Author: Ivy Ong

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Kale Chips with an Asian twist.

  Opt for these irresistible snacks instead of potato crisp and work more greens into your life this year. Kale is high in nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, and calcium, its no wonder that is this super green is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Ingredients 12 large whole kale leaves, about 200 grams 2 tablespoons liquified coconut oil 1/2 a tablespoon curry powder 1/2 a tablespoon chilli and garlic sea salt rub Method Preheat the oven to 185ºC Rinse and dry the kale leaves before removing most of the centre stalk, leaving long, thin pieces of kale. In a large bowl toss the kale in the oil to coat evenly,  sprinkle with curry powder and salt rub to mix. Arrange the leaves in a single layer on a couple of baking trays and bake for 5-7 minutes, until crisp. Transfer the kale to a rack to cool before serving. *If you like super crisp chips –  Let tray of kale sit in the oven for an additional 3 minutes after …

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Bang Chang Kuih, Penang

Mother of all pancakes. Bang Chang Kueh, is commonly found in Malaysia,Singapore and Indonesia.The sweet pancake is usually filled with roasted peanuts, cream corn and sugar. Although there are many variations of this with brown sugar, banana, condense milk, and cheese. My all time fave is the stock standard sweet corn, crushed peanuts, and sugar sprinkles. The morish pancake is chewy in texture with crispy sides, best eaten hot off the pan.

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Meat Free Monday, Vegan Cannelloni

  After 5 years of being a vegetarian I pulled the hiatus while backpacking in South East Asia, it was  hard to travel with a specific dietary requirement, my diet was impeding my health as I was trying to balance an active lifestyle running and the resources that was available in my locality. Regardless I’ve since decided to adapt Meat Free Monday, I do it because of sustainability. It takes vast amount resource to produce meat; water, methane production,less use of growth hormone, antibiotics, chemicals. I’m not at all against eating meat, but it’s the method that is wrong to me, ethics is another reasoning. I can go forever talking about this, but I wont. I’m going to add one last bit though, “It cuts me every time I see waste, people over ordering and leaving bits to waste. It’s not uncommon to see chicken parts, half a fish, being left to be chuck in a restaurant, seriously. Think about it!. The living thing died in vain for the sake of your disposal, lovely. Live …

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Blueberry Muffins with zing

Personal favourite as a quick grab and go brekkie; it’s great to scoff down while on the move, this  cheeky muffin is easy on the waist line and it’s packs a great antioxidant punch from the mix of blueberries and tangy lemon. oh joys! Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 6 eggs *preferably free range 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 4 tablespoons honey 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons juice of lemon 1 1/4 cup blueberries * fresh or frozen Method  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. 2. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, salt, and baking soda. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice until smooth. Stir in the dry mixture and blueberries until well incorporated. 4. Grease a baking pan with coconut, pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until the muffins comes out clean when skewed with a toothpick. 5. Let it sit cool before …

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When in Dublin, Ireland.

I enjoy running around new cities; I’ll usually wake up early tie my laces and just allow my self to slow jog while absorbing the surrounds, a good way to find bearings around too. Dublin is full of statues, sculptures, and monuments; Sphere Within Sphere, Hippocampus, Molly Malone, Mr. Screen, my personal favourite is the Halfpenny bridge, I very quickly learned that it leads to Temple bar (where you’ll probably find yourself loitering at some point during the visit). If and when in Temple bar head down for a few pints-of-whatever-you-fancy at the first brewery pub to exist Porterhouse. Oh before you crank on a few pints, stroll around Trinity college campus and be sure to pop in the library, the impressive dark oak interior is known for housing the Book of Kells (an illuminated copy of the Gospel that dates from the 800 A.D.), it’s amazing how well it’s been preserved. Having being brought up in a country that is proud of it’s export I always thought the milk and dairy product was superior …

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Gluten Free Waffles

Coconut flour is not only a low carb, gluten free alternative to wheat. It is high in protein, and contains more fibre than wheat brand has to offer. With all things good coconut waffles has to offer it’s now a regular show at home. Ingredients  1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut/ coconut flour 1 1/2 cups almond meal 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5 eggs *preferably free range 3/4 cooked sweet potato mashed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Method Preheat oven to 160 degrees c. to toast the coconut until golden brown and fragrant about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a seperate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, sweet potato, and vanilla until smooth. Add the toasted coconut and dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes Pour batter onto the waffle iron (this will depend on the waffle maker you’re …