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Moroccan Baked Salmon

Moroccan Baked Salmon – to spice it up !

If you like a spicy baked Salmon, you will love this one. Salmon is a regular item in our house. Twice a week at least, I will prepare salmon. And you know I love variety… There are so many ways to make salmon delicious. This is my new favorite.  It’s quick and easy. Spiced and jazzed up with the flavors of Morocco. You might find it to be your new favorite too 😉

Of all the different fish varieties, salmon is held a step above when it comes to nutritional value. Salmon is also considered to be a ‘brain food’.  An excellent source of quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but they are of course known for the content of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Mee Goreng Ayam | Malaysian Fried Noodles with Chicken

Mee Goreng Ayam | Malaysian Fried Noodles with Chicken.

Simple and Tasty street food or hawkers food that can be made in your kitchen TODAY! Very basic ingredients in an Asian kitchen. Translated, ‘Mee’ is noodles and ‘Goreng’ means fry. The stir fried noodles with chicken is extremely quick and easy to make as you can see when you watch my video.

Mee Goreng is popular in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. I love how Malaysian cooking balances sweet, spice and sour in so many dishes, so perfectly. I started to learn Malaysian Cooking when I first moved to Singapore over fifteen years ago. I had a few good Singaporean and Malaysian neighbours back then who introduced me to so many things. We would shop, market and cook together. It was so much fun. I have lost contact with them over the years and often hope they will find me through my blog someday. I wonder if they are still cooking the Middle eastern and Indian dishes that I taught them as I am still whipping up a lot of what I learned from them.

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Fried Okra in Yoghurt Coconut Curry | Vendakka Moru Curry

Vendakka Moru Curry. Fried okra in a delectable yoghurt-coconut milk curry. It is smooth, savory and ‘lick the platter clean’ worthy!

My mom made this all the time growing up and now, I carry on the tradition.  Okra (Ladies fingers) are fried till golden-crisp before they are added to the yoghurt-coconut sauce. They absorb the tart, creamy and savory sauce. It’s just so yummy! Best served as a side with hot rice.

Even people who don’t like okra so much, are ok with fried okra. And fried okra in this soothing, heavenly curry is something you must try.

This is my family recipe. After the meal, my husband and children will do a toss on who gets to scoop out the left over okra in the yoghurt coconut sauce left in the clay pot.. It’s very nice to watch!

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Happy Earth 🌏 Day 2017

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My planet. My part.

Love the home we all share. HAPPY EARTH DAY!

It’s no wonder why she is called ‘Mother’.. Mother Earth, Mother Nature gives us all life too. We have taken her for granted far too long.

Plant whenever you can .. teach your children that food does not come from the supermarket.

Recycle. It’s very simple, yet so many neglect this earth healing act.

Conserve. Think of ways in which you can conserve energy and water. Practice it!

Enjoy the environment and do what you can to keep it clean and enjoyable for everyone.Take your family on more outdoor activities.

Animals share our home. Be thoughtful of their welfare.

Teach. Children are the future caretakers. Equip them with knowledge. Share knowledge.

Say No to products that we can easily do without, products that show no care for our home or it’s inhabitants. This can range from your everyday deodorant to weapons that cause loss of life.

Be a better child, parent, neighbor, citizen, student. Love the earth and show kindness in all elements of our lives.

These are things I practice and try to instill in my family. Everyone makes a difference.
Celebrating Earth Day with the Google Create Community. 🙂

Yesterday, I had a birthday cake order for a yummy Asian Sponge cake with fresh fruit filling and cream.. I used up all the extra fruit that was bought and whipped up some extra batter to prepare these cupcakes. My husband printed the little ‘go green’ stickers on recycled paper and my kids stuck them to the picks.. 60 cupcakes for all the students of both my girls weekend classes… The words help kids to ‘think’ about what EACH OF US can do.
#earthday

#CreateCommunityEarthDay2017

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Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

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Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

This Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry leaves has a lovely aromatic sauce that can be poured over rice or noodles. The combination of butter, curry leaves, onion and bell peppers flavors the tender beef in such subtle but effective tones. At our place we love this over rice or crispy noodles with a fried and oozy egg on top!

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Vanpayar Ularthiyathu | Brown Bean and Shallots Mash

Vanpayar Ularthiyathu Vanpayar Ularthiyathu | Brown Bean and Shallots Mash

Vanpayar Ularthiyathu

Vanpayar Ularthiyathu | Brown Bean and Shallots Mash

Vanpayar Ularthiyathu is the classic Kerala comfort food. The ‘brown beans’ (red cow peas / red gram / ‘red chawli’) are a brownish version of the ‘green bean’ or whole ‘mung dal’. It also looks similar in shape to the ‘black eyed bean’, except it’s smaller.

In Kerala, this dish is very often served with rice porridge, where the Kerala ‘Rose Rice’ is used: an indigenous variety of rice grown in Palakkad District of Kerala. It’s a chubbier grain and is found throughout Kerala and parts of Sri Lanka.

The beans are cooked prior to stir frying with a delicious blend of shallots, garlic, pepper and dried red chilli and then mashed lightly to add a very-yummy-creamy quality.

This vegetarian item may be served with rice or even chapatis, but the classic combo will forever be  Kanji and Payar ( Porridge and Beans). Poppadum’s , pickle and shallot chutney are also often served on the side. ‘Kanji and Payar’ is also often served when you are under the weather or suffering from an upset stomach.

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Clove Tea | Soothing Tea

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Clove Tea | Soothing Tea

 

Clove Tea is perfect for calming the senses. Cloves are extremely rich in antioxidants. This makes for an ideal change to your usual herbal Tea. Clove tea has been known to reduce irritability, help with insomnia and even cure a tooth ache! This is our favorite ‘unwinding’ Tea. My husband requests it often.  I sometimes add a little freshly squeezed lemon and replace the sugar with agave nectar or honey.

clove tea recipe Clove Tea | Soothing Tea

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Easy Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette

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Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette

Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette

 

This is my version of an easy Chicken Tikka Sandwich Baguette. Who can resist delicious Chicken Tikka? Well this is a simplified but delicious version made into a  hearty sandwich. Crusty Italian Bread or Baguettes will be the preferred bread for this Sandwich. You need that hard crusty exterior to compliment the meaty textured filling. Soft breads will not do justice.

And do try my version of Smooth Coriander Chutney Dressing.  Give it a go. Pretty straightforward, this one!  My kids like to have the extra tikkas with the chutney.

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Kadai Chana Masala

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Kadai Chana Masala – Wok Cooked Chickpeas and Potato Appetizer

Kadai Chana Masala

This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian  fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.

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Mutton Haleem – Mutton Stewed with Wheat and Dal

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Mutton Haleem

Haleem is very popular in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. This delicious Haleem recipe, is a comforting dish of meat cooked with wheat and a variety of dals. This is how I make Mutton Haleem. Beef Haleem can be made in the same way.

Absolutely delicious, served with Hot Naans, this dish is quite simple although  you need to plan to soak the wheat and barley… and the time to cook the meat till absolutely tender. Tender enough to mash to shreds

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