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Freshcart delivers fresh fruits (HANDPICKED DAILY!) and artisan goods to your doorstep! {plus DISCOUNT CODE}

My purchases from Freshcart
Top right: Fresh figs from Turkey

Bottom left: Dried goji berries, kid's muesli, avocados, blueberries, mixed dried fruits

Bottom right: Pumpkin, mixed nuts, dried figs, dried cranberries, papaya, avocados, blueberries, carrots, grapes, organic apple juice

Like what you see? Read on. Oh, and don't miss the discount code in this post. :)

Who is Freshcart?

Freshcart Grocer is an online grocery store like no other. They help busy working mothers and young professionals save precious time, getting the best groceries right to their doorsteps. No more long queues, traffic jams, or making multiple stops to different places to get the best ingredients.

They are currently serving more than three thousand users with next-day deliveries all over Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Why Freshcart?

Staying true to their promise, "fresh produce, handpicked on a daily basis", Freshcart offers fresh quality ingredients from sources you can trust. With a team that advocates high quality standards for food and ingredients, they believe in better ingredients for better food. This is what makes Freshcart different from other grocers. They take pride in ensuring that you will always get the freshest produce with every order.

Besides fresh fruits, you can also find a range of artisan goods from local, homemade goodies including organic produce, dried fruits, mixed nuts, homemade jams, and more!

Read more about Freshcart on their About Us and FAQ pages. Find out more about them via The Star, JewelPie, Top10 Malaysia, and BFM89.9 podcast.

Okay, after the who and why, now take a look at what I did with my purchases from Freshcart. :)

Figs forever!

Top left: I love to top my plain, sugar-less oatmeal with assorted dried fruits. In this case, dried blueberries (from iHerb), dried cranberries (from Freshcart), dried fig (from Freshcart), and pitted dates (from my mom-in-law).

Bottom left: My toddler loves these: Dried cranberries, dried fig, fresh blueberries (all from Freshcart).

Top right: My breakfast platter one fine morning a few months ago. You can see fresh figs (from Freshcart), huge pisang berangan (from Freshcart), and dried mission figs (from local grocer).

Bottom right: This picture-perfect breakfast bowl is just so pretty. You can see Greek yogurt (from local grocer) topped with caramelized figs (from Freshcart) with butter and pure maple syrup, and Alpha bits cereal (from local grocer).

Breakfast ideas (with recipes!)

Top left: Avocado & Tomatoes Scrambled Eggs

Yes, you can add avocado into your scramble eggs. They are delicious! Melt some butter, stir fry garlic, tomatoes (preferably halved cherry tomatoes), and eggs. When the eggs are almost cooked, add in a pinch of salt and avocado (cut into cubes). Stir for about a minute and dish it up. Top with Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Voila!

Bottom left: Avocado & Baby Peas Mashed Potatoes

Cut 5-6 small potatoes (I use Aussie chat potatoes) into chunks. Put them into a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. While the potatoes are cooking, blanch the baby peas (I use Watties frozen baby peas) in another pot of boiling water. Once the potatoes are fork-tender, drain and mash with half of an avocado, some milk, and the baby peas. Tada!

A note about buying avocados: To be honest, I hate choosing and buying avocados on my own. They usually turn out to be too unripe or too ripe or I got cheated by the fruit sellers. Duh. So, when Freshcart is selling Hass avocados, I trust them in doing the choosing part for me. True enough, the avocados they choose are always perfect and ready for next-day's consumption. My money is well-spent! Yay!

Top right: Power Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl

Cook steelcut or rolled oats in a pot of boiling water. Once cooked, stir in some milk of your choice (I love dairy). Top with your favorite toppings. For my bowl, I use mini tangerines, mixed fruits & nuts, and fresh blueberries. Yummy!

Bottom right: Creamy Spinach Oatmeal Bowl

Bring some water to a boil in a pot. Add in rolled oats and cook until 80% water is absorbed. Add in chopped spinach and one beaten egg. Whisk until completely cooked. Remove from heat, stir in cream cheese, and mix until smooth. Time to eat!


Avocado Blueberries Yogurt Smoothie

(Serves 2)

1 ripe avocado, cut into chunks
1 handful fresh blueberries, frozen & don't thaw
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh milk

Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk to thin it out until you get the consistency that you like. If you like your smoothie to be sweeter, you can add 1 tablespoon of honey.

Note: More smoothie recipes on my blog.

Recommended products for you!

Top left: Bonyū Bā Artisan Granola Bars, from the Breakfast section.
Bottom left: Matcha Chia Seed Granola, from the Nuts section.
Top right: Dried Figs, from the Dried Fruits & Seeds section.

Bottom right: Pomegranate, from the Seasonal Fruits section.

Start shopping!

Contact number: +603 7802 8804

Discount code

For my dear readers, you can get 10% OFF your purchase at Freshcart with this code: FCJOYCE

Terms & Conditions:
  • Orders with total below RM70 will be subjected to RM12 delivery charges.
  • Valid for ONE (1) time use per customer from Dec 1, 2015 to Dec 15, 2015.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

Hurry, don't miss this superb chance to shop at Freshcart!


Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits - #breakfastseries

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

I can't believe November is coming to an end soon and December is just around the corner! Whenever IHCC announces the arrival of its potluck week, it reminds me that month is ending in seven days' time. Gosh, how time flies! 

For this November's potluck, I make Mark Bittman's Buttermilk Biscuits. I add Cheddar cheese and call them Cheddar Buttermilk Buscuits. :)

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything".

(Makes 12 2-inch biscuits) 

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup grated Cheddar cheese

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking sheet.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in buttermilk and Cheddar cheese. Stir until the mixture starts to form a dough.

3. Turn out dough onto a surface dusted with flour. Gently knead 3 or 4 times and pat into 3/4-inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter to cut into round biscuits. Place them on the prepared tray.

4.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

I'm gonna make more of 'em yummy cheesy biscuits!

These biscuits are good for breakfast and tea break. For older toddlers who don't have dairy allergy, these biscuits make good snack and finger food.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, IHCC November Potluck!


Let's go to The Maker's Market on 12 December 2015

December is arriving soon! It's the time of the year again, the most wonderful time of the year, the time for celebration and gift-giving. I love, love, love December!

If you're on the hunt for special Christmas presents for your family members and friends, or if you want to treat yourself to some unique gifts, I have some good news for you!

Get yourself and your wallet/purse ready for an exiting day at The Maker's Market, a pre-Christmas bazaar hosted by The Co. Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at Bangsar! You get to meet local artisans, discover amazing handmade products, and sample tasty snacks.

When & Where?

The Maker's Market
Saturday, 12 December 2015
11:00am to 4:00pm

The Co. Kuala Lumpur, 8 Lengkok Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur

About The Co. Kuala Lumpur

The Co. Kuala Lumpur at Bangsar, is a cool coworking space designed for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and go-getters. The Co. is more than just a space; it's a community. Instead of just providing a desk and WiFi, they aim to build a community. Their members are friends! 

List of artisans

Note: Alphabetical order

Amazin' Graze
A local food startup in the business of making healthy, delicious and affordable treats.

Barkery Oven
The only pet bakery in Malaysia that focuses on creating treats targeted at sensitive skin pets by specializing in baking gluten free and grain free treats.

By The Authority
The BTA family wants you to become trendy in a socially conscious way. Their products are handmade with love, or sourced from handmade communities all around the world. They are passionate about fighting against social issues involving children, specifically poverty and access to education.

Cookie Jar Malaysia
Malaysia's First Interactive Cookie Jar that brings the best bakers loved by people under one roof.

Their fashion forward DIY kits are specially designed and curated by their founders with items and supplies sourced from far and wide.

Earth Care Soaps
A haven of handmade all-natural bath and body care products, made with love for your skin, and care for our environment. Their products are freshly made and each item is carefully made, packed, and labeled by hand to ensure utmost quality.

A duo whose love for home and interior decor have them spending all their free time after work and on weekends designing and making terrariums. They apply their creativity on producing sleek and minimal designs while ensuring that their products never fail to excite and refresh the spaces they furnish.

Jasmine Gan Art & Lifestyle
Jasmine makes decorative art for homes and spaces.

Made by Jade
Jade makes soaps, sprays, lotions, potions, anything that is DIY.

Medium Rare Store
Look for them for their GoodPair Socks and MR Glasses.

Miri Tattoos
A place where every temporary tattoo enthusiast satisfy their style creation.

Mutiara Figs Garden
It's all about FIGS - caramelized figs, fig relish, chocolate figs.

Maker of handcrafted paper goods - notebooks, diary, journals, folders, binders, notepads.

Shop Chiyo
CHIYO brand personifies being 'sui generis' - of its own kind, by creating bold clothes, unassumingly kooky shoes, and expressive accessories that will undoubtedly have its wearer stand out from the rest.

The Alphabet Press
An artisan letterpress printmaker who does letterpress printing, design, and creative curation - post cards, greeting cards, wedding invitation, stationery, cultural and collaborative products.

The Raw Rebel
Home to handcrafted skincare and beauty products made from quality organic ingredients - lip scrubs, face mists, body scrubs, hair and face masks, moisturizers, toners, body butter, dry shampoo, lip balms.


Pasta Frittata - #breakfastseries

Pasta Frittata

This week at IHCC, we are making Ellie Krieger's scentsational (brilliant word play!) side dishes. To me, when it comes to side dishes, the few recipes that come to mind are mashed potatoes, salad, casseroles, baked vegetables, etc.

I have actually made Ellie's Parmesan Mashed Potatoes for breakfast the other day but I guess I should make her pasta frittata as well. :)

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger's Spaghetti Frittata.

Note: Ellie used spaghetti, tomatoes, and spinach. I used capellini, mushrooms, and chives.

(Serves 2)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped button mushroom
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 cup cooked capellini (thin long pasta), chopped into short strands
3 eggs
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

How to:

1. Heat up oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick shallow frying pan. Cook onion until soft and fragrant. Then, add mushrooms and cook until soft. Add chives and cook until soft.

2. In a bowl, combine chopped pasta with eggs, salt, pepper, and grated Cheddar cheese. Pour into the frying pan and turn the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture cook undisturbed until the top becomes firm, about 10 minutes.

3. Once cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Loosen the frittata gently with two spatulas and slide carefully onto a serving plate.

Breakfast is served. :)

My pan is too large for a 3-egg frittata, hence the flatness.

Decorated with two chives flower stalks.

The addition of pasta into frittata is a brilliant idea!

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Scentsational Sides!


Recipes featuring caramelized figs and fig relish from Mutiara Figs

Banana Steelcut Oatmeal

(Serves 2)

2 cups water
1/2 cup steel-cut oats, soaked overnight & drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup full-cream milk
1 medium banana, mashed
1 medium banana, sliced
2 tablespoons caramelized figs

How to:

1. Bring water to boil over high heat in a deep pot. Add oats and salt. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Then, stir in milk and mashed bananas, whisking to combine. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat, ladle into a bowl, and serve banana slices and caramelized figs.

Note: I don't add sweetener (sugar / honey / maple syrup) into the oatmeal because the caramelized figs provide natural sweetness.

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

(Serves 2) 

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Pinch of salt
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons fig relish

How to:

1. Fill up a deep pot with water. Put in the potatoes until they are fully covered with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender.

2. Meanwhile, mix buttermilk and milk together in a pot. Warm up the milk mixture over low heat. Make sure the mixture does not boil.

3. When the potatoes are cooked, drain and add the warmed milk. Mash together until you get your desired consistency. Then, stir in cheese, salt, and butter. Top with fig relish.

My 27mo eating his banana oatmeal like a champ.

Introducing Mutiara Figs

Their current product range:
Caramelized figs, fig relish, fig tea leaves, chocolate figs

Caramelized figs (left), fig relish (right)

The caramelized figs - sweet and sticky - taste like fig jam with chunky fig pieces. I tried to eat one spoonful directly from the jar. Oops. It was definitely too sweet to my taste. However, adding them to oatmeal or spreading them on bread is another story altogether. They are great with yogurt, ice cream, smoothie bowl, parfait, pudding..... you name it!

The fig relish - savory and tangy - is a delightful add-on to savory dishes such as mashed potatoes, cheese-and-crackers, fries, savory oatmeal, porridge, dips..... the possibility is endless!

Chocolate figs

Fig tea leaves

Learn more about them on:

Note: This is not a sponsored post.


Budding homegrown brands I met at Molly's Neverland Market :)

Lovely goodie bag sponsored by
vendors at Molly's Neverland Market.

Molly's Neverland was a one-day market held at Awegallery last Saturday, 14 November 2015, featuring various unique vendors of small businesses offering homegrown brands, i.e. apparel, toys, handmade, handcrafted products, art & crafts, and food & beverages for children & toddlers.

Who are these budding homegrown brands? Check them out online from the list below.

#1: The Market's host: M by Chen

Founded in 2013 by Mojo aka Esther, M by Chen is a Malaysian-based children's wear label for kids 1-7 years. Integrating high quality fabric made of cotton, M by Chen creates a unique range of indie and modern Scandinavian mix clothing's design that encourages the little ones to express their own mood and personality. Believing that imagination should be allowed to roam free, the Neverland concept takes the little minds to a land of fun and adventure.

#2: Black Crown Project

Black Crown Project produces stylish and eco-friendly clothing for toddlers and organic cotton apparels for babies. Find them on, and

#3: Little Habitats

Little Habitats is all about bringing nature indoors with micro garden landscape by featuring mini mounds of terrestrial moss and succulent plants. Find them on

#4: Boys on Teeth

Boys on Teeth makes simple but fun lifestyle pieces for the young and young at heart, featuring clothing, paintings, and houseware goodies. Find them on their website,, and

#5 - Milk & Diapers

Milk & Diapers is a line of handmade organic clothing for trendy kids. Find them on

#6 - Teehee Kids

TeeheeKids is the perfect stop that provides children to dress up and look confident yet comfortable every day in every occasion. It's about creating fond dreams for the young and at the same time reminiscence of the early days for grown-ups. They provide a wide range of quality designs for children from 0yo to 4yo at an affordable price - baby bodysuits/rompers, little girl dresses, and little boys shirts and pants.

#7 - Forever and Ava

Forever and Ava makes easy to wear clothes and accessories for babies and toddlers. They are famous for their teepees and tutus. Find them on their website,, and

#8 - By Lena

Lena is an artisan crafter who passionately creates a line of natural and organic beauty products. She lives and enjoys simple things in life. Find her on her website and

#9 - PinThread

The creators at PinThread love fabrics and they want to make kids feel special wearing them! All items are handmade and made to order. Find them on

#10 - Leetle Tateh

Leetle Tateh makes modern and quality handmade soft-soled shoes for kids. Find them on their website,, and

#11 - BebeBundo

BebeBundo is the first in Malaysia to produce handcrafted, soft-soled baby shoes from 100% genuine leather. Find them on their website,, and

#12 - Mini Me

Mini Me loves everything unique and cute. They want to bring you and your little ones a thoughtful collection of beautiful goods. They are famous for their paper storage bags and beautiful cotton cot sheets that can be used as blankets as well. Find them on and

#13 - DreamyBaby

DreamyBaby makes fun and colourful bedding goods for little ones - pillows, cot sheets, blankets, and bedding sets. Find them on their website and

#14 - Copenhagen Delights

Copenhagen Delights is a family-owned business, founded in Vietnam in 2010. Their designs represent the classic Danish look, recognized by their beautiful prints and functional styles. All garments are made from 100% natural fibres such as cotton, linen, and silk. They create and produce garments made to look good and last long.

#15 - Looloo Soap

Looloo Soap is all about natural handmade soap without harmful chemicals that triggers skin issues. All soaps are made from natural ingredients and by a certified aromatherapist. Find them on and

Not in photos

#16 - love, bubsie

love, bubsie is dedicated at ensuring that you can dress your little cuddly bundle of joy in their special outfits for various occasions with a promise of cuteness overload. Find them on their website, and

#17 - Momage

Momage is a piece of art. Momage makes a great gift. Momage is handmade. Find her on her website,, and

#18 - Sukka Project

Sukka Project is everything arts, designs, crafts, and handmade projects. Find them on and