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Indonesian puffed beef skin curry (Sambal goreng krecek)

Indonesian puffed beef skin curry (Sambal goreng krecek)

I was staying at the fabulous Amata Boutique Resort and had the opportunity to try this sambal on the elaborate breakfast buffet. I love...

Chicken soup for the soul

Chicken soup for the soul

As soon as chicken soup is mentioned I think of a nourishing light soup that is both nutritious and healthy. The soup brings back...

Kimchi dip

Kimchi dip

I love kimchi, the Korean mainstay for pickled cabbage. It is crunchy, spicy and perfectly acidic. There is always a bottle in my fridge...

The chilli and green mango plate

The chilli and green mango plate

One of the most common street-food snacks in India is green mangoes with chili powder and salt. I have also had this combination around...

Slow-poached tuna salad with garam masala

Slow-poached tuna salad with garam masala

I love tuna salad but have learned to make my own over the decades. The main reason for this is that commercial tuna salads are loaded...

Roasted pumpkin with khmeli-suneli

Roasted pumpkin with khmeli-suneli

Core to Georgian cuisine is khmeli-suneli, an aromatic spice blend that brings beautiful aromas and flavour to any dish it is added to....

Potato, mustard greens, egg

Potato, mustard greens, egg

What d you do with extra mashed potatoes, mustard greens and some eggs that seem to be languishing at the back of the fridge? Here is the...

Canapè with bacon, cheddar and Yunnan rose jam

Canapè with bacon, cheddar and Yunnan rose jam

I travelled with the cookbook author and authority on Chinese cuisine, Fuschia Dunlop, in the village of Dali in the Yunnan province. I...

Charred Napa cabbage with soy-ginger dressing

Charred Napa cabbage with soy-ginger dressing

Charred is a flavour that is usually associated with grilled meats, but charred vegetables and even fruit are delicious. They are often...

Garam Masala: The Art of Spice

Garam Masala: The Art of Spice

Indian cuisine is a vast myriad of spices often combined into a unique mix. The most common of these is termed garam masala. The term...

Ham, French mustard, lettuce sando

Ham, French mustard, lettuce sando

I was asked to make sandwiches for a road trip so we did not have to stop multiple times. This is one of the sandwiches that I created....

Scrambled eggs with pastrami

Scrambled eggs with pastrami

A friend presented me with a pack of Smoked pastrami, which is how I learned about Smoked Charcuterie by Dianora. I was bowled over by...

Hyderabadi apricot pudding (Khubani ka meetha)

Hyderabadi apricot pudding (Khubani ka meetha)

The history of apricots is ancient. The fruit was thought to have originated in China in 2000 BC and the Roman emperor Julius Ceasar...

Strawberries and togarashi

Strawberries and togarashi

I was introduced to the concept of pre-dessert during my days in San Francisco. The better restaurants would bring a small bite of...

Hyderabadi bread pudding (Double ka Meetha)

Hyderabadi bread pudding (Double ka Meetha)

This is a Mughal dish that has been attributed back to the reign of Babur in the 16th century. This version is slightly different from...

Deviled Thai million-year eggs (Kai Palow)

Deviled Thai million-year eggs (Kai Palow)

These eggs go by many names, million-year, 1000-year or 100-year eggs. The folklore behind these eggs is from about 600 years ago during...

Smoked pastrami, pomegranate molasses, Urfa sando

Smoked pastrami, pomegranate molasses, Urfa sando

Sandwiches are perfect for road trips, but they need not be fussy with too many small ingredients and dry without loads of mayo and...

Ragi dosa, mango chutney, and Meghalaya crisp meat pickle

Ragi dosa, mango chutney, and Meghalaya crisp meat pickle

There is an art to combining flavours. It brings the perfect balance of the essential flavours: sweet, sour, spice, salt, and umami....

Khoja Aab gosht

Khoja Aab gosht

I grew up enjoying this dish prepared by my grandmother, and then my mother. It was a dish cooked on special occasions, and you will see...

Pork in black mole tacos

Pork in black mole tacos

The art of mole is complex and old. Mole is originally thought to have been created in either the Oaxaca or Puebla regions of Mexico. The...

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