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…

Christmas Homemade Gifts: Mulled Wine Spices

Its going to be Christmas time soon! And my dear friends Lydia and Eleni thought about making personal and homemade gifts for our friends this year. What can be more Christmas-y than spices? The babes, Lydia and Eleni. With the mulled wine spice mix! We went downtown to Evripidou, to the famous spice shops, and…

Greek Baked Spiced Quince

 I can’t remember the first time I had quince – although I can remember the first time I cooked it. I was about to give up – peeling and coring and cutting the fruit is so hard! It’s a very tough fruit, so be very careful when you are cleaning and coring the fruit. As…

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…

Easy Lassi

Fruit Lassi (like the Mango one) is very tasty. But in Malaysia, what I usually go for is the Savoury Lassi. It is flavoured with cumin, and it is one of my favourites when I go and have Indian food. It goes really well when you are eating curries and biryanis. I have also tried…