Hummus

I am a late convert to hummus. The first time I had hummus, I must have been in my early 20’s. It have to say that it was one of those lightly flavoured Tesco ones – with red pepper or avocado or something similar. I remember splurging on a rather expensive tub of hummus from…

Chicken Liver Curry

Chicken Liver Curry is something I occasionally crave for. It is my go-to meal when my body goes through the ‘red-meat’ craving moment. It is a rather dry curry, and it’s flavour is quite unique. It is a cheap source of meat and very high in iron. I know there are times when you think…

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…

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…

Beef Bone Soup (Sup Tulang)

  There was a sudden cold spell here in Athens recently. Although, cold for me means anything that goes below 10 degrees, and it did fall to about 8 degrees at night. I always crave for a hot bowl of noodle soup whenever it gets cold, and I was lucky to have bought some beef…

Chilli Con Carne

This dish has a special place in my culinary heart. I first tried this spicy tomato-meat concoction on top of a baked potato (jacket potatoes!) when I was 12 years old – in a small café, in a town called Loughborough, England. It was so exotic to me, to eventually taste this much sung about…