Pisang Goreng or Goreng Pisang? Well the popular snack of deep fried banana is referred to by both of these names, but Goreng Pisang refers to the ‘action’ of cooking the banana while ‘Pisang Goreng’ actually means ‘Fried Banana’. Small sized bananas are fried whole, with a crispy coating enclosing the hot and soft banana filling. Perfect with some tea or an ‘ on the go’ snack. The most important part of Pisang Goreng, is the selection of Pisang (banana). Use firm small bananas that are not too fat. It is sometimes made with elongated slices of plantain as well.
This is one of Indonesia’s favorite snacks, but is very popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines.
Charmoula | Coriander Parsley Dressing/Marinade
Charmoula ( شرمولة) is a North African Herbal Marinade, an all purpose dressing used a lot in Tunisia and Morocco. It is often used for seafood but works with meats as well as vegetables. When you are looking for a different kind of marinade, something less Masala-ish and more Herby… it is a good choice. It is also great when you have lots of herbs, wanting to be used up 🙂 . We like this marinade with baked chicken wings and grilled shrimp a lot!
Tabil , is a Tunisian Spice Mix, that is often used in North African Cooking, in grilled meats or salads. It lends a deep and earthy flavor with some spicy kick, but it’s the undeniably enticing aroma that I just love so much! A tsp of Tabil mixed with some hung yoghurt and salt makes a great side with grilled meats. You can use it in the Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad or in the Brik Pastry.. I will be adding more Tunisian recipes here. I sprinkle it towards the end of cooking several grilled dishes and it really wakes things up. If you love to change things up in the flavor department and always have an element of surprise in home cooked food, exotic spice blends come in real handy! Off the shelf, they can be quite expensive but made at home, you can decide how much to stock up on.
Spicy Grilled Baby Corn
My daughter often wanders into the kitchen, proclaiming she is hungry and that I must fix her something yummy to eat. Three meals a day is hard enough, it’s not possible to give the kids cooked, tasty snacks everyday.. usually our tea time, is biscuits and Milo for the kids. Naureen helped herself to the baby corn I was using for a salad. “Hmm, this is nice – maybe we could make something spicy with these and some lemon!”, she giggled. She didn’t think I would let her take the ingredients, I had intended for our salad. I thought it was actually a pretty good idea , so we ended up making these Quick, Tangy, Spicy Grilled Baby Corn Skewers!
I also skipped the ‘grilling’ part and simply seasoned some of the corn… kids liked that too!
Delicious Green Chutney | Green Coriander Dressing
This is my take on a Delicious Green Chutney or ‘Dahi Wala Hara Chutney’. My recipe is slightly different, but give you a perfect, creamy sauce like chutney that is perfect for all types of Tikkas and Kebabs. It is also great in sandwiched like my Chicken Tikka Baguette or a Bombay Sandwich.
Iced Honey Lemon Drink – Hong Kong Style
This Iced Honey Lemon Drink , is a popular thirst quencher in Hong Kong. It sure helps to beat the Singapore heat too! This lemonade is sweetened using organic honey. No sugar or sugar syrup is used.
There is an art to the drink. Usually, when served – you have to stir from the bottom of the jug to mix the honey (which may have settled at the bottom) to get the flavor to your liking. If you poke at the lemon slice more, it releases more of the lemon flavor. I noticed that different types of honey make the lemonade look darker or lighter. I prefer light honey or clover honey, but this is a personal choice.
I am on a no sugar diet at the moment, so when I do feel the need for a sweetened drink, I go to honey to replace sugar. Remember honey is very sweet, so you need less than you would need castor sugar. Hot Honey Lemon is also good for a sore throat, but in this heat, I prefer the iced version.
This recipe for Smoky Chicken Tenders, served with Potato Salad was a spur of the moment meal idea, that turned into a quick favorite. The ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ combination of hot grilled chicken with cold delicious potato salad has won everyone over around here. We are all looking for those quick and easy meal plans, aren’t we? Those that are hassle free yet tasty! This fits the bill and is great to pack for a picnic as well.
Chicken tenders / tenderloins are the slender strips of additional meat hanging from the bottom-side of chicken breasts. There would thus be two tenders per bird. They are often sold separately from chicken breasts at the supermarket, often coming in thermo-packs of 5-6 strips. Sometimes labeled as chicken fillet. These cuts of chicken are quite cheap and can be used for frying (chicken strips) or cut up in stir fries or grilled as I have done. Cooked properly they remain moist and tender. This is my favorite quick recipe using chicken tenders.
Smoky Grilled Chicken Tenders with Potato Salad |Quick Meals (With Video)
American Potato Salad | Quick Salads with Video
Growing up, I always came home to delicious food every day. My mom will always be the best cook to me.. I admit during my teenage years, I was quite fussy with food.. I had a lot of things that I didn’t appreciate as much as I do now. She always seemed to have time to fix me something that I liked. On the occasion that she would not be home when I came home, she would leave me something in the fridge. I would cleanup and hurry to find out what was in there for me. Cold Potato Salad was one of my favorites. I could have this just on its own or with some of her yummy chicken. This salad is a great side any day! Filling you up well till your next meal.
Fig Iced Tea
This Fig Iced Tea takes advantage of the natural sweetness of Dried Figs to reduce the refined sugar content. A refreshing twist on the regular Iced Tea.
The Fig is one of the oldest fruits known to man. It is often described as “nature’s most nearly perfect fruit“. Studies have proved that dried figs have a high level of phenol makeup, which is more rich in antioxidants, than other fruits. Phenol is used as an antiseptic to kill micro-organisms.
Due to the essential fatty acids omega-3, omega-6 and phytosterol found in dried figs, they help to reduce cholesterol. These fatty acids are crucial to the proper functioning of the heart, brain and nervous system.
Since figs do not naturally contain fat, sodium or cholesterol while also have high levels of fibre, they tend to be an ideal food for those trying to lose weight. This, in spite having the highest natural sugar level amongst fruits. Figs also have a higher mineral content than any other known fruit. Good source of Potassium, Calcium and Iron.
Figs are believed to boost strength and energy and recommended for long term patients during recovery. They are known to aid in physical as well as mental difficulties. Figs are also recommended in the treatment of asthma, coughs and chills.
Ginger Lemon Tea | Soothing Home Remedy
Ginger Lemon Tea is not only soothing for a sore throat, but it is a wonderful Home Remedy for an Upset Stomach / Indegestion / Heartburn Symptoms. The next time you feel a cramping ache in the stomach or a feeling of indigestion and discomfort.. caused by something that you ate and didn’t set quite well into your system. We all know that feeling. I have used this remedy ever since I can remember and it works wonders. Helps to get rid of the feeling of nausea. It is also very soothing and nice to have in the evenings after the days work is done with. If you have extreme nausea, skip the tea and water and just, have the squeezed lemon and ginger juice with some sugar. Try it out!
During Ramadan, I like to make this tea. Its very soothing after Iftar.