Tag Archives: Food

Tropical Bloom

28 Apr


Bunga kantan (or torch ginger bud- named so because it looks like a flaming torch)  is a vital ingredient in Malaysian cooking. A tropical flower that grows wild in South East Asia, this pretty bud packs a punch in flavour and scent! In full bloom, it makes an excellent flower. The petals from the flower can also be added to a Thai condiment, nam prik and eaten raw.

Bunga kantan adds floral notes to some of my favourite dishes. I have yet to find this ingredient in the Asian grocery shops in Chinatown and as such have never tried making Asam Fish or Asam Laksa. These dishes somehow seem incomplete without the scent and fragrance imparted by this beautiful bud. Look at just how beautiful it is! Just look at the colour!

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A Doughnut A Day

19 Dec

Yesterday I stopped by one of my favorite places on Earth, The Doughnut Plant. Owner Mark Isreal bakes and sells doughnuts on the Lower East Side using his grandfather’s recipe from the 1930’s.

The Doughnut Plant sells both cake doughnuts and yeast doughnuts, and the flavors change often depending on the season. Currently the seasonal flavors include Pomegranate, Panetton, Marzipan, Roasted Chestnut, and Gingerbread.

POMEGRANATE

PANETTON

MARZIPAN

Tres Leches and Coconut Cream are two of my favorites that are always on the menu. Yesterday I also spotted a Peanut Butter Glazed Doughnut with Blackberry Jelly that looked right up my alley. Mmmmmmmmm doughnuts…..

Rice and Peas and Chicken is Nice

6 Dec

Mmm, we had a Caribbean takeaway on Saturday fromThe Humming Bird restaurant on Stroud Green Road before heading out to see Tanlines at XOYO. I love jerk chicken and rice and peas. It was really nice and comforting on a cold winter’s night. I thought of this track that Bren used to play all the time. Brings a smile to the face because it’s true, rice and peas and chicken is nice.

Pomme Sucre

4 Dec

It has been approximately three weeks since we came back from holiday. The weather in Spain, although a little rainy towards the end of the holiday was mostly glorious, especially in Gijón and San Sebastian. Here in London, winter’s come prematurely this year and we have already had snow. Unfortunately, if it does settle, the snow quickly becomes ice. It is nothing like the image of the sugar on the panettone above.

We were in Gijón for Guy’s birthday. Now Gijón is not a very big town at all. We found that we were able to walk the sights in about a day. However Gijón was also the place of two of the biggest highlights of the holiday. LABoral contemporary art centre and also this wonderful pattiserie Pomme Sucre.

We had a birthday lunch of selected (slider-size) pintxo like bocadillos and some sweet treats that included a cup of delicious hot chocolate, petit fours and cake too! Everything we ate was made to feast the eyes as much as the stomach. If you ever find yourself in Gijón, Oviedo, Albacete or Madrid, make sure you stop by Pomme Sucre.

 

 

Streetside Treats

29 Nov

I had a very lazy Sunday, mostly spent in my pajamas in the warm comfort of my apartment (it’s getting COLD out there!), but I did take a long walk in the late morning, the highlight being when I popped into Locanda Verde for a snack. Locanda Verde is a cute new Italian cafe in TriBeCa. Pastry chef Karen DeMasco’s pastry counter is stocked with all manner of delectable muffins, scones, cakes, and tarts. I was tempted by the alluring pumpkin-spice bread, but instead devoured a very moist glazed apple-cider doughnut, and was in sweet treat heaven.

Tofurkey Time!

26 Nov

I attended my first Vegan Thanksgiving last night. While I admit I was a bit skeptical of the idea at first, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a Potluck dinner and my friends were all super creative with their dishes. Here is my fearless host carving up the Tofurkey. How manly!

Other dishes included butternut squash risotto, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, green bean casserole, biscuits and gravy. I  made maple roasted brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts, and couscous salad with dried cranberries and pecans. The brussels sprouts were mega tasty, but not so photogenic. Here’s a photo of the salad though.

There were also homemade pumpkin and cherry pies, but unfortunately I didn’t leave any room for dessert. A fact I am deeply regretting now. But fear not! I am baking Martha Stewart’s Apple-Raspberry Pie tomorrow (non-vegan) to make up for it.

This Post Is Brought To You By The Letter C

25 Nov

I was brought up on a diet of Sesame Street as a child. My favourite character was always the Cookie Monster.  It was an absolute delight when I was first played Larry Levan’s disco mix of  “C is For Cookie“.

I am dying to make these Cookie Monster cupcakes. I can’t remember who found it on Flickr but Sarah and I were hoping to make these together but we didn’t have the time to the last time we were in the same city.

A baking project for the next time we are together. It’s on the list!