Chicken Tikka Masala

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I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

Chicken tikka masala is a dish of chunks of chicken in a spicy (masala), creamy, orange-colored sauce. There is no standard recipe for this dish. As a matter of fact, according to a 1998 survey by Real Curry Restaurant Guide, there are around 48 different recipes of chicken tikka masala.

Thanks to the recipe I got from allrecipes.com, I was very pleased with my first attempt.  I was too pleased and concentrating too much with the cooking to the extent that I totally forgot to take photos! So I decided to do it again, making sure I will take snapshots. I chose a different recipe this time around, from JamieOliver.com to be exact. Read more

Dinuguan (Filipino Pork Blood Stew)

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I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

Since some of our Pinay friends will come over Friday night, my friend suggested that I cook a Filipino dish that we hardly serve on regular Swiss days. Off we agreed I prepare dinuguan for us.

Dinuguan (in English, it’s either called pork blood stew, blood pudding stew, or chocolate meat) is a Filipino savory stew of meat and/or offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the Filipino word dugo meaning “blood”. – wikipedia.org Read more

Beef Teriyaki Steak & Mini Beef Samosas

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I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

It is supposedly a full-course Asian meal but I just ended up making two dishes from the original menu (Asian salad and ginger edameme rice were crossed out); simply because I realized that I’d be improvising them in the end. Well I just really did that, so I felt compelled to rename the two dishes – Beef Teriyaki and Mini Samosas.

It’s beef teriyaki on a gloomy Sunday. Forgive me on this photo, I brightened it up. It really was gloomy that day.

To be exact I call it Mini Beef Samosas, which is supposed to be Egg Rolls but since I couldn’t find these egg roll wrappers I chose to buy samosa wrappers instead. Read more