I almost forgot that February is the short month! It wouldn't have been right to allow the month to pass without sharing with you this month's list of lovely stuff with some fun pictures. So, with just today and another 2 days left, here I am!
This month’s pictures are of the Cheong Fatt Tze House, otherwise known as the “Blue Mansion”, in Georgetown, Penang.
Built by Cheong Fatt Tze, known as the “Rockefeller of the East”, he was a famous man of many hats; tycoon, diplomat, and politician. However, his beginnings were as a destitute migrant to Malaysia from Hakka. His success was entirely self-made.
The building, dating from the 1880s, is a fantastic expression of Chinese artistic design, based on the principles of Feng Shui. A tranquil, calm and beautiful place, full of atmosphere and serenity… until the next coach load of tourists arrive. Sadly, you never get the place to yourself to savour for long....
It’s a highlight of Georgetown, whose street food scene is worth the journey alone. But the architecture and street are come a worthy second.
French Puy lentils with Chard, a vegetarian Winter warmer, or perhaps a side dish with chicken or fish: http://www.lemonsqueezy.eu/recipes/category/vegetarian/puy-lentils-with-chard
A quick and easy Cassoulet without the faff of making confit duck. http://www.sweetsugarbean.com/2012/01/for-your-hibernation-sausage-white-bean.html
Teriyaki beef with mushrooms and coconut milk by Dan Toombs (The Curry Guy): http://www.greatcurryrecipes.net/2015/01/20/teriyaki-beef-mushrooms-coconut-milk/
Slow Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup: Packed with the flavour of lycopene rich tomatoes and slow roasted garlic. http://www.elizabethskitchendiary.co.uk/2015/01/slow-roasted-tomato-garlic-soup-vegan.html/
Pea and ham soup, perfected by Felicity Cloake: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/nov/13/how-to-make-perfect-pea-ham-soup-recipe
Goan style roast pork loin by Cyrus Todiwala, the Incredible Spice Man: http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/28/how-to-cook-roast-loin-of-pork-goan-style-4204369/
10 mins prep, 40 mins to cook, a weekday freezer recipe for casserole: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/quick-lamb-and-chickpea-casserole
Garbure - a Gascon soup of ham, cabbage, cheese, bread and beans. http://apostcardfromfrance.com/2015/02/07/garbure/
Cookwitch Lisa's new recipe for Roasted carrot and sesame houmous with chick peas and tahini: http://cookwitch.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/roasted-carrot-and-sesame-houmous.html
Broccoli Rabe - wonder where I can get some in London? If not, perhaps purple sprouting broccoli will work? Pasta with broccoli by Julia delle Croce.
Food for informal gatherings and fun, Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas with Pineapple Slaw & Coconut Rice: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/hawaiian-hula-pork-fajitas-pineapple-slaw-coconut-rice/
North African stewed heaven... who can say no to meatballs? http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/lamb-and-mint-meatball-tagine-with-chermoula/
The much maligned microwave is defended in style by Kavita at Kavey Eats blog. http://www.kaveyeats.com/2015/02/microwave-magic-why-i-love-my-microwave.html
You've probably heard of the 5th taste, umami. But have you heard of kokumi? The science of flavour. Just fascinating! http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21641133-researchers-are-still-chasing-nature-and-number-basic-tastes
Yelp votes Dishoom the best restaurant in the UK. It's a great place for a fun and tasty Indian meal, for sure. Interesting that it has beat places with greater "wow" factor and bigger names.
Where can you get the best chips in London? http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/news/chip-week-2015-hip-chip-hooray
Confused about cuts of meat and what to use where? Kavey has written a useful guide with input from other top food bloggers on beef. http://www.kaveyeats.com/2015/02/which-cuts-of-beef-are-best-for.html
What you might have missed at Snig's Kitchen:
Linda Poulnott's 3rd guest post at Snig's Kitchen - her Neapolitan Baked Aubergine recipe (Parmigiana di Melanzane). Catch it here!
Jack White is a genius guitarist and songwriter with an eye for detail, so why wouldn't his guacamole recipe be well considered? http://snigskitchen.tumblr.com/post/110337942739/jack-white-is-a-musical-genius-turns-out-he-also
Combining two British classics - Cottage Pie and Bubble & Squeak. http://snigskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/lovely-bubbly-cottage-pie.html
My latest blog post - review of London's Brasserie Zedel, who bring some Parisian style and class to the centre of town. http://snigskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/brasserie-zedel-london.html
My new blog, Snig's Classroom first ever post: When should you start revising? Procrastinating, timing and motivation - http://snigsclassroom.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/when-is-right-time-to-start-revising.html
Radio 6 Music Festival 2015; Mogwai and Interpol
Radio 6 Music Festival 2015; Royal Blood and Jungle
I Love You Honeybear - Father John Misty
Welcome To Mali - Amadou and Miriam
Vicissitudes - Maps
Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.