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

Mashed Potato Cheddar Biscuits

After Thanksgiving this year, I decided to get creative with my leftovers and make a Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict. I used the leftover roast turkey slices for the meat, I added cranberry sauce to the Hollandaise sauce, and lastly I used my leftover mashed potatoes to make biscuits.

Balsamic Roasted Peppers

I had some colorful peppers that were beginning to wrinkle and look less-than-fresh. So not one to waste anything, I decided to roast them with some added flavors and have on hand as a snack, side dish, or a delicious sandwich addition. I perused some other recipes online and decided on a combination of olive … Continue reading

Peach, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini

I had just spent a weekend in pretty rural parts of America, eating probably the most processed foods known to mankind, so I wanted to start the week off on a healthy note. I think I found this recipe trolling on Pinterest, but don’t quite remember. The crostini embodies everything that is summer – -ripe … Continue reading

Baked Asparagus Fries

I came across this recipe while searching through Pinterest, one of my new favorite applications. The recipe also introduced me to another great food blog, Spoon Fork Bacon. I love their unique recipes and great food photography and styling techniques as well. The original recipe also includes dipping sauces, but I decided not to make … Continue reading

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Crisp is one of my favorite lunch delivery spots and I crave their delicious falafel sandwiches all the time at work.  Even though the delivery times can be unbelievably slow, I am always willing to wait that hour for their signature falafel sandwiches, especially the “Crisp Mediterranean” which is served with eggplant, sun-dried tomato spread, … Continue reading

Baba Ghanoush

We first made baba ghanoush a few weeks ago for a Mediterranean-themed dinner my friend was hosting, and we were amazed how simple it was to make.  The next time I went grocery shopping, I stocked up on eggplants as I knew we’d be making this deliciously creamy dip again. We originally followed this recipe … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely translates to people drinking a whole lot of tequila and cerveza. … 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