It has been quite a while since I baked a cake and the day we went visiting my sister-in-law and her husband was a good opportunity for me to bake again. All I knew at that time was I wanted to bake an apple cake.
It has been quite some time since I had the pleasure of enjoying a bowl of Laksa Sarawak. The last time I made it (can't remember when) I prepared it from scratch even when many of my Sarawak friends told me that it was much easier to use the ready-made spice mix.
I was busy choosing some vegetables to stock up in the fridge last Saturday, when someone beside me asked me about the strange looking vegetable (to him, not to me!) I was holding in my hand. Even the vegetable seller did not know the name of the vegetable. So, when I answered 'kohlrabi', he frowned at me, as did a few other people around us.
Last weekend my wife went for a family day outing with her siblings, their spouses and offspring. I chose not to tag along because I had just came back from a four-day course in Johor Bahru which sucked out almost ninety percent of my energy.
Friday is a day of much anticipation when the two of us discuss what to prepare and will usually be busy with spring-cleaning the house. Since March this year, every other weekend have got us drawing up special menus.
Cockles! That was the first thing on my mind that day when my wife asked me what we would be preparing for lunch. It has been quite a while since I cooked cockles mainly due to the bad reputation the press had been circulating about them.
I have watched many celebrity chefs making this pie and I have always thought of it as something delicious, especially when I see these celebrity chefs digging into a bowl of steaming pot pie with lip-smacking gusto!
Of late, there has been quite a few programmes focusing on Mexican food shown on television. One thing about these programmes is that they are very interesting to watch because of the novelty of the things or ingredients used. The drawback however, is that the things are not easy to come by in this neck of the woods.
Don't you just love food that gives you the satisfaction or the impression of eating something that is healthy. I have always noticed however, that healthy food are usually bland and always missing that umami factor that gives me that sense of being satisfied.
I am very passionate about making a collection of recipe books and magazines so much so that I buy them without a second thought. Well, not really if they are too expensive and that the content consists of ingredients that are difficult to obtain locally.
Trying to come up with something new that this terribly picky eater would eat is a daunting task, to say the least. The food must fulfill this child's specific needs, not that she has any special needs. But she scrutinizes the choice of food that she wants so much so that the variety becomes so limited.
Once in a while, someone else in the house gets a sudden urge to become the Sunday baker in the house besides me. It is always pleasant to be lending a helping, instead of taking the lead in a baking session. This time around, it is the missus' turn to be bitten by the baking bug!
I love one-pot anything that makes life easier when it comes to cooking and eating. This is especially so with lunchboxes where you only have to bring one container and you have all your dietary needs in one dish. Contrary to the local lunchboxes where you would have one part rice, one part protein and one part vegetables and three parts of cumbersome containers to carry to work!
This endeavor started off as something which was supposed to be an adventurous one. I had wanted to reproduce one of my late mom's pasta dish. However, after considering the fact that it was a very elaborate dish, I opted for a simpler version; as usual!
There's something so alluring about these meaty brown mushrooms that whenever I go to supermarkets and I see that they are available, I will purchase them without fail. My friends always ask me what I do with this huge cup-shaped mushroom, and I literally them to stuff it!
This one of those days when you ask every member of the family what they want to have for lunch and nobody has any idea what they want! It makes the cook's life a bit more difficult because now he (me that is!) has to think of a dish that everybody likes.
I was going to visit a few teachers whom I have been coaching for a whole year now, and I really needed to bring something for them. They have been receptive of my presence and all the ideas and suggestions I have been giving them. In fact, that was the main reason why I needed to bring something.
Sunday is a day to be lazy! It's a day for me lounge around, lie down on the sofa, watching the programmes on television, one after another, even though my stomach is growling incessantly asking to be filled. But I am too lazy to potter about in the kitchen!
I had just gotten down from the bus and was making my way to the car booth sale nearby when I chanced upon a plot of land where someone, obviously with both of his (or her) thumbs green in colour, had obviously planted rows of vegetables. And among them was this one healthy plant of brussel sprouts, standing proud, clamouring for attention.
We have all but gotten a bit tired of having spaghetti carbonara, so much so that my kids don't request for them to be prepared anymore. They tell me that with the instant carbonara sauces on sale (with many different brand names flooding the market!), they too can now make spaghetti carbonara on their own (even when I tell them never to use canned when you can easily make it from scratch!)
It's the weekend! My kids and my daughter-in-law are home. My better half had decided to wake up quite early on a Sunday morning to prepare Nasi Lemak with all the trimmings. Tall order for a lazy Sunday morning, but no one has ever accused my wife of being lazy; certainly not me!
Sometimes it feels good to have someone at home to request you to make some of their favorite dishes. And on that note, I would like to stress on the word 'sometimes'! Enjoyable they may be, but on certain occasions you may not feel up to taking any requests.
It was a night just like other cold nights at Shire Oak Road. The only difference was that night a few of us decided to gather at one of our flatmates kitchen, Marduati, to have a potluck. I just knew I had to bring something different to the occasion which lead me to try making Moussaka.
This is a belated entry because all the mangoes on my two trees have all but gone. We have made every thinkable recipe using our mangoes, whether ripe or not. We are quite fortunate this time around because we had an abundance of fruits to share with our friends, neighbours and in-laws.
My children always get the better of me when it comes to food, especially when they know that I am able to prepare the dishes that they want; be they from what I have stashed away at the back of my mind or by merely surfing through the net for recipes!
I have the nasty habit of buying foodstuff and keeping them in the fridge and then forgetting about them until they are well past their expiry dates. Fortunately, most of the time, my missus who regularly goes through the fridge, will remind me about the stuff I have stashed away in cool slumber.
There were a few guys mowing the sprawling lawn of the students' residence where I was staying that day. It was early noon and I suppose, all of them were hungry for their lunch break. They actually took me by surprise when one of them looked through my kitchen window, and commented that something smelled great from the kitchen! I was cooking Minestrone that day!
Every time I eat Nasi Dagang I hear Rosmaria Abdul Hamid singing the song titled "Nasi Dagang" in my head. I will not tell you about the origins of Nasi Dagang but suffice to say that it is one of my favourite dishes, especially the fish gravy.
People say that a picture tells a thousand words but the picture above doesn't do the Spring Rolls any justice at all. This is because it is not about the picture but the spring rolls themselves which are quite special.
If there is one type of protein that I love more than any other type, it must be fish. I eat fish six days a week and on one of those days when my wife decides to cook chicken or beef or anything else other than fish, I would still want fish as a side dish.
Better late than never, I always say. I am talking about the global craze with one particular chili sauce that is Sriracha! I'm sure anyone who is interested in the culinary world in one way or another, must have heard about it.
Okay! I'm guilty! We're only just into the second week of Eid, but there are days when I simply cannot get myself to get up early to prepare food to fill my lunch box. Sometimes I find it difficult to wake up early simply because I had to sleep late the night before and also because sometimes I feel to too lazy to take out the frying pan in the morning and prepare food from scratch.
OMG! It's been more than a month since I last posted in this blog, and I really need to write about something. So, I guess I'll write about something I remember as a kid. I remember the last time I made a proper pie was when I was in Form Five. I had actually made it for my family to have for tea. But it was quite unexpected when a cousin of mine dropped by that day and my mum served him a slice of the pie I had baked.
There is nothing that beats a hot and spicy dish especially one that contains fish or chicken. My family seems to adore fish or chicken fried with some birds eye chillies. There is something about the aroma and also the spiciness of the dish that encourages them to eat heartily.
I have always wanted to make quiche for a long time but I had forgotten why I never got about to doing it. So, when I finally got around to making it, I found out the reason why I never made it. As usual the reason why I cook anything is my family.
I have heard about it for quite some time now. I have seen pictures of it, heard people talking about it (with rave reviews) and seen documentaries on television about it. But I have never actually got to try this much talked about Cheesy Fried Bananas.
I've only seen it on television all this while; even then it's on programmes recorded overseas. And so it was with a sense of excitement when I finally got my hands on a bunch of round, red radishes. I was eager to find out if all the foreign cooks' comments about the sweetness of this veg was really true.
Recently we have been doing quite a lot of travelling; and during those travels we stopped at quite a few eating places for lunch. One of the dishes that we never missed to order was anything related to 'goreng mamak'.
Woohoo! The first day of the new school year is finally here! Wait a minute! Am I the only one excited about going back to school! Huhu! Do remember that there are many things that a teacher can look forward to when returning to school on a new year; one of the reasons is being able to meet up with friends and gossip after one and a half month of hiatus!