Granola bars with pineapple syrup


On with the granola experiments. We've done three, so far, and this is the second. Both the second and third versions were baked with fruit syrup. What fruit syrup?Speedy's sister, Susan, works with Mama Sita. You might have seen her on TV -- she … [Read more...]

Sweet and spicy bar nuts


When I was in college, very rarely did my friends and I enjoy the luxury of having finger food to go with our beer. Most of the time, we had to content ourselves with salted peanuts -- the greasy kind with skins on.These sweet and spicy bar nuts are a … [Read more...]

Rice pilaf with chicken and cashew nuts


Don't let the title intimidate you -- pilaf is just rice cooked in seasoned broth. It's something we've been doing for years here at home and, until recently, I didn't know there was a name for it. It's very similar to Hainanese chicken rice except that … [Read more...]

Piquant cucumber and carrot salad


In case you're wondering why the photo shows a salmon fillet when the title mentions no such thing, it's because the salmon is merely incidental to this entry. This is about what's beneath the salmon -- the bed of veggies that you see in the photo. It's a … [Read more...]

Pineapple and chicken rice


And so I bring home a taste of Phuket. Last Saturday, I cooked this chicken and pineapple rice and my daughters and I had it for lunch. I would have cooked it days earlier, heaven knows how excited I was to try it, but my older daughter (who took the … [Read more...]

Talakitok (trevally) steaks with homemade pesto

Talakitok (trevally) steaks with homemade pesto

Pine nuts are the traditional ingredient for making pesto but I have substituted macadamia and pili nuts in the past and the results have both been good. A few days ago, I used cashew nuts. And because I was going to use the pesto as the base in which to … [Read more...]

Potato salad with toasted cashew nuts


When I saw Elise's macaroni salad, something ticked. Of course, macaroni salad and lettuce go together but I am used to having my macaroni salad served on a bed of lettuce rather than having the lettuce mixed with the salad. But I really liked Elise's … [Read more...]

Lamb biryani


The first time I cooked lamb biryani was sometime during the last quarter of 2005 after viewing an episode of Globe Trekker in the Travel & Living Channel. Floyd was in India and he visited this rich guy who cooked lamb biryani for the show. He cooked it … [Read more...]