Lemongrass & Pandan Leaves

I’ve tried growing lemongrass in my home in Auckland but I supposed my fingers are not green enough. My aunt in Kuching planted some lemongrass and pandan leaves in the grass patch along the pavement of her linked house.  They sort of grow ‘wild’, sprouted so well and dense.  I supposed they are healthy and happy…

Place in the world

I’m back to where I belong. Love the water and this pool so much.  A pool that I had been swimming in since I was a kid in school. The Sarawak Club was first established in 1876 and is reputedly one of the oldest private membership clubs in the whole of Malaysia. It was set…

Off to Wairakei for a hot soak

Yesterday, we took a trip out of town to Taupo,  the heart of the North Island of New Zealand, flanked by stunning mountain ranges, national parks, native forests and home to the largest fresh water lake in Australasia.  Once a while, for rejuvenation, we get out of the norm and see places around our beautiful country. There are…

One-pot lamb with Israeli couscous

I love cooking more than baking. Why? In cooking, you can often ‘agak-agak’ (Malay word meaning estimate or not exactly, roughly, approximately).  I call myself an ‘agak-agak’ cook.  I am also not someone who cooks using a recipe book.  No doubts, I have a whole library full of recipe books because I am so attracted to the…

Cha Siu Beef (Chinese BBQ Beef)

I finally rolled up my sleeves to marinate those sirloins! Here’s my recipe for Chinese BBQ Beef.  Not a pork person, I experimented my own version of the popular Cha Siu Pork (using beef/sirloin instead), a Cantonese cuisine of ‘roast pork’ that you see hanging from hooks in the window of Chinese BBQ Restaurants. You…

Jerusalem Artichokes in Paneer Curry

This is a simple yet tasty dish with Jerusalem Artichokes fresh from my garden. Ingredients Jerusalem Artichokes or Potatoes/Kumara/Pumpkin A block of Paneer Cheese (cut into cubes) Paneer Masala Spices (3-4 tablespoon full) A few cloves of garlic finely chopped A small piece of ginger finely sliced 3 small onions cut into quarters A can…

Uxbridge Cafe

We had breakfast today at a lovely and cosy cafe within UXBRIDGE, the Arts & Culture hub of Howick in East Auckland, NZ. I enjoyed my plate of spicy chicken with wafers.  It had a taste of wasabi in the chicken which gave it a nice kick of flavour.  The other order was a big…

Jerusalem Artichoke

I was introduced to Jerusalem Artichoke (also known as Sunchoke) two years ago when an acquaintance brought some tubers as giveaways to guests attending a cooking party at a friend’s place. Today, I had my first harvest for this year.  There will be another harvest to go as I had three plants this year. There…