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Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! A little short introduction just so you know who’s behind all the stuff that you find here.

I’m Celia and I live in the Republic of Singapore – a beautiful, sunny island state that has been my home for the past 20+ years. I moved here from Canada in 1994, and while working here, met my Singaporean husband and now enjoy a happy and contented married life.

I started this food and cooking blog like how most blog authors and writers begin – as an avenue to explore, discover, create, share and express a personal passion.

It took me a while to discover food, particularly cooking and baking, as a process through which I could bring together my interests, skills and abilities. Once I realised that I could do more (a whole lot more!) than just fry eggs or bake butter cookies, I started on my fruitful journey of learning and discovery.

As the saying goes, experience is our greatest teacher, and while I may have the occasional blunder or misadventure in the kitchen, I think I’ve progressed way past scrambled eggs and chocolate chip cookies, to cooking up tasty dishes, treats and desserts. I’m now a passionate home cook and baker.

On any given day, you can find me bustling in my kitchen – cooking the next meal, baking the day’s mid-morning snack or tea-time treat, and always, always, eating! When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m glued to my paperback cookbooks, poring over pages and pictures of delectable foods, or these days, with a hand-held tablet or device in hand, searching for all sorts of recipes, the good and the great.

I particularly enjoy traditional Chinese and South-East Asian cuisine, staying true to my cultural roots and heritage. Living in Singapore is a cook’s dream – the rich and multicultural diversity of ethnicities and cultures (Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian) here offer an exciting smorgasbord of cuisines to try and experiment with!

I am constantly inspired as well by cuisines all over the world – Thai, Japanese, Korean, English, Italian, Spanish, and so much more – there’s nothing that I won’t try once something grabs my interest.

In a nutshell, anything goes! I’m always on the lookout for interesting, challenging or just plain awe-inspiring recipes. It could be anything inconspicuosly printed on the package of some product or ingredient, or even out of a beauty magazine, or on health websites advocating healthy cooking recipes…so long as it turns out wonderful tasting edibles!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll find recipes here that pique your interest! And please do leave your comments – helpful ones most appreciated!

41 Comments

  1. Hi Jezz, so glad this worked out well for you! Thank you so much for letting me know! To your credit, your perseverance paid off! I’m really glad to have you here on my blog too!

  2. Hi Celia! Your vanilla chiffon cake was perfect. It was my third try (the first was too big and pouffy, the second one shrank) and your recipe was the one that worked! Thank you for the very detailed recipe and directions! Will definitely try other things on your site!

  3. Hi Karen, thank you for your lovely message. I’m sorry to hear you’ve lost your dad. Your feelings really resonates with me as well, cos my dad was the home chef in our family and, together with my mom, dished out the most wonderful home cooked meals when we were growing up. At the time, I couldn’t bother myself with learning how to prepare and cook dishes – it was all a big chore to me! Now that I’m much older myself, I realised the value, satisfaction and happiness preparing homecooked comfort meals can bring to so many, that I truly regretted not having learnt more from my parents (Mom’s still here, but can’t remember as well as before how Dad used to cook stuff). I’m so happy you could give the joy of homecooking Chinese dishes to your kids and loved ones. It’s a real blessing! Thank you so much for sharing and bringing up fond memories of our Dads! Have a wobderful week ahead!

  4. Hi Celia, I am a Hong Kong born Canadian. Since my dad’s passing, I have regretted not doing more cooking, and now that my kids are older I have found that they very much appreciated Chinese comfort food. Thank you for your recipes.

  5. Hi Pearlyn, greetings from Singapore! Thank you so much for writing in. We sound like two peas in the same pod! I’m so glad you chanced upon my blog too, I’m always thrilled when readers can relate to me, and especially, to the food that I love cooking and eating. Hope the recipes here bring you lots of wonderful memories and cherished flavours of local food! Happy cooking and have a great year in 2019! Cheers!

  6. Hi , I’m a Singaporean migrated to Gold Coast QLD Australia. I’m a very passionate about cooking , I will never go to sleep without planning what to cook for the next day or next next day ?
    Glad I chanced upon your blog , you really have loads of mouth watering recipes and most are my kind of food and my kind of cooking. Thank you

  7. Celia,
    I found your site when your Walnut Cake recipe caught me somewhere-have forgotten where. I am Caucasian in Austin, the capital in middle Texas. I love food delicacy dishes so I have marked your site in my phone and look forward to trying as many of your practiced recipes as possible. Sincere thanks for all of your work on them and for sharing them with all of us!!!

  8. Hi Angela! Thank you for your kind comments! I’m so glad you like what you see here, and it’s always such a thrill to hear from first-time visitors to my blog. Hope you enjoy your life in Canada, it’s such a beautiful country and where I lived in Calgary and Edmonton, it’s fairly easy to get Asian food ingredients to cook up South East Asian food. Hope to hear from you should you try any of these recipes, I always appreciate feedback and comments! Take care and have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. This is a wonderful site for someone who loves food delicacy. Thank you for sharing. I am a Singaporean but lived in Canada instead. And definitely love Singaporean and South East Asian food as well as North American and Canadian food.

    All the foods look lovely and delicious!

    Thank you.

  10. Hi Michael, thank you so much! Hope you’ll enjoy these cookies! Have a wonderful (and delicious) weekend!

  11. Great site, cant wait to try the AAH-MAZING peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Look so good.

  12. Hi Garry, thank you so very much for dropping in and for your very kind words and compliments! It was so nice to know your background, and my heartiest congratulations on your recent retirement! Wow, you probably know more about Chinese cuisine than I do, having lived more than 3 decades in Hong Kong. Dim sum in Hong Kong just can’t be beat! If you love cooking, I hope the recipes you find here will give you a taste of happiness and the fondest of memories! Do share if you give any recipe a go, I’d love to hear what you think! Wishing you a great start to the New Year, and to a prosperous Chinese New Year too!?

  13. Hi Celia,
    I lived in Hong Kong for 35 years. I have recently retired back home to Australia. Your blog is brilliant as it keeps me in the world I know, and the food I have eaten for so many years.
    funny as it may be, the MA LAI GAO was and is always a favorite . I basically put ma Lai gao as a standard order during my daily dim sum . love your site, and its simplistic easy read manner. Good luck in the coming Chinese New Year.

  14. Hi Michelle, greetings from Singapore! Thank you so much for your lovely comments and encouragement! I am so thrilled that you found my blog too and can identify with the food and recipes here! I will definitely work on delivering more of local, comfort Singapore dishes and food that you can cook up for yourself and your family! If you can’t be in Singapore, then hopefully, I can bring Singapore to you! Hope you can fill me in on how these recipes work out for you when you try them, I’d love to know! Take care!

  15. Hi Celia, I came upon your Butter cake at Pinterest, and was very impressed with the recipe. I like to try the cake as it is also my favorite snack. I am a Singaporean now living in Germany with my German husband and kids. I am always craving and missing singapore food. I will try to find some Inspirations from other bloggers and glad that I have found you. I like to say thank you and hope you can provide more delicious singapore recipes for all people who living outside of Singapore. Good job and thanks!

  16. When am I invited over for yummy delicious cakes ??

  17. Hello Sumana, thank you so much for dropping by, and for leaving your kind comments on my blog. So glad you like the recipes you see here! Do keep your feedback coming as you try them out, I always love it when readers drop me their comments as I love to hear how their cooking and baking turn out.? Have a wonderful week ahead!

  18. Hello Celia,

    Thank you for sharing your recipes and the beautiful attractive presentations on your blog, Celia.

    ???My name is Sumana Sing.
    I chanced upon your blog when I was looking for … How long to cook lotus nuts? I don’t cook and whenever I do try my hands on it, I’ll search google for every info ?.

    I enjoyed reading your blog and your writings with your attractive and informative recipes kept me going non stop.

    I had saved your blog site and intend to make some of your recipes and especially your Indonesian Durian Kueh Lapis and Pineapple tarts some time in future.

  19. Hello Yashica, I’m so thrilled to hear you and your friend loved this! ?Thank you for giving this recipe a go, it truly is amazing! I’d love to get vegan recipes up on the blog, sorry that there aren’t any yet… but it’s definitely something I’m working towa rds! Stay tuned, okay? Keep your feedback coming too!?

  20. Good Morning Celia, I came upon your blog when I was googling for old school butter cake. You’ve a beautiful blog and the photos certainly look tempting. I’m planning to try your butter as well as marble cake recipes. Incidentally, I’m handling the recipe section of STORM magazine, called Whip it UP! It’s a regular column where the recipe changes every week. And I’m also on the lookout for recipe contributors. Please see my email. Regards, Evonne Lee.

  21. I’m so proud of you, my childhood bestie! This is an amazing accomplishment! YOU are so amazing!

  22. Thank you so much, Philo! It means the world to me, coming from you!? keeping at this makes me so happy cos it reminds of our childhood years growing up on and around all our mom’s and dad’s homecooked food!

  23. Hi Iskandhar! Thank you so much for sharing, great to have you here! I’m sure you’re doing great with your cooking, a man that cooks and prepares meals for his family is admirable indeed! I do so appreciate your suggestion that I incorporate more fish and vegetable soup recipes, I will indeed try! My family’s not very keen on fish or seafood meals in general, though we do eat a LOT of veggies. Hope to hear how you enjoy the recipes here and do keep your comments coming, ya!

  24. I have tried a few recipes from here and given my limited cooking capabilities, or lack thereof :-), I think I did alright, considering my wife and kids are not complaining! With practise I’ll get better but thank you for the wonderful recipes and may i suggest more vege/fish soup recipes as my daughter loves soup!!

  25. Hi Clarice, oh how right you are!? Yes, I do have a few somewhere amongst the pages of cookbooks, but haven’t personally tried making it myself..i really love acar too! Will try to get to it one day and if you’re
    already following my blog, you’ll be sure to know as soon as I find a good recipe! Thanks so much for writing!

  26. Hi Celia,

    I wonder if you have a recipe on “Achar” (the appetiser that is available in Malay food stall). I think this side dish will go well with the Pongteh Chicken dish 🙂

    Thanks
    Clarice

  27. Hi Caz, lazy Sunday or not, that sounds so delicious! You’ve got lots of creative juices flowing into the meals you prepare, and I really admire that! Deep-fried frog legs sound so good, I’ve only ever had them stir-fried, and that was eons ago in the old Newton hawker centre back in the 70s! Keep sharing your wonderful meal ideas, I’m ever so intrigued by all the stuff you come up with in your kitchen!? Btw, am in China now so pardon my delayed reply, wifi is a little intermittent where I am. Cheers! Celia

  28. Hi Celia it’s a lazy Sunday and I’ve decided to cook your steamed pork recipe instead. However I’ve not got any water chestnuts and can’t be bothered to drive to Chinatown so will just make it with dried shrimps and perhaps add some XO Sauce to the pork mixture when marinating. Combined with some deep fried frogs legs with salt and pepper which my daughter will like (anything deep fried please!!!) plus a dish of 油菜,complete with some 發菜排骨湯,that should do the trick for a lazy Sunday I think!

  29. Hi Caz, oooh…sounds delicious, love how you made this your own! I’d like to try it the way you prepared it too. Thank you so much for sharing! Hope the babi pongtay goes down well with everyone at the table, I’m sure you’ll make it a winner with the family (save for your daughter perhaps..lol?) Keep your comments coming, ya?

  30. Hi Celia. I cooked the recipe today and added my own version. Didn’t have dried shrimp in my fridge so I put some fresh scallops instead, blanched in boiling water for a few seconds. I also added in chopped fresh chillis and a bit of fish sauce (nuoc mam). Bit of sugar and bit of sesame oil, finished with garnish of chopped spring onion and coriander. Nephew liked it. My own daughter doesn’t like Chinese food at all so all fun and games here. British food for her and Chinese for family plus nephew! It’s a dogs life lol ???

  31. Hello Caz, thank you so much for connecting with me!? And for allowing me a little peek into your life in the UK. Wow! Mediterranean, Chinese and Nonya cuisines all must make for such exciting meals in your home. Lucky you! I really hope the recipes here will turn out delicious for you too! I hope you’ll keep your comments coming and share about the recipes you try, here or elsewhere. I just love to hear from my readers and it inspires me tremendously! For starters, do let me know how the hairy gourd & tung fen worked out?! Cheers, Celia

  32. Hi Celia I love your recipes. I am Singaporean living in Manchester UK and I live with a Frenchman who cooks wonderful Mediterranean food. My nephew from Macau lives with us and will only eat Cantonese food so we do a lot of various cuisines in the home. I miss the food of my youth and like you, any time off from work will be spent on the internet looking up recipes to cook for the family when it’s my turn. I am going to try your hairy gourd and tung hoon recipe tonight and will use packet chicken stock to braise the dish. Will try the Babi pongteh this weekend too.

  33. Hi Serena, a big hello and welcome! Thank you so much for dropping in. I’m so happy you like what you see here, and what really delights me most is hearing from my readers, especially if you’ve got stuff to share about…what else…food!?? Hope you’ll find stuff you love here! Cheers, Celia

  34. I am so glad to find your blog ! You have got so many amazing recipes 🙂 I am korean, live in New Zealand and also love Japanese culture. Anyway Thank you for sharing your story ^^

  35. Hi Joey, thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words! Hearing that means the world to me ? Glad you found yummm here that you’d like to try. Do write in and let me know how you like the recipes you try. Happy cooking and baking for the hols! Cheers, Celia

  36. Hi! I found your blog and WOW!!! It’s super duper amazing!! All of the food looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try out these recipes these coming holidays, thank you!!

  37. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! 🙂

  38. Can I just grab the food out of your page? Everything looks amazingly delicious even though I’m full from a huge dinner and that it’s already 12mn. (:

  39. Thank you very much, Philyn!:)

  40. wow! Everything looks so delicious!

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