Recipe: Paleo Inside-Out Bread

Lunch ideas? YES PLEASE! I was exploring Sarah Wilson‘s I Quit Sugar For Life book for any tote-able lunch recipes for Nico. I got bored with his usual lunch choices and wanted to offer him something more wholesome. Say hello to the Paleo Inside-Out Bread!

What’s in it? All the good stuff: Eggs, Almond Meal, Olives, Flat Leaf Parsley, Zucchini etc. I ran out of ham, so I substituted with cooked bacon instead for this recipe – which is equally yummy! I also substituted the grated parmesan cheese with grated edam cheese which is 25% less fat than parmesan (just because that’s what I have in my fridge!).

As a result… *drums roll* Scroll down for the recipe or click here.

Paleo Inside-Out Bread

Paleo Inside-Out Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 3/4 cups arrowroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup pitted olives, halved
  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup finely diced ham
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas

Directions

Preheat the oven to 160C and line a loaf tin with baking paper. In a large bowl, mix together the almond meal, arrowroot, salt and bicarbonate of soda. In a separate bowl and using a fork, whisk the eggs lightly with the apple cider vinegar. Add the parsley, olives, zucchini, ham and cheese and whisk well, then add the egg mix to the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine, then pour the dough into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle with pepitas.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top starts turning golden and a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Allow to cool for five minutes before slicing. Freeze leftover slices between sheets of baking paper in a ziplock bag.

Recipe: Baked Bean, Chicken & Broccoli Muffins

If you’re looking for a delicious tote-able lunch for your toddler/baby, this is my fail-proof recipe for Baked Bean, Chicken & Broccoli Muffins. I adapted this recipe from the Baked Bean Muffins recipe from goodtoknow.co.uk. Honestly, you can add any ingredients you want – because it is such a versatile recipe.

This is perfect for your baby and toddler’s lunchbox. This recipe makes 12 yummy muffins. Enjoy!

Baked Bean, Chicken & Broccoli Muffins

Ingredients

  • 160g self-raising flour
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 120ml full-fat milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 45g butter, melted
  • A handful of cooked or leftover chicken, shredded
  • 4 broccoli florets, par-cooked and crumbled
  • 220g can of baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 60g mature cheddar, grated (I use grated edam cheese, because it’s 25% lower in fat!)

Direction

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease your muffin tray – or use paper cups, whichever you prefer.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, a little at a time.
  4. Melt the butter.
  5. Prepare the milk and lightly beat egg.
  6. Using a wooden spoon or balloon whisk, make a well in the centre of the flour, then pour in the milk, beaten egg and melted butter. Mix to combine. Do not overwork the mixture as it will result in a tough, dense muffin.
  7. Stir the baked beans and grated cheese into the mixture, being careful not to over mix.
  8. Spoon the mix into the muffin tray. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the muffins.
  9. Place the tray into the over and cook for approximately 20-25 mins until the top is golden brown.
  10. Once cooked, remove the muffin tray from the oven and cool the muffins on a wire rack.

Other variations:

  • Baked beans, ham and green peas
  • Baked beans, bacon bits and kale
  • Minced chicken, green peas and grated carrots
  • Any green pesto and ham

And… this is my swan song

Dear readers,

The day has come for me to say goodbye. It has been an amazing 8 years of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogging. 8 years and 8 months, can you believe it? So, what happen? Why now?

Well, I’ve taken on the most important job in the world: MUM. This job is possibly the most demanding, yet rewarding job in the world. I don’t want to miss a second of motherhood. My bubba is my top priority and ultimate joy. 

You know, a part of me do miss my “blogging life” i.e. attending fashion events, reviewing the latest beauty products, rubbing shoulders with fashion who’s who and etc. The best part of it is getting to know these awesome blogger and media friends (yes, we became friends!) over the years. I’ll miss you guys!

All I wanted to say is THANK YOU. Thanks for all your support – readers, bloggers, PR folks and the media.

Don’t worry, this blog is not going to shut down. In fact, this blog will be refreshed in due time (say, January 2015?).

Moving on, I will be sharing my life as a mother and of course, all things bubba. Stay tuned and happy holidays!

Peace + Love, 
X-Wen

#mySKIIritual: My SK-II Skincare Ritual

What’s your skincare regime? Believe it or not, I have an 8-step SK-II daily skincare ritual. This does not include application of sunscreen! I’ve decided to show you how I use my SK-II products in a short video *points below*

#mySKIIritual includes the following SK-II products:

  • Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
  • Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
  • Facial Treatment Essence
  • Facial Treatment Repair C
  • Cellumination Aura Essence
  • Facial Treatment Essence-Eye
  • Stempower Eye Cream
  • Stempower

You can now win exclusive SK-II surprises when you join the #mySKIIritual campaign. All you need to do is tag @skii and @[your publication] in your social media post (i.e. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter), along with #mySKIIritualCheck out the SK-II Singapore Facebook page for more information.

Watch #mySKIIritual – how I use my favourite SK-II Facial Treatment Essence plus more!

video: Fash-Eccentric TV

Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter

It’s not rocket science to pack like a pro when you travel – but staying chic on-the-go could be a challenge. I’m obsessed with all things cute and awesome (including my travel essentials!). These travel essentials need to be practical and stylish – otherwise, what’s the point? Here are the Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter:

#1: Travel Organizers
If you’re an organizing nazi, you can’t live without these essential organizers from Flight 001. Yes, there is a bag for everything – i.e. lingerie, beachwear, laundry, heels and… STUFF! Best of all, they are all color-coded so you can easily identify what’s what. These nylon bags are light and easy to clean after your travels. Of course, we need travel-sized bottles and jars for our skincare products. The Flight 001 To Go Bottles & Jars are definitely worth the investment!

Shopbop - Flight 001

From left, clockwise: Flight 001 Go Clean Heels Bag (S$37.44 | US$30.00), Go Clean Lingerie Bag (S$24.96 | US$20.00), Go Clean Beach Set  (S$82.38 | US$66.00), Go Clean Stuff Bag (S$19.97 | US$16.00), To Go Bottles & Jars (S$22.47 | US$18.00)

#2: Passport Holder
You NEVER travel without your passport. So, it’s important to dress up your passport in the most stylish passport holder like this luxurious MCM Passport Holder or a cute, affordable Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case.

Shopbop - MCM Passport Holder

MCM Passport Holder (S$287.07 | US$230.00)

Shopbop - Jonathan Adler - Kate Spade New York

Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case (S$47.43 | US$38.00) & Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Dot Passport Holder (S$97.35 | US$78.00)

#3: The Statement Carry-On Bag
I always believe that if you want to make a statement – do it with your carry-on luggage bag. Be BOLD. Go WILD. Have FUN. Trust me, you will be turning heads at the airports – and it will certainly put a smile on your face!

LeSportsac Fall 2014 - Tumi 'Vapor™' Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case

LeSportSac Fall 2014 Rolling Backpack (S$435) available at LeSportsac Boutiques worldwide & Tumi ‘Vapor™’ Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case (S$815.26)

#4: The Luggage Tag
It’s all about accessorizing! What better way to make your luggage bags look good than getting a cute luggage tag! You’ll need one anyway to write your name, address and contact details, just in case it goes missing (trust me, it happens alot!). So, don’t forget to tag your bags!

Lulu Guinness Luggage Tags

Lulu Guinness Abstract Face Luggage Tag (S$73.04), Flight 001 ‘Flyin Drunk’ Transparent Rubber Luggage Tag (S$9.59), ASOS Neoprene Watermelon Printed Luggage Tag (S$14.61)

#5: Cute Cosmetic Bag
It’s every female jetsetter must-have: A super-cute cosmetic bag. I like to keep it on my seat pocket – you know, lip balm, facial mist, facial blotters, toothbrush, mints, lipstick, compact powder and every knick-knack you need to keep yourself comfortable throughout the flight.

Shopbop - Cosmetics Pouch

Cath Kidston Classic Box Cosmetic Bag with Nylon Zip (S$29.22), Samudra Electric Beach Electric Coco Pouch (S$81.13 | US$65.00), Catseye London ‘Small Deck Chair Dogs’ Cosmetics Bag (S$20.55), Marc by Marc Jacobs Luna Tarp Fergus Amie Cosmetic Pouch (S$122.32 | US$98.00)

Limited Edition Chow Tai Fook x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

When K-pop meets BLING. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery collaborates with one of South Korea’s hottest Hallyu star, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon for the highly anticipated, limited edition CTF x G-Dragon Collection. Who is G-Dragon? If you’re new to K-pop, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon is the leader of Korean hottest boy band, BIG BANG and is well-known for his style and music. Launched in mid-August this year, this exclusive collection features 13 pieces of iconic GD logo and bold jewellery designs including bracelets, anklets and necklaces designed by G-Dragon himself. I guarantee that G-Dragon or BIG BANG fans will go ga-ga over these pieces! Here’s a trivia: Did you know G-Dragon requested for all the prices to end with an “8”? How auspicious!

CTF x G-Dragon Collection is only available for purchase in selected Chow Tai Fook Jewellery stores in Hong Kong and Macau. Prices start from HKD$680. Check out the entire collection here.

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Diamond pendant with necklace in 18K white gold – HKD$16,800CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Charm in 10K/417 White Gold (with Red String) – HKD$680

images: Chow Tai Fook

Fash-Review: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Does your skin have the immunity to achieve youthful skin? Shiseido recently launched the new Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, the one-of-a-kind serum that aims to rejuvenate your skin’s immunity to battle against signs of ageing, environmental factors and daily stress now, and over time. Designed for all skin types, the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate uncovers the secret to your skin’s immunity by creating a dynamic shield for your skin with its exclusive Ultimune Complex as well as ImuCalm Compound that relaxes your skin from daily stress. Infused with a natural botanical cocktail of Gingko Bibola Leaf Extract and herbs from both East and West, perilla and wild thyme, the serum protect your skin from impurities and oxidized sebum for healthy looking skin.

Fash-Review: Do we really need another serum? I wouldn’t say NO! I’m already using two serums on a daily basis (one for dark spots/brightening, another for hydrating) – the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is a great add-on serum to boost skin’s immunity and to enhance my current skincare routine. I first tested it out at Life Pharmacy in Auckland, NZ (as I have to wait for my mum to bring my Shiseido loot from Singapore!). Truth to be told, my skin has been suffering a painful, dry transition since I moved to Auckland in June. After a week of using the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, I noticed my skin is more supple and moisturised which is great for the dry, cold weather in Auckland. I can’t wait to see the results in 4 weeks, hopefully more resilient skin! The serum texture is light and penetrates quickly into your skin. It also aids in better absorption of the other serums. What’s lovely is the relaxing beautiful subtle floral fragrance – simple pleasures! This serum is a great add-on to your skincare routine and definitely worth every cent. Try it!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Priced at S$145 (50ml), Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is now available at all Shiseido beauty counters.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

I love the super fierce red and contoured packaging!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

How To Use:

  • Apply morning and evening after cleansing and balancing skin.
  • When used with other serums, apply the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate first, to enhance the benefits of following treatments.
  • Press the pump twice to dispense serum into the palm of hand and smooth it evenly over your face.

It’s time to boost your skin’s immunity with Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate!

images: Shiseido & Fash-Eccentric