Hi there! Today I will be sharing something different from what the blog usually post, but nonetheless, I hope you enjoy!
A few days back in school, I was taught to make fresh pasta! If you know me, I am a pasta fanatic; I love all things pasta, from squid ink pasta to creamy carbonara. Throw me some pasta and I would go beyond my imagination to create a dish around it. So naturally, I was ecstatic about class that day.
The chef in school gave us room to explore the variety of pasta. He provided squid ink and parsley oil for us to flavour our pasta. By then, my excitement grew even more. We kneaded, we rolled it out and did whatever shapes we desired! In my head, I was already toying with tons of idea of how I could make fresh pasta with a little twist at home.
My ideas were crazy, however like they said ‘If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough…’ So I am looking forward to creating insane pasta dishes to share with you. PS, it might take a while for me to develope this recipe, however please be on the look out for it!!
Here are all the pasta we did the other day…
Thousands of apologies that I could not share the recipe from the school, however once I have twigged the recipe and made it mine, it shall be shared!
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Well, Thank you for reading and I hope it got you a little excited with what’s to come on BOF!!! Till next time, See you!
This new recipe I am about to share was inspired by a Mexican masterclass I attended. From the class I learnt a few nicks and necks about Mexican cuisine! 3 core ingredients found in a mexican dish are chili, corn and lime. So I crafted my dish around these 3 ingredients, with a little twists here and there.
So today, I am sharing my grilled corn and squid salsa! It is a very simple dish, goes well with chips, in wraps or with your grilled chicken! Let your imagination run wild while pairing this salsa.
It is an easy dish with simple steps however here are what you need to take note!
Get a beautiful charred surface on your corn! That would give you colours and a pack full of flavours!
Use smoky herbs and spices such as coriander, paprika, red/green chili and black pepper. You want to get smoky flavours in the fastest and most effective way possible.
Chose the right protein. I chose squid as it cooks fast and it remains juicy and fresh, unlike chicken, which might get dried up while cooking and the tendency of it overcooking is high!
You want colours! As this is a salsa, you want it fresh and sexy looking with all the vibrant colours! Colours from the corn, chilies, red onion etc would make your dish grabbing for attention.
I had an incredible time crafting this recipe out, together with what it would be paired with. From the grilling to slicing to eating, was all good fun! So without further ado, here is my grilled corn and squid salsa!
Grilled Corn and Squid Salsa
2 whole corns
1 whole squid, with tentacles too (that’s the best bit)
1 whole red onion, diced
1 whole green and red chili, sliced (Add more if you like it spicy)
Handful of coriander and mint, chopped
the juice of a whole lime
Salt and pepper to season
Blanch the corn in heavily salted boiling water
Rub paprika and salt onto blanched corn, rub it to marinate them well.
Once the corn is well coated with paprika and salt, grill them till they are charred on all sides
Once the corn are grilled and have beautiful charred surfaces, set them aside to cool
In a mixing bowl, add herbs, red onion, chilies and toss it with lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your preferences
For the squid, your choice of boiling it or grilling them. Once they are cooked, cut them into small cubes and add them into the herbs and chilies mixture
Once the corn are cooled, remove them from the cob and add them into the mixing bowl together with the squid and herbs mixture.
Give them a good toss and taste as you go. You might need to add more lime juice or salt
And viola! You could serve them as a side dip to your tortilla chips or add them into your wraps for lunch or make little wonton cups to serve them in.
This dish have become a favourite salsa of mine, it is fresh, simple and delicious! Filled with fiber and good flavours from the herbs and grilled corn. I highly recommend you try this salsa and share it with your partner, your family and friends! It is one of my utmost favourite dish and I hope you like it too!
Well that is it for today folks! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I have many more recipe to come, so stay tune and till next time, see you!
When it comes to breakfast, it is either granola with yogurt and fruits or smoothies, nothing special. So one day I was up to some fun in the kitchen for breakfast. I decided to make eggs soldiers.
Eggs Soldiers is a pretty unique dish I would say, it is special and a smart way to consume. This dish is basically soft boiled eggs with bread but served in its own nature. The eggs are soft boiled, eggs still runny, bread toasted to crisp, I would say that is a perfect breakfast! There’s eggs and toast, great way to start your day!
You do not need much for this recipe, just eggs, bread of your choice and butter if you liked!
I did a little more for the butter, I did sun-dried tomato butter to spread onto the toast to be eaten together with the runny egg.
Sun-dried Tomato Butter
About 1 TBSP of sundried tomatoes
2 TBSP of butter
Salt and pepper to season
Add sundried tomatoes and butter, with salt and pepper into a blender and blend away
Once the tomatoes and butter have combined, transfer them into a dish and refrigerate
The most crucial part of this dish is the cooking time of the eggs. The eggs have to be cooked till the whites and yolks are still runny as you want to be able to dip the toast in them. I cooked my eggs for 6-7 minutes and it might have been a little too long, as the outer layer of the yolk have coagulated. So I reckoned the best cooking time for the eggs would be 5-6 minutes. That would ensure you a velvety and smooth runny yolk!
Overall it is such a great fun dish for breakfast for your kids and family! You could do this under 30 minutes with satisfaction guarantee!
Thank you so much for reading this short post as eggs soldiers are pretty self-explanatory! Do be on the look out for more recipes and till next time, See you!
Bali is one of the top travel destination. It is funny, beautiful and tropical. The food available there is abundant! From pork ribs to super food acai bowl! You would never get hungry when in Bali, and I certainly never heard my stomach grumble on my recent trip there!
On my previous trip, I have tried some amazing food. The food this trip did not disappoint as well.
First up, we have Grocer & Grind. This place sounds like it is great for a good cuppa, however I went ahead and order something to quench my thirst from the heat out. I ordered a falafel wrap and it was huge! As falafel is carbohydrate, I got filled up pretty quickly. They were generous with the amount of falafel balls in the wrap. The wrap was filled with textures from crunchy from the deep fried falafel balls and crisp fresh pickled cabbages and the tortilla skin was chewy. It came with a salsa and mayonnaise on the side which goes perfectly with the wrap! My friend had the burger. The meat patty was juicy and tender, though they could have toasted the buns on the grill for a charred surface. Otherwise, the burger was filled with fresh vegetables and worth every penny. They have an extensive pizza menu which they cook it in a woodfire oven. We wanted to try it however we were filled to the brim.
What I really love about Grocer & Grinds is their extensive vegetarian and pizza menu. Vegetarians would be spoiled for choices from salads to pizzas. They offer gluten free breads and vegan friendly dishes. Overall, they have a cozy atmosphere in the cafe which allows you to just chill and enjoy your meal. It was a good lunch there. 3.5/5!
Next cafe has a cosy ambiance as well. It’s rustic and naturalistic setting is calming and makes your eating experience soothing. It’s called Corner House! They have a menu which serves very hearty meals such as teriyaki salad, cheeseburger and eggs benedict. They a variety of coffee for you to choice as well, I went with flat white, though to be honest, I am not a coffee person, therefore my appreciation for coffee is unreliable; so I would not mention about my flat white that I drank. What I would talk about is the food we ordered!
I had a chorizo and hash. It consist of grilled chorizo sausages, tossed together with golden roasted potatoes and grilled corn salad, together with 2 perfectly poached eggs. The chorizo brought just the right amount of saltiness to the dish, the runny yolk from the poached eggs were a velvet coating for the rest of the ingredients, which was like heaven in the mouth! The dish was so good with perfectly poached eggs, savouriness, and a burst of flavours from all the ingredients. Good dish! 4/5!
We had a side of sticky pork ribs as well. And boy oh boy, the pork ribs were extremely tender and it fell off the bones once I held it up. The spicy and sweet barbeque sauce was tangy and had a hint of spice and if you gave this to a kid, you would be smiling from ear to ear because the kid might have stained their mouth with the delicious sauce! It was a finger licking good ribs! 4/5!
Corner House was wonderful with it’s great surrounding and yummy food. Couples and family would really enjoy this cafe. 4/5!
These are the 2 new restaurants I tried during my short trip to Bali. Bali is booming with loads of cafe with healthy and yummy goodness. The food scene there is growing with tradition and contemporary cuisines. You would definitely not hear your stomach growl with hunger as food is abundant there.
It’s been a joy to devour so much goodness and I hope that you would try these restaurants when you are in Bali! Thank you for reading and till next time, See you!
If you would love to read about what I ate in Bali in my previous trip, click here!
Grocer & Grind- Jalan Kayu Jati No. 3X, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia. Open from 7Am to 10PM
Corner House- Jl. Laksmana No. 10 A, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia. Open from 7AM to 11PM
This shall be a short little post on what’s to come in the following month…
As I did a little traveling in September, I shall share with you what I ate in the post tomorrow! Be sure to look out for that.
I have 2 brand new recipes to share, both created with ease and joy. Fairly simple dishes for you and your family to enjoy! Also, with more time coming up, I shall be experimenting with more flavours and colours; so be sure to look out for new recipes as I have some pretty funky ones coming right up.
All I want to say is thank you for waiting as I have taken a short hiatus from writing as I was overwhelmed with everything that has been happening around me. So I am back with new content and I shall make a point to post more regularly.
Thank you for your support and please continue reading!
What is a definition of a sandwich to you? To me, it is a toast with stuff on it and could easily be picked up and munched on! But sometimes, the stuff you put on a sandwich can get boring. So I came up with 3 different recipes to spice up your sandwich choices. I crafted these sandwiches with the following factors: a) vibrancy, b) textures and flavours, c) people with diet restrictions and d) authenticity ! I want vibrant colours as these are open-faced sandwiches, thus what attracts the eyes are more likely to be eaten, with pleasure and happiness. Various textures and flavours to give a freshness to each sandwich and an explosion of spices and flavours to the individual sandwich. I would love for everyone to enjoy these sandwiches, thus I came up with sandwiches that might/would suit people’s eating needs, like for vegetarian or for those who prefer fish over meat. Lastly, these recipes are mine and created with a fresh sense of bringing colours and mixture of flavours to sandwiches. I had absolute fun crafting these recipes and cannot wait to share them with you, so without further ado, let’s begin!
Prepare your toast by toasting them in the oven or on the grill with a drizzle of olive oil! I had sourdough toast!
First sandwich recipe I am sharing is the vegetarian toast, Asian infused Sandwich! This toast is actually vegan as well, so for vegans out there, this is for you too. Among the 3 sandwiches, this is my favourite as it is simple, packed filled with fiber and so flavourful, it would definitely keep your tummy and yourself satisfied! It would make a great lunch or brunch meal! However, the flavours incorporated might be subjective as there are some rather strong tastes in there, so do alter it to your preferences! I named it Asian infused sandwich is because I integrated Japanese and Vietnamese flavours in the sandwich and they work perfectly well!
Asian Infused Sandwich (Vegan Sandwich)
Ingredients (Makes 2):
Eggplant and Miso spread
Half an eggplant, sliced 1/2 an inch thickness
About 1 – 1 & 1/2 TBSP of miso paste
2-3 tsp of water
4-5 radishes, sliced thinly
1/3 carrot, shredded with vegetable peeler (for even pieces)
1/3 cucumber, de-seeded and shredded
About 1/3 cup white vinegar
1 TBSP sugar
1/2 TBSP salt
1 small lime/calamansi
Toast of your choice (Mine was sourdough)
Salt the radishes, cucumber and carrots. This is to extract excess moisture of the vegetables so that they would be crunchy.
Grill the eggplants.
In the miso paste, add 1 tsp water to thin out the paste
Once you notice water in the bowl of vegetables, give the veggies a good rinse and squeeze out extra moisture
In the bowl of veggies, pour in vinegar, sugar and calamansi. Give them a good toss and you have your pickled vegetables.
To plate, place the pickles on top of the toast then add your grilled eggplants and spread a thin layer of miso paste on your eggplant!
Second sandwich I am going to share is a simple yet flavoursome one. It does involves more spices but that is where the flavours kicks in. It is my Chicken & Slaw Toast! It has a little bit of Indian taste to it, as it is my favourite, however I would also leave some other alternatives in the recipe. And the slaw is crisp and paired amazingly with the chicken! This sandwich is good for people who craves meat and want to be filled with nutrients.
Spiced Chicken and Slaw Toast
1 chicken breast
1/2 TBSP of garam masala
2 tsp paprika
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 thumb-sized grated ginger
1 clove of garlic
Dash of sugar, salt and pepper
Alternate seasoning for the chicken: Pesto paste, teriyaki,
1/4 white cabbage, sliced thinly
1/2 carrot, julienne
1-2 beetroot, julienne
1 red onion
1/3 cup greek yogurt (Adjust to your liking to dress your slaw)
About 2-3 TBSP of english mustard
1/2 lemon juice
Salt and pepper to season
Rub all spices onto the chicken. To have the chicken marinate better, score them on the surface of the chicken on both sides to allow the spices better access into the chicken!
Pop the chicken into the chiller to chill for 30 mins or overnight.
For the slaw, add all cabbages, onion, carrots into a mixing bowl! *Do not add the beetroots if you do not want a pink slaw, add them last after the dressing are added.
Add the yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper onto the veggies. Give them a good toss and season to your preferences
After the veggies are well combined, add the beetroot and you are ready to cook the chicken!
On a medium high heat, grill the chicken till they slightly burnt on the outside and tough to touch and the juices runs clear when pressed.
Slice the chicken into thin strips and place them onto the slaw, which is resting above your toast!
Last but not least! The Salmon sandwich! This sandwich is for the fish lovers out there. Packed full of so much goodness, I do not even know where to start. This sandwich might take a little more time as I poached the salmon. Poaching the salmon would ensure that the fish remains moist and juicy with all it’s intended nutrients in it and most importantly, I do not want to take away it’s freshness.
There are herbs and aromatic vegetables involved in this recipe as I poached the salmon, thus it might have a fishy smell to it, thus I made use of herbs to mask the smell. Herbs and aromatic vegetables used are dills, onions and lemon. They pair well with salmon and it was overall, a complete sandwich!
That Salmon Sandwich
2 pieces of salmon (Fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup of greek yogurt
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 cucumber, de-seeded and sliced
Few sprigs of fresh dill
Salt and pepper
Garnish/For the crunch factor!
Radishes, sliced thinly (Cucumber would do too)
Beetroot, sliced thinly
Poach/Steam salmon till they flake easily. However do not over-cook it, as it might be dry
Once salmon is cooked, flake it in a mixing bowl and add yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, onion, dill and season with salt and pepper.
To assembly, place the fresh radishes and beetroot on the toast then top it with the salmon!
And those were the 3 open-faced sandwiches recipes I created! They were so so yummy and each had an unique taste. They are all good for picnics, school lunches and brunches! They are so versatile and easy to eat, even towards the kids because of how colourful they are! And I definitely hope one day you would try and make them yourself!
I had such a great time crafting these sandwiches, it is one of a bigger project I did for this blog and I am so glad that it all came out fine! Thank you so much for reading and till next time, See You!
Another month has passed and we are a day closer to Christmas and 2017! It has been an insane year so far, with much work and so many exciting stuff. So today I would keep my post short on what’s to come on Big On Food in September!
Firstly, I would be posting this new recipe, which is long overdue, however I hope it is worth the wait because it has got amazing flavours and colours in it.
Through out September, I would be trying new recipes out as well. New stuff such as fusion dishes of my favourite cuisines. I am just trying to push myself to different complexity of flavours and combinations. I would most definitely share my experience on Big On Food, thus do look out for that!
September would be pretty chilled other than the new recipes. I shall just take things slowly because it has been real tiring in school. So I shall just end the post here for today. I apologise for it being so short, however do keep a close eye for those new recipes! Till next time, See you!