Minestrone Soup

I’ve bemoaned the lack of interest in soup before, but I’ll say it again: A good soup is deeply gratifying to make, heartwarming to eat, soul supporting to digest and furthermore it is an excellent indicator of a cook’s abilities . In a soup, especially a clear one, there is no hiding. All your flaws,Continue reading “Minestrone Soup”

Baked Chicken with Black Olives

This is one of those dishes you can very quickly throw together if you have only an hour to cook. Even if you don’t have readymade tomato sauce, you can cheat and I’ll show you how. Just please don’t go out and buy tomato sauce in a jar. There simply isn’t a good one. SoContinue reading “Baked Chicken with Black Olives”

Not a Japanese Potato Salad

I thought I had to point this out. Possibly because the only potato salad one is likely to order in any restaurant here in KL is a Potato Salada, which really is more like mashed potatoes with Japanese Kewpie mayo thrown in for good measure. Don’t get me wrong; Japanese potato salad is a veryContinue reading “Not a Japanese Potato Salad”

Tortilla with Smoked Salmon & Saffron

This is my second Tortilla recipe, simply because one can never have too many tortillas! I love them, they are tasty, filling and they are as good cold as hot and just so easy to make! AND you can use just about any leftover to make them with. In this case, I had some smokedContinue reading “Tortilla with Smoked Salmon & Saffron”

Pineapple Fried Rice

Is Pineapple Fried Rice Thailand’s equivalent of Chow Mein or Spaghetti Meatballs, or is it a genuine Thai dish? I may be offending my Thai friends by casting asparagus, but I’m honestly wondering. There are some dishes a white person like me simply cannot order unless they want to be given the worst table inContinue reading “Pineapple Fried Rice”

Tortilla con Morcilla

There were some just surviving potatoes left out on my worktop yesterday. Those little washed ones of indeterminate origin, as well as an onion that was trying to grow into a plant before expiring, so I was thinking of what to make of them before they needed to be binned. With our recent purchase ofContinue reading “Tortilla con Morcilla”

Japanese Curry Udon

Japanese Curry is neither. It’s not really Japanese and it’s definitely not a curry. Even the curry powder used is an English interpretation of curry powder. It’s all really rather weird; No person in ANY curry cooking country would ever make curry like that. And yet it is so delicious you can’t stop eating it.Continue reading “Japanese Curry Udon”

Leek & Ham Gratin

Gratins have gone completely out of fashion. I guess it’s a kind of a 1950s Hausfrau dish and together with stuffed vegetables, it’s gone off and retired. Which is terrible, really, because a good well made gratin is a wonderful dish. Served with rice or potatoes it makes an entire meal and is just deeplyContinue reading “Leek & Ham Gratin”