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  • #SLOWFOOD - FINEST 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

    For FairPrice Finest 10 Year Anniversary, I collaborated with them to recreate two recipes by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and AFC Celebrity Host Sarah Benjamin. I have been a loyal customer of Finest for years! Not because they are available nationwide but because I genuinely find their organic fresh produce and selection of products highly affordable. We purchase almost everything from there. Some of our go-tos include ingredients for Alessandra's homemade milk, organic oatmilk, instant baby Oats and her favorite superfruit berries - gooseberries. 

    One of the dishes I'm recreating includes a mushroom fettuccine. While I was exploring their organic selection at Bukit Timah Plaza (one of the biggest Finest outlet I have ever been to! Did I mention it operates 24hours?) I came across this pack of organic fettuccine made from mung beans! That instantly became one of the ingredients I decided to use. 

    The other recipe is a Gooseberry Crumble. Our entire family is crazy about gooseberries. Gooseberries are rich in antioxidants, bursting with Vitamin C, neutralising free radicals and protect us from degenerative diseases including cancer while providing anti-aging benefits. It is also known as a beauty superfruit. The best part of them - we can always find them on the shelves of Finest. 

    As if gooseberries aren't healthy enough, I decided to use coconut ice cream to replace the coconut sauce. Why? Just because I found a whole fridge with tubs of them at Finest. Look for Coconut Bliss Coconut Ice cream. I opted for the chocolate flavour for this recipe which will go really well with the sweet and tart taste of gooseberries.

    Try making this with your toddler! It's a #GourmetMadeSimple recipe and an activity that your child will enjoy! 

    GOOSEBERRIES CRUMBLE WITH COCONUT ICE CREAM
    Serves 4

    Ingredients 
    500g gooseberries, peeled
    6 tbsp gula melaka
    1 tbsp lime juice
    250ml Coconut oil
    3 cups organic rolled oats
    Pink Himalayan salt 
    1 tub Coconut Bliss coconut chocolate ice cream

    METHOD

    1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
    2. Toss gooseberries, gula melaka and lime juice, coconut oil in a bowl. Mix till combined.
    3. Spread mixture evenly in the baking dish.
    4. Mix oatmeal with the remaining oil and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
    5. Spread evenly on top of the fruit mixture.
    6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
    7. Remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until topping is golden brown and crisp.
    8. Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream over crumble

    ONE -POT ORGANIC MUNG BEAN FETTUCCINE WITH MUSHROOM
    Serves 4

    INGREDIENTS 
    500g Organic Mung Bean Fettuccine
    50ml Extra virgin olive oil
    25g Organic Purple Garlic, peeled and crushed
    1 Organic Onion, peeled and diced
    150g Organic White mushrooms, washed
    150g Organic Brown mushrooms, washed
    350ml water 
    100ml Organic soy milk 
    Pink Himalayan salt

    METHOD

    1. Heat extra virgin olive oil, add garlic and onion, cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fragrant in a pot
    2. Add fresh mushrooms and stir, cook for 6 minutes.
    3. Add 350ml water and salt to pot.
    4. Add fettuccine into pot and boil until al dente.
    5. The water will slowly reduce and thicken into a sauce after adding soy milk.
    6.  Serve immediately.

    ALL INGREDIENTS AVAILABLE AT FAIRPRICE FINEST FOODS STORES.

      ONE -POT ORGANIC MUNG BEAN FETTUCCINE WITH MUSHROOM 

      INGREDIENTS 

      500g Organic Mung Bean Fettuccine
      50ml Extra virgin olive oil
      25g Organic Purple Garlic, peeled and crushed
      1 Organic Onion, peeled and diced
      150g Organic White mushrooms, washed
      150g Organic Brown mushrooms, washed
      350ml water
      100ml Organic soy milk
      Pink Himalayan salt


      METHOD

      1. Heat extra virgin olive oil, add garlic and onion, cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fragrant in a pot

      2. Add fresh mushrooms and stir, cook for 6 minutes.

      3. Add 350ml water and salt to pot.

      4. Add fettuccine into pot and boil until al dente.

      5. The water will slowly reduce and thicken into a sauce. Add soy milk.

      6.  Serve immediately.



         

       























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    1. #SELFCARE - TIME LOCK

      Unanswered questions about ageing that come to mind from time to time.

      How do we age backwards? What is ageless beauty?

      Why must we invest in our skin? Where is the fountain of youth?

      I am probably one of those lucky few who are blessed with good skin due to genes.

      My grandma had amazing flawless skin and I have never witnessed a single acne on my dad.

      I took good skin and youth for granted till acne hit me when I was 29.

      If only I had invested wisely for my skin before the tragedy arose.
      I ended up spending thousands on all sorts of quick remedies in order to cure my pimpled face.

      Of course, it didn't end there. Wrinkles and tiredness took over.

      Regrettably, I could never turn back time and retain my 16 year old flawless, wrinkle free and plump skin.


      Thankfully, I could stall time with Bella Marie France (BMF) Youth Bank Range, prolonging my skin’s best current state.




      Bella Marie France (BMF) introduces Youth Bank - The place to undo the signs of ageing or arrest them even before they begin. The promise of youthful skin at any age.



      BMF’s Youth Bank features a comprehensive range of anti-ageing skin care products designed to turn back the hands of time,

      fulfilling a woman’s anti-ageing needs at different stages of her life — 

      Time Reverse (above 45 years old), 
      Time Lock (36-45 years old) and 
      Time Invest (25-35 years old)
      —these products are what a woman needs to maintain her youthful vitality.


      To maximise results, Youth Bank complements the expert touch of facial treatments by Bella Marie France Specialists
      with a daily home regimen to protect and preserve your skin’s youth capital. 


      Choose from the three skincare ranges – Time Reverse, to undo the signs of ageing;
      Time Lock, to prolong your skin’s best years; and Time Invest, to delay the ageing process before it begins.


      This range of products sets brightness and repair to the skin at its cellular level and help minimise pigmentation while
      ensuring that your skin looks plump and supple in the most youthful way possible.


      What I love most is I get to preserve my skin in the comfort of home!
      Skin renewal at its best.



      Secure your Youth Bank investment today. Bella Youth Bank is available at all Bella Marie France (BMF) Centres. Call 1800-7777-111 for enquiries.

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    2. #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.)

       

      Mayvers’s range of healthy, wholesome spreads are available on FairPrice Online 

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    3. #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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    4. #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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