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  • #SLOWFOOD - ALL ABOUT HEALTHY NUT BUTTERS!

    I was thrilled when i was asked to create two recipes for Mayvers, exclusively available at FairPrice, using their Australian-made, healthy and pure-state peanut butters. I know. You must be thinking: Isn’t peanut butter unhealthy, laden with sugars and hydrogenated fats? Well, if you make the right choice by taking the time to read the labels, you’ll be picking out peanut butters that contain only peanuts and sea salt. That’s about almost all the ingredients needed for a nutritious bottle of nut butter! Nuts are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acid, disease fighting vitamins, fibre, protein, calcium and are packed with heart-healthy fats. 



    As a mum who is highly protective of what goes into my daughter’s food, I can understand how difficult it is to find healthy alternatives for our beloved kids. Therefore, I am always on the hunt for delicious yet healthy treats for her. Mayvers is one of the few ethical producers of nut butters, made in Australia from purely roasted peanuts and sea salt.

    When your kids get bored of the usual fruit and peanut butter toast. Try my rendition of a savoury toast with a generous spread of Mayvers natural and crunchy peanut butter topped with blanched organic spinach followed by poached barramundi flakes, lightly seasoned in organic sesame oil, pink salt and squeezes of lime. This makes an enjoyable lunch for adults too! 

    Or if you are craving for something soupy, here's another of my recipe - Healing Vegan Peanut Butter Soup with #Organic Quinoa Buckwheat Noodles. I'm not unfamiliar to making vegan soup bases. After all, this was what being vegan for two years taught me - The magical qualities of nuts. When I tried my first vegan soup made out of cashew nut butters, my mind was completely blown. Tasted better than any bone broth with that velvety richness just from nuts! Serve this chilled or warm and you'll feel how well it nourishes your body.  

    ENJOY!


     

    ORGANIC SPELT TOAST WITH PEANUT BUTTER AND FISH FLAKES






    INGREDIENTS

    2 slices organic spelt bread, toasted

    4 tablespoons Mayvers Natural & Crunchy Peanut Butter

    200 grams  barramundi, flaked and poached

    150 grams organic baby spinach, blanched

    1 teaspoon organic toasted sesame oil

    1 lime, quartered

    Finely chopped organic parsley

    Pinch of salt

    Black pepper

     

    METHOD

    1. Spread peanut butter on toast
    2. Lightly season barramundi with sesame oil and salt. Mix well.
    3. Arrange spinach on peanut butter.
    4. Top with seasoned barramundi and a sprinkle of black pepper
    5. Lastly, garnish with parsley and a squeeze of lime.
    6. Serve immediately.

     

     



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    HEALING VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER SOUP WITH ORGANIC QUINOA BUCKWHEAT NOODLES


    INGREDIENTS

    SOUP BASE

    3 tablespoons Mayvers Natural & Crunchy Peanut Butter

    1/2 cup water

    2 cups organic soy milk 

    1 tablespoon organic tamari

    2 tablespoons organic mirin

    3 teaspoons organic toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

    3 tablespoons lime juice



    TOPPINGS

    1/2 cup organic firm tofu, cut into cubes

    1/2 cup organic broccolini florets, blanched 

    1/2 cup organic snow peas, blanched and sliced

    1/2 packet organic quinoa buckwheat noodles, blanched

    1 teaspoon organic white sesame seeds

    METHOD

    1. In a medium pot, heat the water. When it boils, stir in the peanut butter. 
    2. Add tamari, sesame oil, and mirin into pot and whisk together for 5 mins. When it is smooth and creamy, add soy milk and salt last. Off the heat. 
    3. Place noodles into serving bowl and pour soup over noodles. 
    4. Top with peas, broccolini, tofu and garnish with sesame seeds.
    5. Serve hot. (For chilled version, simply refrigerate soup base for 4 hours and repeat steps 3 & 4.)

     

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  • #SLOWFOOD - VEGAN CACAO AND ALMOND BUTTER TART I NO BAKE

    Just one of those fuss-free #vegan recipes when you have a serious chocolate craving. Making a non-dairy tart that tastes good is tough, but how about one without dairy and sans the oven? The trick really is to find substitutes that are of the same texture or made to be like the same form. Thus, I replaced butter with an almond nut butter and introduced honey and coconut oil as the texture that gives the melt in your mouth was you bite into a chocolate tart. You can use any plant-based butters, make sure it is legit. By legit, I meant to read the label and ensure it contains nothing else except nuts and minimal sea salt.

    By freezing the base, you give it a crunchy texture. I also found out that when you mix cacao powder with coconut oil at room temperature, chill it afterwards, you get a vegan chocolate ganache!

    Besides the ease of this recipe, it is definitely a child-friendly one. Treat your kids to a healthier snack and they will be thankful to you for a lifetime.

     







    VEGAN CACAO AND ALMOND BUTTER TART I NO BAKE

    INGREDIENTS 

    BASE

    • 200g organic oats
    • 40g coconut oil, melted
    • 30g almond butter
    • 30g raw honey 

     

    2ND LAYER

    • 150g almond butter 

     

    TOP LAYER

    • 135g coconut oil
    • 100g raw cacao powder
    • 75g almond butter
    • 60g raw honey
    • 60g coconut sugar 

     

    METHOD

    1. First make the top layer by simply popping all the ingredients in a medium pan and melting together over a low heat.
      Make sure it doesn’t burn and it’ll turn into a glossy, gorgeous mixture. Set aside to cool.
    2. For the base, blend the oats in a food processor. Then add in all the other ingredients and blend.
    3. Press the mixture into a 12" x 8" rectangular tart pan or 10" round tart pan
    4. Next, spread the almond butter over the top and leave it in the freezer for 30 minutes or until harden.
    5. Lastly, pour the cacao mixture over the top and spread it out evenly.
      Garnish with silvered almonds or any dried fruits and nuts you fancy!
    6.  Store in the freezer for 2-3 hours and it will be ready to serve!

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  • #SELFCARE: TAILORING SKINCARE TO YOUR DNA

     

    I was thrilled to be one of the first few to try out Bella Skin Care's latest skincare program that uses your DNA to manage your skin from the outside-in and the inside-out - iDDNA®. iDDNA® is a scientific path to natural, long-lasting results.

     

    IDDNA® is a revolutionary treatment that takes the guesswork out of choosing anti-aging skincare. Firstly, an iDDNA swab test is taken to collect our DNA samples then sealed and sent to the US laboratory for analysis. A pretty fast and effective way to discover our skin genes through our DNA.

    After which,  a survey is conducted which involves a detail run through of our daily lifestyle. Eating habits, sleep habits, exercise habits that form lifestyle patterns. It made sense that these are taken into careful consideration besides our genes. External and environmental factors makes a difference to our skin types. 

    Based on the test results of the swab test along with the survey, a skincare routine is customized and tailor-made specially for my skin.  iDDNA- Bella Skin Care’s approach is through a multi-faceted skin treatment, which combines the iDDNA® Ultra custom and Bella Skin Care’s in-centre treatments. It’s a holistic approach that even includes advice on the types of minerals and micronutrients that will affect and change my skin’s health over a period of time. The Ultra Custom is easy to use and nourishes my skin in an instant. 

    Besides the Ultra Custom skincare routine, the iDDNA comes with an AI mobile concierge service to manage my skin care lifestyle needs in real time and location-based recommendations to stay on track to achieve better skin health. As a mum, the app enables me to adjust and improve my lifestyle habits to better my skin condition.  For example, it monitors the UVA-UVB level and suggests the appropriate SPF level of sunscreen to use, plus the temperature, humidity and pollution levels of wherever I may be.

    At the same time, I only have to use a night cream and a day cream, whereas with other regimes I have to complete as many as stipulated steps. It’s so advanced and absolutely impressive!

    As mentioned, in-centre treatment with Bella Skin Care works hand in hand with the Ultra Custom. At Bella Skin Care, their staff are deeply knowledgeable, the environment is relaxed and friendly. Bella Skin Care’s service has been excellent right from the start. I thought watching my DNA being collected was fascinating, and the results have been interesting.

    I’d say my skin now feels suppler and deeply hydrated. There is a glow to my skin and it feels more taut than it did before I started with Bella Skin Care’s treatment and the IDDNA® system. Results have been very promising especially since I have only been on the system for more than 2 weeks. The improvements I’ve noticed were enough to convince me that genetically tailored skincare could be more effective than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. My enczema was entirely non-existent after less than 10 days of application! I also believe as new mums or mums to be with constant hormonal changes, we can't take chances with our skin. Which is why Bella Skin Care is the best option in my opinion. Reliable, convincing and result-driven.


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  • #SLOWLIFE: NESPRESSO X #THECATKITCHEN COFFEE RECIPES FOR THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

    This lunar new year, fire up Rooster with three of my nourishing recipes that i concocted with Nespresso ingredients! Surprise your guests with these easy yet conversational drink recipes that will give them a headstart to their new year resolution. Try including these superfood coffee recipes into your daily morning routine! You'll fall in love with how healthy and mindful your mornings can be!

    Coffee lovers will be able to reunite over a cup of Nespresso and herald in the year of the fire Rooster with the cool Iced Coco Americano, or enjoy the refreshing Antioxidant Affogato at Nespresso’s boutiques [ Only available at Raffles City & Takashimaya ] from 5 January 2017 to 8 February 2017.


    1. ANTIOXIDANT AFFOGATO

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 Ristretto Grand Cru
    • 1 Scoop of White Chrysanthemum ice cream with cacao nibs
    • Goji powder
    • Camu powder

      METHOD
      1. Place 1 scoop of ice cream with cacao nibs in a cappuccino glass.
      2. Extract Ristretto Grand Cru (Espresso: 40ml) over ice cream
      3. Dust the ice cream with goji and camu powder.




      2. SUPERFOOD BULLETPROOF CAPPUCCINO
      INGREDIENTS

    • 1 Indriya from India Grand Cru
    • 30 ml Almond Milk
    • 1 teaspoon Honey
    • 1 teaspoon Cacao Butter
    • Acai powder
    • Pomegranate powder

      METHOD
    1. Place cacao butter into a cappuccino cup and add honey
    2. Extract Indriya from India Grand Cru (Espresso: 40ml), directly into cup to melt the cacao butter.
    3. Froth Almond milk with the Aeroccino milk Frother and pour over coffee.
    4. Sprinkle acai powder and pomegranate powder over milk foam.


    3. ICE COCO AMERICANO 

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 Indriya from India Grand Cru
    • 120 ml Coconut Water
    • Crushed Ice

      METHOD
    1. Pour coconut water into the glass.
    2. Extract Indriya from India Grand Cru (Espresso: 40ml) into a tall recipe glass.
    3. Add ice and stir.

     

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  • #SLOWLIFE: TRIO OF VEGAN JELLY CAKES #FINESTXMASMOMENTS

    I made this Trio of Vegan Jelly Cakes for Alessandra that is definitely looking like #Christmas! Loved the idea that I could use #organic raspberries and some of the freshest fruits readily available at FairPrice Finest.
    The first is made from coconut cream, layered with coconut water and pomegranate seeds. The second, red and green globe grapes in coconut water and lastly, raspberries in coconut cream, topped with dark chocolate nibs.
    This recipe can be made ahead of the Christmas party to keep your party fuss free, so that you can truly enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. After all, the best pairing for good food is good company.




    1. COCONUT JELLY CAKE WITH GRAPES
    Ingredients
    • 250ml fresh coconut water
    • 2 teaspoon agar powder
    • 2 cups of red and green grapes

    Method
    1. In a saucepan, add coconut water and agar powder powder. Whisk to combine and bring it to a boil on low heat. Make sure agar powder is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
    2. Arrange grapes in jelly mold. 
    3. Pour liquid through sieve into the jelly mold. 
    4. Refrigerate until set for 30mins to an hour. Remove set jelly from mold and serve. 

    2. COCONUT JELLY CAKE AND COCONUT MILK WITH POMEGRANATE SEEDS
    Ingredients
    • 250ml fresh coconut water
    • 50ml coconut cream
    • 2 teaspoon agar powder
    • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
    Method
    1. In a saucepan, add coconut milk and one teaspoon agar powder. Whisk to combine and bring it to a boil on low heat. Make sure agar powder is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
    2. Pour liquid through sieve into the jelly mold. 
    3. Refrigerate until set for 30mins to an hour. Once set, arrange pomegranate seeds on set jelly.
    4. In another saucepan, add coconut water and one teaspoon agar powder. Whisk to combine and bring it to a boil on low heat. Make sure agar powder is completely dissolved. Remove from heat
    5. Pour liquid through sieve into the jelly mold. 
    6. Refrigerate until set for 30mins to an hour. Remove set jelly from mold and serve. 







    3. COCONUT MILK JELLY CAKE WITH RASPBERRY
    Ingredients
    • 250ml coconut cream
    • 2 teaspoon agar powder
    • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
    • 1 cups of raspberries
    Method
    1. In a saucepan, add coconut milk and agar powder powder. Whisk to combine and bring it to a boil on low heat. Make sure agar powder is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
    2. Arrange raspberries in jelly mold. 
    3. Pour liquid through sieve into the jelly mold. 
    4. Refrigerate until set for 30mins to an hour. Remove set jelly from mold and serve.






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    All ingredients purchased from FairPrice Finest.

     

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