Monthly Archives: August 2010

Masterchef Inspired Recipe – Prawns with Coconut & Chilli Sambal


Hello, my name is Emily. I’m a sambalholic. I love my sambal to be very spicy and pungent. I like to have it on my rice, noodles and sometimes in my soups. If I don’t have it frequent enough, I feel there’s a void in my life. 

When Adam made the prawn scotched eggs with coconut, chilli sambal on Masterhef, my attention immediately drew to the sambal side of things. After all this is what a sambalholic does! :P  I was delighted by the fact the recipe uses accessible ingredients and thankfully, no toasting of shrimp paste (belacan). As I once said before, I don’t want to smoke my neighbours out of their houses. 

Despite no shrimp paste, the coconut sambal still has all the favourable elements that a good sambal should have – spicy, salty, sweet & pungent.

Portobello Mushrooms Spaghetti Bake

You may wonder what on earth is Emily doing by showing us some ready-made frozen food?
Please don’t let my aluminium trays mislead you! Sure when food comes in a box (aluminium or plastic), the immediate impression one has is either the food is:-
(a) a frozen ready-made meal; or
(b) takeaway food
But do not worry, my portebello mushroom spaghetti bake is none of the above (plus it’ll defeat the purpose of writing a food blog, yes?). :P  It’s merely an evidence that  I hate washing dishes, the less dirty dishes the better.  

No Frills Dessert: Black Glutinous Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk Drizzle

Despite the title no-frills dessert, I can’t say that I make this rice pudding all the time. In fact, the last time I had this dessert was when I still called myself a teenager.

As I often move around places where there’s no Chinatown or Asian groceries are scarce (not by choice, of course), black glutinous rice is precious in my eyes. When my friend brought this dessert over to my potluck  party a couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to reconnect with my teenhood favourite.