Egg Muffins

13/01/2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 8 Comments

Egg Muffins for Breakfast-On-The-Go (Gluten & Paleo Friendly)

I have 2 confessions to make.
1st confession – I’m not a morning person and I become grouchy bear if I’m on empty stomach. So stay away from me in the morning, especially if I didn’t get my breakfast. I will try to get as much sleep as I possibly can before waking up, I’d rather get an extra 15 minutes sleep than using them to do my hair or make-up.

2nd confession – I l used to eat in the car while driving to work, and I still do now when I’m running around in the morning.

Egg “Muffins” are great breakfast ideas for anyone who’s busy in the morning and wants something that can be made ahead and eaten on-the-go. These Egg Muffins, or more like mini-quiches baked in muffin cups to create a grab-and-go breakfast that you can make on the weekends and then quickly reheat in the oven for a hot breakfast on the go.  Continue Reading →

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles!) with Sundried Tomato Pesto

08/01/2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 4 Comments

Zucchini Noodles with Sundried Tomato Pesto

I know there’s a lot of hype about going raw, paleo or whole30. Let’s not start with the labeling. As long as it is whole food & real food, you can’t go wrong there. As I’m wheat intolerant, grating zucchini into noodles (so it’s zoodles?) is a great noodle substitute for me. Yes it’s zucchini noodles, it can be eaten raw or if you don’t like the raw veggie taste, blanch it with hot water. Oh but that’s extra work.. so why don’t you try eating zucchini raw for a change?  Continue Reading →

2-Ingredient Banana Pancake

29/11/2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 55 Comments

2 Ingredient Banana Pancake (Gluten, Paleo & Dairy Friendly)

This Banana Pancake recipe isn’t exactly a pancake, but it’s shaped like a pancake, eaten like a pancake, just sans the flour in recipe. Yes you heard me. Flourless pancake, just banana and eggs, and taste just as delicious. Whoever created this recipe is a genius.

Now don’t you agree everyone could use less flour in their food intake. Even though I am  intolerant to wheat, I still substitute wheat with other grain flours like rice, buckwheat, millet and sorghum. Whole-kernel grains does conceal an array of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. But when machines pulverize kernels into flour, even whole-grain flour, what’s left behind is a starchy powder capable of wreaking havoc on the body.  Continue Reading →

Roti Jala & Kuah Kacang Ayam (Fishnet Crepe with Satay Sauce Chicken)

06/08/2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 14 Comments

Roti Jala Kuah Kacang Ayam

I was selected as the top 20 finalists in the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Foodie Face Off about a month ago. We have to create 2 dishes with a ‘Raya Celebration’ theme. When I receive the news, I was travelling & only had very limited time to practice before the competition day. Even though it was stressful, I knew I would learn so much from this challenge. I could only imagine the recipes in my head, practiced and prayed for the best. The competition was indeed an eye opener, not only it’s a test of skills, creativity definitely plays a major point clincher. With dishes served in champagne glasses and test tubes, I definitely have to up my game in the next competition. Continue Reading →

Fish Head Noodle (Yu Tau Mai)

07/07/2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 6 Comments

Fish Head Noodle Soup

I’m no fan of fish head, except the silky smooth cheeks. Mama would “devour” the whole fish (the head, fins, tail) until the fish is irrecognisable. Many times she have failed to convince me to try the fish head. No way I will touch it, not even  scrumptious curry fish head. Yes I know some of you reading this will go “Eww, how can you eat the fish head”. Mama will tell you it’s very delicious, the cooked fish meat between the bones is super tasty and firm, break the bones with your fingers, and suck out the meat. There’s no way avoiding getting your fingers dirty to truly enjoy fish head. Continue Reading →

No Bake Ricotta Cheesecake Bites with Pecan Base

22/12/2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 9 Comments

No Bake Ricotta Cheesecake Bites with Pecan Base

Every now and then, I do crave for rich & creamy desserts like cheesecakes. When I do come across recipes I like, I try to make the recipes lighter & healthier. The baked cheesecake requires patience (which I don’t have when it comes to baking) and lots of spare time. This is a quick and simple no-bake dessert that is slightly healthier, that you would happily indulge. And doesn’t these No Bake Ricotta Cheescake Bites with Pecan Base and colourful toppings make a pretty dessert? Continue Reading →

Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake

19/11/2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 30 Comments

During the launch of the cookbook Think Out Of the Shell Volume II , I attended Chef Li Goh’s demo Gluten Free Apple Raspberry Cake. She just threw everything together with such ease within minutes that she has everyone at awe. There’s something about her carefree free-spirited debonair that had me wanting more of the food she prepares. Everyone just gobbled down a small piece of the cake even though it was still hot from the oven.

Chef Li Goh from the popular The Haute Food Co demonstrating the wholesome gluten free Apple Cake

Is it no surprise that the 1st recipe I decided try is the Chef Li Goh’s gluten free cake? The recipe in the cookbook uses apple and redcurrant, with suggested variations of Pear & Raspberry, Peach and Blueberry, Apples with Walnuts or Banana with Dark Chocolate Chunks. Usually bakes with buckwheat & almond flour makes a dense & dry texture, but this cake is so moist and delicious! I immediately ate 2 slices for breakfast and 1 slice for dinner and the cake tastes even better the next day. In my next attempt, I will further reduce the amount of sugar and replace some butter with olive oil.

Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake Quoting Chef Li Goh “Why couldn’t we have dessert like this everyday if it’s filled with goodness ingredients?”

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Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake - with almond & buckwheat flour. Simple yet deliciously recipe that never fails to impress. taste even better the next day.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 pieces
  • 250g Butter
  • 200g Sugar (I used 150g brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla paste / extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 180g Almond meal (ground almond)
  • 60g Pecans - finely chopped (can substitute with almond/walnut)
  • 30g Buckwheat Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Green Apples - cored and thinly sliced
  • 10 Strawberries - sliced half
  • 2 handfuls Almond Flakes
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  1. Beat butter, sugar & vanilla paste together at medium speed. Slowly increase to high speed.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time.
  3. Mix in almond meal, pecans, buckwheat flour and salt by hand.
  4. Prepare a 20cm round tin by greasing and lining the base and sides with parchment paper. (Do not skip this step or the cake may stick to the tin
  5. Pour the batter into the cake tin, then lay green apple & strawberry slices on top of batter. Top with almond flakes and scatter the cinnamon sugar (combine sugar + cinnamon powder)
  6. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180C until inserted cake needle comes out clean, about 50-60minutes.



Think Out Of The Shell Volume II is available for sale at MPH Bookstores.

Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken)

31/10/2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken)When I saw this Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken) on Phong Hong Bakes, I immediately bookmarked to make it for Malaysian Food Fest: Terengganu Month hosted by Lena of FrozenWings. But this month has been so busy with my participation in the Nutriplus Baking Competition that I’m only managed to squeeze in time to post this recipe in the nick of time. More stories about the baking competition soon.

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Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef with Vermicelli

09/06/2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 32 Comments

Grilled Lemongrass Beef Vermicelli
If you love the Grilled Lemongrass Beef, you will love it with Bun (dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce). This dish is a signature dish of Vietnam.

If you have tried Vietnamese food, chances are you have tried Bun, or dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce (fish sauce) and topped with either grilled beef, BBQ shrimp, sugarcane shrimp or a combination of them. Besides pho and bun bo hue, this has got to be one of the most common and favorite dishes at Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not hard to figure out why this is. It’s so versatile and easy to prepare, the savory grilled lemongrass beef with refreshing herbs and vermicelli is refreshing and appetizing. It’s not only tasty, but very healthy and comes with all sorts of vegetables and herbs. This is a noodle dish that is both filling and satisfying.

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Malaysian Kerabu Beehoon (Rice Noodle Salad)

16/05/2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 20 Comments

Kerabu = a spicy, sweet & sour salad.

Beehoon = rice vermicelli

Kerabu Beehoon is a vibrant Nyonya dish of rice vermicelli tossed with sambal belacan, calamansi juice, and lots of herbs. Nyonya is a culture and cooking style, from the influence of Chinese and Malay cultures in areas of what is now Malaysia and Singapore. Continue Reading →