Cashew Chicken with Dried Chillies

This is a dish that my mother made quite often at home while I was growing up. It was spicy (but not too spicy), and this was one of the few dishes that I would make quite often during my university days. It was fast, and it had the acceptable amount of protein and goes…

Chicken Kapitan Curry

Spent the weekend at home, updating my blog (so many drafts that need to be completed!) and laundry, etc. I defrosted some chicken, and after much deliberation, decided to make curry, and Kapitan Curry at that, because I fell in love with the one I had when I went to KL for Eid recently. Kapitan…

Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Olives

  My trip to France and Switzerland with my family recently was exciting. I saw a salt mine, spent a whole day in Geneva by myself and managed to explore a lot of the city, went to Montreux and Evian and had a wonderful time in the castle-like town of Gruyère (cheese! all that cheese!)….

Chicken Umeboshi

This is a very simple dish to make. I managed to cobble this together, after a busy day (and after the gym, mind you!) with what I had in the fridge. I wanted something flavourful yet easy to make, and salty, to go with the Herb Rice (Nasi Ulam-inspired rice dish) that I made to…

Zampano’s Sunday Brunch

Last Sunday, I spent a part of the day spending time with Alison walking around Athens as part of the OpenAthensWalk which was exciting. We were together with Omaira and her 2 boys for most of the walk. But at around 3pm we met up with Eliza at Zampano’s for brunch (or to be more exact,…

Honey Lemon Ginger Roast Chicken

Don’t really have a good introduction to this recipe – I just had a few lemons and ginger at home, and I remembered the first time I attempted to make “Lemon Chicken” in university (during the time dinosaurs roamed the earth) and how disastrous it was. Ready made Tesco breaded chicken and lemon juice from…

Chicken Rice Hainan-style

Chicken Rice Hainan-style is one of my ‘from home’ comfort foods – I remember having this occasionally at the coffee-house of Holiday Villa in Subang growing up. The flavours of ginger and soy sauce shine through in this simply cooked dish, and I love that it is a hearty and filling dish that can be…

Teriyaki Roast Chicken

In Kuala Lumpur, there is a supermarket called Isetan in KLCC (the mall underneath the Twin Towers) and they used to have a wonderful rotisserie. You could buy roast chicken marinated in wonderful flavours – lemony, spicy, but my favourite has always been the Teriyaki Chicken. We would have it with a side of salad…

Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Roasted Garlic

The preserved lemons I made a few weeks ago is now ready to use. And I have always wanted to see how cooking with preserved lemons would be. I don’t have a tagine for me to make the most well-known dish that uses preserved lemons. I have always liked lemons when I make roast chicken,…

Makmah’s Present: Pineapple Fried Rice

On my recent trip back to Malaysia, I got a present from a very important woman who has been in my life from the moment that I was born – Makmah. She gave me a recipe book that is about rice. Makmah is like an aunt to me – she has been a part of…

Saffron and Rosewater Chicken Biryani

I bought a bottle of rosewater a few months ago to make a rose-flavoured cake and rose cookies for my friend Eleni. Lets just say that I still have a lot of rosewater left over, and I needed to make something that doesn’t involve sugar and sweets. I saw a trailer for Jon Stewart’s new…

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…