Thursday, 30 July 2015

Zucchini Bread

Wonderfully moist and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg this zucchini bread is a winner. 

Zucchini Bread Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

You must be wondering what sort of healthy bread-cake this is. Well, even though it has zucchini in it I won’t say it is particularly healthy. It is definitely a sweet treat but boy oh boy, you need to try it!

Zucchini Bread Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

It is so delicious you will want to have it for breakfast every day. The bread is topped with oat streusel and chocolate chips – doesn’t that just sound divine?

Zucchini Bread Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Zucchini Bread Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

If you are anything like me, you would have been baking banana bread for ages and ages. This zucchini bread is definitely a nice change and you really ought to include it in your life.

Zucchini Bread Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

The method of making it is similar to banana bread or muffins, just add the wet ingredients to the dry. There is also no need for any butter and hence, no need for an electric mixer. Easy isn’t it? Try it for yourself, you won’t regret it!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Roast Thai Pandan Chicken (Gai Hor Bai Toey)

This dish is a classic and perennial favourite. I roasted this instead of the traditional way of steaming and deep frying the chicken.

Roast Thai Pandan Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I love pandan leaves. They are a real sensation. Everything from sweets to savouries can taste so much better with the addition of pandan leaves.

Thai Pandan Chicken is an internationally renowned dish that utilises pandan leaves. It’s a good dish to start with if you are new to using pandan leaves in your cooking.

Roast Thai Pandan Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Traditionally, the dish is steamed and then deep fried or simply just deep fried. The pieces of chicken are also cut into small pieces and then individually wrapped in pandan leaves.

Roast Thai Pandan Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

For me, I wanted this to be an easy week night meal so I shortened the process. I also have an aversion to deep drying at home. So, I just wrapped the whole chicken thigh with pandan leaves and roasted it. The verdict? It may not be as pretty to look at but it sure did taste good! Oh, and so easy to do as well. The marinade really gets into the chicken meat. Scrumptious!

I have made this twice already, once with coconut milk and the other time without. I would say, if you can, keep the coconut milk in as it just brings all the flavours together. Another note, try not to skimp on the marinade time, it really allows the flavours to get into the chicken.

Roast and eat with a side salad for a totally delicious and easy meal.

Roast Thai Pandan Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Greek Pastitsio

A Greek version of lasagne, the addition of cloves and cinnamon make a nice difference to the recipe.
  
Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Last weekend my husband and I decided to make a Greek Pastitsio. The best way to describe it is that it is a Greek version of lasagne.

It is constituted of pasta, meat sauce and white b├ęchamel sauce. The method for assembling the Pastitsio is exactly the same as assembling a lasagne. Layer the pasta first, followed by the meat sauce. Repeat. Make sure to finish with a final layer of pasta before spreading the b├ęchamel sauce over. Sprinkle on some cheese and bake!

Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

We got inspired to make this dish after watching Rick Stein cook it on his Mediterranean Escapes series. I have included a link to the video here so you can watch it as well.


Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Personally I like the meat sauce in the Pastitsio because you add in cloves and a cinnamon stick. It really adds a nice, warming aniseed flavour and smell to the sauce.

Do note that the original recipe calls for Greek kefalotiri cheese but I just used Mozzarella to substitute.

Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Greek Pastitsio Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I really am looking forward to making this again. I hope you give it a try too. Enjoy!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

XO Fried Noodles

XO sauce takes this fried noodle dish up a notch. Noodles just got serious. Try it!

XO Fried Noodles Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello folks!

Guess what? I just had my first experience of an exploding watermelon. I went to bed and the watermelon was fine and sitting pretty on my kitchen counter. In the morning the husband is shouting “Oh No, Oh NO!” I ran down to the kitchen and was greeted by a watermelon mess. Dripping down the counter and flooding the kitchen floor with watermelon goo. Since I had to clean everything up I thought it was a sign that I should mop the whole kitchen up as well. Boo.

So now that my kitchen is back in a clean state let us talk about this noodle dish. I made this fried noodles a few nights back and you must try it. Really. You just must.

XO Fried Noodles Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

It is truly a quick mid-week or an any time super fast of meal. Home made fast food. Delish.

For those who are wondering, XO sauce is really a savoury Chinese seafood based sauce. You can certainly make it yourself but for other mere mortals such as myself, you can buy it ready made.

XO Fried Noodles Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Since we are talking FAST meal here, I added half a bag of ready packed stir fry vegetables. Of course if you prefer, you can chop up your own favourite veggies and add them in. I also used ready peeled prawns, but once again, if you want to use chicken, tofu, other types of seafood – go right ahead.

I loved it so much I can’t wait to make it again. Let me know if you like it.

XO Fried Noodles Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

If you make this you can always show me on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @leowailin or using the hashtag #nomsieskitchen. Enjoy!

XO Fried Noodles Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Malaysian Seri Muka Kuih

A sweet dessert made from glutinous rice and flavoured with gorgeous pandan (screwpine) leaves and coconut milk, it’s a real tea time treat.

Malaysian Seri Muka Kuih Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen


Hello!

It has been a long time since my last post hasn't it? I blame the house move and no internet for my absence. Now, I finally have fibre broadband installed and have moved out of the dark ages.

So, what have I been cooking? Well, I made this delicious Malaysian dessert last week. Pandan and coconut milk always make such an aromatic and tasty combination.

Malaysian Seri Muka Kuih Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen


Malaysian Seri Muka Kuih Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I hope you don’t get overwhelmed by the recipe, it’s just a few steps that you need to plan for. Otherwise it really isn't that daunting and is very do-able! If you make this you can always show me on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @leowailin or using the hashtag #nomsieskitchen. Enjoy!

Malaysian Seri Muka Kuih Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Friday, 1 May 2015

ABC Soup

Healthy chicken based soup made with potatoes, carrots and onions. My kind of “diet” food. 


ABC Soup by Nomsies Kitchen

Hello! When you read this I will be in the midst of my house move. So, how am I posting this ABC soup recipe you ask? Well, that is down to the wonders of scheduling posts.

This soup has a catchy and rather funny name considering that it is not an acronym for the ingredients in it. Neither is it anything like alphabet soup.

If you look at it, it is essentially a good nourishing chicken soup. I have been having this soup for as long as I can remember. I think my mother made this for us every other day way back when.

ABC Soup by Nomsies Kitchen

Traditionally, like most Chinese/Asian soups, the soup is not usually served by itself, but rather it is a component of a main meal comprising rice, a protein dish and a vegetable dish.

However you can choose to have yours any which way you wish. As you will notice from the ingredients, it can easily be a one-pot meal or you can just as easily add pasta or rice. You can also reduce the amount of pepper or omit it altogether if you want to make this soup more kid-friendly.

ABC Soup by Nomsies Kitchen
               
Personally, I love the peppery spiciness of this soup and it is so nourishing for the soul. I also find that this is such a good weight-loss or “diet” soup, especially if you have overindulged and just need to go easy a little, this soup is great. All natural, all so good.

ABC Soup by Nomsies Kitchen

I don’t really know how to categorise this soup as either Asian or Western. You can make your own mind up on that and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you make this you can always show me on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @leowailin or using the hashtag #nomsieskitchen.

ABC Soup by Nomsies Kitchen
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