Vegan glass noodle and mango salad

This was unusual for me. I’m not a vegan, nor a vegetarian, but I was catering to a friend who was staying with me, and I did what had to be done.

To begin with I was a little overwhelmed, what could I cook that is vegan and actually tastes nice?? That was a little ignorant on my part, because as I found, it was actually pretty easy to come up with something. There was a whole other world of food (the vegan world) that I knew nothing about! While it hasn’t convinced me to become vegan (I was sneaky and added prawns and fish sauce to my own salad), it has opened my mind a little.


Oreo fudge balls

How can something this delicious have so few ingredients, that is what I’d like to know. I took great pleasure in offering them to my family, going “guess what’s in them??” and then informing them that there are in fact only four ingredients. It’s the small things in life.

These oreo ‘fudge’ balls actually aren’t fudge at all, but you wouldn’t know unless you were the one to make them. They are incredibly moist, creamy and chocolatey, with a very mild tang from the cream cheese followed by a light undertone of vanilla.


Mi goreng

Right now a lot of people must be thinking of the indomie instant noodles. No, this isn’t about me cooking a packet of instant noodles.

This is tenfold better.

Mi goreng translates to ‘fried noodles’ (exciting, I know), and is common in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It’s another classic dish which has many variations, and this particular recipe, once again, was derived from Rick Stein’s fabulous Far Eastern Odyssey. It’s one of those meals you crave for ages after you eat it, and in fact I’m going to make it again tonight.


The best Pad Thai I’ll ever make

Growing up (well I’m still growing up, but you get the point) my dad cooked me all sorts of food from around the world, especially Asian food. Basically the only classic dish that was never cooked for me was Pad Thai, and as a result I would stuff my face with it almost every time I went out to a Thai restaurant.

But after finding this post by Chez Pim, I will never buy Pad Thai from a restaurant again. It changed everything


Oreo cheesecake brownies

I’ve always had a weird lust for cream cheese (even more so for sour cream, but that’s a story for another time), so the idea of a brownie filled with cream cheese was next level. The oreo part failed to excite me because, I’m sorry to admit, I don’t really like them. There, I said it.

I have to say though; they are incredible in this brownie. Along with their flavour they contribute a brilliant texture: the small scatterings of crunchy oreo pair perfectly with the moist brownie and soft layer of cream cheese.


Turkish lamb with yoghurt and tomato relish

When you are really struggling to find the energy to cook (been there), but you want something delicious (been there even more so), look no further. This is relatively quick as far as nice dinners go; little effort but with huge satisfaction and crowd-pleasing abilities.

I made this in about 15 minutes, because my hangry (hungry + angry) family were hissing at me to hurry up and feed them. This came at a price, though. My beautiful thumbnail which I had been carefully manicuring for the past few weeks was almost sliced clean off.