Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

The boys start school on Monday.
I know.  
Seems cruel and unusual to me too.
And yet, they feel good about it, so who am I to say.
My eldest says he likes being in school with his friends when…

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Tradition Stays Strong. But What’s the Craze over BBQ Meat Mooncake?!

How Beautiful Are They? Don’t this make you feel a little bit home sick (if you are oversea)? The annual homecoming for the Mooncake Festival or more righteously known as Mid-Autumn Festival has always borne fruit in terms of discovering or rediscovering one-of-a-kind mooncake experience. The sheer fact that Ipoh is a treasure trove of […]
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3328 Restaurant @ Falim, Ipoh – Reliable “Chu Char” Place

  Back for a taste of the pungent yet extremely-addictive-it-made-me-homesick Sambal Belacan Petai (MYR 15); this one cooked with lots of sweet caramelized onions and minced pork instead of prawns but still managed to get the job done. And a good many hours after consisting of silent moment in the family. Well, are you now […]
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Nam Heong Food Court @ Ipoh SoHo – Rewriting History or Style Over Substance?

Nam Heong Famous Egg Tart (MYR1.90) with a cup of White Coffee (MYR1.90); and the e-Order tablet attached to every table Happy Merdeka dear Malaysians. This is definitely a case of an unforgivable delay of a greeting. Motormouth is indeed guilty as charged, but hear me out please? I was back in Ipoh (rejoice!) for the past weekend […]
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Almost Throwing My Hands Up in the Air! But Then … There’s Nasi Lemak to Save the Day!

Nasi Lemak; one of the most versatile dishes in Malaysia where you can have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper and it feels so right. Can we name this our National Dish already? Pardon the awkward sounding title, like something out of those viral websites with continuous feeds of mind-blowingly catchy headlines but in return providing […]
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Creating delicious food for all

Cooking for a group of people or for your family can be a daunting task, but as you’ve probably heard, it doesn’t have to be. If you tackle the culinary task with confidence, you can’t lose. The most feared meal to cook is Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner purely because the margin for error is massive. “What if the turkey doesn’t cook in time with the vegetables”, “will my roast potatoes work without Goose fat?”, “what if no one likes my honey roasted parsnips?” and so on. Then there’s always the possibility that something will burn, char, disintegrate, overcook, undercook or just taste like dirt. How can one cook overcome these issues?

  1. Preparation. ALWAYS BE PREPARED. That’s the number one rule, always have a backup plan. I’m in the mind-set that if you have a plan B then you know your plan A will fail – you’re setting yourself up for failure. However, a plan B is sometimes needed depending on the circumstances of why plan A might not go to plan. Anyway, plan and prepare until your heart’s content and you’ll win at cooking your meal.
  2. Get your timings right. Write them down if you have to, but it’s important when cooking a big meal that everything is ready at the end. No one wants hot potatoes and cold meats on their plates.
  3. Do a dry run. What have you got to lose by cooking said important meal before the meal date to see how you get on? It’s a great idea to run through the meal beforehand as this will flag up any problems you might face on the big day.
  4. Keep tasting. Keep tasting your cooking throughout the process. The gravy/bisque/jus is important for this, you can’t expect to serve it up and it be perfect without you at least sampling the taste beforehand, you’ll know then if you need more seasonings or whatnot.
  5. Get feedback. Ask for honest opinions to where you nailed it and where you went wrong.

If you think that cooking a meal is just too much to handle, why not go out for the big day to a local restaurant? Maybe try something different for a change. For example, you could try Johnny Wong’s, one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Birmingham, they’re located here; 197 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RD, call; 0121 456 4333. Or look at using a catering company who will be able to deliver the food to your door. One of the finest London catering companies is Maven Foods, they can be contacted here; Maven Foods Ltd, Highway Business Park, Unit 27 Heckford Street, London, E1 9HR on 0208 988 1102. If you are the chef of a local restaurant and are looking to expand your kitchen, why not look to invest in some used second hand catering equipment for your needs? Companies up and down the UK offer used catering equipment for all kitchens, such as Abraxas Catering - why not call them today?