Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes

Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes (made with tilapia fillets) I only discovered quinoa a few months ago in a salad but it was definitely love at first bite again. Ever since that time, I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with a recipe with quinoa but I didn’t want … Continue reading

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It’s pizza time! Homemade pizzas are yum-o!

It’s pizza time! Home-made pizzas If you read my post on Sunday about my disastrous whoopsie pies, you’ll know that I’m not much of a baker. I can cook up a storm but when it comes to baking, I seriously don’t think I have the touch required. That’s why I’ve mostly avoided doing any baking. Until now… … Continue reading

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Oops, I made a whoopsie when I actually wanted to make a whoopie (pie that is…)

Kitchen Disasters Today was one of those catastrophic days in the kitchen when the highs were sky high and the lows were, well, unbelievably bad 🙂 I should be crying into my mixing bowl right now but I can’t, because even though today was a bit of a disaster, I still had a ball. Spending … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 30 minutes

Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 20 minutes Whenever my friends and I talk about food, nothing divides the group more than when we discuss what goes into a ‘sweet and sour’. I’m firmly in the anti-pineapple camp but that’s because my husband makes a wicked pineapple dipping … Continue reading

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An American candy store is all I need to release my inner child

40 going on 10 … or maybe even 8… With three older brothers who had to look after me in Singapore, playtime as the youngest and only girl in the family was less Barbie dolls and playhouses and more Action Men and fisticuffs. In fact, the one and only Barbie doll I ever had (a … Continue reading

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It’s Japan hour at our house :) Pork gyozas

Pork gyozas There’s something about making dumplings that I just find inherently soothing. I don’t know why I love making dumplings but I simply do. I think it brings out the ‘control freak’ side of me, the side that loves having a process to follow, and loves following it to the nth degree. The first … Continue reading

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Slow cooked rolled roast pork with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing and home-made apple sauce and ketchup

Slow cooked rolled roast pork (with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing) Whenever I have a big group of friends coming over for dinner, like I did last night, my favourite recipe to turn to is this, a slow cooked rolled roast pork belly, stuffed with my own mixture of cranberries, bacon, sage from our … Continue reading

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What the…? There’s a pheasant in my garden!

Woke up this morning to find a peahen wandering around my garden. It was her lucky day because of my two cats that spotted her, she was chased off by Skinny, the one who to this day hasn’t even managed to catch a fly, much less anything furry or feathery. She does however very proudly … Continue reading

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It’s noodle time: crispy mah mee with chicken and prawns

It’s noodle time: Crispy mah mee with prawns and chicken Ok, it has been waaaaaayyy too long since thebigfatnoodle posted anything with noodles in it. This time, I haven’t taken my inspiration from the hawker stalls from home but from the classic Chinese restaurant. Crispy fried mah mee is one of my mum’s favourite noodle … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #4: Quattro frutti chocolate pavlova (gluten-free)

Gluten-free, wheat-free, flour-free but sadly not calorie-free…unless it’s your birthday. Or it’s Christmas. Or Easter. Those days are automatically calorie-free days… 🙂 I was introduced to Australia’s national dish as a Uni student in Melbourne in the early 1990’s but I never learnt how to make one until my mother-in-law taught me (thanks Jeannette!). It’s … Continue reading

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