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Freelance food writer, Siu Ling Hui. Author of "Queen Victoria Market - History, Recipes, Stories" , and e-book "In Praise Of Prunes: Stories And Recipes".  (PS. My profile photograph was done by Melbourne photographer, Robyn Lea.)

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  • Curries: Stories, Tips, and Recipes
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    Curries: Stories, Tips, and Recipes

    2 years ago

    Curry is a blanket term used to describe a vast range of Asian spicy stewed dishes. There are many different styles of curries. Not all are hot. Get tips and recipes for curries here.

  • Steamed Jam Sponge Puddings
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    Steamed Jam Sponge Puddings

    2 years ago

    Steamed cumquat marmalade pudding and sour cherry jam puddings are just two examples of homely comfort food desserts. They can be made well in advance, frozen and quickly reheated to serve.

  • Penang Nonya Pickles
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    Penang Nonya Pickles

    3 years ago

    Acar Awak, a mixed vegetable pickle, is the most famous member of the vast range of Penang Nonya pickles. A balance of spicy, sour and sweet flavours combined with textural crunchiness of the vegetables as well as...

  • The Secrets of Baking Real, Artisanal Breads
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    The Secrets of Baking Real, Artisanal Breads

    8 months ago

    Real or artisanal bread only has five ingredients: flour, water, leaven, salt and TIME. Have you read the ingredients on the package of the bread in the supermarket? Industrial bread substitutes chemicals for time. Time...

  • Tripe For Delicious and Cheap Meals
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    Tripe For Delicious and Cheap Meals

    4 years ago

    Tripe is one protein that is either loved or hated, depending on your first encounter with it. It's a shame to miss out on tripe. There are a multitude of truly delicious tripe dishes. And you really cannot get a...

  • Hard Boiled Eggs - Recipe Ideas
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    Hard Boiled Eggs - Recipe Ideas

    4 years ago

    Hard-boiled eggs aren't just for sandwich fillings. They are one of the most versatile ingredients. Stuffed hard-boiled eggs are elegant finger food. Their flavours & textures can be transformed by braising,...

  • Hanukkah Food Traditions
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    Hanukkah Food Traditions

    2 years ago

    The Jewish festival of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) happens around December. Significant historical events imbue Hanukkah food traditions. The miracle of the oil is reflected in the dominance of deep fried foods at this time...

  • Celery: European & Asian Varieties and Uses
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    Celery: European & Asian Varieties and Uses

    5 years ago

    The mild-flavoured European celery used to be considered an exotic Italian vegetable. Celeriac is the root vegetable variant of celery, developed by Renaissance Italian gardeners. Intensely flavoured Asian celery looks...

  • Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year
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    Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year

    15 months ago

    Food traditions of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This recipe for Lekach (Honey Cake) which features during this festival has passed the ultimate test: a Jewish grandmother's approval!

  • How To Make Cumquat Marmalade
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    How To Make Cumquat Marmalade

    4 years ago

    Cumquats (or kumquats) are fantastic for marmalade. The fruits of this attractive small citrus tree can also be brandied, candied and more.

  • Cherries: Varieties, Uses, History
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    Cherries: Varieties, Uses, History

    21 months ago

    Sweet cherries are great for fresh eating. But sour cherries freeze well & are fantastic in cooking. Ideas for using sour cherries and recipe for cherry cake.

  • Italian Soups: The Difference Between Zuppa and Minestra
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    Italian Soups: The Difference Between Zuppa and Minestra

    9 months ago

    Ever wondered why some Italian soups are called Zuppa and others called Minestra? This is a tale of class distinctions. Recipe for Sicilian Zuppa Di Asparagi (asparagus soup).

  • Steamed Dishes in Chinese Home Cooking
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    Steamed Dishes in Chinese Home Cooking

    8 months ago

    In Chinese cuisine, humble home-style dishes are very different from restaurant dishes and street food. Steaming is a common method of home-style cooking and is used for meat (in particular pork), chicken, fish, eggs or...

  • A Potted History of Pies and Chicken Macaroni Pie
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    A Potted History of Pies and Chicken Macaroni Pie

    4 years ago

    Pies have very interesting history that dates back to around 17th century BC. And four-and-twenty blackbirds in a pie isn't just a nursery rhyme either! Check out this Malaysian Chicken & Macaroni pie - a delicious...

  • Pasta: Artisanal vs Industrial
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    Pasta: Artisanal vs Industrial

    5 years ago

    Fresh pasta isn't necessarily superior to dried pasta. Dried pasta is made with semola (not the same thing as semolina). Semola has other uses besides pasta making. There's a huge difference between dried pasta made by...

  • Strawberry & Raspberry Desserts
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    Strawberry & Raspberry Desserts

    5 years ago

    Strawberries & raspberries are wonderful simply served with cream. They are also easily transformed into mouth-watering desserts with very little effort.

  • Passover or Pesach: A Repast with a Past
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    Passover or Pesach: A Repast with a Past

    20 months ago

    The Jewish festival of Pesach or Passover is rich with rituals. These draw on ancient agricultural spring festivals which have been reinterpreted to tell the story of the Exodus. 7 symbolic foods are used to recount the...

  • Using Tamarind in Cooking
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    Using Tamarind in Cooking

    5 years ago

    Tamarind is the souring agent of choice in tropical Asian cuisines. Guide to buying & prepare tamarind. Using tamarind in cooking. Other "types" of tamarind such as assam gelugur. Recipe for Indonesian...

  • Chips & Crackers: Not Just Snack Foods
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    Chips & Crackers: Not Just Snack Foods

    5 years ago

    Chips and crackers are often thought of as snacks or nibbles that you have with drinks. However, in Indonesian cuisine, they are part & parcel of the main meal. Read more about the vast varieties of crisps &...

  • How To Make Prawn Crackers
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    How To Make Prawn Crackers

    9 months ago

    Want prawn crackers that taste of prawns? Make your own! Here's how to do it.

  • Sponge, Genoise & Chiffon Cakes
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    Sponge, Genoise & Chiffon Cakes

    4 months ago

    What's the difference between a Sponge, Genoise and Chiffon Cake? Tips for making light airy cakes and a recipe for Powder Puffs, an Australian classic also known as Sponge Kisses.

  • Sesame: History and Uses
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    Sesame: History and Uses

    5 years ago

    Sesame has long been associated with magical powers. It was the "password" to great treasures in the story of Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves. It's also pretty magical in cookery with lots of uses in sweet &...

  • Chinese New Year Food Traditions
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    Chinese New Year Food Traditions

    22 months ago

    Chinese New Year is a 15 day long celebration. Chinese people don't just wish for prosperity, they eat for it as well! Names of festive dishes have tonal puns for luck, prosperity and longevity.

  • Pineapple:History and Uses
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    Pineapple:History and Uses

    5 years ago

    Pineapple jam tarts are popular in SE Asia. Step-by-step instructions for making these tarts and lots more information about pineapples.

  • Basil: Legends, Varieties and Uses
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    Basil: Legends, Varieties and Uses

    5 years ago

    Basil has more legends associated with it than you can poke a stick it. There are just as many types of basil; just about one for every cuisine or dish. Easy to grow, you can have a world of basil in pots or the vegie...

  • Oranges: History, Types and Uses
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    Oranges: History, Types and Uses

    5 years ago

    The ordinary orange has a rich and fascinating history. Find out what the connection between oranges & elephants is! And the role that the orange played in French politics. Ideas for using orange in cooking. Recipe...

  • Edible Flowers and Use in Cooking
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    Edible Flowers and Use in Cooking

    5 years ago

    Flowers aren't just for decorative effects on the table. Many flowers are edible. The glorious scent of the tropical torch ginger (bunga kantan in Malay)makes it an essential ingredient in Nonya cuisine. Recipe for...

  • No Stir Risotto
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    No Stir Risotto

    5 years ago

    The perfect creamy risotto can be achieved without slaving over a stove, stirring constantly as you add stock. This no-stir method by celebrated Italian rice supremo Gabriele Ferron, produces exquisite risotto provided...

  • Mint - A Versatile Herb For Sweet And Savory Dishes
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    Mint - A Versatile Herb For Sweet And Savory Dishes

    3 years ago

    Mint is one of the most versatile herbs. There are almost endless varieties, each with its own distinctive flavour and fragrance. Recipe for Flourless Chocolate Mint Cake.

  • Coconut cooking
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    Coconut cooking

    3 months ago

    Coconut is the milk of the tropics. Should you use dessicated or fresh (or frozen) grated coconut? Depends on the recipe. Tips for choosing coconut milk or coconut cream. Recipe for Kaya, the popular Malaysian coconut...

  • Rocket, roquette, ruchetta, rucola
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    Rocket, roquette, ruchetta, rucola

    5 years ago

    The salad leaf rocket goes by many names including roquette, arugula, rucola etc. The so-called "wild rocket" (known as ruchetta in Italian) is NOT related to the common rocket. Ruchetta, being far more...

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano: the real Parmesan
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    Parmigiano-Reggiano: the real Parmesan

    5 years ago

    There's only one Parmesan: the Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano. Here's why there is no industrial substitute for this king of cheeses.

  • Candied Citrus Peel
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    Candied Citrus Peel

    3 years ago

    Candied peel of citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemon are wonderful treats. They can be eaten on their own, dipped in chocolate or used in baking. Home-made peel is superior to most of the commercial candied...

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