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…

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!)…

Sugo alla Puttanesca

The Puttanesca pasta sauce is a tasty mix of tangy, salty and spicy hot flavours. Puttanesca literally means ‘whore’ and Sugo alla Puttanesca means ‘Whore’s style Sauce’. Although the origin of the name may not be as ‘sinful’ as you think. From Wikipedia: According to Annarita Cuomo, writer for Il Golfo, a daily newspaper serving the…

Fried Ikan Bilis (Fried Anchovies)

Ikan bilis are dried anchovies, small ones and fried crisp. In the picture above, I have bought the smallest one I can find, because I like the crunchy texture these give. It’s a versatile fish, you can use it in a variety of ways. They are great as a snack – I rarely fry a…