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Affordable Palm Oil At What Cost?

Singapore and Malaysia have been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically. There are already many reports on the adverse impacts of oil palm plantation on the environment, however Adam Harrison's on-site account of the current situation may convince our readers to take extra measures when purchasing items made with palm oil. This article is taken from Adam Harrison's blog on the WWF website. "Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). All week we’ve been hearing about the record levels of air pollution in Singapore to the south. But now it’s reached Kuala Lumpur itself. This photo shows the ‘view’ of the iconic...

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Citrus fruits are at the peak of their flavours during the winter season. I always look forward to this season’s offering of clementine and blood oranges. In fact, it is the only time I would eat an whole peeled orange. For those with the luxury of owning a citrus fruit tree in the garden, you would also know that a great way to spend your cold weekend indoors, is to prepare and stock up orange (or mix citrus) marmalade for gifts or Sunday brunches. The humble orange is in fact a highly versatile ingredient that could be used in a wide variety of dishes: from salads, soups to deserts, the accessible and economical fruit lends your dish a sophisticated sweet...

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Mushroom Tartine

[caption id="attachment_2404" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Brown mushroom tartine with Basil and Brie[/caption] The tartine is a french open-faced sandwich that is usually served with an elaborate or fancy spread. Despite its 'frenchness', with a little patience and imagination, the tartine is actually quite simple 'dish' to make. Preparation of this open face sandwich calls for deft patient hands and a good knowledge of complementing flavors using just a few ingredients. Understanding how certain foods (and cheeses) may be cooked at high temperature also helps. Herbs which are packed with flavors but occupy little space are great ingredients to use. (I have a idiosyncratic peeve of open-faced sandwiches with ingredients falling off all over the plate). A delish and quick-to-fix tartine combination is the...

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Vegetarian Wontons

A steaming bowl of won tons is welcome in any season, and making them at home is a fairly easy process. Purchase a package of high-quality won ton skins, which are available everywhere, and then it’s just a matter of filling and folding them. Once they hit boiling water they cook for just 2 minutes. The filling — usually a simple mixture of well-seasoned minced meat — may be substituted with mushroom, chives, and cabbage as a vegetarian option. Served with a vinegar/soy and sliced ginger, these dumplings may be served in a clear vegetarian or miso broth. Here are some homemade snapshots of our making of wontons at home.

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