August 27, 2008

Trying Out New Recipes

I'm not a good cook. Sure, I can cook better now that I'm cooking almost on a daily basis, but I'm not naturally good at it. That is why I buy foodie magazines, check out recipes online to try out new dishes so that I don't bore my husband to death with the same stuff I cook every week (mostly the dishes I like to eat; I can eat my favourite dishes on a daily basis and not get bored). One of my favourite foodie blogs is Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food. The recipes remind me of the home-cooked food I get in Malaysia.

A great recipe I tried out, which Tim and I thoroughly enjoyed, was the Pumpkin and Luncheon Meat Combo.

Pumpkin and Luncheon Meat Combo

Delicious ripe pumpkins were easily available at Coles, and I snapped up the ripest Kent pumpkin I could find for this recipe. A can of SPAM, some dried shrimps, lots of shallots, toss them all in, stir-fry up a storm, and voila! A hot, yummylicious meal on a cold winter's night. I chose a pumpkin of the brightest orange I could find as that would guarantee sweetness of the pumpkin. It wasn't easy removing the tough skin from the pumpkin though. A lot of near accidents there, that I'd tell you.

Pumpkin and Luncheon Meat Combo 2

I don't normally create great successes when it comes to food, but I have to say this was a real achievement. It was absolutely delicious, and I was so excited about it that I immediately took a photograph of the dish and emailed it to Pablopabla (the author of the blog), raving about his recipe. That was just a little over a month ago.

From then on, I continued trying out his recipes, and so far, each had been a success.

Oh, and if you're interested in winning UD$100, do check out Delicious Asian Food now, and start cooking! I can't wait to see what goodies you came up with ;)


giddy tigress said...

I have been wanting to try this out since I saw it on Pablo's blog! Yours looks great!!! Yum!!

MisSmall said...

"I can eat my favourite dishes on a daily basis and not get bored."

That's so me!! *High five*

I can't cook to save my life, but this looks like something that I can manage. Now where do I go to get a pumpkin in Msia? :/

the Constantly Dramatic One said...

Well I'm not into pumpkins usually but damn, this does look good.

Jin Hooi said...

I have been wanting to try this since i saw it at Hochiak's site. Yours looks delicious !!