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Grilled Paprika Salmon with Tzatziki

I recently revisited an old recipe for Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon which involves a deliciously simple paprika and curry powder spice rub for the chicken.  I wanted to make a similar marinade for salmon, and so I found this flavorful recipe for a Moroccan spice-crusted salmon with tzatziki online.  The spiced salmon is grilled (I used my grill … Continue reading

Simple Roast Chicken

This is the easiest roast chicken recipe I have ever done, and all it really requires is salt. I had always thought I needed to properly brine a chicken for hours before to ensure it would stay moist, and then coat the skin in butter or oil for maximum flavor such as my super high maintenance Whole Roasted … Continue reading

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

So normally, I am much more organized in advance with my dinner parties but my Cinco de Mayo taco party last weekend.. well, clearly just didn’t happen.  I usually throw food parties midday Sunday because it gives me all Saturday to prepare, but my friend Cherie (who has never missed any of my kitchen adventures) asked for Saturday night … Continue reading

Mango Pineapple Salsa

I made this version of Mango Pineapple Salsa as an accompaniment to Pulled Duck Tacos for my pre Cinco de Mayo taco party recently.  It is a bit sweeter than the recipe Natalya used when she made her Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa (the original recipe actually only called for pineapple but she added it for more … Continue reading

Skirt Steak Tacos

This weekend, I hosted a taco party for pre Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Quick background on the holiday, May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Post Easter, I decided it was time to try out some spring pastas (despite the fact Singapore is essentially season-less).  My favorite spring pasta recipe is Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas in a Dill Cream Sauce.  I decided to try something a little different and found a recipe for Smoked Salmon Carbonara by BBC … Continue reading

Baked Sea Bass

After weeks of family visits and work-related traveling, it was a relief to finally be able to retreat to hermitville aka my couch.   I was long overdue for some hibernation…  My first weekend back home, I went straight to my local market to stock up on enough food so that I wouldn’t have to … Continue reading

Roasted Leg of Lamb

Happy Easter all!  I wish all the sugar shakes to my egg-hunting-champion-and-bday-twin Alex! This Easter Sunday post is dedicated to the roast leg of lamb Alex’s mother cooked for us many years ago… and I am posting now out of nostalgia (not because I have actually tried to cook it myself but I did watch … Continue reading

Thai Cooking Class

Thailand still remains Southeast Asia’s most popular destination and luckily for me, it’s just a hour or so flight away from Singapore. I had been to Bangkok about a year ago, although at the time the area was congested with the city’s usual traffic mayhem rather than the current political demonstrations. I recently stopped by … Continue reading

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken is a Thai stir-fry dish with Chinese origins, but tweaked to pack more heat. The preparation felt like most Chinese stir-fry recipes my Dad taught me, especially when we marinated the chicken with Chinese cooking wine, oyster sauce and then mixed with flour. The unique flavor for this Thai dish came from … Continue reading