Special note: Fans of Boston Baru Restaurant, you ain’t gonna like this post. So I advice you to skip it.
Having stayed in Klang all my life, you bet I’ve seen the tremendous outpouring of crowds during dinner time at Boston Baru Restaurant. Yet, I’ve never ate there even once; if my memory serves me correctly. My mom felt we had tried Boston Baru before… a long time ago when it wasn’t this famous. If she’s correct, then I must not have a pleasant dining experience since I don’t have any memory of it.
Ok, so I ignore that place like a plaque simply because I don’t like to wait too long for my food. I’ve been meaning to find a day where the crowd is at its thinnest. I thought since it’s the weekend towards Merdeka, many people will balik kampung. So I decided Sunday will be the day I finally get to try the food from this Chinese eatery and find out if it’s as good/great as most people reviewed in the web. I kinda get the feeling that it’s overrated.
Our order of 5 dishes for 4 people.
Few weeks back, I had the most amazing spaghetti carbonara with bacon and mushroom at my local joint called Primo’s Cafe. I was basically in heaven. Everything was perfection. It was so good that when I woke up the next day, my tummy felt wonderful. If my memory serve me right, this must be my second ever carbonara. I’m usually not a fan of gooey thick sauce in pasta. I guess I became a ‘little’ fan of carbonara that day. My perfect carbonara must be served warm. Cold carbonara just turns me off.
I planned on making my own carbonara and since I have creme fraiche leftover from making Pea & Leek Soup, I decided to make spaghetti carbonara with creme fraiche. Please note, adding creme fraiche is not a true Italian recipe (tsk but I’ll still put this recipe in the Italian category). Still I was eager to try and see how it taste like. If you ever have creme fraiche leftover and not sure what to do with it, try this spaghetti carbonara recipe.
Spaghetti carbonara with creme fraiche – easy and tasty!
Hmmm… what is vegetable tian? More importantly what’s a tian? That were the questions that popped in my head when I saw Dorie Greenspan’s vegetable tian photo in her Instagram. Check out her tians’: here and here.
Well, according to Wiki, tian has two meanings.
A tian is an earthenware vessel of Provence used both for cooking and serving. It is also the name of the dish prepared in it and baked in an oven.
Basically tian is a baked, layered dish which can be made from vegetables or meat and are traditionally cooked in earthenware. I’m showing you how to make vegetable tian which is so easy and the dish itself is very pretty. It’s a perfect side dish to pair with meat.
Vegetable tian. Looks beautiful in a rugged way, right?
I first heard about Ottolenghi right before my London trip 3 years back. I had wanted to make a trip to Ottolenghi Notting Hill but was way out of time. So it is one of my must do when I go to London again. The other day, I was contemplating on getting a cookbook or two from Ottolenghi. The only thing that stopped me was that I read online that some of the ingredients in the cookbook are difficult to get. So I thought why not check out Ottolenghi’s website and surprise surprise, I stumbled upon recipes! I choose this pea and leek soup recipe because yes, the ingredients are basic and easy to make.
Pea and leek soup.
My golden retriever, Chester currently has a recurring malassezia (yeast) infections. His armpits and private areas are infected with yeast and no amount of Malaseb bath could cure the problem. Upon learning that acidophilus (the good bacteria) in yogurt could/may fight against malassezia, I resorted to buying human yogurt for him. I buy him the no-sugar plain variety but unfortunately they do contain addictive which are plant and synthetic origin. Note to self: Must look for natural yogurt without addictive.
Surprisingly, Chester loves yogurt while I hated it (the plain variety) – thought I can share with him ma. To give him just plain yogurt is boring so I thought I’ll add something good like broccoli and garlic. I’ve been giving him yogurt daily for over a month and his malassezia is still there. Guess it doesn’t work but I’ll continue to feed him yogurt since he likes it a lot. If your dog is lactose intolerant, please do not feed yogurt as they are made from milk.
My dog’s fav!
I love fried rice. What about you? Over the years, I’ve cooked various combinations of fried rice. Anything from super simple to using leftovers vegetables and meat. My favorite fried rice dishes are using canned luncheon meat and stewed pork. Not really a healthy choice but immensely good. Oh GOD!!! The thing is I’ve never tried cincalok fried rice before. As of right now, I’ve cooked cincalok fried rice twice. And twice my heart pounded with delight!