Life-changing street art, hip hop and dance – this evening’s got it all. On the 21st November at the Hilton Hotel, prints by Digital Surrealist artist ‘Hollis Carney’ (Fiona Hollis Carney) will be auctioned at ‘Visions of Vietnam: Reaching Out Through The Arts’ in aid of anti-child-trafficking charity Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. This one-night...

This book was a joy to read. You know when you meet someone at a dinner party, and it turns out they have exactly the same interests as you? Better yet they are witty and intelligent and everything they say surprises and engages you, that’s this book.  10/10. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Michael Pollan is a leading (American) food writer...

This post might come as a surprise to you as it has nothing to do with food and everything to do with girls who just want to have fun. Today, I’m straying off menu, and onto….drumroll…female pleasure. No giggling at the back please. For those of you who have enough pleasure in your life (lucky you!) and are only interested in my food posts, don’t...

I ❤ mangoes. Having spent some of my childhood in the countryside, I am more than a little obsessed with Singapore’s plant-life, flowers, herbs and spices, and fruit.  From jack-fruit to rambutans, durians to belingbing, I love everything about them. There are also many reasons to eat locally grown fruits and veggies, not least they taste...

Well, for those of you who know me, you’ll know that happened a good few years back! As requested by the lovely Angela…my home-made honey coconut granola recipe. This is delicious for breakfast with greek yoghurt or kefir and sliced banana or blueberries, or just with fresh whole milk. You can tailor the nuts and seeds to suit your taste – go nutty...

I was inspired by the beautiful exotic plants I see hanging everywhere in Phuket, Thailand, and so, decided to create my very own hanging garden coconut and orchid pots. Interested in making your own unique orchid planters? read on… So where to get hold of some coconuts? In Singapore that’s pretty easy –  they are growing on trees...

We are more than half way through the summer school holidays and we’re feelin’ good. The kids no longer have bags under their eyes, they are freckled and happy, and have dirty toenails. And we seem to have acquired a dog along the way – although we know we will have to give her back when her visa to Australia comes in. Even the pooches in Singapore...

I’ve become a Fermento, as Micheal Pollen likes to call us cultured food fetishists. I can’t get enough of the wonderful world of fermented foods.  Firstly, I love the alchemy behind fermented foods. It is a fascinating process cultivating fermented food and drinks. It appeals to my need to create, and my curiosity to ‘grow’...

Once you know how to make your own yoghurt – you’ll think it’s crazy you ever bought it.  In Singapore, until a few months ago I spent approximately $23 a week on yoghurt for the kids, me and Mr X.   Now, I spend about $5 a week, that includes my UHT organic milk, milk powder and yoghurt starter cultures (bought from Eat Organic approximately...

If you are yet to try cultured food, aka fermented food…I urge you to do so, with great haste, your gut will love you. I say love, not thank, because a healthy gut makes for a happy human. I recently started reading Micheal Pollen’s book ‘cooked’, and my curiosity has been stirred. Given I do all my reading in bed – as it’s the...

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