Singapore Restaurants – Fine Chinese Cuisine at Imperial Treasure

National Day in Singapore has just passed, and since my in-laws were visiting, we surely had a lot of fun discovering – or re-discovering – the major food attractions in the city. From the very first time I visited Singapore, the Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine in Marina Bay’s Shopping area has been a restaurant…

Chinese dried meat (rou gan) – a simple recipe

What do you do with left over minced meat? Try this rou gan recipe and turn your meat into a jerky-like snack! It’s saved a lot of expiring meat for me. I’m using minced pork here, but it also works for other types of meat, and of course if you have some leftover meat that’s…

Bird’s nest – a Delicacy from South East Asia

Last Saturday we were invited by the lovely fellow foodie Sayuri to partecipate to a foodie event in Singapore all dedicate to bird’s nest. As the Italian half of Blender and Basil, I actually had never heard of bird’s nest, so I had to do some research to find out what it was all about. My…

Pine nut and aubergine mezzelune

We are no chefs, but when it comes to the kitchen, we are quite crafty here at Blender and Basil. You know we are obsessed about homemade and we already shared with you our homemade pasta recipe. Pick that one up and once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon realise there are so…

First time making – Chocolate Chips Biscuits (Gocciole)

We have a bit of a soft spot for biscuits here at the Italian household of Blender and Basil. In Italy, biscuits are an easy snack, like everywhere else in the world. But they are also an essential when it comes to consuming breakfast at home. Together with the famous combination of jam croissant and…

Tofu and sweetcorn soup – back to basics – a Chinese recipe

When you’re not feeling 100% or just want a light soup to start your summer meal, this tofu and sweetcorn soup is perfect – it’s so simple to make, and still nutritious. You can also stir in an egg (just beat it and stir it in right at the end, pouring while stirring so that…

Prawns, sweet peas and strawberries – a summery stir-fry recipe

It’s Wimbledon season, so it’s strawberry season! There are plenty of delicious recipes for those with a sweet tooth, but savoury recipes with strawberries are harder to find, usually in the form of strawberry salads. That’s partly because while other fruits such as apple and pineapple have made the crossover, strawberry changes taste so quickly…

Baba Ganoush – a simple dip recipe

Following the Levantine/Middle Eastern thread, we are back with another aubergine recipe. This time, we are using our beloved vegetables for a famous dip recipe, Baba Ganoush. While there can be variants, the classic recipe is very simple. This is the ideal dip to serve as a starter with crudities, a few toasted slices of…

Roasted peppers in oil – a simple Italian recipe

The temperatures are as hot in London as in Singapore and it is that time of the year everywhere when fresh veggie recipes come to mind. Also, peppers are in season, which means they are sweet and tasty, what better time to use them than for a simple summer lunch? In Italy we do conserves…

A Scrumptious Cocoa Cake – perfect for birthdays!

This chocolate cake recipe is inspired by Giallo Zafferano’s Scrumptious Cocoa Cake. In the Italian household of Blender and Basil, the hubby has a soft spot for chocolate. So when his birthday comes along I usually make a chocolate treat to celebrate – this year I made a more elaborate birthday cake than usual. The…