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Showing posts from December, 2009

Lemon Curd Tartlets With Fresh Fruits- A Very Happy New Year

Hello my dear readers, the familiar cliché, time flies doesn’t it? It’s time to say goodbye to 2009 and a big welcome to 2010! I wish this New Year would bring more joy, peace, happiness, wealth, and most importantly, health to everyone! Felt like just recently that we were all welcoming year 2000. I recalled everyone was so psyched with welcoming the new century then, but, was stressed out at the same time with fears the catastrophic Y2K or millennium bug was going to crash every computing system globally! Luckily nothing happened. :-) Fast forward 10 years, now we are closing out the first decade of this century! As for my new year resolution? Well, I stopped making them many years back. Told myself that I will just keep doing what I enjoy doing and try to do it better each year. Lame, I know, but it’s true. :-) Enough about me, I will look forward to hear some of your exciting 2010 New Year resolutions! A very Happy New Year greetings to all, cheers! I made some Lemon Curd Tartlets

Lamb And Rice Casserole-Mughlai Lamb Biryani

This is the “grand dish” to close out my little Indian food recipe series before we welcome the New Year. This is Lamb and Rice Casserole or also known as Mughlai Lamb Biryani. Admittedly, the cooking process for this mouth watering dish is a little bit lengthy compared to cooking other dishes. However, with some advance planning, you can make this a pretty easy process. The longest timeline item of this recipe is the Biryani rice. It needs to be soaked in water for at least 12 hours before being cooked. Realizing that was the case, I just extended the process of cooking this dish to 2 days. On the first day I soaked the rice and cooked the lamb. The following day, all I had to do was cook the rice briefly as per the instructions in the recipe, assembled the dish, and baked it all in the oven for an hour. End result is just yummy, worth every effort in my opinion. Hope you will try it.

Red Split Lentils With Cumin Seeds-Masoor Dal

Here I have Red Split Lentils with Cumin Seeds recipe. The split peas are salmon colored; but, will turn yellow when cooked. So, don’t be surprised when you view the pictures. Anyway, serve the lentils with any rice dish, meat, or as a dip with some Naan bread. Just fantastic. Try making your own Naan at home, the recipe is over here .

Moong Dal Pancakes

Moong Dal Pancakes is a fantastic savory pancakes made out of split peas. They are rich in protein and can be eaten as it is or served with some chutney. Delish!

Sweet Corn And Potatoes With Mustard Seeds And Mint

Today, I’m posting a recipe for Sweet Corn and Potatoes with Mustard seeds and Mint. It’s best to use fresh summer corn for this dish. But, if you can’t get hold of the fresh corns, then just substitute with good quality frozen summer corn, which is what I used here incidentally. This sweet corn dish has sweet, hot, and sour flavors. It’s great with any Indian meal.

Spicy Baked Chicken-Masaledar Murghi

Indian food is just fantastic, whether it’s from the North or South region, I just love it. So, I thought I will share several fabulous Indian food recipes with all of you before the New Year. I will start with the Spicy Baked Chicken recipe today. This is a no fuss recipe, all you have to do is let the chicken marinate for a few hours before baking it in the oven. Try it.

Pomegranate Sorbet

Dear valued readers, I’d like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope you will enjoy the holidays with your loved ones! So today, I thought I’d post something red since it’s Christmas after all. I made some Pomegranate Sorbet for the kids and for the adults, some sorbet with Champagne! By the way, the sorbet was made using pomegranate juice provided by the kind folks at POM Wonderful . Thanks Molly. Do check out their website for more detailed information on their healthy products. Cheers to everyone and happy holidays! Pomegranate Sorbet (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Bottle (473 ml) Pomegranate Juice Juice of 1 Lemon 100 g Sugar Method

 In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, mix 1 cup Pomegranate juice with the sugar and lemon juice. Heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the remaining pomegranate juice. Allow the mixture to chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
 As usual, freeze in your ice cream maker


I had a go at making some Puffs or Buñuelos, in Spanish. These fritters tastes great with just a simply sprinkle of some white sugar. To be honest, I had to adjust the oil temperature a couple of times before I finally got it right. If the oil is too hot, the puffs will easily burn while the inside remains raw. So, I reduced the heat from medium to moderate (using an electric cooker marked 3). I guess you will just have to do some trial and error initially, like I did. You will definitely get it right fairly quick. Try it! Recipe adapted from Traditional Spanish Cooking by Janet Mendel Puffs-Buñuelos (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 240 ml (8 fl oz) Milk or Water 70 g (2 ½ oz) Butter 1 Tbsp Brandy or Anise Brandy (Optional) 30 g (1 oz) Sugar Pinch of Sea Salt 125 g (4 ½ oz) Plain Flour 4 Eggs Olive Oil for deep-frying Sugar Method Place the milk, butter, sugar and salt in a heavy pan and heat until just boils. Lower the heat and add the flour all at once, beating it hard with a wooden s

Soto Ayam Recipe

I did a post on Soto Ayam sometime ago, but, without any recipe. You can read about it over here . Just to quickly recap on the post, you can adjust the spiciness of the soup by reducing the white peppercorn and coriander. I have also included an easy way to make the compress rice. Enjoy. Soto Ayam (Printable Recipe) Ingredients

 14 Cups Chicken Stock 3 Cloves 2 (3 inches) Cinnamon Sticks 4 Star Anise 5 Cardamon Pods
 3 Stalk Lemongrass, bruised
 5 to 6 Tbsp Peanut or Vegetable Oil Sea Salt to taste Spice Paste
 40 g Coriander Seeds, pan toasted 10 g Whole White Peppercorn, pan toasted 5 Cloves Garlic
 6 Candlenuts
 40 – 50 g Galangal, peeled and coarsely chopped 40 – 60 g Ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
 4 (about 100 g) Shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped

 350 g Chicken Breast Rice Vermicelli, or Glass Noodles cooked and drained Compressed Rice, cubed Potatoes, boiled, peeled and sliced Bean Sprouts, scalded
 Hard boiled Eggs,

Potato Pancakes-Latkes

I made some Potato Pancakes or also known as Latkes for brunch recently. Latkes are eaten in Jewish communities all over the world on the first night of the 8 days Hanukkah celebration. The pancakes are easy to make and they taste great. So, just make some and enjoy the Latkes! Recipe adapted from The Joy Of Cooking cookbook. Potato Pancakes-Latkes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 2 Cups Coarsely Grated Peeled Potatoes (Russet variety) 3 Large Eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour 1 Tbsp Grated Onions 2 Stalk Scallions, chopped 1 1/4 tsp Sea Salt 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil or Butter Method Wrap the grated potatoes in a clean dish towel and wring to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Combine the potatoes, eggs, flour, onions, scallions, and sea salt in a large bowl. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture in the skillet, then spread into 3-inch cakes about 1/4 inch thick. Fry until browned on the bottom, re

Thumbprint Cookies

I simply love the crumbly texture of this Thumbprint Cookies. Make these cookies and fill them up with your favorite jam. This recipe uses hazelnuts; but, you can play around with almonds or even walnuts. So, do try the recipe and happy baking. Recipe adapted from Baking From My home to yours by Dorie Greenspan Thumbprint Cookies (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 ¾ Cups Finely Ground Hazelnuts 1 ¾ Cups All-Purpose Flour 2 Sticks (8 oz) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature ½ Cup Sugar 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract ½ tsp Pure Almond Extract Confectioners’ Sugar, for dusting About 1 Cup Raspberry Jam (or the jam or marmalade of your choice) Method Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. Whisk together the ground nuts and flour. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light a

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Here’s an Apple Cider Doughnut recipe for those who are not bothered to mess with yeast. It’s easy to make and the doughnuts are dense, with a slight hint of buttermilk and cinnamon. I had adapted the recipe from Smitten Kitchen blog. The original source of the recipe is from a pastry chef, Lauren Dawson, from Hearth restaurant in New York City’s East Village. Apple Cider Doughnuts (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 cup apple cider 3 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for the work surface 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk (low-fat or nonfat work fine) Vegetable oil for frying For the glaze 1 cup confectioners' sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider or Sugar for coating Method For the doughnuts: In a saucepan over medium or medium-low heat, gently reduce the apple cider to about 1/4 cup, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside

Fried Prawns With Sweet Soy Sauce

This Sweet Soy Sauce Prawns recipe is great with some steamed rice. You can use any variety of prawns for the recipe; but, just make sure the shells and heads are intact. The shells will provide a nice fragrant to the sauce which will make the whole dish tastier. So, prepare plenty of napkins as you will be using your hands to enjoy these prawns! :-)


Typically sold warm by street vendors, Churros are fried strips of dough from Spain. Quick and easy to make, the dough is typically deep-fried, sprinkled with sugar or sometimes with cinnamon sugar. In my opinion, this is the perfect Churros recipe. Crispy and golden on the outside, but, the inside remains soft and fluffy throughout. My son quipped, “Once bitten, you will scream for more!” :-) How true! In any case, these Churros are simply scrumptious just on their own, don’t even need to dip them into any hot chocolate. Recipe adapted from Traditional Spanish Cooking by Janet Mandel Churros (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 250 ml (8 fl oz) Water 5 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Strip of Lemon Rind 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 200 g (7 oz) Plain Flour Oil for deep-frying Caster Sugar Ground Cinnamon (optional) Method Put the water in a pan with the oil, lemon rind and bring it to a boil. Remove the lemon rind. Add salt to the flour, then add it to the pan all at once and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon, wor

Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes-Banh Xeo

I’ll admit that I learnt about Vietnamese Sizzling Crepe or Banh Xeo from chef Anthony Bourdain of No Reservation programme. On one of his trips over to Vietnam, I recalled he had this crepe for breakfast. Anyway, I had tried many recipes from various sources for this crepe, but, the end result was less than satisfying. Until recently, when I tried the recipe from Mai Pham’s Vietnamese cookbook. Using this recipe, I just simply substituted the meat with prawns for the filling. The outcome was great, light and crispy crepe with delicious moist and juicy prawn filling. Yummy!

Roasted Pecans With Maple Syrup

This Roasted Pecans With Maple Syrup is very addictive, and best of all, it's easy to make. The pecans are lightly sweet, salty, peppery, and with a slight hint of spiciness. So, why don't you try making some for the holiday season? Roasted Pecans With Maple Syrup (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 1/2 Cup Pecans 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (Amber) 1 tsp Dried Pepper Flakes 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1/8 tsp Sea Salt or to taste Method Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until all the pecans and cranberries are well coated with maple syrup. Spread the mixture in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet and let dry for about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 300˚F. Roast the pecan mixture for about 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Beef With Asian Basil

This is Beef With Asian Basil, one of my favorite beef dishes! You will be surprised at how easy it is to cook this dish, takes less than 5 minutes. Both beef strip loin or rib eye cuts works very well with the recipe. If you slice the beef thinly, chances are you will overcook the meat. So, I find the best way to not overcook the beef is to cube the meat. Try it. Beef With Asian Basil (Printable Recipe) Ingredients

 2 Pcs (about 350g) Beef Strip loin, cubed 
2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped 3 -5 Bird's Eye Chilies, chopped ½ White Onion, diced 60 g Asian (Thai) Basil
 2 Stalks Scallions
 1 1/2 Tbsp Peanut Oil 
Sea Salt to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper 

2 tsp Oyster Sauce 
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
 2 tsp Soy Sauce 2 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
 1/2 tsp Corn Flour
 1/3 Cup Water


Combine the sauce ingredients and mix well. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Brown the meat on both sides. Toss in the garlic, chilies, and onion and give it a quick stir. Then mix in half of the basil,

Roasted Eggplant With Miso Sauce

I may have mentioned before that eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Whether they are cooked in curry, sambal, as a chili bean sauce dip, or just like this, roasted with miso, they taste fantastic. You can prepare this Roasted Eggplant With Miso Sauce dish using either the regular Japanese or the Indian eggplant variety. I decided to use the latter variety as they are small and is packed full of flavors. The size of this variety also allows you to serve them whole, if you wish. Roasted Eggplant With Miso Sauce (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 

6 Small Indian Eggplant, whole 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil Toasted Sesame Seeds Sauce 3 Tbsp Miso Paste 4 Tbsp Sake 1 Tbsp Mirin 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce 2 tsp Sesame Oil 4 Tbsp Dashi Stock or Water


 Preheat the oven at 205˚C (400˚F). Drizzle the eggplant with vegetable oil and wrap in a tin foil. Roast the eggplant for about 20 minutes. Then open the tin foil and roast the eggplant for another 10 minutes until they are soft.

 In a saucepan ove