I didn’t go to Singapore expecting to eat biryani. Firstly because there are so many other things to eat and secondly because I try to stick to the local cuisine when I’m travelling. This ‘rule’, if you can call it that, has been proven to be a stupid one on multiple occasions. The most notable being eating at a Chinese restaurant in Oslo – that made me re-evaluate quite a few notions I had about what to eat where.
Coming back to biryani, we ended up choosing Bismillah Biryani because the place I originally wanted to eat at was closed and Bismillah Biryani was within walking distance and had good reviews.
It’s not a fancy restaurant by any stretch of the imagination but it’s clean and the decor fuctional. It reminded me more of a canteen. They have limited items on the menu (and by limited I mean you can’t even get white rice if you want it) and we had the mutton dum biryani, haleem and raita. We sipped on mango lassi while we waited for our food to arrive and we didn’t have to wait long. The biryani was very spicy – so spicy that I thought my mouth was on fire. But it was so tasty that I kept eating and after a few mouthfuls the high heat levels didn’t bother me that much. The rice was flavourful and the meat succulent and just fell off the bone. The raita which normally isn’t fiery at all and offers respite from the heat was spicy too, so that was relegated to a side and we didn’t look at it again.
It was also the first time I ate haleem and absolutely loved it. I promptly mixed some of the haleem and biryani at the start and ate it and really liked the combination. Some time later the owner walked up to our table and said, “No matter what you do please don’t mix the haleem and biryani”. Oopsie. So I followed his advice and I must agree the haleem and biryani had on their own taste much better than mixed together.
I also wanted to try the nihari but unfortunately I’m human and not a cow so I have just one stomach and not four.
I did manage to make some space for kulfi. It had the flavour but was a low-fat, watered down version of the original.
Utrecht is now home to a very unique restaurant – one that is completely gluten-free. ‘Absolutely no gluten on the premises’, I was assured by the owner when I asked him if all dishes on the menu were gluten-free.
I’d been reading news articles about plans to open this restaurant with great interest so when it finally opened I felt compelled to check it out. So yesterday I took advantage of the lovely weather and walked to The Food Club. The place is bright and spacious and the decor industrial in keeping with the current trends. Jeroen and Carlijn, the people behind this restaurant were welcoming and friendly. Anyway, how very Dutch of me to talk about the decor and ambience even before I talk about the food. I hope to never do it again.
Having gone through the menu I settled on the dirty chai and the chorizo hash. Though coffee wreaks havoc on my body I seem to be ordering it very often these days. Guess some people never learn. The dirty chai was flavorful and mildly sweet (though I didn’t add any sugar) with a nice kick coming from the coffee. Extra points for not calling it dirty chai tea. It was accompanied by a tiny meringue which absolutely melted in the mouth. I even picked up the crumbs from the table and ate them.
The chorizo hash comprised two perfectly poached eggs (runny yolks and all) on a bed of sauteed mushrooms, sweet potato, bell peppers and of course chorizo. Nothing spectacular but better than the lunch fare available at most other restaurants which is bread / soup / salad. I would totally order it again. At 10.5 euros it is pricey but certified gluten free products are more expensive than their regular counterparts anyway. They even have a store tucked away in a corner where they sell gluten-free products.
I wished Jeroen good luck when I left but he probably doesn’t need it as on it’s second day itself the restaurant was packed with visitors from different parts of the country.
Last time we visited Singapore Kaya toast was my breakfast of choice. Bread and I are no longer on good terms so I had to look for other options. This is what I happily ate every single day while we were in Singapore – two soft boiled eggs with soya sauce and pepper.
I didn’t think of combining the eggs with soya sauce until I asked the ladies at the adjacent table what they were eating and one of them came over and poured sauce and sprinkled pepper over the boiled eggs while the other warned her to go easy on the pepper.
It turned out to be a great combination. I love eggs in any form but the addition of soya sauce elevates it to a different level. I loved it even more because the combination seemed strange and I didn’t expect to like it but I did. A LOT!
This gives me hope that even when I’m old and toothless I can enjoy a good meal.And the ginger tea which I miss everyday day now that I’m back, was perfect on all counts. It had the right colour, was as strong as I like milk tea to be and the flavor of ginger was just right – doesn’t knock you out but definitely makes it’s presence felt. All in all a great breakfast.
Coffee and I share a love-hate relationship. I love coffee and it hates me. Couldn’t resist taking a few swigs of this one and absolutely loved it.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Went there, ate that, gluten intolerance be damned!!! #outandaboutwithoggie
Today I was craving cake!!! Many years ago when I went gluten-free, baked goods that were gluten-free were hard to come by. This meant that my consumption of junk food and sugary baked items automatically went down. This had an absolutely dramatic and positive effect on my health.
I didn’t stop eating sugar completely but had a simple rule – I ate whatever I made myself and if I baked a cake I had a piece and made sure I shared the rest so it wasn’t lying around and calling out to me all day.
That worked incredibly well for many years… So much so that I didn’t enjoy the store-bought gluten free cakes and other sweet stuff when they became readily available because they were way too sweet for my liking.
But 2017 saw me transform into a sugar fiend. I knew sugar was bad and saw how the sudden upsurge was affecting my health but I had a ready excuse – I had just given birth to a baby, I deserved this *insert sugary item of choice*
We’re in 2018 now, baby is almost a toddler, so I thought it’s high time I claimed my health back.
So, instead of making husband dearest rush out and buy a piece of cake I decided to bake Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s lemon and poppyseed cake (national trust version) instead and it turned out to be quite an incredible cake. Reminiscent of Nigella Lawson’s lemon and polenta cake but with a completely different texture.Here’s the recipe if you want to bake it too: https://www.google.nl/amp/s/food52.com/blog/20522-lemony-poppy-seed-cake-recipe-from-ottolenghi-s-sweet/ampI used 150gm of sugar for the cake instead of 225gms that the recipe calls for and about 50gms for the glaze instead of 90gms.#ottolenghi #helengoh #ottolenghisweet #helengohsweet #lemonandpoppyseedcake
As I get older I notice that I actually enjoy eating things I used to hate as a kid. I hated fish curry with a passion. But everytime my parents made fish curry, they also fried a portion of the fish which I loved. The coconut oil that the fish was fried in was used to saute rice with some shallots, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and finely chopped chilies and the resulting dish made an absolutely amazing accompaniment for the fried fish. Unfortunately everybody else at home thought so too which meant that it had to be shared. Bummer!!! What’s the point of this anecdote, you ask.
Well, I’ve been a fan of Russ Crandall a.k.a. The Domestic Man ever since I discovered his blog many years ago. He recently announced that he was publishing a new book and was looking for recipe testers. I offered to test a few and imagine my delight when I saw a recipe from Kerala (Thenga Aracha Meen Curry) in the list of recipes! It had to be my first choice.
And that’s what we had for dinner tonight, the way I used to back home – with white rice and fried fish and tomorrow the leftover oil will be used to make ‘fishy fried rice’. #russcrandall #thedomesticman #mackerel #glutenfree #glutenvrij #kerala #keralafood
So I’ve been looking for some recipes to add some variety to Oggie’s daycare lunch options. This cauliflower cake appeared so many times on my FB newsfeed yesterday that I decided to give it a shot. Despite a minor gaffe (didn’t salt the water I cooked the cauliflower in) it tasted good – or so I’m told by the husband.
My tastebuds are out of whack thanks to a bug I got from Oggie so I can’t comment on the taste. But when it comes to looks, this cake takes the cake 🙂 Another #ottolenghi hit! #plentymore #glutenfree #glutenvrij #teampixel #teampixel2 #cauliflowercake
Growing up, breakfast on a weekday was two chapatis and eggs cooked sunny side up. And while one chapati was used to mop up the runny yolk, the other was used to roll up the fried egg white to create something that resembled a wrap. That changed when I moved out of home and realized that making chapatis is hard work (as compared to buying bread).
Later, gluten intolerance pushed chapatis out of the picture.Today, in an attempt to cook something that Oggie can eat by himself I ended up making what I used to eat as a kid! Presenting perfectly puffed up chapati and stuffed parathas – gluten-free of course. #glutenfree #glutenvrij #oggieapproves
- Add a cup of rice flour to two cups of boiling water mix and take it off the heat.
- Keep it covered for a while so the flour is cooked.
- The dough will be a bit wet. Keep adding more flour until you got the consistency right.
- I think if you use superfine rice flour the ratio of flour to water should be 1:1 otherwise 1:2. I haven’t tested it with this myself.
Questions? Leave a comment!
Introducing soanpapdi’s middle-eastern cousin, Halva. Hopefully it will find its way into Ottolenghi’s tahini and halva brownies before the year ends. #glutenfree #glutenvrij #exoticingredients