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Short Recipe: Apple Compote (Prelude to an apple tart)

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The apple season a while back transformed supermarket fruit shelves into a palette of different shades of red (and green). The visual appeal had drawn on TummyTroll to cook something out of them. #phangchewfat had her go at the apples with some rustic-looking Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets, while I opted for a simpler apple tart. This is the first of two recipes documenting the process of making an apple tart, starting with the making of the filling!

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We’re making…Homemade Chicken Stock Cubes

TummyTroll Stock Cubes!!Many of us would not realize that stocks are often unsung heroes of most dishes that actually play a major role! A ragu, or Italian meat-based sauce, for example, requires a beef stock to boost its meaty flavour. Stock can even define the flavour of a dish – A rich prawn stock is absolutely crucial to the Singaporean classic hawker dish Fried Hokkien Mee. Although commercial stock cubes are available to the home cook, I find the flavour of many of these stock cubes somewhat artificial, not to mention the heavy dosage of salt and MSG can be quite unhealthy as well! Continue reading

Step-By-Step Recipe: Panna Cotta

Don’t let its plain appearance fool you. Each spoonful of panna cotta carries the rich flavour of dairy cream which gives way to a delicate mouthfeel as it melts in your mouth. This elegant dessert is quintessential to Italian restaurants, and no wonder – this is a very lovable dish which, as I have come to discovered, is extremely simple to make.

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Ratatouille

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Recognise the rat? Yes, it is probably this rat which made ratatouille famous. And while there is “rat” in the name, this dish is 100% vegetarian. No dodgy (horse) meat in here! I decided to give this a shot after trying it in Nice, the origin of this dish. If a rat can do it, how difficult can it be?

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It’s TummyTroll’s… 1st Anniversary!

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Today is the 8th of April, and guess what, it’s been 1 year since TummyTroll was set up in 2012 on this very day! This is a special post to recount our very exciting past year, with some trivia about our blog and all the contributing members:

8 Fun Facts about TummyTroll:

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We’re eating…Bacon-wrapped Chicken

fat = flavourMore often than not, chicken breasts are tough, dry and tasteless, which is attributed to their lack of fats. An intuitive solution to this will be to cook it in loads of fat. The choice of fats here is strips of streaky bacon, and well, you can’t really go wrong with bacon, can you? Continue reading

Step-By-Step Recipes: Aglio Olio

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino, or commonly shortened to Aglio Olio, is a minimalist dish with maximum gratification. You have a plate of spaghetti which looks deceptively plain, but a bite of it unleashes the distinctive robust flavour of the garlic, with the heat of the chilli, both brought together by a delicate olive oil. What’s more surprising is that there are only four ingredients in this dish, and the name itself is the ingredient list!

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We’re eating…BK Cheeseburger

Nope, this is not from that popular burger chain. This is my take on the classic bacon cheeseburger – Bak Kwa Burger!

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We’re eating…Gammon Hor Fun

This, is a gammon steak. An unsmoked gammon steak which has been sitting in my freezer for a long time to be precise. (It has already thawed in the photo.) So when I got a sudden craving for hor fun, I thought why not use the chance to get rid of the gammon!

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We’re eating…Chicken in Rosemary Tomato-Cream Sauce

Easter holiday is finally here, and it’s time to travel! But before braving the sleep over at a train station and gypsy harassment (this is another story!), I had to clear the food, or what was left of it, in my fridge. Continue reading

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