Sunday, October 23, 2011

Restaurant review: Marché, Singapore


Whenever I'm in the mood for some great tasting European cuisine, there is only one place that comes to my mind. Marché is undoubtedly one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore. The reason I love it so much is everything about is so refreshingly different from the usual dining experience. This is a Swiss market restaurant with the concept of on-the-spot cooking using seasonal and fresh produce (the USP of this restaurant). There are two outlets, one in Vivocity and the other at Somerset 313.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Simple tips to a healthier you!


How many times have your eyes wandered to articles in newspapers or magazines telling you how to lose weight? And how many times have you actually followed any of the advice? I don't know about you, but whenever I read articles which suggest that I count calories, keep a food journal, eat 5-6 small meals a day or avoid fried food, I just roll my eyes and think "yeah that's going to happen!".  It just seems so impractical to me. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, managing to eat atleast one healthy meal a day seems like  big achievement. But that said, I do realize how important it is to eat right and exercise on a regular basis. Everybody knows that a balanced diet and regular physical activity are the building blocks of good health. But even though it sounds like a no-brainer, in the context of real life and its demands, it can be difficult to implement. It is much easier to fall prey to unhealthy habits, such as leading an sedentary lifestyle, having infrequent meals and eating junk food. These habits, when consistently reinforced, can become hard to break free. Diet and exercise go hand in hand and are like the two oars of a boat. You ignore either one of them and reaching your destination takes much longer. Sometimes, making healthy food choices may seems less intimidating than exercise but without the exercise, weight loss results are largely underwhelming. Even though the couch does seem the most comfortable place on earth, it is important to get off it once in a while and get your heart pumping. A lot of people do not like working out in the gym (me included). The idea of putting your body through a series of repetitions on a limited range of gym equipment in a claustrophobic environment may be unappealing. I really envy those people who actually look forward to going to the gym! But there are a lot of activities that you can do without having to hit the gym. Running, jogging, swimming, cycling and trekking are great ways to get exercise and can be fun too. It is how you manage to squeeze these activities into your schedule and the consistency with which you practice it is what is important.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Recipe of the month – Vegetable Cutlets

This is another one of my atthe's (mother-in-law's) recipes. It is my go-to recipe whenever I'm in the mood for a spicy evening snack. Vegetable cutlets are a staple on any kind of party menu in my family. In general, they can be made in many different ways using a wide array of ingredients. This recipe uses beetroot which gives the cutlets a beautiful blushing pink color but if you don't care for beetroot, you can just leave it out. The cutlets I have grown up eating have always had a distinctly Indian influence. I guess every Indian household would have their own version. You can play around with different vegetables and spices and tweak the recipe based on your preferences. 

I use beaten eggs to dip the cutlets in before breading them but if you don't wish to use eggs or are vegan, you can easily substitute the eggs with a thin mixture of plain flour and water. 

Here is the recipe. I hope you like this version!