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2011
Delicious Magazine Recipe Feature Recipes published in Princes Trust Charity 'Trusty' Cookbook Guest panellist on UKTV Food's 'Market Kitchen' Recipes published in 'Come Dine With Me Special Occasions' book Blog named as a "Media Must-Have" in Jan & Feb issue of Olive Magazine

2010
Launch of Sabrina's one-to-one private cookery tuition Guest critic on Gordon Ramsay's 'F-Word' series finale Organised Top Chef Charity Banquet for Haiti raising £70,000 for 'Action Against Hunger' Seasonal Food & Recipe Writer for 'Blue Tomato'

2009
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Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

'NING' - THE NEXT BIG THING

Rarely does a book make me salivate so quickly, so that’s always a good sign. Inspired by his mother Norman Musa has put together a collection of recipes from his Malaysian homeland evoking personal memories as well as anecdotes from his childhood. It seems everyone and their uncle has a cook book out these days, so separating the wheat from the chaff is harder to do than ever before, but Musa’s recipes ensure his book is definitely more ‘wheat’ than ‘chaff’.

It features well-known classic Malay dishes like beef Rendang, as well as the lesser known street-food favourites like ‘Cucur udang’ – delicious prawn and chive fritters with peanut sauce - as well as the infamous Roti Canai breads that are sold everywhere in Malaysia. There are also lots of lovely fish dishes and lighter meals using more subtle flavours to suit all palates, along with plenty of tempting dessert recipes to boot. Along with page after page of vibrant photography, there is an incredibly useful key ingredient guide that shows some of the most commonly used ingredients in Malaysian cookery, most of which are readily available in our supermarkets.

The book has a little of something for everyone and the recipes read very easily and are incredibly simple to follow, so even the less competent cook can broaden their culinary horizons and create something really delicious and authentic, without too much stress or effort. The book has a real warmth about it, fusing memories and nostalgia of Musa’s childhood with recipes and plenty of images to keep you hooked page after page. I think we Brits were in need of a good Malaysian cook book, with hearty recipes and in some cases, the lesser known and more authentic than your average Satay – and this wonderfully unpretentious book does the job beautifully and makes a welcome kitchen companion for any household.

Ning restaurant is located in Manchester and if the book’s recipes are anything to go by, then lucky old Manchester.

Ning Restaurant
The Burton Building, 92-94 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter
Manchester M4 1LJ
www.ningrestaurant.com

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