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…

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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…

Kedgeree

      I know what you’re thinking….rice, fish, eggs?  Why?  How can this be good?  AND why is it eaten for breakfast?  Well, I hate to shatter your prejudices about British cuisine but I have to say that it can sometimes be surprisingly good and kedgeree – a breakfast dish that contains exactly those…

Salmon en Croute

      It may have a fancy French name, but this dish is all British.  Salmon en croute dates back to the 18th century when everywhere in Europe it was all the rage to cover things in dough and speak French.  Considering how much the British love things delivered in pastry, this makes perfect…

Spicepaw’s Spag Bol

Things I have learned as an American in my relationship with my British husband: 1. it’s never too early to start drinking on Christmas (I kind of like this rule) 2. Potatoes are an important vegetable in every meal and don’t try to reduce the amount and 3. Spaghetti Bolognese is not just pasta with…

Mulligatawny

          For a long time I didn’t know what Mulligatawny was.  What was this soup that my husband kept asking me to make?  So, I did a little research and found that this dish is yet another British hybrid of an Indian recipe only this time made with added beef, thickeners…

Steak and Ale Pie

        Steak and ale pie might seem like one of those dishes that you can only get in a pub somewhere in Yorkshire with a side of mashed potatoes, green peas and a decent mug of lager or two.  Where else could people master such a flaky crust, luscious gravy and tender…

Idiot Proof Minty Peas

  Being that half of my household is British, every Friday is fish and chips night.  I make the batter in the afternoon and get the fish ready.  My husband busies himself by making the chips from scratch and frying everything to a beautiful, golden crisp.   Deep frying things is an art form that he…