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Indian Style Basmati Rice

Prior to this year, my experience cooking Indian food has been limited and oftentimes daunting.  I was unfamiliar with a lot of the spices and I just wasn’t sure how it really was supposed to taste.  Back in Hong Kong, a friend had given me this beautiful traditional Indian spice box but I was embarrassingly terrible at remembering … Continue reading

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Continuing from yesterday’s “less carb-y” recipe theme, here is another recently discovered favorite: zucchini noodles! Zucchini noodles can be made a number of ways.  In the beginning, I would julienne the zucchini into long strips all by hand.  It took me a year to discover there were actual kitchen gadgets designed to make life easier and I haven’t … Continue reading

Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas

I may be a little late to the kale craze, but keep in mind, I have been living in Asia for the last few years!  The whole “organic” and “farm-to-table” concept in Asia seemed to only really take off maybe three years ago.  When I first moved to Hong Kong in 2014, there were only a couple organic food and vegetable-focused … Continue reading

Whole Roasted Artichokes

On one of my trips back to the Bay Area, I was tasked with cooking dinner for my parents and sister.  I planned to make a Simple Roast Chicken and was looking for some vegetables to serve as a side dish.  I picked up a colorful assortment of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and baby potatoes from Trader Joe’s when I … Continue reading

Smoked Paprika Aubergine Mint Salad

Here is another delicious salad featuring grilled vegetables to add to the favorites list!  This is the first recipe I have tried from Maria Elia’s cookbook The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate.  I had purchased the book about a year ago from a cute little bookshop dedicated to cookery in Melbourne called Books for Cooks. … Continue reading

Grilled Antipasto Ribbon Salad

When it comes to preparing vegetables to cook, my modius operandi is to toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I typically will roast them in the oven because it requires the least amount of attention (see my Roasted Vegetable Salad), but if I am feeling a bit more ambitious, grilling … Continue reading

Fennel-Cumin Butternut Squash

Autumn weather in Hong Kong is firmly upon us and I am reveling in the cooler temperatures… and that I have moved to a country with changing seasons again! Autumn is my favorite season.  The weather is just perfect as the humidity has finally dissipated and there is a briskness about the air that signals … Continue reading

Cauliflower Rice

Caulifower is an extremely versatile vegetable that is low in fat and carbohydrates but high in nutritional density (dietary fiber, vitamin B & C, and carotenoids).  I used to just roast or steam cauliflower but have discovered lately that this vegetable can be a great substitute for a lot of different grains and starch-heavy foods … Continue reading

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Whenever I move to a new place, one of the biggest elements for me to settle in is getting a handle on all the grocers and local markets.  When I discovered Singapore’s Tiong Bahru wet market over a year ago (and subsequently moved to live right next to it), everything started to click into place.  Now my Hong Kong … Continue reading

Miso Enoki and Cabbage

  This was an accidental recipe that luckily turned out to be a Friday favorite.  As often happens when I have too many meals in mind at the grocery store, I tend to buy only half of the ingredients needed for a number of different recipes.  I had some enoki mushrooms as was intending to make … Continue reading