Crispy Spiced Quinoa Cakes – great as snack with a squeeze of lemon juice or addition to any meal
After my 2-week Fruit and Veggie Cleanse, I’ve been finding ways to increase my overall vegetable intake. What more do I need to say with the recent findings by British experts of 7 a day (5 portions of veggies and 2 portions of fruits) would prolong life. Most of us are struggling with the recommended 5 a day, let alone 7. For the past couple of months, I find it getting easier for me to go meatless for a few days in a week because my body has somewhat been conditioned by the cleanse. I’m proud that my other half is getting there by amping up vegetables into every meal to slowly replace carbs. But for those who are not used to eating a lot of vegetables (kids and adults alike), sneaking them in certain dishes is certainly helpful. Just like this Spiced Quinoa Cake. Continue Reading →
Mildly sweet & nutty Fenugreek Tea – a traditional remedy that helps from digestion to blood chemical imbalance
A recent conversation on G+ started with Dane Finely about replacing one of the daily cups of coffee with drinking tea. Dane’s post was a gentle reminder that coffee is a bit acidic, a tad dehydrating, and has enough caffeine that it can impact your adrenal glands in a way that might not be ideal. I responded it’s a good thing that both coffee and tea over-stimulates me, thus resulting in me stopping tea; even green tea consumption. Taking any type of tea after noon time will turn me into insomniac that night. A sip of coffee is all I can take, more will cause my body to have weird sensations, heart palpitation and of course become insomniac. Continue Reading →
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.
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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Tender falling-apart Chicken Adobo in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce. The quintessential dish of the Philippines.
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 →
Crispy and chewy spicy kale chips baked in the oven, a healthy alternative to potato 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 protein packed breakfast to rev up your day.
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 →
Simple yet very comforting Spicy Minced Lamb with Peas and Rice, top with a dollop of yogurt
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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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 →
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 →
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 →