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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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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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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Pasta Primavera with Oven Roasted Vegetables

  Springtime is here! In Italian, Primavera means springtime.  Springtime with its awakening gardens and brighter days.  So it makes sense that a pasta primavera be filled with all the garden has to offer.  A colorful rainbow of fresh vegetables and mushrooms. Now if I am going to toss all those lovely fresh vegetables together with…

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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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