Banana and apple bread

Adapted from taste.com.au. Substitute apple (preferably stewed beforehand) for the desiccated coconut and raspberries. I got lazy and used apple from a jar (specifically, SPC’s apple with rhubarb, cinnamon and vanilla infused syrup). Super quick and easy, and tasty!

Scallops with XO sauce vermicelli

The importance of frugality

We began exploring the virtues of frugality yesterday. Today, the journey continues with….STICKY DATE PUDDING!

This has to be the easiest dessert to make, ever. It also has to be the most delicious and humble dessert, ever. Drizzle some [pour on heaps] butterscotch sauce, pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds and away you go. Soft, tender and warm, look at it swimming in the velvety sauce!

It may be cheap to make, but the sticky date pudding definitely does not skimp on the taste.

Sticky date pudding, take 1

Sticky date pudding, take 2

Being frugal

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Add to that, bills. Lots of bills at the same time (funny how all good things come at once). Desperate times call for desperate measures, it’s time for some penny-pinching and belt-tightening. This is all for the greater good, so that I can heedlessly spend up on lavish shopping trips in Dubai and keep my savings at a respectable level for future contingencies.

So how does one embark on frugal living? Well, one can easily start with some thrifty dinner ideas such as a simple yet delicious pumpkin soup. We topped it off with some bacon and egg sandwich – not exactly the most frugal thing, but everything were already in the fridge/pantry.

It also helps when the boy eats everything and anything you make. Bless him and bless my (soon-to-have) Chanel.

Cooking the pumpkin soup

Awesomeness

Heart-attack cookies

If there ever was a competition for the number of ingredients you can cram into a single cookie, then this cookie would win hands down. There’s no boundary when it comes to this little cookie. It stares down gluttony and puts greed back into its place. Forget modesty, this is a glitzy cabaret at the Moulin Rouge. It is the Rolls-Royce of the flat, baked treats. Forget the Impreza R, this is the 2011 WRX STI that’s yet to be released.

They say that too many cooks spoil the broth, but things go beautifully together here. But if you are a cookie purist, look away now.

So what’s in it? Dark chocolate, white chocolate, pecans, walnuts and raisins. Phew. Guaranteed to give you a heart attack, the good kind.