Ratatouille’s Ratatouille is by far my most elaborate and crazy cooking attempt. It took me 4 hours. Phew. My Wild Mushroom Quiche for Nutriplus baking competition looked easy compared to this dish. The 4 hours of hard work was worth it after the photo received lots of “wow” when I posted on my social media accounts and it was featured on Sorted Food’s Eye Candy Video. Continue Reading →
Festivities are usually the time to indulge. For the Chinese, most of us indulge in high-end and auspicious dried seafood during Chinese New Year. For some households, ingredients like dried scallops, sea cucumber and abalone are pretty common and highly regarded for their health benefits. Not mine though, luckily. One will need deep pockets to enjoy them on a regular basis. Abalone is an acquired, expensive taste, like caviar or truffles. One fresh abalone can cost up to RM500.. *sweat* Continue Reading →
I have 2 confessions to make.
1st confession – I’m not a morning person and I become grouchy bear if I’m on empty stomach. So stay away from me in the morning, especially if I didn’t get my breakfast. I will try to get as much sleep as I possibly can before waking up, I’d rather get an extra 15 minutes sleep than using them to do my hair or make-up.
2nd confession – I l used to eat in the car while driving to work, and I still do now when I’m running around in the morning.
Egg “Muffins” are great breakfast ideas for anyone who’s busy in the morning and wants something that can be made ahead and eaten on-the-go. These Egg Muffins, or more like mini-quiches baked in muffin cups to create a grab-and-go breakfast that you can make on the weekends and then quickly reheat in the oven for a hot breakfast on the go. Continue Reading →
I know there’s a lot of hype about going raw, paleo or whole30. Let’s not start with the labeling. As long as it is whole food & real food, you can’t go wrong there. As I’m wheat intolerant, grating zucchini into noodles (so it’s zoodles?) is a great noodle substitute for me. Yes it’s zucchini noodles, it can be eaten raw or if you don’t like the raw veggie taste, blanch it with hot water. Oh but that’s extra work.. so why don’t you try eating zucchini raw for a change? 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 →
It 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 →
Often a part of mezze spreads in Middle Eastern and Arabic countries, fattoush is a simple bread salad made with fresh vegetables and toasted pita bread. It was created as a way to use up stale Arabic bread and seasonal vegetables. Fattoush is a great example of the arabic or middle eastern cuisine, a lot of fresh vegetables, colors and flavors and definitely no shortage on bright flavors and spices. Continue Reading →
Grandpa loves to give away his papayas (pardon the pun) everything I visit. and I’ve made many visit since last year, hence papaya overload. He has 3 papaya trees in his backyard which he is extremely proud of. I do not understand why he loves planting just papaya and sugar apple trees in his huge backyard, I love other fruits too like mango, rambutan and passion fruits. Maybe I’ll sneak in a mango tree next time I’m back.
Last weekend, I took back an unripe (green) papaya to make Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Continue Reading →
Move over Popeye, say hello to the Queen of Greens – Kale. In recent times, kale has become one of the most talked about vegetables, championed by chefs and food bloggers. Green smoothies with kale and kale chips recipes have popped up everywhere I click. Kale, sometimes known as curly kale, is from the Brassica family and is a nutritional powerful with high concentration of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Continue Reading →
I just got back from a week-long retreat with yoga & raw food detox at Bahay Kalipay Retreat Center on beautiful Palawan Island, it has been a week of rejuvenating and slowing down besides the detox. I’m sure you will hear about someone detoxing or doing some cleanse very so often. Besides doing a one-off detox to remove toxins from your liver, kidney and gallbladder, a good detox is actually a gentle process that can take a few weeks by replacing the wrong food with nutrien-rich food to restore your organs like liver and gallbladder. Continue Reading →