East Asian Staple Ingredients

I love Thai and East Asian food and it's really really easy to cook. I was asked recently a few months ago what you should get in (fresh, herbs and cupboard) for when you're first starting out experimenting with Thai cooking. Then a few months later, I decided that it would make a very informative and colourful blog post to create a shopping list of east asian staple ingredients that you can get! I hope it inspires a few of you into experimental cooking with healthy and tasty ingredients. See below for a Thai Red Prawn recipe with many of these ingredients that I have used for years, first established from good old Jamie.

#GetYourWokOut

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A KILLER White Chocolate Cake

For the recent murder mystery party, my housemate kindly baked me a murder mystery birthday cake. I've been craving white chocolate and raspberry combinations since my visit to Bealim House (also with my housemate!) and so those were my specs. We then decided to go one step further and really make the ultimate cake that would be a great focal point for any Murder Mystery party.

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I love you like… Chilli (con Carne) and Chocolate

…Plus the Science of the Chilli.

There’s nothing better than curling up all cosy when it’s cold outside…Except I fidget loads and could never just “cosy up”, but just imagine the scene: you’re back home, you’ve kicked your shoes off and there is absolutely nothing that will get you back out again. What can you have to make you even cosier? Cava? (obviously), chocolate? hot chocolate? even hotter chilli con carne? All of the above? We’re entering the danger zone now though, you want some fire in your belly but you want to control the intense sweats, pain on your tongue and runny nose that you would usually get with spicy. Why can they take the heat so well and I’m left a quivering heap reaching for the yoghurt and milk?! Because that’s SO attractive! You want to maintain your composure…

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My First Time…Banhmi

On a recent and literal Shop ’til you Drop session, we needed to go somewhere to refuel and I’ve been wanting to try Time Banhmi since it opened. Time Banhmi is a healthy alternative to other sandwich bars on the Newcastle High Streets and offers a small variety of fillings as Vietnamese sandwiches Bánh mì, tofu vegetarian options bánh mì chay or with rice depending how hungry you are! Today, 8th February is Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and considered as the first day of spring (I’ll go with that!)

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#BLOGSTAURANTWEEK SUNDAY: PITCHER & PIANO

As if this marks the end of #BlogstaurantWeek. 7 days of some of the best restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne, I now have to go back to cooking and doing the washing up. For the final day, we headed to The Quayside for food at Pitcher & Piano. Pitcher & Piano is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine or pint of lager on a sunny day. I’ve never actually been for food and I thought Restaurant Week would probably be the perfect time to check it out, as well as their ‘new’ refurb.

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