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The cure for homesickness – Opor Ayam (Chicken in coconut gravy)

You ever get those days when you have the biggest craving for a dish you haven’t had in forever? Just out of the blue for no reason. And it’s almost always something you used to have all the time as a child. This was one of those days.

Opor Ayam is magic!!!

One could describe it simply as chicken in an aromatic coconut gravy, spiced with coriander, cumin and some other not-so-secret ingredients. But that wouldn’t do it justice. What it is, is rich and savoury and freaking addictive; it’s comfort food at its best; it feeds the soul and chases away the blues; it’s me when I was eight and running circles around my mum and walking hand in hand with my dad; it’s the dish you need when it’s cold and wet outside and you’re feeling that all too familiar ache of homesickness. Continue reading The cure for homesickness – Opor Ayam (Chicken in coconut gravy)

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Botanophowhat?? – Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian Potato Patties)

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter weekend. I stuffed myself silly this Easter, as I have every Easter. I think it might just be my favourite holiday. It’s like Christmas minus the stress of picking out presents.

So, in my last post I told you how weird I am with fruits. Get this, I’m weird with vegetables too. Say whaaat??  Kinda makes sense if you think about it.

I have a liiiiiiiittle tiny bit of Botanophobia (self diagnosed of course). Basically, Botanophobia is the fear of plants. *cough*weirdo!*cough* I don’t know where it came from but I’ve never felt comfortable around plants for as long as I can remember. I don’t have any recollection of any bad experiences involving plants; The only thing I can think of is how my grandmother used to tell me, when I was a kid, to not walk on the grass barefooted because the worms might burrow their way into my feet. To this day, I still can’t go barefoot on grass.

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Of Second Chances – Best Homestyle Chicken Satay

So Chinese New Year ended like a week ago. The good thing about having a second new year is that you get a second chance at making resolutions you know you’re not likely to keep; such as work out more, scream at the kids less, procrastinate less and finally, start writing again. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognise the pictures from last summer. I’m finally posting the recipe (2 resolutions with one post! I am on a roll!).

Satay is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Everyone loves it and if you don’t, you need to get yourself checked (I kid!!). I pored over the internet and studied various cookbooks to find the perfect recipe. Then I realised that it’s Teriyaki Salmon all over again. There is no unanimous recipe for Satay. Everyone has their own versions – Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Thai and more –  and they are all too different from one another to find common ground. So, if you can’t beat them, join them. I made up my own recipe and I’m happy to say that it’s a winner. Every time I serve it, they fly off the plate and I quietly scold myself for not having made more.
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Flea market treasures – Semur Daging

I can be an incredibly cheap person at times. Which is probably why I absolutely love flea markets. It’s like a treasure hunt! Except you don’t know what you’re looking for, so it’s always a pleasant surprise. It was at a flea market that I chanced about a cookbook on Indonesian cuisine. Actually, the seller had the entire collection of the series. I was so very tempted to buy them all, alas, I knew I didn’t have the space to house 10 new cookbooks and I wasn’t particularly in the mood for a lecture on impulse buying from my husband.

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The fat kid – Nasi Goreng Pattaya

Growing up, I was always the chubby one. I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself fat but I could definitely do with losing a few kilos. Even my school thought so too. They sent me to the weight loss club….. *no words*….It was so embarrassing. We fat kids had no say in it. Twice a week we had to report to school earlier than usual and run around the school. I kid you not. Luckily, bullying is not a big issue in Singapore schools. Not back then anyway. I honestly don’t remember anyone being picked on for being fat or short or anything else. Maybe the odd tease if you had a funny name or bottle-bottom glasses, but never anything serious. Or maybe I was just that oblivious.

Anyway, you can imagine that I’ve tried a plethora of diets. Each one lasting for a whole two days. Three, if I was really determined. I just love food too much and I make no apologies for that. What joy is there in life if you can’t enjoy your food? My specific weakness is rice. I LOOOOVE rice. Which is why I never even tried the Atkin’s diet. Rice just makes everything taste better. So believe me when I tell you that I always cook way too much rice. Thus I always have leftovers. What to do? Logical answer: fried rice.

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