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Thai Curry coconut soup with Aubergine and Kale recipe

Thai Curry Coconut Soup with Aubergine and Kale

I lost count of how many times I have made this soup and I am not sure why I have never thought of putting the recipe up on the blog.  This soup is so easy to make and the type of curry – Masaman is mild (compares to the more popular green and red curry) but yet full of flavours. I love to add lots of fresh herbs such as coriander, lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaf, chilis and Thai basil when cooking this curry as all the lovely flavours from the herbs will be infused into the soup, every spoonful becomes a delight to the taste buds! I always use shop bought curry paste as there are really good quality ones on the market (I use this one, only handful of ingredients without any additives, MSG etc). But of course if you want to make your own, I am sure you can find hundreds of recipe online for masaman curry paste. As for now, I am sticking with the quick and convenient way and I …

baba-ganoush recipe

Baba Ganoush with Pink Peppercorns

I didn’t intend to be absent from the blog for so long, I had planned for a mere three weeks break but it turned out to be an ongoing journey of self- (re)discovery, and somehow I didn’t want it to stop. During the break, I returned to my drawing board, literally, and my sketch book, doing sketches of all kinds; things that surround me, people who passing by, or even just ideas in my head. And I realised that I have forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing when I was growing up. I also spent a lot of the time reading novels and writing short stories, and I met some amazing people through a fiction writing class. I hope I can share some of the stories with you soon. I haven’t stopped cooking though, as you know if you are following my Instagram account, and can’t wait to share the recipes that I have created during the break. All in all, it has been a relax and inspiring time for me and I am glad that I had made this decision. …

Beef and Mango Summer Rolls with Coriander Dipping Sauce recipe

Beef and Mango Summer Rolls served with Coriander Dipping Sauce

It is late summer, the sun is hanging low and casting long shadows. It is the most beautiful period of summer, I love the colour of the sunlight which seems somewhat richer, deeper, it makes everything looks more mature, like a person reaches his golden age. It is the time of harvesting, a sense of gathering and fulfillment. It is also the time to bottle up jam, marmalade; bake pies and pickle the lovely summer produce. I was lucky to have given some bottles of jam and confiture which were homemade by my friend’s aunt in a small french village, so I have spared myself the time of making any this year. And I want to enjoy this brilliant time of the year, so some days I will try not to spend too much time in the kitchen. Hence today’s recipe, minimum cooking but with big flavour. Summer roll is one of the most versatile foods I know, and one of my favorites as well. It is refreshing, delicious and easy to make. One can fill the rice paper with vegetables, shell fish (the most common one), …

Asparagus tempura recipe

Asparagus Tempura with Ginger Lime Tamari, Chili Miso and Gomasio

‘We are eating asparagus again? Oh, I like the white one mama, mmm… they look delicious!’ It was the first reaction from Lilly when I served these asparagus Tempura for our dinner last night. I was enthralled by the way she gobbled them up with her favorite ginger lime Tamari dipping sauce, a pure enjoyment! Nothing makes me happier to see her loving food as much as I do. I was surprisingly impressed the other day by her liking for white asparagus, when she finished off (in fact licked clean!) her very first plate of blanched white asparagus, served with boiled new potato, cured ham and Hollandaise sauce (which is the traditional German way to serve white asparagus). Since asparagus season only last for about 2 months (between end of April and end of June in Germany), I will get hold on some whenever I see very fresh ones available in the market, since they are much tenderer when cooked compare to the green ones, with a subtle sweet note accompanied by silky smooth texture. It pairs brilliantly with a …

sweet potato tempura recipe

Sweet Potato Tempura served with Sriracha Mayo

Since sweet potatoes are in season and sold in copious amount in the market lately, I couldn’t help myself and have bought couple of kilos home. For days, I have been cooking them in soups, curries; baked them as fries, smashed them with mango chutney as a side, you name it! And when I saw that last one sat on the kitchen counter for sometimes, I was’t entirely sure what I should do with it anymore. I felt, for a very short moment, that I was afraid to serve yet another sweet potato dish on our dinning table that evening. But the feeling of guilt has quickly diminished as I remembered there was one sweet potato dish I adored as a child, I shouldn’t call it a ‘dish’ because it was actually a snack, a street snack that I grew up with and I very much like to eat it again, now, in Berlin! Macau was once famous for its street food and roadside restaurants. There were many different street food stalls scattered all over the city, selling food ranging from dim sum, wok fried …

beetroot soup with feta cheese

Beetroot Soup with Feta Cheese and Greek Basil

So glad that I am writing again! Or rather, I have time to write again! The last three weeks were pretty hectic, my attention was always needed to the full. Apart from my 6 years old’s demand of me constantly being her playtime companion, we had also family from Frankfurt visiting us for a few days. Which meant making trips to the bakery every morning for the breakfast rolls, touring around the city, visiting the zoo with the children (we had four children in total!), having currywurst while sweating in the hot hot sun (currywurst is a German fast food dish consists of fried pork sausages topped with ketchup and curry powder, most popularly served with fat crispy chips). In the evenings, the children would be hanging out with each other, dancing to pop music, late night disco plus a few ‘talent shows’ for us adults’ entertainment! It was hilarious and exhausting, nevertheless it was an enjoyable few days I have to say! After I waved goodbye to the family members who were driving down the road to the train station, I had to immediately prepare (also …

sweet potato and chorizo croquette recipe

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Croquettes (repost)

School summer holiday started means I will spend a lot of time with my daughter in the next days. We have already talked about our plan for the holiday: playing, baking, doing art and craft, visiting museums, playground etc. It is wonderful to be able to spend time with her, but it also means that I have less time to organise my own plans, writing and updating the blog is a challenge. Although I have to admit that I haven’t been very good at keeping my writing practice as of late, and somehow to find writing or even recipe ideas seem to be difficult. I didn’t know why until I read this essay ‘when writing slips away‘ by Nicole Gulotta at Eat this Poem (one of my favorite blogs). It was beautifully written and described exactly what I am going through right now, this is it, because I stopped paying attention! So the other day, I sat myself down in front of the computer, instead of setting up a new page for blog post, I went through all the …

Strawberry and cucumber salad recipe

Strawberry and Cucumber Salad with Feta Cheese and Hazelnut

Somehow I still can’t really get used to the spring weather in Berlin, sunny and relatively warm one day then gloomy and cold the next. The rain shower comes in between sunny spells has become an usual scene on a daily basis. I was shivering standing in our local playground yesterday while my daughter was practicing cycling on her bike, even though I had my waxed jacket and scarf on. I really can’t wait for the summer to come, my favorite time of the year, and Berlin Summer is beautiful. Today is one of those days again, overcast and quite chilly. I feel like adding some colours to my day, to feel alive and motivated. Nothing better than having a colourful, healthy and luscious meal that would lift your spirit up a bit on a grey, bleak day. This strawberry and cucumber salad is just the ticket – the sweetness of the strawberry pairs very well with the salty feta, the crunchiness of the cucumber and hazelnut give the whole dish a great texture. On top of …

millet patties recipe

Millet Patties with Spinach, Broccoli and Feta Cheese

After a week of soup cooking, I am ready to try out different recipe again! This week, I am sharing this millet patties recipe with you and I hope you like it! Since I have cooked a big batch of millet last week (for the soups) and I had plenty of left over in the fridge which need to be used up. So I decided to try making patties with them (as I always wanted to make something different with millet other than just use it as a side dish). I love millet as it is a very versatile ingredient, it is also a good source of nutrients and fibre. It takes very little time to cook, I sometimes make ‘fried rice’ with millet instead of rice and it is definitely a popular dish in my family! Millet can be add to salad or soup to make a more substantial meal. These millet patties are delicious and absolutely a healthy addition to your recipe collection. Just a few notes for this recipe here: you can basically use …

butternut squash soup with chorizo recipe

Caldo Verde inspired Potato Soup with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Chorizo

I hope you like my last blog post with my caldo verde recipe! And here you go as promised, this is my new creation inspired by the most popular soup in Portugal. I love the colours of this soup and it’s texture is as smooth as silk! The soup base is a mixture of squash and potato, and I add some yellow split peas (yellow dal) for a bit of a bite in addition to the crispy fried chorizo. I use baby spinach which gives the soup a vibrant green colour here and there. Finally, a drizzle of coconut cream on top to round up the soup with a creamy, cool taste. I am very please with this new creation and am proud to share with you here! Notes: this soup is really versatile and here are a couples of variations – you can use kale instead of spinach, if you do, just need to cook the green a couple of minutes longer. Coconut cream is optional or can be replaced with feta cheese (which my daughter …