Beef rendang with coconut and cucumber salad

Another day, another opportunity to eat until I hate myself.

Beef rendang is a rich, spicy curry made with plenty of coconut cream and coconut flesh. A slight sour taste from the tamarind juice is balanced out with brown sugar (or more traditionally, palm sugar), infused with kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass stalks and a hint of cinnamon.

Already you can tell it’s going to be great.


Simple beef stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is the type of meal that one is prone to crave – creamy, meaty and pretty simple to throw together.

After a friend messaged me saying she was coming over for the night, I headed for the kitchen and began brainstorming what I could feed her. She’s notorious for eating as much as a man so I knew I had to bring my A game. Alas, upon opening the fridge, I was met with a lacklustre selection of dinner foods: an old Greek yoghurt container (really, just the container, there was no yoghurt inside), a shrivelled green onion, five blocks of butter, a cucumber, and a half eaten apple among others. My parents had gone away for the week, leaving me with next to no food, and therefore with nothing to feed my hollow-legged friend. We did have an impressive selection of 20+ sauces, though somehow I don’t know how she would have felt about drinking plum sauce and aioli for dinner.