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Step-By-Step Recipe: Bruschetta

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This was supposed to look like the Italian flag, but we kind of flipped the order of the colours about… It’s actually green on the left and red on the right. We are sorry for our ignorance :(

What… Italian food? Again? Yes once again this is another post on Italian food, and I do not apologize. You know how it’s so easy to go to a new country and start craving for your home country’s food after a few days just because you’re not used to it? I think Italy had the reverse effect on me. Of course, I did feel enraged that the beauty of Italy’s gastronomic gems got destroyed along the way with the proliferation of frozen pizza, spaghetti  soaked in ketchup-like gravy, grainy gelato et cetera but this also means that everywhere else in the world, people are trying their best to appreciate this cuisine even though they’re not always getting it right. Kind of like Chinese food everywhere else as well. Hmmmn.

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So anyway, following the success of a very simple recipe of an Italian dish Cacio E Pepe Romano last week, I decided to write another one that is considerably easy. In fact, bruschetta (pronounced broos-ket-ta not broo-shet-ta) is not only easy but also highly versatile because you can put any topping on these little pieces of toast! Just about anything you can think of. You can even serve these fancy versions of toast as tapas or canapes at functions, like I did at my brother’s wedding reception, because it’s simple but still impresses your diners! :)

What’s more, you get to use up your stale bread, which is why I wrote this post… Lol, shhh. Continue reading

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Short Recipe: Asian Style Wild Alaskan Salmon (Guest Post from #koolala)

For this entry we have a special guest post from my good friend #koolala, who recreated a Jamie Oliver salmon recipe with much finesse. We decided to feature this recipe for TummyTroll as we felt that it was a simple, easy dish that students like us could easily whip up even with our limited culinary skills; yet nutritious, refreshingly creative and most importantly delicious! Thank you #koolala :)

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The above is Asian Style Wild Alaskan Salmon, a dish adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe of Asian Style Salmon. Like typical Southeast-Asian cuisine, this dish derives strong flavours from garlic, shallots and ginger. The chilli and lime enhance the flavours further and give it a more refreshing taste as well!

Garlic, shallots and ginger usually go well with salmon; they add much “fragrance”. For those who prefer simpler and plainer dishes, Jamie Oliver’s recipe would be just right as the flavour of the marinade is relatively milder. However if you prefer strong flavors like me, you may add more garlic or shallots. Do not use them excessively though, or they will dominate the delicate taste of the salmon. Without further ado, let’s look at my adaptation of the recipe! :) Continue reading

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Happy Bento / Short Recipe: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups (Breakfast Ham Cups)

45648_559352184098078_522383969_nThis has got to be the simplest recipe on TummyTroll so far (and probably for a long time to come) – Two ingredients needed, ham and eggs. It doesn’t even need salt or pepper to taste. Really? Really! And the best part is, these Baked Eggs in Ham Cups, or Breakfast Ham Cups, are so delicious I’d take them over poached eggs or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Really! Whoever thought of this deserves a Nobel Prize of the food world. What’s more, it’s just perfect in a Bento for a convenient packed lunch isn’t it? Yum! Continue reading

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Happy Bento: Yorkshire Puddings stuffed with Broccoli, Cheddar & Cottage Cheese

549481_559352137431416_293722401_nIt seems like my love affair with unconventional stuffed Yorkshire Puddings returns whenever the exam period draws near… Remember HAPPY BENTO: CREATIVE & WEIRD STUFFED YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS last June? Somehow I’m always eating Yorkshire Puddings in a manner unknown to most people (I’d only eaten Yorkshire Puddings with Sunday Roast once). Not that I’m complaining but purists please don’t come hurling at me! Continue reading

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Short Recipe: Roast Chantenay Carrots with Cumin & Honey

555043_559352110764752_534691507_nCarrots. It’s one (root) vegetable one usually takes for granted in deference to more “glamorous” counterparts like asparagus, zucchini or even broccoli. Despite its commoner status, it’s apparently the most popular vegetable in the world together with potato! It’s readily available in any season, dirt cheap (literally comes with the dirt too), versatile and highly nutritious – What’s there not to love? I am a big fan of carrots myself, sometimes eating them 4-5 times a week. Sometimes I worry I’ll turn orange from eating too many carrots too often… Free fake tan?!

Random trivia aside, it’s a shame that many of us prepare carrots the same old way – Boiled (yikes), steamed, or raw if we’re lazy. Roast ing your carrots is actually a really simple way to jazz up those orange sticks of goodness. It probably requires a little more work than mere boiling, but roasting them retains the sweet flavour much better. In addition, the carrots with their slightly charred flavour and crispy edges instantly give them an extra oomph! I’d added cumin and honey for a more interesting flavour profile, but I believe the carrots will taste just as good without the extra seasoning – Just plain ol’ olive oil, salt and pepper will do the trick! Continue reading

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Short Recipe: Crustless Quiche with Greek Yoghurt, Swedish Wild Garlic & Mature Cheddar

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I love quiches. While it did take me about 14 years of my life to pronounce it correctly (prior to that I used to call it “queash” oops) I have loved it from the first time I’d tried it. The creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture and savoury rich egg-cheese combination drives me crazy. Well, it isn’t that rare to find quiches in Singapore and Malaysia these days due to a greater appreciation for French baked goods but 10 years ago it would have been quite difficult to find quiches, much less good quiches. However, with an oven, a flan tin, and some eggs and cheese, you can make your own too – It’s really less difficult than we all thought!

That said, although I love quiches I tend to stay away from them unless I’m absolutely craving for them. Why, because it’s extremely calorific. Just take a look at the typical quiche recipe with their cups of cream, full cream milk, grated cheese, eggs, bacon, lardons, not to mention a crust made with lard… Wow, that’s enough explanation is it not? Good news is, I’d found a recipe to make healthy quiches replacing unhealthy ingredients while still retaining the rich flavour of a good quiche! Mainly, it’s the ingenious replacement of the cream with smooth Greek yoghurt and the exclusion of the crust (store bought ones can be deceivingly unhealthy). Surprisingly, it still tastes as good! Enjoy the short recipe below:

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Soya Milk / Soy Milk (豆奶 , 豆花水 , 豆浆)

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After what seemed like an eternity of hiatus on this space, we’re back! We apologize for the lack of updates these couple of weeks – The start of another school term always sends us into a mad flurry with (last minute) work and rushed assignments. Not to mention how many microwave meals I’d been having… My mother wouldn’t be proud.

Anyway, we were nursing a really strong craving for Soya Milk a while ago. Okay, maybe just me. I was dreaming of drinking fragrant, piping hot soya milk for breakfast – It’s something I’d come to take for granted while I was growing up in Singapore. I always preferred fancier drinks with the likes of Starbucks frappes or KOI bubble tea despite the fact that they probably also cost 5 times as much. Ever since I came to the UK, I came to miss nothing but soya milk (beverages wise). Which comes as a surprise to me as well – I’d never missed drinking Bubble Tea but here I am constantly thinking of the poor man’s soya milk! It doesn’t help that the soya milk we find in the UK can be rather overpriced or another thing altogether (I’d tried several brands of soya milk and the taste is just different).

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We’re eating: Pan-fried Swede Patty with Creamy Watercress Sauce

Remember the swede we grated for our Step-By-Step Recipe: Fried Carrot / Radish Cake, Chai Tao Kway (菜头粿)? We only used half, but didn’t let any go to waste. And here we have swede patties – Like your average potato pancakes, but sweeter and juicier in a deep orange hue! I love it, but this comes with a bit of preparation time. Also gets a little messy in the kitchen – But this is hardly a deterrent to die-hard foodies like us is it not?

Enjoy some step by step photos below. No recipe this time because this was a pure experiment that went well!

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We’re eating… Chinese-style Chicken, Spinach & Wolfberry / Goji Soup

Have you ever seen a chicken soup this red? Well, I hadn’t myself. I went a little overboard with the wolfberries (goji berries) and the soup became this shocking shade of red after 6 hours in the slow-cooker crock pot. Before you start gagging, it was still delicious – I kept a leftover portion till the next day and the flavours were even further intensified.

Maybe I should really call this “Wolfberry Soup” instead of Chicken Soup. :P

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We’re eating… Greek Cheese, Cherry Tomato & Walnut Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Oil

Hello there! Here’s… More salad! My body’s not complaining – Neither are my tastebuds really. The spice of arugula, sweetness of tomatoes, nuttiness of walnuts, and crumbly-richness of Greek cheese… All married into a wholesome salad with a drizzle of ultra-fragrant Hazelnut Oil. I do have a thing for all these exotic oils. Super yum!

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