Kedgeree with Kippers

Don't you love breakfast for dinner? Kedgeree, which usually contains cooked smoked fish, rice, eggs and curry, is known to be eaten for breakfast throughout the UK.

It is believed that the British soldiers brought it back home after enjoying eating it in India. It is now a popular breakfast meal using left over smoked fish though it can be eaten any time of the day.

I was really happy when I found this at a local fish monger. It's kippers. Kippers are smoked herring that has been split, salted or pickled and cold smoked. It reminds me of the Filipino smoked fish, tinapa. If you can't find kippers, you can use any smoked fish you like or even just used poached salmon.

I knew I wanted to make kedgeree as soon as I saw the kippers. I made it for dinner and my English hubby loved it. It now makes the dinner table often. For this recipe, I used a few different recipes I had and combined it to make my own.

Recipe: (serves 4)

  • 20g butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbs curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 350g basmati rice
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 200g kippers
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Handful of parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes
  2. Add the curry and turmeric powder and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the rice and stir to mix. Add the stock and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and let simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the kippers according to packet instructions then flake gently.
  5. Uncover the rice and gently fork the kippers and boiled eggs through.
  6. Cover and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the lemon juice, parsley leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

Bon Appetite,



Kulinarya Cooking Club June 2012: Tapsilog. Breakfast of Champions.

This month’s theme for our Kulinarya Cooking Club is “Only in the Philippines”. Tina from Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner and I are hosting this month and we wanted to focus on unique dishes that can only be found in the Philippines.

Being a Filipina, I love my rice. Growing up, it would be normal for me to have rice three meals in a day. So I thought it natural for me to chose a rice dish for the theme.

I love rice for breakfast. To make a complete meal, add egg and a meat.

What makes this dish unique to the Philippines is the name. Tapsilog. Filipinos like to abbreviate or replace words with acronyms. Tapsilog comprises of Tapa (Tap) sinangag (si) and itlog (log).

Tapa is cured beef. It’s beef that’s been marinated overnight and in some cases, dried then fried. I like my tapa not dried as it can get tough and chewy when not done right. I left out the drying step.

Sinangag is garlic rice. I love it. It’s rice that has been fried with lots of garlic.

Itlog is egg. An oozy, runny egg is essential for this dish.


For the tapa:

  • 700g thinly sliced beef tenderloin. I used sizzling steak
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3tbs soy sauce
  • 1tbs mushroom or dark soy sauce
  • Pinch salt

Marinate the beef with the rest of the ingredients. Leave overnight or at least 4 hours.

To cook: in a large frying place the beef and marinade in. Let the beef simmer in the marinade until it dries out. Add some vegetable oil to the pan and gently fry until slightly browned and cooked through,

For the sinangag:

  • 3cups of uncooked rice
  • 1bulb of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Pinch salt

To cook: cook the rice by absorption method. When cooked set aside to cool a bit. You can also use left over rice from the day before. When ready, add a little vegetable oil in a wok and gently fry the garlic till lightly browned. Add the rice and mix thoroughly and add the salt. Turn the heat to low and leave the rice to fry a little and for the garlic to infuse through. Mix every couple of minutes.

Fry the egg to your liking.

Bon appetite,


Sydney Holiday in Pictures

During Easter this year, we (Hubby, myself and the 2 munchkins) spent a few days in Sydney. Hubby and I have driven to Sydney many times before but this was the first time we took the 9hour drive with two small children.

We left home Thursday evening and arrived in Sydney on Good Friday. The kids were very good during the road trip and slept most of the way there.

The trip was mostly about eating and children-related activities.

As soon as we checked into our motel, we unpacked the car and headed out again. We had lunch at the famous Bourke street Bakery in Surrey Hills.
We had: chorizo pizza (top left), roast beef, chilli and coriander jam sandwich (top right), pork and leek sausage roll (middle left) and a honey roasted ham, cheddar, onion pickle, parsley mayo and rocket sandwich (bottom).
We also had the chocolate tart. Soooo good!
Next, it was onto to Gelato Messina for dessert. The highlight was the mini me ice cream dessert (bottom right)
As if that wasn’t enough, we headed off to Chinatown for the Friday night market. I couldn’t really eat much as we were so full already.

Next day (Saturday) we headed to Westfield Sydney as I have heard yummy things about the food court there. However, we were there too early for any of the cafes or stores to be opened so we wondered downstairs and I found this delicious grilled beef salad. It was a great find.

We then went to the aquarium where the children enjoyed and learnt about the different fish and sea creatures.
Before heading back to the motel for a much needed rest, we drove up to Manly for the essential visit to Zumbos. I bought his macarons. One of each, of course. In Zumbos these are called Zumbarons! Also got one of the infamous V8 cake and the citrus cake.
For dinner that night, we went to Chef’s Gallery. I found out about this place through instagram where I saw many wonderful photos of their food.
We had: Top: shredded peking duck roti.
Bottom left to right: wok fried rice and shredded pork and lettuce. Mini pork fillet burger. Boneless pork ribs topped with pork floss, corn cereal and roasted garlic. Handmade noodles with BBQ pork and soy sauce.

This was the reason why we went to Chef’s Gallery. This dessert is so popular that you have to pre-order when you make your booking. It is their signature “piggy face” sesame bun with marshmallow bunnies set in an edible garden served with berry and mango ice creams. Not only delcious but also very cute.

Every Saturday night, darling harbour holds spectacular fireworks. Darling harbour looks so pretty at night.

Sunday was another busy day for the family. We spent most of the day at Taronga zoo where we arrived by ferry.

My favourite animal at the zoo.

Lunch was Pad Thai at The Rocks.

Deanna and I shared a corn on the cob at The Rocks weekend market.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Sydney even though it was a short stay. Thank you Sydney for your hospitality. Hope to see you again very soon.

Bon Appetite,



Coconut Rice Pudding with Caramelised Sweet Potato


A challenge has been set. ” #TaytoRiCo. Thinking outside the box.”  What is that, you ask?  @Jmfield, @TangledNoodle and @Dailyspud have created a challenge to come up with a dish that includes potato (Tayto), rice (Ri) and coconut (Co).  
The dish can come in any form and whatever derivative of the 3 main ingredients.  I had so many ideas and didn’t know what to make.  I became inspired by the Autumn weather we are now having. Something warm and comforting.  Unfortunately, the day I decided to make this, the day was sunny and warm.  Oh well, it was delicious to eat, nonetheless.
I decided to make a rice pudding and give it a Asian/Filipino twist.  I had joked around with my twitter friends that it’s not so much of  an “out of the box” idea but more of “sitting on the edge” of it.  

I substituted some of the milk with coconut milk and served with a caramelised sweet potato.  I’ve seen similar rice puddings but have never made it myself before.  The idea of the sweet potato came to me when my mum made kamote cue.  This is a popular Filipino snack where sweet potato is deep fried then caramelised with brown sugar.  I did a healthier version where I simmered in water then caramelised it.  It didn’t come out crunchy and crispy like the original version but I wanted to get a softer texture to go with the rice pudding.

Rice Pudding recipe
1 cup pudding rice (or aborio rice)
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups full fat milk
1 tsp vanilla paste
5 tbs of caster sugar

Caramelised Sweet Potato
1 medium sweet potato, halved then thinly sliced
1 large knob of butter
3 tbs brown sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 170degC (150degC fanforced)
2.  In a 1.5liter capacity oven dish, place all the ingredients for the rice pudding.
3.  Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for a further 35-40 minutes
4.  To make the caramelised sweet potato, pour water into a large frying pan, about 3-5 cm deep.
5.  Simmer the sweet potato until all water has evaporated or until the potato is tender.  If not yet tender, add more water
6.  Add the butter and brown sugar to the potato.
7.  Cook until the sugar has melted and has covered the potato all over.

To serve, place the rice pudding in serving bowls and top with the sweet potato.  Drizzle some of the caramel over the rice.  The rice pudding can be eaten hot or cold.   Hubby suggested cold rice pudding can be eaten with a dollop of your favourite jam.

Bon Appetite,

Cook Book Challenge : Bibimbap


Theme 3: Rice/Noodles
Cookbook : Jill Dupleix – Lighten up
Recipe : Korean Bibimbap
I was looking forward to this fortnight’s theme.  I actually haven’t had Korean Bibimbap before but Hubby had it once and really liked it and asked me to cook it.    I found the recipe in Jill Dupleix’s book.  I have to admit I don’t know much about Korean food so I also did a little bit of research and found a good recipe by Kitchen wench.  So below is a recipe by Jill with a little inspiration from Kitchen Wench’ version.

250g beef mince
4 tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 tbs sesame oil
salt and pepper
100g baby spinach, washed
1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 small zucchini, cut into matchstick
1 medium onions, sliced
100g bean sprouts
sesame oil
fish sauce
hot cooked rice
4 eggs

1.  Marinate the beef mince in the soy sauce and sesame oil for 1 hour.
2.  Saute the carrots in a little bit of oil.  Add a small splash of fish sauce and sesame oil.  Remove and set aside in a bowl.
3. Saute the baby spinach, onions, zucchini and bean sprouts, the same as the carrots.
4.  Cook the mince, including the marinade, until well done.
5.  Fry the eggs, sunny side up.
6.  Divide the rice in 4 bowls and add the the meat and vegetables on top.  Place the fried egg on top.
7.  Serve with thick chilli sauce or Korean Gochujang.

Check out my previous posts on this year’s CookBook Challenge

Family Celebration : A big day for Thomas

Last Sunday was a big day for our family.  It was the day my son, Thomas was Baptised.

My son was definitely a star on the day.  He didn’t cry during the ceremony and most importantly didn’t cry when he was getting baptised with the holy water.  I think he knew the significance of the moment and was quietly taking it all in.
The star of the feast was the lechon.(whole suckling pig).  I was so excited about eating this.  When dad walked through the door carrying the pig there were lots of “oooh” and “aaahh”s from the guests.

Roast pig.  YUM! The meat was tender and flavourful.  The skin was so crispy

For hor d’oeuvres : salad wrapped in  prosciutto with honey and mustard dressing and prawn cocktail.
Pancit (Filipino noodles)

Potato Scallops

Fried rice made by Sis-in-law

For dessert, I asked a few family members to bring something.

lime tart made by mum-in-law
butterscotch snaps with caramel topping made by another sis-in-law
delicious trifle made by my brother @MrEd2U

An Indonesian cake made by Thomas’ Godmother
I made red velvet cake and decorated the Baptism cake.

Photographs by  @MrEd2U and @MrJamesMoore

The Cook Book Challenge – Week 19 : Rice

Week 19 : Rice
Recipe :  Kedgeree
Cook Book : Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson

I have quite a few of Nigella’s Cook books and I have to say, I do use quite a bit.  I love her recipes as most are simple and easy to make.

Kedgeree is a rice dish said to have originated from India then brought to England by soldiers that were stationed there and developed a taste for the spices.  It is a breakfast dish and was popular back in the day when there were no refrigeration and leftovers were used.  It is a hearty but light dish to have so it can be easily eaten for dinner as well.  Just like we did.

I have seen this cooked many times on TV and have been wanting to make it.  This week seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I found three different versions in three of my cookbooks.  I opted for Nigella’s version though I did add extra ingredients to it.  It was the easiest and had ingredients that I liked.

  • 45g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbl curry powder
  • 225g basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 can tuna
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • lemon
  1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add oil to stop it from burning
  2. Soften the onion and add the spices, then keep cooking till the onion is slightly translucent
  3. Add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon so that it’s all well coated.
  4. Pour in 500ml water. Stir then cover
  5. Cook gently for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender
  6. Turn off the heat, remove the lid, cover the pan with a tea towel and then replace the lid
  7. Add the tuna and gently flake it with a fork.
  8. Add the eggs, sultanas and lemon juice and zest of half of the lemon
  9. Gently mix
  10. To serve, serve on a large plate with wedges of the other half of the lemon.

Bon Appetite,