Healthy Chicken & Quinoa Tortilla Soup + BRITA Jugs Giveaway!

Brought to you by Nuffnang and BRITA

Healthy Chicken & Quinoa Tortilla Soup |

Fresh, flavourful and filling – that’s how I like my soup and that’s how I would describe this bowl of delicious tortilla soup!

After all what’s not to love about this dish?

It has a combination of my favourite ingredients which you’re well acquainted with in my past recipes: the peppery and smokiness of the Old El Paso Fajita seasoning mix, the natural sweetness from corn kernels, the thick and luscious tomato passata, the heartiness of black beans and quinoa complemented with the refreshing lime juice and fresh coriander leaves, as well as the richness of the nature’s butter – avocado. (What a mouthful of ingredients huh?)

Additionally, tortilla soup is not complete without the crunchy pan toasted tortilla strips which barely made it as the soup garnish as I could not stop munching on them! (Yup, bad Emily!)

And let’s not forget the core ingredient of this recipe which amalgamates all these wonderful flavours together, transforming into a pot of mouth-watering Mexican soup feast – filtered water.

Gluten Free Banana Mini Cheesecakes with Caramelised Sugar Topping + A Personal Update!!!!

Gluten Free Banana Cheesecake |

For a person who loves stability, I went through a lot of changes in my life for the past six years. My beloved and I moved around mainly for his job and that’s fine because sometimes you just have to move wherever the job is. By living in different places, it gives us the chance to explore, meeting new people whom eventually became our lifelong friends and experiencing the local cultures.

I have been residing in the New South Wales regional towns for all these years. In these six years, I’ve lived in Orange for four years. There’s something about its thriving food culture and the locals’ palpating enthusiasm for local and fresh produce which motivated me to start a food blog. Fast forward four years later, who’d have thought blogging is the only hobby I am still sticking with? (Maybe I don’t have commitment issue after all ha!)

You may wonder where I am going with this.

Home Made Lemon & Lime Syrup + Non Alcoholic Drink Ideas (ft. BRITA 3-Way Water Filter Tap)

Brought to you by Nuffnang and BRITA

Home Made Lemon & Lime Syrup + Drink Ideas (ft. Brita 3-Way Water Filter Tap)

{Home Made Lemon & Lime Syrup}

Growing up in an Asian family that emphasised the importance of cooking with the freshest possible ingredients (local and home grown preferred), my mum was always conscious about our drinking water. “Never drink directly from the tap” and, “drinking water has to be thoroughly boiled” were her mantras when I was growing up. When the household filtration system trend began, my mum bought one home almost immediately. I remember it was a bulky cylindrical filtration system sitting beside our kitchen tap with  multiple hoses running between the filtration system and our kitchen tap. Ever since then, she only cooks with filtered water. Since we’re such a soup-loving household (it’s a norm to have clear chicken broth to go with our main meals in our family), we all noticed there’s more clarity in terms of flavours in the soup. After all, my mum’s light chicken broth was not heavily seasoned.