Monthly Archives: May 2013

Thai Green Curry with Sugar Snaps, Asparagus & Broccolini

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My previous posts have been fairly meaty so I thought it would be good time for me to jam pack more vegetables in our diet as well as on my blog.

My modus operandi with vegetables is stir fry with garlic and oyster sauce. Yawn. I know.

But, do not worry, I won’t bore with garlic and oyster sauce vegetable stir fry. Not today anyway ha!

I love Thai green curry, mainly because I love all kinds of coconut-based curries.  A tablespoon of Thai green curry paste and 210 ml (7 fl ounces) of light coconut milk are all you’ll need to make 600g (21 ounces) of green vegetables to taste out of this world.  A comforting bowl of vibrant and crunchy green vegetables infused in flavourful coconut broth, can I ask for one more bowl please?

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I almost wrote this is down as a vegetarian dish. However, a lot of store bought Thai green curry paste contain fish sauce, which is not vegetarian friendly obviously.  I have managed to find a brand that does not have any seafood product. For non-vegetarians, you can add brown sugar and fish sauce to amp up the flavouring of the curry. As for vegetarians, salt and brown sugar should do the trick. The brand I used was Thai Gourmet (the link here is to show how the bottle looks like – please note I did not get the paste from this website) which is available in most chained supermarkets in Australia. A tablespoon of this brand’s green curry paste is sufficiently spicy and flavourful. So I feel there is no need to add any more fish sauce or brown sugar.

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Toasted Muesli (Granola) with Goji Berries, Nuts & Maple Syrup

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Each time I moved from one rental to another, I was appalled at how much expired pantry items that I neglected over time. One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to refrain myself from overstocking of cooking and baking ingredients as well as de-clutter (or stock-taking) regularly.

A couple of days ago, I was in the mood to de-clutter.

I have some rolled oats, barely touched dried goji berries and an array of leftover nuts from my baking.  Can you tell where I’m going to with this?  It’s pretty obvious. It must be the rolled oats and nuts that gave it away; as well the image above, of course! *wink*

If you’re scratching your head and think “what is Emily being so cryptic about?” well, this post is about homemade toasted muesli.  Call me crazy but, I do splurge on good quality, “homemadesque” and not to mention expensive muesli. I love it toasted, lots on nuts and cinnamon as well as conservative amount of dried fruits.  My beloved who is not a fan of muesli and oaty type cereal has decided to join the light side. (Oh, may the force be with him!)

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This is one of the simplest things you can make at home. I can’t believe it took me so long to get here i.e. making toasted muesli at home. I felt good about making this because it tasted similar to the expensive muesli that I have been splurging on. That means I no longer need to buy them from the store and it took no time to make really. My beloved was impressed with the end result too! I have to stop him from snacking on the muesli until I have photographed the end result.  Oh, the plight of being the better half of a food blogger….

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Thai-Style Garlic Chicken

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I go through phases when it comes to cooking. There was a week that all I cook was Indian and the other was Italian. As evident on my blog lately, I have been enjoying way too much of Thai cooking. I think it has something to do with the fact that we were gifted with some homegrown bird’s eye chillies. ;)

When I seek inspiration on chicken recipes on pinterest (you can check out my pin boards @fussfreecooking), it came to my realisation that I have a weakness of chicken with sweet, savoury, dark and sticky exterior. Not only they look finger lickin’ good on the photos, I enjoy the taste as much as its’ visual.

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This Thai-style garlic chicken is a really simple recipe which I have found on Super Food Ideas – Super Savers – a recipe booklet which I have acquired some time ago. It has everything I love in a recipe – simple cooking process but complex in flavours. I love garlic. I love chilli. I love sweet, savoury and glossy glaze. I love fresh coriander. Imagine these mix of flavours together with a bowl of hot and steamy rice. Oh boy, there is no words!

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