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

Friday, 24 April 2015

Asian Style Salmon Pasta

A simple pasta dish with salmon cooked with Asian inspired flavours for a light and delicious dinner any day of the week.

Asian Style Salmon Pasta by Nomsies Kitchen

Hi guys!

I have been up to my ears with house moving stress. Argh! I hope you have been doing better and that April is going really well for you.

As for me, it just seems like one hurdle after another to clear when it comes to this whole house move. Not the smoothest process to say the least. Anyway, I don’t want to bitch and whine too much about it any more as it will just make me feel worse and create lots of negative energy. So, out with all that!

Asian Style Salmon Pasta by Nomsies Kitchen

Asian Style Salmon Pasta by Nomsies Kitchen

Let’s see, I have been staying in a little rented studio for the past 2 months now. It’s tiny and I only packed essential cutlery and crockery with me. That means, two plates, two forks..you get the idea. Cooking has been limited to simple meals and one of those meals was this Asian style salmon pasta.

Asian Style Salmon Pasta by Nomsies Kitchen

I think pasta is one of the fastest and easiest dishes to cook. As the days are getting warmer now, I like to keep the flavours a bit lighter and fresher. If you are into that too, then you will be happy with this awesome pasta dish. No cream, minimal oil, just great flavours topped off with some zingy lemon.

Sounds good? Read on for the recipe!

Asian Style Salmon Pasta by Nomsies Kitchen

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