Japanese friend in KL

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Fumiyo our friend and our Japanese "granma" is in KL with us for two weeks. We took her out for some meals and she loved all the food.
One day she cooked at home cos of course she misses her Japanese food.
She prepared some steamed rice with vegetables (carrots, bamboo, green beans, etc.), miso soup (white), then we had zessai (chinese starter we used to have in Japan at the Chinese rest.) and daicon. Everything was very nice :-)

Fumiyo la nostra amica e nonnina giapponese e' in vacanza da noi per 2 settimane. L'abbiamo portata a mangiare fuori e le e' piaciuto tutto, ma una sera ha cucinato lei cibo giapponese, perche' ovviamente ne sentiva la mancanza.
Ha preparato riso al vapore con verdure (carote, bambu, fagiolini, ecc), zuppa di miso (bianca) poi avevamo come antipasto una verdura di cui non so il nome ma che mangiavamo sempre come antipasto in un ristorante cinese a Tokyo a Mitsukoshi e poi daicon.
Tutto era buono :-)

Penne vodka, salsiccia fresca e panna

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Thanks to our friend Max from Lanciano :-) (Abruzzo, Italy) we made a great dish for our dinner. Max made up this dish and I used to enjoy it in university days.
The pasta is quiet simple to make.
Ingredients for 2 people:
3 fresh sausages
olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 glass vodka
1 tsp tomato paste
200ml cream
160 gr. penne lisce
Procedure:
Heat up the oil and add the garlic, let it get gold and then remove. Add then the sausage already skinless and reduced in small bits. Saute' 1 minute then add the vodka and flambe' well till the sausage is well done. Then add the tsp of tomato paste and the cream and let it cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
Meanwhile the pasta was cooking, drain it, add to the sauce, stir well and serve with Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy your meal :-)








Grazie al nostro amico Max che durante l'universita' mi ha dato la possibilita' di provare uno dei suoi piatti che lo distinguono come
"bravo chef", ho deciso di riprodurre quel piatto per la nostra cena qui in Malesia. Questo piatto e' abbastanza semplice da preparare.
Ingredienti:
3 salsicce fresche
olio extra vergine d'oliva
1 spicchio d'aglio
1 bicchiere di vodka
1 cucchiaino di concentrato di pomodoro
200 ml panna da cucina
160gr penne lisce

Procedimento:
Mettere a scaldare l'olio in una padella, aggiungerci l'aglio e farlo dorare, dopodiche' lo t
ogliete e vi aggiungete la salsiccia sbucciata in precedenza e ridotta a pezzetti. Fate rosolare la salsiccia per un minuto e poi aggiungere il bicchiere di vodka e flambe' il tutto sino a quando la salsiccia e' ben
cotta (cercate di tenere la fiamma accesa). Quando la salsiccia e' cotta aggiungere il concentrato e la panna e cuocere per 1 o 2 minuti.
Buon appettito!! :-)
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The adventure of the little TOAD

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In June we went to Langkawi with my mother in law and Lesley. We staid there for 3-4 days and of course we staid at Pondok keladi an amazing place where in the night the only thing you can hear are the frogs singing.
We left Langkawi on a Thursday morning with the 9.35 am flight. We got home for lunch time and when Nigel took out his shoes from the bag he found inside a little toad who came for free from Langkawi. We tried to put some water on her to Hydrate it and we left it on the garden.
After few week here it is again on Nigel kung fu shoe, we took it out cos he needed the shoe and let it go in the garden again. It was a rainy day.
One Friday evening as usual Nigel left at 7pm to go to kung fu with his motorbike. First he was meeting his friend in a Chinese restaurant for dinner. When he open his rucksack he found the toad inside his shoe again and he had to keep it in. the he went to kung fu with it and after the lesson they came back home together again. We think the toad loves to travel cos it has been on a plane, on a car and on a motorbike :-)
Few days ago we saw a tiny toad jumping near our gate and we think our toad has found a friend :-)

Melacca with friends

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Last Friday we went to Melacca with our friends Duncan and Lina. We drove there and it took about 2 hours. The weather was beautiful and hot. We got there at 12.30pm, we check in in the "Equatorial hotel" then we went for our first babanyonya lunch. We went in a restaurant called "Banyonya" and we had : chicken rendang, sambal chicken, squid in tamarind sauce, kang kong and cendol for dessert.Very very good meal!!
Then after lunch we walked around the town for hours under an hot sun.
For dinner we went to a restaurant called "Ole Sayang" that means "Gift of Love". Here we had an amazing dinner, the restaurant was full, we had to walk around for 1 hour and then go back for a table. We had again rendang chicken , sambal aubergines, kang kong, fried fish and rice pudding for dessert.We had a good time and we enjoyed Melacca and the food.


Lo scorso venerdi' siamo andati a Melacca con una coppia di amici Duncan e Lina. Siamo andati in macchina e ci vogliono circa 2 ore da KL. Siamo arrivati li' alle 12.30 circa, abbiamo fatto il check in all'"hotel equatorial" e poi siamo andati a pranzo in uno dei ristoranti che la receptionist ci ha suggerito. "Banyonya", abbiamo mangiato cibo locale come pollo rendang, pollo sambal, spinaci cinesi e seppie con salsa al tamarindoe cendol come dessert (ghiaccio tritato con fagioli rossi, sciroppo di zucchero nero.
Dopo pranzo abbiamo girovagato per la citta' sotto un sole cocente.
Per cena siamo stati in un ristorante chiamato "Ole sayang" che significa "dono d'amore" e qui anche abbiamo mangiato benissimo. Il ristorante era pienissimo quindi abbiamo dovuto aspettare circa un'ora per un tavolo. Anche qui abbiamo mangiato chicken rendang, pesce fritto, melanzane con sambal, kang kong, and budino di riso per dessert.
Senza dubbio abbiamo passato due belle giornate a Melacca e abbiamo mangiato benissimo.

Merdeka a Port Dickson

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31 of August here in Malysia is "Merdeka day" so we decided to go to Port Dickson. Was the first time there, it took 1 hour by car.
We visited "Blue Lagoon", very nice and peaceful, the water was very shallow and there were lots of tiny crabs.
crab artwork
The best part of the day in PD was the lunch. We had an amazing chilly crab, western style buttered prawns and kang kong. I definitely recommend this place and we will be back there again soon.
restaurant chilli crab
Il 31 agosto qui in Malesia e' "merdeka" il giorno dell'indipendenza quindi abbiamo deciso di andare a Port Dickson a un'ora di macchina da qui, e' un posto sul mare, un porto.
Abbiamo visitato "blue lagoon", molto carino e tranquillo. La marea era bassissima e c'erano milioni di granchietti.
La parte piu' bella della giornata e' stato il pranzo, abbiamo mangiato granchi al peperoncino, gamberoni e spinaci cinesi.Raccomandiamo questo ristorante e sicuramente ci torneremo presto.
prawns kang kong

Hulu Langat 16/08/09

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the pondok Gio and Nigel

Sunday we went for a picnic in a place called Hulu Langat. It's not far from KL, maybe 30 minutes drive. It's next to a river. We went with some friends, they have a beautiful 10 months old baby.
We rented a "pondok" for 10 ringgit a day, it' basically a wooden bungalow on stilt and has just one room and a balcony. We spend our day on the balcony watching the people having fun in the water.We had a lovely meal: duck and pork.
duck and bbq pork

Domenica siamo andati a fare un pic nic in un posto chiamato Hulu Langat. Non e' lontano da KL, forse 30 minuti in macchina. Si trova lungo un fiume. Siamo andati con degli amici che hanno una bellissima bambina di 10 mesi. Abbiamo affittato un "Pondok" che non e' altro che un bungalows fatto a palafitta con una sola stanza e un balcone. Noi abbiamo passato la giornata nel balcone e abbiamo mangiato del buonissimo cibo locale: anatra e maiale.
people playing in the river locals eating

Shin Chan Ramen

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We had a crazy craving for shoyu ramen last week, so I txt my Japanese friend for a good place where we could enjoy a good ramen good as in Japan or almost. She suggested us Shin Chan Ramen in Solaris Mont Kiara. It is a small restaurant, nice and modern design. We had deep fried shitake mushrooms, gyoza and of course two shoyu ramen. Everything was very good. Exceeded my expectations!!

Pesto alla genovese

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Today I decided to prepare a fresh "Pesto alla genovese".
The ingredients are:
40 leaves of fresh basil
1TBSP Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP pecorino cheese
3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp pine nuts
1 clove garlic
salt

Procedure:
Clean the leaves with a cotton towel. Put in a mixer or blender with the garlic, pine nuts and the salt (this keeps the green color of the leaves). Mix all for 1 minute then add the cheese and one spoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix again for few minutes and slowly add the rest of the oil.
Now your fresh "Pesto alla genovese is ready. I suggest to cook it with Linguine pasta.
Buon appetito!!

Curry Lamb Jamaican style

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Today for dinner I tried one of the recipes from "Reggae Reggae cookbook". I couldn't use all the ingredients from the recipe cos I didn't have them so I put some of my creativity and it came out a great dish. My husband said "It's like Mom's cooking"

28 June 2009: 1st wedding anniversary

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Already 1 year married. Seems yesterday that we had that great party in Sardinia! It was a wonderful sunny day, all our dear friends were there with us and our family.
Everybody had fun, especially us!
To celebrate we went out for dinner even if Nigel was very tired from a long day at work. We had dinner in a Thai restaurant in Bangsar, "JIM's". It was OK, not great. Hopefully in August we go for few days to BKK and then we can have better food.
Celebrate our anniversary is nice, but everyday actually is a celebration of our life together.

LUNCH WITH LINA

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Yesterday I invited my friend Lina over for lunch so we could have "una bella chiaccherata" and I decided to make a light lunch using my new "Ottolenghi cooking book".
I worked in Ottolenghi in Notting hill www.ottolenghi.co.uk for one year and I loved the salads. The chefs Sami and Yottam are great chefs and sometimes I miss their food. So now it's finally out their cooking book and my mother in law gave it to me as a present and I am looking forward to try many more recipes. Today I prepared "chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic"and "Mangetout with hazelnut and orange". With the Ottolenghi cooking book, my mother in law also gave me a Jamaica cooking book "Reggae reggae cookbook" by Levi Roots', so I can keep the family tradition. Next time I will try some great Jamaicanfood and I will post here the result.

HOME MADE PIZZA

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Tired of trying all the Italian restaurants in KL to find a good pizza, I decided to try and make it at home, following the direction of my friend from Napoli, Lina.
The result was great, Nigel loved it and now I think I can make it again and again:-)

babbo e mamma a KL

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My parents came to KL for the second time. Unfortunately we were just back from 2 holidays: Langkawi and Tioman, so Nigel didn't have any more free time.
Because my dad is a chef I decided to take him around KL wet markets. We visited Chow Kit, Bangsar morning market and the pasar melan on Sundays.
They loved them, I don't really like Chow Kit, actually I hate going there cos the men are so annoying with their continues stupid comments.
My parents loved to stay with us, visiting the markets, trying new food (including durian and sea coconut) and eating out everyday in a different restaurant or makan.

Pulau Tioman

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went to Pulau

We reached Tioman around 2pm, we staid at "Panuba Inn". The place was ok, the view was stunning and I love to wake up in the morning and watch the sea still sleeping and smell the salty air and enjoy the calm. Tioman is a paradise, the sea is amazing, clear water, clored fished, amazing corals. We enjoied snorkelling, but we don't dive so after 3 days of snorkelling and reading we decided to leave after 5 days.
Unfortunatly and fortunatly the island is untouched, still developing so we actually couldn't go anywhere then our resort, to go to the near beach we had to walk 15min in the jungle and not so easy walk. The food wasn't good, we had different dishes but the all tasted same.
So again we can say, Tioman is a beautiful island, romantic , relaxing, good for diving but boring after 4-5 days.

long long time

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We have been busy recently so I didn't update the blog.
In the last 4 months we had different members of the family over here.
In March as I mentioned before we had Roberta e Clara, my sisters. They staid here 2 weeks and together we went to Langkawi where we had a great time, again we staid at "Pondok Keladi" with our dear friends Dee and Marc.
My sisters loved the sun and the idea of being on the beach on March while in Italy was freezing cold.
We also went for island hopping and we visited a pesar malan, very interesting.

We had a fantastic meal in a chinese restaurant on the same street of Frangipani, I don't remember the name now but it's got big round tables and some strange lanterns in shape of butterfly, fish, etc. The praws in the bamboo were divine!!!

Langkawi with my sisters

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The 13th of March we went to Langkawi with my sisters. We staid at Pondok Keladi and we had a nice time on the beach.

Crostata di mele e apple pie

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Today I spent time in the kitchen preparing some cakes for my husband. In fact the apple pies are intended to be a present for my neighbours but first I wait for my husband to come back and taste them, then we will decide.


The "crostata di mele" is for the family and I had already one slice, it taste good :-)

the new house

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I have been busy moving to the new house. Still lots to do, but definetly life is changed. Poldo is happier, he learned how to bark and I think he's the loudest dog in the area :-/






The house is big, too big for us, luckly our family is coming over to visit us. Next week my sisters Roberta e Clara are coming, they are going to stay with us 12 days and together we are going for a long week end in Langkawi........looking forward to it.





After then in April we are going to have my parents, Elia e Pietrina. They are going to stay 2 weeks but still we haven't planned where to go.



In May is my father in law turn, he's coming for 1 week and we are planning to go for 3 days to Cameron Highlands.




In June are coming my mother in law and Lesley for 2 weeks holiday and we must plan where to go with them, to Cameron highland for some cool hair or to Langkawi for some relaxing time on the beach!!