Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

cny snack series

As I listened to the laborious effort that went to making Mama Fong's cute lil pillows of rolls, my thoughts (and mouthful of floss) came to a standstill. Here I was popping them in every 5 seconds without taking into the consideration of how much care went into each piece. I decided there and then I would savour every crunch and be reminded that I would not practice mindless consumption especially when it comes to Mama Fong's rolls. This got me thinking... my selection of CNY snacks ought to be celebrated! Every year only selected cookies / snacks make the cut (either ' cos they're way too yummy, to return a business favour or help a business in need) and they're made with so much love that I want people to know about them! Mucking about one CNY eve morning, I decided to do exercise my Vogue Summer Course-granted creative muscle with some flat-lay still-life styling :) Hope you enjoy the series...

Episode 1: Striking a balance between the pineapple and crust is the key to a good ‪pineapple tart‬. Ms Bulat's has the pineapple filling just nicely sweetened with a hint of tart, complimenting the buttery pastry. What's most delightful is that they look TOO CUTE for consumption I was fortunate to get the last box!

Episode 2: Snack of the year goes to ‪Mama Fong‬'s ‪mini floss rolls‬ made with utmost TLC you can taste the handmade love that went into every morsel. On 'rolling day', Mama Fong switches off her kitchen fan to ensure her popiah skins do not dry out. Her tedious production process is a testament to how dedicated she is to producing perfect lil rolls every time! Unfortunately (for you) Mama Fong will not be taking further orders (indefinitely!) as her current list is all stretched out.

Episode 3: Another winner is Chef Jenny's highly addictive better-than-crack ‪crabstick crackers‬ aka ‪seafood crackers‬. I've only discovered this last year and truly wonder ‪'wher-u-been-all-my-laif'‬. Chef Jenny has been known to peel each layer till her fingers turn blue! No added MSG.. just spectacular tasting on its own. This year Chef Jenny is not taking in commercial orders, better luck next year peeps!

Episode 4: What I absolutely love about ‪Kuih Bangkit‬ is that my Aunt Biau never fails to send me a bag of them every CNY. Such a doll-lah that lady! She used to make these melt-in-the-mouth treats in those hilarious animal shapes dotted with red eyes but now she sends me store-bought ones. Rest assured they are always Kelantan's finest!

Episode 5: Sweet dreams are made of these. Who am I to disagree? The bane of my (or perhaps more of my mum's) childhood... even though ‪Mamee Monster Noodle Snack‬ isn't as big or overtly MSG-laden as it used to be, it still makes a great snack (and travel-friendly munchies)! That and those bizarre ‪Dahfa‬ strips LOL! Couple them with some ‪Huey&Wah‬ ‪stout marshmallow-topped Milo and you're good to nap the evening away in a kampung hammock!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

giveaway: eats, shoots and roots

I am so in awe of the people behind Eats, Shoots and Roots. I've always known of them. I follow the company on Instagram: @eatsshootsandroots and have always thought of dropping by the garden. I am so in awe of their concept to educate people about urban farming / agriculture so they can be empowered to be self-sustainable. Aargh how fantastic is that?? 

When I bumbled in for a business meeting one day, little did I know his latecomer friends who I felt were so well-versed with botanical knowledge were actually the people of Eats, Shoots and Roots! And who should wheel their trolley to set up next to my booth at a market but the lovely ladies themselves!

Grow yourself a Curry / Ulam / Stir-fry garden with Eats, Shoots and Roots seed boxes which features seed packs of vegetables, herbs and spices along with peat pallets and plant markers. What I really adore about this products is that the plants in their garden are allowed to cross-pollinate which makes them stronger and hence produce more viable seeds. 

I bought a Curry seed box for myself and am eager to give it a try very soon. This black thumb is gonna dust its shoulder off and try and try again. Their seed boxes are now available for purchase online. They make fab gifts especially for family and friends overseas missing a curry or cili padi plant. Give Eats, Shoots and Roots some love by supporting their shop, joining their interesting workshops (building a cob oven or bamboo stool / edible gardening etc) or visit their garden to offer some manpower in Jalan Gasing if you can! Who knows, you might actually be the one to start an urban agricultural movement in your housing area?

When Shelbijou meets Eats, Shoots and Roots, there will be lots of nomming involved. Aren't Shao-Lyn and Beatrice such sparkling souls?

Instagram: @eatsshootsandroots


I am giving out 3 pocketful of Celery seeds (and a wee bit more!) from Eats, Shoots and Roots.

Just tell me:
- If you could be a seed ,what seed would you be? 
- Your email

Leave your answer on the comment box HERE or on my Instagram post (or BOTH to increase your chances!) and the winners will be picked randomly at the end of the week. The prize will be posted to the winners at no additional cost :) 

Friday, January 16, 2015

fig, vanilla bean and cardamom infused vodka

I stumbled upon Tasty Yummies infused vodka recipe while searching on Pinterest for ideas to put my spare cardamom pods to good use and have always kept it on the back burner (aka an open safari window on the iPhone) until today. Because today I found FIGS! At Village Grocer, Bangsar Village. It's so exhilarating to find that one rare (in Malaysia fresh figs are almost unheard of) key ingredient to that recipe you're itching to try. I'm sure you share my thrill :) Continue after the jump...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

hold up, a couple of makeup beauty tips s'il vous plait

If you see me alot you will realize that my make-up is pretty much the simple few รก la Taylor Swift. That eyeliner couple with a hint of blush and a statement lip shade. Occasionally I tweak the flicks and go nude on the lipstick just to give my look an edge. 

I've always been very curious about smokey-eyes but have always been abysmal at it. To compensate my #fail ability to smudge, I create drama with an eyeline-ah! I like to use Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner by Eyeko. The precision tip pleases me and it stays put even through sad Youtube shorts (films)