July 2011

Paratha

Paratha

Paratha is a type of Indian flat bread which literally means “layers of cooked flour”. It came from the words “parat” which means layer and “atta” which means flour. This bread is the most popular bread in the Indian cuisine, commonly it consists of wheat flour, ghee or oil which...

Prawn Twisters

Prawn Twisters

I am always in the search for something new to cook everyday especially now that I am running out of recipes that I know by heart (yes most of the old recipes here you see in this blog did not come from any cookbook but these are dishes that I...

Mixed Vegetables and Cripsy Noodles

Mixed Vegetables and Cripsy Noodles

There are two types of chow mein the steamed and the crispy variant (also be called Hong Kong style chow mein). These noodles might share the same name but they are totally two different noodle types, crispy chow mein uses flat noodles which are deep fried while the soft chow...

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

I guess Ratatouille became really popular because of the animated movie by Pixar, but do you know what this dish actually is? For those who does not know it is a vegetable stew that originated in Nice, France. I guess Ratatouille became really popular because of the animated movie by...

Hummus

Hummus

Hummus or “hummus bi tahini” is a simple Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Hummus or “hummus bi tahini” is a simple Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. A very popular food...

Pissaladiere

Pissaladiere

Pissaladiere or Pissaladina is a type of white pizza that originated in Southern France and was believed to have introduced by the Roman cooks during the Avignon Papacy in the 1300’s. A very unique pizza where traditional methods suggests no tomatoes and cheese in the ingredients, instead sautéed onions (cooked...

Stewed Beef Brisket in Chu Hou Sauce

Stewed Beef Brisket in Chu Hou Sauce

Chu Hou Sauce is a type of Chinese braising sauce that is made of soybeans, garlic and ginger. If you are wondering how this tastes, well it tastes nearly similar to Hoisin Sauce but less spicy. A dish that is a very popular home cooked dish in China as it...

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

This pasta is a good mix of different Italian flavours like salami, roasted capsicums, olives and feta cheese dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette, a common salad dish here in New Zealand which is a good pair with roasts. I see this a lot in the salad section in the supermarkets...

Tofu and Mushroom Storganoff

Tofu and Mushroom Storganoff

A while ago I posted beef stroganoff, a classic recipe that is loved by many but now I am craving for some stroganoff but I am not in the mood for beef, a healthier variant would be a good choice so tofu and mushrooms will be in the ingredients, I...

Yakitori Hatsu

Yakitori Hatsu

Yakitori Hatsu is a Japanese style grilled chicken heart skewers glazed with sweet style soy sauce Yakitori is a generic word used to define skewered food in Japan; but that doesn’t mean that grilling is the method used for the cooking process as it can also be other cooking methods....