All I Want For Christmas Is A Stuffed Pork Belly That Crackles!

Nothing beats the smell of crackling roast pork at home, during Christmas, with rosemary and basil fragrance roaming the air. It compliments the jingles that play continuously on the radio and the end-of-year festive aura that lingers everywhere....more

Three Cheese Lasagna Specially Adapted For Christmas

This lasagna uses mainly ricotta cheese and chicken mushroom stuffing in place of the typical minced-beef-in-bolognese-sauce, which makes non-beef eaters like me very happy. It also comes with an additional topping of salami slices – flown all the way from Germany – to make for a perfect Christmas celebration....more

The English Did It Again With ‘Toad In A Hole’

What an adventurous (for lack of a better word) name. It takes one with a truckload full of imagination to make an intellectual guess at what this dish looks, tastes, or even smells like. In fact, it looks, tastes and smells world apart from how it’s been (unfairly) described. Most fortunately....more

Yummy Baked Chicken Enchiladas To Pull Out One-By-One

The term ‘enchilada’ has its roots from the Spanish word ‘enchilar’, meaning ‘to decorate with chilli or pepper’. The making of a proper enchilada dish therefore entails the wrapping up of some spiced meat, usually in corn tortillas, and then baking them in a spicy tomato sauce....more

Hausgemachte Pilzpfanne (Stir-Fried Pan of Mushroom)

Summer has come; is almost gone…...more

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo – literally cheese bread in Portuguese – is a bread-like snack baked with cheese and tapioca starch, or manioc, as they call it. It is a very popular street-side snack found in many South American towns and cities and even in America itself; a commonly loved delicacy due to its chewiness and cheesy flavours....more

Kartoffelknödel – German Potato Dumpling With Cheese & Bacon

It’s really easy to make this dish because the processed mashed potato can be readily purchased from the supermarkets in Germany. The only effort expanded in this attempt is to ensure that all the ingredients go into the potato balls nicely before we roll them up into nice round pouches....more

Plätzchen Baken! Freshly-Baked Cookies To celebrate Christmas

This was something that I’ve learnt to bake in Dresden, Germany – a course that was held for $6 per student for those studying German at the Goethe-Institut. Another purpose of this course was to have students bake enough cookies for the upcoming Christmas party (though we were not paid for getting ourselves involved in the mass production)....more