Roasted Balsamic Red Pepper, Bacon and Brie Sandwich

           I knew this sandwich was good when my husband and I had it twice in one day: once at lunch and then again at dinner because “I quite fancy another one of those”.      In my mind, I could eat this tasty sandwich for the rest of my life. …

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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…

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…

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…

Croque Monsieur

         One of the perks of studying French at college was that I actually had to study abroad in France and for me that meant the university quarter in Paris.  In lectures on the rise of post modernism, formalist analysis of Baudelaire and trips to every art museum the city had to…