Chicken fajitas

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“Fajita is a term found in Tex-Mex cuisine, commonly referring to any grilled meat usually served as a taco on a flour or corn tortilla. In restaurants, the meat is usually cooked with onions and bell peppers. Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and tomato. The northern Mexican variant of the dish name is Arrachera.”

The first time I ate fajitas was back in year 6, during our home economics class. Later on in life, I ended working in a Mexican restaurant during my uni days, every evening I’d always recommend my customers the chicken/beef fajitas as they were incredibly popular and worth trying.

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Oven baked cod with tomato sauce

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“Ready in 20 minutes and low fat, this fish dish is healthy and makes a great speedy supper.”

There will always be times when I cannot be bothered spending too much time cooking in the kitchen. Oven baked cod is simple, tasty and very nutritious. Low in fat and hits your 5-a-day.

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Homemade lemon and ginger tea

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“Lemon and ginger tea is on top of the list of benefits of its ability to strengthen your immunity. This is due to the presence of high levels of anti-oxidants in ginger. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which can heal wounds and preserve the strength of bones and teeth. In the onset of cold and flu, the ginger lemon tea can act as an effective anti-biotic.” – VegKitchen

Since moving to London I have noticed that during these winter periods, my immune system becomes very sensitive – making me more prone to getting the flu and feel sickly for quite sometime. Lately, I’ve been slowly getting over a cold and constant head ache colds. By brewing my very own homemade lemon and ginger tea, I get to make it as strong or mild in flavour as i like.

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Kiam chai soup

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“Kiam chai soup – also knowns as salted vegetable soup is one of the main dishes served during the eve of Peranakan wedding or during some praying rituals.”

This is a healthier take to making kiam chai soup. Mom would generally make this prior to exams as she thought it would make my brother and I smarter over night. She’d add extra gingko nut  and make sure we’d eat it as it is known to be brain food… Unfortuntely, we didn’t pass the exams back then, so that wasn’t much help.

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Lasagna

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“Lasagne originated in Italy, traditionally ascribed to the city of Naples. A wide, flat-shaped pasta, and possibly one of the oldest types of pasta. The word “lasagne” and, in many non-Italian languages, the singular “lasagna”, can also refer to a dish made with several layers of lasagne sheets alternated with sauces and various other ingredients.”

This version is a very quick take on the traditional way of making lasagna. Usually the tomato and bechamel sauces as well as the pasta sheets would be fresh homemade rather than using pre-made commercialised produce. What makes this lasagna a little healthier is the use of carrots and eggplants. It’s definitely a dish stubborn eaters wouldn’t want to refuse.

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Feng

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“Feng curry is from the Eurasian Kristang (Cristão) culinary tradition in Singapore and Malacca in Malaysia. It is often served during Christmas and also on other special occasions. Kristang cuisine blends the cuisines of Southeast Asia with a western-style cuisine inherited from Portuguese colonial rulers. Other popular Kristang dishes include devil’s curry, eurasian smore (a beef stew), and sugee cake.”

Every christmas, my Aunt Joyce would prepare a big pot of feng for the entire family. Because we’re such a big family, preparing the feng can take up to 4-6people and a whole day’s worth of chopping both meat and ginger. This year, in order to keep the tradition, I prepared it for my brother and I, along with a few friends in London.

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