Discovering annatto/achiote


This is achiote (annatto) cod with a mango salsa thing. My cousin told me about achiote. I’d never heard of it before, but she said I should try and find it in London. I was searching for months for it and finally found it at Borough Market! Anyway, I wanted to use it, but I didn’t know how to. I haven’t even searched online about the spice, I want it to remain a mystery to me, so I can get my creative brain thinking. I sat down for ten minutes just smelling the spice, so I could figure out how to marry it with other flavours. This was a success! I wanted the mango to remain fresh and not overcomplicated, so I added lime juice, chilli, salt and pepper to it.

Now, what else shall I create with achiote?


Bubble tea – the alternative person’s drink


Two years ago, I tried bubble tea for the first time. I ordered the mango fruit tea with tapioca, which I thought would taste nice but I didn’t like it. I think the tapioca put me off. It was squidgy and rubber-like. I then decided to give it another shot, but at a different vendor. Moocha gives you the option of having popping bubbles with your bubble tea, in an assortment of flavours; mango, passion fruit, cherry and lychee. So then I ordered the mango fruit tea with these popping bubbles – life changing!

When I first heard of popping bubbles, I thought it was going to be fizzy, and I’m not very keen on fizzy drinks. As apprehensive as I was, I decided to try it out anyway and I’m so glad I did. When you bite into a popping bubble, it’s like a burst of juice on your taste buds! So refreshing, especially on a summer’s day. If you ever want to try out bubble tea, definitely try it with popping bubbles if you have the option.

I introduced my friend to bubble tea over the weekend. The picture above is what we ordered; I always get the mango, but she tried the lychee. She agrees with me – bubble tea is life changing!

Breakfast for dinner – Nutella banana pancakes


I had three very ripe bananas but didn’t know what to do with them. I was going to use one as part of my DIY hair conditioning recipe, but then my stomach rumbled so pancakes happened.

I added oats to the mixture as well, for extra goodness and fibre…don’t forget to love your colon! The pancakes turned out really soft, and there were no lumpy bits because the bananas had softened the oats in the mixture.

And then Nutella happened. Everything ends up being amazing after Nutella.

Breakfast for dinner is the way forward!

Get the flavour balance right and you may see a glimpse of food heaven!


I had a lamb steak in the freezer, but I didn’t want to grill it because it was so small! So instead, I thinly sliced it and made a lamb shawarma with couscous.

Aesthetically, it wasn’t the most beautiful meal I had ever made but that first mouthful. My flatmates were asking me why my eyes lit up. The flavours were so well balanced, I was patting myself on the back.

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but seriously, if you want to try this, I’ll give you the recipe! I have one more lamb steak in the freezer, woop woop!

Fusion food. Never complain.


Lemon rice and salmon sambal. What? Lemon rice is literally that, with dried red chillies and spices. It’s a rice dish from South India. Salmon sambal is not typically made in Malaysia (where the dish is from); you find chicken and shrimp usually. Salmon sambal is a family recipe, made with tomatoes, onions and a particular type of red chilli, and I adore it! No one ever mixes the two together…except me. Student life – students never complain! And why would I complain when I have this deliciousness in front of me?