Aloo Palak (Pakistani Spinach Curry)

Years ago I decided to expand my culinary horizons by attending a Pakistani cooking class.  At that time, I knew nothing about Indian and Pakistani cuisine.  I wasn’t even a big fan of it back then.  However, if an opportunity arises to expand your horizons, take it.  Never turn down the chance to learn. The…

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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 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…

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…

Easy Taco Beans

      I never was a refried bean girl.  Sorry, I know that is an incendiary statement but I just wasn’t all that into them.  Although tasty, refried beans were viscous, like lava, spilling over and expanding on my plate capturing little grains of rice in its wake or worse, how it completely over…

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…

Easy Basil Tomato Sauce

      I don’t know about you but my 2 year old is my biggest critic.  If the scrambled eggs aren’t to her liking, she’ll leave them untouched.  If the roast chicken isn’t freshly cooked, it is not up to snuff.  She doesn’t like leftovers.  She won’t eat any pasta in a cream sauce. …