It is always a good idea to eat according to the season. As the weather changes so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers a wide selection of beautiful fresh produce that are fresher and sweeter because the fruits and vegetables have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time. This also means that they are more flavourful, nutritious and much cheaper since the crops are harvested in large quantity.
I really love autumn. As the weather is starting to cool off, we get to spend more time in the kitchen, making slow cooked stews, braising meats and baking delicious warming desserts. From beautiful figs and juicy pears to dark leafy greens to sweet root vegetables and squashes, who could resist these seasonal goodies? Everyone should make the most of what they can find at the markets this autumn and cook up the best dishes that this season has to offer.
Here are some of my favourite autumn fruits and vegetables: Continue reading
Seafood is a great choice for quick and easy meals. Fish, prawns, clams, squids and all these delicious choices are tasty, healthy and wonderful options for those busy weeknights where you just need to get dinner on the table for yourself or your family. The simplest of seasoning such as olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and the occasional dried chili flakes are more than enough to bring out the sweet tastes of delicate seafood. And whether it is sautéing, grilling or baking in the oven, the cooking time for seafood dishes are always less than 30 minutes.
As I always tend to go the western route when it comes to cooking, here are my top 5 Asian seafood dishes that I think are perfect for simple weeknight dinners but good enough to make for dinner parties. Continue reading
I love Thai flavours. The sweet, sour and spicy of Thai dishes are always so perfectly balanced. With such hot and humid weather these days in Hong Kong, I thought a Thai style salad would be pretty perfect as a light lunch or supper.
One of the key things in Thai salads is that they usually use herbs as their salad leaves, mainly Thai basil and fresh mint. They would have one main vegetable, such as the green papaya, plus the various fresh herbs to make the salad even more vibrant and refreshing.
Here’s my Thai-style salad. Of course, feel free to mix and match the herbs and vegs to your liking. Continue reading
I love all the colourful fruits and vegs available in the summer for me to mix and match them in my recipes. It makes grocery shopping so much happier and more enjoyable. Picnics and barbecues always come to mind. And although fried chicken, grilled meats, potato salads are usually the stars of these gatherings, I love to make a few refreshing sides to go alongside these heavier and indulgent dishes.
So …. making good use of a summer fruit, here is the recipe for my refreshing. Continue reading