7VEN Messenger Bag – My Review

7VEN Messenger Bag by AlpakaGear.com Full disclosure - I'm friends with one of the founders of Alpaka Gear, so I was very fortunate to have been sent one of the prototypes of the 7VEN Messenger Bag, which I received earlier this week. The Kickstarter campaign for the bag only launched less than a day ago as I write this » Read More

How to Make Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

I wanted an aioli-type sauce to go with my slow-roasted beef (probably only the second time in my life I've done a beef roast) but I found the recipes online mostly used one sad, solitary clove of garlic, which just sounded wrong to a garlic lover like myself. I then remembered how much I've always enjoyed the garlic sauce that comes with the » Read More

How to Make Seremban Chicken Siew Pao

This is a famous snack from my Malaysian hometown of Seremban and in this recipe I'm using chicken mince as the filling. These instructions work on a Thermocook or a Thermomix, but in their absence you can use a dough mixer for the dough and a saucepan + stove for the filling. Seremban Chicken Siew Pao (Baked Chicken Buns) » Read More

How to Make Cocktail Buns (Using a Thermocook)

Cocktail buns are soft rolls filled with coconut and can often be found at Chinese bun shops. This recipe takes advantage of my Thermocook's kneading and heating functions which allow ┬áme to set exact temperatures to first make the water roux, then knead the dough and also mix and heat the filling for me. In the absence of a Thermocook or similar » Read More