Curried Shrimp Toast

How curried shrimp toast came to be… As is the case with most recipes on this blog, I must say that my husband, or rather his incessant requests, is again responsible for this recipe.  To be honest, I had never even heard of shrimp toast (or prawn toast as the Brits like to say) until…

Lamb Stuffed Peppers

Lamb stuffed peppers are something that my husband has been bothering me to make for quite a long time.  It’s not that I was averse to making them.  I simply just had no idea of what kind of direction he wanted the recipe to go in.  What kind of peppers? How to season the filling? …

Chicken Tikka Masala

The Chicken Tikka Masala Origin Story Chicken Tikka Masala was supposedly born in Glasgow when a customer complained about his chicken curry being dry.  To remedy this situation, the restaurant chef added some tomato soup to the mix and VOILA! This British-Indian dish was born.  Many people speculate on whether or not this is actually…

The Perfect Salmon Salad

Perhaps it’s the constant heat here in Malaysia or perhaps I simply have had enough with cleaning dishes piled high but recently I have come around to a nice salmon salad for dinner.  For one, it’s easy to throw together after a long day.  No slow cooking, hours-long roasting or labor-intensive side dishes.  Just one…

Healing Chicken Broth

  Is there anything more comforting than a warm little mug of salty chicken broth to drink? When you’re sick, when you’re sad or nothing is wrong at all, drinking chicken broth is the ultimate comfort food. For the past month or so, I have been sick…TWICE!  The first time was a bit of a…

Chili Paneer

  Who says vegetarian is lame? I have to admit, I always viewed vegetarian food as a bit of a bummer with tasteless tofu and stupid quinoa bowls.  Yes, a meatless meal made with sustainable local produce is more environmentally and socially responsible but come on….who really likes tempeh?????  It tastes like a litter box!…

Cranachan

    Release the Cranachan….   This Scottish dessert of Cranachan (pronounced CRA-NA-HCHAN) is not a sea-dwelling monster from Norse mythology but instead a delicious concoction of oats, cream or yogurt and raspberries.  It is also one of my family’s favorite desserts which I only make on special occasions like Christmas or anniversaries. Over the years…

Andy’s Chicken Balti

A curry here, another curry there… Compare a local mamak (eatery) here in Malaysia with an Indian restaurant back home and you will be puzzled.  Granted, a mamak serves a wide range of different Malaysian foods from three (or more) different ethnic groups, not just food from the subcontinent, but if you fancy a curry…

Andy’s Balti Base Gravy

Why do we need a base gravy for this dish? It’s tough to pick a “biggest difference” between British Indian food and “real” Indian cooking – beyond the fact that one has come through the lens of the restaurant industry rather than the homes and street stalls of the subcontinent.  At home, most curries are…