Food in all forms! At home or out and about. I cook, I travel and most importantly, I eat. 🥑🥦🌶🍳🥨🥓🧀🍕🌮🥙🥜🍩🍭🍦
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Today was the day I faced my fear and cooked a very yummy dinner! Fried Chicken with Mac and Cheese and oven roasted Broccoli. The mere idea of deep frying anything has filled me with dread for a very long time but today I just got on with it and the results were ‘fantastic’. Not my words, my biggest critic/fan’s words. I marinated the chicken in spiced buttermilk for six hours before cooking it.
I feel a mini celebration coming on! I have finally put a new blog post up. It’s about time. The joys of moving house and other such dramas really did distract me from writing much over the last month or two but I am back to sitting down in front of the computer and putting my thoughts down on screen. This is going to be my main focus over the next couple of months! Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think!
A humble bowl of ‘Student Soup’. This is the perfect dish to serve when someone (or both of you, as is the case today) is feeling under the weather. Small pasta, cooked in chicken stock, seasoned with chives and mustard. An egg thrown in to cook at the end and then sprinkled with Parmesan. Solid food for when you are feeling less than solid.
Lamb sausage and Halloumi Casserole. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuum! This is not something I would usually make but I bought some lamb sausages on a whim and thought I would try something a little different. Greek inspired with lots of oregano and Rosemary. Totally dreamy. (Nearly a 9 out of 10 according to the toughest critic in the house).
CURRY! When I saw a flight to Trivandrum, India on my roster I knew I was going to be enjoying some yummy food there. Paneer Manpasand Makhani. Paneer is sort of chunks of cottage cheese. When I was first introduced to it (about 11 years ago) the idea was not appealing but the texture completely won me over. This one is cooked in a rich creamy masala. Served with Kerala Red Rice, Garlic Naan and ‘cooling’ Raita which turned out to be spiked with chunks of green chilli. Southern India partakes in a LOT more chilli than the north. I ate this with my hands and made the usual mess but it was absolutely scrumptious.
Chocolate peanut butter cookies! These little, dreamy bites were fun to make and taste absolutely amazing. So soft and perfect with a cup of tea. I found the recipe on @smittenkitchen feed and knew I had to try them. I recommend that everyone needs these in their life. 🤩 I could get excited about this baking thing......
All poise and grace went right out the window when I was presented with this yummy bowl of spicy noodles @dintaifungsg I probably should have worn a bib. Dim sum is better shared because you can try a wider variety without having to be wheeled out in a wheel barrow. Service is interesting. Food is Super yum. So happy I got to go there during my most recent visit. 🤩
Wowee! After visiting @ybsouthern in Miami, back in November I knew I had to visit other outlets. I have just been totally wowed by Arka @ybsingapore He took the time to talk about his creative cocktail process and then made me the totally delicious ‘black panther’ inspired cocktail. I was also offered some of the ‘drunken watermelon’. I now need carbs to soak that stuff up. Days like these make everything worth it. Travelling and experiencing.
Cruising the aisles of Woolworths, this afternoon, I came across a huge display of @vegemite and it got me thinking? Does vegemite divide public opinion as strongly as my native @marmite I love both spreads as they compliment avo on toast with an egg on top. 🤩 But nothing quite beats the ultimate hangover cure of hot buttery marmite on toast. Do you love it or do you hate it?
One of the greatest pleasures of my job is that I get to explore supermarkets around the world and discover all the different goodies that I never even knew existed. I love it. I can spend hours in the aisles (getting very strange looks) reading ingredients and marvelling over how much our tastes change from region to region. I also have quite a long shopping list for my return sector...... Does anyone else enjoy hanging out in the grocery stores of the world?
Baked Eggs in a swamp of veggies! Brussels sprouts, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, black kale and tomato paste. Parsley/Parmesan sprinkled on the top. I wonder if I would fare better if I had a weekly meal plan compared to ‘use-everything-before-I-travel-for-a-week’ anti-plan! Some delicious things come from my method, though. YUM!
LEFTOVERS GALORE! This is why I love roast chicken! Not only was the original dinner devine but then it provided two chicken salads, around four servings of Cleaver Curry (a yummy disaster of a dish) and three lots of stock which will be used for Student Soup among other things. Around 12 meals from two teeny chickens. Happy Days!
I think I might just burst with happiness tonight. I just ‘christened’ my new dining table (peak-grown up) by cooking @eyeswoon most delicious Sumac Roasted Chicken. Wow! This was seriously tasty. I watched her Instagram story, where she cooked it and increased the amount of butter so I did the same...... J (who has grown up with sumac and labneh in his lexicon because of his Lebanese dad) said I ‘couldn’t have done any better’ which, coming from a man who never gives 10/10 is praise indeed! This may well become a family staple. So tasty! Plus I roasted two chickens instead of one because leftovers rule! #cookbeautiful
After eating a slice of cake for breakfast I decided I needed another veggie/egg bowl for lunch. Same kind of thing as yesterday’s lunch, sweet potato, sprouts, capsicum, onion...... but I was a liiiiiittle bit heavy handed on the chilli flakes. ♀️ Very tasty though and helped to make me feel a little more virtuous than post-cake.
Back home from a very chilly (carb-filled) trip and I was craving a BIG bowl of vegetables! This did the job. Sweet potato, spicy chickpeas, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Spinach, onion, beetroot, carrot, pumpkin seeds and the dreamy tahini dressing from my blog. I think this is what they call a #buddhabowl
I visited @ippudony a couple of months ago and managed to order the ramen before realising that you could add different toppings...... (guess who had never been to a Ramen bar before ♀️). This time I went back and ordered with purpose. Karaka-men, Nitamago, Kakuni and Karashi Takana. (spicy pork ramen with a soft boiled egg, braised pork belly and pickled mustard greens). This was a big warm bowl of perfection and I am going to hunting out more Ramen restaurants over the coming months. Can anyone suggest anywhere?
The American Deli...... it is still a novelty to me, although the concept is filtering across the globe, slowly but surely. 24 hours a day, a huge variety of hot and cold food, freshly prepared sandwiches and pretty much everything else you might ever want to eat is available. Get the most out of your visit by spending some time people watching. It’s almost too easy to get food in New York and I love it! 🤩
I am not sorry about repeating myself when it comes to this little beauty! An egg muffin from @nomnompaleo I cooked these eggs to perfection which did result in an ‘elbow-licker’ situation..... Not something to eat in polite company. 🤫 Crispy bacon, dreamy avo, crunchy onion. Try it out and let me know what you think!