Spaghetti Bolognese with Spanish Chorizos, Hot Salami & Mushrooms

Seriously only takes 10-15 minutes to cook! I know I have pretty much neglected my food blog ever since my son was born in December – I have instead been updating my baby blog with all of his developments, posting up his photos, etc. It doesn’t mean at all that my passion for food is gone! No way that will never happen as long as I still need food to live. It just means that hubby and I have mostly been living off frozen meals, meals prepared by friends and family, and takeaway. Occasionally I manage to whip up … Continue reading Spaghetti Bolognese with Spanish Chorizos, Hot Salami & Mushrooms

Sarawak Tomato Kuay Teow

In my hometown Kuching, Sarawak (in Malaysia) the “Tomato Kuay Teow” is a very common hawker styled food sold in almost every “kopitiam” aka coffee shops in town. Do not be fooled by the term “coffee shop” it is actually the term we use to describe local styled “simple” restaurants where you get freshly cooked food at the cheapest prices. Tomato Kuay Teow is a very common late night supper takeaway dish for me back in my childhood days. Our culture was used to late night eating and the kopitiams are still very much active after 10pm. After all, it’s … Continue reading Sarawak Tomato Kuay Teow

Salmon and Squid Pasta with Creamy Chilli, Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce

I hate trying to name my own dish! If I keep it too simple and generic, people may not be curious enough to find out what flavours are actually in it. If I be too specific, it just becomes a mouthful. Today’s casual Saturday lunch (now that hubby’s back home the word “casual” actually means “slightly fancy”, lol) took me forever to decide what I should name it. Technically, it’s just a Creamy Seafood Pasta dish. BUT it’s got salmon in it! How can I not mention the salmon. The salmon itself contributes 70% of its overall flavour to this dish. Oh, and it’s … Continue reading Salmon and Squid Pasta with Creamy Chilli, Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce

Guest Post: Seafood Spaghetti

A Favorite Food Gets an Extra Dose of Flavor This guest post was submitted by Maria Rainier, a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, where she’s been performing a bit of research into the gender wage gap problem and if there’s any relationship to this and how much your college degree is worth. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop. Well, if she keeps coming up with recipes as amazing as this – I hope she doesn’t avoid her laptop too much! Thank you so much … Continue reading Guest Post: Seafood Spaghetti

Peanut Satay & Chilli Chicken with Green Beans

Cooking for two doesn’t have to be fancy. However, you shouldn’t compromise on the delicious factor and the fulfilling factor. I always need to be fully satisfied with my meals – whether it’s a light or moderate or heavy meal, it just needs to have that “YUM” factor. This dish is definitely one of them! Ingredients: 3-4 chicken thigh fillets, sliced into bite-sized pieces 1 tsp chilli paste 150g peanuts, roughly crushed 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tsp caster sugar 2 tbsp canola oil 2 tbsp crunchy / light peanut butter 1/4 cup full cream milk Salt and pepper … Continue reading Peanut Satay & Chilli Chicken with Green Beans

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs and Pasta Salad

Well, say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011… or to be precise, today is actually 1/1/11 which is kinda cool. I hope everyone had a lovely New Year’s Eve celebration whether you decided to party it up or just enjoy quiet company at home. Hubby and I enjoyed a lovely quiet BBQ at a friend’s place. There were just 6 of us but we really enjoyed the great company and great food and great cocktails and the boys started off the New Year by enjoying the wonderful outdoor spa but the women aka wives were too tired so we went … Continue reading Moroccan Chicken Kebabs and Pasta Salad

Balinese Lamb Chops with Fettuccine

Recipe inspired by I am personally a huge fan of super easy, simple but absolutely delicious weeknight dinners. So as I was browsing the internet for recipe ideas, I found this recipe which just seemed too easy and too yummy to just ignore. If you like pasta, and you like meat (in this case, lamb) and you like a satay-ish kind of sauce… then I’m pretty confident you will LOVE this one! Ingredients: Olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp ketcap manis (sweet soy sauce) 270ml light … Continue reading Balinese Lamb Chops with Fettuccine

Sarawak Laksa Recipe

(This picture above is an authentic bowl of Sarawak Laksa from a coffee shop in Kuching, scroll all the way down the post to see my home cooked version…) Living in Melbourne and growing up in Kuching usually equals to some serious occasional food cravings. I’ve lived in Melbourne for 5 years now, and everytime I have a chance to go home and visit my family still living in Sarawak (Malaysia) – it usually means lots of eating activities. To prove my point, during my last trip I blogged a massive 7 BLOG ENTRIES on Kuching Food Adventures alone. That’s … Continue reading Sarawak Laksa Recipe

Simple Laksa Recipe + Father’s Day Weekend

Just had a pretty big weekend. I had a party at my place on Friday night, it was a big night. I didn’t have to do anything or go anywhere on Saturday, so I cooked a simple laksa for myself which turned out absolutely delicious! I guess I’ll blog about it considering I haven’t really been blogging much. This is indeed a really simple laksa recipe anyone can make at home. It’s not as authentic as a Penang Laksa or a Sarawak Laksa, but this is good laksa and still a nice, comforting dish for a cold night.. and Melbourne … Continue reading Simple Laksa Recipe + Father’s Day Weekend

Mystery Freezer / Pantry Challenge

Here’s a mouthful: Warm Salt and Pepper Prawn Salad with Tuna, Pasta, Egg and Sweet Corn Mayonnaise topped with Crushed Peanuts Monday nights. You know how it is to come home after a long day at work, and you are most likely still recovering from your “Monday Blues”? Cooking is probably the last thing most of us would want to do. I felt the same way. Came home, and sat on the couch for a good 10 minutes before deciding to get up and make something for dinner. I didn’t plan to cook anything – so I was faced with … Continue reading Mystery Freezer / Pantry Challenge