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Rhubarb And Vanilla Jam
Rhubarb And Vanilla Jam

I once read somewhere that if not prepared properly, rhubarb can be poisonous. So I stayed clear of rhubarb for all of eternity, never giving it the benefit of doubt it deserved - a Google search. When we were returning from mandarin picking last weekend, we stopped...

How To Make Hung Yogurt
How To Make Hung Yogurt

Hung yogurt is quite simply the thick creamy yogurt you are left with after you drain the yogurt in a muslin or cheesecloth hanging from your kitchen tap. The liquid that drains out is whey which is excellent for cooking or to thin your smoothies. Hung yogurt takes...

Roasted Red Capsicum Hummus
Roasted Red Capsicum Hummus

  I have been testing and developing recipes for clients over an extensive two month period. It is wonderfully creative, often a challenge and always very satisfying. But it also makes me ache for simpler days where I cook something off the top of my head or draw...

DIY Festive Couscous Mix
DIY Festive Couscous Mix

When the silly season hits, it is very easy to forget savoury food in light of all the delightful sweet treats on offer everywhere. But come Christmas day, a bowl of something simple and savoury is all that I crave. I am most definitely a savoury person.  ...

Apple Chai Spice Jam
Apple Chai Spice Jam

  Everything in life has a purpose. There is a multi-gazillion dollar industry built on that very fact. A car is for driving and not scuba diving. A hat is to wear and not use as a fish bowl. A frying pan is to fry eggs and not play tennis. But there are...

On Turning 36 And How To Make Tomato Water
On Turning 36 And How To Make Tomato Water

  I am 36 today. It is my birthday. It kind of crept up on me. It crept up on my family. It managed to scare them because they were caught unawares. While the boys got busy with their craft box, Nick assured me there would be cake and good food that evening and...

Peanut And Yogurt Pesto
Peanut And Yogurt Pesto

  I cooked some beautiful okra last week and the idea for this gorgeous pesto was a result of that cooking exercise. The stuffing that I made for the okra, evolved and became the peanut and yogurt pesto. I brought out my grinding beast and off to work I went. It...

Kachumber And Salad Bruschetta
Kachumber And Salad Bruschetta

  Kachumber [kuh-choom-burr] was my favourite salad growing up. I loved rolling the word of my tongue and enjoyed eating it even more. More relish than salad, it was sweet and sour with a fresh tingly taste on your palate. With as many variations as there were...

Gula Melaka Syrup – Palm Sugar Syrup
Gula Melaka Syrup – Palm Sugar Syrup

  Some things in life are deviously simple. Devious, because they hide under the guise of something far more complex. Earlier this year, I had my first taste of and instantly became addicted to Cendol. Cendol is a traditional dessert in South East Asia and you...

Tomato And Mustard Chutney
Tomato And Mustard Chutney

  I learnt to make this pungent, sweet, sour and totally zingy chutney from Nick many years ago. An absolute favourite in the houses along India's east coast, this version has been tweaked to suit a wider audience and palate. A great tomato chutney is the...

Fragrant Malaysian Curry Paste
Fragrant Malaysian Curry Paste

Last month I was approached to be a part of the Malaysian Kitchen Blogger's Summit in August 2011. Staying true to my promise of exploring more culinary shores and experiencing things I would have otherwise never experienced, I jumped at the chance. Malaysia Kitchen...

Grape Pickle With Rosemary And Star Anise
Grape Pickle With Rosemary And Star Anise

Lately, I have been a permanent fixture at my local plant nursery. It might have dethroned the bookstore as my Wednesday morning mind-wandering session. I realized that after I lost track of nearly two hours while in there for two weeks in a row. As my home gives...