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Confessions of Eating Alone: Mushrooms & Oatmeal

“Cooking for oneself reveals man at his weirdest. People lie when you ask them what they eat when they are alone.  A salad, they tell you. But when you persist, they confess to peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, deep fried and eaten with hot sauce, or spaghetti with butter and grape jam”

(extract from book “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant”)

I like eating, and I like food. I like going to newly opened restaurants and trying out new dishes. Even cooking (sometimes). But always when there is  company.

I had great expectations of myself before I went to Sydney in 2008. I was going to turn into some kind of Nigella Lawson meets Jamie Oliver person, poking at all the fresh produce in Australia, preparing healthy, tasty meals for one.

But being alone and faced with the prospect of needing to feed myself, I became a creature of habit. I could eat the same thing day after day, night after night.

My kitchenette in my little loft in Sydney had only a microwave, a sink and a little bar fridge. The real (shared) kitchen complete with stove was 50 steps away, and was gross most times (that’s the way with communal living with 50 people to a kitchen).

Cooking meant that you had to balance and carry all crockery, utensils, seasoning, and ingredients to the shared kitchen. It takes planning (do I need pepper with that?), and some good balancing skills.

So lazy people like me prepare one-dish meals, i.e. cutting/slicing/marinating all the ingredients in my little kitchenette, throwing them into a frying pan, pour in some(olive) oil, and carrying only said frying pan and a spatula into the kitchen. If you forgot to add salt into the pan before the trip to the kitchen, so be it. The dish will just be salt-less for that day. No crockery involved either, you eat the food straight out from the pan.

Usually, the one-dish will be pan-fried mushrooms, or an omelette, served with an accompaniment of micro-waved cooked rice (10 minutes high-heat and 2 mins of low heat). Or if I was feeling particularly ambitious, it will be pasta, served aglio-olio with an accompaniment of mushrooms.

The prospect of cooking for oneself dimmed even more as the semester went on, particularly nearing the exams. I remembered that there were (way too many) occasions where breakfast, lunch, dinner consisted of a mixture of micro-waved oatmeal, milk and honey.

Or buying (tons of) sushi rolls from the mall and micro-waving them (yes, somehow, micro-waved tuna sushi roll tastes good).

I ate them at my messy desk, in front of my laptop. Simple (and weird) as these meals might be, they were sustenance, through the times when I needed to be alone with my thoughts and my essays.


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2009 in Review: Part 2 (Food, Drink and Some Chilling)

My facebook status review of 2009 continues. Here comes Part 2 on Food, Drink and Some Chilling.

  • just found Campos Coffee in Singapore… Yeah!! :))
  • doubts she will ever finish clearing her google reader. Too much to read, too little time. Oh well, maybe off to the library first.
  • Sat is for chilling by the beach. Oh throw in some bubbly too!
  • The worst day ever for the beach, but oh, how fun it was!
  • and Miss J are looking for something exciting to do Friday night!
  • The New Mantra: Increase HDL, Lower LDL!
  • is light-headed from too much bubbly…..
  • (refer to earlier posting) wishes her head is not attached to her neck.
  • is still having gluttony thoughts about the bacon-wrapped dates & the tamarind duck salad from last night’s dinner…
  • Best cure for a splitting headache after some tiring work days : Having the neighborhood stray cat finally responding to your advances. :))
  • pisco is good. Salud! 🙂
  • had some deadly spicy chicken wings @ Seletar Airbase. At Level 3, I could not feel my throat. At Level 10, my legs started shaking involuntarily. And I believed my brain stopped functioning after merely smelling Level 20.
  • loves shopping at Ikea, particularly the section with the pots and pans, dishes and glasses. As if buying them will miraculously make her a better cook.
  • is attempting baked oatmeal chicken. The recipe looks simple enough. Then again, I’m always better at theory than practical.
  • has reached the upper limit of tolerance for dirtiness of the house. I’m confining myself to a small little spot. It’s called escapism.
  • is on a cooking roll – a dish of miso eggplant & a dish of asparagus with olive oil, a wee bit of truffle and a sprinkle of garlic salt coming up later.
  • When alcohol beckons on a Tuesday night, you heed its call. Determined to savour some lambrusco and prosecco with travelmates, Ms.P and Ms.F to relive our italian journey.
  • is having some girlfriends later over for dinner and had to dash Ms. F’s idea of whipping up an egg salad, coz I have no eggs at home. I just realised that the only things at home are cookies, milk and pasta. And 5 cups and plates. But I have 18 wine glasses. 18!! How did I end up with so many wine glasses?
  • Likes being handed menus that read “all day breakfast” when it’s obviously passed the time for the first meal of the day. I will order that breakfast anytime.

2009: I read, went to the beach, cook, ate, drank… and then realised I had high cholesterol (of the bad type). 😦

Did not get me down. Ate, drank somemore. Oh and throw in some exercise (see Part 3) to relieve some of the guilt.

Plans for 2010 – Eat healthy, Drink moderately. More fruits and vegetables. And do a full-scale health check. Will also start cooking at least once a week. I promise, but please don’t ever ask me to give up seafood, bacon and coffee.

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9-layer cake

9 layer cake

Someone in the office treated us to the nonya 9-layer cake today.

When I was younger, I used to peel and eat it layer-by-layer. It was great fun! I still do.

I thought I was the only one who eats 9-layer cakes in that manner, until I saw all my colleagues doing the same.  Ahh, conventional. 🙂


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Balloon Breakfast


Breakfast made of balloons – give a whole new twist to the light breakfast concept.

I also love this blog, by Simply Breakfast who puts up pictures of her breakfast every morning. Yummmm.

PS: Yes, I have not been blogging much. I have been catching up on reading (past issues of Newsweek/Businessweek piling up), running (Shape Run in a month’s time) and sleeping. I slept for about 11 hours straight on Tuesday night and man, it was delicious. 

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Shaken and Stirred


Yesterday, the nurse informed that my bad cholesterol(LDL) was on the high side and that I had to watch my diet.

Admittedly, I was shaken to the core. I have a low BMI (underweight, in fact), but I had high cholesterol. The truth, however, is that cholesterol has nothing to do with weight, and everything to do with conscious choices that we make during meal times.

I doubt I will cut down on the amount of food, but I’ll certainly cut down on the seafood (how I love prawns!) and junk food (I’m dreaming of cheezels and tohato’s caramel corn snacks as I type).  Everything in moderation, as they say.

Oh, and Gym. Starting. Today.

Picture credits:  Eringopaint of Etsy. She has lovely prints of shoes. By the way, alcohol has a positive effect on building up good cholesterol (HDL), so a glass of wine, or a martini will not hurt, I suppose…


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Business etiquette in Singapore means being able to eat black pepper crabs daintly using your hands and deshelling prawns with a pair of chopsticks and a chinese-spoon, while dressed in a long-sleeved business suit and trying to make appropriate conversation with people around you.

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The Omnivore’s Hundred

The Omnivorve’s Hundred lists out 100 things a omnivorve must try at least once. I tried 35 dishes out of 100. Needs improvement, I think. 

Though I think that most dishes listed are rather skewed towards the European and American cuisine. Where’s the Kimchi, live octopus and fermented beancurd??!!


  • Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  • Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
  • Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.


1. Venison – I like it served Asian style, fried with ginger and served on a hot plate
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile – Don’t like it though. Taste like really tough fish.
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue – Had this in Paris. It was nice in the beginning, but marginal utlity began to diminish after the 5th piece of bread dipped in Cheese
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari – I like this both ways, either fried or grilled
12. Pho – Yummy, especially with beef
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi 
15. Hot dog from a street cart 
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns 
20. Pistachio ice cream – 2nd favorite after Mint Choc Chip
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras 
24. Rice and beans 
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters – I don’t like it though
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peasLove this! Once you pop, you can’t stop
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – I think I had it at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float – Memories of my teenage years
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone – It’s a Chinese New Year Favorite
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini – Not necessary dirty, but I have drank loads of martini. Counted? 
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian – Yum!
66. Frogs’ legs – I miss this!!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail – Ooooh… nice! 
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam – Fried with rice!!
92. Soft shell crab –
I love this! 
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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