Thai green papaya salad (139 calories per serve)


I used to only order green papaya salad at restaurants because it intimidated me. I didn’t realise just how easy it was to make. The only thing that took time was probably shredding the papaya but even that didn’t take too long with a grater. Once I started making it, it became one of my…

Basic mushroom risotto (379 calories per serve)


My husband’s parents tend to cook a type of cuisine per week so they can use similar bases to make multiple dishes. Using this as inspiration, we decided to have Italian week in our household ranging from risottos to a good ol’ ‘spag bol’ and pizza. This mushroom risotto is pretty basic but also pretty…

Baklava fingers (268 calories per serve)


One of my Mom’s favourite sweets is baklava. She refers to it as “that Turkish sweet” (hopefully I haven’t offended the Greeks reading this). I like my baklavas to be slightly crispy on the outside as opposed to being soggy and drenched in syrup. Unfortunately, the ones we buy at the shops are often quite…

Fried Chinese pumpkin kuey (609 calories per serve)


My mother used to tell me stories of how she would have to shred the pumpkin to make this kuey. Nowadays she says she uses a stick blender and it is just so much easier. So ever since then, she has been making pumpkin kuey every time she vists us. It’s also one of my…

Chinese sticky rice parcel (557 calories per serve)


Chinese sticky rice parcels are called “bacang” (pronounced “ba-san”) in my family. It is also called zongzi. While you can buy them from Asian stores, my mother used to always make them because not only did hers taste much better, it was the only way to guarantee its freshness. It’s really hard to tell how…

Creamy pumpkin soup (282 calories per serve)


Although we’re technically at the final couple of weeks of autumn, I already feel as though winter has arrived. What I love most about winter are all the soups I get to enjoy and I absolutely love creamy soups such as this one. Although I have used pumpkin in this soup, the base is pretty…

Basic microwave banana cake (248 calories per serve)


Our little bubs is now 5 and a half months old! How time has flown! She’s also starting to discover solids and one of her favourites is banana – which is understandable because it’s so sweet. She could eat a whole banana in one sitting but on this occasion, she was so sleepy she literally started falling…

Pad krapow moo (310 calories per serve)


My brother, the make-it-up chef, occasionally comes across some amazing recipes. When he made this dish for me, I ate so much of it that he kept making it for me. When I was pregnant with my daughter, he made a whole batch just for me and froze it into single serve portions. While this…

Peppercorn braised beef (498 calories per serve)


“Grilling blade steak” read the label on the plastic wrap of the meat. I was almost tempted to grill it but in the end, I knew that it is best for braising. I knew I was on to a good thing after my husband came home and sniffed his way straight to the kitchen without even…

Chinese steamed whole snapper (196 calories per serve)


Gong xi fa cai! Another year has gone and we now welcome the year of the Rooster and my husband has already started making “cock” jokes. Sigh! Anyway, we decided to walk to Footscray market this morning and I couldn’t resist getting some fresh fish. After all, fish on Chinese New Year is supposed to…

‘Picnic pleaser’ potato salad (334 calories per serve)


My friends organised a casual picnic for this year’s Australia Day celebrations so I decided to bring, amongst other things, a simple potato salad. I’ve always loved potato salads, but not the ones at supermarket delis that are absolutely drenched in mayonnaise. I like adding a bit of mayonnaise but not too much as it…