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Long-awaited Housewarming: Pesto Salmon Spaghetti

7 Aug

Today friends whom I’ve known since Primary and Secondary schools finally visited my place after I’ve moved in for one year!

I’ve promised to cook lunch for them and prepared 3 simple dishes for them namely Pesto Salmon Spaghetti, Rosemary Chicken with Orange Maple Glaze and Pumpkin Spinach Salad.

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Pesto Salmon Spaghetti

Servings: 3-4



  • 4 salmon fillets
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Pesto sauce
  • 200g spaghetti
  • olive oil


  1. Season the fillets with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Stir the brown sugar, water and oil together until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Marinate the salmon in a sealed bag, in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add salt. Next, add spaghetti and stir for the first 5 minutes. Place the lid back to bring back to a boil. Then, remove the lid and cook for 9-12 minutes (depending on the instructions on the pacakaging), stirring occasionally.
  5. Drain the spaghetti.
  6. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic powder and fry till there’s a fragrant smell.
  7. Add spaghetti and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Add pesto sauce and fry for another 3-5 minutes. Then plate it.
  9. Preheat the air fryer at 200 oC for 5 minutes.
  10. Put in the fillets and set the timer for 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Fry till lightly browned.
  11. Place the fillets on top of the spaghetti.

Sunday . First Day . Cooking for My Family

31 May

Today is my birthday and I’ve decided to cook my very first Chinese meal for my family. I’ve planned the dishes for lunch yesterday and woke up early to go to the market to get the ingredients. The whole morning was spent on preparing the dishes and I must say it’s great way to spend my birthday (since I don’t usually cook). 😛

So, how do the dishes look like? Here you go!

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Not very fantastic looking but the taste is not bad for a beginning. LOL The only thing I want to improve on would be the steam egg and minced meat dish. As I mixed the minced meat into a patty, it was actually a bit tough when we ate it. Next time I shall remember not to mix it into a patty!

Here’s the recipes! 🙂

Boiled Broccoli and Carrot

Servings: 3-4


  • broccoli
  • carrot (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  2. Put in the carrot and boil until it’s soft.
  3. Add the broccoli and boil for a further 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour the vegetables and carrot over a sieve to drain the water.
  5. Place on a dish.
  6. Mix the seasoning together and pour over the vegetables. Mix well.


Grilled Salmon (Air Fryer)

Servings: 3-4


  • 3-4 salmon fillet
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh lemon juice (freshly squeezed from 1 large lemon)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rosemary


  1. Season the fillets with salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder.
  2. Stir the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, oil and lemon juice together until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Marinate the salmon in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the air fryer at 180 oC for 5 minutes.
  5. Put in the fillets and set timer for 8-14 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. (You can set to 8 minutes first and put back to fry again later.)


Steam egg with Minced Meat

Servings: 3-4


  • minced meat
  • 3 eggs
  • spring onion
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing Huadiao wine
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce (light)
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce (dark)
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Add the wine, soy sauces, salt and pepper to the minced meat.
  2. Cut the spring onion into smaller pieces. (I used a scissors 😛 )
  3. Beat the eggs.
  4. Pour the eggs into the seasoned meat.
  5. Add spring onion.
  6. Steam for about 8 minutes.


Ambush – Fast Casual European Dining in the Neighbourhood

1 May

I met up with a friend for lunch in Junction 8, Bishan. At first I thought that we would end up in a usual neighbourhood restaurant such as Swensens or Ding Tai Feng. However, I chanced upon an interesting looking restaurant on the 2nd floor offering European food. So, we decided to have our lunch there as it’s not very usual to find a restaurant that offers European cuisine in a neighbourhood shopping centre.

The menu was very special as it was designed to look like newspapers. There were a variety of German, Belgian, Spanish and Italian dishes (and many more that I can’t remember) to choose from. Both of us were attracted by the German Pork Knuckle but too bad they do not have it. In the end, we ordered Smoked Pork Bratwurst, Fish and Chips, Pan-seared Salmon, Raspberry Italian Soda and Iced Peach Tea. The food was quite delicious, although the bratwurst was slightly salty. We paid about S$50 plus for the lunch and I think it is value-for-money.

Overall, I think this restaurant is a good choice if you are tired of the usual restaurants or if you are looking for value-for-money European cuisine.

As for myself, I’ll definitely visit the restaurant again and try their mussels and pork knuckle, and I’ll remember to take more photos and post them here! 🙂



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