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…

Melitzanosalata (Aubergine Salad)

Growing up, I have always known the aubergine as ‘brinjal’ or eggplant. Officially it is known as a fruit (like the tomato) but I always think of it as a vegetable because I associate it with savoury food – curries and cooked in spicy sambal. The first time I had aubergine salad in this form…

Chinese New Year Kerabu Salad

  For Chinese New Year, there is a rather recently adopted tradition of eating a mixed raw fish salad, known as the Prosperity Toss, or Yeesang (read more about it here.) It is served as an appetizer, and it is quite detailed with every ingredient having a reason or symbol, like prosperity or happiness, depending…

Green Noodle Salad

It may be September, and the end of Summer and the start of Autumn is here. But the weather is still quite warm here in Athens, and it is still salad season for me! I recently bought some Green Tea Soba Noodles and I love these noodles! It is also the time for Almyra –…

Dakos (Cretan Rusk Salad)

This is a dish that took me quite some time to get used to. I found that the barley rusks usually causes my mouth more harm than good (they are crunchy, and that is to put it mildly!) – that is until I attempted to make it myself at home. And I have to tell…

Vermicelli Chicken Salad

Summer in Greece is hot. Summer in Greece makes it suitable for yummy salads as a whole meal in itself. I was feeling peckish, craving for vermicelli bihun noodle soups that I loved to eat back in Malaysia. I had one ‘bihun’ packet left in my store cupboard, and some leftover roasted chicken in the…

Quinoa ‘High Protein’ Salad

I love quinoa. I first tried it when I read about in the Guardian about 10 years ago when I was living in the UK. Its been a staple in my cupboard, although I do use it sparingly and when I want to treat myself. It’s rather expensive here in Greece but prices vary from…

Tabbouleh

The weather here in Athens has been gradually turning hot. Today was an exceptional 30 degrees where I live! And this is an excellent salad to have while the weather is getting warm. Refreshing, full of crunch and flavour. It is a bit time-consuming, as you need to thinly and finely slice the parsley and…

Mango & Coriander Spicy Kerabu Salad

This refreshing salad is based on the Thai Som Tum Mamuang (Thai Green Mango Salad) and the very much-loved Kerabu Mangga recipe that Makmah makes. I love mangoes, but the quality of mangoes I can find here in Greece at times disappoint me. They ripen into hard, sour fruits and I find that they are perfect…

Bhel

I was first introduced to Bhel as I read the opening paragraph to The Namesake, about the main character Gogol’s mother and her attempts at making a snack that she sorely missed. It somewhat reminded me of a snack I once had when I was growing up in Malaysia – unable to remember the name…

Asian Beef and Noodle Salad

Its summer time now in Greece, and the weather can get extremely hot. But there are times I miss the stir-fried noodles like Mee Mamak, which I would squeeze lime juice all over and mix while its hot. Or Pad Thai, and my Achilles heel of all stir-fries, Char Kuey Teow. It’s too hot (and…