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Aunty Khar Moi’s Pandan-Skin Mooncakes

In Biscuits and Cookies, Confectionary, Snacks on November 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm


You know you’re walking into a hardcore kitchen when the first thing you see is stacks upon stacks of boxes filled with gorgeous home-made mooncakes.

The women on my Dad’s side of the family in Singapore — they’re fearless cooks.

Pineapple tarts, bak-zhang (glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves), black vinegar-braised pig’s trotters? They could whip those together with their eyes closed.

Recently, however, the task at hand was Chinese mooncakes, eaten to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls this Saturday … [read more]

From A Tiger In The Kitchen

Curried Chickpeas

In Beans and Legumes on November 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm


The flavors of a good curry will always be an experience that I seek fervently. I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that more complex flavors in my mouth are highly desirable, and even a basic curry recipe can be so loaded with ample taste that it’s like fireworks on the tongue. A really good curry, as I have gathered from reading through some of my Indian cookbooks, is a process; it takes time to develop and gets better as it sits … [read more]

From Kate in the Kitchen

Thai Curry and Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

In Soups, Vegetables on November 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm


I have a bit of a problem. I don’t think it requires a twelve step intervention, but still, it complicates my life sometimes. I really can’t pass up a good sale at the supermarket. Laugh, giggle and find general amusement at my predicament all you like, but don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile with my grocery cart and have 4 butternut and 6 acorn squash in your refrigerator … [read more]

From The Eclectic Cook

Swiss Chard Artichoke Soup

In Soups, Vegetables on November 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm


I like to think of myself as an adventurous eater. I always look forward to delving into the local food scene when I’m away from home, whether it’s a couple hundred miles or a couple of continents away. I’ve eaten everything from bowls of black rice pudding in Bali to a bag of fried okra at a gas station in Louisiana … [read more]

From Farmgirl Fare

Wholewheat Pizzas with Chorizo and Goats Cheese

In Pizza on November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm


Amazing how the slightest mention of certain things can spark off so many memories.

“A grey day! Ah well! After all, it’s November and it’s England!”, was exactly what I said, a couple of days ago, to which a reply came, “Oh dear…then you must miss the Indian winter” … [read more]

From Sunita’s World

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Calamari

In Fish and Seafood on November 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm


I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I was the kind of kid who hid her lima beans behind the couch so she didn’t have to eat them.

Hid, as in, concealed them. As in, tucked them behind and under our hulking, scratchy sofa when my mom walked out of the room. Not so that I could savor them later. So I would never (ever, ever) have to see them again … [read more]

From The Hungry Mouse

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin and Coriander Butter

In Vegetables on November 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm


I will never be a great Indian cook.

I’ve been set up to fall short of that goal by being born into a family of great Indian cooks. (If I could, I would double underline the word great right there and surround it with a beatific halo of twinkling, sparkling lights, just to give you an approximation of my conviction to that belief.) … [read more]

From Seven Spoons

Tomato Leek Soup

In Soups, Vegetables on November 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm


The season for comfort food has started.  Just as comfort means different things to different people, comfort food is different for everyone.  For me, the thing that jumps to the top of my list is grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup … [read more]

From Dana Treat

Eat Me Alice Cakes

In Cupcakes and Muffins on November 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm


As a child, my life was chaotic. Our little house in Winchester housed an offset-litho printing press in the front room which clanked and groaned as it churned out another fresh batch of anarchist literature. These posters were designed by my gifted, idealistic mother, for the crusty youths (who lounged on the sparse and uncomfortable furniture) to fly-post around the genteel town as it slept unawares … [read more]

From Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried

Curry Leaves Chutney Powder

In Jams, Jellies and Preserves, Rice on November 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm


“What are they?” asked the British lady standing right next to me in the Asian grocery store.
“It’s curry leaves,” I replied.
“Oh! So curry powder is made from these leaves then?” … [read more]

From Monsoon Spice