Friday, August 27, 2010

Hi From Chennai India!

beautiful flower decoration outside a neighbors appartment

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Guest Post: A Special Texan Breakfast!

It is with great pleasure to bring you a guest post from the lovely Bonnie from Sweet Life: Cooking Eating Living - My sweet life in Texas: I adore her blog her personality and love of her home state (I know Chef E will like this one) I am also thrilled to bring you a Tex Mex recipe, how cool!, I fly to India tomorrow, will try and blog some while there to share the food and culture with you all, love and hugs Rebecca

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mexican Spiced Chicken over Southwestern Corn Pasta

The other day at the farmers market in Winston Salem I got some handmade pasta from Red Barn Pastas in High Point, she was the sweetest lady and sells it on etsy. I got the Southwestern Corn pasta infused with cilantro and chili. I decided to use Mexican fajita seasoning with chicken and vegetables to serve with it for a kind of Tex Mex dish. But I am no expert, overall it was very tasty.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Simple Omelet and Cookbook Giveaway Winner!

I am thrilled to announce the winner of the cookbook giveaway is Pam (number 44 from random number generator) please drop me an email, we are all so happy for you can't wait to see how your very own custom made cookbook will look.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Guest Post: Summer Bisque with Sashimi Skewers

It is with great pleasure to bring you a guest post from The Ardent Epicure: An Ode to The Pleasures of food, I have been enjoying this blog lately and the recipes are outstanding with amazing photography one of my favorite things about asking folks to guest post is getting to know the folks behind the blogs!

Alisha writes this blog with her son Adam who posts as Truffle Shuffle and her son in-law Grely  posts as Sugar and Spice. And a fourth name Food Pear-ings when they post something together. Alisha is a former professional chef specialized in gourmet vegetarian and Mediterranean foods and when you see some of the dishes you will be in awe. Adam is an IT computer tec (hence the nice looking site :-) currently in his Masters program, and an all around food snob in a good way)  Grely loves baking and and homemade desserts.

 Alisha states "Our The Ardent Epicure is our first blog (and only blog) and we are 5 months old today :-)
I do the photography, primarily and all of the photo and artistic design. While Adam does the technical contributions, aside from posts…"

What’s on the Side? – Summer Bisque with Sashimi Skewers

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spicy Tomato and Vegetable Rice

This is a simple and great way to Jazz up rice, my Mum in law made something similar while she was here and  I really liked the way she added the mint. I added less Indian recipes this time as most are in archives. I love eating a different countries food every day so you will see Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, British and so many more here. I hope you enjoy global food as much I do, I keep reading all your lovely blogs and learning new recipes to add to my repertoire :-)

What are your new favorite recipes you have learnt recently ?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Butterflys and Farmers Markets

Hi all well, I thought I would share some beautiful pictures of my walks, butterflies and farmers markets. The amazing butterflies were taken along the Muddy Creek Greenway a lovely trail that goes for miles in Winston Salem, its so relaxing like a country trail in the city, we saw loads of butterflies that day. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Raspberry Tarts

I was in the mood for a sweet treat recently and made these easy raspberry tarts its a simple pastry shell filled with berry jam and topped with raspberry. I love making jam tarts as the fillings are endless last time I posted them I did lemon curd and clementines.  

Also be sure to comment on my last post for a chance to win a custom made cookbook :-)

How will you fill yours?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Beef in an Oyster and Enoki Sauce and a Design Your Own Cookbook Giveaway!

I know what what a long title! but its not just a cookbook giveaway I hooked up with a Publisher, in fact she comments on here I checked her profile and she is based in NC so I dropped her an email!
She has kindly offered to help the lucky winner design their very own cookbook, how cool is that, all you have to do is leave a comment and a winner will be picked at random in a week. 

Now onto another one of Rebecca's recipes, following on my Enoki mushroom obsession I made a beef stir fry on Anncoo's suggestion and it was scrumptious. 

My recipe iPhone application is coming along nicely and it should be launching soon. I may do a cookbook down the line as I am so tempted now, but still love the cool techie and global appeal of an app (fingers and toes crossed folks like it!)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Guest Post: Malaysian Spiced Chicken -Ayam Golek

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you all to Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover, she is a Mum to 3 kids, happily married and a lover of Malaysian food, in fact Nasi Lewak means fragrant coconut rice a National Malaysian dish. I really enjoy her blog, the cute snaps of her kids and the tasty food she prepares and from time to time you are treated to posts on Malaysian culture like this wedding post, complete with traditions and gorgeous pictures.  

This is one of my favorite things about food blogging meeting wonderful folks from around the globe, learning about the culture and food and then trying out the recipes in my own kitchen. I am sure many of you know Sonia if not be sure to follow along and learn :-)

Nasi Lemak Lover 1st guest post specially for Rebecca aka Chow and Chatter

I saw a lot of bloggers posted with guest post before.  I was thinking don’t know when I can be invited too to write a guest post (It’s a big thing for me ^^). When Rebecca (Chow and Chatter) asked me to write a guest post on her blog, I just couldn’t believe that I was invited to do so and I am excited. I did not immediately reply her as I need to think about something meaningful for my 1st guest post. After second thought, finally I decided to publish only my 1st guest post in August with a meaningful post.

Why I choose only the post to be published in August?  This is because we are celebrating our 53th Hari Merderka (Independence Day).  Malaysia was declared independent in August 31, 1957 with Malaysia’s beloved first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s historic declaration of  “Merderka! Merderka! Merderka!”, and commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule.

In August, I’m actually planning to cook Bapa Malaysia (Father of Malaysia) Tunku Abdul Rahman‘s favourite dishes which published in Flavours Food Magazine in Aug 2003. Our Bapa Malaysia had a good appetite for Malay delicacies as well as English fare (At the age of 17, he studied at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge and he first picked up culinary skills as a student).

One of his favourite dish is Ayam Golek, and I would like to dedicate my 1st Merderka meal to Rebecca’s guest post here, Ayam Golek, also known as “ Ayam Percik” ,  chicken grilled with spices and coconut milk. It is a type of cuisine from east coast of Malaysia.

Ayam Golek (Spiced chicken with coconut milk), Merderka meal 1

700g chicken (half bird)
150ml thick coconut milk
5g tamarind paste (asam jawa)
3tbsp water
1/2tbsp sugar
3/4tsp salt, or to taste

Spice paste (ground)
2 cloves garlic
2cm ginger
2 stalks lemongrass (serai)
1tbsp coriander seeds (biji ketumbar)
1/2tbsp cumin powder (jintan putih)
12/tsp ground black pepper

1.     Rub some salt and tapioca flour onto chicken and rinse under running water to clean it. Repeat if necessary. Drip dry.
2.     Mix tamarind paste with water and strain. Set aside.
3.     In a wok or large pot, cook the chicken together with the spice paste, coconut milk and tamarind water over a medium heat.
4.     Baste Chicken with the gravy occasionally, turning over the bird every now and then.
5.     Allow to cook until gravy is almost dry.
6.     Transfer the chicken to a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven at 180c until it is nicely brown all over.
7.     Serve, garnished with hard boiled eggs and spring onions.

** The small Malaysia’s flag was handmade by my daughter, Thanks dear!!
**if you like lemongrass and coriander, I’m sure you will like this Ayam Golek, full of these spices flavour.
If you like to know more about Tunku, blogger” Keats the Sunshine girl” has a good post specially for 
this :

Wow wasn't that fun, always looking to learn from other awesome bloggers and would be honored if you would also like to guest post if so drop me a line, if not I will beg you to do it he he 

Much Love 

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Coffee Infused Sponge Cake and Art!

I love and cake and coffee so why not combine the two? so I made a simple sponge cake and added a cup of coffee to the batter, it stuck a little to the bottom maybe too much coffee but it infused a wonderful coffee flavor and was oh so moist.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chicken Fricassee

I made chicken fricassee the other day, its one of my favorite meals, you can make it quickly load it with veggies and it reminds me of my childhood. My Mum would always make this with left over chicken and I love it. Hubby wasn't so sure, but he is Indian. So made a fish curry for him! 
What meals do you have fun childhood memories of?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sausage and Enoki Risotto

So for last weeks wednesday night meal after the radio show,  my friend her little one, me and Jasmine had a chicken sausage and enoki mushroom risotto, easy to make and very tasty. 
The girls loved it my little taste tasters :-). I love risotto as you can make it a one pot meal.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Guest Post: Cashew Nut Cookies by Ana

It is with great pleasure to introduce you all to the lovely Ana, I haven't known her long but her blog is fantastic and so creative I am also in awe when bloggers do posts in three languages I am pitiful and just do English sob. Be sure to visit her blog Magic Flavors she is Portuguese and lives in my homeland :-)

About me:

I`m Ana and I was born in a place called Vila Real Santo António, Portugal.
I love experimenting with all sorts of food and for many years now I am completely in love with edible things, specially the ones that are delicious and beautiful. I`ve always had the passion for entertaining, so let`s gather the family and friends and enjoy good food.

 Cashew nut cookies

These cookies are excellent to serve with tea or coffee. To have a nice yellow coloured egg wash for brushing, you can add a few drops of yellow colouring into the beaten egg yolk.

150 g unsalted butter
100 g icing sugar, sifted
2 eggs
300 g plain flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder, sifted with flour
100 g cashew nuts, toasted and ground
cashew nut to top 
egg yolk

1 Preheat oven at 180ºC.
2 Beat butter, icing sugar and eggs until light and creamy. Fold in flour, baking powder and ground cashew nuts and mix well to form a soft dough.
3 Lightly flour working surface and dough. Roll dough.
4 Use a cookie cutter and cut out the cookies. Place cookie dough on greased baking tray.
5 Press a cashew nut on top of each cookie for decoration. Brush cookies with egg glaze.
6 Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks before storing in airtight container.

Recipe link:

Thank you again I am so blessed that folks offer to guest post its humbling and a treat


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