Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Girl Crush


Two beautiful girls made me cook Cauliflower Tabbouleh. That would be a statement you would more likely hear from RG. But no, I don't reckon he would grate and steam cauliflower like how he cooked Paprikash.

It was a weekend when my my computer went into a coma (it has since regained consciousness thanks to my brother). I was feeling despondent and if I were 8 years old, I would be sulking.


So. I turned on the TV and started flipping channels. I settled on BBC Lifestyle. In between watching the programs and reading the papers, Hemsley+Hemsley : Healthy and Delicious came on.



I abandoned the newspaper and sat riveted as these two beautiful sisters started cooking. These two girls have received quite a bit of flak from the British press for promoting supposedly newfangled eating trends.


To me food is food and I can decide for myself what is good and what is bad and what is fad. If their recipe is tasty, I will eat and be done with it.

There is no need to condemn them for their beliefs and practice. I sound like I am obviously a fan. So whatever happened to Gordon Ramsay? hah...hah...

This was the episode.

So anyway, I caught the Hemsley sisters on an episode with the Lamb & Carrot Meatballs with Cauliflower Tabbouleh. I don't know. They looked delicious. I meant the meatballs.


I actually tried this recipe expecting to find it not appealing (except for the meatballs) because I was a little skeptical that cauliflower disguised as couscous could taste good.


I was surprised that it was actually very good. And I never expected that parsley and mint would go so well together with lemon juice and olive oil.


I liked it so much that I had this zesty and tangy salad for two days straight. So much for being skeptical.


The recipe is taken and adapted from here


Contrary to what has been suggested by a critic, no, I do not eat like Hemsley + Hemsley and expect to look like them.

30 comments:

  1. Looks good.

    Both your dishes and the ladies. ;)

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    1. hee..hee.. the ladies look lots better :)

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  2. I loves meatballs, but if i make it, don't think i can make it as good as your's...

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  3. Oh, I've never watched these two girls before (though the girl on the left seems somewhat familiar) and that's becoz I don't tune into BBC channels. I noticed this H+H link on your side bar for some time now...so, you're a fan. The finished dish looks good though (personally) I'm not a fan of lamb or mint.

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    1. I guess the smell of lamb put you off, huh? I have to up the spices as I felt it wasn't enough. But overall the meatballs complimented the salad very well.

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  4. Hmm, I have not watched these girls before.Yeah, no... to hell with the press. Trying to eat healthy is not rocket science. You don't have to be a qualified nutritionist or chef to know cooking from scratch is better than eating frozen TV dinners or Turkey Twizzlers for dinner. Unfortunately that's what most Brits do these days, and they feel uncomfortable when people point out the truth that they eat like crap.

    Sigh, same goes to Malaysians lah. Cooking yourself is healthier than overdosing on MSG either from tapao or dining out, not rocket science, just difficult to practice. Everyone knows that.

    Oh yeah... you're right, I will not grate and steam cauliflower. I'll probably just steam it. Or boil it. Or stir fry it. No grating.

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    1. Only if you cook healthyly. I know people who cook their own food but still put in loads of ajinomoto and ajishio and chinese magic powder aka MSG.

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    2. RG : I agree with what you say. Anyway, getting nice cauliflower is quite hard. Most of the time I see spots on them and it's such a put off.

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  5. Wow! Gorgeous ladies to start the day!

    My wife has also started cooking this "newfangled eating trends". Last night she fried just 2 spoons of cooked rice with eggs until it looked like a plateful of fried rice for 2 persons! My weight dropped 500 gms this morning.

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    1. You are funny! Ah, your wife's fried rice sounds interesting. I haven't dropped any grams lately :(

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  6. Havent watch these 2 sisters in action yet.

    Interesting salad with meatballs. I love mints in my salad. They give that different and added taste. My mints mostly goes into my salad bowl.

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    1. I only used to have mint only in kerabu and not other salads. But now I am starting to expand my horizon with mint!

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  7. Lamb meatballs! Count me in. I love eating mint and all those vegetables too. Just too lazy to cook.

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    1. Yeah, it was quite a process from meatballs to grating the cauliflower. But worth it.

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  8. Gorgeous ladies and lovely, healthy food. You are receptive to new ideas. Good on you, Phong Hong.

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    1. Thanks, Corina! I have learnt many new things from these gorgeous ladies.

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  9. That looks like something I would want to make but our cauliflower here is bland, tasteless and not fragrant unlike the ones overseas - just boil, so sweet, so nice.

    I am always amazed by these hosts on tv - they look so fresh and clean and everything looks spick and span and they are smiling all the time. You would not want to look at me when I'm cooking...and if you do, after that, you probably would not want to eat what I've cooked. LOL!!!

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    1. Yes, not easy also to get nice cauliflower. Most of the time they already have spots on them.

      LOL! Me too! I would be all sweaty and sometimes grouchy even hee..hee..

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  10. I love watching cooking shows, this one somemore is pretty and talented girls, nice! :p

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    1. The show has ended so I got no more entertainment :( LOL!

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  11. I always believe the recipe of cooking shows are not as 'what you see is what you get' . Somehow it will likely deviate from what was shown but it seems otherwise here! Hahaha

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    1. hah..hah...some are actually good lah...

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  12. All i know is that the dish looks healthy to me... Never heard of the two H before but heard of PH every day.... 😄

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  13. I love meatballs and with carrot sounds great

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  14. Yummy meatballs and beautiful girls! Good morning, Phong Hong.

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    1. Good evening, Nancy! hah..hah..why am I admiring girls? >.<

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