Oyakodon (Chicken and egg rice bowl)

After coming back from a trip to Osaka and Japan last month, I was super eager to utilise the dashi stock packets I procured from Kayanoya (known to be the best in town). What better way to utilise the dashi than to make an oyakodon? The Oyakodon (親子丼) has always been a quintessential Japanese dish,…

Bottarga Spaghetti with Clams

Mamma mia! When it comes to spaghetti, my favourite ingredients to add are two things: bottarga and clams. Just like a recently married husband and wife, these two super key ingredients are a mighty couple who bring out the best of each other. For those of you who are unaware, bottarga the Italian name for…

Sumac Spiced Salmon with Barberry Saffron Rice

If you fancy a taste of the middle east without the complications, then I suggest you try this simple roast salmon recipe with sumac and lime. Complement this with a barberry rice or a shirazi salad (for those on keto). The key ingredients for the salmon spice rub are sumac, lime salt, orange zest, cumin,…

Kashke Badejman (Persian Eggplant and Caramelised Onion Dip)

If you are a fan of dips and Iranian cuisine then look no further than the Kashke Bademjan, one of the most popular dips in Persian cuisine. The star of this dip is the bademjan, Persian for eggplant. As for Kashke, it is a type of yogurt whey. In the process of making cheese, the remaining…

Salted Egg Yolk Prawn with Asparagus

A DOSE OF SALTED GOODNESS | Simply and irresistibly the best way to salt your prawns   This is the new way to impart salt to your dish and it does not take long to understand why my latest addiction is the salted duck egg yolk. Why? Simple, salty, sublime goodness that leaves you literally dying for…

Bone-in Chicken Thigh in Tomato Sauce With Green Olives

CHICKEN-LICIOUS | This middle eastern chicken dish is the epitome of “one-pan beauty”.    Looking to feed a hungry crowd with some irresistable love? Simply please them and satiate even the most discerning palates with this middle-eastern spiced chicken bone-in thigh dish simmered in a tomato sauce and green olives. This dish can be served…

Spaghetti with dried baby shrimps, anchovies and dill

SPAGHETTI UMAMI | A fusion dish comprised of dill, lemon, anchovies and dried baby shrimp. Despite I’m trying to embark on a keto diet, I had an irresistible craving for pasta today – one that I could not resist. To that effect, I acted on my instincts and came up with my own modified lemon…

Pan-seared salmon with apricot saffron salsa

SALMON WITH AN APRICOT TWIST | A fruity take on the pan-fried salmon Seeing I still have a pack of dried apricots I purchased in Melbourne this year, I thought I’d raid my fridge to see what else I had to make a sumptious lunchtime meal.   Enter an apricot salsa made from a concoction of…

Fig and Banana Smoothie with Chocolate Tahini

FIGS WITH CHOCOLATE TAHINI | A slice of heaven delivered as a healthy elixir  Turkish figs are lux but what can be even more lux is when it you incorporate it into a breakfast smoothie made with almond milk, frozen banana and a dollop of chocolate tahini. Turkey is renowned as the world’s largest producer…

Charred Tomatoes With Black Lava Salt On Cold Yoghurt

This recipe was inspired by Simple, Ottolenghi’s latest book; except I added my own twist (and subtracted the thyme and oregano since I didn’t have any at hand – yes, one must improvise 😉 ). Charred tomatoes on a bed of cold, creamy Greek yoghurt. Finish with a dusting of black lava salt and a…