Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Carrot, Cranberry and Walnut Cake

This light and scrumptious carrot cake completely hits the spot and comes with an easy to follow recipe.

Recipe for Carrot Cranberry & Walnut Cake | Nomsies Kitchen

It is no secret that I love carrot cake. It is moist, light, scented with spice and you can even add other fruits and nuts in. So comforting, just my kind of dessert. I am hoping that it is your kind of dessert too.

Sometime back I shared a recipe for Carrot and Sultana Muffins but I think it is high time I shared a recipe for carrot cake with you. This recipe is for a light and scrumptious carrot cake. I have added cranberries and walnuts in mine but you can replace the cranberries with sultanas if you prefer. I have been making this for a long time. It is a very easy to follow recipe and I dare say you will not be disappointed with the results.

Recipe for Carrot Cranberry & Walnut Cake | Nomsies Kitchen

Recipe for Carrot Cranberry & Walnut Cake | Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Warm Kale Salad with Chickpeas

Warm stir fried kale, cabbage and chickpeas are combined with cold crisp lettuce in this truly appetising salad that will satisfy you even on a gloomy winter’s day.

Warm Kale Salad with Chickpeas Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing greeaaattt!

I have been busy with the Chinese New Year celebrations last week, which involved quite a fair bit of food to say the least.

This may explain why I am doing a post on salad. I need a break from all the feasting!

Warm Kale Salad with Chickpeas Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

It has still been quite cold and gloomy weather-wise. On days such as this you just don’t want to eat a cold salad, right? That’s why I thought this mix of warm and cold salad might do the trick.

You basically stir fry the chickpeas, kale and cabbage together to give you a warm satisfying bite. Then you add that on top of a bed of crisp cold lettuce and mix everything together. The combination of flavours and textures is perfection!

Make this is you are sick of eating plain old cold salads.

Warm Kale Salad with Chickpeas Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Straight up super easy fried rice. French beans and frozen peas are the key here.

Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This vegetarian fried rice really saved me one lunchtime when I was starving and had to be fed F.A.S.T.

Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I used Ketjap Manis here instead of Soy Sauce as I wanted that little extra burst of flavour that comes from this thick caramel like wonder-sauce. If you are unfamiliar with Ketjap Manis, it is essentially an Indonesian take on Soy Sauce and has sugar in it resulting in a very thick syrupy sauce. If you have been to Indonesia before you will notice it on every table at most eateries, it’s like a must-have sauce that goes on everything. Amazing!

Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen


Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Best part of this vegetarian fried rice was that I made a bit more so I had some leftovers for the next day’s lunch as well. It is so ridiculously easy and good, you almost don’t need a recipe for this, just taste as you go along.

In a way I guess I am not that fussy and don’t mind eating the same thing dish twice, be it in the same day or over two consecutive days. Are you like that too?

Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Banana Walnut Bread

Deliciously simple and straightforward banana walnut bread recipe made with butter instead of the usual vegetable oil.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Banana bread and banana muffins have previously been featured on Nomsies Kitchen. You can have a read of all those previous recipes here. It includes my all-time favourite recipe for Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chunks and Hazelnuts. However, I always like trying out new recipes for banana bread or muffins, I just can’t resist.

I have always wondered about the difference in using butter compared to vegetable oil in banana bread. After reading many rather lively debates and articles on the internet, my conclusion is that using vegetable oil produces a lighter, fluffier crumb whereas using butter produces a richer and heavier, albeit more flavourful bread.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This is actually my first time using butter in a banana bread simply because using butter usually calls for the use of a mixer. If I can get away without using a mixer, I will. I thought now is as good a time as any to get rid of this prejudice of mine which is truly one that is inspired by laziness and give it a go.

End result? Well, I must be consistent and stick with my earlier conclusion. Using butter definitely adds flavour, and when the bread is baking the smell from the mix of banana and butter is indeed heavenly – something that is missing from ones made with vegetable oil. The bread itself is also richer and denser than banana bread made using vegetable oil.

In all fairness, it also was not that difficult to use a mixer here. Just make sure the butter is properly softened first. You might notice that I used 3 teaspoons of Nutella in the recipe, this is purely optional. The reason I added so little was because there was all that I have left in the jar at the time.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Use this recipe if you are looking for a deliciously simple and straightforward banana bread recipe. You will not be disappointed.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Friday, 16 January 2015

Oat & Pecan Cookies

Awesome cookies packed with oats and pecans, can you stop at one?

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Hello you!

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

It’s January and I hope you are holding tight to your resolutions.

As for me, I am a really rubbish swimmer so I have resolved to learn how to swim properly this year. If I can swim four laps without stopping I will regard that as a success.

Now, pull up a chair and tell me about your resolutions for 2015. If you can’t do that, you just have to leave me some comments. In any event, I only wish you every success for whatever it is you have decided to accomplish.

If you ever need some hand holding just give me a shout.

All together now – yes we can!

Whenever you have an off-day, just have a cookie.

You know what kind of cookie you need, the kind of cookies that go well with a cup of coffee, a good friend and lots of gossip.

Hands up if you want those cookies!

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Well, these oat and pecan cookies are just that. I got the recipe from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery book. So if you don’t trust me, you know you can certainly trust Thomas Keller. Simple and straight to the point cookies, if you are into oats and pecans in your cookies, read on for the recipe below.

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Monday, 8 December 2014

Italian Baked Chicken

You won’t have any leftovers with this delicious baked chicken with a crunchy herbed breadcrumbs coating. 


Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Let’s talk about chicken today.

It’s cold out and I bet you want something hot for dinner tonight. Something hot that is still easy to make on a weeknight and easy on the pocket.

Hey, Christmas is coming and we all have to save some money right?

Some months back, I came across this heavenly Italian Baked Chicken recipe from Samantha over at Five Heart Home. She has a lovely blog and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This recipe is absolutely amazing. Truly. You have to trust me here.

As with the recipe I shared previously for Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce, once again, your blender and oven will do most of the work for you! I used chicken thighs as they are extremely cheap and I happen to love them. I also baked them with the skin on for a bit of sinful indulgence. You can always remove the skin if you prefer.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

For the breadcrumbs, I had made them previously and had a batch frozen in the freezer. It was as easy as defrosting some for this dish. I have included the recipe for the herbed breadcrumbs here but to be honest, I used approximates and I just used a mixture of fresh herbs that I had on hand. Feel free to add or subtract as you choose. I recommend making a big batch and freezing up the leftovers as I guarantee you will be making this dish again.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen