Month – November 2014

Thai Roasted VegPork

When I saw the photo of this dish in Thai Cooking Made Easy by WeiChuan, I couldn’t resist. It had some thick sauce on it, and was served with rice. Those char lines alone were enough to sell me the recipe. So we fired up the grill, and started working (don’t worry, other than the grilling part, it’s relatively easy) Ingredients 10 MorningStar Farms Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties (about 14 […]

Toasted Orzo with Grilled Vegetables

This is one of our go-to recipes when get a hankering for grilling.  It’s adapted from Bobby Flay’s Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe.  Just the right balance of tart with charred veggies and savory toasted orzo.  It’s usually the first dish to go after we make it.  Can’t eat just one bowl! Ingredients: Veggies: 2 tomatoes, halved 1 red bell pepper, quartered and seeded 1 […]

Sichuan Pepper VegChicken

With its aromatic smell and flavor, Sichuan pepper makes any dish special. Now add hot bean paste, ginger, garlic, and some bell peppers – we end up with a Chinese delicacy that will satisfy anybody, not just vegetarians. Ingredients 1 lbs Gardein Chick’n (Mandarin Orange, or a similar version that is battered but not breaded.  Set aside the sauce for another use.) 1 T hot bean […]

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup (酸辣湯)

I’ve made this delicious soup in various versions over the years, thanks to Wei-Chuan’s cookbook guidance.  It’s got that perfect balance of sour and savory with a tinge of heat.  I don’t miss the meat at all in this vegetarian version.  Here’s our most recent variation, chock full of veggie goodness.  Most of the veggies are optional, feel free to add or subtract as your pantry allows. […]

Fusion Chipolte Lentil Soup

Deniz and I have always loved lentil soup.  Before we met, each of us made it in our own way, me with Taiwanese seasoning (soy sauce and vegetables), Deniz with Turkish seasoning (tomato paste and onions).  When we started cooking together, we found a way to marry our two recipes, and the result was better than either of our original recipes.  It’s now become one of our old standby […]

Taiwanese Sticky Rice with VegPork (油飯)

This is Taiwanese comfort food at its best. My mom used to make it all time, and as kids we loved it. She even stuffed the Thanksgiving turkey with it. It’s so good it’s addictive.  We adapted the below recipe from WeiChuan’s Rice cookbook for our vegetarian diet.  We used dried marinated turnips in place of the typical dried shrimp/fish. Ingredients: 4 c sticky rice 糯米 (rice cooker’s […]

Turkish Spinach Yogurt Dip (Ispanaklı Yoğurt Meze)

This is another of my favorite vegetarian Turkish meze dishes.  Had it once in a Turkish restaurant in Tokyo and insisted that Deniz ask his mom how to make it.  It’s similar to the American spinach dip, but much more flavorful and healthy.  We’ve made it several times since.  We adapted this recipe from Deniz’ mom’s recipe and the Sultan’s Kitchen a Turkish Cookbook.  So delicious […]

Turkish Cauliflower Musakka with VegBeef

The word musakka almost always refers to eggplant musakka, at least where I came from. It was surprising to see a cauliflower musakka in this Turkish cookbook we found on Amazon (Sultan’s Kitchen). We already had most of the ingredients at home, it would be mistake not to try this dish! Ingredients 1 large cauliflower 8 MorningStar Sausage Patties 1 T tomato paste Cooking Oil: 2 […]

Turkish Ezogelin Soup

When I was in college back in Turkey, it was common for us students to eat cheap fixed menus at nearby restaurants which usually consists of soup, rice, a meat dish, and a dessert. My soup of choice (if there was any choice) was always Ezogelin. Tasty mixture of lentils and bulgur in a tomato-based soup, accompanied with a slice of fresh bread. That’s why I was […]

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Harissa Couscous

Deniz and I saw our tagine sitting on the shelf gathering dust this week and suddenly got a hankering for Moroccan food.  Below is a modified fusion of recipes we found on BBC and Epicurous recipe for Vegetable Tagine and Harissa.  It’s got that perfect balance of sweet, tangy, salty, and exotic Mediterranean spices. Tangine Ingredients: 400g shallots, peeled and cut in half 2 tbsp olive oil […]