Month – May 2015

Turkish Mung Bean Salad (Maş Salatasi)

This is a light and healthy Turkish Salad that Gülevren taught us.  In Taiwanese cuisine, green mung beans are always sweetened and used in dessert.  It was cool to discover a way to make them into a salad.  The diversity of vegetables in this refreshing dish makes it not only healthy, but also deep in flavor and textures. Ingredients: 1 c green mung beans 1 red pepper, chopped […]

Turkish Zuchinni Salad (Kabak Salatasi)

Gülevren also taught us to make this tart and creamy dill meze.  It’s refreshing to the pallet, especially with rich and/or hot dishes.  It’s full of flavorful and healthy veggies, a perfect Mediterranean dish. Ingredients: 1 potato 4 small carrots, shredded 2 zucchini, shredded 2 T olive oil 2 t salt, or to taste 1 c of thick yogurt 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 T […]

Turkish Ali Nazik Kebab

We were blesssed to get a private cooking lesson from Gülevren last night.  It was a unique treat watching superwoman.  She cook 5 dishes for a 10 person dinner, while teaching us and watching the kids.  Here’s her Ali Nazik Kebab dish, with its bold tangy meaty topping and cool, smooth eggplant base. Ingredients: Yogurt Eggplant base: 4 medium Italian eggplants 1 T salt 3 T olive […]

Turkish Lentil Balls (Mercimek Köfte)

While visiting Turkey this year, we had the great honor of learning to cook from Deniz’ mom, ane Fatma Turkmen. She taught us how to make her mercimek kofte, lentil balls. The balls pack so much flavor, and are surprisingly easy to make. They’re the perfect snack size.  I loved them so much, I ate them in dinner-sized quantities. Ingredients: 1 c red lentils 2 c water […]

Beijing VegPork Sandwich

We’ve been on a bit of a sandwich kick lately, and thought we’d try Peking VegPork in a sandwich instead of on top of rice.  The results were delicious.  Below is the recipe, adapted from Wei-Chuan’s Szechwan Style cookbook for our vegetarian diet and tastes.  The Peking VegPork goes over rice by itself well too. Ingredients: 35 oz VegeFarm Vege Bacon Ham bunch of cilantro bunch […]

Quinoa Salad

Found this quinoa salad recipe on Food Network and made minor modifications to fit our taste.  Has a lovely mildly tangy taste and fresh crunch texture.  It’s super healthy, with the protein-heavy quinoa and nutrient dense vegetables.  Makes fora great light side or snack. Ingredients: 6 c water 2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 Japanese cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes […]

Thai Panang VegBeef Curry

Panang curry is my favorite Thai curry.  It’s got that sweet creamy spiciness that I love.  Here’s our vegetarianized version of it, adapated from Wei-Chuan’s Thai Cookbook for our vegetarian diet.  We’ve tried and tweeked this recipe several times to get it just right.  We’re really happy with the final result. Ingredients: 4 Morningstar Vegetarian Sausage Patties ½ can of baby corn, each baby corn cut in half […]