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Tasmanian Herb Crusted Salmon Filet

I love salmon! But I hardly ever eat it out in restaurants or cafes because of 2 issues. Overcooking and not fresh.

Salmon filet / steak are the easiest to cook and I don’t know why restauranteurs can get it wrong so easily. Hence it’s why I prefer to buy and cook them myself. Well I’m not saying that I cook the best salmon, but at least I get it to the doneness and pinkiness I want :P

Dove - Entrance to The Food Studio

Recently, I was at The Food Studio for a Dove Workshop (previous post) We had to cook our own lunch, which was fun and interactive anyway. I love cooking so it was very enjoyable for me. Nestled in the heart of the luxury environment of Mont Kiara, The Food Studio offers a variety of culinary events. From gourmet cooking classes to networking parties, there’s over 2500sqft of state of the art kitchen, lounge and dining area to give you the right space to put your product in the spotlight and launch it in style.


Dove - salmon mashed potato

The dish had 3 parts, the herb crusted salmon, mashed potato and caramelized onion.

This recipe was also provided by The Food Studio (but I adjusted the recipe because in the original, it was for 25 people!)

dove - salmon pan fry

Rule no.1 in cooking salmon for me. Skin side down, and only a brief 3-4 minutes, then finished it off in the oven for another 5-7 minutes. If turning on the oven is too much of an hassle, I usually flip it over and cook for another 4 minutes (depending on the thickness of the filet too)

It has become one of my favourite ingredient to cook for quick dinners (albeit abit more expensive than other meat choices like chicken)

Tasmanian Pesto Crusted Salmon Filet
Serves: 2
  • 2 deboned salmon filet (15og each)
  • 2-3 russet potatoes
  • 1 white onion (halved then sliced thinly)
  • 20ml cream
  • 15g butter
  • 2 tbsp Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pesto paste
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  1. Peel and boil potatoes until soft, mash with cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Peel and cut onions into thin slices and panfry golden brown (probably 10 minutes)
  3. Sear the bottom side of the salmon in hot pan, remove onto tray (4 minutes)
  4. Mix bread crumbs with olive oil, pesto paste. Add salt and pepper and add on salmon top side
  5. Bake in oven at 200 Celsius until brownish and salmon is in pale pink (5-7 minutes)
  6. To serve, scoop mashed potato onto plate, add caramelized onion, plate the fish (crumbs side up) Add a lime slice or wedge and top with some alfalfa.

dove - salmon pesto


So so yummy I think I’m going to cook this tomorrow for dinner :)


Food Studio - chef paul


This is Chef Paul from The Food Studio. They also host private parties and private cooking sessions if you are looking for a place for a more cozy celebration or looking to learn something new.



New Dove® Body Wash; Nourishes Better Than Milk

Hands up if you shower at least once daily.

What do you use when you shower ? soap bar ? shower gel ? shower oil? milk ? butter < kidding? For me, I use shower gel for sensitive skin because I find them more mild and not so dry on the skin. Isn’t it a pain when you step out from the shower and feel like your skin is dry, even though clean?

Dove - nutriumoisture

Regular body washes that do not contain nourishing ingredients can cause dry skin damage by washing away skin’s natural moisture. Some body washes can actually damage proteins and lipids in the skin’s outer layer in the process of cleansing. Minimizing this damage during cleansing is important for maintaining skin’s beauty.


Dove - food studio

So I was at The Food Studio, Mont Kiara, to find out about how we can get nourished skin while showering, without stripping off the skin’s natural moisture. (Not only that, we also cooked our lunch with healthy ingredients to promote healthy skin)


Dove - milk bottle

Now, Dove has discovered how to actually/effectively nourish skin while cleansing with body wash. By doing so, the body wash minimizes the damage caused during cleansing and cares for skin’s long-term beauty.

That sounds good right? It’s like cleaning and moisturizing at the same time. What’s the secret ?


Dove - nutrium moisture body wash

NutriumMoisture™ !

So what’s NutriumMoisture™

• Helps rebuild skin’s beauty from the inside the epidermis layer by replenishing lipid so it feels more beautiful on the outside

• Unlike moisturizers in regular body washes that wash away during cleansing, when used regularly NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin 20 layers deep into the epidermis layer of the skin to replenish and nourish.

Dove - tanya

“Dove has continuously led innovations in the skin care industry and the introduction of NutriumMoisture™ technology continues that tradition,” said Tanya Teng, Brand Manager for Skin Cleansing at Unilever (M) Sdn Bhd. “We are thrilled our extensive research and testing has allowed us to be the first brand to minimize lipid damage with a liquid cleanser in order to provide long-term beauty benefits that strengthen and smooth skin.”


Dove - john

“By absorbing into the skin, Dove NutriumMoisture™ helps rebuild skin’s beauty from the inside of the epidermis layer to make it feel more beautiful on the outside. The new technology delivers hydration for skin barrier components and processes to help skin remain healthy and beautiful in the longterm when used daily,” said John Goh, R&D Deploy Manager, Home & Personal Care and R&D Site Leader, Unilever (M) Sdn Bhd.

dove - milk comparision

So how is it better than milk ? We know that milk is nourishing for the skin already, but can Dove NutriumMoisture™ prove otherwise ?

We had some tests and experiments to try. I volunteered to try it out since it always is better trying on our own skin rather than just seeing it.

dove - me testing

So yes, according to the gadget to measure moisture level on the skin (hydrometer ?), there’s a higher increment in using Dove NutriumMoisture™ than milk. Indeed more nourishing than milk.

NutriumMoisture™: Clinically Proven to Deliver Results

The new Dove Body Wash collection with NutriumMoisture™ is clinically proven to deliver noticeable results. Results from a clinical study show that when used daily:

• Softer, smoother skin all over

• Significantly reduces dryness

• Maintains skin’s beauty

• More even skin tone

Dove - salmon


We then had our lunch cooked by all the other bloggers attended with the guidance of Chef Paul, from The Food Studio. It was very fun and interactive to include cooking in any events. Definitely is more fun than sitting and listening to people talking ?


Dove - team appetizer


Some of my team mates, aren’t they cute and pretty ???

dove - team salad hard at work

Since there were quite afew number of us, we were divided into groups. I was in team appetizer. We’re pretty busy cutting up avocado and other stuffs!

dove - salad

Appetizer: Summerset Greens with Avocado and roasted walnuts

dove - salmon pesto

Main Course: Tasmanian Herb Crusted Salmon Filet (OMG SO YUMMY !!! I must make this at home)

Dove - pandan panna cotta with mango

Dessert: Pandan Pannacotta with mangoes

 dove - group photo

Spot some familiar faces ??

Dove - cheeserland

*fan girl mode on!*

So if you feel that your skin is drier than usual during this hazy weather, get yourself a bottle of Dove NutriumMoisture™ Body Wash!

Thanks to Shirlyn for the invitation.

Crispy Skin Salmon with Squid Ink Pasta

Well, I can’t really put a recipe to all this as they are whipped really quickly. The photo is a repost from instagram as I usually just take a photo with the phone and call it a day. I have a little confession to make. These days when I decide to cook dinner, I will do so every day in that week, after that I will call it off for 2 weeks or so before being inspired again to cook something new.

I dont know, is there some sort of problem with my attention span or me being inspired doesn’t often last that long. But when I keep doing something (say, looking at foodie sites) for too long (uh, maybe a week), I need a week break. Haha you know what ? this is not going to make any sense.

Let’s get to the recipe.

I’m contemplating if I should put a proper recipe. No. cooking comes from the heart and you just feel what’s right.

Here, I put on a pot of boiling water, throw in some squid in pasta. Then pat dry the salmon, season on both sides.

about 3 minutes down, I heat up the pan, and start pan frying the fish, skin side down. When you start seeing the flesh turning into a brighter pink on one side, flip it over. Although I must say, I leave it there until its almost cooked, then flip onto the other side for 1 min. Scallops ? not necessary. Asparagus ? Throw into the boiling water and whip it out once it turns into this shade of bright green.

Fish’s done, asparagus’s done. For the pasta, I melt some butter on the pan, added garlic and chilli, tossed the pasta in, salt and done.

Crispy skin salmon? so awesome.

I think I’m going to get some tomorrow. ;)

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