It’s rare I have a Saturday to myself, with no husband and no plans, so today I thought I would behave like a good ‘housewife’ and do a bit of cooking – ready for when Lee came home after work, starving as usual and raiding the fridge of anything and everything he can find.
Firstly was another foray into the baking world – trying to go for something a little different from the usual batch of cupcakes I turn out. Now, I’m still not a good enough cook to bake without a recipe for a least some guidance, so I turned to my trusted Hummingbird Bakery cookbook which has yet to fail me in turning out a great cake.
Todays offering – A Pistachio loaf cake. Chosen mainly as Lee loves pistachios and is often found when sitting in front of the TV idling shelling them (and throwing the shells everywhere!) Luckily Waitrose gave me the option of buying some already shelled, much appreciated as it may have taken me the whole day to shell the 140g needed for the recipe!
The second recipe of the day was to indulge my love of discovering new cuisines, particularly those of India, Asia and the Far East. This dish came from Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape to South East Asia and was Nonya cuisine – apparently a blend of Chinese and Malay, originating from when Chinses people moved to Malaysia and adapted to the spices of this area. Curry Kapitan is named for Kapitan China, the title that the Portugese gave to the head of the Chinese clans in Melaka in the 15th century.
This was actually really simple to cook, and the end result really divine – very spicy yet quite creamy with the addition of coconut milk, but definitely needing the addition of a bit of fresh raita to cool things down. It went down pretty well with Lee at 11pm when he got home from work! All in all, a successful days cooking.