I'm back from my trip! My colleagues and I went on a trip to Bubbles Dive Resort on Perhentian Islands in Malaysia to help with turtle conservation. As many of us know, turtles are facing extinction due to destruction of their nature habitat, pollution, hunting for their shells etc. It was an amazing experience, seeing baby turtles running down the beach into the open ocean (they are also adorable to the max!) The only pity is that we weren't able to see turtles laying eggs as it's end of the season (turtles lay eggs from April to September). We also had the chance to snorkel / dive and managed to see adult turtles, baby sharks, stingrays, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, corals, giant clams and lots of fishes. If you are interested in helping with turtle conservation or just looking for a holiday retreat, do try out Bubbles Dive Resort!
Some photos of the trip happenings! See my Instagram for the captions and more photos!
As promised, garlic croutons will be the recipe I'm featuring today. It's an insanely easy recipe and once you tried it, you'd probably never buy anymore ready-made croutons! What you need is just some stale bread (personally I favour the baguette), some oil, garlic and herbs! If you are not a garlic fan, simply omit the garlic and you will still have delicious, herby croutons to go with your salads.
Here's how to make them!
|1) Sizzle the garlic in oil gently.||2) Until garlic is golden-brown.|
|3) Pour over bread cubes.||4) Season and bake until crunchy.|
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thinly
- 3 thick slices of day-old bread, cubed (I love using French bread)
- Salt and black pepper
- Herbs, parsley, basil etc, optional
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat until warm. Add in sliced garlic - the garlic should sizzle gently. Cook over medium-low to low heat until the garlic is golden brown in colour. Remove from heat and discard the garlic slices (or crumble the crispy bits into a salad for additional flavour.) Toss the bread cubes with the oil and spread them on a single layer on the baking sheet. Season with salt and black pepper and some herbs if desired.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the bread cubes are dry and crunchy. Serve with salads.