Spanish Garlic Shrimp & Catalan Style Spinach

July 29, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Spanish Garlic Shrimp – one of the most popular and classic tapas, served as a main with a side dish of classic Catalan Style Spinach with pine nuts, apple and raisins.

Spanish Garlic Shrimp

I have a problem. After every vacation, my body is back but my spirit is still on vacation – with the sights, sounds or food. This time it’s the Spanish flavours that I’m dreaming about from my Barcelona vacation. Especially the fresh seafood. Spain, a culinary crossroads with cultural influences that over the centuries have made Spanish food one of the most popular Mediterranean cuisines. Most of traditional spanish cooking is down-to-earth, uncomplicated food, based on the ingredients available locally or the crops grown regionally.

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Filipino Chicken Adobo

July 15, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 12 Comments

Tender falling-apart Chicken Adobo in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce. The quintessential dish of the Philippines.

Filipino Chicken Adobo

If April Bloomfield (chef and co-owner of 3 Michelin starred restaurants) deemed Filipino adobo worthy to be included in her “A Girl and Her Pig” cookbook, then you must definitely give adobo a try. At least once. Adobo, a tangy, salty dish of stewed meat in soy sauce and vinegar, is ‘the’ quintessential dish of the Philippines. Some even name it the unofficial national dish. Continue Reading →

Spicy Kale Chips

June 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Crispy and chewy spicy kale chips baked in the oven, a healthy alternative to potato chips

Spicy Kale Chips

Who would have thought a leafy greens can become into crispy chips? It did sound strange when I read about it. The stranger it is, the more I have to give it a go. Continue Reading →

Spiced Quinoa, Spinach & Poached Egg with Tahini Sauce

June 15, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Spiced protein packed breakfast to rev up your day.

Spiced Quinoa, Spinach & Poached Egg with Tahini Sauce

After my 2 weeks cleanse, sweet breakfast seems so icky nowadays. Anything that’s sweetened, even honey, seems icky. Even my favourite big breakfast oats with fresh fruits or granola doesn’t seem very appetizing. Yay! after 30 something years my sweet tooth is gone (for good I hope). Continue Reading →

Spicy Minced Lamb with Peas and Rice

May 6, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 6 Comments

Simple yet very comforting Spicy Minced Lamb with Peas and Rice, top with a dollop of yogurt

Inidian Spicy Lamb with Peas and Rice

Confession time. I suck at meal planning. And I don’t enjoy doing it. I always read about how great it is to do meal planning. Saves money and time because you can prep in big batches earlier And don’t get me started on the headache of scratching my head thinking of what to cook for the whole week. Major brain freeze.

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Macanese Portugese Chicken (Baked Coconut Saffron Chicken)

February 25, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Macanese Portugese Chicken (Coconut Saffron Chicken)

It’s incredible that many delicious food have been fused & created due to influences from another culture. Like Chinese Fortune Cookies (can’t find them in China) or Dutch Baby Pancakes (nope, the Dutch have not heard of them) or Japanese Cheesecake (made famous by the Japanese and became a craze in some Asian countries). Same goes to this Portuguese Chicken in Macau, I doubt this dish can be found in Portugal. Continue Reading →

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds

December 24, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almond | JustAsDelish

The Cakap Makan bloggers community on FB have been buzzing about the exotic Middle Eastern ingredients for the Asian Food Fest: West Asia blog event that I’m hosting this month. A lot of them have never tasted middle eastern food, let alone know where to buy those exotic ingredients like sumac, zaatar and pomegranate molasses. As I was going to Suria  (a middle eastern grocer in KL) to get some cheese and olives, I offered to get sumac for Lena of Frozen Wings. To my amusement, Suria only sell one size pack sumac (500g is a HUGE pack), I shared them with a few friends and searched for recipes to use up the balance of my sumac. This Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds from Jerusalem is absolutely addictive because of sharp freshness of sumac and chili flakes. I’ve never thought chili would go so well in a salad. Continue Reading →

Musabaha (Whole Chickpea Hummus)

December 22, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Musabaha (Whole Chickpea Hummus)

I can’t believe I have yet to post a hummus recipe after making this delicious appetizer/dip for the umpteenth time. Hummus, long a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, made from chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste) is low in fat and high in protein. This might be the reason why the hummus craze has spread the world by fire on the tables of the health conscious communities. My eyes nearly popped out when MSN reported that store-bought hummus sales in US was USD530 million in 2012 and farmers are switching to planting this lowly chickpea to meet with the growing demand. Continue Reading →

Kafta Stew (Middle Eastern Meatball Stew)

December 16, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Lebanese Kafta StewIt has been raining non-stop 2 weeks ago. the monsoon season has started. I just love rainy days, watching the rain drops on the window or hearing the rain drops on the roof. so soothing and comforting.. just like stews.

To me, there’s something comforting about stews even on hot days. I guess being brought up in a tropical country, we are used to having hot soups, porridge and stews anytime of the year. Continue Reading →

Dajaj Mandy (Chicken Mandy)

December 6, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 10 Comments

Chicken Mandy, Gulf style recipe

Every time I had an outing with my Arab friends, no matter which part of KL we are, we will end up having our meals at Half Moon restaurant at Serdang, that serves amazing Yemeni dishes.They just refuse to go to other Middle Eastern restaurant. In their opinion, Half Moon serves the best Middle Eastern food in town. Period. Yes, I have to agree. Best and cheap. But can’t say much their customer service though. And we almost order the same rice dishes – Mandy, Haneth or Kabsa and their amazing must have flat bread. I will always steal a bite or two of the bread. If I’m not wheat intolerant, I could have easily finish the massive flatbread myself. Continue Reading →

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