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The Occasional Vegan : Roasted Vegetables

I’ve always loved various root vegetables. This one is a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes. I roasted them together with onions, whole garlic cloves (with skins) and red peppers. Seasoned with salt and pepper, olive oil, a pinch of chilli powder and a scattering of sage leaves. A simple and easy, throw-everything-in-the-pan-and-roast dish.

-hazrock, the root of all good


Posted by on December 15, 2013 in The Occasional Vegan


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I’ll Be There For You

This post is dedicated to my best friend.

“No one could ever know me
No one could ever see me
Seems you’re the only one who knows
What it’s like to be me
Someone to face the day with
Make it through all the rest with
Someone I’ll always laugh with
Even at my worst I’m best with you”

-The Rembrandts (Song : I’ll Be There For You, from the TV show Friends)


Both pictures grabbed from Google Search

“Friends” is way up there on my list of favorite sitcoms of all time. I can’t really pick a favorite “Friend”. Their characters were unique in their own way and nothing can change that. Ok ok if I were to pick one, I’d probably picked Chandler Bing. Love his smartass attitude and sarcasm!

“Four Friends” Spices (Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cloves and Cardamom)

I recently came to know that the Malay community (my people!) called this group of spices “Four Friends”. It just means that you must have all four to cook dishes like our curries, flavorful soups and others. Can’t have one without the other. Just can’t! Don’t even think about it!

Homemade Indonesian Mee Bakso

Bakso” are beef balls. Ahh this comforting street food of Indonesia, sold on little push carts along the busy streets of Jakarta and Bandung. It doesn’t really matter that the way they prepare it is in unsanitary and dusty environments. Well, it does actually, especially if you are used to food served in the comforts of air-conditioned restaurants and foodcourts, and the premises are kept clean at all times. Sensitive stomachs beware!

I made mine with a few shortcuts. Frozen beef balls saved the day. The flavorful broth was made with the “four friends” spices, some onions, garlic and ginger and a beef stock cube.

It might not taste that authentic. But I love it. Slurping optional!

-hazrock, love you, bestie! (Urgh! Bestie? *cringe*).


Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Food


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I Want To Break Free

“I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you”

-Queen (Song : I Want To Break Free)

Picture grabbed from Google Search

Ahh! Freddie Mercury. Flamboyant, charismatic, awesome! I was still in primary school when I heard a out Queen. And this was the first song that introduced me to the band. Or was it Radio Ga Ga? Oh whatever. No band can ever replace Queen. Ever.

Homemade Thai Beef Noodle Salad

My meals are getting boring. Same old thing day in day out. So I decided to break free from the food rut and prepare this fabulous Thai Beef Noodle Salad. It was really good.

I used a rump steak, lightly marinated with garlic, salt and pepper. And cooked on the frying pan until medium rare to medium. I prepared a dressing made with vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and a sweet Thai chilli sauce. The steak was sliced and submerged into the dressing for flavour.

The assembly was simple enough. Baby butterhead lettuce, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced carrots, glass noodles and the sliced beef. The extra dressing was poured over and voila! A really substantial meal!

Free at last!

-hazrock, the show must go on

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Food


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Smashing Pumpkins

“And we don’t know
Just where our bones will rest
To dust I guess
Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below”

-Smashing Pumpkins (Song : 1979)

Picture grabbed from Google Search

The early 90s, especially the grunge era, was a confusing time for me. It was a stark realization that the reign of “hair metal” bands was over. And scruffy musicians took their place. Slowly, I began to accept grunge/alternative music. And these bands have proved themselves to be as awesome. Who knew!

Homemade Pumpkin Soup with Garlic Toast

I want Pumpkin Soup! Such a weird craving I had. Just out of the blue, just like that and I pictured smooth and creamy Pumpkin Soup and dipping it with bread.

Pumpkin Purée in a can.

I make no apologies for using canned pumpkin purée. With our modern and busy daily lives, who has the time to make it from scratch? And besides, only a specific kind of pumpkin is best for roasting and pureeing, the sugar pumpkin. Now where am I gonna get sugar pumpkin?
I see sugar pumpkins sold at “gourmet” supermarkets only around Halloween where I live.

Of course, I added a little bit of cream at the end to make it rich and err.. creamy. Yum! Seconds please!

-hazrock, ava adore


Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Food


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Green Tinted Sixties Mind

“Gotta face the day
there’s no other way to clear the fog inside your mind.
Fill it up with dreams but all that you can seem to find.
A green tinted sixties mind”

-Mr Big (Song : Green Tinted Sixties Mind)

Picture grabbed from Google Search

Mr Big!! Love them! The closest I have been near them was probably about a meter or so. They came down here in the early 90s and like any silly fangirl I went to the airport to see them. Along with hundreds of other fans, male and female. As the band was quickly whisked away to their waiting vehicle, I almost grabbed Paul Gilbert‘s arm but I wasn’t close enough. Ahhh.. Good times.

Homemade Pandan Waffles

A heady scent of pandan wafted through my humble apartment as I made these. So invitingly delicious. These Pandan Waffles are so popular here, sold at bakeries islandwide. I did a write-up about these kind of waffles in my earlier post, Seize The Day.

Pandan is screwpine leaves, widely use here mostly in desserts and sometimes savory dishes.

They have so much flavor and a lovely aroma. Sometimes, people here put pandan leaves in their cars, as a natural air freshener and insect repellent.

Back to food, I used pandan paste from a bottle for my waffles. Let’s face it, you think I would go through the trouble of extracting the pandan juice and boiling it myself and whatever else that needed to be done? In my most gangsta voice, hells naw!!

These waffles are yummy plain and with fillings. Jam, kaya(egg jam), chocolate, Nutella, cheese are all good.

-hazrock, addicted to that rush


Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Food


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Cheap Trick

“Life goes on around me every day,
But it might as well be half a million miles away.
It’s like a ghost town without your love”

-Cheap Trick (Song : Ghost Town)

Picture grabbed from Google Search.

Cheap Trick is probably one of those underrated bands. Great tunes but somehow didn’t get the popularity they deserve. But sometimes, the underdog wins.

Sirloin Steak with Black Pepper Sauce from Swensen’s

I love steak! But I have always been too intimidated to cook it myself. They can be horribly undercooked to the point that it is almost mooing, or horribly overcooked until the texture resembles the rubber soles of canvas sneakers.

I think steaks served in restaurants and steakhouses are so pricey. (And I’m cheap, I admit. haha!) Yes, they look good and impressive. And properly cooked as well (I chose medium-rare). But really, is it too difficult to cook steaks myself? After some research, I decided to jump right in and cook!

I followed all the steps and tips from YouTube videos, and finally did it! Salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and olive oil for the marinate. And a squeeze of lemon juice after it came off the skillet. But I think I cooked it to medium instead of the medium-rare that I was hoping for. I cut the steak into strips and made it into a sandwich with wild rocket leaves.

Homemade Steak Sandwich

Restaurant steak : $21
Homemade steak : $6-7


hazrock, the flame

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Food


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To The Moon And Back

“She’s taking her time making up the reasons
To justify all the hurt inside”

-Savage Garden (Song : To The Moon And Back)


The 90s was such a great decade for music, even in the pop arena. Savage Garden, the duo from Australia were HUGE in the mid 90s. And that is probably my favorite song from them. It just takes me back to those carefree days, without a worry in the world.

Wild Rocket

I must admit, I’m not particularly fond of rocket, the salad leaf. It has a slightly bitter peppery taste that put me slightly off. But the name itself is so cool, “Rocket”. Why wouldn’t anybody eat it? “I’m eating rocket”. Whoa! Out of this world far out!

I found a Tuna Sandwich recipe which is different than what I would normally make. I would always make a tuna salad with mayo. This one, however, uses canned tuna in olive oil with a squeeze of lemon juice. Black olives, minced onion and parsley are added.
Add all that into a crusty baguette and topped with wild rocket leaves, in place of the usual iceberg lettuce,and you’ve got yourself a substantial sandwich!

All that sounded so delicious, I just had to try and make it.

That looks pretty awesome, if I may say so myself. Tastes even better!

-hazrock, I knew I loved you (before I eat you, tuna sandwich)

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Food


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