Heavenly food gifts

teapigs Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates on this space for the past few months. It’s been a hectic few months for me, having gone on several overseas work trips and moving countries (again), so whatever free time I have I prefer to spend it away from the computer with my family. But despite the inactivity here, I’m still eating lots of good food and I’ve been on the receiving end of several lovely food gifts!

I finally met with Shan, who was back in Singapore on a break from her postdoctoral studies in Scotland. We were secondary school classmates and haven’t seen each other for the past decade, so I was quite excited to catch up with her and another ex-classmate RJ for coffee one Saturday afternoon. Shan gave both of us a bag of her three favourite tea leaves from teapigs as a souvenir (how thoughtful of her!) and shared with us her study life and culinary inspiration in betwen frolicking among sheep and kilt-wearing men dashing in and out of her research lab. As for me, I went to meet her empty-handed…

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The Principles of Thai Cookery

I’ve been eyeing Chef McDang‘s The Principles of Thai Cookery for the past few months and I’m glad I finally purchased a copy after much procrastination. Each time I visit an Asia Books store, I can’t help but pick this book off the shelf and flip a few pages to peek at the content inside. While a certain Michelin-star farang chef has produced an even thicker, heavier—and more expensive—tome on Thai cooking, but somehow I gravitated toward Chef McDang’s version. After all, he’s a celebrity chef who was raised in a Thai household—the palatial kitchen to be exact as he’s a descendent of the Thai royal family. Plus his father is also an esteemed chef and gourmand.

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