Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Love is In the Air....

What I think 'love' is...

...cos wouldn't that be loads of fun? :)

Just a quick note to let y'all know that I contributed to Breeze Magazine again with the pictured tarts! Do check out the magazine (this month with our beloved Mayor on the cover!) which is available at a few places such as Starbucks, Body Shop and Core Fitness in Kota Kinabalu.

Have a great Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!

Much Love

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I don't cry. I KomPassion, Damansara Kim

Home and Away
Photo credit: KomPassion

During a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur I checked out KomPassion Thai Fusion Restaurant which has been opened for about a year now. It is nestled in a cosy row of restaurants outside a housing estate (across the road the Tropicana Shopping Mall area).

I must admit: since I’ve moved to Malaysia I haven’t had much longing for Thai food. Nor do I see many Thai restaurants around me. Perhaps it is because those two worlds have a lot of similarities – think noodles, rice and curries. However, at the same time there are a lot of differences as well and this is what Thai fusion restaurant, KomPassion, highlights very well but at the same time celebrating the similarities of the two worlds.

(You'll have to excuse some of my poor quality photos which is why some I have borrowed from KomPassion itself as my photo did not do a lot of the food justice!)

When I first reached KomPassion I was told to try the Iced Coffee which was milk with iced coffee cubes that slowly melted into the coffee. It was one of the smoothest iced coffees I have ever tasted in my life and it and really gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Definitely a must-try!

Photo Credit: KomPassion
For food we start off with the traditional seafood tom yum (with very generous sized prawns). Without being too spicy it was a nice broth to ease my way back into Thai food after a long estrangement. 

I also had the delightful salad starter which was the Pucuk Paku Salad with young coconut, prawn and minced pork.  The “Pucuk Paku” were these little fern-looking vegetables which was nice and crunchy!  

Then comes the fusion. KomPassion brings a whole new meaning to Thai food. Instead of the usual green curries, fish cakes and pad thai, it showcases other ways we can eat the traditional Thai dishes that we are so fond of. Take for example the starter chicken satay with panang curry- bringing your Malaysian mamak staple with your beloved curry. Never in my life would I have thought to eat satay this way! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I don't cry. I eat...Cheese Dumplings!


The unfortunate yet endearing thing about living in a small city like Kota Kinabalu is that there are little food secrets everywhere. Access to quirky little niche foods are only through word of mouth as they are made in the home kitchens of some passionate people.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Word of the Year: Passion

What is yours?

Happy 2014, everyone~! Welcome to the first post of the year. Even though this is suppose to be a starter post for the year of some sorts I'm starting it off with the last cake I made in 2013. Rustic cakes with natural flowers are my favorite kinds when I trawl through cake and wedding blogs. I fall in love with these type of cakes and was thrilled when I was asked to make a cake for this outdoor garden wedding. And being a girl who adores flowers and nature I absolutely LOVE outdoor garden weddings.

Last cake of 2013
This cake was also special to me  as it was the first time I flew to another town to decorate a cake, hauling with me 6 lemon cakes, 2 tubs of buttercream and my scrapers and spatulas (I'm sure security raised an eyebrow during the scan). It was also really special to me too as I got to work on the cake in my grandmother's kitchen where 3 generations of women (now including myself) have made cake.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ending another Amazing Year- A little Heart to Heart

Of Sunsets and Breeze

As 2013 comes to an end I can't help but feel a little emotional as I reflect on the past year. So here I am  (unusually) sharing a little tiny piece of myself with you.

I call it an amazing year not because there were more ups than downs but because I've finally learnt to take the ups with the downs and the downs with the ups; that life is about not just the good times but the bad; that it's more about getting back up after being push down and not about the number of times you get pushed down; that it's not about forgetting and escaping your past but learning to accept and live with it; that it's about evolving and learning more about myself. 

My post on Thanksgiving 2013
I've found that everytime I think I've discovered everything all  the doors around me fling open and new people and challenges come flying my way (sometimes in the form of a frisbee right in my face) and my life becomes filled with all sorts of new things which has been keeping me busy and away from updating the blog. So somewhere in between expanding Simply Sweet, cross fitting, joining Ultimate Frisbee and working I manage to sit down right now to write this post. 

One new thing I'm pretty excited to share with you is my first paper published article thanks to Breeze Magazine (Borneo's Premier Lifestyle Magazine)! Oyster Bar was my first published piece and as a non-professional writer I found it a little challenging because I couldn't add my usual 'yummy's 'say what?'s and my habit of making up words like "macaron-gasm

So if you see this magazine floating around (usually at Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Core Fitness)  do pick it up and have a squizz (psst! My article is at the back of the magazine!)

December 2013 Cover
Image by Breeze Magazine
I probably won't get a chance to update the blog before the year ends so I shall leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Eat, Pray, Love (never read the book, not a big fan of the movie but I took away only one thing):

"If you clear out all that space in your'll have a vacuum there, an open spot - a doorway. And guess what the universe will do with the doorway? It will rush in - God will rush in - and fill you with more love than you ever dreamed."

Something I decided to live by in 2013 and will continue to do so in 2014.

Happy New Year, my dear readers!
Thank you for your ongoing support and cheers to an amazing 2013 and an even more amazing 2014.

Love d xox