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Epicurean Concept of the Week - Fond

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Fond

Fond, pronounced “fahn”, is a French word for “base” and in the culinary sense refers to the brown bits and residue at the bottom of a pan after cooking meats or vegetables. Why should we care about fond? Because fond is flavour country! It’s the base for all the goodness that...
3 Asian Chili Paste / Sauces Never to Buy in the Supermarket

3 Asian Chili Paste / Sauces Never to Buy in the Supermarket

Why? Because honest to goodness, you can make them quickly, easily and more importantly better-tasting versions at home. Before I moved to Asia, I used to regularly buy these items in the supermarket. And actually a bit after I moved as well….until my then Singaporean boyfriend said…what? You...
Mama's Molasses Christmas Cookie Recipe

Mama’s Molasses Christmas Cookie Recipe

Funny, the longer I am away from the Southern US where I grew up, oddly the more attached I become to food and the culture. For those of you who haven’t spent much time in the US or perhaps only in the big cities, there are distinct regional...
The Easiest Sorbet Recipe You Will Ever Make - Only 1 Ingredient!

The Easiest Sorbet Recipe You Will Ever Make – Only 1 Ingredient!

I relish the tastes of summer – BBQ, cold beer on a hot day and delicious fruity desserts like sorbet. One of summer’s rituals is a trip to the ice cream shop, but if you are like me, maybe you prefer to chill at home (directly under the air...
AE Nominated as 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today  - PLEASE VOTE!!!! in the next 6 days

AE Nominated as 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today – PLEASE VOTE!!!! in the next 6 days

Accidental Epicurean has been nominated as one of the top 10 Best Food Blogs by USA Today. For those of you who might not be familiar with USA Today, it is the #1 national newspaper in the US. There are some well deserved nominees there including myself, Joanna...
3 Refreshing Champagne Cocktail Recipes for Summer - Read Chubby Hubby

3 Refreshing Champagne Cocktail Recipes for Summer – Read Chubby Hubby

Somehow with all the trends in food and drink like artisanal crafting, molecular gastronomy and mixologists, simply pouring a glass of champagne or sparkling wine can seem boring and perhaps even….gasp!…lazy.  In cases like these, I am a big fan of the champagne cocktail. Now, I personally wouldn’t...
Recipe for Summer Cocktails - Vodka Slushies or Vodka Punch Southern-style

Recipe for Summer Cocktails – Vodka Slushies or Vodka Punch Southern-style

Growing up in the Southern US, punch was a “thing.” By that I mean, it is a special category of beverages that is served on special occasions and in social gatherings, often with sweet treats like cake or cookies. It even had its own special bowl and serving...
Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 - Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Best of Accidental Epicurean in 2013 – Asian eats, travels and favourite recipes

Reflecting back on 2013, I did partake in some amazing meals, travels and learn some new favourite recipes. Along with that Accidental Epicurean won some awards, namely the blog to watch by the UK site 101 Holidays, and Accidental Epicurean also reached #49 rank worldwide for all food...
3 Asian Chili Paste Recipes - Never Buy in the Supermarket Again - read Chubby Hubby

3 Asian Chili Paste Recipes – Never Buy in the Supermarket Again – read Chubby Hubby

Never buy in the supermarket again, because…you can make them better at home. I am a big fan of making my own condiments. Fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and in most cases, significant cost savings are what motivate me. You may have seen my article on Western condiments like...
Epicurean Concept of the Week - Mpemba Effect - Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold Water

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Mpemba Effect – Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold Water

The Mpemba Effect is the verified scientific principle that hot water freezes faster than cold water. Perhaps if you were into science in school, you heard of this. Since I avoided science classes like the plague, I had a “no way!” reaction when I recently learned of this....
5 things you should never buy at the supermarket, because.... - Read Chubby Hubby

5 things you should never buy at the supermarket, because…. – Read Chubby Hubby

Even if you like to eat more than you enjoy cooking, there are some really simple items and condiments you really shouldn’t buy at the supermarket. Why? Because you can make it better at home! Really??? Yes, really. Items like salad dressing, creme fraiche, yogurt cheese, mayonnaise and...
3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

One of the things I love about living in Asia is the tropical fruit. Some of them I had never even heard of until I came to live in this part of the world – now mangosteen, mango, passion fruit and lychee are regular items on my shopping...