Roasted coconut mixed nuts

Cookbook Challenge Week 11 - Mixed

Cookbook Challenge Week 11 - Mixed

I had no idea what this week’s challenge meant. Mixed as in fusion? The only thing that I was adamant was on the cookbook that I would use. I love Thai flavours and find it really hard to find seriously good Thai food in Melbourne. I guess my numerous trips to Thailand did not help the cause. The Thai food here is either too sweet or not spicy enough or just no flavour. Disappointing.

I can’t remember when I bought this cookbook. It’s The cook’s encyclopedia of Thai cooking by Judy Bastyra. The recipes in this book is easy to follow and it starts with an introduction of history of Thai street food, Thai spices, produce, condiments and basic cooking techniques.

Thai cookbook

Thai cookbook

Popcorn, choc tops and Coke is the usual junk food for cinema goers. But when I was a kid, it was kachang puteh that most cinema goers will be munching on. Ka chang puteh is simple roasted or fried nuts or beans. And so I got excited when I saw this recipe. The recipe uses only cashew nuts but since the theme was ‘Mixed’, it would be right if I used mixed nuts.


  • 45ml of peanut oil
  • 600g of mixed nuts ( I used cashew, almond and pecans)
  • 80ml of honey
  • 150g of desiccated coconut flakes
  • 3 small fresh chillies, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
Mix nuts in pan with honey and hot oil

Mix nuts in pan with honey and hot oil


  1. Heat the oil and stir in the honey. Add the nuts and the coconut after 30secs and stir fry till they are golden brown
  2. Add the chillies with salt and pepper to taste. Toss all the ingredients until well mixed
Roasted coconut cashew nuts

Roasted coconut cashew nuts

I tore pages from old magazines and used them as paper cones. This was how ka chang puteh was served in the good old days. Not on glossy magazine paper but usually with old newspapers. It is a great party idea or just something to snack on at work ;)

This week’s list of everyone else recipes:

Ange from Vicious AngeLamb kibbeh with parsley & pomegranate salad; Beetroot & chocolate muffins
Rilsta from My Food TrailBerry yoghurt muffins
Shellie from Iron Chef ShellieCherry ripe mud cake
Leigh from Chit Chat ChompEnglish hot-pot of amazing summer greens & flaked gammon
Carolyn from Gluten ShmootenThe best winter veg coleslaw
Rizka from ini, ituMushroom & leek lasagne
Kate from Something by KateLime & pistachio zucchini cake
Yours Truly from AtelierMixed vegetable soup (minestrone)
Agnes from Off the SporkPersian jewelled rice with chicken
Yen from Food for FourFrench toast with vanilla ricotta & berries
Maree from Melbourne DelectableRaspberry & lemon tea
Sarah from The Sugar JunkieTomato couscous & salami salad
Bri from Bri EatsCrispy risotto of marinated prawns with parmesan cheese & black olive tartare
Cherrie from Sweet Cherrie PieMixed grill

What is your favourite cinema junk food? Do you bring your own?