My Virtual Cookbook - Foodie Newsletters

August 2018 Edition: Fruits and Veggies Showing Off

As meats often seem to get all the attention at meal-time, I'm always on the search for ways to help give a bit of that limelight to the underdogs in the food world, vegetables!

Likewise, in desserts, people seem to naturally gravitate to chocolate treats. So, I'd like to stop them in their tracks by getting fruits to show off a little more.

This edition will include a short collection of recipes where vegetables and fruit really shine in unique and delicious ways.

Hope this edition inspires you to be more daring with your fruits and vegetables!

New recipes added since the last newsletter: 55

Sweet Stars

Plum Cheesecake Lasagna - Plum is the star ingredient in this topsy-turvy meal-turned-dessert.

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberry Bread Pudding - Once you take a bite of this warm winter treat, you'll see that roasted strawberries are a very special thing and you can dial up or down the roasted rhubarb depending on how tangy you like your desserts

Passionfruit Cheesecake with Spiced Pineapple - Passionfruit was born to be infused with a cheesecake... it just doesn't do it justice to simply sprinkle it on top. The spiced pineapple is also quite nice and can easily and sneakily be enjoyed on it's own too.

Espresso, Fig and Hazelnut Cheesecake - It's the layer of fig and the crunchy fig seeds that really makes this cheesecake unique and special.

Black Sesame Flourless Chocolate Cake - I can't tell which ingredient I like more in this dessert the chocolate or nutty black sesame! Definitely not your usual brownie.

Apple & Ricotta Fritters (Gluten-Free / GF) - Super fast to make and it gets eaten just as quickly! Very little sugar in there too!

Bright Starters

Zucchini parmesan and basil muffins - Vegetables and herbs for breakfast!

Indian Chickpea Pancake with spiced sweet potatoes - A great breakfast for when you have a big day ahead and you need these carbs for energy.

Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup - Soup with a delicious asian twist and about 3 different types of mushroom. Would work especially beautifully with mushrooms picked in the forest.

Cucumber Umeboshi Salad with Cashew Crunch - Best cucumber salad I have ever had. Such an amazing mix of flavours (sour, spicy, salty) and textures.

Malaysian Pai Ti Shells (Top Hats) - This showstopping appetizers are great shells to collect delicious combinations of vegetables with seasonings, carrots, peas, golden beetroot, herbs, etc.

Stealing the Limelight During the Main Event

Smoky Whole Baked Cauliflower Gratin - There's nothing that will steal the limelight on the dinner table like a whole cauliflower that has been roasted. Top it with a cheese sauce and smoked paprika, and you'll have people fighting over it!

Swiss "Maluns" Potato Hash - Take an unassuming vegetable like the potato and reinvent how it is presented. This dish took me by surprise - though it takes a little extra time to make, you'll be in savoury heaven!

Beetroot Curry - Now here's a great way to spice up your dinnertime, serving it as a side or even as a main. I'll definitely be making this one again!

Lobster Tails with Mango & Lime - This was the first time I decided to buy lobster tails from the supermarket (I was dubious). Mango and lime were a beautiful compliment to this delicate tasting shellfish.

Duck Braised in Quince & Walnut Gravy - The most delicious gravy I have ever enjoyed, wow. I have never seen a gravy actually overshadow something as delicious as duck. Very impressed!

Other tasty new dishes I made these last 6 months which were delicious!

Crispy Salmon and Chilli Syrup Salad

Hot & Sour Chinese Coleslaw

Vietnamese Bun Cha (Pork Noodle Salad)


Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Curried Parsnip Soup


Italian Free-form Ricotta, Cherry Tomato & Pesto Lasagna

Malaysian Chicken Curry

One pot Miso Chicken Drumsticks & Rice

Japanese-style poached chicken with ginger soy

Japanese Karaage Fried Chicken

Japanese Duck Breast with Tangy Umeboshi Sauce

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao)

Chorizo & Haloumi Stuffed Polenta Crepes

Tex-Mex Beef, Been and Potato Chimichangas

Creamy Black Lentils

Malaysian Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

Sticky & Tender Texan-Style Beef Short Ribs

Chinese Hunan-style Egg noodles with Smoked Bacon & Chilli

Chinese Salt & Szechuan Pepper BBQ Prawns

Malaysian Char Kway Teow Noodles

Sri Lankan Sour Pork Curry


Sichuan-style Stirfried Spinach

Malaysian-Arabian Kasbah Rice

Sticky Roast Carrots with Raisins

Crisp Roast Potatoes

Roast Cauliflower with Thyme & Hazelnut Butter

Malaysian Tomato Rice (Nasi Tomato)


Cinnamon Toast Bites

Africaans Koeksisters (Glazed Braided Fried Pastries)

South African Malva Winter Boozy Pudding

Mhancha Moroccan Almond Pastry

Passionfruit Friands

Macadamia Nut Cream Frosting

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Chocolate Banana & Pecan Cookies

Sweet, Salty & Spicy Roasted Nuts


Parmesan & Caraway Muffins

Vegetable & Herb Ricotta Tart

Columbian Garlic Breakfast Soup with Poached Eggs

Happy tastings!