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theindolentcook

I'm originally from Malaysia and now reside in Melbourne, Australia. I love food and I'm open to all types of cuisine!

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  • Location: Australia
  • Favorite foods: Too many to list, and varies according to my mood.
  • Last bite on earth: A perfectly ripe and juicy mango.

Mango Habanero Barbecue Sauce

This looks seriously amazing!

Weekend Cook and Tell: $5 and Under

If you're not opposed to offal, they are usually very cheap. And yes that would be due to many people not being comfortable with them, but hey, that means budget meals for me!

I got a lamb's heart for 50 cents sometime ago - made a stir-fry and had it with rice. Definitely came in at way under $5.

Warning: Post contains offal photos that may not be for, um, the faint-hearted.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com/2012/01/lemon-pepper-soy-ginger-lamb-heart-stir.html

P.S. The flavour of lamb heart is really not too different to meat at all, and it is really nice and tender when cooked right.

Otherwise, vegetarian and/or pasta meals like this one can often be cooked up very cheaply, too, like this one I made very recently.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com/2012/04/spicy-eggplant-fettuccine-twist-on.html

I'll see if I can make more cheap meals this weekend to blog about...

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Considering Coconut Milk

Thanks for the round-up Caroline! :)

Weekend Cook and Tell: Considering Coconut Milk

Here are a couple of things I've made with coconut milk...

Coconut and cocoa pancakes... super-simple.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/vegan-coconut-chocolate-pancakes.html

And this sweet, savoury, spicy peanut dressing. Great to pour onto steamed or blanched vegetables, salads, or as a dipping sauce for meats.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/sweet-savoury-spicy-peanut-sauce.html

The Nasty Bits, Valentine's Day Edition: Heart

Great ideas. I did a stir-fry recently with heart, it was delicious.

baking powder vs baking soda when both will do

Thanks everyone for your replies. Certainly gives me something to think about, particularly as I like making up my own recipes.

I forgot to mention another reason I asked was because I recently made something with a bit of lemon juice in it. Normally I'd use baking soda since the batter has the acidic element, but I didn't have any and used baking powder instead, and it still turned out tasty, so I was wondering how differently it would have turned out if I did had baking soda instead...

Weekend Cook and Tell: Romantic Respites Revisited

My boyfriend has been away and won't be back in time for Valentine's day - and we're not big on occasions anyway - but I've made a humble, yet lovely two-ingredient no-cook peach vinegar as a little gift for him when he comes back. The ambrosial white peach is utilized here and it gives a sweet, sensual touch to the vinegar. He's one of the rare men who enjoys salad, so when he comes back we're going to whip up a gorgeous dressing with this.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/fresh-peach-vinegar-valentines-gift.html

Weekend Cook and Tell: Get Back to Your Roots

I've got a Chinese-style borscht that is popular in my home country. I learnt how to make it from my mum. It's so easy and it's seen me through many years now.

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com/2011/06/chinese-borscht-abc-soup-luo-song-tang.html

Weekend Cook and Tell: Winter Greens

For our recent wintry season I made a fairly experimental orange butter brussels sprouts topped with a pecan crumble. It made a great side dish!

An entertaining website about cheeseburgers

A friend introduced me to this site ages ago and I love it! I should try making one of those burgers someday.

Need a catchy name for a food blog to register the domain

How about nuttycinnamon.com?

Weekend Cook and Tell: Honey Bear

I used honey in my recipe for easy slow braised pork spare ribs. They turned out really succulent!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Your Go-To Markets

I like my local market... it's a little pricey compared to some of the others, but I often find interesting or exotic or gourmet ingredients there that I love to try... such as these oka yams. There's another market I like, and while not really far away, it's more inconvenient for me to get to so don't go as often. I found some feijoas the last time I went.

Best Way to "Publish" A Cookbook

You could consider blurb.com - I just found out tonight that a fellow food blogger used it to make their cookbook. It's Australian but they ship overseas.

Granita - the correct/ideal texture?

Thanks jimmyg! I was curious to know if one was more "traditional" than the other - in that case it looks like different regions have their own traditions so both are acceptable then.

Granita - the correct/ideal texture?

Ajmill - exactly, it varies, but that is my point - you can make it any way you like, but what is the original way? There is a difference between what someone prefers and what it should be according to the purists.

Thanks KarmaFreeCooking and BitchinFixins, that's what I think too. Perhaps the ones that looked like sorbets and slushies were due to the granita melting while photographs were taken, or perhaps it was done the "cheat" way using a blender instead of the traditional scraping way.

How do you keep track of your food?

I don't really do it. I just buy small quantities and try to work through them when I notice my storage space is dwindling. ;) There is a little wastage occasionally but within reason.

My boyfriend is much worse. The other day we threw out frozen meat from TWO YEARS AGO. That looked bad, man.

Yolk or Whites?

I'm definitely a yolk person. For a quick easy way to get rid of, oops I mean use up your egg whites, if you don't want to do any elaborate baking, I guess you can keep it simple and do an egg white omelet. Throw in lots of good flavoursome ingredients to jazz it up.

Holy Crap that looks good!

I'm still not as good as I would like to be, but here are a few tips.

I use a decent camera (it's just a point-and-shoot but it's a good one) and get reasonably acquainted to the available manual functions (like shutter speed, aperture, ISO). I also try to take photos during the day in natural light whenever possible. And I experiment and take several photos of the same dish in different ways. Lastly I'll use a photo editing software to crop and brighten and add contrast if I think they make it look better.

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Dinners in Under 10 Minutes

Thanks for the swift correction. :)

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Dinners in Under 10 Minutes

Hey Caroline, the photograph in the article is tagged incorrectly - that's actually the smoked salmon pasta from my blog! But otherwise, nice round-up! :)

frozen goat cheese "ice cream?"

That sounds like an awesome combination! Do it!! I'm even tempted to steal that idea off you. ;)

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Soda Fountain

Now that's got me into the mood for a refreshing soda, despite the wintry weather down here!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Dinners in Under 10 Minutes

I recently made a smoked salmon pasta salad with grapefruit yoghurt, coriander and toasted almonds. Just boil the pasta, and while you're waiting, prep the rest of the ingredients. Once the pasta is done, mix everything together. Quick and easy! Not quite sure if it would fall under 10 minutes - that might be cutting it a bit fine as the penne probably needs about that long to get al dente. But you could definitely make it under 15 minutes I'd say!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Picnic Provisions

I recently made a sweet, savoury, spicy peanut sauce which at a thinner consistency is great as salad dressing, and when thickened makes a delicious dip... very picnic-friendly!

Edible DIY: Candied Jalapeños

What works equally well as a cocktail garnish, sandwich condiment, cupcake topper, and guacamole ingredient? Answer: these candied jalapeños. They only take about 30 minutes to prepare, and will last for at least a month in the fridge. More

8 Cities and the Dishes They're NOT Known For (But Should Be)

New York is a legendary pizza town. New Orleans has some serious sandwich credibility (po' boys and muffulettas). Check and check. But when searching for the best bites all over the country this year, we found some surprises—mind-blowingly tasty foods thriving in regions we didn't really expect at first. Breakfast pastries in Salt Lake City, hot dogs in Tuscon, and more. More

Cheese and Beer Go Together Better

After five and half years of teaching cheese and beverage pairing classes I've come to a startling conclusion: beer and cheese go together better than wine and cheese. That said, you can't just pair any cheese with any beer and expect bliss. Here's a primer on pairing cheese with lagers, ales, IPAs, and saisons. More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Feel-Bad Food

For last week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we wanted to know what you all like to cook and eat when you're feeling a bit rough around the edges. In a challenge we dubbed Feel Bad Food, we asked for your best recipes for when you're sick, hungover, or just a little blue. Here's a look at some of our responses that are such to detox, hydrate, comfort, and reenergize. More