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Super Sasha saves the day!
Covid & I - The new norm.
Treasures on a shoestring!
Birthday Blog!
Recipe of the month: Minced Pork Noodles!

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Super Sasha saves the day!


Hello beautiful people! I hope that you are all safe and well. It’s been a while (understatement) and ordinarily I would apologise profusely but you will all agree we are now living in times where nothing is ordinary nor normal, so I’m quietly assured of your forgiveness. I had every intention of keeping you informed of my escapades in the kitchen and then days turn into weeks and weeks into months, and here we are in July! 

Since my last blog way back in March so much has happened and the ‘new norm’ which brings with it a rather strange and different existence, I’m sure that I’m not alone in trying my best to adapt.

Covid & I - The new norm.

These past couple of weeks have been one of the strangest times I’ve ever known, and like everyone else, my life has changed in so many ways. In some ways good, some bad and some just purely disconcerting. Although the main focus of this blog post is not food, I have still included a fair few pictures of things I've cooked during lockdown (e.g. the picture of one of my takeaways below) as I'm hoping these delicious dishes can bring a little joy into peoples lives! I first heard about this terrible infliction whilst on holiday in Malaysia over Christmas when rumours began of the spread of a virus originating from China which was extremely contagious and potentially lethal.

Treasures on a shoestring!

It would appear that I’m becoming quite an unreliable creature with blogs arriving later than the usual Monday’s! The only reason I can provide in my defence is that it’s been incredibly hectic so my apologies. Anyways this week I’d like to introduce you to the endless culinary possibilities found in the reduced area of your local supermarket or anywhere else you may shop. Unless you’re Simon Cowell, everyone is on a budget and with a little thought and creativity, delicious meals can be made without breaking the bank.

Birthday Blog!

Thank you for being so patient with the delay in my blog. I’ve not been well but am on the mend now. This week I’ve decided to focus on something that’s familiar to everyone – birthdays! Mainly because I celebrated mine a couple of weeks ago and would like to share my thoughts with you.

Birthdays are quite funny really, and always mean different things to different people. Some want to shout it from the mountain top and others prefer to let it just come and go as if nothing ever happened. Others have been known to shudder at the mere thought that another year gone brings them just that little bit closer to old age, dentures, incontinence and zimmer frames!

Recipe of the month: Minced Pork Noodles!

This dish is my version of Loh Si Fun, which is very much a feature of the street food culture in Malaysia and variations of it can be found almost everywhere. As a child we often ate at a place which was a massive car park in the day, but a flourish of activity would commence around 6pm where the whole area would be transformed into a large food court. A host of stalls would appear offering the most amazing variety of street food that you could ever imagine, proving that the current ‘pop up restaurant’ concept was present even back then minus the fancy title.

Cookery Classes and Takeaway Nights!

So as you all know I was away for over a month living my best life in Malaysia without a care in the world and not a single moment in the kitchen. After a short tint of feeling sorry for myself, it had to be back to business as usual which started with a cookery class at Dessetfirstuk.com and a takeaway night. Both events were incredibly hectic and somewhat of a baptism of fire, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the swing of things. 

This is my third attendance at Dessertfirstuk and it’s always a joy to teach others and impart whatever little knowledge I have on Malaysian cuisine.

Holiday Blues!


Apologies for the delay in my post but even after nearly two weeks of being back, I’m still plagued with homesickness. Admittedly it’s not as severe as the initial few days but remnants of it remains. I’m sure many of you who have been away and had a fabulous time can totally identify with the horrible feeling of coming back to England. For me though, leaving Malaysia was leaving my actual home which meant saying goodbye to my family which added more salt to the wound.

Amidst these ‘blue’ feelings the one thing that has softened the blow is reuniting with my daughter Sasha and my son Ethan.

Recipe of the month: Sardine Fishcakes!

This months recipe is simple but delicious! If any of you make it be sure to send me the results and let me know what you think!

Serves 2 

Ingredients:
1 small 155g tin of pilchards in tomato sauce (drained) 
2 medium sized potatoes (made into mash but without butter or milk) 
1 small red onion (finely chopped) 
1 tablespoon plain flour 
1 red chilli (finely chopped) – optional 
1 egg 
I stalk coriander (finely chopped) – optional 
1 stalk spring onion (Finely chopped) 

Banana leaf temptations!


After over indulging on food and alcohol on New Years Eve and waking up with the mother of all hangovers, the best remedy was a visit to a banana leaf restaurant. Obviously banana leaf isn’t on the menu but instead it’s used as a plate for the most delicious array of South Indian dishes. As the hot food hits the leaf there is an immediate scent that is difficult to describe and enhances every flavour. The aroma of spices fills the air long before the shop is in sight and all that’s needed is a good nose to find the origin.

Christmas in Langkawi!

Although Christmas is now all but a dim and distant memory as trees and  decorations have all been packed away, and most have returned to work, but for me Yuletide on the beautiful island of Langkawi will be etched in my mind forever. 
I know Christmas is generally associated with cold winter days, crisp white snow, reindeer, snowmen, and mulled wine, however none of these were present in Langkawi but instead replaced with blue azure seas, white sandy beaches, coconut trees and heat so intense you could literally fry an egg on the sidewalk!
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