nyonya-style chicken curry | nyonya kari aya

There is a crisp air this morning that signals autumn is well underway (down under) and it’s time to switch from fresh, light, zingy salads to more robust, earthy and comforting dishes. For me a big flavoured chicken curry always does the trick. I decide on Nyonya-style as Christopher and I have been talking about our time in Malaysia and of course the food.

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easy chicken & bamboo stew

After a brilliant spell of winter sunshine this weekend, the rain today calls for a slow-cooked stew with minimal effort. I remember a recipe my mother mentioned a few months back which appeals to me now. It is a matter of putting all the ingredients in the pan and letting it simmer. This kind of cooking is ideal when life becomes too busy.

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pork & jack fruit curry

It takes me a little while to grasp that April is autumn rather than spring here. The drop in temperature this week makes the early mornings and evenings decidedly nippy. Salads and stir-fries are no longer substantial and makes me long for slow-cooked curries and stews.

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sichuan-style chicken & peanuts | gongbao jiding

Gong Bao Ji DIn

I was delighted to find a recipe written in a Christmas card from our friend, Chris. Gongbao jiding – one of his favourite Chinese dishes, as it was taught to him in China. Inspired to try the authentic version, I cooked Gongbao jiding yesterday and invited Chris for dinner to sample the result.

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chicken satay recipe

chicken satay

Satay is a popular street food throughout SE Asia. Small chunks of meat threaded onto bamboo skewers and char grilled over coal or wood fire by the roadside. It is sold by the stick and accompanied with a small plastic bag containing peanut sauce, onion and cucumber slices.

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