5th Anniversary of My Blog

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Dear friends and readers, today I celebrate the 5th anniversary of My Cooking Without Borders.

I can’t believe that I have been blogging for 5 years now !

Five years ago, I posted my first blog post. I had no idea what this cooking & blogging journey would bring me.

Five years later, I learned and tried so many cooking recipes, read so many other cooking blogs,  and met new people.

In 5 years, I wrote 140 posts that brought me so much joy and more than 250,000 viewers from around the world!

I sincerely thank you for the fine comments and emails, for being there, following My Cooking Without Borders from behind your screen.

It is because of you that My Cooking Without Borders means something in this big blogger world.

I do hope you will continue read and support my blog.

I wished I could write more posts, but combining blogging and a full time job is not always that evident.

Sincerely thank you to all of you !

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Some like it Hot

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This post is neither about a 1959 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder (and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) nor a song recorded by The Power Station (the first single released from the group’s 1985 eponymous debut album).

So why did I borrow “Some like it Hot” for the title of my post?

Well, like some people in my country, I am one of those “some (who) like it Hot”….I mean I really like hot spicy food :-)

This post is about a dish which is made by hollowing out jalapeño peppers, stuffing them with a spiced cheese mixture, battering them, and then frying them. This dish is called Jalapeno Poppers and it’s really HOT!

What is Jalapeno Poppers?

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Double Heart for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May and this year Mother’s day will be on May 11 so it is just around the corner.

Although in my country Mother’s Day or locally known as Hari Ibu is celebrated on December 22, I am inspired to cook something special for Mother’s day in May.

I am thinking about something rare and unusual …. and special …… so I browsed the internet to find something interesting and suddenly something unusual caught my attention. I saw a picture of what I recognized to be ‘jantung pisang’ or literally means banana heart

If you’ve ever seen a banana tree, perhaps you have noticed the teardrop-shaped purple cone at the end of the banana fruit cluster. This is the banana heart, also called the banana blossom.

In a tropical country like my country, you’ll see these all the time, but so far I’ve never thought about cooking them.

Hey… I got an idea…why not try to cook banana heart for Mother’s Day? 

To my surprise, there are so many recipes using banana heart. And one particular recipe has caught my attention – it’s a recipe of banana heart in duet with chicken heart so I named the recipe “Double Heart”

Why Double Heart?

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Hidden Eggs

Today 20 April 2014  is Easter Sunday Morning in my country ……

Happy Easter

When I was a kid I used to go to Sunday school.  I remember during Easter Sunday, there would be eggs hunting. It was really fun competing with other kids. Checking all corners of the church, the seat and the grass. I remember that whoever find an egg first will get a reward. I never won but I had fun. Easter eggs hunting is one of things I miss now.

Now that I no longer join eggs hunting or decorating eggs on Easter Sunday, I am thinking of cooking an egg-dish named ‘Hidden Eggs’

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Why hidden eggs?

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Being a Happy Weekday Vegetarian

weekday vegetarian 2Entering the year 2014, I suddenly felt the need to feed my body  in a way that says I love me enough to want only what is best for me.

I know about the perils of eating too much fat and meaty dish, and I desperately want to fill my body with food that I believe is more healthy.

I was aware that there are challenges associated with eating meat, and with becoming a vegetarian. As with other aspects of being human and being alive, each of these alternatives have both pros and cons.

With this in mind, I have decided to try to benefit from both worlds by being a weekday vegetarian

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What does weekday vegetarian mean?

For me, it means choosing to eat, five days a week, a diet that is  vegetarian or meatless while two days a week during week end I enjoy the delicious and satisfying taste of meat.

Some people who are vegetarian consider all animal flesh as meat, including the flesh of fish and fowl. For these people, it is important to exclude meat from their diet. I know other people who consider themselves to be vegetarian who will still eat butter, cheese, eggs, and milk.

Then, there are people who are  “extreme vegetarians,” and they are called vegans. Vegans eat only food from plant sources, and they exclude from their diets both meat and animal products such as butter, cheese, eggs and milk.

Why weekday vegetarian?

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Another New Year to Celebrate

January 2014 marked

The year of 2014 is a special year as we celebrate New Year 2 times both in January, the first month of this year :-)

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern calendar  Gregorian as well as the Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire since 45 BC.

With most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is probably the world’s most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.

This year,  we will celebrate another New Year – It’s the Chinese New Year which falls on January 31. Traditionally, the  celebrations run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.

Because the Chinese  calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year” and we usually wish Gong Xi Fa Cai to those who celebrate it.

Happy Lunar New Year

As the Chinese New Year is approaching, it means we should get ready to party! And by “party” I mean “eat.”

Many New Year’s traditions around the world involve champagne and firecrackers, but when it comes to Chinese New Year it’s all about the feast!

Food plays an important role in Chinese culture, so it’s no surprise that a huge part of the Chinese New Year celebrations center around big banquets dishing up lucky dishes and symbolic foods.  Dishes served most during Chinese New Year symbolize hope and renewal for the New Year.

Feast Chinese New year

As the Chinese New Year is coming in less than 3 weeks, I start thinking of what to cook for Chinese New Year. Although I don’t celebrate Chinese New Year but I have a habit of cooking a special menu on every festive.  This time I am thinking of cooking Egg Foo Yong or in my country known as Fu Yung Hai.

Why Egg Foo Yong?

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.