The Odd One Out

The odd one out.
My tiny tomatoes sprouted! But there’s an unidentifiable one; much taller, much thinner, much lighter. Reminds me of the Ugly Duckling. But this might grow up to be spicy instead of graceful. I suspect the culprit is the Cili Padi shrub at the back…

Drawing, planting & plotting

Been drawing, planting and plotting!


Planning for more edible plants for my self-watering pots. I’m trying to get my hands on these:

1. Laksa leaves/ kesum
2. Mint / pudina
3. Holy basil
4. Thai basil
5. Chinese celery/ selom
6. Gotu kola/ pegaga
7. Sawtooth coriander/ ketumbar java

But I want mature plants that’s already established. Been suppressing my urge to take grown plants I see on strangers home compound (!). Growing them from seeds & stems takes time and patience…


Happiness is…

a huge pot of cili padi!miniedencilipadi

Mini Eden is growing not just in numbers, but in size. Aunty Mani knew of my recent love for edible plants and gave me a flowering pot of organic cili padi plant. It’s a healthy pot of plant fertilised with organic matters and is bearing fruits soon. Happy happy!

At home, while doing some last minute cleaning up before going out, I saw a wilted cili padi in the kitchen and decided to throw it in my new cili padi plant. ‘Who knows there’ll be a baby plant soon?’, I though to myself. When I sat down, I realise the plant is half my height. And I know this is only the first of my many bigger plan(t)s…


Flowery Hakka Party

I’ve always wanted to make only hakka food for a party which comprises some of the most time-consuming recipes e.g Hakka Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha), Hakka Pork Belly with Yam (kau yuk) and Hakka Abacus Beads. So I did on my birthday! We were in the kitchen ALL day. I’ve never cook something which requires so much work. I didn’t even have time to change into my pretty clothes and decorate the wall properly. But the food is sooooo good, it’s worth it!    DSCF3276_1DSCF3209_1kau yuk DSCF3292_1DSCF3169_1

This birthday is so flowery. Amanda made me a beautiful cake sprinkled with edible flowers. So pretty! And Yasmine sent a huge bouquet of pink flowers with cabbage on it (haha!) and some seeds from New York. Looking forward to plant some tomatoes, kale and other herbs. It’s truly timely since all my basil died on the same day…flowersDSCF3191_1Mini Eden

Oh, see the stalk in the glass bottle? It’s sayur manis from making Lei Cha. Mommy told me I can  poke it into soil and it’ll grow fairly easily. Let’s see if I can make lei cha with sayur manis from my Mini Eden one day…