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Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared scallops had always been one of those dishes that seemed best left to the restaurant experts.  Delicately juicy on the inside with a perfectly caramelized crust on the outside − it’s any seafoodie’s dream! When I decided to try to tackle cooking these oceans gems myself at home, I started to do my usual cooking tutorial research … Continue reading

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions are one of my favorite condiments to pile on top of grilled fish or pulled pork tacos.  I had a craving for a taco feast this week and decided to make my favorite Baked Fish Tacos.  Along with the standard classics Guacamole and Pico de Gallo, I decided to whip up a … 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

Chimichurri Marinated Steak

Argentina knows how to cook meat.  No marinating; just a bit of salt and then the meat is slow roasted as an asado over a charcoal flame that slightly smokes the beef.  The steaks are amazing, but I was equally obsessed with the fresh and spicy chimichurri relish accompaniment.  Natalya and I traveled in Argentina with a few friends … Continue reading

Cauliflower and Hazelnut Stuffing

Continuing the test kitchen gluten-free stuffing adventures outlined in my previous post Gluten-Free Chicken Sausage and Apple Stuffing… In my search for the ultimate gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing recipes, I ventured into the breadless varieties.  There are plenty of bread substitutes to use, and I think the key is to find something that is very mild … Continue reading

Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

Red Rice and Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Craisins

I have been wanting to make this super food salad ever since I first was introduced to the red rice and quinoa combination from one of my favorite Singapore lunch spots, The Rotisserie.  The restaurant had served this as a side salad to their rotisserie chicken, but I found the salad to be the main … Continue reading

Pulled Duck Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

So normally, I am much more organized in advance with my dinner parties but my Cinco de Mayo taco party last weekend.. well, clearly just didn’t happen.  I usually throw food parties midday Sunday because it gives me all Saturday to prepare, but my friend Cherie (who has never missed any of my kitchen adventures) asked for Saturday night … Continue reading

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

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