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Vegetable Couscous

This was the first time I have “made” couscous before and it was ridiculously easy.  The couscous most stores sell are actually instant couscous that has been pre-steamed and dried.  All you need to do is add boiling water (1:1 ratio is standard) and let it sit for a few minutes.  The taste of this light and fluffy pasta … Continue reading

Grilled Paprika Salmon with Tzatziki

I recently revisited an old recipe for Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon which involves a deliciously simple paprika and curry powder spice rub for the chicken.  I wanted to make a similar marinade for salmon, and so I found this flavorful recipe for a Moroccan spice-crusted salmon with tzatziki online.  The spiced salmon is grilled (I used my grill … Continue reading

Brazilian Cooking Class

As I typically do on all my travels, I signed up for a cooking class as soon as I arrived in Brazil.  It was winter and the weather was a bit dreary during the week I was in Rio de Janeiro.  Cooking classes are a great rainy day activity (although I would do it even … Continue reading

Moqueca Baiana

Moqueca baiana which translates to “Bahian stew” in Portugese is literally that — a delicious Brazilian seafood stew originating from the Bahia state in the Northeast region of the country.  This dish is influenced by African cuisine, which is most noticeable in its use of palm oil.  Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil made … Continue reading

Moroccan Kefta in a Turmeric Tomato Sauce

I talked about koftas / keftas a decent amount in my last post so I won’t blab again.  I had made a batch of Baked Moroccan Keftas and decided to use them to recreate a lovely brunch dish I had tried at Cafe Gitane: Spicy organic meatballs in turmeric tomato sauce with boiled egg, cucumber-yogurt … Continue reading

Baked Moroccan Kefta

I can’t really recall why I was so fixated on making kefta but it was all I could think about cooking for weeks. And the same week I make my first keftas, FrugalFeeding makes a scrumptious looking Beef Kofta Curry. It was a culinary sign! Originating from Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines, koftas (or … Continue reading

Harissa Salsa

When I attempted my first “Kei Kurobe” recipe, Roasted Beets with a Curry Vinaigrette, I had to buy a lot of spices that I had never used before, such as whole cumin seed and coriander.  When I asked him when I would ever use these spices again, Kei sent me this recipe in response.  Of … Continue reading