spring onion

oh, it's just an ordinary brunch

I don't have anything really exciting to share with you but I do like to share a couple of super easy brunch sets and you can definitely try to make them for your family or friends over the weekends.  Brunch is probably my most favorite meal for two reasons: 1) I wake up rather late and 2) I prefer to drink a glass of lemon water first after I wake up in the morning and follow by an orange to boost my vitamin C intake.   Then, I wait about an hour or so to eat some wholesome food.  :) 

I love making egg dishes and I love pairing eggs with the spongy and salty taste of english muffins.  It is so easy to make.  Sometimes, I really don't get why people would bother to pay for an unhealthy and not so cheap considering the quality of the breakfast from MacDonald when you can just make it in less than 15 minutes.  Not that I've never had those breakfast sets from Mickey D's before.  The only reason why I had those was because home-cooking and healthy eating never crossed my mind.  And I certainly wasn't aware of the harm for eating fast-food.  I guess it was normal when we were young.  We tend to value other things over health like we would rather sleep in for an extra 15-30 minutes than getting up to make a wholesome breakfast.  I had this illusion thinking I could conquer the world without realizing how important health was until my body started reminding me that I'm no longer a spring chicken.  Mehh! 

nothing special but this breakfast/brunch is so easy to make...  :) 

Servings: 2 persons

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes 

Cooking Time: 15 minutes


2 eggs, scrambled or whatever way you like

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

2 kraft cheese

1-2 tbsp butter

2 english muffins, halved and toasted

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions for the sandwiches: 

1) Preheat a frying pan on medium-low heat, add olive oil and cook the onions for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat if the onions start to burn.  The key is to use slow heat to caramelize the onions so the sweetness of the onions could release. Once the onions are cooked, heat off and set aside.   

2) Preheat another frying pan or you can use the same one on medium-low heat, add butter and cook the eggs either scrambled or whatever ways you like.  Heat off.  

3) Butter the english muffins and combine the sandwich with onions, cheese, and eggs. 

Instructions for the fries: 

1) Please go here for the recipe.  

Here is another super easy brunch using the simplest ingredients.  I think I must've got inspired by a lot of other bloggers and other famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver.  

Servings: 6 mini frittatas

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes


1/2 zucchini or Chinese squash (I used Chinese squash here because its taste is quite similar to zucchini and easily found in Asia), cut in small cubes or thinly sliced

8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved

50-80g organic feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 bunch of chopped spring onions or chives

2-3 tbsp melted butter

4 large eggs

1/3 cup milk


1) Preheat the oven at 180ºC.  Get a muffin tray and brush the melted butter inside of each muffin cup.  

2) Add zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and feta.  Season.  

3) Mix the eggs with milk.  Season just a bit if you like.  Pour the egg mixture to the muffin cups.  

4) Sprinkle parmesan cheese and some chopped chives on each muffin cup.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  

5) Let the muffins cool down for 1-2 minutes before serving.  Add more fresh chives on top and serve with your favorite condiments.  Enjoy!! :) 

a perfect light meal for the gals....

I bought some real fresh Chinese spinach yesterday and because of this steaming heat outside, I honestly don't feel like having anything too heavy.  If Marco was here, I would throw in a piece of grilled fish and maybe a couple of onigiri(rice ball) with mentaiko(marinated roe) to fill him up.  Since it was just for myself, I'll stick with my favorite summer veggies. :)  I think these ingredients are definitely accessible anywhere and they shouldn't cost you a fortune.  The cooking time is really just cooking the soba and spinach which only takes about 5 minutes.  The rest are just chopping and marinating.  So cooling and so healthy!  

I love the variety of dishes that Asian meals offer.  It makes me feel like I am having a feast even if I am eating alone.  :) 

cucumber n carrot salad

3 baby cucumbers, shaved and discard the middle seeds part

1 small carrot, shaved

1 tsp sesame seeds

2-3 tbsp rice vinegar

a pinch brown sugar

Instructions: Mix well in a bowl and refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes before serving.  Remove excess water (before serving) if you want.  

sesame spinach salad 

1lb spinach

2 tbsp sesame oil

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 tbsp brown sugar

2-3 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin


1) Cook the spinach in a pot of boiling water for less than 30 seconds.  

2) Drain the spinach and run it in cold water; dry with a kitchen towel to absorb all the liquid.

3) Chop the spinach and transfer to a small bowl. 

4) Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  

5) Refrigerate for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.  

cold soba and sauce

100g soba, cooked according to the package label

1 tbsp chopped spring onion

1 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp wasabi

1/4 (3 tbsp) small bowl soy sauce

1/4 (3 tbsp) small bowl mirin

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 small bowl water


1) Run cold water to the cooked soba, drain well.  Transfer a serving dish. 

2) Get a small bowl, add mirin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, water and a little bit of grated ginger and ginger juice.

3) Get a small soy sauce dish, place wasabi, grated ginger, and chopped spring onion as a side dish for the cold soba.*

* People normally pair cold soba with a quail egg but I don't have any plus I'm not a huge fan of quail egg so that's all I'm serving here.