IKEA Project 6: The Salmon cook-off

April 13, 2016 | Recipe, Singapore, Sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with IKEA, however all ideas, opinions, and thoughts are my own. 

Weee! Another surprise Ikea project! I was so excited to be contacted last week about taking part in another Cook-off challenge, this time featuring Ikea’s new range of  responsibly-sourced Salmon – yep, that’s right, they’re now selling sustainable seafood from certified fisheries and farms in their Swedish Food Market. Way to go!

I’ve opted to use salmon fillets for my recipe, and have chosen to feature it in one of our all time favourite family dinner recipes – Salmon Ramen. Seriously, we eat this at least once a week. It may not look like a high-end dish, but let me tell you, the flavour is fantastic!

Salmon Ramen

Here’s what you’ll need for 2 servings…

Ingredients

Ingredients:
– 2 x Ikea frozen salmon fillets (LAX FILE – found in The Swedish Food Market)
– 3 Tbs miso paste
– 3 Tbs soy sauce (we use low salt version)
– 2 Tbs sake
– 2 Tbs mirin
– 1 small sachet dashi stock (optional)
– Your choice of vegetables (e.g. wombok, cabbage, snow peas, beans, leek…)
– 2 eggs
– 1 brick of ramen noodles, broken in half (we use frozen)
– Optional: Seaweed and toasted sesame seeds for garnish.

Ingredients

Method:

1. Start by defrosting the salmon (they come individually sealed so I just cut 2 fillets off the package and put them (still sealed) in a bowl of water to defrost slowly). Once defrosted, cut open the bags and pat each fillet dry with paper towel. Heat a fry pan to medium-high and fry until cooked through and crisp on all sides. Set aside once done.

2. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and add the eggs. I normally time them for about 8 minutes to get a slightly runny yolk – this will vary though. Once they’re cooked, peel and slice in half. Season with salt and pepper if you like, set aside.

3. Chop all the vegetables into pieces and divide between two large ramen bowls. Put a half block of noodles into each bowl too. I like to portion the veg and noodles out before they’re cooked, but you could also cook them all together and divide between bowls once they’re cooked. Up to you :)

Step 2

4. In a bowl mix the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin and sake together. Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a medium size saucepan and add in the dashi stock powder followed by the miso paste mix.

5. Take the first bowl of noodles/vegetables and place the noodles into the boiling miso pot. Cook for a few minutes (breaking up with a fork) before adding the vegetables. Once they’re cooked, scoop back out into the ramen bowl. Repeat with the second bowl. OR cook all the noodles first, followed by the veg, and divide between the two bowls once they’re done.

7. Carefully pour the hot soup over the veg in each bowl. Top with the salmon fillets, eggs, seaweed and toasted sesame seeds (optional).

8. Dig in!

Yum! Salmon Ramen. Yum! Salmon Ramen.

I’m not very graceful with hot slurpy noodles, but man they taste good!!

Yum! Salmon Ramen.

Hopefully you’ll give it a go! It really is yummy, and can be adapted quite easily to suit your tastes by changing up the vegetables.

Thanks so much to Ikea Singapore for including me in another fun challenge! Be sure to check out their range of sustainable seafood next time you’re in store!

Singapore Souvenirs

January 27, 2016 | Shop, Singapore

Super Mama

I’ve never really talked much about life as an expat (and I won’t really start now haha!), but having been one for nearly 8 years now I feel like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to live back home in Australia. While we have no immediate plans to leave our adopted Singaporean life, inevitably we will end up making the trip back to Australia eventually, so I’m always on the look out for some uniquely Singapore souvenirs that I can take with me to remember my time here.

Finding these “souvenirs” can be a little tricky.. tacky trinkets and obvious tourist stuff is a definite no-go for me. I want well-designed, not-so-obvious, meaningful (to me) souvenirs. Things that offer a story or meaning below the surface. And even better if they’re usable and don’t just sit on a shelf. I know, I know.. I ask a lot of the things I buy!

SupermamaTop left: One Singapore porcelain plate, Top right:HDB plates and chopstick rest, Bottom left: Merlion fridge magnet, Bottom right: A Cup That Holds a Festival.

But – as you can see, they do exist! And boy are they fantastic. These are not your average souvenirs, there’s nothing tacky or garish here. Only beautifully designed pieces of Singapore, and I love it!

So, if you’re in the market for your own keepsakes from the Little Red Dot, look no further than Super Mama and The Little Dröm Store. I really can’t recommend them enough… whether you’re a tourist, an expat or a local!

Super MamaClockwise from top left: Jiu Ceng Gao Doorstop, Good Morning Mug, MRT & Bus Washi Tape, Chope! Keychain, Merlion Chouchou.

Little Drom StoreClockwise from top left: Katong Laksa Fridge Magnet, Kway Teow Fridge Magnet, Kopi Fridge Magnet, Chope! Fridge Magnet.

Top image: National Day Plate

So perfect, right?! By coincidence I came across this quote today that I thought was a pretty great way to describe what it feels like to be an expat at times. Not always, but sometimes :)

quote

Claire x

Bloesem Classes

April 17, 2014 | Screen Printing, Singapore

Hold onto your hats, people! It’s the second post in a week – I’m on fire.

Bloesem Shop

I just wanted to stop in and share something super cool with any of you lucky ducks that, like me, live here in Singapore. Do you know Bloesem Blog? Of course you do! (And if you don’t.. get on it!). Well, Irene Hoofs, author of Bloesem Blog (and possibly the nicest person you’ll ever meet) has opened the sweetest little shop right here in Singapore, aptly named, Bloesem Creative Space. It’s devine. Seriously, go there.

Bloesem Shop

Well, not only is Irene selling some gorgeous goodies from her shop, she’s also hosting Classes – run by some very exciting people flown in from all around the globe. I’m not kidding – every single class that comes out has my name on it.

ScreenPrinting

CookBakeShoot

Let’s see… This coming month alone: Screen Printing with Lisette Scheers (I’m already signed up!), Food Photography and Styling with Elodie Bellegarde (Yes please!), and no less than two different workshops with the blogging genius that is Erin Loechner (The Secrets to Blogging Success, and One Stop Social Media Class). I’m SO excited to see this many fantastic workshops happening all in one place.

ErinLoechner

So if you live in Singapore too, and would like to learn something new in a really cool environment with extra awesome people (adjectives ahoy!) I’d highly recommend checking out Bloesem Classes. And if you just want to check out the space first – I’d recommend that too (have a chat with Irene and her sweet staff while you’re there, they couldn’t be more welcoming. OR check out their online shop!).

Bloesem Classes

 

#100HAPPYDAYS

January 21, 2014 | Personal, Photography

Hi you guys!

I just wanted to drop in to see if any of you have you heard of the 100 Happy Days project? If not you should check it out – it’s such a lovely initiative, and a really fun/easy way to start appreciating the things that make you happy every day. We could all use a bit more of that now and then right?!

A few days ago I signed myself up to take part and am posting the happy moments from my every day over on Instagram.. do follow along! Or even better, take part in 100 Happy Days with me :)

Instagram

 

Weekend That Was (26-27.10.13)

October 28, 2013 | Weekend that was

Phew what an epic weekend! We’ve had some friends in town since Friday, so we spent most of our time out and about, doing fun touristy things around here – like boat rides through the city, the Night Safari, going to the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands, wandering around Gardens by the Bay, and of course indulging in our fair share of delicious food!

Catching up with friends is definitely one of my favourite things :)

weekend that was!

What did you get up to?