I Like My Food Spicy
Raspberry Steamed Cake

Hey there lovely dumplings, whats up? 
I have been late again for posting, haven't I? To be honest, the blog is not the only thing I have been neglected this summer. For inexplicable reasons, I am just feeling uninspired to do my routines and that includes blogging, doing chores, and wearing pants. I am sure this is only a momentary mood (it'd better be). 

Gulai Ayam, Indonesian chicken curry

Ummm.. how do I describe this dish... I think its like Indian chicken curry with a hint of Asian touch. You know, double awesomeness. It might look 'heavy' with all that spices and coconut milk, but it balanced out with the freshness of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. 
Raspberry Basil Jam

Okay, its been 3 weeks since my last posting, you probably think that I have been slothing around.. Well, that thought might actually not so far off. This past three weeks has been extremely enjoyable for me; the weather was lovely, work load at the office has been slowing down a bit since everyone is taking their summer vacation, and festivals were popping every weekend. All these things have kept me away from spending time in the kitchen other than preparing my daily meals. 

Spicy crab springrolls

You must be familiar with the quote "You Are What You Eat". I hold this quote dearly and it is why I always make sure what I eat is good. A good food will keep your mood up and your cheerful meter full and these are the key to be a good person.

Pistachio cardamom pie

Yesterday was Canada day, the day where eating chicken wings, drinking beer, and lighting up fireworks were not only allowed, but its mandatory. To celebrate this joyful day and to demonstrate that I am a spirited team player, I too, would like to participate in this unhealthy diet party.

The thing is, I was not prepared for it. I was supposed to fast since it is Ramadhan after all, so my fridge was pretty empty apart from a bowl of rice, left over from my early breakfast (sahur). And since it was a statutory holiday, shops were closed. The only thing that opens was the 24 hours gas pump convenience stores, like the one near my corner. You see, that place is only good for three things: overpriced milk, 101 varieties of chips, and cheap alcohol. Perhaps according to their logic, people need milk for their breakfast, bags of chips to survive the day, and a bottle of alcohol before bed. I am not proud of this, but I kinda approve this logic.

I was oozing disappointment here, ladies and gentlemen. Exactly on the day when junk food binge was celebrated, I was left out. It was the culmination of my unreliableness.

I went through my (half empty) kitchen, looking for something to whip into an unhealthy snack to compensate. I found a bag of shelled pistachio, a sachet of flan with due date in a month, a jug of milk, and a half eaten chocolate bar. Unforgivable. 

So I proceeded the day cooking another good but easy recipe using pistachio for dessert. Pistachio is definitely my favorite nut. Its has distinctive flavor and texture, and also it has so many health benefit. Do you know that this nut actually can improve erectile dysfunction? Truly nut for the nuts. 

Lets begin, shall we!

Pie crust:
Actually any pie crust recipe will do, even the store bought one. The flaky one or the rather crumbly one, free to choose as you like.

Pie filling: 
1 sachet of your instant vanilla flan mix (I used Alsan brand)
1/4 cup shelled pistachio (to grind)
2 cups of milk (as instructed for Alsan brand, follow the liquid measurement according the flan mix you use)
3/4 tsp of freshly ground cardamom (about 10 pods), remove the shell and only ground (finely) the seeds
sugar (optional, check if your flan mix is already has sugar in it)
shelled pistachio for decoration

Cooking step:

  1. I assume you already have your favorite pie crust baked and ready, set aside,
  2. Put 1/4 cup pistachio in a food processor, spice grinder or blender and grind them finely. Dump the nuts into a sieve or sifter once they look like they are ground finely enough. Sift the ground pistachio into a pan. Keep anything that is left in the sieve or sifter aside for sprinkle,
  3. Add 1 sachet of instant flan mix, 2 cups of milk, freshly ground cardamom into the pan. Mix thoroughly and slowly bring to boil, 
  4. Once the flan is boil, turn off the heat and set aside for three minutes,
  5. Meanwhile, brush the surface of the pie crust with butter or margarine, this is to prevent the crust from becoming soggy,
  6. Gently pour the flan on the pie crust and sprinkle the left over ground pistachio and the shelled pistachio on top for decoration, 
  7. Set aside to cool,
  8. Once the pie filling is set and completely cool, gently slice it into slivers and serve it with a cup of hot tea. 

Happy baking!

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