Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)

A soothing, simple bowl of well-flavoured rice and stock topped with fresh herbs and maybe some cooked shredded meat. This is a savoury yet light dish with lots of bright leafy herbs, but listen: sharing this dish at this time of year, for me, is about a change of palate and a hint of nostalgia. I … Continue reading

Orange scones with a little chocolate
Baking / Breads / chocolate / For two / No yeast baking / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Orange scones with a little chocolate

American-style scones, light, buttery, bright with orange zest. I like them with a big mug of tea, please. This post was inspired by Welcome to Nightvale, my favourite podcast. It’s a cosy yet unsettling podcast about a desert town somewhere in the U.S., where Nightvale’s happening are narrated by the smooth-voiced community radio host Cecil Palmer. In spite … Continue reading

Coconut Sticky Rice Pudding with Sweetcorn (Khao niao piak khaophot ข้าวเหนียวเปียกข้าวโพด)
dessert / For one / For two / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Thai / Treats - no flour / Vegan / vegetarian

Coconut Sticky Rice Pudding with Sweetcorn (Khao niao piak khaophot ข้าวเหนียวเปียกข้าวโพด)

From the archives: a fragrant salty-sweet rice pudding I remember my Pearents making. They didn’t much go in for sweets, preferring fresh fruit or my attempts at baking, but they’d sometimes make huge batches of this, scooping it out from a pot in the fridge and reheating perfectly in the microwave. It’s easy, comforting, and you can control exactly how … Continue reading

Pork wonton noodle soup (บะหมี่เกี๊ยวน้ำ)
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Thai

Pork wonton noodle soup (บะหมี่เกี๊ยวน้ำ)

Classic comfort food perfect for any weather: silky wontons containing pork flavoured with Thai aromatic paste, springy egg noodles, rich broth, and plenty of fried garlic oil. It warms and fills without being stodgy, which is particularly good for this breezily crisp yet sunny spring weather. (You understand, of course, that stodge isn’t inherently bad, but sometimes you … Continue reading

Spicy Thai-style fried noodles with pork and sweet basil
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Spicy Thai-style fried noodles with pork and sweet basil

More noodles–and the first stir-fried noodle dish on this blog! These are spicy noodles perfumed with basil, improvised by Leela at SheSimmers. Leela writes that she cooked up this dish on the fly, calling it kuay tiao phat niraman, or nameless (anonymous) fried noodles. It’s a little bit like phat kee mao and a bit like … Continue reading

Baked cinnamon custard pots
dessert / For two / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Baked cinnamon custard pots

This is one of my new favourite things to make. I love custard. I don’t really like crème brûlée–yeah, no, I don’t know what’s wrong with me either–so I’ve made something a little less fiddly. This is a cinnamon and vanilla-infused baked custard topped with a delicate layer of spiced brown sugar. Obviously if your favourite part of a … Continue reading

Hot gooey baked chocolate salted caramel pudding for one (or maybe two)
Baking / chocolate / dessert / For one / For two / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Hot gooey baked chocolate salted caramel pudding for one (or maybe two)

Well, what more can I say? A deep, dark baked chocolate pudding, thin crust, a little sponge, and a rich, saucy chocolate middle. You only need half a bar of chocolate, and you can add caramel (or anything else) if you want simply by dropping a few candies or a spoonful of the set sauce to the … Continue reading

Flaky Blood Orange Tartlets
Baking / For two / No egg baking / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Flaky Blood Orange Tartlets

A smaller, easier, quicker version of that famed orange tart. A little flaky, buttery pastry, 2 oranges, 2 spoonfuls of sugar, and you’ll have a stunning dessert. Let me tediously list some of the boring reasons I made them this way: My freezer is a shoebox which can’t always accommodate a whole tart, like the original recipe requires; … Continue reading