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MALAYSIA – PHOTO GALLERY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MALAYSIA – Backpacking Trip: arriving in Kuala Lumpur and NO COACH?!

After our short stopover in Guangzhou, China. We had finally landed in Kuala Lumpur – we caught the 10RM coach (which is £2!) into the city where we arrived at our hostel near China town.
China town at night isn’t the most loveliest of sites to see but at that time, we just wanted to get to our room.
We came up to our hostel and finally arrived at our prebooked room (we only prebook the first couple of nights and then from there its all free flow travel). The room was clean, no window, had air con and the shared bathrooms were very clean. The receptionist was also lovely and as we settled into our room, we resorted to pringles for dinner!
(Cannot remember the hostel name – sorry!…but it did begin with a letter ‘M’).

After a good night’s sleep we used the new day to explore the local area as we knew the next day would be off up north!

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This dish was delicious!! Something I would have to try and recreate.

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Local artwork at the Islamic art museum in Kuala Lumpur which I would highly recommend!

A lot of people love Kuala Lumpur but we didn’t find it that attracting and couldn’t wait to explore the outer regions of Malaysia!

The next morning we had planned to take the 10am coach from Putra Jaya to Kota Bharu but after arriving there at 9:30am, we were then told that we were TOO EARLY!! The coach is actually at 10pm  – with nothing planned and the sun becoming more hot nearing midday – we frantically walked from different coach ticket stations in the heat until we were offered the 10am  coach to Kuala Terranganu which we had never researched before but knew it was near Kuala Besut  (which was our original plan as we had booked a place for scuba diving on the Perethian Islands). So for 45RM each one way, we took the 9 hour coach to Kuala Terraganu  with only 5minutes to make it to the coach from the ticket booth!

But thank God we had made it and have to stay, I loved that 9 hour coach journey and ever since that journey – I wouldn’t mind taking another coach for that long either as it was just beautiful and scenic.
Kuala Terraganu was everything we hoped for in Malaysia, completely different Kuala Lumpur and more of a ‘homely’ atmosphere with hardly any tourists but the most cheapest of hotels (50RM for both of us for one night – £5 each).

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This yummy looking meal was truly delicious – it looks bland but the Malaysians have stolen my heart when it comes to their food with the amount of flavour and you can tell how much love they put into their food. This meal (which I have completely forgot was called!) was made by a lovely lady, like a mum figure, with the most warming of smiles. Kuala Terraganu was like home

The next day we had to leave Kuala Terraganu and head towards Kuala Besut for the jetty onto the Perethian Islands.

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NEW RECIPE: Chocolate Pudding!

As some of you might know, I’ll be off to Cyprus next week so this week I will be trying my best to uploaded as many recipes including requested ‘Turkish Chickpea Rice’ which hopefully will be up soon also.

 

For this post, I wanted to show you all an easy way to make chocolate pudding with simple ingredients from your cupboard and no eggs needed!

 

I came across this recipe when I had family staying over for the week and we all craved something chocolatey! And since I had no eggs in the fridge and the nearest supermarket is 5miles away from me, I had to research hard on what to make. Till I came across the most yummiest and delicious chocolate dessert that any chocolate-craving fanatic would love and satisfy their craving!

 

I have made this countless times and easy time it comes out a bit different but still with the same rich taste. I have also tweaked it a bit but you don’t have to be too fussy with the measurements.

 

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Preparation: 10mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • 100grams butter (doesn’t have to be unsalted, I use salted as that’s what was in my fridge!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk

For the last stage of the method, ingredients needed:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups. boiling water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (Gas mark 4/350 degrees Fahrenheit) 
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not overmelt.
  • Once butter is melted, place into large bowl.

 

 

Step1

 

  • Next add your sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.

 

Step3

 

  • Next add in your flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.

 

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  • Then mix in your milk.

 

Steps2

 

  • Place into a baking dish. Make sure the baking dish isn’t too large otherwise the chocolate pudding will just be a thin layer. Not too small either as the step where you add 2 cups of boiling water will boil over the dish, we need this water for the mixture to soak it up and turn into chocolate sauce at the base of the pudding!
  • I used a oval Pyrex baking dish measuring: 10 inches wide (not including the handles) x 3 inches deep.

 

Steps3

 

 

  • Now with your extra ingredients that you have set aside, cover the mixture with the 4bsps. cocoa powder and 2/3 cup of sugar.

 

Steps4

 

 

  • Now it might seem weird, but now add 2 cups of boiling water! Use a ladle to gentle add the water on top. 

 

Steps5

 

 

  • Now add into the hot oven for 35minutes.
  • You’ll notice that the water at the top will now be at the base as chocolate sauce and the mixture would be cooked and on the top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Tip: always nice with a generous pour of double cream. Mmmmm…

 

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My make-shift bento box!

After hours of going through the yummy video tutorials on YouTube about bento boxes, I decided I really wanted to make one especially when traveling around!

But after coming across a few websites here in the UK on buying an authentic bento box, the prices were quite expensive from£35 onwards and as you know, I’m always on a budget (heck I even budget my food shop by making items myself, i.e. cheese)..so much more rewarding and those extra pennies go to something else – whoops, this is a whole different article.

Back to bento boxes, so I thought why not buy a lunchbox and just fill it with smaller plastic containers. My first attempt after taking the bus to our nearest town, I bought a big plastic box and smaller containers, came home, and none of them fitted right into the bigger lunchbox – fail.

Next day, when to another shop and this time tried to measure each box roughly and they had pretty clip-on lunchboxes, came home and it all fitted perfectly! Success! Now when I start backpacking I’ll be bringing my bento box with me, but I also have an eye on those stainless steel tifin boxes 😉 I’ve become a lunchbox fanatic!

Here’s my first make-shift bento box with home-made sushi, home-made chocolate chip cookies (which I cut into strips to fit into the containers), sliced kiwi and cherry tomatoes.

Total amount spent: £4 for the lot! (not including chopsticks)

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Authentic Pakistani Chicken Curry – with fenugreek and green peppers – RECIPE

My recent dinner party with guests got served this delicious main course…

Yummy Chicken curry, inspired from my Pakistani motherinlaw ❤

This light and flavorsome meal is a delightful surprise with such yummy taste, containing fenugreek leaves (methi), green peppers and potatoes. I whipped this meal up when I had guests by making it the night before and serving the next day, which also increased the intensity of the flavors by letting it sit in it’s spices overnight. This is also not a recipe that contains a millions-and-one ingredients, the majority of the ingredients can be purchased from your local supermarket.

Prep time: 25minutes

Cooking time:25mins (+45minutes simmer time)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1tbsp. ground turmeric (i love this stuff)
  • 1/2 tsp. chilli flakes (very mild – add more if you prefer more chilli)
  • 1.5tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 5-6 potatoes peeled and cut into chunks (can add more if you like)
  • Chicken pieces (I used a couple of drumsticks and 1 baby chicken cut into pieces from the butchers)
  • 4-5tsps. methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1/2tsp. coriander powder
  • Seasoning to taste (I added 1tbsp. of salt and 1/2tsp. black pepper)
  • Hot water from the kettle
  • Cooking oil

Utensils needed:

  • Blender

Method:

  • Prepare all the ingredients (slicing the onions, green peppers, peeling garlic cloves, peeling and cut potatoes, wash chicken pieces).
  • In a blender, blend your garlic cloves, turmeric, chilli flakes and coriander powder with half a cup of water altogether for approx 5mins. Try and blend till no lumps, if not, you can always sieve out the lumps afterwards like I did in my YouTube video tutorial for this recipe.
  • Once that’s done, in a large saucepan put some cooking oil till it covers the base and place on medium-high heat. Once warm, add in your onions and fry for approx 2mins.
  • Next add your green peppers and fry for another 2mins.

  • Once green peppers and onions are softened, add in your chicken pieces and fry for 4mins until chicken turns white. Add hot water to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Next add 4-5tsps of the dried fenugreek leaves (methi) and stir.
  • Afterwards pour hot water from the kettle to just about cover your chicken, and add in your potato chunks. Your potatoes will be absorbing a lot of this water so it’s worthwhile to check on your curry now and again.
  • Now add in your spice mix that you prepared earlier in your blender and stir. Then add your coriander powder and then the salt & pepper to taste.

  • Cover and reduce heat to low and leave to simmer for 45minutes until potatoes have gone soft.
  • After 45minutes, turn off heat and serve warm. Or leave overnight and serve next day for extra yumminess.

For the video tutorial that I made for this recipe so you can cook along, click this link >>VIDEO TUTORIAL CHICKEN CURRY

I made this main course, after my starters of Turkish Lentil Soup which can also be found on this blog or also my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/thewanderingcook786 don’t forget to Subscribe for updates!

Enjoy!

Any questions feel free to comment below.

The Wandering Cook 786  xxxxxx

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Simple and quick Turkish Lentil Soup Recipe – Mercimek çorbası

After the festive time of Eid, thinking it’s all over until next year. More family members ended up visiting us here in the countryside where it made Eid – part 2. So on with the major cooking!

For that reason, I took the opportunity to do some more Video Tutorials, this time, Turkish Lentil Soup – Mercimek Corbasi. Recipe inspired from my mother.
 My own Video Tutorial – Link

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of orange split lentils
  • 1/2 cup plain white rice
  • 2 chicken stock cubes – or better still, our own chicken stock
  • 2 medium onions
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper & sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • Optional: strips of chicken – added at the boiling stage.

Cooking time: 20-30mins Great for when you have guests!

Method:

  1. First start by filling up a medium saucepan with boiling water and place on high heat.
  2. Once boiling, add your 2 chicken stock cubes and stir until they dissolve. (If you are using your own chicken stock, follow step 1).
  3. If you are adding your chicken strip, add now.
  4. Next add your 1 cup of washed orange split lentils and stir. Leave to boil until the soup has turned into a yellow colour and the lentils are cooked through until soft.
  5. While the lentils are boiling, chop your 2 onions finely and add into a frying pan on medium heat with cooking oil.
  6. Fry your onions for roughly about 5-10minutes until golden.
  7. Meanwhile, once your lentils are soft and cooked, add your 1.2 cup of washed plain white rice and boil for a further 10minutes until rice is cooked through.
  8. By now, the onions should be fried till golden. Once the rice is cooked, add your onions and stir.
  9. Finally, add your lemon juice, 1 tbsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and sprinkle of cayenne pepper, or until taste.
  10. Stir and serve hot!

Enjoy!

Lovely for a winter’s evening

 

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Bargain Alert! Cheap Travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As most of you might know, my husband and I are planning on backpacking next year and our first stop will be France and then eastwards from there. Since we intend to visit a lot of countries, and on a budget also! We have found a very affordable way to travel from the UK to Paris for £25 one way! That’s from Birgmingham straight to Paris, including the boat fare from Dover to France also with just a 1hour stop in London.

Of course, it’s going to be a longg journey, 12-13hours to be precise! But if you intend on backpacking, then it should be the norm to travel such length of hours and on particularly, a bus! But I have heard that they do wi-fi on the coaches, whoop whoop! And I think we all know how long we are on the internet whether it’s social network sites, to catching up on your favorite programmes or updating your posts on your blog, time will definitely fly by.

The coach company is called MegaBus  ( http://uk.megabus.com/) and they do coaches from different parts of the UK and can also take you to Beligum and other European countries. Once I heard about this cheap way of travel, my road became more clearer and bright with our journey to backpack. Looking forward to all the wonderful foods also.

MegaBus here we come!

P.S : Very good tip!!!

If your not too particular with your days on which to travel, take some time to check the prices of how much it’ll cost to your destination on different days. For instance, usual price from Birmingham to Paris one way is £25, but as a lucky search, on 23rd February 2013, it’s only £1! Bargain.

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Here it is! Family Carrot Cake Recipe AND Video Tutorial ~

Finally it’s here, so sorry folks for the delay, it’s been a busy weekend but an interesting one as for the first time, I tried sushi! After a lovely dinner with my dear friends, she served us home made sushi for starters! So yummy, that I am considering learning it and making my own recipe and showing you guys here on WordPress.

 

So here is my video tutorial and recipe of my family recipe of Carrot Cake!

 

Link to Video Tutorial

Prep time: 20mins

Oven: 40mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots grated
  • 1lb. plain flour (16ozs/2cups)
  • 2tsps. baking powder
  • 2tsps. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 210ml vegetable/sunflower oil (NOT olive oil)
  • 210ml milk
  • 2tbsps. honey
  • 8ozs. sugar (1cup)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
  2. Beat the eggs in separate bowl.
  3. In large mixing bowl add your grated carrots and then add the beaten eggs, mix.
  4. Add your oil, milk and sugar and mix until combined.
  5. Next add your plain flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add your 2tbsps of honey now and stir.
  7. Lastly pour your mixture over a prepared greased baking tray and place in oven for 40minutes. If you want a thin-ish soft layer of carrot cake, I recommend using a wide baking tray to spread an even thin layer (which is what I prefer) or if you like a thick cake texture use a smaller baking tray.
  8. Serve warm with some icing sugar sprinkled on top!

Enjoy!!!

Any questions feel free to comment.

Don’t forget we are also on Facebook and Twitter! @thewanderincook

carrot cake – passed down family recipe!

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Hot Chocolate Recipe and Video

Here we have it folks, the video tutorial and recipe of my luvvlyy Hot Chocolate, a easy and simple guide made with real chocolate (no cocoa powder!). This is REAL Hot chocolate, not Drinking Chocolate the kind where you put a couple of teaspoons into a mug and some hot water…yucky!

Ever since I was a teenager, I always was on a ‘hunt’ for the most chocolatey hot chocolate, but nothing satisfied my findings, even coffee shops! Doesn’t matter how much whip cream they add on top, the chocolate underneath is just a watered down chocolate mix.

So after quite some research, I ended up making my own recipe through lots of research. This simple and yet easy recipe can be quickly made right in your kitchen that after you tasted it you won’t want to go back and buy cheap drinking chocolate!

 

The perfect relaxed dinner party dessert: after my husband and I moved into our own small cottage in the countryside, I decided to invite friends and family over for dinner but I didn’t have any flour to make cakes for dessert so I decided to make hot chocolate for everyone. And how lovely that turned out! As we sat on cushions on the floor (didn’t have a sofa then!) having a wonderful time as each one of us passed the whipped cream to keep topping up our hot chocolate with an extra jug of hot chocolate on the coffee table waiting for any refills. A serious contender to the normal cake desserts when having a dinner party! A lovely warm way to have fun and enjoy people’s company with a mug of hot chocolate and never ending whip cream. A definite must try out!

Here’s the video! <<< click me.

Ingredients:

Makes 1 cup

  • 30g of dark/plain chocolate, broken into pieces for easy melting
  • 2-3tsps. of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1tsp. coffee (up to you)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • If you have one, milk frother/whizz

Method:

  1. Place milk in saucepan and put on MEDIUM heat. It is very important NOT to boil. If it boils, try a new batch as the hot chocolate won’t work if milk boils so make sure its on MEDIUM heat.
  2. While milk is warming go ahead and add your cinnamon stick now.
  3. Just as the milk begins to warm (you can usually test by placing your hand over the saucepan and feeling the warmth) add your chocolate and continually stir.
  4. Make sure you keep stirring to prevent the chocolate from sticking to the pan and for it all to dissolve.
  5. Once the chocolate has dissolved (the milk has changed colour to light brown), add your nutmeg, sugar, coffee and ground cinnamon and stir.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and turn off heat.
  7. Now with a milk frother/whizz, place it halfway into the pan and whizz away until nice and frothy!
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!
  9. Optional extra: squirt some whipped cream on top before serving.

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Tasty & Easy to cook – Japanese Ramen

Well here we have it!

Our first and just the very beginning of our recipes, Japanese Ramen. Which I must say was initially inspired by becoming a total anime freak watching day to day manga episodes of Naruto Uzumaki (which I would recommend to anyone).
The main character (Naruto) was just so infatuated in eating Japanese Ramen that I decided to look into making my own!

First off, what is Ramen?

Let me give you the Wikipedia version first:

Ramen (ラーメン rāmen?, IPA: [ɽaːmeɴ]) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー chāshū?), dried seaweed (海苔 nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn.

It’s a filling and delicious noodle soup/meal that will awaken your taste buds. Now at first when looking at Ramen, your completely confuzzled on how to make it as it has many steps.

But after multiple attempts, I have come up with an easy way of making Ramen – especially for those on a budget also!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Grddo3mzA&feature=plcp

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  • 1 small bag of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 peeled carrot
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 sachet of Miso Soup, Soy bean paste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 pair of chopsticks – of course!
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack of egg noodles
  • handful of mushrooms
  • slice salami

Method:

Prep –

  1. Slice mushrooms and set aside
  2. Slice spring onions and set aside (optional: leave to soak for 5minutes to remove some of the strong onion taste)
  3. Wash spinach and set aside for the water to drain out
  4. Boil egg in boiling water till its hard boiled, so about 10minutes. Once boiled, remove and place into cold water so it’s easily to peel.
  5. In a medium saucepan fill with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the washed spinach and boil for 1minutes, add pinch of salt to keep the green color. Drain again and set aside.
  6. Slice salami and set aside.
  7. With the peeled carrot, using a peeler keep peeling through into the carrot to create thin curly slices – this will be used as garnish.

Cook-

  1. In a medium saucepan with more than half way, bring to the boil. Once boiling add the egg noodles and boil for 3 minutes.
  2. While noodles are boiling, peel the egg and slice in half to reveal the yolk.
  3. Once 3minutes is up and the noodles are nice and soft and have slightly gone bigger. Remove from water and leave to drain, set aside.
  4. In a large medium saucepan, again boil water (put as much water to fill one bowl up for your ramen). Time to prepare the broth! Once the water is boiling, add 1 sachet of the Miso soy bean paste and stir. Add the chicken stock cube also and stir. Keep stirring till the paste and chicken stock cube dissolves so about 5minutes. Notice in the soy bean paste, seaweed will appear. This is normal and just enhances the flavor.
  5. Then add your sliced mushrooms into the broth and continue to boil on medium heat for extra 2minutes.

Assemble-

  1. Firstly place your cooked noodles into your bowl.
  2. Next add your cooked spinach onto one side.
  3. Then comes the chopped spring onions placed neatly next  to the spinach.
  4. Very carefully pour your broth into the bowl.
  5. Add your sliced salami on the edge of the bowl.
  6. Finally garnish with your thin slices of carrot.
  7. Serve while hot!

The finished product, your very own Japanese Ramen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S

You can buy Miso Soy bean paste by Wakame from any Supermarkets.

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