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Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Having a family member going through chemotherapy has lead me down this trip of researching foods and fruits based on whatever mineral or vitamin that she is found to be lacking. Boosts in food rather than falling back on supplements are always healthier.  The last few recipes had been to find simple combinations that could help boost her potassium and magnesium counts in preparation for … Continue reading Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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Masoor Dal /Indian Red Lentils

Masoor Dal or split  Red Lentils is a popular Indian dish. Healthy and hearty, cooked the right way with the right ingredients. A good source of fibre or protein substitute. I have been incorporating the addition of lentils (namely the red lentils) in stews or cottage pies as an additional source of fibre as well as reducing the amount of red meat consumed. Not every … Continue reading Masoor Dal /Indian Red Lentils

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Chicken Pasta Stir-fry

Another great way to use up any leftover chicken from a roast dinner! Something easy something light and quick to cook for 2 persons or more. It all depends on what you have on hand, in the fridge or what you feel like adding either for a colourful dish or some healthy additions. Choices are really up to you. Most of the ingredients I have … Continue reading Chicken Pasta Stir-fry

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Ragi Black Sesame Cookie (Vegan)

I am always excited when I discover a new product and try out a new concoction or rather a mix of different ingredients for a healthier snack or food. Visit some Indian/Asian shops or supermarkets and check out what they have in store for you to try and/or buy for your next bake. Based on certain sites that I’ve visited, this ancient grain Ragi or Finger … Continue reading Ragi Black Sesame Cookie (Vegan)

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Breakfast Brownie (Vegan)

My usual quick breakfast fix that combines many health benefits including low blood sugar, constipation and possibly IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) was a combination of quick cooking oats, mashed banana, dark cocoa powder & flaked almonds. Portion control is key in assisting us in avoiding the unneeded side effects of foods that we consume in our daily meals. I came up with this ‘brownie’ as I did … Continue reading Breakfast Brownie (Vegan)

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Almond Quinoa Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Soft, slightly chewy. Best of all – no chocolate chips!! I am not sure why there are so many recipes for Quinoa cookies have chocolate chips in them. I much rather have nuts and/or dried fruits in them in order to fully enjoy the full health benefits of Quinoa. This recipe does not include any dried fruits and is not sweet. So, if you rather … Continue reading Almond Quinoa Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Zucchini Frittata

Here I was giving myself a pat on the back that no one has tried making a frittata with zucchini or courgette and telling myself I need to write this down before I forget. Eyes roll, someone’s already done it!  I still gave myself that invisible pat on the back anyway! Another great way to use up the other halves of the green & yellow … Continue reading Zucchini Frittata

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Gluten & Dairy Free Banana Loaf

If you are trying to make something healthy for a special relative who has gluten and/or lactose intolerance, you might want to try this new recipe.  Do take note that this was not meant to be a nut-free recipe. It can be with the omission (leave out) of the walnuts and possibly the Soy Lecithin if you are concerned about possible allergies to soy. Continue reading Gluten & Dairy Free Banana Loaf

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Ginger Flower & Orange Pork Stir-fry

A marriage of the  Ginger Orange Pork or Chicken Stirfry and the Ginger Pork recipes.  Always on the lookout for a new variation of an old dish. Why? I do get tired of cooking and eating the same dish over and over again and as such, I like to experiment and try a different style of cooking or choice of condiments to see it they work. … Continue reading Ginger Flower & Orange Pork Stir-fry

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Pork Florentine en Croute

This dish started off as almost daily headache of 1) protein option and 2) how to cook it. Pork was the chosen protein and it really came down to what choice cuts were available. Fillet or tenderloin would have in normal days would have been sliced & stir fried into Ginger Pork or paired with spinach into Pork Roulade . The word ‘en croute’ crept … Continue reading Pork Florentine en Croute

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Romesco Sauce

I was under the impression that the Romesco Sauce was of Italian origin not knowing that it originated from Catalonia (Spain) and had been created to be served with fish. A simple sauce very similar to the Roasted Pepper Pesto that can be found in my blog. Similar way of making the pesto, just done differently. Again, a popular sauce that can be served as … Continue reading Romesco Sauce

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Spiced Pulled Pork

I don’t know about you but it seems that I am always wondering what to do with leftovers and how to turn them into something different and appealing. Waste not what you can recycle. Food recycling has become a trend in my home. What do you do with leftover Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Knuckle) ?Sandwich? Wrap? With Pasta? Pizza topping? Casserole? I have decided that we will … Continue reading Spiced Pulled Pork

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Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Knuckle)

What do you think of if you are asked what are the traditional German foods? The Pork Knuckle, Schnitzel, Weiners (sausages or hot dogs) & Sauerkraut (Pickled Cabbage) comes to mind. Not forgetting that Oktoberfest is up and coming and this dish would be a winner served with German sausages, sauerkraut & beer and/or lager!! I have recently seen cuts of pork knuckle being sold by the … Continue reading Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Knuckle)

No Fail Shortcrust

Another shortcrust pastry for yet another quiche. Are you tired of seeing endless recipes for shortcrust pastries yet? I am not done with the many different variations possible for this versatile pastry. I thought I had best put this down before I forget the measures of the same basic ingredients especially if I don’t make quiche too often. New quiche recipe coming up as well. … Continue reading No Fail Shortcrust

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5-minute Pizza / Flatbread Dough

5-minutes is all it takes to make a versatile dough that can be used as a thin & crispy pizza base, flatbread to be stored away for a quick meal! Great as a flatbread or to serve with a dip. Ingredients: 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder water (about 1/2 cup more or less) 1-2 tablespoon olive oil Method: … Continue reading 5-minute Pizza / Flatbread Dough

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Kung Pao Apple Chicken

Have you had those nights or rather days where you don’t have a clue of what to cook? I have had so many especially during the Covid restrictions or Heightened Alert as it is known in Singapore. Lunch and dinner depends very much on what is available in the fridge or the supermarkets. Gets tricky when you stock up on ingredients at a less crowded … Continue reading Kung Pao Apple Chicken

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Mu dang-guen saengchae (Radish Carrot Salad)

Went Korean tonight with a Stir-fry Chicken & Jeyuk Bokkeum (BBQ Pork Belly) due to a shortage of time. Someone had a movie to watch and we would not have had time to bring out the tabletop BBQ and take our time. Was going to make  a quick pickle cucumber & carrot (Namasu) or Oi Muchim (Korean Cucumber Salad). Decided to go with Musaengchae to … Continue reading Mu dang-guen saengchae (Radish Carrot Salad)

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Eggplant Parmigiana

I am back with my second recipe using Eggplant/Brinjal/Aubergine a la Italiano. My next recipe also uses this vegetable, simply to use up whatever balance I have bought that did not get used in this current recipe. More work? but Oh! so delicious. I think of this dish as Baked Breaded Eggplant Casserole. Breading the eggplant is very similar to what you would do when … Continue reading Eggplant Parmigiana

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Eggplant & Tofu Lasagna

Eggplant, brinjal or aubergine? Same family different names as well as being related to the tomato, chilli pepper and potato. I have been adding the eggplant in many recent dishes, mainly because my daughter has said that she eats eggplant!! This is my first foray into cooking a vegetarian lasagna using the eggplant sans beef. I do hope you will like it as much as … Continue reading Eggplant & Tofu Lasagna

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Paneer / Cottage Cheese

Another item ticked off in my mental To-Do check list! Just need to make note to I, myself & me to read the instructions properly.  The original Paneer recipe uses 1 US gallon or 3.78 litres of full cream (fresh!) milk whilst I used 1 litre of fresh full cream milk. When I think of the word fresh, it means fresh from origin and I don’t … Continue reading Paneer / Cottage Cheese

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Dak Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)

This recipe had been sitting in my notebook since February, waiting patiently to be written out. So before I procrastinate any longer ………… While following this recipe, I noticed the similarities with the Chinese version of Sesame chicken or the Japanese Teriyaki sauce, which are used also for barbecues, coincidence or influence? If you are looking for a spicier version that is normally found in … Continue reading Dak Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)

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Almond Cake

This was made at the behest of my husband for Easter, I have however followed a recipe that uses a mix of plain/all-purpose flour & ground almonds.  Almond Cake is normally made using almond flour, sugar, eggs & baking powder as flour or wheat is one of the grains that is prohibited during Passover as a reminder of when the Jews fled Egypt with unrisen dough … Continue reading Almond Cake

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Hungarian Pinched Noodles (Csipetke)

Today, I decided to have a go at the Hungarian Goulash and as it reminds me very much of the Italian Minestrone and I had wanted to expand the list of soups that I’ve recently been making.  According to some websites, the traditional Goulash (guylas) did not include paprika, red peppers or potatoes. These ingredients were added as they became available.  Interestingly, one of the … Continue reading Hungarian Pinched Noodles (Csipetke)

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Shakshuka (African Poached Eggs)

Hailing from the Barbary Coast off Northwestern Africa, this dish of Tunisian? or Maghreb origins was first mentioned by my daughter when she made it for her brunch. Capsicums or bell peppers are not my cup of tea, only because of my body’s reactions to it. As much as I like eating it, it doesn’t agree with my innards and sometimes my hands get tingly … Continue reading Shakshuka (African Poached Eggs)

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Ssamjang (Korean Soybean dipping sauce)

A continuation of my Korean cuisine journey a la Chinese New Year 2021. The number of blogs or recipes available now is wonderful. When I first searched for a Kimchi recipe in the early 2000s, it was not an easy recipe to find off the internet, nowadays, too many to choose from. I will have to look at my printed copy and have a look … Continue reading Ssamjang (Korean Soybean dipping sauce)

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Jeyuk Bokkeum (BBQ Pork Belly)

Admission : I have been lazy. Now’s the time to put the recipes down before I forget them – again. Chinese New Year has been a real challenge this year with Covid-19 restrictions here in Singapore. You are only allowed 8 unique visitors to your home for the day, if you are doing your annual visitations you are allowed to visit only 2 homes. Recommendations: … Continue reading Jeyuk Bokkeum (BBQ Pork Belly)

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Korean Galbi Stirfry

When the menu was supposed to be Beef Stir fry with rice and the only beef strips fresh or frozen available are USA Short Plate Beef slices in the frozen section. Thanks to Google, found some recipes for Short Plate Beef  and was rather surprised to learn that Skirt Steak comes from this section of the cow. Nice. What came up during the search was … Continue reading Korean Galbi Stirfry

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Tomato Jam

Yes, tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable. Something that was in the pipeline and on the T0-Make list for many years. A craving that my South African husband had, something from his growing up years and something that was available from the cottage industry there. I am very thankful of a wedding gift – Cook And Enjoy It by S.J.A. de Villiers (revised edition). Mrs … Continue reading Tomato Jam