(Singapore Blog Awards 2013) Something from the 60’s that inspires me

In line with the Singapore Blog Awards 2013’s 60s Fever theme this year, finalists in the Best Food Blog Category are to submit a blog entry on something/someone from/about the 60’s that inspires us.

Melicacy has emerged as one of the top 10 finalists in the Singapore Blog Awards 2013, in not one, but two categories –Best Food Blog and Best Cooking Blog. I’m exceedingly thankful for this opportunity, and will continue churning out vibrant posts on my blog accompanied by loads of food-porn –whether victorious or not.

Play-Doh is one of the several things from the 60’s that inspire me.

It’s been around on the market way long before the 60’s (it was first manufactured in the 1930s), but its popularity grew tremendously and generated lots of hype since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s.

As a child, I loved playing with cooking and food toys. Parents and teachers taught us never to play with fire, so I never did. I turned on the stove for the very first time at the age of 18, and the very first thing I attempted to cook was scrambled eggs. Instant noodles came to a close second, but it was usually out of desperation.

I’ve always wanted a kitchen play set when I was a kid!

Talk about the 60’s and the words ‘old’, ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ come to mind. The only things that have retained their youths, in my books, are the toys. Toys have always been a big inspiration to me. Not only have they been a huge part of my childhood, even till date as a young adult, toys have never lost their appeal to me.

Traversing through generations, Play-Doh still remains a popular toy in major toys stores, though kids these days have the privilege of the latest inventions and fanciful dough-assembling kits. Often used as an educational tool in schools, this kid-friendly toy stimulates one’s creativity –for the manners of interpretations are limitless. You can mould it into anything you want it to be.

When I get inspired, I get motivated to try new things. Writing a blog post on how Play-Doh inspires me has now inspired me further to fabricate a ‘three course meal’ using play dough.

To make your own play dough from scratch, here is a simple recipe I found online (compiling and adapting from various sources), using just a few simple ingredients that contain no harmful chemicals. Continue reading

“The Perfect Tea Party” with Corelle at Bakerzin

Leading global kitchenware company World Kitchen announces the launch of Corelle Provence Garden –an exquisite dinnerware set inspired by the beauty and cuisine of Provence in Eastern France, invoking the essence of Europe’s romantic countryside in Spring.

“The Perfect Tea Party” presented by Corelle and Bakerzin imparts wonderful tips, tricks and suggestions to hosting an elegant and memorable tea party.

Reminiscent of the idyllic scene of flowers blossoming and lush greenery blooming, the dinnerware set effortlessly brightens up a meal and adds a charming allure to the dining table.

Lightweight yet resistant to breaking, chipping and cracking, the brand’s signature Vitrelle glass construction demonstrates the hallmarks of superior dinnerware.

Bakerzin’s delectable teatime snacks were given a touch of elegance when plated on Corelle Provence Garden dinnerware. The intricate floral design on the white-dominated polished background complements the food without stealing the show. Continue reading