Dubai #55: Pot of Soup

After 5 plus months here in Dubai, i haven’t had much spare time to touch any cooking utensils nor stepped into the kitchen at all! It’s not just busyness but lack of extra energy was the reason, i do envy some colleagues of mine that go all out to dine indoors regularly.

I’ve been asked and teased many times about my cooking skills or am i that lazy or at least make an effort… So being sorta drained by their questions, and of course i so very miss home-cooked soups plus with recent food poisoning i needed something soupy in my diet, i took initiative to drop by the nearest supermarket and bought a medium-sized pot, chopping board, fresh veggies, chicken drumsticks and cutleries.

The idea is to cook something simple for starters: Chop up all veggies, wash the chicken and plonk it all in! My favourite ABC/ Chicken soup!

Hubs and i was so very burpy!

Not sure when i’ll be dishing another meal out, but i’m now quite keen to find ‘One-Pot Meals’ recipes. This pot cost me Dhs 72! Gotta make best use of it eh?!

If you do know any beef/ chicken stew or One-Pot Meals recipes to share, email me! Would love to make time for stewing soon.

Chicken and Green Beans Stir-Fry

This dish is best cooked with pork, but couldn’t source for pork especially in the city, so therefore replaced with chicken, again.


What’s in it:
Minced ginger, red capsicum (thinly sliced), cut chicken pieces, green beans, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar.

Husband loved it, but i still think it needs further improvement.

Improvised Lunch

I improvised a lunch from remaining groceries in the fridge from our last dinner.
This time extra ingredients was added: carrots and olives.   

Loved the extra dose of colour!

Stir-Fry BBQ Honey Chicken with Pasta

Cooked up my own little creation for dinner.


What’s in it:
Marinated chicken breast (cut to pieces), onions, chopped garlic, beans, pinch of salt and baby tomatoes. Easy.

Turned out very tasty!

Ooh… Mum’s Dishes



Simple yet addictive in taste!

Something Chicken Dinner Meal

I titled ‘something’ because i forgot the proper dish name cooked by my husband. Guess i was too busy waiting to eat…

What’s hidden under the thick sauce? 
It’s chicken fillets, potatoes, carrots and onions all chopped up, stir-fried together and then simmer together with the sauce. It was edibly yum! *smiles*


Chicken/ ABC Soup With Macaroni

Why is it named ‘ABC’ soup? Well it’s because everything (onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery, chicken/ pork ribs/ potatoes) are all dumped in together and then leave it to boil for 2-3 hours. Easy as ABC.

Had bad tummy today, so stayed home and decided to cook this for dinner.


Ratatouille Tossed with Pasta

Here’s the dinner:  vegetable stew tossed with pasta!



Or vegetable stew (they call it) was the one pot dish i wanted to try cooking couple of times ago, due to work and busy schedules, i only get to try this on Sat.
There are a few ways to cooking this… And still at beginner’s level, i of course chose the easiest method and was surprised how easy it was to prepare, and it turned out edibly okay too! Though more practice needed to perfect the taste and to not over-soggy it.

I delibrately cooked 3-4 servings to keep for Monday’s lunch and maybe Wed’s dinner. This stew can be eaten on its own, served with meat/ fish or rice or tossed with pasta. Yum!

Spaghetti Bolognese


I nearly got my fingers cooked when my pan’s handle gave way! Shikes!
Think i’m just going to fix the loose handle with duck duct tape and save up next month to buy the TEFAL’s Thermo-Spot saute pan which i’ve been eyeing since March.

Pasta with Stir-Fry Vegetables

Based on my last post i was told by my doc to avoid spicy foods, curries, sambals, seafood, etc. So since i’m still on a strict diet regime, dishing out today’s healthy dinner was relatively easy.


 As for my dotties, it’s fading and healing at the same time…  Can’t wait to taste nasi lemak and seafood again! *wide smile*

Teriyaki Chicken with Green Beans


I was little annoyed that the poultry i bought wasn’t as fresh… Ugh! Oh well.. i’m still glad it turned out edibly tasty!

Asparagus & Shiitake Stir-Fry


Our diet for the past week was filled with oily and fatty foods, bleh! So i chose to cook up something light and healthy. Turned out yums!



Penne Ortolano

Tried this new quick and easy recipe for dinner…


Crab Crab

Us and 2 friends had dinner at a popular crab restaurant 20 mins from the city… I tell you it was Craaabilicious!!
We ordered their signature ‘Salted Egg Crab’ and ‘Cheese Cream Crab’… It didn’t only looked yummy but rich in taste too!

At RM18-20 per Kg, it’s considered very reasonably priced!


I’m very crab-tisfied now… Burp!

Crabs for Lunch

Haven’t been eating crabs with my family for weeks now as my dad was away for business/ work, so right after church, we drove to the nearest restaurant to celebrate both Mother’s Day (belated) and my sister’s recent graduation from high school.


I love crabs, crabs with sweet & sour sauce, crabs with marmite sauce, crabs with chilli sauce, any flavour  with crabs in it just crabs me up!

* Image by GettyImages

Home for Dinner

I enjoy Tuesday nights, a night where Doug and i spend dinner time with my family, a time for us to update our whats-going-ons during the week.

The one thing i (still) always look forward to, is my mum’s brewing soups. *Drools*
For the past 10 over years, she never cease to soup for us (of different recipes) thrice a week…
Now that i’m married, it’s once a week.            

Soup of the day: Lotus Root Soup (In cantonese: Ling Ngau)

I’m aiming to learn her soup recipes by year-end, when i’m not dragging my feet, that is.

Fruit Crave

My love for luscious-juicy looking cherries, eventhough it’s RM8.00 for a handful… Eeep!


More health info on Cherries:
– May help colon cancer
– Lower LDL cholesterol
– Potential source of treatment for diabetes acheived by lowering sugar levels
– Fat free
– Low in calories and sodium
– High in vitamins such as Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins


Dark Soy Sauce Chicken

Today’s dinner:


Marinated the chicken using my mum’s recipe and turned out edibly tasty!

Pasta with Broccoli Mash

Despite the recent disturbing incident, decided to cook dinner anyway:

What’s in it:
– Diced tomatoes
– Mash potato with a dash of broccoli
– Italian sausage
– Terriyaki sauce
– Lettuce
– Sauteed broccoli

Was little disappointed that my terriyaki sauce didn’t turned out as tasty, realised that i didn’t add enough sweet rice wine.. Ugh! Well well, more practice.

On a happier note, my mash looked and tasted much better than before… Improvement brings me joy! 🙂


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