food, Salads and Vegetables

Vegetarian Dinner Soirée

So tonight I had the pleasure of hosting some very dear friends I got to know since uni days and what’s more fun is planning a vegetarian menu!

I served:

1. Spinach feta cheese phyllo rolls

2. Focaccia two kinds – one with Marion Grasby’s fried onion and chilli flakes topping and the other dukkah topping

3. Hazelnuts with dukkah

4. Hummus

5. Store bought artichoke dip

6. Shakshuka

7. Tiramisu

And one of my friends brought bread and butter pudding she purchased from a home based baker.

I’m pretty pleased to have come up with a vegetarian menu but more to spend a lovely and safe night in with friends. ☺️


food

Father’s Day Lunch

So today for Father’s Day I didn’t cook anything new. I made saffron rice, roasted lamb shoulder encrusted with a tahini lemon marinade, fired up some sirloin steaks and baked some zaatar chicken wings. My sister came over and brought a Iranian salad which she made. And I made kunafa again – though this time with mozzarella and queso blanco cheese as the filling.

But it was a day to thank the fathers in my family – my husband, my brother and my brother-in-law. My own father passed on 17 years ago. Time really does heal and sometimes I feel anxious when I forget certain memories. All I can do now is to gift him a prayer.

The saffron rice with some cute Australian boiled eggs and pomegranate seeds.
Sirloin with roasted tomatoes on a vine.
Roasted lamb shoulder. I marinated overnight with tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt.
This time round I made sure I made a wall from then kataifi base to get a full kataifi encrusted kunafa.
Delicious salad made by my sister. I added cubes of grilled haloumi because I had some leftover and didn’t want to waste.

Happy Father’s Day to all daddies out there. Continue to uphold strong values and be wonderful role models to your children. ☺️

Asian Dishes, food, Places

The best of halal Thai Street food

So we just came back from a very good holiday in Krabi with a belly full of good food and a good shade darker.

Featuring the best of what I ate. Last photo of insects is just a novelty. Didn’t see a single person buying them at his stall at the Krabi Night Market. By the way, this is SUPER overated and really not worth the visit.

1. Grilled meats. Soooo tender and flavourful. There’s cubes of fat in the middle of the beef and hence the melt in the mouth deliciousness.

2. Fresh grilled squid with barbecue sauce.

3. Mango sticky rice!

4. Grilled corn. So delicious!

5. Khanom Buang. Traditional Thai snack only found on the weekends night markets. It’s meringue with a savoury topping. Nothing I’ve ever tasted in Singapore before. Yum!

6. Pad Thai! I bought packets of pad Thai sauce in this trip. Will be whipping some up when I get my new kitchen in a month’s time!

7. Thai tea! So good here especially when the weather was sooo hot on some days.

8. Fried insects! For the fearless and boundary-less 😃

Asian Dishes, breakfast, food, Places

Singaporean Breakfast: Ya Kun

I posted years ago my breakfast of soft boiled eggs. But I noticed in that post it was a picture of the steamed sandwich version.

A typical home-style favourite in Singapore, especially for the Chinese here, is soft-boiled eggs with kaya toast. Kaya being a coconut pandan jam. However if you’re a true blue Singaporean, regardless of race, you’ll tend to incorporate the other cultures into your homes and for many Malays, eating soft-boiled eggs for breakfast wasn’t the exception.

I remember eating this when I was young and so did The Hubster. I think many Singaporean mothers back in the 80s and 90s believed in the nutritious value of eggs on their children’s intellect.

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to eat this again at Ya Kun for breakfast on a weekday before work. What bliss.

And this time, I made sure I took a snapshot of it with the crispy and creamy and buttery kaya toast that goes along with it. Sipped with coffee, this is the go-to breakfast of champion Singaporean kids who rule over PISA scores and our humble taxi drivers.

Asian Dishes, food, Places, Seafood

Uni in a bowl

Today my friend brought me to a space in a supermarket where we could have excellent seafood rice bowl. Most importantly, with fresh uni or sea urchin.

This dish is so decadent for me because it’s so high in purine level but we shared the bowl so I didn’t feel too bad.

After the excellent meal, I googled from my friend’s recommendation the site that ships fresh uni right to my doorstep. It is of course very pricey and I wouldn’t mind paying the price IF I am not the only one in the family eating it. So it looks like if ever I have a craving for uni, I have to make that trip downtown.

All the flavours of the sea in this bowl. 😍