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Home Town: Kl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Living In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I feel so lucky to be raised in a multiracial/multicultural household in a multiracial/multicultural country which I think was a huge factor in my being comfortable with all kinds of textures, flavours and styles of cooking. I've also been lucky enough to travel a little bit which has further expanded my horizons...hopefully not just w.r.t. food ;). I live in Montreal now, where the cuisine is as fantastic and varied as where I grew up. Luvvit. Course I have my limits. I detest beansprouts. Nasty little things.
My favorite things to cook
I love making chocolate chip cookies. I have a special super-secret recipe which I HAVE been known to share. Feel free to suck up now ;). In tribute to my roots, I make a pretty good curry. New things are especially fun. It's a mini win every time I try something new. I'm sure all cooks know what I mean.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Everyone helping or hanging out with the cooks. Even moral support counts!
My cooking triumphs
I have some health issues I'm dealing with and it requires me being....careful. So every time I manage to change a recipe (one of my own OR something new) into a healthier and just as delicious version of itself I do a little dance. Where no one can see me.
My cooking tragedies
I absolutely CAN'T make good French Toast. I don't even try anymore.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Best Brownies
Good but not the best. Very easy with very basic ingredients. A touch cakey, even with minimal mixing. Not a dense, chewy brownie, but does still have a melt-in-your mouth feel. But altogether not bad for a low effort chocolate fix. I mixed the wet ingredients first, by hand then added every thing but the flour and mixed again. Flour was added and I stirred until well mixed. I poured them into mini cupcake pans (to make 2 bite brownies), topped them with a sprinkle of skor bits and baked them for 10 minutes. Like I said...good but not my favourite recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 29, 2013
Vegetarian Korma
Good recipe recipe. Excellent with some tweaks. I found it a little underspiced and underseasoned (but this is of course a matter of taste). Tweaks: 1) I added an extra 1/2 tsp each of ground cumin, tumeric and coriander. 2) I added 1 tbsp brown sugar 3) I used light coconut milk instead of cream. 4) I added a little extra water during the cooking 5) I kept roughly the same amount of "stuff" but omitted potatoes. I used carrot, peppers, frozen green and yellow french beans and canned instead of frozen peas. I think you could used pretty much any veggie you fancy, really - I would like to try cauliflower next time. Healthy, flavourful, delicious!! I served it with brown basmati and grilled chicken.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2013
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
As written, I found the recipe rather too mild tasting - just not enough flavour. I ended up reducing it somewhat further and adding some tomato sauce and a little extra of all the spices. I will definitely make it again, but next time with more tomato and an extra pepper. It ended up lovely regardless but I think it will be better next time. Instead of thickening with the roux, I used skim milk powder for a bit of creaminess. I also didn't like the idea of cooking it down, adding stock THEN pureeing it (I don't have an immersion blender). I cooked the veggies, pureed them THEN added the stock.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2012

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