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Showing posts with label DIY / Tips. Show all posts

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Sandwich Mold, Sushi Maker and More!

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Hey foodies, Luxury Haven is hosting an International Giveaway this Mother’s Day! Yes, you heard it right, it is Open to All Readers Worldwide!

I'm off to Japan again the entire week, so I've planned this giveaway to all wonderful mothers out there! This time, we have Jelly Mold, Bread / Cookie Cutter, Sushi Makers, Egg Molds, Rice Ball ( Onigiri ) Maker, 2-IN-1 Soup Ladles with Strainer, Sandwich Makers, Tofu Pocket ( Inari Sushi ) Mold to give away, so take your pick! We shall be selecting 6 lucky readers!
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Stir-Fried Japanese Hanabira Mushrooms with Prawns ( はなびら茸とエビの炒め )

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Known as “ Kinoko “ ( キノコ ), there are many types of Japanese Mushrooms and those commonly seen in the supermarkets are Shitake ( 椎茸 ), Maitake ( 舞茸 ), Eryngii King Oyster ( エリンギ ), Shimeji ( 湿地茸 ) and Enoki ( エノキ ).

tokyo midtown gourmet supermarket hanabira take mushrooms
I am a huge fan of mushrooms, and I found an interesting species of mushroom called Hanabira-Take ( はなびら茸 ) during one of my fine dining adventures at Hama Steak House in Tokyo. Easily mistaken for Snow Fungus, the texture of the Hanabira Mushroom is much thicker and definitely tastes mushroomy. It was so delicious that I went in search for it in Tokyo, and found it at a gourmet supermarket in Tokyo Midtown. It was selling at ¥ 266 ( aprox SGD 3.20 ). I was ecstatic and determined to buy back and experiment with it, and so glad I did cause it is selling at double the price in Singapore.

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5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home with Interior Designer Tricks

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Home is where the heart is. This quote was probably about family but let's put a pin in that for a moment. We are supposed to love our homes. Whether it is filled with rows of children, a pack of dogs, countless cats or even if it is just you and your partner.

Home is the place where you retreat to when the world is out to get you. It is where you sleep. It is where you relax, entertain people and spend time with your loved ones. Because such a large portion of your life is spent there, it is important that you find it enjoyable to be in this place.
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Jelly Art Creative Food, Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 )

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Foodies, are you still cooking lots this Lunar New Year? What do you think of these beautiful 3D Jelly Art that stormed the internet some time back?

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Well, I made more and gave these Konnyaku gelatin flowers as gifts some time back. Don’t ask me what flowers these are; I used my imagination to inject the gelatin to form these pretty flowers but have no idea which species they belong to, or even exist. I guess Jelly Art Creative Food is all about imagination and creating Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 ), isn’t it? So let’s just enjoy the satisfying results!
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CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns Recipe ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )

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Hello guys, fans of Deep-Fried Food or Prawns will fall in love with this CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )! Do you know that besides keeping your prawn heads for making soup, you can also deep-fry them, turning these crunchy heads into a delicious treat?

chinese new year wasabi prawns recipe
This is a fail-proof recipe; no complicating batter to prepare at all. If you enjoy snacking on those Butterfly Prawns in MOS Burger, you will love these too! For a spicy touch, these Prawns are enveloped in a Wasabi-Mayo dressing, making them simply irresistible.

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This dish was part of our last Chinese New Year 5-Course Reunion Dinner:
What do you think of our home-cooked mini feast? Will you be cooking this CNY? Let’s check out this scrumptious recipe!
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List Your Skills and Services at Deal’n, Start Earning $$$!

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Are you a single mother, ex-offenders, or senior citizens in search of ways to earn some pocket money or even earn a living? Or are you always on the look-out for new platforms to showcase your skills? How about transforming your talents and skills into a traded currency?

If you have a niche in baking, cooking, sewing, craftsmanship, graphic designing, photography, or whatever you think you are good at, join the community at Deal’n eStore, a new platform for people to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, or to earn some quick bucks.

Who Is Deal’n?
Selected as one of the best 200 start-ups worldwide to participate at the Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon, as well as one of the best start-ups locally in TechInAsia Singapore and Indonesia, Deal’n is an eCommerce, a social impact platform offering practical solutions and opportunities to people, and introducing individual social responsibilities through digitalization of barter trade, skills and currency.

Also invited in 2017 to participate as BETA as a successful start-up, Deal’n was one of the best 200 ASEAN start-ups at Rise in Hong Kong 2017, and again invited this year as a successful start-up in 2018. Its aim is to create job opportunities for anyone especially the vulnerable members of their community. Deal'n Estore is a place where you can earn an income by using your skills, talents, expertise based on your own capabilities and abilities in the comfort of your own home!
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3 Quick Homemade Snacks with a Mexican Theme this Christmas!

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Whether you’re dining alone on the sofa, with a partner over a candlelit dinner or hosting a whole group of friends round for snacks and drinks, Mexican food is a delicious and fragrant way to treat your palette. From the basic dip and chip combination to a filling and scrumptious burrito bowl recipe, here are three recipe overviews to get you started in the world of salsa, rice and beans. Nothing complex, nothing too spicy, but all authentically homemade and all absolutely delicious and on par with any gourmet Mexican restaurant.
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The Top 3 Popular Types Of Fish Finders In 2017

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There has been a wide variety of fish finders that have been introduced into the marketplace in 2017. All of them come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. Each fish finder serves its purpose as it is not a case of one size fits all. Finding the right fish finder will help you enjoy your fishing experience while at the same time helping you catch the fish you are looking for.

VMN's info on the best fish finders breaks down some of the important factors you need to consider to when you are searching for a fish finder. A fish finder should be both reliable and long-lasting. Before you decide on settling on one, it is essential to look at different features and the model which should help you meet your fishing goals.
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5 Things You Never Knew Turmeric Could Do For Your Face

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Has it ever occurred to you that one of your cooking ingredients has a place on your face? That is probably because you are unaware of the benefits of turmeric – a spice originating from Southern India, currently the largest producer of turmeric in the world.

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Turmeric is a natural ingredient that is known for its many health and beauty benefits. Below are some amazing benefits turmeric has for your skin in particular. Read on and be one of the 3 winners to walk away with a set of Himalaya 'Root To Beauty' Kit Worth $100 each!
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Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste (百利酒冰皮月饼)

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Assorted Snowskin Mooncakes
I did it! I made 100 #SnowskinMooncakes in just 2 days, and it is my 1st attempt! Together with my girlfriend, both of us made about 250 mooncakes; she took 150 and I took 100. That’s an achievement for me despite being a newbie! Don't you think I deserve a pat on the shoulders?

Well, we made different batches of mooncakes with snowskin using Green Tea and Earl Grey, liqueurs like Baileys and Grand Marnier, and also Fresh Fruits like Strawberry and Orange for the colours, so no artificial colouring is used.

auspicious assorted snowskin mooncakes recipe
I have been wanting to make Snowskin Mooncakes for years but just never get to it. I am so glad I finally did it! Snowskin Mooncakes Recipe is relatively simple and pretty standard, but my partner-in-crime shared with me one secret ingredient that she got from a Sifu. Let’s see if you can spot the ingredient later.

phoon huat mooncake boxes
Sorry for publishing the recipe so late, as I was terribly busy packing the Snowskin Mooncakes for friends after making them. Hubby thinks I am crazy when we are not even a fan of mooncakes. Although I made 100, I only kept 4 for ourselves, and the rest are for giving away. Bought these colourful mooncake boxes for packing my mooncakes as gifts. Aren't they pretty?

moon festival delicious colourful snowskin mooncakes recipe
Since many are asking for the Snowskin Mooncake Recipe especially the ones with liqueurs, I am coming out with this first so that you gals can start making them in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival ( 中秋节 ) this Wednesday.

I know it is late, but I made 100 in 2 days. If I can do it, you can too! Trust me, it is not that difficult, and you can make just a small amount as 1 dough makes about 16 mooncakes. Head over to Phoon Huat or any baking store near your home, and start making tomorrow morning! You have a full day tomorrow, plus half day on Wednesday to make. If you want an easier job, you can even buy the Snowskin Premix Powder instead of the usual Phoon Huat Redman Kou Fien ( 糕粉 ) which we are using in this recipe. Difference is, we do not like ours too sweet so we prefer not to use premix flour.

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So let’s start our Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste ( 百利甜酒冰皮月饼 ) making session! * If you do not have a bottle of Baileys at home, use any liqueur of your choice.
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Coffee Jelly with Baileys Irish Cream, A Tasty Dessert Recipe

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Soft delicious coffee-flavoured gelatine cubes, served with Haagen Dazs Royal Milk Tea Ice-Cream and paired with Baileys Irish Cream, the popular Japanese Coffee Jelly is set to please any discerning palates.

There are different variations of Coffee Jelly. You can use Jelly, Konnyaku ( こんにゃく ) or even Agar Agar to make this yummy dessert. It really depends on the texture you prefer – soft, springy or harder finish. For this recipe, I am using Agar Agar for a firmer texture.

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daiso coffee jelly recipe with baileys
I got these pretty glass cocktail glasses from Daiso Singapore some time back. Pour some coffee liqueur into these pretty glasses to pair with your sweet treat and drizzle them over the ice-cream just before serving, the Coffee Jelly with Baileys Irish Cream is definitely a hit with your guests.
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British Airways Flying with Confidence Course plus Tips!

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Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a fear of flying? Flying with Confidence is a course provided by British Airways that has helped over 45,000 people overcome their fears of flying. The course covers a range of topics including relaxation techniques and a flight simulation.

British Airways Captain Steve Allright, said: “It’s an amazing privilege to be a part of helping determined people to achieve their goals. It’s very special to be able to help bring families together and reunite them with their loved ones – just like Ronnie and Chantel. As professional pilots we love flying and want to share that with as many people as possible.”

The British Airways Flying with Confidence course has been running for more than 30 years and has successfully helped more than 50,000 people overcome their fear of flying.

The one-day course includes sessions with highly experienced British Airways pilots explaining the technical side of flying and common concerns such as turbulence, as well as expert advice from a clinical psychologist on relaxation techniques, and managing anxiety.

The courses run throughout the year in several airport locations across the UK and the rest of the world including; Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Johannesburg and Dubai. UK based courses include a chartered flight with a dedicated British Airways short-haul aircraft and crew.

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Watch, as British Airways Flying with Confidence course helps 73-year-old Ronnie Leach, who has suffered from a lifelong fear of flying, take to the skies for the first time ever!
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5 Tips To Selecting Best Cosmetics For Your Acne Prone Skin

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No matter what age you are, having acne prone skin can be a nuisance on so many levels. Acne can prohibit one from having healthy self-esteem or feeling good about themselves. Acne can be painful and embarrassing and having it on your face is the worst as it is highly noticeable. The truth is that often times those who have acne are unable to manage the problem which is why it festers and does not go away. Acne is formed by oil and dirt getting plugged into the pores, causing an infection, resulting in red bumps. It can be a nightmare no matter what age you are and therefore there are many products on the market that aim at clearing up acne prone skin. This article will provide some tips to selecting the best cosmetics for your acne prone skin.
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Essence of Chicken with Cordyceps Seafood Porridge ( 蟲草雞精海鲜粥 )

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Yes, another of my cooking video is out but with a different twist this time, a collaboration with BRAND'S Singapore and Share Food Singapore!

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BRAND'S Essence of Chicken with Cordyceps
Using one of my favourite health tonics, the BRAND'S Essence of Chicken ( 白蘭氏雞精 ), to come up with a recipe is really a no-brainer job since I have been drinking the essence from young. For those not familiar with the brand, the British-born BRAND'S ( 白蘭氏 ) is one of the leading providers of health, beauty and wellness supplements.

With their recent new product launch, the Essence of Chicken with Cordyceps ( 蟲草雞精 ) is ideal for seniors who want to remain active, and busy professionals who suffer from fatigue, lack of sleep and stress.

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The BRAND’S Essence of chicken can be taken straight from the bottle and is perfect at room temperature, chilled or warmed. How about adding into your food like this Essence of Chicken with Cordyceps Seafood Porridge ( 蟲草雞精海鲜粥 )? Check out our video tutorial with cooking tips!
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Creamy Chicken Pasta with Baby Spinach, Tasty Treat For All!

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If you are a fan of Carbonara Pasta, you will love this creamy pasta with strands of spaghetti and slices of white button mushrooms enveloped in a delectable Emborg Cream sauce. Paired with pan-seared golden brown Chicken bites and healthy Foglia Sublime Baby Spinach, this Italian recipe is a must-try!

creamy foglia sublime baby spinach recipe
I am fan of Foglia Sublime greens, specializing in a variety of salad from Azienda Agricola Altamura, available in the local supermarkets. Baby spinach is harvested earlier, hence the small leaves and more tender and sweeter taste in comparison with mature, fully formed spinach leaves. Try cooking this Tasty Creamy Chicken Pasta with Baby Spinach this weekend!
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3 Easy Tips To Quickly Straighten Hair!

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Summer is upon us and looking your best while you are out and about with friends and family is of importance to many. With the warmer temperatures and high humidity comes difficulty when styling your tresses. Often, there are challenges with hair due to the weather. These challenges can be an overly oily scalp from sweating, frizzy hair from intense heat and humidity, or chlorine from swimming pools changing hair color from blonde to greenish gray. While all of these dilemmas are pertinent to summer hair care, this article will focus on quick tips to straighten frizzy hair.
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TWG Grand Crus Prestige: Iced Lychee Tea Recipe ( 荔枝冰茶 )

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I have fallen prey to Iced Lychee Tea since a food tasting session at Arteastiq Boutique Tea House some time back. I had the chance to demonstrate my creativity once again when I was hosting a guest from Australia recently, and the idea of serving her the Iced Lychee Tea surfaced.

twg grand crus prestige jasmine lychee tea
I was staring at my collection of TWG teas, and picked the TWG Grand Crus Prestige Grand Jasmine Tea which I thought would be a perfect match. I paired the sachets of tea with a can of Mili Lychee in Heavy Syrup, and out came the Refreshing Iced Lychee Tea ( 荔枝冰茶 ). My girlfriend loves it and in fact, she cleaned up all the dishes I cooked for her that day without a trace. That of course, made me very happy! Let’s check out how easy it is to make this iced tea!
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3 Ways To Access Beauty Tips In 2017

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Are you one of those people who is always looking for the best tips to enhance your natural beauty? Whether it’s about the latest makeup craze or the newest superfood in the market, there is always plenty of new and exciting news about the beauty industry.

In the past, people have always relied on media such as television and magazines to know more about how to make themselves more beautiful. There are shows on TV solely dedicated to know about the latest fashion and beauty trends. And before the Internet became so popular, there were hundreds, even thousands of magazines published that were geared toward the beauty market.

Nowadays, you don’t need to turn on your TV or buy the latest issue of a magazine to get advice on beauty. Here are 3 other sources you can tap into when you’re looking for an answer to your beauty question:
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Narcissus Pork Leg Rice with Cabbage Recipe ( 美味猪脚白菜饭 )

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Pork Leg Bee Hoon is one of Singapore’s favourite homecooked food. It is easy to cook and extremely delicious, yet so economical. If you have been following Luxury Haven, you will know that I like serving Crispy Dried Fish as an extra ingredient so that it is not another boring dish. You can find these dried fish in the supermarkets or local provision shops and there are quite a handful of varieties you can use.

narcissus stewed pork chops rice with crispy fish
Do you know that other than cooking vermicelli with Narcissus Pork Leg or their Stewed Pork Chops, you can also cook with rice? Cooking for two is not easy, so I kinda like this one-pot dish. In this post, I shall show you how simple it is to cook this fuss-free dish. It is like a one-pot dish where you practically throw everything into the rice cooker, and out come an Appetizing Narcissus Pork Leg Rice with Cabbage ( 美味猪脚白菜饭 )!
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Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce from Daiso ( オーマイ豚肉のにんにく醤油焼き )

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If you are a fan of Japanese Sliced Pork, you will appreciate this Delicious Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce from Daiso.

daiso oh my garlic shoyu yaki seasoning recipe
During one of my shopping trips to Daiso, I found these two gems from the Food Section - Oh My Ahijo ( オーマイ アヒージョの素 ) and the Oh My Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce ( オーマイ 豚肉のにんにく醤油焼き ) mentioned in my earlier post.

japanese pork ginger recipe sesame seeds
I love the popular Japanese Pork Ginger dish ( 豚の生姜焼き ), so I had given the recipe a tweak by marinating the pork with Minced Ginger in my cooking and also sprinkled Roasted Sesame Seeds for an added punch. Served with a simple cabbage salad, this makes a great yummy lunch!
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