Pandan Plant

Look what arrived last Friday – a pandan plant! I have wanted one for years! So this one came from Florida…..it survived the shipping wonderfully. Now, it just has to survive me, lol! So far, so good! 🤞

Rendering Lard

I managed to find a fantastic (local) source for leaf fat back in May and rendered a few pints of lard. You can enjoy the lard in baked goods, stir-fries, or use it in combination with another oil when deep-frying. Yum! For the life of me, I can’t find my notes on the exact steps […]

Essential Ingredients in my Pantry

These are some of the pantry ingredients I use in my kitchen and I will continue to add to this list as I go along. :) The sauces I typically use in stir-fries (left to right): 1. Viet Huong Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce 2. Koon Chun Thin Soy Sauce or Pearl River Bridge Superior […]

Anchovy Sambal (Sambal Ikan Bilis)

Warning! This recipe is not for the faint-hearted! Let me be frank – if I have access to decent anchovy sambal (i.e. if I’m in Malaysia), I will not be toiling over the stove for hours to produce this indescribable spicy deliciousness. :) Today, I will be making Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s national dish, of which […]

Stir-Fried Tom Yum Noodles

Just something I had a hankering for this afternoon – simple and oh so delicious! 1 (6.75 ounces) package rice noodles/rice sticks/bee hoon/maifun* 2 tablespoons oil (I use extra light olive oil) About 1 pound shrimp 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and sliced thin** 4 tablespoons tom yum paste*** 2 tablespoons fish sauce *The only […]

Our Thanksgiving Meal

Here are some photos of our simple but oh so delicious Thanksgiving meal. We ate around noon since there wasn’t much prep involved. Just had to heat the ham and scalloped potatoes, cook the green beans, and the rest was essentially done. And boy, did we thoroughly enjoy our meal! Hope you all did as well. […]

Boiled Cider

This came about from my quest of trying to infuse more flavor in an apple cake without using spices.  I considered using apple cider to replace part or all of the liquid in an adapted recipe. Then, I thought why not take it one step further and concentrate the apple cider to get a more intense flavor. […]

Homemade Pandan Paste

When baking with pandan, I would normally use store-bought pandan paste instead of freshly-squeezed pandan juice. This is because fresh pandan leaves are not available here and often times, the frozen pandan leaves that can be found in most Asian stores are of such subpar quality that they are just not worth using. Once in a blue moon however, I might be able to get decent frozen pandan leaves (ones that haven’t […]

Quick Spaghetti and Meatballs

Where does the time go? We ask that question a lot in this house. :D To prepare a quick meal, I sometimes resort to pre-cooked/instant ingredients to help reduce cooking time. I am picky about the quality and taste though, so not a lot of these ingredients make it to my kitchen and stay there. Here’s a favorite dish […]