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Browsing Archive: April, 2010

Cilantro Love and A Near Empty Fridge

Posted by denise on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Salads, Vegetables and Meatless 

I found myself alone at home yesterday - a very rare occurence for me. I can't remember the last time I was alone, since I got married and became a mother. It was a treat to potter about the apartment, doing exactly as I pleased, listening to Jeff Buckley, Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim, singing along at the top of my lungs, without eyeballs rolling left, right and centre, while sipping a little wine, just before lunch, in between the laundry, ironing and scrubbing.



Of course I l...


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Glazed Carrotphobe Cake and The Joys of Being Cheap

Posted by denise on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : Sweet things 

This is a very special post for me. Why? Because I'm a sentimental sap, if ever I've been anything, and as clumsy as I am cheap. Read right to the end of the post and see why *sigh*.......


Who's afraid of a little carrot cake?  Well...uh, I am. I bake a mean chocolate and beetroot cake and will happily gobble it, but show me a carrot, and I blanch like a sheet. There's just no accounting for taste and terrors. I like them well enough raw, as a crunchy snack or coarsely grated into salads. Cook...

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Chilled Minted Cucumber and Yoghurt Soup

Posted by denise on Friday, April 23, 2010, In : Soups 

I'd like to say a quick but heartfelt thank you to all of you, my dearest readers, for the wonderful show of support for both Lazaro and myself, when I did a guest post over at Lazaro Cooks. Thank you for all your delightful and heartwarming comments! I hope that having had a taste of Lazaro's genius, you will now follow his marvellous kitchen exploits! And now, on to today's post :





Jenn from Defunkt Gourmet and I, share an obsession. Yoghurt. It's always in my fridge and I cook and bake with ...


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Guest Post - Grilled Calamari, Chickpea and Fresh Basil Salad with Chilli Lime Vinaigrette

Posted by denise on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : Fish and Shellfish 


I've been approached by friend and fellow foodie Lazaro Bernal about a guest post for his wonderful blog, Lazaro Cooks. Thank you Lazaro for the the thrill, the honour, and the privilege! How could I possibly refuse?

If you haven't already checked out his blog, please, go take a look. I cannot say  enough about it but I will say this, what Lazaro does is a labour of love and it shows in everything that he posts. I have found reading Lazaro to be an enriching experience. I hope you will too....


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And the Award Goes To...

Posted by denise on Monday, April 19, 2010, In : Awards 

Last week, providence was smiling down on me as I received not one, but two awards from fellow bloggers and friends. Thank you both for making the experience of blogging such a pleasant and rewarding one :)

The Sunshine Award


This is my second time receiving the Sunshine Award, given to bloggers who are deemed warm, inspirational and positive, hence the beautiful sunflower which symbolises it. Congratulations Lazaro and thank you for sharing this with me; it doesn't matter if it's the first...


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Yoghurt and Pistachio Panna Cotta with Rose Syrup

Posted by denise on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, In : Sweet things 

Have you ever gotten stuck in a mental groove? It goes something like this : green, green, green, I want something green! Don't know why, don't know what, but gotta be GREEN!! I've near exhausted pandan and have tired of green tea this, that and the other. Pistachios - now those, I don't use much. They're not cheap and shelling them, unless you're going to immediately pop them  straight into your mouth, is a pain. So pistachio would be my green, and I would theme it on the Arabian Nights, ano...

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Crusty Baked Mackerel with Onion and Lemon Relish

Posted by denise on Monday, April 12, 2010, In : Fish and Shellfish 


You will probably be seeing more fish posts here soon, for a very good reason. One of my boys has been diagnosed with learning difficulties and we've been strongly advised to include much more fish oils in his diet, as they're believed to significantly help children with learning challenges, both from supplementary as well as dietary sources. The  next step would be Ritalin therapy, and for us, that would be an absolute last resort. Absolute.

We do everything together; when my mum was advi...


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Sizzling Surf and Turf Pasta

Posted by on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, In : Pasta 



I might well have been an impressionable and easily pleased 15 year old the first time I ate this, but if it really wasn't as good as I remember, would I still be hankering after it, ever so often, even decades later?

The version I had all those years ago had been cooked by the mother of a classmate for a farewell party at year's end. My classmate had brought it to school in one of those charmingly unchic, huge Tupperware boxes that are purpotedly so air and water tight, I think if they had...


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Chickpea, Vegetable and Cumin Stir Fry

Posted by Kmk /dd on Monday, April 5, 2010, In : Salads, Vegetables and Meatless 


Pierre once told me he often "forgets" that I dwell in the tropics and keeps imagining, though he knows where I live, that I inhabit colder climes. Silvia is curious to know what I eat when no one is looking. Both are foodie friends and while I've had exchanges about food and sometimes, life, with both of them, neither, as far as I know have met or cyber-spoken to each other. These two seemingly disparate yet related remarks from two very different people, got me thinking about something. T...


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