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Food Artisans

Homegrown Marmalades with an Exotic Twist

Singapore is an unlikely candidate in an international marmalade contest. Jams and marmalades are most associated with the English, who enjoy them spread on toast, which is eaten together with a cup of tea. Yet, in 2017, Singapore’s very own Straits Preserves clinched the Gold Medal in the Artisan Awards category at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival, held in Cumbria in the United Kingdom. The winning entry was Ginger Garden, concocted by Straits Preserves founder Sharon Lee. Ginger Garden is …

The Hunter’s Kitchenette: Nuts About Nut Butters

Peanut butter is loved the world over for its creamy goodness, especially on toast or baked goods. But many consumers probably don’t realise that, like many mass-produced food items, store-bought peanut butter contains chemical preservatives and many questionable ingredients, such as hydrogenated oils, trans-fats like margarine, and lots of sugar. Furthermore, commercial nut butters use nuts that are roasted unevenly or already burnt. Like coffee, burnt nuts produce a rancid and bitter taste, and manufacturers try to mask the foulness …

BoxGreen: Healthy Food Delivered

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that working overtime in an office often means resorting to fatty and sugary snacks sold in vending machines or 24-hour convenience stores. This can have serious health consequences, such as unwanted weight gain, particularly when combined with greasy lunches from hawker stalls, work-related stress and a lack of exercise. In Singapore, it’s a growing problem – Health Promotion Board data released last year showed 42 percent of Singaporean men and 28 percent of Singaporean women aged …

Shermay Lee – Packaging Peranakan Heritage

Award-winning cookbook author and renowned food consultant Shermay Lee has strong childhood memories of being in the kitchen with her Grandmother, herself a doyen of Singapore and Peranakan cuisine. As founder and owner of Shermay’s Singapore Fine Food, Shermay now presents the tastes of her heritage through her range of sauces, marinade, crackers, and curry powder. Here Shermay talks about her Grandmother, and the 50-year-old recipe that is the inspiration behind her Cilicuka, a sauce made of fresh chillies and vinegar.

Garden to Table: Dine and Learn in KL

To the untrained eye, Garden to Table’s green space looks like it has been left to its own devices a little too long. But founder Sce Hwai Phang says that each hanging vine, bush and fruit tree has been carefully placed to complement each other. More importantly, these plants provide the food and creative inspiration for Garden to Table’s adjoining private dining cafe – one of the more unique dining experiences in Kuala Lumpur. Phang, a food stylist and culinary consultant …

Avo & Co: Your Personal Shoppers for Super Fresh Produce

Imagine receiving a box of fresh fruits and vegetables that look and taste as good as your grandmother’s loot from the local farmers’ market. Now replace that mental image of grandma with two male millennials. Brothers Clement Chew, 27, and Cedric Chew, 32, are the founders of Avo & Co, a Singapore-based fresh produce delivery service that promises to make your life easier and healthier. Launched in 2016, Avo & Co takes the guesswork and legwork out of grocery shopping. It’s …