Ham & Cheese Quiche + Ramblings

Wow.. it has been AGES since I updated anything on this site. My attention has shifted from baking to beauty in the past few months, mainly influenced by colleagues. They know so many deals and always invited me to beauty workshops, events and sales. So far, the ones I remembered that I went to were the Shiseido Sale, Laneige Workshop, Estee Lauder Makeover @ Sephora ION, RMK Makeover, Dior Christmas event. All very cool, especially those makeover ones.. I’ve never seen myself in full makeup so it was quite an ‘enlightening’ experience. I also got into skin care – using better products than the minimalist MUJI brand I’ve been using previously. So far I’ve noted significant difference with my skin – smaller pores, lesser redness and break outs.

I ended my baking hiatus during Christmas because I knew I definitely had to bake something for Christmas gathering with friends. Somehow, I didn’t feel like going the sweet route so I went for savory – thus this ham & cheese quiche! I used to be really afraid of making pastries involving cutting cold butter into flour, like pie crusts. Imagine in Singapore’s weather! I imagine everything will melt really quickly. But I think I’ve conquered it this time. The trick is to use FROZEN cubed butter and use a pastry scraper to cut the butter. The butter took sooooooooo long to melt when I used this method. The quiche was really not bad except I made the crust a tad too thick and forgot to add salt in the crust.

Quiche Crust Recipe

Quiche Filling Recipe (Add in your own ham and cheese. Also you may not need that many eggs. I had a lot of leftover and baked mini egg cups using those)

Looking back this year, I think I had a good year. Work-wise, I had great colleagues that I could get along with. Family-wise, we have good relationships and put in effort to meet and bond. Friends-wise, I’m still in touch with them and really excited that some of them are getting married in 2017! Personally, I feel like I improved myself too. I was inspired by vegan Youtubers like Freelee the banana girl (I know, she’s quite a controversial figure) to eat healthy. I am not a vegan but knowing the terrible things animals go through and the effect of factory farming on our planet, I’m actively reducing my meat intake and eating more plants & carbs. I guess this made me healthier and I lost about 7 kg eating less meat and exercising ever so slightly more.

For 2017, I plan to go on with the healthier lifestyle and even exercising more to get better results. I’ll still continue to bake, learn more things and maintain relationships with my loved ones to make the upcoming year fruitful and fulfilling. This hashtag is so overused but I really do think it applies to my life: #blessed.

Here’s me signing off to 2016. xoxo.


Airfryer Kale Chips

Kale is cheap at NTUC Finest – $4.95 for a giant bunch! I also have a big bag of grated Parmesan cheese and a few mini packets of chilli flakes left from the previous Domino’s treat.  It’s time to make some kale chips!

Kale chips are hella expensive in Singapore. Cold Storage sells small packets of kale chips for $9.90. In this big kale bunch I bought, I made two batches of kale chips (one batch amount shown above; slightly less as I’ve sneakily ate some before snapping this photo). That’s really worth it!

I’ve read about two ways to making kale chips – using the oven and the airfryer. The airfryer takes only 3~5 minutes to cook the kale chips and the oven takes about 10~15 minutes. Guess I’ll use the airfryer then… one less thing to dig out as my flat baking tray hides below all my other baking pans in the kitchen cabinet.

I got the recipe from Donna Hay and modified it to suit the airfryer. Her recipe was for the oven.

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Potluck dinner!

To celebrate the end of school and our imminent graduation, two other girlfriends and I organised a potluck dinner. We had a ‘Western’ theme in mind at the beginning, which turned into korean/asian/western fusion cuisine.

Girlfriend 1 made japchae, aglio olio with mushrooms and prawns (recipe adapted from Youtube cook show host, Laura Vitale) and gamja jorim (sweet korean potato side dish)

Girlfriend 2 contributed with delicious cream of mushroom soup

I made tom yum chicken back at home since girlfriend 1’s place does not have oven for me to bake the chicken. My chicken dish was simple, compared to what they prepared and I did feel ashamed serving this up. X.X

Anyway, the dish is flavourful, but slightly undercooked thanks to the lack of time I had + I was afraid that the chicken cooked so slowly that everyone needed to wait for me and their food would turn cold. (That did not happen by the way as the girlfriends were still preparing when I arrived.) Aye. I should have stayed at home for a couple of minutes longer to fully bake the chicken.

I do believe this dish will be delicious and easy if I had more time to just perfectly cook it!

Recipe underneath

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