From the yearly archives: 2009

I didn’t grow up with French fries, mashed potatoes, potato salad or baked potatoes. The only potatoes I knew were those in curry chicken laden with coconut milk, or fried potato wedges to go with pork chop, or with meatballs. But my favourite potato dish was a simple one – thick slices of potato with [...]

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Cookies, not!

On December 23, 2009 By

It’s Christmas, and everyone seems to be baking fancy cookies with white icing and what-nots. I have fantasies of baking snowflake cookies and gingerbread dolls to hang on the tree (which I also put up and decorate in my head), but I know my limitations. I am not a baker, I have long realised that. [...]

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Masala Tomato Pachadi

On December 22, 2009 By

A long, long time ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I went on a 10-day trip to India, and had an absolute blast. We went from Madras to Kerala, then to Goa and Bangalore, and back to Madras. At that time, there was no digital camera yet (yup, that long ago)… and so I [...]

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‘Lor Bak’ – Meat Rolls

On December 17, 2009 By

WHEN my sisters and I get together, we go shopping. When my mother and her sisters are together, they cook. Last week, my two aunts were visiting, and my mother decided that they should make lor bak (meat roll) since “there are so many hands”. It’s also because I was home too, and it’s one [...]

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We were not expecting good food during our trip to Mukah, Sarawak years ago. A colleague, Diana Rose, had opened a homestay in her hometown, and we thought it’ll be all sago and pepper. Then again, we knew next to nothing about Sarawakian food except for Sarawak laksa and kolok mee in Kuching. It turned [...]

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I love Padang food, and a must-have on my plate is the sambal cabai ijo. Green chillies taste different from red chillies; it’s not so burning hot but tastier. I also like green chillies’ aroma. And one of my all-time favourites is the Malaccan Chitty’s Green Chilli Pachadi with its overload of green chillies and [...]

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I like potatoes – after rice, they are my favourite comfort food. Once a friend confessed on Facebook that she made and ate mashed potatoes at 4am, and I could so totally relate to that. It doesn’t really matter what you do to potatoes, they almost always turn out nice. Still, everyone has their favourite [...]

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I behaved properly and didn’t deface the two quiches I contributed to my daughter’s school do for a taste check. I made spinach and tomato quiche, and bacon and mushroom quiche for that occasion. Of course, the bacon one was more popular. With quite a bit of bacon left, I decided I’ll make quiches for [...]

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Quiches

On November 21, 2009 By

So, my daughter’s teachers are not particularly impressed with my punctuality or my dedication in supervising my daughter’s homework. And I guess putting her in a pink dress with a cheap pink headgear makes for the least impressive costume (other parents made costumes w accessories). And so what if I only started packing biscuits for [...]

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I wanted to cook something easy for lunch as I didn’t want to spend my Sunday morning in the kitchen. Fried rice seems the easiest, especially since I had leftover rice. I usually cook fried rice for late dinners when we have to work late, and are too tired to stop somewhere for food. Fried [...]

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