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Profile_Photo_FoodelicacyHello! Thank you for visiting my blog! A little short introduction just so you know who’s behind all the stuff that you find here.

I’m Celia and I live in the Republic of Singapore – a beautiful, sunny island state that has been my home for the past 20+ years. I moved here from Canada in 1994, and while working here, met my Singaporean husband and now enjoy a happy and contented married life.

I started this food and cooking blog like how most blog authors and writers begin – as an avenue to explore, discover, create, share and express a personal passion.

It took me a while to discover food, particularly cooking and baking, as a process through which I could bring together my interests, skills and abilities. Once I realised that I could do more (a whole lot more!) than just fry eggs or bake butter cookies, I started on my fruitful journey of learning and discovery.

As the saying goes, experience is our greatest teacher, and while I may have the occasional blunder or misadventure in the kitchen, I think I’ve progressed way past scrambled eggs and chocolate chip cookies, to cooking up tasty dishes, treats and desserts. I’m now a passionate home cook and baker.

On any given day, you can find me bustling in my kitchen – cooking the next meal, baking the day’s mid-morning snack or tea-time treat, and always, always, eating! When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m glued to my paperback cookbooks, poring over pages and pictures of delectable foods, or these days, with a hand-held tablet or device in hand, searching for all sorts of recipes, the good and the great.

I particularly enjoy traditional Chinese and South-East Asian cuisine, staying true to my cultural roots and heritage. Living in Singapore is a cook’s dream – the rich and multicultural diversity of ethnicities and cultures (Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian) here offer an exciting smorgasbord of cuisines to try and experiment with!

I am constantly inspired as well by cuisines all over the world – Thai, Japanese, Korean, English, Italian, Spanish, and so much more – there’s nothing that I won’t try once something grabs my interest.

In a nutshell, anything goes! I’m always on the lookout for interesting, challenging or just plain awe-inspiring recipes. It could be anything inconspicuosly printed on the package of some product or ingredient, or even out of a beauty magazine, or on health websites advocating healthy cooking recipes…so long as it turns out wonderful tasting edibles!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll find recipes here that pique your interest! And please do leave your comments – helpful ones most appreciated!

24 comments

Sumana Sing September 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Hello Celia,

Thank you for sharing your recipes and the beautiful attractive presentations on your blog, Celia.

😄😄😄My name is Sumana Sing.
I chanced upon your blog when I was looking for … How long to cook lotus nuts? I don’t cook and whenever I do try my hands on it, I’ll search google for every info 😂.

I enjoyed reading your blog and your writings with your attractive and informative recipes kept me going non stop.

I had saved your blog site and intend to make some of your recipes and especially your Indonesian Durian Kueh Lapis and Pineapple tarts some time in future.

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Celia Lim September 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hello Sumana, thank you so much for dropping by, and for leaving your kind comments on my blog. So glad you like the recipes you see here! Do keep your feedback coming as you try them out, I always love it when readers drop me their comments as I love to hear how their cooking and baking turn out.😃 Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Celia Lim August 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Hello Yashica, I’m so thrilled to hear you and your friend loved this! 😀Thank you for giving this recipe a go, it truly is amazing! I’d love to get vegan recipes up on the blog, sorry that there aren’t any yet… but it’s definitely something I’m working towa rds! Stay tuned, okay? Keep your feedback coming too!😄

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Evonne Lyn Lee August 16, 2017 at 7:52 am

Good Morning Celia, I came upon your blog when I was googling for old school butter cake. You’ve a beautiful blog and the photos certainly look tempting. I’m planning to try your butter as well as marble cake recipes. Incidentally, I’m handling the recipe section of STORM magazine, called Whip it UP! It’s a regular column where the recipe changes every week. And I’m also on the lookout for recipe contributors. Please see my email. Regards, Evonne Lee.

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Philomena April 16, 2017 at 8:44 am

I’m so proud of you, my childhood bestie! This is an amazing accomplishment! YOU are so amazing!

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Celia Lim April 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

Thank you so much, Philo! It means the world to me, coming from you!😘 keeping at this makes me so happy cos it reminds of our childhood years growing up on and around all our mom’s and dad’s homecooked food!

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Iskandhar Shahril March 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm

I have tried a few recipes from here and given my limited cooking capabilities, or lack thereof :-), I think I did alright, considering my wife and kids are not complaining! With practise I’ll get better but thank you for the wonderful recipes and may i suggest more vege/fish soup recipes as my daughter loves soup!!

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Celia Lim March 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Hi Iskandhar! Thank you so much for sharing, great to have you here! I’m sure you’re doing great with your cooking, a man that cooks and prepares meals for his family is admirable indeed! I do so appreciate your suggestion that I incorporate more fish and vegetable soup recipes, I will indeed try! My family’s not very keen on fish or seafood meals in general, though we do eat a LOT of veggies. Hope to hear how you enjoy the recipes here and do keep your comments coming, ya!

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Clarice Lee November 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Hi Celia,

I wonder if you have a recipe on “Achar” (the appetiser that is available in Malay food stall). I think this side dish will go well with the Pongteh Chicken dish 🙂

Thanks
Clarice

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Celia Lim November 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Hi Clarice, oh how right you are!😄 Yes, I do have a few somewhere amongst the pages of cookbooks, but haven’t personally tried making it myself..i really love acar too! Will try to get to it one day and if you’re
already following my blog, you’ll be sure to know as soon as I find a good recipe! Thanks so much for writing!

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Caz Lo October 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Hi Celia I love your recipes. I am Singaporean living in Manchester UK and I live with a Frenchman who cooks wonderful Mediterranean food. My nephew from Macau lives with us and will only eat Cantonese food so we do a lot of various cuisines in the home. I miss the food of my youth and like you, any time off from work will be spent on the internet looking up recipes to cook for the family when it’s my turn. I am going to try your hairy gourd and tung hoon recipe tonight and will use packet chicken stock to braise the dish. Will try the Babi pongteh this weekend too.

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Celia Lim October 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Hello Caz, thank you so much for connecting with me!😄 And for allowing me a little peek into your life in the UK. Wow! Mediterranean, Chinese and Nonya cuisines all must make for such exciting meals in your home. Lucky you! I really hope the recipes here will turn out delicious for you too! I hope you’ll keep your comments coming and share about the recipes you try, here or elsewhere. I just love to hear from my readers and it inspires me tremendously! For starters, do let me know how the hairy gourd & tung fen worked out😄! Cheers, Celia

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Caz Lo October 13, 2016 at 5:04 am

Hi Celia. I cooked the recipe today and added my own version. Didn’t have dried shrimp in my fridge so I put some fresh scallops instead, blanched in boiling water for a few seconds. I also added in chopped fresh chillis and a bit of fish sauce (nuoc mam). Bit of sugar and bit of sesame oil, finished with garnish of chopped spring onion and coriander. Nephew liked it. My own daughter doesn’t like Chinese food at all so all fun and games here. British food for her and Chinese for family plus nephew! It’s a dogs life lol 😬😬😬

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Celia Lim October 13, 2016 at 7:44 am

Hi Caz, oooh…sounds delicious, love how you made this your own! I’d like to try it the way you prepared it too. Thank you so much for sharing! Hope the babi pongtay goes down well with everyone at the table, I’m sure you’ll make it a winner with the family (save for your daughter perhaps..lol😁) Keep your comments coming, ya?

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Caz Lo October 16, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Hi Celia it’s a lazy Sunday and I’ve decided to cook your steamed pork recipe instead. However I’ve not got any water chestnuts and can’t be bothered to drive to Chinatown so will just make it with dried shrimps and perhaps add some XO Sauce to the pork mixture when marinating. Combined with some deep fried frogs legs with salt and pepper which my daughter will like (anything deep fried please!!!) plus a dish of 油菜,complete with some 發菜排骨湯,that should do the trick for a lazy Sunday I think!

Celia Lim October 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Hi Caz, lazy Sunday or not, that sounds so delicious! You’ve got lots of creative juices flowing into the meals you prepare, and I really admire that! Deep-fried frog legs sound so good, I’ve only ever had them stir-fried, and that was eons ago in the old Newton hawker centre back in the 70s! Keep sharing your wonderful meal ideas, I’m ever so intrigued by all the stuff you come up with in your kitchen!😄 Btw, am in China now so pardon my delayed reply, wifi is a little intermittent where I am. Cheers! Celia

Serena Lee September 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

I am so glad to find your blog ! You have got so many amazing recipes 🙂 I am korean, live in New Zealand and also love Japanese culture. Anyway Thank you for sharing your story ^^

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Celia Lim September 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Hi Serena, a big hello and welcome! Thank you so much for dropping in. I’m so happy you like what you see here, and what really delights me most is hearing from my readers, especially if you’ve got stuff to share about…what else…food!😁😂 Hope you’ll find stuff you love here! Cheers, Celia

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Joey August 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Hi! I found your blog and WOW!!! It’s super duper amazing!! All of the food looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try out these recipes these coming holidays, thank you!!

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Celia Lim August 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Hi Joey, thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words! Hearing that means the world to me 😄 Glad you found yummm here that you’d like to try. Do write in and let me know how you like the recipes you try. Happy cooking and baking for the hols! Cheers, Celia

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Felicia February 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Can I just grab the food out of your page? Everything looks amazingly delicious even though I’m full from a huge dinner and that it’s already 12mn. (:

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Celia Lim February 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! 🙂

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Philyn May 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

wow! Everything looks so delicious!

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Celia Lim May 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Thank you very much, Philyn!:)

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