Spanner crab salad

Cooking up a beautiful meal for family and friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon whilst listening to my favourite music is one of life’s great privileges. Not only is cooking therapeutic in itself, the fragrant aromas of fresh ingredients whilst listening to music with a glass of red wine is heavenly bliss to me, and to think this is even before the party begins!

Just like the way I play the piano, I like to cook from the heart. Unless we are preparing fine dining meals like Heston Blumenthal wannabes, cooking should be simple and fun. It should be not be bogged down by too precise measurements. Passion and creativity does not flow when there is inflexibility. A musician who reads from a music score cannot be truly playing from the heart.

There are generally 4 types of recipes – boring vs exciting, simple vs complicated. But they should all have the end goal of being tasty and flavoursome!

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10 Responses to Recipes

  1. Sandra says:

    The Pasta with Chorizo is calling me, what an amazing dish!

  2. Alice says:

    Mmmm….you’ve inspired me to cook Bolognaise this weekend, although it won’t turn out as nice as yours !!

    • Chopinand says:

      Hi Alice,

      You are a great cook yourself and perhaps it’s time you be a guest blogger and share some of your fantastic recipes with our readers!

      • Alice says:

        Haha.. Chopinand, you are always too modest. I’m a novice compared to you. Keep these brilliant articles going….loooooove the photos

  3. Eftychia says:

    All dishes look delicious!

  4. Lilly says:

    Those are some amazing dishes! I especially need to check out your Chinese roast pork. I tried to make it, but didn’t get the skin to crisp up (no research online before I cooked it, my bad). I’m sure that when I follow your recipe it will turn out great.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours. Your pictures are stunning!

  5. Jin kong says:

    Hi. I m looking for a Malaysian sweet snack recipe yuen koe.

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  7. Wow, what a seriously impressive collection of recipes – can’t wait to try some of these!

  8. Jaime says:

    Definitely trying the spanner crab salad this weekend. Looks beautiful, nice job!

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