Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: August 2010

Red Curry Paste

Just a quickie today.

I am up to my armpits in projects…so I apologise for a quiet week.

This post is to bring your attention to a product that I discovered when I was on a Thai cooking bender many years ago.

It’s MAESRI red curry paste.

This is a great ingredient to have on hand when you want to whip up a Thai red curry.

My studies of Charmaine Soloman recipes have told me that all you really need to do is:

– fry up some curry paste in a bit of oil, hot pan

– add the meat…

Banh Mi

I only discovered the name of these sandwiches because I wanted to write about them.

Come to think of it, they kind of deserve a name of their own – Wiki Definition .

Chances are you may have had one, and after reading this post, I know you’ll go and find one to eat.

You get these banh mi sandwiches at local Vietnamese bakeries. Look for a little nook in the back of the shop with a selection of salads and meat.

I remember reading about them a couple of years ago in the newspaper, and going to line up …

Sweetness

I was talking to my sister’s friend the other day (hi Liz). She’s an apprentice for a local and very reputable bakery/bistro in the city.

She was telling me how she instigated a taste and palette educational at her work. It came about because she was frustrated that her taste or palette did not match that of her boss, whose standards she is working to uphold on a daily basis.

So she, and the staff, encouraged by the boss often bring interesting products and bakery items in to work. They share, taste and evaluate.

I couldn’t believe my ears. Tax …

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Yes. Ok. I love muffins. I have even created a new ‘muffin’ category on my blog. And I will keep posting them because they are a great home made snack that are WAY better for you than store bought. And while white chocolate might not be considered health foods by some, I do believe any expert would agree with me that anything home made is healthy. Healthy because you know what it is in and because it doesn’t contain too much fat, salt or sugar. I found these nice chocolate brown muffin cases at the shops. I think they make …

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry

If you’re looking for a tried and tested chicken stir-fry, this recipe will tick all the boxes. It’s easy to prepare, easy to make. It tastes amazing and it has that pan-asian appeal that is neither strongly Thai or Chinese and yet, satisfies a hankering for that unmistakable umami of Asian cuisine. You don’t have to be a kick-ass kitchen to nail this recipe and chances are you’ll have most of the ingredients already.

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Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tbs fish sauce

2 tbs oyster sauce

3 tbs stock/water

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup cashew nuts

4-5 …

Pappadams

A simple post, but hoping you’ll all forgive me.

I thought I’d kick-start my winter weight loss by having my gall-bladder removed.

The recovery process isn’t as simple as I had anticipated, so I’m not feeling up to write up the fantastic chicken and cashew recipe that is coming soon.

I thought I’d share a little snack idea that’s great for adults and kids.

Perfect for an Indian themed dinner with guests or after school snack. These pappadams are so easy to make and go nicely with a mint and yoghurt dip.

There are a few brands out there and …

The Drumstick Debacle

Mmmm….it looks good doesn’t it?

I was feeling like a domestic goddess, as I prepared a cornucopia of nutritious, tasty tid-bits for a meal fit for a king.

Chats, flat mushrooms, red peppers, spanish onion….tossed in olive oil, paprika and seasoned with love.

It would have been delicious too.

Were it not for the abnormally gigantic chicken drumsticks I so foolishly used in this ‘one-pan, classic family favourite’ meal.

I mean, the big part on these drumsticks were the size of my fist. And let’s face it, value is for money is one thing, but freakishly gargantuan chicken is another.…