Honey Mustard Baked Chicken

honey mustard chicken

This recipe was a long time coming. Originally I did this chicken recipe to accompany a Japanese potato salad dish. But of course it can go with any other sort of sides. Baked chicken has got to be one the easiest and cleanest way to cook chicken although I can’t say it’s quick, at least you let the oven to most of the work. All you have to prep is just the marinade.

Double Chocolate Muffins

choc muffins

The need to make these muffins basically stemmed from my son who seems to always ask for those RM1 chocolate muffins sold at Aeon. It’s either donuts of muffins. Now I don’t know how to make donuts….yet, but what does that say about me if I can’t even knock up a decent batch of chocolate muffins? The problem is….I don’t have a recipe I go to for chocolate chip muffins or rather I haven’t found one. So when I saw this recipe on Ancoo’s Journal, it looks like a keeper. I modified the method of making it though because based on what the original recipe says, it doesn’t specify how you should mix the batter in which order of ingredient so I kind of winged it a bit.

Strawberry Jam

strawberry jam

I had a love-hate relationship with strawberry jam. Previously like most kids, my mother used to buy those bright, artificial red ones from the stores and while I did eat them with bread and such, I never had an instilled love for them. It was sour and sickly sugary sweet. And even when I traveled quite frequently to Cameron Highlands, the idea of buying jam never appealed to me. But that all changed when I made my own and once you made your own jam, you will never have a desire to get them from the stores again, no matter how good they are.

Pork Belly Braised in Soy Sauce (Tau Eu Bak)

tau eu bak

Initially when I first heard of this dish, I thought to myself, well….sounds rather salty. But I guess it’s not so much the salty type of soy sauce but the dark one that gives it the colour and enhances the braising liquid because dark soy sauce is not as salty as the light one. I’m not sure what are the must essentials for this dish but what I do know is you need soy sauce, hence it would not be called ‘tau eu bak’. ‘Tau eu’ means soy sauce in Hokkien. The other things are the aromatics and spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

Spaghetti Bolognese

spaghetti bolognese

Now this was what the fuss was all about, making that marinara sauce from scratch and all. Spaghetti bolognese is probably the most eaten pasta in my house….I guess initially the kids and hubster tolerated it because they love my garlic bread (garlic bread is a must with bolognese), but of course I try to make both dishes pleasurable rather than having to just eat it for the sake of eating it. So after much trials and errors, I have stuck to this recipe of making bolognese. It’s actually silly thinking you have to put so much effort to making something as common and simple as a bolognese but simplest things are the hardest to get it right sometimes.

Base Tomato Sauce (Improved)

tomato sauce

I have posted a base marinara sauce recipe before but over the years I tweaked it a bit here and there to make the best version possible, in my opinion, to suit my family’s taste. To be honest, we like to eat spaghetti bolognese a lot…and previously I was not able to get that meat sauce right. I did resolve to using the jarred ones sold in the market but my family didn’t like it saying it was too sugary sweet. My previous marinara sauce although it was good for pizzas and rolls, when it comes to making a bolognese sauce, the taste fell short. So after years of experimenting, I have stuck to this recipe which uses roasted vegetables. And of course, if there is a recipe that I can incorporate as much vegetables as possible while appearing invisible to my kids, that is a win too.

Roti Jala

roti jala 1w

I love roti jala. I love the process of making it as much as I like eating it. When I was still in Kuching, I have never even heard of such a thing to go with curries. I was living in my little shell thinking that there is only roti or rice to go with curries. But I discovered this when I went for a raya open house many years ago. It’s basically like a pancake but done in like a thin, strip manner. Roti jala literally means ‘net bread’ but it’s more of a thin pancake rather than a bread. And you have this holes in between that when you roll it up just looks so interesting. Like a spider web.

Quick Chicken Curry

chicken curry 1w

Now, I first want to clarify that this is a homemade curry but I’m taking the instant route by using a pre-mixed curry powder. At first I wanted to title this post as ‘Homemade Chicken Curry’ but I know that some purists out there would argue that with homemade curry, you have to grind your own paste and spices from scratch rather than use a pre-mixed powder. While I do not understand this logic, but well…for clarity sake, we’ll just call it a quick curry. I honestly do not think curry taste any less better made with curry paste or powder done by someone else but that’s just me.

Baked Pasta with Spinach

spinach bake
Initially I had not intended to ever blog about this dish….ever! Cos for one, it’s not the most attractive looking dish, and secondly it’s all just put together from scraps here and there that I found in the fridge and was trying to come up with some other baked dishes to do rather than my usual baked pasta dishes.

AFF Philippines – Pork Menudo

pork menudo

This dish helped me discover the joys of pork shoulder. So much so it is now one of my favourite cuts. There’s just something about slow cooked meat when it’s done right. The flesh will pull apart without tasting too dry or too soft. When I first saw this recipe, it was labelled a ‘street snack’. How awesome, this will be more than a snack for me, this could be a meal in itself. The addition of paprika and raisins gives it that rather smoky, sweet and a little spiciness taste.

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