Monthly Archive: August 2014

Aug 29

Homemade Hummus Dip

Moving on from Asian cooking today, and I have settled on some Middle Eastern flavours instead. Keeping things nice and simple by preparing some delectable dips everyone knows and loves. Be prepared to have lots of bread and crackers on hand.

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Aug 27

Kung Pao Chicken

Seems like I am on a roll here with the Asian food favourites, eh? Here is another iconic Chinese restaurant staple that you can now make at home at your leisure. This dish is both spicy, slightly salty and sweet all at once, with some added crunch factor from the use of cashews. If you like chillies, then this dish is for you.

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Aug 25

Bak Kut Teh: Done two ways

I don’t usually cook many pork dishes, but this one is a huge favourite of mine. Bak Kut Teh is a dish of pork ribs slow cooked in a herbal broth until tender. It can also be served as a saucy slow-braise in a thick black sauce spiced with shallots, garlic and dried chillies.

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Aug 18

Savoury Herb & Cheese Scones

This is the recipe for the herb and cheese scones I used in my Warming Chicken & Ham Stew post. Super light and crumbly, they would go well with any stew or simply eaten on their own with a good slathering of butter. Remember, scones are best eaten fresh out of the oven so keep batches small, and cover scones that are not being eaten with a clean tea towel to keep them warm and fresh.

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Aug 18

Warming Chicken & Ham Stew with Savoury Scones

It’s all gone downhill so suddenly with regard to the weather, so today I got inspired and made a hearty stew to cheer me up from within. Yummy boneless chicken, cubes of ham, a medley of vegetables … and all served with a side of warm herby savoury scones. Comfort food at its best!

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Aug 16

Traditional Buttermilk Scones.

Scones for tea … enough said! If in doubt over what to serve for tea, especially if you are not a fan of sweets and cakes, this will go down REALLY well. This is also a brilliant base recipe which you can expand to include other flavours of your choice: currants, sultanas, cranberries, chocolate chips, herbs or bacon.

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Aug 15

Vanilla + Lavender Crème Brûlée

I bought my kitchen blow torch AGES ago under the pretext of making creme brulee, but predictably, I never got round to it. Finally I could not put it off any longer so I decided to make this warming, soul-lifting, stress-relieving version with the use of vanilla beans and dried lavender.

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