Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Thai Chicken Noodle SoupIt’s officially winter in Melbourne and I hated it. I always get sick during winter and this year is no exception. Since the start of July my nose has been nothing but runny and blocked. I had two fevers, and am feeling weaker all the time. After almost 10 years living in Melbourne I can only accept the fact that my body is not really made for cold and windy weather. My immune system is lower in winter, when people around me get sick, I would immediately get infected too.

I have been eating a lot of comfort food – mostly soup. I ate bowls of pho and ramen noodle for dinner. Somehow noodle soup is the best food to cure my weak body. It gives me warmth after the last spoonful and I can sleep better that night.  However it is impossible to eat out every night without breaking my wallet, and I don’t wish to spend hours simmering my own ramen and pho broth as well.

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

I learnt how to make something easier and doesn’t cost a lot of time but still flavourful. I am so grateful that we have plenty of resources that we can find from Google, and found this recipe by Thaifood, I used the recipe to make this Thai chicken noodle soup by using chicken stock as my base and some fragrant Thai herbs like lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, chillies, lime juice and a great all-rounder for Thai dishes, the fish sauce. I omitted the coconut milk as I want to keep it light but feel free to add it if you love coconut milk. [Read more…]

Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas and Salted Caramel

Pancakes with caramelised bananas and salted caramel sauceAfter my spontaneous ranting in the previous post about my unpleasant experience in applying for a tourist visa in Europe, I am pleased to announce that all the hard work is finally paid off – my tourist visa is approved and this only means one thing! I am going to Europe!!

I am currently researching about places to go, day trip to book, restaurants to visit and all other miscellaneous questions like – is it safe to drink tap water in Italy? or is tipping necessary in Europe? Any cultural issue that I have to watch out.

I am feeling very excited at the moment. This deserves celebratory breakfast. I want pancakes!

So I made these pancakes with caramelised bananas and salted caramel sauce. They looks real fancy, tasted awesome, and the best thing is that they are damn easy to make. To be honest, this is what I tend to make for breakfast if I only have the basic staples in my pantry (flour, butter, sugar, cream) and banana.

Pancakes with caramelised bananas and salted caramel sauceThese basic ingredients can be converted into this tasty pancake dish that the whole family will enjoy. [Read more…]

Pancakes with Smoked Trout and Creme Fraiche

Pancakes with Smoked Trout and Creme Fraiche

If you are following my Instagram you would notice that I did a series of pancakes for breakfast this week. After having pancakes for four consecutive days (please click here to view all pancakes that I’ve made), I wanted to have something a little bit different and refreshing for my pancake recipe number 5.

I wanted to make something similar to Smoked Salmon Blini, so I used my leftover pancake batter as is and just added the toppings like smoked trout and creme fraiche, similar to Blini’s toppings. I also added some sliced radishes for an added crunchy texture, some sliced mandarins for citrusy flavour to balance out the saltiness of the smoked trout. The combination overall was perfect. My partner Raymond said he could probably eat 4-5 servings without getting sick of it. :)

The best thing about it is that no cooking is involved other than pan-frying the pancakes. The rest is just like preparing a bowl of salad – only chopping the ingredients and throwing things on the plate.

Pancakes with Smoked Trout and Creme Fraiche

These pancakes with smoked trout and creme fraiche would be perfect for a crowd-gathering. Make the pancakes little bit smaller, maybe one-bite size for each pancake and it would run out so fast! [Read more…]

Indulging Chocolate Pancakes

Indulging Chocolate Pancakes

If you are following my Instagram you would notice that I did a series of pancakes for breakfast this week. After having pancakes for three consecutive breakfasts (Raspberry Compote, Avocado Dukkah, and Bacon Leeks), I wanted to do something different with my leftover pancake batter that I made using Taste‘s recipe.

So I added a teaspoon of cocoa powder to two servings of pancake batter to make these chocolate pancakes, I also added a bit more milk just to keep the texture fluffy.

I have a tub of chocolate ice-cream sitting in the freezer which was perfect for this. I also made a little bit of chocolate sauce to go with it. But I say you won’t have to do what I did. Go crazy with your chocolate pancakes’ toppings. Add salted caramel or whipped cream, nutella or some fresh fruits. The options are endless!

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Bacon, Leek and Tomatoes Pancakes

Pancakes with bacon, braised leek and roasted tomatoes“One does not simply walk into foreign countries with a third world passport” I can really relate to this quote at the moment.

I am planning to go to Europe in the beginning of August this year with my family for a three-weeks holiday around the West Europe, it’s really exciting for us but there is just this one tiny problem.

I still hold an Indonesian passport that does not let me walk into Europe without applying for a visa, and damn the visa application process was so tedious. I had to prepare everything from employer’s letters, bank statements showing some required amount, all hotels and flights bookings, a comprehensive itinerary, travel insurance and must have a booking for an appointment with the application centre which usually takes about a month or two.

The day for my appointment arrived yesterday and I was there from 9 in the morning until 1pm with a few bunch of people grumbling about the waiting time and some unfriendly front staffs who treated us like we owed them something. My application was not accepted at first because the hotel booking did not have my name on it so yesterday I ran back to the office and printed everything again so that my application could be accepted yesterday.

I was completely exhausted afterwards, and kept thinking to myself – should I convert my Aussie PR into citizenship so I don’t have to go through this again every time I’m travelling overseas?

Pancakes with bacon, braised leek and roasted tomatoes

Anyway, after the unpleasant day I think I deserve a pretty indulging pancake for breakfast this morning to get my spirit back. So I took out my leftover bacon that I used for carbonara, some leeks and tomatoes, of course not forgetting my pancake batter that I prepared earlier in the week. Pop the tomatoes in the oven, sweat the leeks, grill the bacon and cook the pancakes.

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Pancakes with Avocado, Dukkah and Boiled Egg

Pancakes with Avocado, Dukkah and Boiled EggFor my second recipe of my 6 days pancake challenge I present to you these pancakes with avocado, dukkah and boiled eggs.

A little back story – so if you have been following my instagram you are probably aware that I am currently taking on a 6 days pancake challenge. I’ve published my first one with raspberry compote, pistachio and coconut here if you are interested to check it out.

As I’ve done the sweet pancake on day 1 I want to have savoury this time. I conveniently have a container full of dukkah in my pantry so I decided to make pancakes that could make use of what I have in my kitchen. Like my first recipe, this topping of avocado, dukkah and boiled eggs is still very simple to make and takes you less than 10 minutes.

Pancakes with Avocado, Dukkah and Boiled EggIf you haven’t known yet, dukkah is an Egyptian dry mix consisting of nuts (typically pistachio or pine nuts), seeds (sesame and coriander seeds) and spices such as cumin and/or cinnamon. I bought my dukkah from a Middle-Eastern restaurant a few months ago and I have been using it as a crumbing on my lamb, chicken and fish. Dukkah is quite versatile and sometimes I sprinkle a little bit on my avocado toast as well. [Read more…]