Missing Malaysia: KL Hokkien Mee!

Our very first dinner in Kuala Lumpur was hokkien mee in Chinatown. Simple, but absolutely packed with flavour and not quite as easy to eat with chopsticks as you’d expect. It was only a matter of time before I made it myself. After a trip to my favourite Asian supermarket in Louvain earlier this week…

Chinese Herbs — Help, please!

Asian supermarkets are my shopping downfall. I always end up with a vast array of exotic delicacies, strange treats and, indeed, mysteries. On my last visit this box of Chinese herbs called out to me. You WANT me. Stop fighting. You NEED me. I caved. So here I am, trying to determine which is which….

Birthday Baking 2016: An Overview

Turning 32 tomorrow, so LOADS of birthday bakes over the weekend (and fortunately, plenty of guests to feed as well)! From top to bottom: Chocolate cupcakes with pomegranate frosting and caramel popcorn topping Bacon cinnamon rolls Chocolate-covered grape skewers (classic ones, sprinkles and a few with a pinch of sea salt. Mmmm.) Pear and Grana…

Mellow Chervil Soup

Perfect for a rainy day. RECIPE 100g unsalted soy butter + 1tbsp rapeseed oil 7-8 shallots, thinly sliced 1 stick of celery, thinly sliced 1l vegetable stock 4 bunches of chervil (approx 250-300g in total), roughly chopped 2tbsp heavy cream (lactose-free in my case) freshly ground black pepper wasabi-flavoured sesame seeds, regular sesame seeds and…

Pomegranate chocolate tart

Mmmmmmmmm, tangy chocolatey goodness! Recipe below! RECIPE (adapted from Pastry Affair) Almond Tart Crust 195 grams all-purpose flour 60 grams sliced almonds 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tbsp coconut sugar 115 grams cold soy butter/Crisco, cubed 1 large egg 2 tbsp ice water In a large mixing bowl,…

Mighty Spice Express: Taiwanese Beef Noodle Stir-Fry

Before & After: Noodles, steak and mangetout. Simple, quick, but a tad too spicy. Black pepper and a red chilli? What’s the point? You get looooads of heat, and lose most of the other flavours, which is a shame. This makes for a great what are we having tonight?/no-fuss/go-go-go supper. Just go easy on the…

Halloween Baking (Part I): Spooky Fougasse

Spooky rosemary fougasse featuring an olive, garlic and Emmental plague. Served these with a semi-guacamole (i.e. guacamole without the tomato and coriander) for maximum gore effect!😉

Foreign Flavours – Vietnam: Pho Bo

If I ever decide to officially fall in love with food, Pho Bo may be a perfect match. Good heavens. It takes a considerable amount of time to make (8 hours for the bone broth alone), but the end result makes you forget about that in a heartbeat. YUM. Behold, my selection of beef bones,…

Foreign Flavours – The Comoros: Papayes vertes au gratin

I struggled finding exciting recipes for the Comoro Islands/the Comoros (but not the Comoros Islands). That is, until I started Googling in French. BOOM! A whole new world! I went for a green papaya gratin from La Comorienne, even though the recipe had pictures of a regular (fully matured) papaya. Meh. For an African dish,…