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Cooking as a hobby

February 08, 2021 4 min read

Cooking as a hobby

As the novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) took the world by storm, it put a pause to many things - classes in schools, the operations of businesses, shopping malls, our favourite eateries, home businesses and many more. 

COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed all our lives significantly. It has changed the way we live, the way we work, and the implementations put in place to keep us protected, like wearing a mask at all times and social distancing have become our new normal. 

Furthermore, the two month long circuit breaker was also another trying time for many of us as we were confined to our own homes. However, as saddening as it is, many Singaporeans took this opportunity to pick up a new skill during this period. 

We all know Singaporeans are known to be big foodies. Thus, with the closure of our favourite restaurants, cafes and neighbourhood kopitiams during the circuit breaker, several millennials and Gen Z’s took it upon themselves to become their own chef, in the comfort of their own homes. 

This unleashed an ensemble of Singaporeans trying out different, unique and even bizarre cooking and baking recipes.  For some, it opened up a window of opportunity to start their own home business - from F&B all the way to clothing, jewellery businesses etc. 

Elizabeth Ng, a polytechnic student, also took this time she had during the circuit breaker to sharpen her cooking skills, by trying out new recipes from different cuisines. 

“The circuit breaker gave me more time to cook. I tried a few new recipes such as making my own dumplings from scratch, making Mochi, and testing out different types of pasta recipes”,  

  •  Elizabeth.

  • Through this, she discovered her passion for cooking and launched her own small business on the side, known as ESalsaN, where she makes her own homemade salsa and chips. Elizabeth currently balances her last year in school and her salsa business on the side, in which she takes her orders during the week. She then prepares the salsa fresh on weekdays, which are delivered on the same day of preparation to ensure quality freshness for her customers. 

    Moreover, Elizabeth also expressed that she found it challenging to balance her workload, as she had to meet the demands of both her school priorities, while ensuring that she makes time for her orders. 

    “Initially, I found it quite time consuming as firstly, on top of making fresh salsa on the day / a day before delivery and frying my own chips - and packaging, I had to ensure that I also stay on task with my school assignments and projects, as it was equally as important.

  • Elizabeth

  • After a lot of hard work and determination, Elizabeth overcame her challenges as she not only found joy in making salsa for her customers but she was passionate about it. She believes strongly in the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’, and thus the small setbacks she faced only pushed her to thrive further. 

    “It was the joy I found in making food and sharing it with others that pushed me to start my business. At the same time it was also the support and encouragement from my friends and family that propelled me to get started on the business”.


  • Elizabeth

    The salsa at ESalsaN is made purely with fresh ingredients and has a perfect ratio of tomato to the other salsa ingredients such as cilantro, capsicums, onion and bell peppers. On top of that, no preservatives or MSG is added, so it’s the perfect snack to indulge in, without feeling guilty! - Trust me. 


    On top of that, ESalsaN also offers fresh homemade tortilla chips, ranging from the original flavour, to lime and even garlic. 

    So, if you’re looking for a rich, tangy and guilt-free salsa for your afternoon snack, this is the one for you! It’s not only delicious and mouth watering, but it’s also value for money! At EsalsaN, a set of salsa and 3 bags of chips (lime, garlic & original flavour) is priced at $13. If you’re looking to just purchase the salsa, it will be $10. 


    To purchase, head over to her Instagram page, @esalsan and check out her delectable homemade salsa and chips, I’ve tried it myself and I promise you, no regrets! 


    Are you looking to pick up cooking as a new skill? Or maybe try out some new recipes which you’ve been wanting to?

    BHG offers a wide selection of kitchenware and various brands for you to choose from such as La Gourmet, Pyrex, WMF, Tefal and many more! 

    Pyrex is currently having a sale for their 24cm fry pans and their saucepans.

    The sale price for the Pyrex fry pans would be priced at $14.90 (UP. 39) and the Pyrex saucepans will be priced at $19.90 (UP. $49). These products are not only durable and lightweight, but also very easy to clean as it’s non-stick, which requires less oil for cooking (so really, you’re doing yourself a big favour). 


    Also, the Chicago Cutlery 4pc Insignia Steel knife set is also on sale and priced at $29 (UP. $75), perfect for your next cooking adventure! 

    Mayer is also having a sale for their Retro Mini Air fryers and if you love everything pastel, this is for you! This BHG exclusive comes in pastel blue and pink and is on sale for $89 (UP. $299).


    If you’re looking for more kitchenware options, do head down to your nearest BHG outlet to check out the latest sales before embarking on your new cooking adventure. 

    Alternatively, head on to BHG Online and enjoy free shipping on orders above $150!

    On BHG Online, you can choose to pay with Hoolah, a payment method which allows you to get what you need and pay later with 3 monthly interest-free installments. (Another reason why you should choose BHG) 


    Happy shopping!