Magical Mornings in Bangkok

December 9, 2013

This Thanksgiving, we spent half a week in Bangkok enroute to wedding festivities in the Philippines. German and I were there last in 2009, on backpacker’s budgets. Back then, we stayed in hole-in-the-wall hotels, walked the local markets and splurged on one night of fine dining to get the full spectrum of Thai and tourist […]

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Adventures in foreign fooding

May 13, 2010

Juicy, bloody, fresh, soft, tender. The steak here in Argentina is to die for (so I’ve heard). I’m not a meat eater. I know, crazy right? I currently reside in the meat eating capital of the universe.  It seems a sin that my mouth refuses to water at the mere mention of lomo or entraña […]

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Everything in its place

April 7, 2010

A few nights ago, I decided to honour my place as a woman and my mother’s origins from the food capital of the Philippines (Pampanga) by cooking dinner.  Specifically, I decided to cook a staple Philippine chicken dish called adobo.  Yes, I said it. I volunteered to cook something different from scrambled eggs and toast. […]

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Opor Ayam (chicken curry)

March 25, 2010

INGREDIENTS 1 whole chicken, chopped bumbu bali 1 carrot, peeled and cubed 1 potato, peeled and cubed curry spice: 1 tspn salt 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 lime 2 blades of lemongrass 3 salam leaves (bay leaves) 1 cup coconut milk DIRECTIONS Cut chicken into pieces.  Add curry spice mix to bumbu bali.  Place chicken, […]

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My favourite: Tempe Manis (sweet fermented boiled soy bean)

March 24, 2010

This is a basic tempe recipe that can be made with peanuts and small dried fish for variation. Like tofu, tempe has very little taste by itself, but when cooked, it absorbs the flavours of the other ingredients. INGREDIENTS 1/2 lb tempe (or one block) 1 cup peanuts (optional) 2 cups small dried fish (optional) […]

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Sambal Udang (hot sauce prawn)

March 23, 2010

As promised, here it is! Hot sauce prawn, Balinese style.  When you’ve got bumbu bali, the possibilities are endless. INGREDIENTS 5-7 large prawns 1 1/2 tbsp bumbu bali 1 tbsp palm sugar 2 Balinese chilis 1 green pepper, sliced 1 onion, sliced 2 kaffir lime leaves 1 cup coconut milk 2 tbsp coconut/palm oil salt & […]

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Bumbu Bali

March 22, 2010

While in Bali for a few weeks in January this year, I took a great cooking class offered by one of the local restaurants in Ubud. Early that morning, we went to the market to purchase ingredients for the dishes we were going to make. It was one of the most fruitful days I spent […]

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Recipes for a wet winter eve in Vancouver

February 24, 2010

Carrot and apple salad – 2 carrots – 1 apple – salt – good quality balsamic vinegar Shred carrots (must be shredded, not chopped).  Cube apple.  Mix in a bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and balsamic.  Serve chilled. Spinach tortilla – 5 eggs – 2 bunches of boiled spinach (or ‘speanuts’ according to my Mom’s shopping […]

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