ENGLISH CIDER & WINE

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The debonair & dashing Travelling Gourmet TM Dr. Michael Lim

 Waxes lyrical about…

 Hereford CIDER and Wine from…

 

MERRIE olde England!

Bulmers Cider in Hereford is the world’s largest maker of Cider. Since 1885 crafting  tip-top cider to quench your thirst after a hard day’s work! Alas, since 2008, it has been owned by Dutch brewer Heineken. Never mind, Bulmers excellent cider lives on, and its Museum is not to be missed. Nothing quite like a chilled glass of vitamin rich low alcohol Bulmers Cider with some Herefordshire Cheese and Pickles!

J’adore…

 

BULMERS ORIGINAL…a good balance of sharp tangy apples with sweet apples from orchards in Herefordshire, this medium-sweet cider is really good with Fish & Chips and sharp, piquant cheeses like Red Leicester with honey & caramelized onions! Another favourite is SARAH’S RED APPLE CIDER! Medium bodied, elegant and smooth taste with a bittersweet finish pleasures your palate. This showcases the true fruit taste-profile of premium Herefordshire red apples! I like to go to The Grapes in a quiet part of Hereford, which is a “garrison pub” popular with soldiers in HM Armed Forces, now owned by an Irish family. There I partake of beer, real ale plus cider and hearty “pub grub”.

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ALL about Captivating CIDER! CIDER Museum

As Mr. Spock always on Star Trek, “Fascinating…” Visiting is a fascinating learning experience. You will discover just how apples are pressed and…how the golden juice is fermented to produce cider. Explore original champagne cider cellars and view cider-making equipment plus a cooper’s barrel making workshop & a vat house. The museum was a cider making factory. Marvellous collection of old English lead crystal cider glasses from the 18th century onwards intrigues. The visitor can also listen to oral history recordings. Get unique souvenirs for your loved ones in the Gift Shop from an enticing range of ciders! The Tea Room offers light refreshments.

The Cider Museum of Hereford
Pomona Place,

Hereford HR4 0EF

UK

The Museum is open daily except Sunday from 10.30am – 4.30pm ALL YEAR including Bank Holidays

NYETIMBER Brut! NICE!

Prize winning English wine is now famous! Yes, forget Bordeaux drink Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Brut sparkling wine with 12% abv. From West Chiltington with a creamy mouthfeel and tempting notes of Yuzu lemon tarte! Zum Wohl! (German toast)

What the Hell, they started decorating for Christmas in the malla at the end of SEPTEMBER so The Travelling Gourmet TM sincerely and warmly wishes all you loyal readers —>>>

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL! Keep calm and drink CIDER & Wine! 🙂

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Waitrose Beautifully Simple Hainanese Chicken Rice???Wahahah!

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The innovative and creative Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the controversial…

MISINTERPRETATION of a celebrated dish in sunny Singapore…

The latest asinine “scandal” over FOOD, a subject close to all, except anorexics who prefer to starve themselves to death…is Chicken Rice-Gate! No connection to bill gates. Before this was the so-called Rendang-Gate ‘scandal’ {after the infamous Watergate scandal in DC which pales in comparison to the HIGH CRIMES and TREASON of slimeball obozo and corrupt killary…}. That was when a Muslim lady Chef in Masterchef UK was eliminated by a European Chef/Judge who did not have the FOGGIEST idea what Beef RENDANG was!!!! Wahahahah!

Big BROUHAHA over Chicken Rice!!!

Storm in a teacup or shall we say Typhoon in a rice bowl!!!! Wahahah! Now many so-called food writers and bloggers who I must add respectfully and inoffensively, and this is terribly but absolutely TRUE, CANNOT cook and are NOT trained Chefs…all these ”experts” condemn this “Beautifully Simple Waitrose recipe” for being UNAUTHENTIC, which it is. I agree with them, BUT what the hell do you expect??? WAKE UP YOUR IDEA! This is by an Ang-Moh (literal translation is ‘red hair’ in the Hokkien dialect) who has NO idea what is authentic Chicken Rice à la that in the famous and my favourite Chatterbox restaurant of la grande Dame of Orchard Road hotels, namely the splendid 5 Star Meritus Mandarin Orchard. Am I right or am I right? YES, believe me, I am right. Truth be told, there is NO authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice from Hainan Island the “Hawaii” of China. It was all made up by some clever dick Chef and became famous! SO AS WHAT MY CHEF FRIENDS TELL ME, WHEN THEY GET A REALLY DEMANDING, BOORISH, NOUVEAU-RICHE, IGNORANT AND UNAPPRECIATIVE DINER WHO MAKES STOOOPID GOONDOO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY COOKED CUISINE , THEY TELL THEM (if they own the restaurant that is): IF YOU DON’T LIKE MY FOOD, PAY THE BILL, GO HOME AND COOK IT YOURSELF IF YOU CAN!!!!

Incidentally, I, The Travelling Gourmet TM am a professional Chef, trained by experts and 3 Michelin Star Chefs, Le Cordon Bleu, Ecole de Culinaire Le Notre Paris, CIA and more…I used to be a spy but it got too dangerous…:-)

The Oxford University of Culinary Arts, the Culinary Institute of America was founded in 1946…the other one was founded in 1947…

Without white there is no black.

Waitrose Ang Moh recipe

Hainanese chicken rice 🙂

  • Preparation time:5 minutes
  • Cooking time:20 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

125g pack trimmed salad onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal keeping the green ends separate
½ Cooks’ Ingredients Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lime,
2 tbsp essential Pure Clear Honey
1 pack 2 chicken breast fillets fed on an omega 3 enriched diet
150g hom mali jasmine rice, rinsed
40g Cooks’ Ingredients Hainanese Paste

Method

1. Combine 1 tbsp of the green salad onions in a small bowl with the chilli, lime zest, juice and honey, then set aside.

2. Place about one third of the remaining salad onions in a medium saucepan, thinly slice the chicken breasts and add to the pan. Pour over 350ml water and season with a little salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and there is no pink meat.

3. Remove the chicken from the pan, keep warm and set aside. Stir the rice into the pan of chicken cooking liquid. Cook gently, covered, for about 10 minutes until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed. Add a dash of water if the rice is still firm and cook a little longer.

4. Stir the remaining onions and rice paste into the rice and heat gently, stirring for a couple of minutes to heat through. Pile onto serving plates and top with the chicken fillets. Serve drizzled with the reserved chilli and lime sauce.

Although no relation to the lovely luscious and yummie Chicken Rice in the Chatterbox of the Mandarin Orchard Hotel, which was created by my good friend Executive Chef Peter Gehrmann, it is not that bad actually…A new take and a twist on what is popularly regarded as Hainanese Chicken Rice.

L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. 🙂

Baron Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Ignore typhoons in rice bowls! Keep calm and carry on eating! Wahahahah! ENJOY!

 

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5-Star Mandarin Orchard Chatterbox Chicken Rice to nuke North Korea for! Ich liebe es sehr!

Venerable award-winning Chatterbox prides itself on the hugely popular Mandarin Chicken Rice which has evolved into one of Singapore’s most captivating and celebrated local dishes. Other signature favourites include the Chatterbox Lobster Laksa & King Prawn Fried Hokkien Noodles.

Chatterbox earned the Hall of Fame distinction as a Heritage Brand by Singapore Prestige Brand Award.

Reservations recommended: +65 6831 6288 

Chatterbox Restaurant

333 Orchard Road

Level 5 @ Mandarin Orchard Hotel Singapore

Republic of Singapore, 238867 

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Historic HEREFORD!

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ALL PHOTOS OF FOOD ARE real WITH no PHOTOSHOP!

The Suave And Suprising Travelling Gourmet TM visits a town famed for its awesome history and other…

MORE esoteric legends…

MY train pulled smoothly into the small train station. In next to no time I was whisked to the well appointed and unpretentiously luxurious Three Counties Hotel. Set some distance from the town centre, its lovely landscaped gardens and kind and heartfelt service made staying here a delight. This was my lovely base far from the madding crowd, from which to explore this lovely city celebrated for its incredibly beautiful Cathedral. You may know that when President Trump visited the UK recently, his grand banquet in majestic Blenheim Palace featured Beef, but no ordinary beef. Extraordinary Hereford beef is renowned for its taste, texture and yummieness!!! More of that later…

Hereford’s Captivating Cathedral

Perhaps you have seen Il Duomo in Milano, St. Paul’s in London, Vienna’s Stephansdom…BUT you ain’t seen nothing yet till you admire and be awestruck by Hereford Cathedral!

The most famous famous TREASURE of the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Hereford is unequivocally the Mappa Mundi! This awesome and amazing map of the world was created in 1300 by Richard of Holdingham. Unsuprisingly, the Mappa Mundi is listed on the UNESCO memory of the World Register. When I saw it, I was stunned like a broccoli! The palatial cathedral is also a Grade I listed heritage building. While the stunning cathedral became a place of worship in the 8th Century, or even earlier, the bishop’s chapel dates back to the 11th century.

A most learned and kind man who is one of the nicest gentlemen that I am honoured to call my friend, is the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor. The Very Reverend is the Dean of Hereford Cathedral. After attending a special service we had tea and biscuits in his beautifully landscaped garden. The enchanting garden is full of colourful flowers and shrubs. While enjoying our tete a tete, I told him that my very best friends all over the world were called Michael. Dean Michael remarked with a happy chuckle, “Yes, we share the same name…Michael is a very good name.” If you know your Bible, St. Michael the Archangel of God was the hero who cast the devil out of Heaven.

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Marvellous Mappa Mundi

More on this historical artifact…The Mappa Mundi is no ordinary map of the WORLD. Back then there was NO Google, NO GPS…and yet they could create something  incredible like this! Amazingly, astonishingly beautiful, and accurate too for the most part! Mind boggling! Believe me, it is truly one of the wonders of the Ancient World.

 

CHAINED Library!

Now we have vibration sensors, invisible Passive Infra-Red Motion Detector beams, pressure switches, magnetic contact switches, biometric retinal scanners, ultrasonic detectors, CCTV monitors with audio and visual capabilities, mini cameras build into your Silhouette sunglasses…and more…including techniques so sensitive they are classified TOP SECRET. In the Ancient World, just like in today’s high-tech world of smart phones, bad people were also a problem! To prevent these mischievious miscreants stealing the valuable priceless books with priceless knowledge, painstakingly written word for word on ueber-thin calfskin “paper”, they came up with a clever and cunning plan. Chains! The books were and are chained to the book shelves. INGENIOUS! It works! That is why I always say: Do not reinvent the wheel and do not fix what is not broken! Bookworms of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but the “chains” of ignorance! Case in point, the vile viet cong terrorists in the Vietnam War survived on broken rice, a handful of crushed peanuts on a good day, tapioca, water/tea and Nuoc Mam fermented fish sauce. The US Army GI aka Grunt lived very well on-base! They feasted on Hamburgers, French Fries and Coca Cola, Coleslaw, baked beans, Eggs sunny side up, Apple Pie a la mode and Budwieser beer and more! In the field deep behind enemy lines, Lurps and Green Berets were privileged to enjoy posh expensive food, the SAME food as sold in Abercrombie & Fitch – Gourmet LRRP freeze-dried rations! Clearly, logistically it was much cheaper to outfit and feed the vile vietcong guerillas than GIs! Similarly, it is much cheaper to chain the valuable books to the shelves than to install super-expensive Security Systems or employ eagle eyed Librarians!!! There were smarties in the Ancient World too! One of life’s BIG ironies, nicht wahr!

Memorial to the Regiment

John Maine has entitled his artistic installation Ascension…As one engages with it, one finds many profound levels of meaning plus a range of narratives that gives us meaning and hope. Your eyes move up from the deep, dark shadows of the base of Dolerite from Stirling, Scotland…across sky blue glass panes, flecked with crimson-red…then towards the lighter yellow and amber tones…on a journey from the depths of darkness into the realms of light. Much of the Regiments work is shrouded in dark secrecy and the mysterious shadows echo this clandestine & covert aspect of the Regiment. ASCENSION…The lights change with the sun and  seasons – SAS. The renowned “Winged Dagger” Badge of the SAS is the work of Perthshire carver Gillian Forbes, who also cut the line of poetry ‘Always a little further’ in this very hard black marble material.

 

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Ascension Special Air Service Memorial

ASCENSION in stained glass also displays impressive 21st-century technology. Waking slowly and solemnly along the aisle, I remembered fondly comrades and friends in the Regiment. Some living, some not. I marvelled at the myriad kaleidoscopic patterns, plus ever-shifting waves of glimmering light from the 3,000 pieces of glass in 40 different colours. The mystical ever changing colours reminded me of the Buddhist maxim that existence is forever transient, and human life is endlessly in a state of  flux.

The sculpture is formed of different stones from across the world: three of them are from Scotland. The base or pediment is Dolerite, from a quarry near Stirling, and the large sandstone recumbent comes from Clashach, near Elgin. The inscription ‘Special Air Service’ is hand-cut in a block of Caithness slate by the distinguished letter cutter Nicholas Sloan, who lives in Somerset. The ledger stones at the foot of the monument are black marble, from a mine near Mons in Belgium.  The beautiful blue apse is carved from a kind of granite from Brazil known as syenite. Taken together, the varying hues and differing textures of the stones may be thought to reflect our multi-cultural world, ever changing, always challenging, but robustly protected and defended through the commitment and dedication of the SAS, exemplified by their never-say-die motto: Who Dares Wins!

We are the Pilgrims, Master; we shall go
Always a little further: it may be
Beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow,
Across that angry or that glimmering sea.

The Pilgrims by James Elroy Flecker 1884–1915

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-37487222

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/prince-william-visits-hereford-cathedral-for-dedication-of-new-sas-memorial-a3661291.html

 

Her Worshipful The Mayor of Hereford

Councillor Sue Boulter is the current Mayor of Hereford. A really kind and bright lady, she showed me all the historic, impressive and  important ceremonial Regalia and important objets d’arts in the Mayor’s Parlour. Over a glass of cider, on of the famous products of Herefordshire, we had a wonderful tête-à- tête. On the subject of food, the Mayor asked,’Where are you going for dinner then?” I replied, “I don’t know at the moment but I want more Hereford Beef!” Mayor Sue esxclaimed heartily, “Then I strongly recommend ‘The Beefy Boys’!” My reply was, “Sounds good to me!

Where is the BEEF?

The resourceful and intrepid Travelling Gourmet…

MEETS The BEEFY Boys! Following the kind recommendation of The Mayor of Hereford, I found myself on the second storey of The Beefy Boys restaurant which was buzzing with many afficionados of Hereford Beef and macho Beefburgers which is what is served lovingly here! Somehow, I thought, as I looked around, I don’t think this is popular with Vegans! The Old Market is actually, despite its name…very NEW! A new well designed developement of shops, well-stocked Waitrose mega supermarket and quaint and yummie restaurants, cafes and bistros.  The Beefy Boys entered
the UK’s biggest BBQ competition Grillstock and won the coveted title of Best Burger in 2014.
The boys then got to represent the UK at
The World Food Championships in Las Vegas where they
competed against 50 of the best Burger chefs in the
world for the title of World’s Best Burger! The four lads from Hereford defied all the odds and managed to come 2nd overall with their Burger winning the
final.  WHO Dares Wins! Originally, there were 4 Beefy Boys but now alas, only three, as one has passed on. Well, life goes on, and they have even beaten the Americans in the USA with their Prize Winning Beefburgers!!! The BIG burgers are made with 100% 21 day age Herefordshire Beef minced fresh daily! The Hereford Beef is sourced from local butcher Neil Powell & local farmer Johnny Morris. For a great BIG BITE sink your mighty molars into… MEXICAN Boy! MEATY beef patty medium doneness with a hot fluffy bun surrounded by ueber-crispy tortilla corn chips, and matched with a glass of Butty Bach Wye Valley Ale is heavenly! Keep calm and munch on!! 🙂

The BEEFY Boys of The Meat Boutique,

Old Market,

Hereford HR4 9HU,

UK

 

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Hereford CIDER and Wine from…

MERRIE olde England!

Bulmers Cider in Hereford is the world’s largest maker of Cider. Since 1885 crafting  tip-top cider to quench your thirst after a hard day’s work! Alas, since 2008, it has been owned by Dutch brewer Heineken. Never mind, Bulmers excellent cider lives on, and its Museum is not to be missed. Nothing quite like a chilled glass of vitamin rich low alcohol Bulmers Cider with some Herefordshire Cheese and Pickles! J’adore BULMERS
ORIGINAL…a good balance of sharp tangy apples with sweet apples from orchards in Herefordshire, this medium-sweet cider is really good with Fish & Chips and sharp, piquant cheeses like Red Leicester with some honey and caramelized onions! Another favourite is SARAH’S RED APPLE CIDER! Medium bodied with an elegant and smooth taste with a bittersweet finish. This showcases the true fruit taste profile of premium Herefordshire red apples! I like to go to The Grapes in a quiet part of Hereford which is a “garrison pub” popular with soldiers in HM Armed Forces, now owned by an Irish family. There I partake of beer, real ale plus cider and hearty “pub grub”.

 

ALL about Captivating CIDER!

As Mr. Spock always on Star Trek, “Fascinating…” Visiting is a fascinating learning experience. You will discover just how apples are pressed and…how the golden juice is fermented to produce cider. You can explore original champagne cider cellars and view cidermaking equipment plus a cooper’s barrel making workshop and a vat house. This because the museum was a cider making factory. There is a marvellous collection of old English lead crystal cider glasses from the 18th century onwards. The visitor can also listen to oral history recordings. Get unique souvenirs for your loved ones in the Gift Shop! An extensive range of ciders entice! The Tea Room offers light refreshments.

The Cider Museum of Hereford
Pomona Place,

Hereford HR4 0EF

UK

The Museum is open:   10.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday ALL YEAR including Bank Holidays.  Closed Sundays.

Admission charges are as follows:

Adults: £5.50      Concessions: £5.00      Children/Students: £3.00      Family: £16.00

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Marvellous MONTIGO Resorts!

MAKE a picture in your mind…of a tropical island paradise where good food is available, sun, sea surf, your own villa on a secure hillside with your own private swimming pool on the patio…fantasy island you think???

Hell NO.

REALITY in Montigo Resorts, Indonesia.

I loved my 3 storey villa with a sun bathing roof. Only thing was..a lot of stairs to climb but it is all good! makes your legs strong and cardio-vascular exercise makes you fit and tough! Ich liebe es!

 

To be continued..stay tuned…please…

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RED Farm…in LONDON

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The intrepid and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM
reveals the
MODCHINOIS Chinese restaurant tailored to Americans aka as the Cantonese in Hong Kong SAR of the PRC, say: “kwai loh”…
NEW in LONDON!
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Red Farm
new in LONDON merrie olde England…
Dr. Michael Lim is The Travelling Gourmet TM
Dim Sum are not for dimwits…they are small bites like dumplings, pau, prawns in bean curd skin with mango, etc…Very good for portion control n’est pas…
Keep calm and carry on eating – copyright tagline of The Travelling Gourmet TM 🙂 Michael Lim
 
IT’S: A dim sum restaurant in Covent Garden
OPENED: September 12th, 2018
WHO’S BEHIND IT: Ed Schoenfeld
DID YOU KNOW: Although a non-reservation restaurant, customers are encouraged to call or email in advance of their desired booking to be added to a list to avoid queuing outside
LOCATION: Covent Garden
ADDRESS: 9 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ
CLOSEST TUBE: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
OPENING TIMES: Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm-22:30pm; Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: 0203-883-9093; Email: info@redfarmldn.com
Red Farm Spooks Tim Sum from the Big Apple!
Perfetta for halloween on 31 Oct 2018 nicht wahr
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MAESTRO della cucina Prego is…

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TOP SECRET

well it was…

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The late but great multiple Michelin Starred Chef Joël Robuchon and The irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM

The mysterious and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM reveals a secret that he has known for some time…

MAESTRO della Cucina Prego ristorante in Fairmont, mio grande amico Masterchef Antonio Facchinetti is leaving for Manila….soon. I embargoed this Intel for sometime due to my regard for friends in high places in Fairmont hotel. I have friends in high and low places…also bright and dark places…

For over six years Chef Antonio brought warmth, joy, YUMMIE food and great dishes like his marvellous Timballo to kill for! Also the Bistecca Fiorrentina to nuke rogue regime and terrorist sponsor iran for! NEVER ever say to die for, the favourite cliched-goondoo phrase of brain-dead wannabe food bloogers (pun intended, not a spelling error) Wahahahah! Chef Antonio is the longest serving/cooking Chef to helm Prego, my favouritte Italian ristorante in Sunny Singapore. Antonio is a true blue gentleman I am honoured to call mio grande amico, humble and kind with a true instinct for good Italian cuisine without wierd molecular gastronomy, wierder chemicals and liquid Nitrogen than freeze your finers off…literally.

Believe me…Good things never end. They get BETTER and BETTER! Interviews are in progress for his replacement…my lips are sealed. I am nothing if not discreet…

Good things for Manila and for the filipinos that love authentic Italian food…and for sure good things too for Prego in the future! There is always somnething exciting in the world of food and wine and hospitality!

REMEMBER YOU HEARD THE INTEL first from Dr. Michael Lim THE Travelling Gourmet TM!!! 🙂

 

 

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BEST Snowskin Mooncake 2018!

Pan Pacific’s Snowskin with Cempedak Mooncake is AWARDED THE TRAVELLING GOURMET TM’s BEST SNOWSKIN MOONCAKE 2018!

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The cheerful and cherubic Travelling Gourmet TM explains WHY the Pan Pacific Hai Tien Lo’s…

MOONCAKE of snowskin and filled with…wait for it…CEMPEDAK, is the most yummie and delicious Snowskin Mooncake that I have tasted this 2018! The luscious, sexy flavour of the textured Cempedak that is just sweet…but not too sweet and the unmistakable pungent perfume and taste is sublime! A complex flavour profile of honeyed bananas and pineapple…superbe! Colour also is very attractive and appealing. LIVE! LIVE! Must taste!

NEVER ever say die because when you are dead you cannot taste or eat anything! Am I right? Yes! Absolutely! To die for is the stock cliched phrase of goondoo wannabe food writers and anorexic bloggers with stick insect legs.

Cempedak Fruit

 

This year Cempedak, a cousin of the Nangka aka Jackfruit is “IN”. Many Mooncake makers have incorporated this humble jungle fruit into their recipes! Bravi I say!

Pieces of cempedak fruit

 

 

 

 

To be continued…

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