Sweet and savoury coconut rice

This is a very versatile dish. You can make it with the mushrooms as I have done and it’s a full meal on it’s own; or without the mushrooms, even switch out the carrots and zucchini for whatever you fancy, and it can be a side for your main course. I recently posted a recipe for how you could refresh some leftover rice, this recipe would also be great for that as the rice needs to be cooked first. So if you have some leftover rice from last night, you are half way there (^_^)

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you are looking at deliciousness!

I came up with this based on something I had tasted so the ingredients may feel a bit strange, but trust me — they come together nicely. I didn’t get it exactly like that restaurants’ coconut rice but it’s pretty close. Most importantly, it tastes really really good.
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Slow-cooked chopped lamb shanks

Are you seeing how yummy that looks?  icon-hand-o-down Well, let me assure you — it is yummier than it looks! For this delicious treat you will need an oven dish with depth and a cover (ceramic bakeware for example), or an electronic slow cooker. I made this for some guests a while back and it was a hit.

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hmmmm hmmm good!

This is also the first time I’ve used fresh tarragon and I absolutely loved it!  The aroma released while this dish is cooking will get your neighbours knocking on your door pretending to pass by for a “quick” visit (^_^)

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Veggies get nutty

Have you ever had baby corn? It’s one of those things that I’ve had in restaurants and hotels but never really purchased to make at home. They add nice colour to a dish though. I recently started buying them. They’re very easy to cook and they cook fast. Just five minutes on the heat and they’re done. So if you’d like to make a colourful addition to your meals, they’re a good one to try.

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loved the crunch of the almond flakes, added a nice texture

You can steam them, roast them in the oven, or add them to a stir fry like I’ve done. You can also chop or cut the in different ways to change things up a bit. bite sized pieces or slice down the middle like I’ve done for this or just leave them whole.

Quick side note, I have been nominated for the 2015 Blog Awards in the Food Blog category! Yaaaaaay! *\(^_^)/* Came as a total surprise. To the person that submitted my site for the review, thank you so much, I am truly grateful!  And lots of gratitude to the BAKE panel of judges that decided I was worthy of the nomination as well. Do head over to the Blog Awards site to cast your votes and check out all the other nominees in my category and discover some new food blogs too!

OK, lets get started on the stir fry…

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Sweet purple cabbage salad

Salads with raw veggies are totally not my thing, I prefer the hardy potato or pasta kind, or a cheese and tomato combo. But discovering the red cabbage inspired me. It’s taken two years to pen down the inspiration and make it happen (0_0) but at least it’s happened! He he he!

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yum!

Funny thing, while I was writing the recipe in my notebook, I put down red cabbage. But when I was typing in the title for the post purple just rolled out from my subconscious to the tips of my fingers and on to the title field. Suddenly my eyes noticed the screen didn’t match my notes! I quickly glanced at the photos I had taken and sure enough, it looked purple. But red is what I’ve called it in my head for the last two Years. It was time to Google it! So I spent some time reading a bit about this lovely specimen.

It is purple cabbage for sure. It is also red cabbage or blue kraut. Apparently, depending on the pH of the soil it’s growing in, the pigment leans towards the red tones, and other times the purple tones.  So I think the one I got is purple based on the pictures I saw online of the red version. The juices of the cabbage can also be used as a pH Indicator! Imagine that.  

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Easy lamb chops

Lamb chops! For a while they felt like a mountain I needed to conquer. My husband loves them. Among the restaurants that we frequent, there is one that serves good lamb chops. He never orders anything else from their menu. He never needs to look at the menu. It’s always “Lamb chops, medium well, with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables!”

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there they are, ready to serve!

With that kind of consistency I have debated making lamb chops at home several times. So I finally got around to doing it. From memory, since I’ve seen them several times and even tasted a few times, they were very simple. They had no spice or herb flavour that stood out. It seemed like they were just seasoned lightly with salt. So I was going to cook them the same way too.     Continue reading  »

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