7 Post/s by Tag: Recipe

Say hello to Summer with a Mango Salad

19 Apr 2011

Nothing says Summer to me quite like a ripe, juicy mango. They conjure up happy memories of holidays in sunny Australia as a kid. I don’t think I’d ever tried mango in a salad until my dinner at The Modern Pantry pop up at Meza, but when I did it was a revelation! Anna Hansen’s crisp ham hock, mango, watercress and candied peanut salad left me wanting more.

Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad

Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad

Adding mango to a salad is such a simple idea, but so effective. Inspired, I sought out to create my own renditions. (more…)

Two Meal Ribs

2 Apr 2011

Living in London often means a continuous supply of exciting things to see and do. For me, these can mostly involve events of a culinary nature. If you’ll forgive me for using a tired, old phrase, in the face of this “age of austerity”, enticing new restaurants are opening left, right and centre. This temptation can be harsh on the pocket, so it’s good to occasionally attempt to address the balance between dining out and in.

Two Meal Ribs

The philosophy of balance can also be applied to what you cook when dining in. Here are a couple of meals which can be made inexpensively with ribs, mainly because the same ribs are used in both dishes. They provide flavour to the first dish, a simple soup and eaten in the more indulgent second dish. Both recipes comfortably serve 2, and ingredients are approximated, so feel free to adjust to your liking. (more…)

Seaweed Sourdough Salad

17 Feb 2011

Ah the joy of a simple salad! It’s amazing how tasty a few basic ingredients can be when they are of exceptional quality. The sourdough I picked up on special at my beloved Waitrose Supermarket and the olive oil is from Molive Gold whom I visited when I was in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Seaweed Sourdough Salad

Seaweed Sourdough Salad

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Foraging for Crab and Pipis

26 Jan 2011

My five week holiday at home in New Zealand mostly consisted of happily loitering about, not doing much of anything really.  Some of this loitering was spent at my Uncle and Aunt’s restaurant Taste of Malaysia in Lower Hutt.  It was here that I overheard my Aunt discussing their Thai Chef, Bob’s recent success crab and pipi fishing at Paraparaumu Beach.

My ears instantly pricked up.  Delicious super fresh seafood… for free?!  ”Can I come next time please?!” I suddenly burst out much to Bob’s astonishment and disbelief that a visitor from London would want to participate in such a manual activity… for fun!  ”We’ll all go!” my Aunt said and so it was set.

Digging about in the waves for pipis

Foraging about in the waves for pipis

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How to Make Zong/Zongzi

27 Dec 2010

One of my favourite childhood dishes made by my Por Por (Chinese for Maternal Grandmother) was zong; a Chinese glutinous rice dumpling with a filling wrapped inside bamboo leaves and steamed.  Also known as zongzi, these are traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (around late May to mid June).

I’ve tried zong with a variety of fillings including chestnuts and pork, but the only filling that has ever really made an impression on me is chicken, melon and peanut.  I love unwrapping these little pyramid shaped parcels of sweet, salty, sticky gooeyness!  The combinations of flavours and textures just go together so well.

There are numerous variations on how to make zong; different regions of South East Asia have their own unique special fillings and methods of preparation.  We use the Northern method of folding zong and the chicken, melon and peanut filling is of Hokkien descent.  We aren’t of Hokkien descent ourselves… but we like their style!

A Bowl of Zong

A bowl of delicious Zong

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