Scottish Style Lamb Liver & Bacon with Red Wine Gravy

Whatever happened to liver and bacon? Liver and bacon used to be a popular dish amongst home cooks back in the 19th and early 20th century.  Other than my grandmother making the occasional liver and onions dish, I can’t remember my mother ever touching the meat.  It seems that it has gone out of favor…

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Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Chorizo Cassoulet

What’s a cassoulet? Cassoulet is just a fancy French word for casserole.  However, this is not your neighborhood weird casserole made from condensed soup and God knows what else. No, this is a FRENCH casserole with meat and white beans slowly cooked together in a, you guessed it, casserole dish which is a traditional deep…

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Crispy chicken thighs stuffed with apple and bacon

What’s on your shopping list? For me, I always buy chicken thighs.  No offense to the rest of the chicken, but these parts are effortlessly sumptuous. Not only that but thighs (and dark meat in general) are budget-friendly, versatile, culinarily forgiving and beloved by kids.  Chicken nuggets are great and all, but crispy roasted chicken…

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Fried Pork Chops with Pineapple Thyme Reduction

    Whatever happened to pork chops? Do people still eat pork chops? Are they celebrated with great joy and gobbled down with sheer food lust like Homer Simpson?  Granted it has been over 13 years since I have lived in my home country so I am not sure if they are still quite as popular…

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The Perfect Crispy Skin Salmon Salad with Avocado

The extraordinary lightness of a delicious 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,…

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Spanish style Chorizo and Borlotti Bean Stew

So many requests for Chorizo and bean stew For years my husband has been begging me to make him chorizo and bean stew.  So I scoured the internet trying to find one that is suitable to his needs.  He was insistent on it being tomato-based and absolutely nothing resembling spinach be found anywhere near it. …

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Pork Shoulder and King Oyster Mushrooms Stir-Fry

  How do I describe this pork and king oyster mushroom stir-fry? Well, it’s difficult to put in words. Have you ever eaten something that made you question why you don’t eat that exact same thing every day?  A food that is so tasty, so layered in flavor, succulent, juicy, salty and just a little…

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Roasted tomato, anchovy and garlic spaghetti

  Carbs Rule We’re big fans of carbs in this house.  Can’t get enough of them.  I know in this day and age, a statement like that can be controversial given the popularity of low carb diets and cauliflower everything.  However, my husband is an avid cyclist who needs to (seemingly constantly) carb load for…

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Shanghai Noodles with Shitake Mushrooms and Pork

  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…

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Roasted Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad with Cashews

      My new favorite side salad: Roasted pear with bleu cheese My new favorite salad which comprises all necessary elements of a great bowl of the green leafy stuff: sweet, salty and a crunch.  The sweetness of a roasted pear combined with the salty and sharp Bleu cheese crumbles and the crunch of…

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Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Braised in Beer

  The genius of slow cooking beef brisket in beer. Slow cooking a chunk of beef brisket in beer for hours is a great idea.  Some could say, a ‘genius’ idea as it tenderizes the meat while enhancing the brisket’s natural flavor making it taste oh so beefy.  Add to this fact that this is…

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Marsala Mushroom and Goat Cheese French Omelette

  What is there to say about this omelette recipe?  What anecdote or clever quip can I use to describe it?  How shall I sing its praises? Should I discuss how the combination of sweet Marsala wine and lemony thyme are soaked up by meaty mushrooms?  Should I elaborate about how much I love those…

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Roasted Balsamic Red Pepper, Bacon and Brie Sandwich

    Pasta, roast chicken or sandwich      Every time I ask for ideas of what to have for dinner, my husband replies with 3 options: pasta, roast chicken or sandwiches.  Now, I like sandwiches as much as the next person but when I ask for ideas, I want inspiration.  BUT there is only…

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Salmon Cakes made from Leftover Salmon Trimmings

    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 I…

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Croque Monsieur (French Ham and Cheese Sandwich)

Ham and cheese sandwich, en français The French do many things well when it comes to food however they are not particularly creative when it comes to sandwich making as can be seen in the Croque monsieur.  You likely won’t find new and innovative ingredients between 2 pieces of bread but you will find quality. …

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Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich)

Dreams of travel and food This Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich) is inspired by the flavors of Vietnam.  If you haven’t gone, I suggest booking a trip sooner rather than later.  Beautiful scenery, friendly locals and delectable food.   Haunted by bread and pork Each and every time I visited this beautiful country, I…

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Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs Slow Cooked in the Oven

Ribs are nature’s teething toy              Did you know that a rib bone is a great teething toy for a toddler?   We discovered this primitive tusk sharpening tool one day whilst having Sunday lunch with my in-laws.  My baby who was around 10 months at the time and was sitting…

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Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry w/peppers & potatoes

Hoki what? Hoki, known as blue grenadier or blue hake, is a delicate and slightly sweet white fish with a medium flake.  When it comes to cooking this delicious fish, my all-time favorite method of cooking it is to poach it in a spicy broth.   Since I live in the spice abundant tropical country of…

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