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Pesto Mesto

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Cheerful pink gerbera

Hello there!
I hope the week has been kind to you., so far. 😉
And if it hasn’t, we can only thank God it’s the weekend!

The NyonyaCelup apologises for her extended absence in the past month.
In between a holiday Down Under and various personal / work engagements, I found it a *lil* difficult to keep up with my blog.

Vacation photos & a pesto recipe after the jump!

Roast away!

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Roast away!

Most Malaysians — or at least the ones that I know — have this misconception that Western cooking is difficult.
And it’s not just amateurs who won’t cook anything unless it came out of a box / packet;
I refer also to ladies who whip up mouth watering laksas, scrumptious curries, magnificent rendangs, etc.

They are quite reluctant to try their hand at cooking Western dishes;
and the excuse is usually that it looks too hard.

So they buy their roasts from the local supermarket;
add milk and water into their packet mac & cheese;
and stir minced meat into their bottled sauces.

Which shouldn’t be the case, because Western cooking is actually really simple. And straightforward.
Well, at least, the simple staple dishes are. 😉

The Nyonya for one appreciates the fact that she doesn’t need to pound and grind a-million-and-one spices before she actually starts cooking the dish.

So you may not be the next Gordon Ramsay;
and the spatially challenged — like me —may never present dishes that look like they came out from the French Laundry;
but you’ll never have to Q up to buy half price chicken roast at Tesco ever again!
Maybe that was just me and the Baba.

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Sinfully Cheesy Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Sinfully Cheesy Creamy Mashed Potatoes

The NyonyaCelup is aware that she was missing for quite awhile.

What can I say?
My weekends are lazy and it takes awhile for the momentum to build.
But I will put it on record that I have perfected a kick-a$$ roast chicken — all you really need is a lemon and a cup of water — gravy included. 

Vico agreed. And in our house, she’s the true test of yummyness.

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Since we’re on a birthday roll… (Baking awesome vanilla cupcakes!)

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Since we’re on a birthday roll… (Baking awesome vanilla cupcakes!)

So I started working with rolled fondant for the first time during my birthday.

As is evident by her posts — how ever little there may be — the NyonyaCelup is a very lazy cook.
She also has a fondness for speaking in the third person.

It would then be only natural, that I store-bought my fondant, instead of making it from scratch.
Honestly lar, show of hands: how many of you actually make your own rolled fondant, eh?
I was recommended a (relatively) big pail from Satin Ice by my friendly neighbourhood supplies shop, which really is rather big.
SIDENOTE: If you live in Malacca, you absolutely MUST swing by Baker’s Choice in Batu Berendam. Otherwise, Chang Tung in the Klang Valley area remains a traditional favourite.

If you’ve ever worked with fondant before, you will know that there really is only so much you can use to cover a cake.
Unless you go on a decoration overload.
So I was left with half a tub, or so, of white fondant; and little blobs here and there in various other colours.

What was I to do but to go on another impulsive baking-decorating spree.

Enter The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, courtesy of The Cupcake Project.
I’ve linked Stef in my Blogroll, but because I know none of you ever read it, I’ve linked her again above. 

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Babi and/or Ayam Buah Keluak

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Babi and/or Ayam Buah Keluak

Last week, my Babi and/or Ayam Buah Keluak recipe was interrupted abruptly by my tea break.
That and the fact that I roughly have the attention span of a goldfish.

Anyway, where were we…

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Bihun ala Melayu (Non-halal)

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Bihun ala Melayu (Non-halal)

I’ve always been a fan of Malay-style spicy bihun. Something in me always goes giddy with excitement when I see it on the menu of our morning meetings – I usually end up having three plates, or more, of that stuff. (Yes, the Ministry of Health’s efforts to promote a healthy eating lifestyle among its employees are all but lost on me.)

So, when I ransacked my freezer today, only to find meats of all sorts dating from Chinese New Year, making the NyonyaCelup’s interpretation of this dish seemed like a no-brainer. (It is non-halal, obviously, because the NyonyaCelup and the Baba cannot live without pork…)

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