Baked Ham and Cheese Pasta Rolls

        I have created a monster.  Several, monsters in fact. As someone who loves to cook and lavish food onto others, I have found that my beloved friends and family have developed high expectations.  If we go out for dinner and they are somewhat unsatisfied with their order, they look up at…

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Lamb and Butter Bean Stew

         If you ever find yourself near a Yemeni restaurant, definitely go in.  We recently discovered this unique and wonderful cuisine from a local restaurant here in Malaysia and it soon became our favorite take out spot.  A mixture of Middle Eastern with Indian flavors and influences here and there and very…

Beef Stroganoff

               Beef Stroganoff is one of those dishes that remind me of my childhood. The tender beef, the succulent mushrooms all in a creamy sauce over a pile of egg noodles.           The only problem with trying to recreate it now is that my mother…

Pasta Primavera

  Over the holiday season, I happily indulged in every craft beer and every pork product the United Kingdom had to offer and why not?  After all, I flew all at that way (15 hours in a plane!) with a toddler and I deserved weeks of treats for that. However, as soon as we touched…

Stuffed Cabbage

        Things I remember about my Ukranian grandmother:  Her Brooklyn accent whenever I talked to her on the phone. She was a big believer of soaking her poultry in brine before cooking. AND 3. Her stuffed cabbage recipe. Sad to say, I never actually met my grandmother in real life since we…

Uyghur Spiced Lamb Parcels

              Some of the best food in China can be found in Xinjiang province, located in Western China and typically halal and more reminiscent of middle Eastern cuisine than of anything you would recognize from your local takeaway.  Popular dishes of this region are spiced barbequed lamb, hand pulled…

Salmon Scrap Cakes

      I love salmon cakes.  For Christmas breakfast, I make salmon cakes topped with sliced avocado, a poached egg and a drizzle of Hollandaise sauce.  On a weekday night, I throw together salmon cakes drizzled with parsley sauce served alongside crispy potatoes and steamed veg.  There’s no wrong time. Now, as much as…

Karaage Chicken

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

Foolproof Cheesy Carbonara

    When I’m feeling particularly hedonistic, I find myself time and time again throwing together pasta carbonara for a decadent meal.  One day I found myself in the midst of putting it all together when I discovered that there just wasn’t enough Parmesan cheese to make it to my liking.  Still, the bacon was…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…