Spiced Cottage Pie

It has to be an absolute crime that it’s mid-October and it still, for most parts of the week, feels like fall/winter! And if you’re recovering from a cold like me than you’d badly want some sunshine and blue skies. But this Spiced Cottage Pie will have to do for now. Not such a bad…

Sausage Meat Pasta

  Unlike the previous savoury recipe, this one’s a cinch to make because the idea for this Sausage Meat Pasta came to me when we were on holiday (I can’t remember where) and tired of eating out. Luckily, we had a small kitchenette,some kitchen supplies and essentials like olive oil, salt and pepper and a…

Salted Milk Caramel Fudge Brownies

  I’m not quite sure when I ate the first brownie but it must have been from a bakery in my neighbourhood. I remember that I was not particularly pleased with its cakey, dry texture and weird tasting walnut. But then, later in my teens, I discovered the Betty Crocker brownie box mix and my…

Brûléed Citrus Pound Cake

  Last weekend, we took a trip up north to the Mahurangi Peninsula and drove around Matakana, Warkworth and Scandrett Regional Park. It is the ideal weekend getaway just an hour drive from Auckland Central with many interesting local primary industries like cheese and honey factories, the famous Matakana Farmers’ Market and tons of regional…

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Pearl Couscous Salad

It’s almost the end of Ramadan as Muslims around the world will celebrate the end to their month-long fast and abstinence from food, water and negativity with Eid al-Fitr/ Hari Raya Puasa on the 17th July. I’ve always been in awe of my muslim friends’ strength and endurance for being able to endure abstinence with such…

Carrot Cake Jumbo Muffins

As I grow older, I find myself returning to familiar flavours I enjoy a lot. Sometimes I look for inspiration in new cuisines and dishes but very often I tend to seek flavour combinations that seem familiar. One such flavour combination is carrots, spices and cream cheese frosting in an all-American Classic Carrot Cake. So…

Decadent Chocolate Banana Loaf

What do you do when you return from a holiday to find a bunch of overripe bananas staring at you? This bunch of bananas were almost blackened and squishy but not spoilt. There’s only one solution-make banana cake, of course! This banana loaf recipe stands out from the other countless banana loaves I’ve made as…

Thai-style Minced Meat Pasta

I might be blowing my own trumpet here but if you’re like me and like Thai food and want something easy and very delicious then, I guarantee you’ll L-O-V-E this pasta dish inspired by the Pad Kra Prow variations in Bangkok. It is exceptionally easy to put together, very difficult to screw up and absolutely scrumptious!…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Psst! If you haven’t heard, it’s Mother’s Day (everywhere except the UK) this Sunday. If you’ve forgotten because you’re too busy enjoying Spring (un/fortunately it’s coming into Winter here in NZ) or got just too caught up with the results of the big fight, who can blame you? And if you haven’t gotten round to…

No Recipe Fried Rice

Hello fellow foodies! I’m excited to share some pretty exciting news with you. Firstly, I want to thank all of you for sharing my recipes on Facebook and Pinterest. I’m so over the moon that more than a hundred of you loved and shared my Cheat’s Chicken Rice and Ayam Masak Merah recipes! It gives me great…

Ayam Masak Merah (Malay-style Red Cooked Chicken)

The leaves have started to fall and the oak trees have turned copper. As Autumn extends into winter, I find myself craving for familiar comfort foods that I’d grown attached to over the years. Attachment is a craving of the mortal soul, according to Buddha, and one must seek to be rid of them. But…

Very Crumbly Coconut Rhubarb Cake

  I’ve no life event or personal anecdote to go with this post, except for this recipe. I’ve kept it a secret and not blogged about it for the past week. And so bit by bit it has been savoured with coffee over breakfast, elevenses, tea and as a midnight snack. I couldn’t help it….