Cheese Scones

  I have returned! And I got a wonderful gift from my mother – cheese from Holland. It’s Gouda, it’s called boerenkaas or farmer’s cheese – a protected form of Gouda made in the traditional way, using unpasteurized milk. She got me 2 types, one is young and light (pictured above!) and the other is quite matured,…

Ondeh-Ondeh (Buah Melaka)

  I very rarely make Malaysian local sweets at home, just simple ones like sago (tapioca) with gula melaka syrup, or bananas in coconut milk with gula melaka (pengat pisang it’s called. I will post about it soon.) I had a few tsps of the pandan extract left, and I thought, why not make something that…

Greek Yoghurt Waffles

Last Sunday, I went to Zampano’s or brunch with Alison and Eliza. You can read more about it here. But it has also gotten me thinking about making my own waffles. I have never made them – always had them in eating establishments or even frozen ones, but I have never made batter and cooked…

Holiday Season in Athens

This holiday season was a blast! My sister came on Christmas Day, and we went up North to the mountain cabin to spend a few days there. We expected cold weather, but what we got was a very warm autumn. It got cold as we left the North to return to Athens, and it got…

Sweet Potato Fries

  I do like to ‘roast’ potatoes in the oven (oven-fry?). It’s a healthier version that actually frying them in oil, and I like the crunchy texture that you get when you bite into the potato. I have made a version of this with green bananas, and sweet potatoes cook faster than usual. The day…

Pandan and Gula Melaka Poached Quince

   I have always liked quince since the first time I tried it. But I am not a big fan of desserts that are so sugary sweet that it hurts my glands. I love poached pears, because even though it is sweet, but the flavours of the fruit stands out more. I love the traditional…

Kalamata Olives Palmiers

Recently, I bought a jar of tapenade from the supermarket and I was severely underwhelmed by the quality. I had them with bread sticks, on bread rolls, but it was rather bland. I remember that I made a tapenade with capers and sun-dried tomatoes that I brought to my friends’ Jennifer’s dinner party last year….

‘Fried Green Bananas’ Fries

Don’t you just love the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’? Now that is a recipe for another day, but today, I found downstairs in the local supermarket a huge bunch of very very green bananas. I wanted to buy ripe ones but they only had these. I am reminded of the ubiquitous Malaysian kids favourite go-to…

Vegetarian ‘Meaty’ Mushroom Sandwich

I love burgers, but there are times I want to have something light that doesn’t make me feel too full but also satisfies my cravings for flavours. Sometimes, salads just won’t do. This is a healthier version of a meat burger. I use a small seed whole wheat bread bun, mashed avocado, cheese and a…

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…

Cucur Ikan Bilis (Fishy Fritters)

Cucur, which means fritters in Malay, is one of those ‘easy to make with essential store cupboard staples’ snacks that I always make, with variations. Add small prawns to the basic batter and it becomes cucur udang, add ikan bilis and it becomes cucur ikan bilis, or with extra onions/shallots and spring onions (vegetarian option!)…