Herbs


COMPLETE 30-MINUTE MEAL: RIB-EYE STEAK WITH DAN DAN NOODLES AND GREENS
I keep on going back to Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks because I really like how he combines ingredients from different parts of the world in one dish and they always turn out delish. Combining doesn’t mean the taste will be overwhelming, instead they all just work together to enhance each other. […]

30-MINUTE MEAL: RIB-EYE STEAK WITH DAN DAN NOODLES AND GREENS


MANGO HEDGEHOGS DESSERT
I’m always excited to see mangoes in season. Growing up in tropical country, I ate many of these all year long. Originated in the Indian subcontinent and spread to other parts of the world, mango is the most cultivated fruit in the world. If you never have a mango before, […]

MANGO HEDGEHOGS DESSERT


potatoes
Potatoes are always around in our pantry. I’m a potato girl (because it’s starchy). Seeing the dressed potatoes recipe on Jamie’s 30 minute meals cookbook, I couldn’t help but to try it. The dressed potatoes recipe used regular potato and sweet potatoes along with lemon, chili, coriander and feta cheese. […]

DRESSED POTATOES



TART MANGO SALSA
This tart mango salsa recipe is one of my favorite salsas. I made it the other day to accompany the Nepali grilled chicken. Couldn’t be more perfect than this. Mangoes can be sweet or tart and that depends on the ripeness of the mangoes. This tart mango salsa use unripe […]

TART MANGO SALSA


SHER PING PANCAKES / PAN-COOKED FILLED PANCAKE
Sher ping pancakes means pan-cooked filled pancake in Mandarin. I discovered this wonderful Chinese-style pancake from Jamie’s America cookbook. As he traveled to New York Chinatown, he discovered sher ping pancakes at Roosevelt Food Court and the lady from Northern China taught him how to make sher ping pancakes. Sher […]

SHER PING PANCAKES / PAN-COOKED FILLED PANCAKE


CAJUN ALLIGATOR WITH SWEET POTATO & SALSA
Please don’t let the word “Alligator” put you off. This recipe is from Louisiana and as most of us know, alligators are as common as chickens over there. This cajun alligator with sweet potato and salsa will work wonderfully with other meat like chicken, pork loin or even seafood like […]

CAJUN ALLIGATOR WITH SWEET POTATO & SALSA



COWBOY MEATBALLS 2
I considered myself a person who pretty much eat anything under the sun, with few exceptions. That’s not anything under the sun you would say. Well, “pretty much” !! I haven’t eaten things like bugs and I believe lots of other different meats from the animal kingdom..oh, and testicles too! […]

COWBOY MEATBALLS


ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN
Arroz con pollo or rice with chicken is my kind of favorite dish to cook. Why ? It’s one-pot meal! Originated in Spain in the form of pilaf, arroz con polo has become staples in Latin America and throughout the Carribean. The chicken is infused with flavor from adobo rub. […]

ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN


CIOPPINO/ SEAFOOD STEW
This was my first time having cioppino. I often heard of it but never really knew what it was until I tried it from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown cookbook. It is so extremely delicious for real! Cioppino is an Italian-American stew/soup originated in San Francisco. Reading the history of it, cioppino […]

CIOPPINO / SEAFOOD STEW



CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE
Chicken Marsala is a classic Italian dish that is made with chicken cutlets, Marsala wine and often you will see mushrooms in the dish. The chicken is lightly coated with flour and pan-fried. The Marsala sauce is made by reducing the mixture of shallots, herb (in this case, sage), chicken […]

CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE


CAJUN GRILLED FISH 1
Cajun is an ethic group who mainly lives in Louisiana. Their existence have indeed influence the culture there in Louisiana and that includes the cuisine. The cooking tends to use more seasonings and tastes spicier too. This cajun grilled fish is so easy to prepare and the rub can’t be […]

CAJUN GRILLED FISH


appetizers/snacks
One of my favorite things about Thailand, besides the wonderful culture, people, shopping (I’m a woman, what can I say) is the food. I love the sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavor that are often incorporated in Thai cooking. It’s like your taste buds are so busy to be pleased […]

THAI SAVORY CREPES/ PAEN NA GOONG



FRIED CHICKEN AND SALAD
Like Jamie Oliver, I couldn’t bring myself to leave this recipe out as well. Fried chicken and salad is a classic in the South (of U.S). I believe it’s a classic to most people around the world as well. Fried chicken is almost everyone’s favorite. We are just more health-conscious […]

FRIED CHICKEN AND SALAD


CRISPY FISH AND CORN SALSA
As I continued my journey with Jamie’s America cookbook to the South part of U.S., I found more comfort food and some are more sinful. “Deep fried”. The thing about this crispy fish and corn salsa though, even though it is deep-fried, I’m surprised by how non-greasy it can be. […]

CRISPY FISH AND CORN SALSA


FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL
First of all, don’t let the word “fiery” scares you away because it’s always up to you how “fiery” you want this cocktail to be. I can’t say enough good things of this fiery shrimp cocktail recipe I made the other day. I’ve never really a big “fan” of shrimp […]

FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL



GREEN CHILI
The first thing that popped up in my mind when I heard the word “chili” was normally chili con carne, which pretty much means chili with meat in Spanish language. It’s a kind of stew with chili peppers and meat. The green chili though is somewhat different compare to chili […]

GREEN CHILI


OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN
It is delightful to see many fish recipes in the Dutch and Belgian Food and Cooking by Janny De Moor and Suzanne Vandyck. The cookbook did mention that Ostend, a coastal town in the Flemish province of West Flanders, Belgium, is renowned for the quality of its fish and shellfish. […]

OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN


PAN-FRIED CHIVE & SHRIMP BUNS
Almost two years ago I was so obsessed with making steamed buns or often known as “bao”. I was trying hard to get the “pleats” on the buns to show and it finally did. Then along came my own “bun in the oven” (a.k.a – my now almost 16-month old […]

PAN-FRIED CHIVE & SHRIMP BUNS



SEAFOOD MEE GORENG/ SEAFOOD FRIED NOODLES
There are about 53 noodle recipes here at what to cook today and yes…another one to make the 54th! From soupy kind, stir-fry kind, braised kind and anything in between those! What can I say, I grew up with rice and noodles. They are the staples of my diet and […]

SEAFOOD MEE GORENG/ SEAFOOD FRIED NOODLES


HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE 2
I couldn’t be anymore excited to see Hakka ground tea rice (Lei Cha Fan) recipe in Relishing A Taste of Home cookbook by Pang Nyuk Yoon. I have always love..love..love this dish! okay..enough of the love! This is my comfort food. I never had this dish growing up. My first […]

HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE


SINGAPOREAN FRIED HOKKIAN NOODLE
Fried Hokkian noodle/ fried Hokkian mee is also another popular Singaporean’s hawker food. As I mentioned before, Hokkian noodle refers to the thickness and roundness of the noodles. With Singaporean fried Hokkian noodle though, they usually mix the Hokkian noodle with thick rice noodles, so there are contrast of yellow […]

SINGAPOREAN FRIED HOKKIAN NOODLE



BAKED POTATOES WITH YOGURT AND SOUR CREAM
I got this baked potatoes with yogurt and sour cream recipe while watching Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa show on Food Network. Not only I’m a chili head, but I’m also a Mrs. Potato head (or perhaps Mrs. Carbohydrates). I love starchy food. It is somehow comforting and yes, baked potatoes […]

BAKED POTATOES WITH YOGURT AND SOUR CREAM


NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN
Nasi kebuli is Indonesian style rice cooked in broth along with spices and often served with meat or chicken. The dish is said to have the influenced from Middle Eastern cooking and Indian’s biryani. Nasi kebuli is particularly popular among the Arab community in Indonesia and Betawi people who lives […]

NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN


MOROCCAN-STYLE HOT FISH
I am so glad that I gave Moroccan-style hot fish a try. It was so..so..good. If you like hot spicy food, you will absolutely love it. I had a favorite fish dish at our favorite Szechuan restaurant here and when I made this Moroccan-style hot fish, it just reminded me […]

MOROCCAN-STYLE HOT FISH



PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
I add this ptitim casserole with chicken and vegetables to the “feed my baby/toddler” category because Fiorina (now a 14-month old toddler) loves this dish. I’m always excited if I fixed something that she likes. She ate more than her usual portion. I guess she must have really liked the […]

PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES


BAKED LAMB PATTIES IN TAHINI SAUCE
Tahini is used widely in Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini is a thick paste made from crushed sesame seeds. High in protein and other nutrients, it is a flavorful base for cooking. It is a basic ingredient in various hummus dishes, as a sauce for meat, fish, vegetables and dessert. In […]

BAKED LAMB PATTIES IN TAHINI SAUCE


HONG KONG STYLE STEAMED FISH
Chinese food enthusiasts who visit Chinese restaurants would often order steamed live fish to assess the culinary standards of the restaurant. It is common for Chinese restaurants to display their live fish in water tanks for the patrons to select. The fresh fish will then be killed and cooked on […]

HONG KONG STYLE STEAMED FISH



TURKEY MEATBALL STROGANOFF
I made this turkey meatball stroganoff specifically for Fiorina to try. Well, we ate them too This was another recipe I tried from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. It’s really delicious and it’s not just to feed your baby or toddler, you can feed the entire family. Fiorina ate […]

TURKEY MEATBALL STROGANOFF


feed my baby & toddler 3
I had almost decided that my at-that-time-10-month-old daughter was a picky eater. She rejected almost anything I was trying to feed her for a certain period of time. Even things that she used to enjoy like avocado, bananas, rice, etc, she spitted them out. It’s like she’s screening through everything […]

GOLDFISH CHOWDER


TUNA TATAKI SALAD
I think tuna tataki was pretty much how far I would go in terms of preparing 98% raw fish. It always makes me a bit nervous, preparing a raw fish at home. Tataki is Japanese method of cooking tuna and beef that involves searing the outside, leaving the inside rare. […]

TUNA TATAKI SALAD



TOFU WITH CRUNCHY TOPPINGS 2
So after WOW-ing my husband with the tofu steak dish, I decided to surprise him again with this tofu with crunchy toppings. Loaded him up with tofu I now have even better reason to welcome tofu back in the fridge in a very consistent basis 😉 My 14-month old enjoys […]

TOFU WITH CRUNCHY TOPPINGS


JAPANESE TSUKUNE WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE
Tsukune is Japanese mini hamburger patty that is normally made with ground meat (with a mixture of beef and pork). The meat patty can be served with teriyaki sauce or miso dressing or simply with salt and pepper. I found this a very easy and tasty recipe, especially with the […]

JAPANESE TSUKUNE WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE