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Shrimp and Turkey Ham Jambalaya

Wanted to do another round of clearing up the freezer and larder. I found my stash of turkey ham and happily about half a liter of homemade shrimp stock in the freezer, and there was a can of whole peeled tomatoes in the larder. Dug through my fridge and found all the necessary ingredients for this jambalaya recipe by Emeril Lagasse, so this was what we had for lunch today.

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Chinese Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs

I usually leave our daily meals to Kak’mbang who is an amazing cook (but of course she denies it for some reason), where we usually have a few meat, veg and/or egg dishes with plain white rice. On rare occasions I contribute a dish to the table, and today I made a simple egg dish.

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Molo (Filipino Dumpling) Soup

I generally cannot refuse dumplings of any variety, be it steamed, fried, boiled, served as dim sum or in soup, just name it. Dumplings are simply the best comfort food for me, especially served in steaming bowls of hot soup on cold rainy days.

Found out about molo, a Filipino dumpling soup dish, from a colleague. Coincidentally Kak’mbang also stumbled upon the recipe for it on YouTube, specifically the one by LittleChef Asia.

My version of the recipe of course uses chicken instead of pork, and I’ve also written it to include making the chicken stock/broth from scratch.

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Ramadan Cooking: Nasi Daging

It’s Ramadan, and the Movement Control Order (MCO) is in effect resulting in the surge of home cooks, so there are tons of yummy looking recipes flying around on the Internet.

The Bestie shared this Nasi Daging (beef rice) recipe from daridapur.com, and it looked simply amazing. I’ve had nasi daging several times in the past, but there was always something missing. The rice was not flavorful enough, or the beef was too tough… basically I was never blown away by what I sampled, no matter how yummy nasi daging sounded conceptually as a dish.

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Ramadan Cooking: Prawn Panzerotti

Got some really good saltwater shrimp from Everfresh the other day, and I was looking for more ideas for simple meals for sahur during this Ramadan.

I’ve made steamed buns and burger buns using my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker, so now I’m revisiting very old pizza recipes using the new equipment I have on hand.

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Wonton Noodle Soup

I love dumplings, and I love noodles in soup. To me at least, they are the ultimate comfort food. Now when both are combined into a single, yummy dish, that just takes it to the next level. Imagine a gloomy, rainy night, tucking in a large steaming bowl of soupy noodles topped with wontons bursting with flavor. Absolutely perfect.

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Seared Crispy Skin Duck Breast with Duck Fat Fried Potatoes

Bought some duck breast from Tesco then took my own sweet time to make something from it. Ended up with this simple enough dish, to satisfy your duck cravings without the hassle of roasting a whole bird.

Watch out the roasting times; overcooking the duck will result in dry, tougher meat. The original recipe calls for the potatoes to be gently smashed, but I find this to be rather messy so I’ll just slice them into halves next time.

Based on the recipe by Tasty.co.

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Weekend Cooking: Sausage Meatballs with Gravy

This was a recipe I made a long, long time ago for Hari Raya celebrations, and at the point of time I haven’t started blogging my culinary exploits just yet. The recipe is from Emeril’s Potluck, and as you probably can imagine, this makes a potluck-sized batch.

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Steak and Mushroom Pie

When I first started cooking I basically had one go-to chef for most recipes I wanted to try – Emeril Lagasse. In the beginning I focused more on so-called Western dishes – pies, pasta, and casseroles – and one of my earliest attempts on pies was this steak and mushroom pie.

Last time I followed the recipe to a T (non-alcoholic ingredient substitutes aside), but this time, with more experience I’ve given it my own spin and also used my Philips electric pressure cooker to ensure the meat is tender and succulent.

Be sure to use a deep dish pie pan for this, as there is a lot of filling. The crust is wonderfully crispy, and its buttery aroma will fill your kitchen as the pie bakes in the oven. The tender beef and crispy beef breakfast strips is super hearty, perfect when paired with crusty country bread. Enjoy!

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