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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

                        Everything Sambal ~ by Marina Mustafa

EVERYTHING SAMBAL is a cookbook for every Malaysia! I start with a basic Sambal Tumis recipe.. From a dallop, a cupful or a dash of this one basic Sambal, I have developed 30 well-loved Malaysian recipes.

Who would have imagined, that one simple sambal can turn out Ayam Percik, Sambal Udang Petai, Spicy Beef in Soy Sauce, Pandan Chicken, Mee Bandung, Stingray Assam Pedas, Chilli Crab and even Salted Fish & Pineapple Gulai !??!!  Everything Sambal can bring out the creative side of your culinary skills & bring out the chef in you…plus make cooking delicious meals so much easier!

If you love Sambal Tumis, this book is for you! If you are a true Malaysian who loves good home cooked meals, made easy…… will need Everything Sambal! I have written this book in both the national language of Bahasa Malaysia and international English language, so it will be more accessible and fully used in all kitchens where hearts are still attached to sambal-based Malaysian food!

To purchase, click here.

Healthy Meals Made Easy ~ by Marina Mustafa
Publisher ~ MPH in collaboration with PHILIPS MALAYSIA

HEALTHY MEALS Made Easy is a super easy comprehensive baby & toddler cookbook. This book focuses on the right food to feed babies with a month-to-month guide, starting from the time they are introduced to real food at 6 months onwards. Apart from healthy mouth~watering recipes, there is menu planning guide, myths v facts of breastfeeding, dealing with colic babies and  nutrition information for every recipe. What makes this book stand out, is that most of the recipes are family friendly…… where families of every age can also enjoy the recipes shared, with many choices of pasta sauces, dips, varieties of soups, porridge, lots of finger food and tasty healthy drinks. Let your baby & your family enjoy healthy meals together. A healthy family cookbook indeed!

To purchase, click here.


Cooking Under Pressure ~ by Marina Mustafa
Publisher ~ MPH in collaboration with PHILIPS MALAYSIA

When the Philips Electrical Pressure Cooker arrived my kitchen, I was intent on studying more about the new addition to my kitchen. I am the kind of person who does not like to underutilise any kitchen appliance.  So, I tested on recipe after recipe and began to use it beyond the way that conventional pressure cookers were previously used!

Technology is such a blessing, as even though today’s Pressure Cooker is capable of doing so much more than softening tough cuts of meat & beans, it’s safety feature should be applauded. When releasing the steam, we can only hear the sizzle of steam escaping (hardly enough to capture on camera) and even if you are still fearful about releasing the steam, my Philips pressure cooker self-releases the steam for you. Attempt all you want, to open the lid while the pressure is building up & while it’s under pressure, and it is virtually impossible to open, ensuring your safety.

What enticed me most though, is how simple it is to use the pressure cooker. Just as I always say, during all my cooking sessions, “Just press two buttons, and the pressure cooker will do all the cooking for you” This is the joy of owning an intelligent Pressure Cooker in my kitchen.

Mum said she used the pressure cooker every single day when I was away for work at Turkmenistan. Even my daughter who focuses her time in the kitchen only for baking purposes, have now taken a keen interest on my pressure cooker, having cooked many delicious dishes using  it….proudly saying how everyone enjoyed her cooking!

In reality, a pressure cooker retains 90-95% of the vitamins & nutrients compared to other methods of cooking. This is due to the steam being kept inside the pot during cooking time, retaining all the nutrients within the pressure cooker. Even mum being a seasoned cook, said that the food I cooked using the pressure cooker tasted more flavourful, highlighting the Bubur Asyura  which I just cooked! Bubur Asyura by the way, is a Johorean specialty of comforting & soothing porridge cooked with seven varieties of beans with spices. For the first time, I didn’t need to soak or boil the beans separately, to cook this porridge!

I could go on & on about my endless excitement, cooking with my Philips Pressure Cooker, but I’ll let you try out all the recipes I shared in this cookbook. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy all the 25 delicious dishes in your own home….with a touch of two buttons!

When I allowed a pressure cooker enter my kitchen, I was truly mesmerized. I cannot believe why I allowed so many years of my life to pass by without me owning one. The benefits are enormous. 

After using the Pressure Cooker for many years and loving it, I felt, as a cookbook author of seven cookbooks before this, it is my duty to share Malaysian based recipes using the pressure cooker on top of the fact that I kept on getting constant requests for me to do it. The recipes I share here, are recipes which I regularly cook for my own family and I hope you will share my family recipes with yours too! From my pressure cooker to yours!

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authorMarina Mustafa. Author of ten cookbooks.

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