Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

If you are a follower or even a fan of this blog, you’ll know that I love roasted red peppers (also pork belly, pasta and all things chicken but I digress).  No offense to fresh, crunchy, raw red peppers, but roasted is where it is at.  Soft, sweet and the perfect accompaniment to cheese (which…

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Chili Paneer

The Holiday Hangover Happy New Year everyone!  For many people in the Western world, the holiday season is over and thank God for that.  Yes participating in all the festivities was fun, imbibing in all those specialty cocktails was treat and gorging on that decadent food was a sumptuous pleasure.  I bet right now, you…

Cranachan

    Release the Cranachan….   This Scottish dessert (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 I…

Chicken and Bacon Puffs

Stock the fridge with lots of food now… The holiday season is upon us.  Bring on the booze, roast dinners, and baked goods.  No wonder everyone gains weight this time of the year.  The amount of food and libations thrown at you is truly sinful in its abundance.  Not to mention all the leftovers.  There…

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

No two curries are the same… It can be a little odd talking about food in Malaysia – and Malaysians do love to talk about food.  Dishes that are popular in China, such as Lazijiding (dry fried chicken with chili peppers) simply don’t exist here.  The little bottles of black vinegar that are ubiquitous in…

Kung Pao Chicken Wings

  I like Kung Pao Chicken and I like chicken wings but I absolutely love these Kung Pao Chicken Wings.  Why?  Well, for one thing they are delicious.  Tender on the inside and coated in a mouthwatering salty, sweet and spicy sauce.  They don’t take much prep or an extensive amount of time to throw…

Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Curry Laksa

          Story goes that when Chinese immigrants settled in Malaysia, they married locals who learned to cook Chinese recipes but put their own twist on them by using local ingredients.  Hence, Peranakan cuisine (aka Nyonna cuisine) was born and still remains a delicious staple in Malaysia today. One of the more…

Seafood Nam Prik Pao

  Ah, beautiful Thailand.  Crystal clear water, sandy beaches, lush forests and of course, amazing food.  The first time I visited Thailand, I was young, single and free.  I stayed in a hostel in Phuket, spent my days on a boat – off day tripping everywhere and somewhere and, of course, eating at the local…