A New Coronation Chicken, Fit for a Queen


What sandwich filling infused with ‘curry’ spices was made specially for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953? Why, coronation chicken, of course! Indeed, the (mustard) seeds for this revelatory dish were planted nearly twenty years earlier, with the presentation of the similar ‘Jubilee chicken’ for George V’s silver jubilee in 1935.

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March 3, 2015. Tags: , , . Asian, British, Indian. Leave a comment.

For Hanukkah, Japanese Yam Latkes with Nori and Chili

Latkes-Japanese yam1I found some delightfully magenta Japanese yams while foraging for seasonal goodies in the dark woods well-lit aisles of my local Whole Foods.

Vivid on the outside, they’re crisp-white inside, and a wonderful addition to a festive tray of roast vegetables. They were just the inspiration I needed for my Asian-twist latke tradition, an annual rite which enters its 17th year (er, I started very, very young). (more…)

December 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Asian, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish. 2 comments.

Lamb Koftas with Leek and Mint

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The best thing about these lamb koftas is also their worst thing – they’re so darned tasty that however large a batch you make, there’s only going to be these three wee balls left (and I had to hide them) as evidence of your labors. (more…)

March 30, 2014. Tags: , , , . Asian, Indian, Mains. Leave a comment.

Happy Year of the Horse! And a tale of two grandfathers

Happy Lunar New Year!

Where I grew up, in Malaysia and Singapore, this festival (along with Hari Raya Puasa (the Muslim Eidl), Diwali and Christmas) were open-door celebrations, with neighbors and friends dropping in and out of the celebrants’ homes to wish them well and to partake of the festive goodies. They would mostly be invited, although it would be perfectly normal also to drop in unannounced (to avoid horrified looks, this helps if you know the person😉 ).

My late Granddad’s best friend, Uncle Guan (which was actually his first name), was Peranakan Chinese. He was a descendant of late 15th and 16th century immigrants to the Indonesian islands, who adopted some of the local customs and style of dress, and developed their own hybrid of Nyonya or Baba Chinese cuisine.

He also might have been a perfect character for an Asian version of the TV drama, Big Love (albeit a more genteel,  non-violent one) .

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January 30, 2014. Tags: , , . Asian, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Fish, Melting Pot, Musings. 4 comments.

Pumpkin Donuts for Thanksgivukkah

Pumpkin Donut- closeupA happy coincidence in the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars brings us Thanksgivukkah this year – a simultaneous Hanukkah and Thanksgiving food fest – and a phenomenon not likely to be repeated on November 28th for possibly a century.

This basically means two things:

1) Not a lot for those of you who don’t celebrate Hanukkah! Or

2) You need to rally up the troops to cook (and eat) everyone’s favorite holiday foods all at once!

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November 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Festive, Hanukkah, Jewish, Thanksgiving. Leave a comment.

Cauliflower Soup with Mustard and Greek Yoghurt

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This unsung veggie, all wan and nondescript, is a treasure trove of nutrition (and a magnet for spices).

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October 21, 2013. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Zesty Tomato and Pepper Soup, and The F Word

Tomato and Pepper Soup

Tomato and Pepper Soup

I haven’t been able to bring myself to say the F word since August.

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October 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . 5:2 Diet, Soups, Vegetables, Vegetarian. 6 comments.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

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This is a lusciously hearty, enthusiastically spiced, cheerfully vivid soup that belies the fact that it’s pretty lightweight, too, at 50 calories a cup. (more…)

October 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Asian, Autumn, Intermittent Fasting, Soups, Vegetables, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.

Courgette, Mint and Ginger Soup (aka Zucchini Soup)

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Such a wonderful, easy soup to make, and, at 36 calories a cup, you can have someone else watch your waist for you🙂

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September 30, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . 5:2 Diet, Autumn, Soups, Vegetables, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.

Garbanzo and Soy Pancakes

20130609-104440.jpgThis is a neat way of making those calories count at breakfast. With two kids about to head into teenagery – one recently just got there – (and little DNA assistance for them to gain some altitude), I try to pack as much protein into their meals as I can! (more…)

June 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Breakfast, Brunch, Health, Nutrition. Leave a comment.

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