Fruitcake cookies with booze

I love alcohol-soaked fruits. My taste for boozy fruits started when I was a kid: Rum and raisin ice-cream was a regular treat after piano classes. Then came along brandied cherries, prunes in armagnac and pears poached in red wine as I got older. I like desserts that combine alcohol and fruits. For instance – black forest…

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Soft-boiled eggs, Singapore-style

One of the perks of working from home is having a hot breakfast. This morning, AB was boiling some eggs so that he could have them later with rice noodles. I immediately thought of making half-boiled eggs. Ooh! Growing up in Singapore, one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods is half-boiled eggs with kaya toast.…

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Easy banana bread with dark chocolate

It was a cold, wet evening with Christmas lights twinkling in the distance. Upon entering the dining room, a thick sweet aroma surrounded me. I thought of languid afternoons in Singapore and of myself scoffing down some greasy cake after Sunday mass. There, lying on the table, were some ripening bananas. So I made banana bread using an easy,…

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Chocolate trail in Brussels

Belgian chocolate is reputed to be amongst the best in the world – the domestic consumption is one of the highest worldwide, as is its chocolate export trade. When I first moved to Brussels, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an artisan chocolatier at every other street corner. Large commercial brands such as Godiva, Neuhaus and Leonidas don’t…

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