Pickled Green Chillies

Is it just me, or has the quality of pickled green chillies gone down drastically? Maybe PJ stalls still make their own pickled green chillies with the care and attention they deserve, but here in KL, I can tell you it’s a rare day that you find anything but watery, underpickled, boring rubbish. Now forContinue reading “Pickled Green Chillies”

One Man’s Schnitzel…

…is another man’s Milanese. It’s all crumbs to me! And there’s the secret I’m about to share with you. The idea of the Wiener Schnitzel or Scaloppa Milanese is pretty straightforward; flatten, flour, egg-wash and crumb your meat and then shallow fry it in oil or better still animal fat. So far, so easy. ButContinue reading “One Man’s Schnitzel…”

Taking Stock and Making It

That picture, of course, is Normal Rockwell’s Thanksgiving fantasy. I’m sure there is one with a terrine of chicken soup, I just couldn’t find it. I know many of you will switch off at the mere thought of making stock, but you are missing out on something that not only links us to our pastContinue reading “Taking Stock and Making It”

Project: Aromatic Crispy Duck – Part 3: Black Bean Paste

Black Bean Paste is a fantastically useful thing to have in the kitchen. It can elevate a simple dish and a teaspoonful can save a boring dish from oblivion. I will not only show you how to make black bean paste, but also show you one recipe that is both simple and delicious and reallyContinue reading “Project: Aromatic Crispy Duck – Part 3: Black Bean Paste”

Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed Bread

We are almost completely out of bread, so I have to make two new loaves this morning. Eddie bought a brand new Tanita scale that can do pretty magical things, so from now on, my recipes will be super accurate and even more reliable. Measurements to one tenth of a gram are not normally required,Continue reading “Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed Bread”

Project: Chapati

You may be wondering what an infinity pool has to do with a stack of chapati. Sometimes one needs a bit of an incentive to start on a cooking project and to be invited to the coutryside for a long weekend is one such incentive. Eddie and I are pretending that we have gone onContinue reading “Project: Chapati”

More Tales of the Super Potato

“He who does not love potatoes does not love life!” Cicero Or maybe not. As dear Cicero died in 43BC (assassinated, I’m sorry to say), he could not have ever tried a potato. Though they were cultivated some 10,000 years ago in modern day Peru and Bolivia, they did not make their way to EuropeContinue reading “More Tales of the Super Potato”

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”