in capsicum help keep your skin youthful.

Bell peppers have very high content of vitamin A, C and E (all anti-oxidants) that help to effectively neutralize free radicals. Anti-oxidants protects the body from carcinogenic and toxic substances. Just by this virtue alone, it is a good remedy for many health problems.

Pick a peck of colorful peppers to punch up the flavor and nutritional content of your meals.  Capsicums come in a palette of colors — green, red, yellow, orange, purple and chocolate brown — and all varieties are excellent sources of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.

Capsicums are another staple vegetables in my fridge. With all the health benefits listed above, you  have every good reason to pop some capsicums into your shopping basket now 🙂


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Healthy Friday – 8 April 2016

Smoothie for today composes of pineapple (half), green apple (1) and orange (2)

This can yield 3 full mugs and 1 bottle for the girls and the hubs.

The girls are having vermicelli with prawn + chicken soup, to go with some takeout char siew and roast chicken. Yeah, I know the weird combo. The mil wanted to clear the freezer and the vermicelli had been lying around for months already.

I am too lazy to prepare a proper salad for myself, thus I am going to have organic broccoli + radish sprouts with skinny char siew and roast chicken breast meat, drizzled with chili sauce from the chicken rice stall and roasted sesame seed salad dressing. I call this my Skinny Super Low Carb Salad 😀

Today is a maid-less day, which means that I have to start sweating buckets in the El Nino heat flexing my muscles round the house 🙁 🙁

I. Hate. House. Chores.!

Have a good weekend world! 🙂


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Health Freak Mommy’s Meals – 24 February 2016

My breakfast yesterday morning…

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Skinny sugar-free, preservative-free and additives-free yoghurt with Pic’s sugar-free cashew butter, toasted pumpkin seeds, organic chia seeds, raw walnuts, blanched skinless almonds, drizzle of maple syrup and a small handful of coconut cookies.

I am surprised that Cass  loves Farm Fresh’s sugar-free yoghurt, which is a tad sour and light. She says it tastes like Moo Cow frozen yoghurt, except that Farm Fresh yoghurt is not frozen. I agree with her too!  She likes to eat her sugar-free yoghurt with cashew nuts and crumbled homemade cookies.

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Lunch was baby greens salad with organic cherry tomatoes, Korean kim chi, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, toasted sesame seeds, sauteed minced pork and salad dressing composed of organic apple cider vinegar + maple syrup + dash of naturally brewed soy sauce.

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Dinner was at our all-time favorite neighborhood restaurant which serves  delish dishes at really affordable prices. The mil was still feeling a wee bit under the weather and yesterday was our part-time maid’s off day.  And I wasn’t in the mood to cook too 😀

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Stir-fried baby spinach, braised tofu with fish paste and sweet and sour fish fillet.


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Genetic High Cholesterol

Ok, I have genetic high cholesterol 🙁

My doctors told me that it would be really, really difficult to bring down the cholesterol reading however hard I alter my diet and exercise. I could be stick thin and eat nothing but green veggies and exercise 2 hours a day, but my cholesterol reading would still be slightly high.  My younger brother who is a fitness buff with 6 packs also has high cholesterol, all in the name of genetic 🙁

How unfair can life be!

Oh well. Nothing is fair in life.  Like, why do some people who lead a healthy lifestyle still get cancer?

For all the hard work I put into my diet and exercise regimen for the past 8 months, my cholesterol reading has gone done a wee bit. And that’s without medication. Only with supplements like fish oil, hydrogen water and carotenoids. That’s why I am pushing myself to swim 24-26 laps on top of brisk walking for 15 minutes, 5 mornings in a week. Exercise is important to bring down cholesterol. And I am about 80% vegan now. I  can’t give up on meat totally now as I am slightly anemic.  I have a fibroid in my uterus that causes heavy menstruation each month. I need meat to supply me with the iron.  No doubt I can ditch the meat and eat red beans, spinach and other iron-rich veggies but it is hard when I have carnivorous kids.  I am still training them to go easy on meat and they are aware that too much meat is too taxing on their innards, besides all the growth hormones and antibiotics that go into the animal feed, which eventually end up inside our bodies.

These days, my meals compose of mainly greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fiber.

This is my breakfast today…

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A packet of hydrogen water, high fiber cereal with added organic oats, organic chia seeds, roasted pumpkin seeds, raw walnuts and skim milk drizzled with extra virgin coconut oil and a squirt of palm sugar syrup to give me the oomph.

Lunch was half a punnet of organic raw alfalfa and broccoli sprouts with apple cider vinegar and roasted sesame dressing and a quarter bowl of Ipoh ‘kai see hor fun’ (shredded chicken flat noodles), which I shared with Cass.

Thankfully I love this kind of meal. And hardly do I crave for nasi lemak, ‘char koay teow’ or other oily fried foods. Heck, I don’t even miss my most favorite food in the world – durian! From queen of musang king, I am surprised that I can even go cold turkey on durians. Yes, I can’t believe that during the last durian season, I wasn’t even craving for it. See how powerful our mind is?!   I believe that we can condition our mind and taste bud to eat healthily. If I can do it, so can you 😉



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Wednesday Breakfast – 27 January 2016

My breakfast today to fuel me for a long, long and tiring day…

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Half an avocado with a drizzle of maple syrup. This is so refreshing and delicious.   A friend taught me to eat avocado this way to mask the slightly bitter taste of avocado. You gotta try this way of eating your avocados.  Maple syrup is low in GI, so a teaspoon won’t send your blood sugar spiking high. You can also use palm sugar (gula Melaka), which is also low in GI.  Chill the avocado if you wish and it would give you an extra kick to the already delicious syrupy avocado.

A slice of wheat bran bread with crispy meat floss from Taiwan and homemade acar, YUMS!

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I munch on Acar and Korean kimchi (with added probiotics) whenever I do not have the time to prep fresh veggies. Our girls love them too.  I have jars of Acar and kimchi in my fridge and they are fast moving too, so I replenish them regularly.

This is filling enough to last me through to lunch at about 2pm. My breakfast is always the heaviest meal of the day, lunch is light and dinner is the lightest with only soup, lots of veggies and a piece or two of meat.


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Short Cuts Around The Kitchen

Here’s one of my many lazy innovative ways around the kitchen.  I try to cut down my time in the kitchen as much as I can.

My kids love fried ‘wallet eggs’ (hor pau tarn) but eggs cooked in this fashion takes a longer time vs scrambled eggs as each egg has to be fried separately, unless I have someone to help me fry the rest of the eggs using another pan on another stove. Fat hopes.

If I were to cook 3 wallet eggs, that will take me approximately 5 minutes multiply by 3 eggs = 15 minutes.

So I take the short-cut way out by breaking 3 eggs into a bowl and gently slide them into a non-stick pan and cook them together. All it takes to fry 3 wallet eggs is about 6-8 minutes or shorter, depending on how cooked I want the yolks to be. For runny yolks, it only takes about 5 minutes for 3 eggs.

This is how the 3 wallet eggs look like, fried together on a non-stick pan…

Once that’s done, I plate up the eggs. And using a pair of scissors, I cut them into 3 equal parts, like this….

Here’s our wallet egg + pork chop open faced sandwich for lunch…



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Humble Food Again

After a week of super rich food indulgence in Hong Kong, it’s time to start eating ‘humble’ food again 😀

My tummy and innards cannot stomach such meat-intense and high caloric  meals everyday. While we were in Hong Kong, we had a snake meal on the second day, where almost every dish that was served had snake meat in it. And not forgetting the roast goose, crabs, beef, sharks’ fins, roast pigeon, fattening ‘por lor’ bun, egg tarts, dim sum, seafood and sweet deserts that we indulged in almost everyday.

Here’s what I had for lunch today…

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A slice of bran and wheat bread with a drizzle of organic extra virgin coconut oil and maple syrup.  I didn’t know that coconut oil on bread would taste so good! It reminds me of the sweet coconut buns from my favorite bakery.  And there was not a tinge of rancid coconut taste from the coconut oil. Instead the coconut oil was very flavorful.

Homemade smoothie of the day is pineapple + green apple + orange.

Tonight, I will be dishing up a meat-free stir-fried vermicelli with 2 types of fresh mushrooms, carrots, cabbage and lots of onions and garlic 🙂


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