Month – January 2014

Turkish Eggplant Shakshuka (Şakşuka)

One of the things I have done in the past that unintentionally impressed Delphine was to cook a vegetarian dish that I learned from my sister-in-law. Şakşuka (pronounced shakshuka) is a blend of fried vegetables, topped with garlic tomato sauce, which is different than the Tunisian egg dish with the same name. It’s great as a side dish or an appetizer. While some versions contain zucchini, […]

Singapore Lemongrass Chick’n Coconut Curry

After an indulgent weekend titillating my taste buds in Singapore, I had to try my hand at Singaporean cuisine. Lucky for me, my favorite cookbook series (Wei-Chuan) has a Singapore, Malaysian & Indonesian cookbook.  This was my first attempt at Singaporean food and it was knock-me-down scrumptious.  Below is our vegetarian adaptation of Christina Hwang’s Fragrant Coconut Chicken.   It took a little grocery hunting to […]

Turkish VegBeef Kebab Börek

After making baklava last week, we ended up with an extra box of phyllo dough. We debated for 10 seconds about what to do with it, and then decided to make borek, a distant cousin of baklava. In borek, you will have layers of dough with a filling. Common fillings are savory ingredients like feta cheese, spinach, ground beef, or potato. It is baked in the […]

Turkish Spiced Bulgur (Kısır)

Kısır is a traditional, home-cooked Turkish side dish.  It’s made of fine bulgur (chopped, hulled wheat kernels), which are high in fiber and protein and low in fat.  After trying kisir and one other Turkish dish (Şakşuka), I fell in love with Turkish cuisine, and insisted Deniz get Turkish recipes from his mom.  Below is Deniz’ mom’s kisir recipe with a few modifications to add depth of […]

Turkish Baklava

As someone who was born and raised in Turkey, people always assume I have baklava syrup running in my blood (my cholesterol test results partially confirm this). Moving to the US did not stop me from enjoying this sweet, nutty, crunchy dessert. My cravings were easily satisfied by Baklava King when I was in San Diego (the best baklava hands down).  After we moved to Japan and […]

Mango Kale Salad

As vegetarians we never wanted to be associated with salad and other raw greens. However, this does not mean we hate salad (okay, Delphine does, but don’t tell anyone). But we believe vegetables are important part of our diet just likecarbs and proteins. Kale is a very healthy, nutritious vegetable. It is bitter by nature, but this can be altered with the addition of other ingredients. […]

Sichuan Sesame Noodle Soup (Dan Dan Mian – 擔擔麵)

While in Japan, we tried countless noddle dishes.  One was unforgettable. With its creamy sesame flavor, Dan Dan Mein was always my favorite noddle dish. Now that we’re in Hawaii with more than enough ingredients available on the market, we decided to make it for ourselves.  We adapted Ching’s recipe to our vegetarian diet and taste. As always, we used Morningstar Veggie meat products instead of real meat. […]

Hawaiian BBQ Fake Pork Noodles w/ Roasted Veggies

Moving from Japan to Hawaii was a big change. The best part is, while we are still able to find many Japanese products and ingredients, we now have access to all kind of Hawaiian delicacies. One day, while browsing the shelves in a supermarket, we decided to buy this Hawaiian Pride BBQ sauce to spice up our soy meat patties. It was a decision we do […]

A New Year, A New Blog

Happy 2014!  Every week we cook delicious vegetarian meals at home. 2014 will be no different. Except, this time, we will pass our knowledge to humanity. Are you a carnivore? No problem! We love meat (as long as it is vegetarian!), and we make sure none of our vegetarian  recipes suffer from bland taste. You will read the secrets of cooking with fresh herbs, soy meat, […]