Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rome - 2 Days Of Rome, Italy

My travelling story. Honestly, never had one. For a matter of fact, sincerely, lemme repeat myself again. Never. Why? My life. God! Been really a roller coaster. Mostly downers and hardly anything great I should speak about. Furthermore, money by itself? I hardly could safe. Whatever I earned, all of it gone for my daily and monthly commitments. Even love? Such a mess for years and years until my first marriage crumbled. However, for the last 10 years or so, things have been working out. I met my second love before settling down and once we worked our butts out to put money and whatever needed into perceptive, I actually saw the travelling light shining at the end of the tunnel. The first shining light? Wow! Took both of us to Italy in a tour. Oh-my-god! I couldn't believe it. Me in Italy? Yep. A long haul flight from Malaysia before arriving and clearing out of “Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport by 10.00am and prior to starting our sightseeing immediately. Where to? Of course, Rome was the start. Two days in Rome.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Indian-Style Mustard Greens

Indian-Style Mustard Greens. Vegetables and us are best friends for our daily rice meals (Four Angled Beans Tempeh) and mustard greens on the whole are really affordable (Tapioca Stir FryEggplant Tikka Masala & Chloe Masala). A bunch will cost like, what, a dollar plus and alongside the ingredients you have already stocked up at home, you can pretty much put together this Indian-Style Mustard Greens. In a simple masala mix, soft and tender mustard greens. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grilled Fish Sandwich

Fish and us? God (Vietnamese Fish Soup, Shark Curry, Thai Green Fish Curry, Kerala Fish Fry, Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish & Tuna Cutlets). I say nothing further. Fish and fish and fish. Today however, its a different fish story. Grilled tucked into bread slices (Lamb Burger). Grilled Fish Sandwich basically.  So how? Grilled dory, vegetables and sauces and all of these packed in bread.  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Malaysian Fried Rice

Fried Rice. Yes everyone. Fried rice in need when the mind can't compute what should be the dish for the day. Fried Rice. I think I have already repeated myself, the anything goes dish? Anything literally (Kampung Fried Rice, Chinese Fried Rice & Lamb Fried Rice). Unless you have up your sleeve a specific need for a specific fried rice like Tom Yum Prawn Fried Rice? Other than that, what is there for me to say? We have already spoken in great length before right? Of course. I know I have fumbled with picturing, maybe not really obviously, then again why bother when taste is our concern right? Malaysian Fried Rice. The Malaysian heavenly promising tastes (Malaysian Lamb Stew, Malaysian Char Kway Teow, Malaysian Gado Gado, Nasi Dagang & Malaysian Fried Mee) and belacan, of course, of course. Me and my love for belacan (Belacan Fried Rice) and the rest of the ingredients listed below. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mor Kuzhambu

Aha! What's on our cooking page today foodies? I decided, yes I, decided it should be a vegetarian curry. Not those fiery red curries though (Indian Vegetable Curry, Indian Tofu Curry & Cauliflower Curry), but a yellow hue eye popping curry (Sodhi/Coconut Milk Stew, Bitter Gourd Sambar & Sambar/Dhal Curry). Mor Kuzhambu, aka yogurt curry, aka buttermilk curry. Interesting right? I know. Mor Kuzhambu.  A tiny boost of spiciness, coconut and cumin paste enhanced and walla, speak about the scent of curry leaves.   

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mutton Pepper Masala

Mutton Keema, Masala Mutton Curry, Mutton Kurma, Mutton Dalca, Pepper Mutton Curry, Mutton Parathal & Mutton Varuval. Says its all, isn't it? Our love, our Indian love for mutton? Of course. Obviously. Mutton loved to its core and I, mind you have already exhausted my avenue for the standard mutton dishes. All of it already repeated I don't know how many times before I decided I should invent a new dish. Pepper being the main highlight for this Mutton Pepper Masala, a dry style, mint for aroma and minty zesty, and like I have already said before, potatoes by far will swim into a mutton or even a lamb dish (Lamb Pho). Oh yes, yogurt tipped in as well for the natural burst of creaminess and tanginess.   

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Egg Vindaloo

If you think only potatoes are far out the popularity in, if not all, in some households (Potato Gratin), how about eggs being the other favourite? In my house, goodness me, speak about eggs? We love eggs crazily. Eggs are never forgotten and they, mind you, will somehow head into dishes (Char Kway Teow). Either as one of the supporting ingredients or as the core ingredient (Egg Rasam & Egg Curry Masala).Today, obviously, I am featuring eggs again. The main highlight in fact for this Portuguese cuisine (Chicken Devil Curry, Devilled Prawns & Pada Salt Fish Pickle) Egg Vindaloo. Boiled eggs in a spicy,  thick and curry leaves scented gravy.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lamb Burgers

So, we must agree it can't be curries, rice and side dishes (Shark Curry, Tapioca Stir Fry & Apple Cucumber Salad), or even soups or noodles daily (Vietnamese Fish Soup & Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup)? I think we did speak about this matter before, if I am not mistaken? Lamb Burger. What a drastic change in my house. Seldom we love to bite into burgers, not me though, but my other half-half is food fine even daily with anything decked into any kinda bread stuffs. He in fact, unlike me, is a bread worshiper. These lamb burgers definitely were his dinner food pride. All made from a stretch, except of course, oh-please, I can't be bothered with making burger buns. Instead, wholemeal burger buns I paid for at the bakery, filled with seasoned by dried herbs grilled lamb patties (Lamb Stew & Minced Lamb Potato Fried Rice), lotsa raw veggies and those available at home sauces atop. Feel free. Veggies and sauces as per availability in your house or whichever you prefer.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tapioca Stir Fry

The humble tapioca. Wouldn't you agree tapioca is a humble from under the ground root digging? If you are asking me, I must say humbleness of tapioca is forever for me. From those years when I was growing up and till this day. Energy giving and sustaining, but somehow forgotten until recently when I couldn't help picking up tapioca again at the hypermarket and the dish had be? Tapioca Stir Fry (Brinjal Stir Fry). My Indian me style of cooking, some anchovies added and those customary Indian ingredients as well (Aloo Gobi, Curried Ladies Fingers, Carrot Poriyal & Eggplant Tikka Masala). Never ever rule out Tapioca Stir Fry for Sambar and ever loved Egg Rasam or Sodhi

Friday, December 9, 2011

Apple Cucumber Salad

So, the worst struggle in this fast and catchy era I am assuming, is time struggle. Tell me about it. Time and none. Time which by far is the crucial crisis for literally everything, including cooking taking place in our kitchen (Kampung Fried Rice, Chinese Mixed Vegetable Stew, Beans Thoran & Mixed Vegetable Soup). I know. I am aware. I go through it daily. Nevertheless, my motto is still a home meal. One which I try my best not to compromise. Thus, how do I keep it going? How do I manage my time for home food? Well, if you know and you have mastered the art to keeping it simple in your kitchen, you are already your own winner (Bean Sprouts Salted Fish, Kailan Oyster Sauce & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish). Of course, every now and then, its worthiness to an elaborated dish (Aloo Gobi, Gado Gado & Chloe Masala). Otherwise? Take this Apple Cucumber Salad as an example. A healthy temptation. Easily put together. Right. Apple, cucumber, lettuce leaves, dried blackcurrant, olive oil, lemon juice, brown sugar and salt. Bang! Green is our food crunchiness and tastiness. Happy tucking in everyone. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Vietnamese Fish Soup

Let's even keep our food adventurous. Meaning? Let's venture to dishes from other parts of the world. Can't be all the time Malaysian food? Sometimes we want the change? If you are asking me, yes and why not, what not and since fish is a regularity in my house, I? (Grilled Salmon, Assam Fish Curry, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, & Shark Curry). I decided to food venture outside my comfort zone and? Vietnames Fish Soup (Mutton Soup). Nothing a complicated matter,  trust me especially for soup making (Lamb Pho). Even this Vietnamese Fish Soup. Very easy. Simmer and you get a mixed bag of spiciness, tanginess, sweetness and saltiness.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

Eggplant Tikka Masala

Tik-tik-tikka masala? Spices and all thing nice Indian tastes. Where did I get the idea for this Eggplant Tikka Masala? Some looking back at some of my previous recipes (Carrot Poriyal, Egg Curry Masala, Red Cabbage Thoran & Dum Aloo), so on and so forth. A vegetarian version delight, of course even the mighty meat eaters can tuck in as well. Nothing no short of full bodied tangy and spiciness, and as you have noted, visually bright, colorfully appealing. Mostly made with pantry friendly ingredients, otherwise buy them if you don't have when you are out buying eggplant, and the rest is the history of cooking (Aloo Gobi, Vegetable Achar, Curried Ladies Fingers, Four Angled Beans Tempe, Dum Aloo, Valakkai Chips & Bitter Gourd Sambar). 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup

Vegetarianism? Nope. Not my topic. I have nothing much to say actually. In fact, I shouldn't because we are not full blown vegetarians (Carrot Poriyal, Kailan Oyster SauceCauliflower Curry, Gado Gado & Indian Tofu Curry). Of course, those of you who are born vegetarian or have embarked on a totality vegetarian journey, you are the best people to speak about why and what not about vegetarianism. We on the other hand are the every now and then vegetarians. Whenever we feel like. Not out of badly yearning for holiness or we are assured a place in heaven or what not. This Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup. Yes. I coined it.  Carrot, red onion and celery simmered for broth extraction and then given a new lease by enhancing the tastes. Prior to yellow noodles red capsicum and mustard green assembled, coriander leaves garnished and soup/broth/stock generously poured over. Enjoy your meal everyone (Curry Mee Vegetarian & Mee Rojak Vegetarian). Love you all. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry)

The love for fish just spirals over like nobody's business in my house. The love, supposedly, for consuming less meat and more of fish (Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Kerala Fish Fry, Tuna Cutlets, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf & Nyonya Fish Sambal). Of course, the other love in an Indian household can't be none, can't be more, except Kuzhambu, aka curries (Fish Sambar, Bitter Gourd Prawn CurryPumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Crab Curry & Thai Green Fish Curry). Sura Meen Kuzhambu is I think a familiarity to Indians? No, no, I am not talking about the huge buggers swimming happily and aimlessly in the sea. I am actually talking about those small sharks which obviously is the core for this Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry). Get them cleaned at the fish monger. Otherwise, shark will be quite a troubling and time taking thing in cleaning by yourself. What's next? Making this curry. Really, quite a basic type, nevertheless, aplenty garlic, if you are asking me, is the key to shark curries, particularly for this spicy, tangy and diviners Sura Meen Kuzhambu/(Shark Curry. Oh, before I forget, radish is the extra add-on. We love radish in fish curry (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry). Take care everyone. Bye for now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Malaysian Lamb Stew

Its, mostly Malaysian in my house (Potato Leaves Belacan, Chay Kway Teow, Kailan Oyster Sauce, Bean Sprouts Salted Fish, Gado Gado, Sambal Sotong & Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry) Malaysian food mostly, even when its other dishes from around the globe, I must tweet and localize as per our Malaysian love. Today, its Malaysian Lamb Stew. Somewhat similar to the millions of lamb stews from every and each part of the world, Malaysian Lamb Stew (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry) on the other hand is the produce of our local ingredients, except maybe Worcestershire Sauce? Additionally, due to our rough and tough local lamb cuts, I suggest you get the cooking help from your pressure cooker. Otherwise, nothing should go wrong for this rich and filling stew which you can make ahead, store in the fridge and warm up as and when needed, perhaps also you shouldn't discount dunking toast inside for further food pleasure wholesomeness (Lamb Fried Rice & Braised Chicken Feet). 

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