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More Malaysian & Indonesian Dishes

As I’ve noted before, I have a love of Malaysian food. Maybe even an obsession. So this month I’ll make several posts about Malaysia and its wonderful food, from a Westerner point of view (of course).

I’ve managed to reformulate and write up some of my favorite Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. I have found some similar […]

Get Ready for the Fourth of July!

Summer’s getting along, and it’s almost time to shoot off the fireworks! Only we’ve been so dry there’s a big fireworks ban on. No sparklers, no Roman Candles, no bottle rockets.

Instead, I’m going to cook up a bunch of spicy treats and zesty dishes and let the explosions and spectacular effects happen on the tongue.

Here’s […]

Malaysian Cuisine I: Two Interesting Sauces

Modern Malaysia is a land of many contrasts. There are places of crushing poverty, and areas of rampant wealth and excess. Often these are separated by as little as a street or a fence. There are signs of the British occupation and rule, and many places where it appears the British never showed up. Christan […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part II: Appetizers

I know, I promised last installment that we’d talk about soups and stuff. I got ahead of myself! Before you have the diners move to the main courses, consider having some appetizers first. Besides encouraging the group to chat and relax, serving appetizers give you time to put the finishing touches on your dishes.

Satay is […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part I

I found a stash of recipes I’ve worked on before and then somehow forgotten. Someday I gotta get organized! In the meantime, I’d like to share this collection of Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. I’ll be adding them to Dad’s Chile Cookbook, and of course I’ll upload the majority of them to the Recipes du […]

Homesick Again

I woke up homesick this morning. For a place I visit infrequently, and not since January of 2007. Yang Ming Shan, the mountain park and resort only a city bus ride from downtown Taipei, Taiwan, is the area I mean. In particular, the village of Zhu Zi Hu, or Bamboo Lake in American-speak, was on […]

Friday Follies X: The Food X-Files

So the weekend’s upon us, and you want to get out of the house. After all, the honey-do list is overwhelming, the kids are hanging around now that school’s out, and there’s a whole wonderful world waiting for you out there. Of course, with gas prices like they are, you can’t go far, but maybe […]

Home to New Mexico

No, I’m not going to New Mexico. However, a good friend of mine will be retiring there next summer, and this summer he’s out there in the fresh mountain air, working on his retirement home. We talk all the time about good food and the fun we have cooking and trying out new dishes. He […]