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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indian Fusion Sweet Potato Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi)

Deniz and I love Aloo Gobi, so when we decided to make it this week, we were really excited.  Now, normally we go grocery shopping together.  But this week I wasn’t feeling well, so he went on the mission by himself.  Best husband ever, he went to two grocery stores to get everything, and even unloaded the groceries without a compliant.  When we were ready to cook the next day, he took all the […]

Indian Grilled Eggplant Pâté (Baingan Bharta)

If you like mashed eggplant dishes like Baba Ganoosh, this dish is for you. It’s a tart Indian dish, packing in lots of spices and flavor. If you have the ingredients, making it is very easy. Either eat as a side dish, or make it a dip for your chips. Ingredients 2lbs of eggplant ¼ c cilantro ½ c finely chopped onion 1 t garam masala 1 t cumin seed 2 […]

Thai Green Curry with Eggplant and Basil

This is the third in our Thai curry series, modified courtesy of Wei-Chuan, and our favorite.  It has our two favorite curry ingredients: eggplant and basil.  Yum, yum, yum.  We gobbled it up so fast, there wasn’t any left for pictures.  Sorry, what can we say. Ingredients: 2 c Japanese eggplants, partially peeled (we like to peel in zebra stripes), quartered and cut into 1 inch […]

Chinese Stir-Fried Choi Sum with Brown Sauce

As a little girl, I always dreaded dinner when my parents made stir-fried Chinese vegetables (except for kong shin tsai which is the bomb).  They’re so bitter.  What kid wants to eat bitter greens.  Who cares how good they are for you?!  Well, I now know that with the right brown sauce, Chinese vegetables can taste great!  So what’s the secret brown sauce recipe?  Well look no further (okay, […]

Taiwanese Stir-fried Ong Choi (空心菜)

Ong Choi, or Kong Shin Tsai as it’s called in Taiwanese, is by far Deniz and my favorite vegetable.  We suffered terribly living in Japan with sparse access to it.  We’d desperately search for it and only found it once or twice a year in the grocery store at highway robbery prices.  Thai restaurants would serve it, but we never could figure out where they were […]

Sichuan Eggplant (魚香茄子)

Szechwan eggplant is one of our favorite dishes.  Yum, yum, yum.  We make huge batches of it so we can eat it throughout the week.  Just can’t beat the meaty and succulent eggplant, the kick of the hot peppers, and the savory black bean sauce.  Below is our vegetarian adaptation to the Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine Szechwan Style recipe.  We added basil as a garnish because we […]

Italian Eggplant Parmesan Lasagne

Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite Italian dish, but I don’t often make it since it’s labor intensive.  But now that I have a kitchen slave, ops I mean “sous chef,” yeah, that’s what I meant, it’s easier and a lot more fun to make.  Deniz and I will race to see who can prepare the eggplant slices faster.  And I’m proud to say that I always […]

Chinese Stir-Fried String Beans with VegSausage

Another great reciepe from Wei-Chuan, this one from the Chinese Cuisine Cooking Book by Huang Su Huei.  We adapted it for our vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 2 lbs string beans, ends trimmed off and cut in half 4 MorningStar (Vegetarian) Original Sausage Patties 2 cups vegetable oil 8 T pickled mustard greens, chopped Sauce: 1 T soy sauce 1 t sugar 1/2 t MSG 1 T veggie […]

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, […]