East West: Fish two-ways

Recently, I accompanied a new friend to the markets in Omonia and I managed to take a few wonderful pictures. (waves hello to Chris!!). The picture above is from the fish market downtown. This past weekend (heatwave weekend!) the husband bought for us fish from the local fishmongers, and the fish is called τσιπούρα (tsipoura) or…

Makan-makan Athens: Fairytale Cafe and Pastry Shop

  If you like Disneyland and themed-cafes; and/or sugar and chocolate-laden desserts, this is the place! I first came here with another Malaysian-to-Athens-transplant, Priscilla. This café (and now a pastry shop too!) is located in Nea Filadelfia, a suburb of Athens and is easily accessible by public transportation. I love this area, it has a lot…

Makan-makan Athens: Pink Flamingo

  I was told about this place by my friends Alison and Alexia, and with interest piqued, I decided to drop by recently. I mean, DIM SUM in ATHENS!!! It was a very hot day, and the refreshing pink grapefruit soda was a godsend. As you can you see with the decor – it is…

How-to: Clean Artichoke Flowers

Artichokes. I recently saw some artichoke flowers at the supermarket, and I have always been interested in having them fresh. I usually get artichoke hearts ready prepared and marinated in a jar, or cleaned and frozen, read-to-cook versions (just add lemon, etc.). So, impulse buying artichoke flowers, I set out to learn and attempt to…

Science How-to: Rice and Arsenic

Disclaimer: I have to start the title with ‘Science’, just in case any of you think that this is a recipe about how to make your rice with (more) arsenic. Early February, I was informed by the husband about several articles online, about arsenic content in rice. Rice, as most of you know, is a…

Geneva; again. (Guide forthcoming!)

  It is quite apt really, to post this now, as I am flying off to Geneva again today! I will be going to Paris later, but I thought I’d better post something about this ‘City of Refugees’ (known because it was a place of refuge for Protestants fleeing persecution in the mid-1600’s). Headquarters to…

George’s Gavros Marinatos

To continue with the salt theme (I just posted my trip to a salt mine in Bex, Switzerland), this a featured recipe from my husband, George. He made this wonderful salted fish for us to store in the fridge and to have it as a side dish that goes really well with soups like bean…

Makmah-inspired Mango Pickle

This pickle, or acar as we like to call it in Malaysia, is inspired by Makmah’s famous Mango Pickle. It is sweet (from the mangoes), salty, spicy and sour all at the same time. Recently for the month of Ramadan, Makmah’s mango pickle “Acar Mangga” has been for sale at certain Ramadan Bazaar’s around Ampang. My…

Spices: Panch Phoron

Panch Phoron means ‘5 spices’, a spice blend where the seeds are used whole. I encountered it online when I was finding out what I could do with nigella (kalonji) seeds. I find that this mix is easy, and adds a subtle spice flavour to dishes. It is easy to make – just equal parts…

Makan-makan Ayin: Kuala Lumpur 2016 Edition

*The featured picture you see is a display of several Octopodes (plural of Octopus, who knew?) that I saw at the buffet area of the restaurant Contango, at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. I am back! After a wonderful 2 weeks away, I am here to show you a compilation of a few pictures of…

Makan-makan Athens: Falafel Wars

Food fads come and go, but there is one food ‘trend’ that has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of many Greeks and foreigners here living in Athens; and it is here to stay: falafels. I encountered Falafellas a few years ago and you can see why I said that it is here to stay. There…

Spices: Garam Masala Mix

I recently went to Mirch again, and had their extremely spicy (yet yummy!) Chicken Vindaloo. And I noticed that I have yet to post a proper curry recipe, and so I thought that I would do that during the long Greek Orthodox Easter weekend. Alas, I ran out of garam masala, and I decided to make my…