Mumbai-inspired Crispy Baked Potatoes with Avocado Chutney

A couple of weeks ago in early February, we took a short trip to Mumbai for my sister-in-law’s traditional wedding. Amidst the chaos of Indian wedding preparations, we managed to sneak out for a day to explore Mumbai’s city centre, around Colaba and Marine Drive. This was my husband’s first time to Mumbai and I…

Photoessay : Morning Market Scenes in Siem Reap

Last July, we made a short trip out to Siem Reap, Cambodia and we took two food tours during our five day stay. Both our morning and evening tour was with Steven Halcrow , co-founder of Siem Reap Food Tours and an experienced chef. Steve’s familiarity with the Khmer language, food and the sprawling Pasar…

Scarlet Nonya Chicken Curry (Kari Kay)

” Is it simmering? Sizzling? Browning? Steaming? Good cooks heed these signs – the landmarks that will guide you to deliciousness, rather than precise temperatures on oven dials and specific cooking times.” Samin Nosrat for The Guardian This could not be more true than for cooking a curry.The way your ingredients react to heat is…

Rice cooker Mushroom Biryani

Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with and eat. They come in an astounding array of colours, shapes and textures. Just look at my mushroom ‘garden’-slender enoki, meaty shiitake, gorgeous maitake (hen of the woods) and king oyster mushrooms and the cutest of them all – bunashimeji mushrooms. When we were in…

Making Mullu Murukku

Hello Everyone! Thank you for sticking around despite the long absence. As you may know from Instagram, quite a few things have been brewing in my kitchen since I last checked in here. For a few years now, I’ve been thinking about working on a blog project. I’ve finally decided to just take the plunge and…

Aromatic Roast Chicken in Coconut Milk

Last few weeks since we’ve been back from Tokyo, I’ve been tinkering with several cake recipes that use matcha (Japanese green tea) but I still haven’t found one that accentuates the lovely aroma and flavour of it.  I desperately wanted to post a Japanese-inspired recipe but things did not work out. Oh well. That’s for…

Quadruple Salted Chocolate Loaf Cake

  There is something quite poetical about this cake- the way the centre ruptures like an abundant cleavage is poetical because it speaks of its hidden sumptuousness and decadence that would only reveal itself when its cut open. And this is a special kind of chocolate poetry as it involves very minimal work – everything…

Pistachio Fig Yoghurt Cake

  My first taste of fresh figs was years ago. I’d bought some from the supermarket out of curiosity. Without knowing any better, I bit into an unripe one which tasted so terrible that it left me with a distaste for figs for a long time. Then a few months ago at the Auckland Food…

Tofu Tikka Masala

  A little overdue but hope you had a great start to 2016. I’m not one for resolutions as I never keep them and I end up feeling guilty by the end of January. It is a new year but in the grander scheme of things, it’s just another part of your entire life. So…

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…

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…