The Saturday Kitchen – Spicy Turmeric Prawns in Coconut Milk

The cuisines of Southeast Asia are the flavours of the sun. Like the bright colours of the tropics, and the heady vibes of the cultures here, there is nothing subtle about the food of Southeast Asia. Bold, spicy, rich, they are meant to be eaten with steamed rice, our staple which also serves as a … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Spicy Turmeric Prawns in Coconut Milk

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The Saturday Kitchen – Shanghai Mooncakes with Lotus Paste

I have always had a weakness for traditional Chinese pastries, particularly those filled with lotus paste or red bean paste. But I always thought they were prohibitively complicated to make, until about a year ago when I rashly agreed to make some for a photoshoot and cookbook on mooncakes. That got me learning and practising … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Shanghai Mooncakes with Lotus Paste

The Elusive Recipe, Mumps & Indigo Tigers

I've been following the blog Brilliant Viewpoint for some time now, and always enjoy her writing. Her recent post Authentic Italian Cooking recounts her search for an elusive recipe for a cake she enjoyed years ago, and recently found. It was a lucky, happy coincidence for her. It made me think about my elusive recipe which … Continue reading The Elusive Recipe, Mumps & Indigo Tigers

The Saturday Kitchen – Old School Coconut Candy

I have been busy with writing  my second book. Now, it is done and ready to go to the printers. I finally have a bit of a breather, and I'm finally posting this -- my all-time favourite confection, coconut candy. Whenever the word 'retro' pops up, these coconut candies spring to mind. This, to me, … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Old School Coconut Candy

The Saturday Kitchen – Aromatic Tomato & Orange Rice with Rolled Oats

We try to eat healthily most of the time but with high cholesterol, I am trying to weave in more whole grain foods into my diet. I'm told oats is great for bringing down the cholesterol but I really don't like eating it in porridge, so I've been poking around to see how else to … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Aromatic Tomato & Orange Rice with Rolled Oats

The Saturday Kitchen – Szechuan Cucumber Pickles

I found three Japanese cucumbers lurking at the bottom of my fridge the other day. They were a little past their absolute prime though by no means badly compromised. But there were plans to go out for dinner that night and the next few days, so leaving the cukes to languish was not a wise … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Szechuan Cucumber Pickles

The Saturday Kitchen – A Very Versatile Head

I am most often the sort of cook who just rummages around the fridge to see what there is, then bung things up together, with a bit of inspiration plucked from a miscellany of memories, past dishes and nuggets of ideas from cookbooks I have read. In other words, I often cook without much planning. … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – A Very Versatile Head