Monday, April 20, 2015

Taste Enclave Classic - Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Non Halal)

I seldom go down to Kuala Lumpur. Perhaps because there's ample eateries and shopping malls within Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam. Yet when the invitation for a food review was extended by Taste Enclave Pavilion, how could I not possibly refuse for I know where good food can come from. After all, I was among the invited guests for the opening of Taste Enclave Sunway Pyramid which features Asian and Western cuisines in a comfortable-elegant ambiance.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dubai - One Day Tour

Many of you know that I have been travelling quite a bit. Not always. Possibly at least twice in a year. So far I have been to a few countries. I do hope there will be more travel ventures in the near future. I have travelled alone, in tour groups with unknown people and once year  with my other half. Being a seasoned traveller, I can tell you that there's more to travelling than going from one place to another, sightseeing, sampling different types of food or staying in nice hotels. Plan all you want for a wonderful holiday but remember anything can happen especially those you least expect.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pudina/Mint Chutney

Chutneys/thokku/pickles are nice addition to any kind of meal. Primarily for vegetarian banana leaf meals during auspicious Hindu festivals. And as always said, make the simple types which does not take up a lot of time. Try the mango chutney 1, mango chutney 2, tomato chutney, green chilli mango thokku or today's mint chutney. Obviously with the minty leaves for the cool fresh taste, yoghurt for the natural tinge and that bit of spiciness from dried red chillies. First soften the leaves over low heat with chillies and ulunthu/white dhall, Then add salt and yoghurt and pulse/blend. Tadaa!! Done.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green Chilli Mango Thokku/Pickle

So you must have seen the recipes for mango chutney 1, mango chutney 2 and tomato chutney right?? And here's one more called thokku/pickle made with green chillies. Easy peasy but do buy the mango first please if you're going to make for next week's Hindu new year/Vaisakhi. What about rava kheer/payasam, vadai and perhaps semolina ladoo for the traditional vegetarian meals with loved ones???

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rava/Semolina Kheer

Before anything else, let me tell you that kheer is payasam and payasam is kheer. Really doesn't matter for its an Indian dessert we make for auspicious festivals. Looking at that next week is the "Hindu New Year" and its going to be vegetarian meals for the Hindus, I'm going to share a few vegetarian recipes. I've already shared the recipe for Peas And Sago Payasam and here's to another type with rava and sago too. Kheer/payasam is absolutely nice with Vadai and papadam as a sweet closing for a vegetarian meal.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Istanbul - Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (Turkey)

From Koru Hotel, we returned to Istanbul and in another 1 1/2 days time, we will be going back home. In fact Istanbul was where the 11 days 9 nights tour started. There were still two more places to see in Istanbul. First the Topkapi palace in such a huge area so much so that our visit was split into two sections. First two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon after lunch. Lunch was at the down town Chinese restaurant, small and sort of cramped up. Despite sitting at the table upstairs, it was quite a thing with 10 people per table and hardly enough space to move around. However food was not too bad. Simple yet tasty and definitely appreciated because its the first Chinese meal after 8 days. Can you imagine how it would have been? Within 20 minutes, all the dishes were polished off.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution

Though I'm popularly known as a food blogger, I do review beauty products. But sad that none of the beauty companies have ever noticed me. Thanks to Murad for being the first.  Of course I admit I was over excited to be among the beauty bloggers for the launch of Murad's newly improved blemish clearing solution. Quite an experience for feeling out of place. Being with the dolled up sweet young things. Well, I am proud of myself too. I dressed professional and appropriately for my age.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

DU'IT Foot And Heel Balm Plus

Remember what I said about neglecting the heels of my feet in Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream? Okay. Ellgy was the first cream I bought after a lapse of many years. A good start to minimise and smooth out dry flaky skin. I then switched to this foot balm. Again from the pharmacy and randomly brought. I didn't mind buying for its affordable, priced below Rm30.00. Though I've never knew anything about the brand and the product.   

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Koru Hotel - Bolu (Turkey)

The main highlight in Ankara was definitely Ataturk Mausoleum (Anitkabir) - a tribute to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independent and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. We spend around two hours at this place before leaving for Bolu, located approximately half way between Istanbul and Ankara, famous for its dense forests, fauna and modern hot spring facilities. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

D'Cuisine - The Plaza@Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya

Imagine what it would been like to brave the heavy rain, driving from Shah Alam and coming over to D'Cuisine. I actually didn't mind for I have been to their D'italiane Kitchen outlet. As usual I am "blur-blur" when it comes to direction. I parked at Jaya 33 and realised that something is not right. A phone call to my dinner companion Corrine Junipersjournal who was already at Plaza 33 and I knew where I was. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sardine Varuval (Dry Style)

Canned sardines? Stock them up and reach out when you feel lazy to cook. I like to cook but you see, sometimes its pretty hectic when I have to write articles after attending events. Also, by the time my other half wakes up after a rough and tough night watching Manchester United live game, his day begins at 1pm. By then I am dying of hunger. So as said in "Sardine Masak Lemak/Creamy Chilli Gravy", its canned sardines. In fact I have already shared a similar sardine varuval recipe. That time my photography skills were very shaky. Have a look at the picture and you will know what I mean.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lahari Kitchen - Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong

I couldn't possibly ignore Lahari Kitchen's invitation for a food review. Of course I was excited. I knew its going to be wholesome home cooked Indian authentic and multi cuisine fare at affordable prices. Since I am familiar with Bandar Puchong Jaya, coming over to this restaurant was easy. Quite a straightforward route. As you drive and turn into the left lane before Pelita Restaurant, you are bound to notice the blue signboard.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kuih Sagu Kukus (Steamed Sago Cake)

Cooking at home is not the same as what you see on TV cooking shows. At home you have to make do with the basic utensils you have in the space called kitchen. Can just be a small area without a fan and you sweat like crazy especially in the hot humid Malaysian weather. Cooking show on the other hand is a different story all together - beautifully set-up large kitchen, air- conditioned and with state of art equipments. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil

From  high end Shu Uemura cleansing oil and mid range Body Shop cleansing oil, my expectations drastically dropped about spending a substantial amount on skin care products. I made a 360 degrees turn and bought this deep clean cleansing oil for around RM38.00. Obviously because of dollar and cents. I now work from home and earn lesser compared to when I was in the education industry. Not at all a big crisis. In fact for the better and to try affordable products.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Malaysian Banana Pancake

I like to think about food differently. I like to localise whatever I make with cheaper ingredients compared to spending more and replicating Western dishes. While occasionally I don't mind, most of the time its about local ingredients. Take for example these pancakes - made with bananas (Banana Cake,  Banana Bread and Banana Chocolate Cake) and served with banana slices, grated coconut and palm sugar which cost a couple of dollars only.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Moo Kata Steamboat & BBQ House (Kuchai Lama Food Court) Kuala Lumpur

They say "opposites attracts". Well to a certain extent, I have to agree. In my case, its about food, - what my other half prefers and what I like. I love the utmost satisfaction of a steamboat meal whereas he can't be bothered with the required simple cooking and he seem never satisfied after eating. So he was conveniently dropped off my list and I went with a friend to Moo Kata at their invitation. Albeit going to the wrong food court nearby the market, it didn't lead to any sort of inconvenience to turn back to the main road, drive a couple of minutes and turn on the left before Suzuki Showroom where bbq house is.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Peach Raisin Bread Pudding (Eggless)

Its very frustrating you know when you want to write and you don't know where to start. Then again, posting a recipe without an intro feels "naked" - ahahhah!! Yep. As though its not complete. So in good faith, I have been staring at the laptop for almost an hour, going back and forth amending the first sentence, rewriting and I am not going anywhere. Thank god I have already posted a Pineapple Bread Pudding recipe before. Conveniently I will take off from there. This bread pudding is even easier - simple yet without compromising on the taste.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ankara - Turkey

There were a couple of stops after we left Dinler Hotel and before reaching Ankara. First at the Hanlem Art Centre which showcased a collection of previous and semi previous stone jewellery. We sat through a documentary on how the stones are harvested - the standard thing at similar centres/outlets throughout the world and somehow always included in tours. After that, we walked around to see the collection. While some were keen to buy, I left and waited outside because I prefer imitation jewellery and spending my money on travelling.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mandarin Orange Marmalade

Officially Chinese New Year is over and no more loud explosions of crackers all night or all day long. Until the next year, hopefully my neighbourhood will remain peaceful. Oh! Before anything else, I take back my words about crackers. I forgot that Deepavali is not over yet. Don't ask me what's with crackers and Indians. I have no clue what so ever. Perhaps there's a valid reason why over the years, it's a major trend to usher the festival of lights by firing rocket crackers. In fact more happening compared to Chinese New Year. Any way, let people be happy as long as they don't blow up my house.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Igentis @Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Before anything else, let me take you back to the preparation for the big wedding in my family. Remember I told you about shopping in Klang, thereafter lunch in Beekay's Curry House. Then a couple of days later in Restoran V.P. Curry House? That was not the end to what else I had to buy and with the wedding date drawing closer, my kitchen was conveniently closed for a week. We eat out including in  Le Rozell French Cafe.
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