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Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety. So, a couple [...]

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Curried chicken salad with cashew nuts

One of those afternoons when I had the remote controls all to myself, I chanced upon a Barefoot Contessa marathon on the Food Network. I watched three episodes one after the other (who gets tired of Ina Garten, anyway — certainly, not me!) making mental notes of the dishes that I could replicate at home. […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 08:30:11
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Meatballs, tomatoes and Parmesan soup

When I work, my girls sometimes sit beside me and we surf the web together. With Sam, it’s house designs and food. With Alex, it’s movie trailers and food. Yep, food is omnipresent. It was on one of those occasions while I was browsing Pinterest when Alex came in and started pointing at food photos […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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Banh mi sandwich with fried eggs

Over at About Southeast Asian Food, I’ve started publishing and the first two articles are about banh mi — that iconic Vietnamese snack that is part French and part indigenous Vietnamese. Just to clarify, banh mi is the bread and not the Vietnamese term for sandwich. Fillings vary although there are staples one of which […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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The Southeast Asian food adventure

Gifts from my younger girl, cake and candle. Alex bought the candle days ago, I didn’t know that she had and seeing the shape of the candle for the first time had me laughing my head off. The cake is a mango and walnut torte from a place called Sega Cofi, a five minute drive […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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A quick stir fry with pork, sweet corn, onions and tomatoes

It isn't a lie when I say that I like cooking with leftovers. There's something so gloriously liberating when I'm able to create a good dish out of seemingly discordant ingredients. It's like being presented with a challenge, hurdling the difficulty and coming out on top.This stir fry with pork, sweet corn, onions and tomatoes which we had for lunch last Thursday was made with ingredients left over from the previous weekend. A small piece of...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 12:10:30
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The afternoon tea that spilled over into high tea

In the British Empire, tea isn't just a beverage; it is also a meal. And English tea can either be afternoon tea or high tea.The afternoon tea is usually served between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. where brewed tea is accompanied by small sandwiches (cucumber, ham and smoked salmon sandwiches being the most traditional), scones (with clotted cream and jam), cakes and pastries.High tea is a less formal evening meal (to distinguish it from the formal...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 04:10:12
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Egg Master App: taking the guesswork out of boiling eggs

Just ignore the blue shadows. The teaspoon's handle is blue and it cast a tinge on the photo which was taken at night under not very prime lighting conditions.This isn't about food photography anyway. This is about an app called Egg Master. Alex has had it in her iPhone for a while and had been wanting to try it. Thing is, it's not an app one can try just by tapping on the keypad. Real eggs are essential to use the app because it is about taking...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 02:50:15
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Stir fried pork and chayote strips with ginger and chili

A spin on the Vietnamese stir fried beef and chayote that Speedy picked up from Luke Nguyen. This dish has pork in lieu of beef, there is no marinating required and the heat comes from two sources — chilies and ginger. Why not chilies, period? Why complicate the procedure by adding ginger? They’re a pain […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-08 07:20:26
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The Lunchbox: when a 100-year-old lunch delivery system goes wrong

I first learned about the Mumbai lunchbox delivery system on Discovery Channel years ago. Lunchboxes of employees and workers, prepared by their wives, are collected from their houses late in the morning, delivered to their workplace and, after lunch, collected once more to be delivered back home. It might sound simple but it’s far from […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-07 16:30:27
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A toast to ?Chef?

If you’re a foodie who (tries to) stay in the food culture loop, you must have heard that the indie film “Chef” was a smash hit. It’s a story about a chef whose creativity was hampered by the narrow-mindedness of the owner of the restaurant he worked in. Forced to serve unexciting food from a […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-06 18:30:13

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