Vegan glass noodle and mango salad (3)

Vegan glass noodle and mango salad

This was unusual for me. I’m not a vegan, nor a vegetarian, but I was catering to a friend who was staying with me, and I did what had to be done.

To begin with I was a little overwhelmed, what could I cook that is vegan and actually tastes nice?? That was a little ignorant on my part, because as I found, it was actually pretty easy to come up with something. There was a whole other world of food (the vegan world) that I knew nothing about! While it hasn’t convinced me to become vegan (I was sneaky and added prawns and fish sauce to my own salad), it has opened my mind a little.

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Oreo fudge balls (2)

Oreo fudge balls

How can something this delicious have so few ingredients, that is what I’d like to know. I took great pleasure in offering them to my family, going “guess what’s in them??” and then informing them that there are in fact only four ingredients. It’s the small things in life.

These oreo ‘fudge’ balls actually aren’t fudge at all, but you wouldn’t know unless you were the one to make them. They are incredibly moist, creamy and chocolatey, with a very mild tang from the cream cheese followed by a light undertone of vanilla.

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Mi goreng (9)

Mi goreng

Right now a lot of people must be thinking of the indomie instant noodles. No, this isn’t about me cooking a packet of instant noodles.

This is tenfold better.

Mi goreng translates to ‘fried noodles’ (exciting, I know), and is common in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It’s another classic dish which has many variations, and this particular recipe, once again, was derived from Rick Stein’s fabulous Far Eastern Odyssey. It’s one of those meals you crave for ages after you eat it, and in fact I’m going to make it again tonight.

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Pad thai

The best Pad Thai I’ll ever make

Growing up (well I’m still growing up, but you get the point) my dad cooked me all sorts of food from around the world, especially Asian food. Basically the only classic dish that was never cooked for me was Pad Thai, and as a result I would stuff my face with it almost every time I went out to a Thai restaurant.

But after finding this post by Chez Pim, I will never buy Pad Thai from a restaurant again. It changed everything

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Oreo cheesecake brownie

Oreo cheesecake brownies

I’ve always had a weird lust for cream cheese (even more so for sour cream, but that’s a story for another time), so the idea of a brownie filled with cream cheese was next level. The oreo part failed to excite me because, I’m sorry to admit, I don’t really like them. There, I said it.

I have to say though; they are incredible in this brownie. Along with their flavour they contribute a brilliant texture: the small scatterings of crunchy oreo pair perfectly with the moist brownie and soft layer of cream cheese.

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Rick Stein F.E.E

Review: Why you should buy Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey

I had never actually cooked anything by Rick Stein before until I came across this book while bored and thinking of what to cook for dinner. Of course, I knew who he was. I knew he was adored by many a housewife, and, after cooking a few recipes from his book, I most definitely joined the fan club.

Far Eastern Odyssey is incredible. Originally I was going to lift some pages out of my parent’s book (shhh) but I realised I would be taking 90% of it, so I’m most definitely going to be buying it. Featuring food from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it truly encompasses the far East of Asia. To date (and over only a handful of weeks) I have made 12 dishes from the book, and would have loved to have made more but didn’t have time to get the right ingredients. My dinner table has been replete with mouth-watering dishes from burning hot prawn and noodle salads to slow cooked, melt in your mouth braised pork.

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