Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ayam Cocoh

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My duty was to fetch our daughter who was coming home for the first time after her registration in one of the local universities.  It did not matter that it had only been slightly more than a week since then, or the fact that I had to wait for about one hour and fifteen minutes for her commuter train to arrive at the station.  I was just happy she was coming home.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lasagna Bianca

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Our son and his wife usually comes home every fortnight, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, both of them were unable to keep up with that schedule.  Thus, after what seems like months, they finally had the opportunity to come home after four weeks.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cranberry Cheese Cake

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I am one of those weekend bakers who most of the time like to try something new; once in a while.  I have always watched my kids snacking on dried cranberries but have personally never developed the urge or interest to sample a few.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicken with Ras el Hanout

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Sometimes I laugh at myself for being a bit peculiar compared to other people.  But on a second thought being peculiar or different from other people is not a bad thing after all; especially when I am not doing anything bad!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Flash Fried Courgetti with Chicken

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This is not really a new recipe.  In fact, the craze for courgetti or zoodles have all but faded away.  But I have finally found the time to download all food related pictures from my camera to my laptop.  It should not take too much of my time to do that, but I really couldn't find the time to sit down and do it.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gulai Lemak Petai Kikis

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I really have to thank a friend for reminding me of this very old and traditional recipe.  I have actually forgotten about this dish, one which my mum used to make with different types of fish be they fresh water fish or your normal everyday fish caught from the sea.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mac and Cheese 2.0

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I purposely call this dish Mac and Cheese 2.0 because the macaroni had been used to prepare two different types of dishes.  The first dish was where the macaroni was fried ala Malaysiana.  My wife had actually boiled a lot more macaroni than she wanted to use, so she kept the rest in the fridge.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Curry Shepherd's Pie

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My daughter was feeling under the weather the other day.  She is quite picky with the food that we prepare at home and she is even more so when she is not feeling well.  She didn't really have to tell what she wanted to eat.  I just knew.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sukun Goreng Pedas / Spicy Breadfruit

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The recipe I am sharing today is quite a simple one.  I am not really a fan of breadfruit but recently I bought it just because a friend had a craving for it.  Like Haylie Duff used to say in one of her cooking shows, 'Never question the cravings of a pregnant woman!' or thereabouts.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Rendang Ayam Daun Puding

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We have been making rendang for Hari Raya for as long as I can remember.  We had Rendang Tok, we had rendang Putih, we had Duck Rendang and most of all we had the Beef Rendang with dried red chillies.  However, we have never made rendang ayam with daun puding (chicken rendang with puding leaves)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ikan Bakar Ramadhan

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The name Ikan Bakar Ramadhan (Ramadhan Grilled Fish) is a suitable name for this dish given that I actually made time to prepare it, considering the fact that it is quite difficult to prepare; as far as I am concerned.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lontong Mudah

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Okay, for this entry I am not attaching the recipe because Lontong itself consists of different types of dishes to make it complete; or as linguists would say, the whole is made up of the sum of the parts, or something to that effect!  Hence, too many recipes to give in one entry!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Nasi Impit Goreng

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The other day my wife made some lontong for break fast especially for me because I have been wanting to have some home-made lontong for quite a long time.  She has always procrastinated making it because our children do not like lontong.  So, I always lose when it comes to what to prepare for meals.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ketupat Sotong - Stuffed Squids

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There are times when I have the urge to try something new or something that I have longed to make but have never had the opportunity to do so.  Cooking something that I have never cooked before and with no background knowledge of what the dish actually tastes like, can be quite stressful.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cherry and Strawberry Mini Cheesecake

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We are into the third week of Ramadhan or the fifteenth day, to be exact.  I should give myself a pat on the back for refraining from making any entries about the dishes I have been preparing for the past fourteen days of Ramadhan.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Parmesan Crusted Fried Chicken

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Who can turn down a plate of delicious, crispy fried chicken?  I know I can't; same goes for my family.  Once in a while, fried chicken will be the only thing on the menu for that day; no rice, no sambal, no coconut based dishes; just fried chicken!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ayam Masak Madu

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It's the fasting month of Ramadhan again.  Personally for me, Ramadhan is just like any other month of the year where food is concerned.  In fact, my menu tend to be much simpler and less calorie-laden unless there is a request from my family members.

Guacamole Pun Boleh

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Well, I knew it was too good to be true.  I didn't expect the vegetarian meal endeavour would actually last one week.  In fact I was quite surprised the quest to go vegetarian actually last a whole four days, which to me seems like quite an achievement for someone who has never gone vegetarian before.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tofu Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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iii.  Lala Kimchi

On to the third day of this sudden desire to be a vegetarian, the search for sample recipes have reached a huge mind block because, for this endeavour I have promised myself that I will try to create my own recipes (no matter how unoriginal they may be!)

Sohoon Goreng

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The second day of the week-long vegetarian meal request continues with this simple dish which I have prepared countless number of times since it is a favourite with my kids.  Taking that into consideration, I decided to make a vegetarian version of it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bebola Tauhu dengan Sos Bolognese

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There are times when a challenge is thrown at you smack in the face, when you least expected it.  And this challenge came in the form of preparing vegetarian dishes for a week upon the request of one of my family members.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

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iii.  Lala Kimchi

This is yet another one of those things I do for people who are always willing to accept me whenever I come over and visit their schools.  It is very difficult to get people, teachers especially, to accept me; especially in my line of work. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lala Kimchi

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I have always wanted to prepare a few Korean dishes but have never had the exposure of any sort to them.  Even when there is this new Korean food outlet in one of the malls in the state capital, I am still unable to sample any of them because most of them contain seafood which I am somewhat allergic to.

Kari Nangka dengan Ayam

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It is always time to reminisce when you spend time in the kitchen cooking dishes that your mother or grandmother used to cook; bringing back a sense of nostalgia if you will.  The dishes you prepare may never be the same as how they have prepared, but it's just a way for you to remember them.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Simple Cheese and Pineapple Puffs

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There are times when you really don't have the time to spend in the kitchen especially so early in the morning.  However, that one fine Sunday morning (no less) request came pouring in for me to make use of the puff pastry that has been catching cold in the freezer.

Simple One Pot Roast Chicken

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The girls are home. My son and his wife are home.  Everyone is home.  The house is a hive of activities; well after 10 a.m. anyway, when most of us (except me and my wife) get up to see what is for breakfast.

Prawn Sambal with Tapioca

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A  month has gone without me making any entry into this blog and I have been eager to write down about some of the things I cooked.  I haven't been able to do so because there was something wrong with my laptop.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Salad with Tahini Dressing

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I have been told a couple of times (well, more than once is a couple of times!) that my body is acidic and I need to do something to make my body more alkaline.  I have read a lot (trusted names in the internet, at least) about how to go about achieving this.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Simple Fish Soup

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The holidays in December saw me having a few episodes of binge eating, not so much on the amount of food I ate but more on the types of food.  I actually found a lot of happiness and enjoyment in foods that contained coconut milk, lots of butter, cheese and what-have-you. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Chicken Curry with Crepes. Why not!

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Sunday is usually a day of rest; of being lazy and trying to avoid doing all the things that I usually do doing the rest of the week.  I always think that I have the whole Sunday to think about the things I want to do and the food I want to cook, but when I really come down to thinking about it, that's all it is; think!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Whitebait Fritters with Nuoc Cham

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I used to eat a lot of whitebait during my childhood years where my late mum would be clever enough to create recipes using these little fish.  Nowadays, I realize two things about whitebait; one is based on the frequency of the fish appearing in our menu when I was young, I suppose it was plentiful then.  Secondly, the fish must be dwindling in numbers now because I am lucky if I can buy them even once in three months at the market!