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Welcome to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Please join me in my adventures in the culinary world and all things gastronomic.

Food, travel, books, music and the arts are all close to my heart, not to mention my tastebuds!

I've enjoyed tasting and testing recipes since I was a child in primary school who insisted on helping Mum stir her cake batters and test her bread and butter puddings for afternoon tea.

Taste of Melbourne 2017

Taste of Melbourne 2017

You can win a double pass to Taste of Melbourne 2017! Read on.

Where cuisine and culture collide.

This is the theme for this year's Taste of Melbourne which moves to its iconic new home at the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Yarra Park.

Celebrate this annual food and culture feast at the start of summer from 30 November to 3 December 2017!

Father's Day 2017

Father's Day 2017

Celebrate Father's Day this Sunday, 3 September 2017 with a special meal and a gift that he likes.

If he's an avid reader, try these books for starters.

Sam's Best Shot

By Dr James Best

Allen and Unwin

This is an inspiring book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism.

Life with a teenage boy on the autism spectrum has its challenges and 14-year-old Sam is a world authority on Harry Potter, but can't get to the corner store on his own.

Winners: CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition

Congratulations to the six lucky winners of the CocoEarth  Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition. They are:

Rhondda Fahey

Cheryl Richter

MJ Grosvenor

Joe Mercieca

K Fitzgerald

Joseph Then

All six recipients were delighted to receive a bottle of CocoEarth coconut oil each.

MJ Grosvenor said she was already a dedicated user of it, as it results in the most delicious flavour in her food.

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil.

If you're a health-conscious consumer these days, and who isn't, check out this recently launched liquid coconut cooking oil, which promises a number of health benefits.

Read to the end and enter the exciting competition where you can win a bottle of CocoEarth's Liquid Coconut Premium Oil!

CocoEarth launches Australia’s first Liquid Coconut Premium Oil (LCPO).

“We are so excited to introduce such a versatile and unique product to the market,” CocoEarth's founder Neeraj Sharma said.

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day 2017

If your mother is an avid reader, here are some gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Hippy Days Arabian Nights

By Katherine Boland

Published by Wild Dingo Press

This memoir by artist Katherine Boland is a rollicking good read.

Katherine follows her heart and her dreams with gusto, not stopping to consider the "could haves" or the "should haves."

She arrived in Australia as a child with her family on the 10-pound Pom scheme.

Restaurant review - Good Chance Popiah

Restaurant review

Good Chance Popiah

New World Centre

1 Jalan Berseh #01-15

Singapore 209037

Tel 9622 9445

Open daily from 11.30am to 9.30pm

I first sampled the famous do-it-yourself popiah (spring rolls) at Good Chance Popiah a number of years ago and was pleased to find that the restaurant had opened a new branch at the New World Centre, during my recent visit to Singapore.

Recipe request for Roasted Cauliflower

My niece and fellow foodie Jong-Ee Kao was keen to try my roasted cauliflower recipe, so here it is.

Roasted cauliflower with lemon and mustard

adapted from Neil Perry's recipe

Serves 4

1 head cauliflower

2 tbsp plus ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

½ tsp sugar

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or to taste

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp salted baby capers, rinsed and drained

1 tbsp chopped flat parsley leaves

 

Put oven rack on the middle shelf and preheat to 220 degrees C.

Spicy saucy aubergine recipe

I was privileged to meet my facebook foodie friend Hee Heng, recently, in Melbourne.

We were introduced by my late brother in law Alan Chionh via facebook when Hee Heng started a new venture as restaurateur and head chef of Chuup restaurant, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

After an illustrious career, he cashed out of a business he owned and retired.

“Sharing my mom's family cooking was something I always wanted to do and my retirement gave me the time to pursue what I love to do.” he said.

Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

So, it's that time of the year for romantics to celebrate St Valentine's Day.

What to give your beloved, where to go for that romantic dinner and how much does a dozen long-stemmed roses cost?

Maybe I'm being unromantically practical, but sometimes a good back rub or foot massage, when your soul is as weary as your tired body, can be more meaningful than flowers and chocolates.

How about loading and unloading the dishwasher for a change or prepare a picnic by the beach or in the park while the babysitter minds the children?

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