‘Soothe’ me Smoothie Bowls!

I think my puns are getting cornier, however it gets the job done with what I want to deliver to you! And today, they are Smoothie bowls! These bowls are bright in colour, packed filled with fiber and vitamins and they keep you filled till your next meal!

They are gaining popularity and it’s pretty obvious why, because they are so god damn yummy! So without further ado, here are smoothie bowls that soothed me.

Some advices I would love to share are using fruits in season.

  • Please do not splurge to obtain these fruits as it would cost you bomb! Get local fruits which are in season, that way you would get them cheap and sweet.
  • To enjoy these bowls with full satisfaction, place your serving bowl in the freezer just before you start blending fruits. The coldness would keep the smoothie chilled and at the consistency you desire!
  • Oh! And one more, prepare all your toppings before blending the smoothie. I live in hot climate and my smoothie tends to melt way quicker than I imagine, therefore I have to act fast! So slice your fruit, pour out your granola and chia seeds or whatever toppings that you can think of!

Now that you have read the tips on making great smoothie bowls, let me share some of mine with you!

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Toppings: Granola, chia seeds and dragonfruit.

Here we got a simple and classic smoothie bowl. Classic ingredients for the base with 1 frozen banana, about 2-3 tablespoon of greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of milk of your choice, I used almond milk. Add honey for sweetness or peanut butter for the nutty flavour and a more filling bowl. Blend them the banana comes smooth. Add more milk if you would like a thinner consistency, I love a melting ice-cream consistency.

 

Next we have a favourite of mine! Green smoothie bowl, I consume green bowls as I want my fibers and eat my greens! Usually in my green bowls, I have the basic ingredients, which are frozen bananas, yogurt and milk. In the green bowls, I add a handful of kale and a kiwi. Then they would give you a gorgeous green! If you do not have kiwi at home, do not fret, just leave it out. Kale is the green factor here! If you are worried about the bitter taste, add a teaspoon of honey!

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Toppings: Granola, chia seeds, sliced kiwi and apple!
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Same green bowl with different toppings! Toppings: Mixed nuts (almond, sunflower seeds, peanuts), granola and mandarin oranges.
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A simple one… Toppings: Granola and chia seeds.

Now, we got a pink bowl! The hint of pink comes from strawberries! Basic ingredients are as follows, then add about 6 to 7 strawberries.

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Toppings: Sliced bananas and strawberries, granola and chia seeds.

Lastly, I made a massive bowl as I wanted to feed myself for breakfast and lunch and it did it’s job. I was stuffed with summer fruits and chilly smoothie. I used the basic base ingredients, with the addition of 2 kiwis. There was not a heavy kiwi taste however, the blueberries and pomegranate adds sweetness and texture and elevates the whole bowl! One of the best bowls I have made!

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Toppings: Cubed mangoes, sliced strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate and granola!

With the greatest bowl, I come to a conclusion. I hope you have enjoyed these smoothie bowls, and I anticipate them to be devour by you. Thank you so much for reading and till next time, Ciao!

Stay Brightly Positive & Bake on! Xoxo, Pei Gee.

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I have ‘Much’room for Stuffed mushrooms!

Okay, that was my go on a pun in the title, it is really lame but hope you like it!

It has been a while since I wrote about food, therefore I am back with a healthy recipe! As always right? HAHA! Without further ado, let’s begin!

It started with having brown button mushroom and brown rice in the refrigerator. I did not want any mediocre lunch, therefore I brainstormed a little and decided to do Stuffed Mushrooms! It is not difficult, fairly simple and delicious!

Firstly, the stuffing! You could prepare way ahead of time, no mess, no fuss required! You could pretty much use whatever leftover veggies you have in your fridge! My stuffings were leftover brown rice, yellow bell peppers and onions! I threw in the stalks from the mushroom as well. Oh! I added shredded parmesan cheese for the taste and texture, do omit this if you would like a vegan option. To give it more texture without the cheese, add breadcrumbs. It would add crispiness and crunchiness.  IMG_9202

I then seasoned the stuffings with herbs (I used Italian herbs), olive oil, salt and pepper! Give it a toss with the seasoning and you are pretty much settled with the stuffing. You could do this way ahead of time and store it in the fridge.

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I topped the button mushrooms with more cheese! Grease the baking dish with olive oil as well!
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Bake the mushrooms at 200degree C for about 20 mins or till the cheese are brown and melting!!! I had my mushrooms with some greens to fill me up!

It is a very easy recipe to do, really no fuss with the ingredients. Use whatever you have at home but do purchase fresh mushrooms! These little guys are meatless and pack full of Vitamin B and fiber! You could treat this as an appetizer or a simple and light lunch!

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Ingredients:

Stuffing

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (Or any grains of your choice, such as couscous, barley)
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper, diced (or red, green)
  • Handful of parmesan cheese
  • Mushroom stalks, cleaned and diced
  • 2-3 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and herbs

Choice of mushroom that would be suitable for stuffing

  • White/Brown button mushroom (The one I used)
  • Portobello- Scrape the gills away and lay a thin layer of stuffing with cheese.
  • Crimini, similar to button mushrooms

Directions

  1. Clean mushrooms and remove stalks
  2. Toss all stuffing ingredients together, mix well and season to your liking
  3. Stuff mushrooms till they are overflowing with great stuffing!
  4. Top the mushroom with more cheese on greased baking dish
  5. Pop the baking dish in an oven, set at 200 degree C at 15-20 mins or till the cheese starts to brown.
  6. Serve with salad or eat it as a snack!

This is one of my favourite meatless recipe and I hope it would be yours as well! Thank you for reading and see you next time, Ciao~

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{Travel Adventure}-Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Today, I would love to share with you something very special that happened during December 2015. As the title says, I went back to Siem Reap in 2015! I made a trip to Cambodia in 2014, love it there, therefore I made an effort to return in 2015. The trip in 2015 was way more fulfilling and enjoyable than the previous one. This recent trip was also a little different than the one in 2014, hence it might be the factor that changed my perspective of Siem Reap.

I went to a couple of village this time, both filled with joyous and adorable children.

First village I went to was Honour Village. Honour Village is run by Sue Wiggans, a lovely English lady who has the biggest heart. I would link the website on Honour Village at the end of the post so that you could see what they do there! I had limited interactions with her, but I heard great things about her. I spent the whole afternoon at Honour Village, celebrating Christmas with the kids and other volunteers. I had an amazing time, okay, amazing is an understatement for the great joy I had while I was there at HV. We danced, played tug-of-war and the best part, the kids got Christmas presents and food. The weather was scorching hot and yet, they performed under the beautiful blue sky just for the entertainment for the other kids! The afternoon spent in HV was my favourite time in Cambodia.

The kids were playing tug-of-war, a game not many Singaporean kids know as most are too involved in computer games...
The kids were playing tug-of-war, a game not many Singaporean kids know as most are too involved in computer games…
Performance by the kids from the Honour Village. #Cambodiagottalent
Performance by the kids from the Honour Village. #Cambodiagottalent
They were showing off their loaf of bread and a can of 7-Up!
They were showing off their loaf of bread and a can of 7-Up!
There got to be a Santa in a Christmas event right!
There got to be a Santa in a Christmas event right!

The second village I went to was far out into the countryside of Siem Reap. It took the tuk-tuk about an hour to reach the school, Sambour Primary school. The school are filled with adorable children, very eager to learn and help. I spent the morning there preparing vegetables for lunch. I even got some beautiful girls to show me how to cut vegetables! IMG_0642

He was having his lunch and I thought it would be cute to sneak a picture but I was too slow...
He was having his lunch and I thought it would be cute to sneak a picture but I was too slow…
Sharing and caring...
Sharing and caring…
One selfie moment...
One selfie moment…
The circle of girls who prepared the meal with us.
The circle of girls who prepared the meal with us.

To wrap up this trip to Cambodia, I went to visit Touch A Life Cambodia. Aunty Mavis who welcomed us so very warmly and just basically do what she does best, share. She shared her joy, laughter and time with every volunteer and villagers. She does such great things and have inspired many, including me.

Aunty Mavis and I.
Aunty Mavis and I.

It was another fruitful trip that made me miss Siem Reap so dearly after returning home. Our friend and the owner of the villa, Uncle Rahim, showed enormous hospitality when I was there. I am very grateful and thankful to Uncle Rahim for taking time out of work to help and showed us around.

To Ms Ana, who introduced me to Siem Reap, thank you. You took great care of me during the trip and most importantly, introduced me to a milestone of my teen life! Cheers to an eventful trip and many more!

My visit to Angkor Wat this trip was made special because of this smart girl who conversed with me in English! She was incredibly clever and have a lovely family.
My visit to Angkor Wat this trip was made special because of this smart girl who conversed with me in English! She was incredibly clever and have a lovely family.
Also the little boy in green is the cutest boy in honour Village. he was running around singing 'Jingle Bells' and dancing. Such a ball of energy!
Also the little boy in green is the cutest boy in honour Village. he was running around singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and dancing. Such a ball of energy!
I had to recreate the picture I took a year ago!
I had to recreate the picture I took a year ago!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as the joy I had while writing it. There are words I could not express in this post because the memories I got in my heart are speechless. Nonetheless, I hope this post provides a little insight of my recent trip to Siem Reap! Thank you for reading, and see you next time!

Stay Brightly Positive & Bake on! Xoxo, Pei Gee

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Oh! And you can find out more about Honour Village Cambodia on this link!

Also, find out more about Touch A Life here!

And the lovely villa which was my home for 7 nights, could be find on this link!

 

 

 

Hello 2016!

Before I start on the post today, I would love to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2015 was gone in a giffy, and 2016 is here! I cannot be more excited for the events to come this year.

And with the new year, Christmas is sadly over. All year round I have been looking forward to the 25th of December, and it is happily over. I spent Christmas chilling at home with the family then getting local comfort food for dinner and I could not be happier to spend Christmas with the family and good food! Now all I need to do is burn those calories I gained during the festive season.

Once Christmas was over, New Year’s Eve came by and I had a sit-down dinner with my friends and family which was rather lovely and something to be shared on this blog! New Year’s Eve dinner post shall be up shortly, so stay tune!

That’s pretty much it for now. I hope to be baking a lot more this year, as well as travelling. May 2016 be an eventful and fruitful year! Cheers to the New Year!

Stay Brightly Positive and Bake on! Xoxo PG!

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