Long-Life Noodles (伊面)

I love lo mein and have struggled to find a good recipe for making it for years.  During new years, I was searching for long-life noodles and discovered this recipe on Woks of Life.  I happened to have fresh noodles and shiitake mushrooms on hand and used that to great results.  I also felt the […]

Kale Pesto

Deniz and I love kale.  It’s the perfect leafy green.  It’s so nutritious, mild (not bitter!), and holds up great in dishes.  We usually shred it and add it to whatever warm dish we’re eating to increase greens and fiber in our diet, particularly heavy or starchy dishes which helps to balance the taste.  This […]

Tabouli

Deniz and I modified this recipe of tabouli from the Ziad bulgur package to meet our tastes.  It has a lot less lemon than typical tabouli, which we like a lot, because it brings out the taste of all of the other ingredients!  Yum! Ingredients: 1/2 c bulgur, medium fine #2 1 c tomatoes, finely […]

Ethiopian Timatim Fit Fit

Living in Washington DC, we’re blessed with a plethora of Ethiopian grocery stores that we are happy to take full advantage of.  =)  There’s something so satisfying about being able to buy a fresh injera rather than havng to make it yourself.  We always buy a pack when we cook Ethiopian, but then end up […]

Turkish Semolina Halva

This semolina halva is one of my favorite Turkish desserts.  I have always thought of halva as a sticky and thick white block, and was delighted when Deniz introduced me to this very different type of halva.  It’s buttery and slightly sweet, light and fluffy, and eaten with a spoon.  Once I put one spoon […]

Creamy Cauliflower

Vegetables in a cream sauce, there’s something so satisfying about the combination.  The richness of the cream pairs so well with the crunch and healthiness of the vegetables.  Deniz and I love to modify cream soup recipes to make them into creamy vegetable dishes.  This creamy cauliflower recipe is one of our favorites, modified from Ree […]

Creamy Kabocha Squash

I modified Food Network’s Roast kabocha squash with lemongrass cream soup recipe on a whim to make this amazing squash side dish.  The flavors are so rich and decadent with the yummy squash taste still coming through.  It’s so good it’s addictive. Ingredients: 1 large kabocha squash, green skin shaved off, seeds removed, and chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 […]

Ethiopian Pumpkin Stew (Dubba Wat)

Modified a recipe from Cooking with Imaye:  Second Edition to make this delicious Ethiopian dish.  It’s such a boldly fragrant and tasting dish, I just love it.  It’s a great balance of sweet kabocha squash and bold ethnic spices.  Great even as a side dish to another meal. Ingredients: 1 fresh kabocha squash, peeled, deseeded, […]

VegFish

So I had been wanting to try to make a vegetarian fish for over a decade.  I kept procrastinating because of the level of effort and lack of necessary ingredients.  This weekend I had neither excuse and embarked upon a fun adventure.  We had just visited Chinatown the weekend before and stocked up, and Deniz was […]

Sichuan Stirfried VegPork with Veggies and Pickled Mustard Green

We decided to take a long overdue trip to Chinatown last weekend.  It was great to find some hard to find items, including pickled mustard green.  Here’s an incredibly addictive Sichuan recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook, modified to be vegetarian.  The ginger and pickled mustard green are the stars in this recipe, and pair perfectly […]