Homecooks Spotlight: Dominique Goh of Dominique's Desk

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It’s our great honour to have Dominque with us at Homecooks Spotlight today. Being one of the top bloggers in Singapore, we stole a bit of her time to be interviewed by us. We’ll let her tell you about how she became a homecook and her experiences as one.

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Dominique Goh, elementary school teacher, professional blogger,
blogging consultant and mom to three. I enjoy writing about parenting,
cooking , baking and photography. You can find me at Dominique’s Desk , on Facebook or Twitter

I started cooking since I went overseas to study when I was 16 yrs
old. Back then I had to cook to survive as there wasn’t any one else
to help settle my daily meals living while sharing accommodation with
other Uni students. The attractiveness of the dish and it’s taste is
what inspires me when it comes to food.

Nowadays I like seeing the dishes that I make and the bakes that I do
eagerly been eaten by my kids. I do get to review cook books and have
been posting up reviews on my blog. The Mom 101 cookbook was one of the books that I
have reviewed last year. It inspired me to cook more varied and
nutritious dishes for the family. Most of the recipes that I cook are
from the stash of cook books that I have purchased or reviewed over
the years.

Living in Singapore it is very easy not too cook or bake as hawker
centres, restaurants and bakeries can be found everywhere. Some of
them are even 24hr. If you are not willing to step out of your house
you can even call for fast food or restaurant food to be delivered.
It is okay not to cook as food is so readily available. However I am
very concerned about how healthy the food is and the effects of long
term consumption of such foods.

I want to inculcate healthy eating habits in my children from young
and the best way is to introduce them to healthy home cook meals.

Here is one dish which I often make for the kids to eat- Bright Red Pepper Soup.

Bright Red Pepper Soup (from the book Brain Food,
Lorraine Perretta recipes by Oona van den Berg)

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Ingredients
– 2 onions finally chopped
– 2 tablespoons groundnut or olive oil
– 1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
– 3 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
– 2 courgettes, roughly chopped
– 900 ml vegetable stock or water
– sea salt and freshly grounded black pepper.

Instructions

  1. Put the onion in a large saucepan with the oil and gently fry for
    5 minutes or until softened and golden brown. Add garlic, if using and
    cook gently for 1 minute.
  2. Add the peppers and half the courgettes to the pan. Fry for 5-8
    minutes or until softened and brown.
  3. Add the stock to the pan with salt and pepper and bring to boil.
    Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. When the vegetables are tender blend the mixture, in batches, to
    a smooth soup and return to the pan. Season to taste, reheat and serve
    topped with the remaining chopped courgette, yoghurt or a swirl of
    cream and chopped chives.

Serves 4

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Appreciate your time of sharing with us, Dominique. If you would like to find out more about what meals and bakes Dominique prepares at home, you may find her in the following links: –

Website : Dominique’s Desk
Facebook: Dominique’s Desk
Twitter: Dominique Goh

All photos courtesy of Dominique Goh of Dominique’s Desk

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