Pasta B: Singaporian Food In The Heart Of Milan

Being the food lover that I am, I'm constantly on the look out for authentic delicious food while discovering new cities. So when I got invited to try out Singaporean food with a fusion twist in the heart of Milan, I simply couldn't refuse. Welcome to Pasta B, a small laid back restaurant with reminiscence of China town, just moments away from il Duomo in Milan.

Known for their famous Singapore style dumplings I promise you wont be left disappointed. Grilled, steamed or boiled are the different cooking styles for their wide selection of dumplings completely hand made, enriched with different and tasty fillings to melt in your palate...

It was a totally pleasant evening and not only was the food at the highest of standards but so was the service. Friendly, courteous, they truly made you feel at home.

During the evening we tried a few dishes of their signature dim sums in all variations. I can see why these are incredibly popular and trust me when I say they are damn good! I highly recommend the pan fried dim sums, simply divine! We also tried various noodle dishes, I was a total fan of their thai style stir fried noodles - a definite must if you like it slightly spicy!

A little history lesson...

In 1989 on Singapore’s Chinatown, the Han’s opened the Jing Hua Xiao Chi, a place specialised on preparing dumplings. In no time whatsoever long queues formed outside the place and the customers were left satisfied with the Han’s home made noodles and dumplings.

The Jing Hua menu has remained untampered ever since it was created on the restaurant at Neil Road in Singapore, where a brief selection of high quality dishes can be found, the ones that distinguish the Han family's Jing Hua. As it is tradition, also at Pasta B Milano all of their products are thoughtfully made by hand with great care and passion.

So there you have it, authenticity in the heart of Milan.

PS. Make sure to try out their cocktails, they are soooooo good! 

Winter Trends: How To Style Blush Pink

As we enter into the winter months and the nights draw in, pink continues to be one of the biggest colour trends of the year. Inspired by this trend, I did use a beautiful blush sofa for  a recent styling shoot I did. While I am still dreaming about owning a pink sofa of my own, I will make do by gathering inspiration and trying to convince the other half. 

Many make the mistake of thinking that pink is only a summer colour, but to the contrary. Pink or blush, is definitely making a statement this winter too. It’s a lot more versatile than you first might think and can be used in a variety of ways which will help brighten up any room. The gorgeous velvet sofa in the picture above and below is the Bailey sofa, available from DFS and it is so luxurious.

Create a warm and soft environment by pairing your blush sofa with clean white walls and touches of grey - pink, blush or even bolder fuchsia tones will create a warm, calm yet vibrant living space. Accessorise with some fake fur or velvet cushions and throws and you’ve got a stylish winter haven. 

The gorgeous sofa above is called 'Opera' and is also available from DFS. They really do have a great selection of pink sofas if in doubt. 

So have I convinced you yet? Are you a pink sofa lover like me? I vow that one day I will be the happy owner of one...

This post was in collaboration with DFS, all views are my own.

Superfood Brunch Time With M&S

Brunch is definitely my favourite meal of the day! It literally gets me so excited! I'm always looking forward to weekend brunches with family or friends. While I do love a good brunch outside, there's nothing more satisfying than cooking up one for yourself and loved ones. It's enjoying that quality time that we so rarely get during the week.

I also got to try out the new M&S chef range of pans, utensils and plates, so I thought it would be the perfect excuse to put them to the test and cook up a super brunch feast. Good cooking utensils always make cooking more of a treat, and make the whole process so much more enjoyable. For the Sunday brunch I chose a few 'old' favourite recipes, but changed them up slightly, by making them all that extra healthier. 

Here are a few recipes that I hope you will try out and enjoy...

Vegan Banana French Toast

The classic French toast but with a twist. Introducing the vegan banana French toast. Super moist, tender and slightly crispy.

Ingredients (Serves: 2)

1 Ripe banana

300ml Almond milk

1/2 tbsp flaxseed

1/4 tsp cinnamon

4 slices thick crusty artisan bread

Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp maple syrup/fruit of your choice, homemade jam.

Mash banana in a bowl. Add almond milk, flaxseed, cinnamon and stir. If the batter appears too thick then add more almond milk. It has to be easy to pour but not too runny. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes while you preheat your pan to medium heat. Once your surface is hot, coat generously with vegan butter or coconut oil. Dip your slices of bread into the batter and let it rest for 5-10 seconds on each side. Transfer the slices to a frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until evenly golden brown. I love to also add a few extra slices of banana to cook along with the french toast. Flip carefully using a sturdy spatula as the banana mixture can be a bit sticky if you're not gentle. Careful not to burn your french toast, so make sure to keep it at a low heat. Serve immediately with desired toppings. I love to add slices of banana, a few raspberries and some homemade jam (recipe below).

Avo on Toast

I'm a sucker for a good avocado on toast. I know it's not exactly ground breaking but then why reinvent the wheel when you're on to a good thing, right?! So here is my tasty avo on toast with a chilli twist.

Ingredients

2 Slices of bread (try thick, crusty artisan breads. My favourites are  sourdough, rye, wheat, multigrain.

1 Ripe Avocado, peeled, seeded and mashed

1/2 Lime

Chilli flakes

Sunflower Seeds

Rocket leaves

A few Cherry tomatoes

Pepper – Optional

Sea salt – Optional

Toast the slices of breadMash the Avocado and squeeze the lime (again this is optional - and add as much as you prefer) Spread onto toast and top with sunflowers seeds, chilli flakes, pepper and sea salt to taste. Also add a few cherry tomatoes, rocket leaves and parsley.

Strawberry Chia Jam

Ingredients

2 Punnets of mashed strawberries (remove the tops before mashing)

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

3/4 cup of water

Xylitol to sweeten ( how much you use depends on how sweet you like it. I personally do not put any sweetener)

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil for one minute. Place in hot sterilised glass jars. It is very important to sterilise jars to prevent bacteria and mould from forming and it also prolongs shelf life. Another important point to note is that you must never place hot food into cold jars as they can crack, so make sure you time it so the jam and jars are ready at the same time.

How to Sterilise Jars

Start by washing the mason jars and lids you wish to use with hot soapy water and leave them to dry upside down on a tea towel. Once dry place the jars upright onto a metal tray making sure the jars do not touch each other. Place them in a preheated oven 180C for 10 minutes. Place the lids in a saucepan of water and boil them for 10 minutes. Once the jars and lids are ready take them out and place the hot jam inside. Enjoy your delicious jam!

Mushroom & Feta Omelette

All hail mushrooms as the superfood, so they are the perfect topping for your omelette (that's if you like mushrooms btw). They are rich in vitamin D, B, they have anti-ageing properties (we like the sound of that) and they help with tiredness and bloating. I say bring them on!

Ingredients

2 Eggs

1 Punnet of white mushrooms thinly sliced

1 Clove of garlic

Handful of chopped parsley

Olive oil

Feta cheese

Sauté the mushrooms in a olive oil with garlic and parsley. Cook until all the water from the mushroom has been absorbed and set aside. Heat a non stick pan (here I used the tri ply pan) greased with olive oil then beat the eggs adding salt and pepper. Pour into the pan. Cook on low to medium heat for about 3 minutes. When you see the omelette firming add the sautéd mushroom in the centre and sprinkle some feta cheese on top and more parsley. Once the omelette is cooked flip one side over covering the mushroom or you can leave it as an open omelette.

After our mini feast, I can safely say that the M&S chef collection is not only pretty to look but also a delight to cook with. Their tri ply frying pan was perfect for my omelette and french toast, not sticking to the pan in the slightest and made cleaning it a dream! I particularly loved their gorgeous plates, adore a touch of grey and gold... Overall I was immensely satisfied with all aspects of this brunch. What about you, what's your favourite brunch recipe? Are you an avid 'avo on toast' eater like me? Would love to know some of your favourite recipes.

This post is in collaboration with M&S.