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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Pineapple Fried Rice

Spring has begun behaving like summer now, with the mercury regularly hitting the mid 30s (but I’m not complaining). After putting up with two bone-aching winters in a row (I moved hemispheres at the end of the Indian winter and at the beginning of the SA one), I’m absolutely over the moon (or sun) re-discovering my predominantly summer wardrobe of shorts, skirts and flipflops. And I’m in the mood for…

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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Chorizo and Sweet Pepper Risotto

Bold and beautiful, that was my mood while making this unapologetically siren-red, full-bodied risotto. You know how on some days you’re happy with your workout, the endorphins kick in and you feel like a million bucks. So I was ready to pull out the stops and dish out a dinner that had a Beyonce-like personality – eyeball-attracting appearance and robust,voluptuous flavours.…

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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Lemony Spinach and Smoked Pork Belly Pasta

Spring has magically breathed life into the earth and little green shoots and leaves are sprouting all over my garden. Brown is giving way to green and buds are bursting open to reveal their jewel-hued personalities. It seems that life is everywhere in its most vibrant and vigorous avatar. These days I delight in exploring the corners of my garden, looking for new life, and each time I spot a…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Green And White Chicken Noodle Soup

If you had to give freshness a colour (or colours), what would they be? I’m guessing green would be the most natural choice and white too because it’s clean and light. In the mood for a light-as-air meal that wouldn’t induce a food coma, I came up with this noodle soup, with only green or white ingredients.  The thin  soup and rice noodles sit like feathery down in your tummy,…

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Poultry & Meat/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Spinach, Lamb and Vermicelli Lettuce Cups

Why does lettuce always end up being the sidekick, like Robin? Something that you throw in to make up the numbers or fill empty spaces. While I have serious doubts regarding Robin’s capabilities of playing the lead, I have no such reservations about lettuce. A head of fresh, crisp iceberg can absolutely be the hero of a dish. I cast it in a starring role when I made Asian-style spinach,…

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Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta/ Seafood

Shrimp and Mussel Stir Fried Noodles

Comfort in a bowl – that’s the reason I make this one-bowl stir fry. My boys enjoy it every time, no matter how frequently they have to eat it and I use whatever seafood I have, calamari, any firm white fish or a combination of seafood. I think if you don’t care too much for seafood, boneless chunks of chicken thigh or cooked duck or just about anything would work…

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