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Recipe of the month: Minced Pork Noodles!
Cookery Classes and Takeaway Nights!
Holiday Blues!
Recipe of the month: Sardine Fishcakes!
Banana leaf temptations!


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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 

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!

Malaysia I’m back!

The only downer about going to Malaysia is the actual process of getting there. My excitement is at bursting point once I’ve stepped foot on the aircraft knowing that my journey has begun, but its slowly replaced with discomfort, boredom and a need to shout ‘are we there yet?!’.  Admittedly the first few hours passes quite quickly with the aid of in flight movies, food, and alcohol. However once you’ve almost exhausted all of the latest films, drank your body weight in gin and realised that there’s still another 100 million hours to destination the fun factor soon disappears (and don’t even get me started on attempting to sleep in an upright position!

A Very Malaysian Christmas!

Since moving to UK, celebrating Christmas with my family in Malaysia have been few and far between. In fact the last time was about 8 years ago, so you can imagine my elation at being able to spend this year with them. I’ve been blessed though with my little family here and have many happy memories of Our Yuletide celebrations. 

My favourite was always Christmas Eve when my son Ethan and daughter Sasha were little and seeing their immense excitement at leaving a mince pie, carrot and Baileys for Santa.

Trials and tribulations of starting a business!

Running a business is no mean feat fraught with trials and tribulations. For the larger entrepreneur it’s safe to assume that they’ve probably experienced a host of challenges in the infancy stage. Hence lessons will be learnt and god forbid, never be repeated. We’re at place which can only be described as floating in the midst of a learning curve whereby we’re not novices, but neither are we experts. There’s still so much to learn but we’ve also acquired knowledge along the way which has proved invaluable.

Recipe of the month: Masak Lemak!

Udang Masak Lemak Chili Api
(Spicy Malaysian prawn coconut curry)

This is quite a popular Malaysian curry and incredibly versatile as it can be made with beef, fish, king prawns, chicken, tofu, or even a medley of vegetables. ‘Chili api’ refers to the small birds eye chilies which packs a real kick so for the faint hearted perhaps it would be sensible to omit it and add the larger chili which is less fiery, or skip it altogether if you prefer a completely mild version. Don’t fret if you decide on the latter as it won’t compromise the taste in any way.
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