Burmese chicken gourd curry (459 calories per serve)


Surprise! We’ve moved to Perth (from Melbourne). The weather here is fantastic and we are surrounded by my husband’s family. We went to visit his grandmother, who has a giant backyard full of vegetables and fruits. She often grows Asian vegetables that are hard to find in the supermarkets including gourds such as bottle gourds….

Quick tea scones (200 calories per serve)


Unexpected guests coming over in an hour? Need to look like a domestic goddess without really trying? Make scones! Scones are so easy to make and taste so good. And the ingredients are so basic, you probably already have them all on hand anyway. I used to buy self-raising flour but nowadays, I only buy…

Hot and sour soup (282 calories per serve)


My husband has been having a hankering for hot and sour soup lately. I don’t really like it but I did enjoy the few scoops I had the other day from the takeaway he got from China Bar of all places. We’ve tweaked the recipe to our liking including adding more mushrooms. The consistency of…

Manaeesh Lebanese flatbread (468 calories per serve)


Lebanese flat bread with zaatar is one of my favourite types of breads. And I love my bread! Every time I host a lunch or dinner party, I try to bake my own fresh bread to serve as a basic appetiser. Usually I’d just make a standard bread loaf but increasingly, I’ve been making flatbreads…

Slow-roasted Moroccan lamb shoulder (636 calories per serve)


About 7 years ago, I adapted an Australian Women’s Weekly recipe (i.e. added a lot more spices) and made a slow-roasted Moroccan lamb shoulder. It was very well received and for a period of time, I cooked it quite often. Then I got tired of it and hadn’t cooked it in at least 5 years….

Bolognese to Amaze (612 calories per serve)


Everybody loves Bolognese – at least everyone I know anyway. I love it because I can hide as many veggies as I want inside it and nobody is the wiser. I made this one weeknight and my daughter came home from daycare and lapped it all up. She sprinkled some parmesan on each spoonful and…

Cheat’s Mohinga (Burmese Fish Noodle Soup)


Mohinga is a Burmese fish noodle soup that is often eaten for breakfast – or anytime really. It’s one of my favourite noodle soups. The traditional way requires cooking the fish, deboning it and flaking it by hand. The cheat’s way is to use canned fish (either tuna or mackerel) for the same outcome. There…

Creamy mushroom sauce (169 calories per serve)


My favourite sauce to pair with my steak is a pepper sauce but occasionally, I opt for a creamy mushroom sauce. I made it for my mother-in-law the other day and she loved it so much that she asked for the recipe. So here I am madly typing away (before I forget!) so that she…

Basic Prawn Dumplings (445 calories per serve)


Dumplings are a crowd favourite and can have almost any type of filling. We even used up some leftover beef bulgogi my father-in-law made and turned it into a filling. But prawn is one of the best fillings. Prawn can be paired with almost anything including with minced pork and chicken or with spring onion,…

Ol’ Cinnamon Roll (566 calories per serve)


Cinnamon rolls. I haven’t had them in ages and I had forgotten how much I liked them until now. There’s nothing quite like freshly baked cinnamon rolls that fill the kitchen with its smell long before it’s ready to eat. The cream cheese frosting is also my favourite but our nephews like to eat it…

Sponge Cake Tiramisu (623 calories per serve)


This is not a typical tiramisu using those Italian ladyfingers. It uses a microwave sponge cake and is one of my most popular recipes, particularly for my parents. Their friends love it too and they often talk about how I must make it for them again. But I’ve been reluctant over recent years because it’s…

South East Asian Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker Method)


“You know that you can cook chicken rice in a rice cooker, yeah?” said my husband. I did not. But his little tip made me overhaul my entire recipe that I had posted 6 years ago. I call this the South East Asian version of Hainanese chicken rice because I have combined some of the…