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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 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!?

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!?

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

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