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Homemade Mexican Chicken Chorizo Sausage

Been wanting to make my own sausages for ages. The recipes I like to try out, usually from Emeril Lagasse, often call for different kinds of sausages, (Spanish or Portuguese) chorizo, andouille, or Italian (both hot and sweet). Sweet Italian sausages are still relatively easier to find, but not so much for the rest. In fact, I’ve never seen halal andouille anywhere. Add to that my new-ish resolution to take better control of what goes into the food I feed my family, so I finally got around it today.

This is a recipe for Mexican chorizo, based on the recipe from Honest Cooking. It’s usually not stuffed into casings, but I really wanted to start building my sausage-making skills, so I decided to stuff ’em anyway.

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Breadmaker Pumpkin Bread

In some parts of the world, it’s pumpkin season. Halloween is around the corner, folks are enjoying their Fall treats, maybe while carving faces into pumpkins and such. No such thing here in Malaysia, but it doesn’t stop us from enjoying our pumpkins in any shape or form.

I received some really gorgeous pumpkins from Li Ting the other day, proudly grown in her family home in Bukit Tinggi. I had enough to make a batch of my pumpkin soup, but I figured I’d try something different this time. I was still stumped on what to do when I found this recipe by cook cafemaru for pumpkin bread, and it looked so yummy I had to try it.

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Chicken Asado Pandesal

When I posted the Chicken Adobo I made the other day, I used the hashtag #filipinofood, and subsequently I was followed by @sarapnow, an Instagram account featuring various Filipino dishes. I figured this is the best way to build my exposure to Filipino cuisine, so I started following the account as well.

One day I saw them post a pic of asado pandesal, a type of baked meat bun. Juicy meat wrapped in fluffy bread rolls? YES!

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Pais Jagung Sabah

Rudy bought another batch of delicious jagung susu, and we still had a few left when Kak’mbang suggested that we make pais jagung, a sweet steamed corn-based kuih wrapped in cornhusks. What an idea!

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Pierogi (Polish dumplings)

My obsession with dumplings continues, and this time I stumbled upon a recipe of a less expected origin: Poland. I’m following @fatdadcooks on Instagram, and one day I saw him post a photo of pan-fried pierogies he got from a friend. Curious, I started looking up recipes for pierogies.

Apparently there are so many kinds of pierogi with either sweet or savory filling. Found this interesting one by Natasha’s Kitchen, stuffed with mashed potatoes and drizzled with bacon and butter. Sign me up!

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Crescia al Formaggio

Tons of Parmesan in the freezer for me to clear out. Best place to get ideas for good bread recipes is of course King Arthur Flour, and this Crescia al Formaggio came up quite highly rated.

This was a rather low-touch bread which didn’t need much work, but required quite some patience due to its long resting time. The recipe is chock full of parmesan, with a bit of white pepper for some heat.

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Savory Cheese Bread

Recipes from the King Arthur Flour website often call for cheese powder and I got quite curious about it, so I bought some from the recent Lazada 8.8. sale. I bought extra to get Free Shipping, so I was very eager to start using up this new ingredient.

This Savory Cheese Bread recipe from King Arthur Flour website was originally written for a Zojirushi breadmaker, and I’ve rewritten it for use in my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker.

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