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Food Comas: Top 10 in 2013

Happy 2014 everyone!  Thanks for all your support in 2013 and best wishes for the new year. Also see: Food Comas: Top 10 in 2012 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2011 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2010 TOP 10 RECIPES in 2013 1. Baked Fish Tacos 2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Tomato 3. … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Eve in Singapore

It’s been over a year since I had moved to Singapore, and I am glad to say that I am starting to feel a lot more settled here.  With that, I decided it was about time to introducing some new traditions to my expat life. Back in New York, Natalya and I had hosted Thanksgiving … 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

Peruvian Cooking Class – Dinner

After landing in Lima on my Peru travels, one of the first orders of business was scheduling a Peruvian cooking class. Natalya had taken a class with Sky Kitchen when she was in Lima several years ago and she highly recommended it. She took the class with the lunch dishes, which she wrote about here: … Continue reading

Ceviche

Ceviche is an extremely popular coastal seafood dish in Central and South America.  It is made with raw  fish that is “cooked” in citrus juices (lime or lemon) and spiced with aji (chili peppers).   It is often mixed with onions and served with complementing sides, such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain. The origins … Continue reading

Balinese Cooking Class

Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations with its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, lush rice terraces, cultural and historical attractions, and top diving and surfing spots… this paradise has something for everyone! The first time I traveled to Bali was in 2008 with Natalya, during which we did plenty of the “touristy … Continue reading

Pepes Ikan (Steamed Marinated Fish in Banana Leaf)

Pepes is an Indonesian cooking technique that uses banana leaves to wrap various ingredients (spices with fish, meat, or tofu), which is then steamed or grilled on charcoal.  This method allows the ingredients to be compacted into a sort of cake, and is very similar to another popular Southeast Asian dish otak-otak. We made these … Continue reading

Base be Pasih (Spice Paste for Seafood)

This spice paste was made for use in the Pepes Ikan (Steamed Marinated Fish in Banana Leaf) during my Balinese Cooking Class.

Salmon Burgers

This is another recipe from Food Perestroika, the Eastern Bloc food blog I’ve been perusing, and definitely one I will make over and over again. I made the burgers for a couple friends and these delicious suckers were devoured very quickly. Technically I guess these Salmon Burgers aren’t super Eastern Blok-y, with the bok choy … Continue reading