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Cold Soba with Thai Basil Pesto

I adore cold soba, and every time I shop at Daiso (only the best Japanese $2 store in the world), I go a bit overboard with buying every brand of soba available.  Generally, I have been using the noodles to add some carb-y substance to my salads; this Soba Salad recipe my mom makes is … Continue reading

Farofa de Banana

Farofa is a typical accompaniment to many Brazilian dishes, especially the classic black bean stew feijoada.  At many locals restaurants in Brazil, you will often see a bowl of farofa already on the table, just waiting to complement some hearty Brazilian dishes. Farofa is made of manioc flour, also known as cassava powder.  Cassava is … 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

Tum Ayam (Minced Chicken in Banana Leaf)

Tum Ayam is another popular Balinese dish that is cooked in the same method as Pepes Ikan (steamed fish version) and otak-otak.  To prepare this dish, minced chicken is mixed together with flavorful spices and coconut milk, wrapped snugly in banana leaves, and then is steamed or grilled. We used the recipe below during my … 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

Penang Achar

Achar is a word used in many Indo-Aryan languages for “Indian pickle.” This dish is composed of a variety of vegetables that are essentially pickled by being blanched in vinegar. This achar is particularly delicious to be eaten the next day when all ingredients infuse together. We prepared this dish during our Penang Cooking Class, … Continue reading

Penang Cooking Class

One of the best parts about being in Singapore is… well, how easy it is to get out.  Singapore’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it the ultimate travel hub for quick weekend getaways.  My goal is to travel at least once a month and so far, I’m right on track!  I tend to choose … Continue reading

Burrata, Tomato and Basil Salad

Mozzarella… just when you think it can’t get any better… oh, it does. Burrata, which means “buttered” in Italian, is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is mozzarella while the inside is a mixture of mozzarella and cream, which gives it a soft texture and a rich, buttery flavor.  … Continue reading