Okonomiyaki Pancakes

Vegan Okonomiyaki

  We recently discovered that there was a new vegan Japanese restaurant in Portland. It is called Obon Shokudo (at 720 se grand ave). They serve traditional Japanese dishes minus the fish, meat and eggs! It was lovely and it reminded us of Okonomiyaki pancakes as it was on their menu. “Okonomiyaki”, now that’s a […]

Savory steamed buns

Savory Steamed Buns (Bao Buns)

The first time I tasted Bao buns or “baozi” (Chinese steamed buns), they were filled with a sweet red bean paste. It was unusual, to say the least but the hot soft pillowy dough was lightly sweet and good unlike anything I had ever tasted before. It was the first and not the last time […]

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Vegan Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng, (also spelled Mie Goreng and Mi Goreng) is a traditional and very popular Indonesian and Malaysian street food.  It exemplifies the beautiful ethnic mix of the food from South East Asia. You have Chinese yellow egg noodles, Indian curry spices, Malay from the name and tomato sauce from the British influence. “Mee” means […]

Lima Beans ragout

Lima Beans with Rosemary Butter Sauce

A few years ago I got an Instant pot for Christmas. I was so excited to discover that I could cook beans in less than 30 minutes (if skipping the soaking). Now once a month or whenever I am out of cooked beans I set an evening aside to make batches of different beans. Once […]

Baked pear

Baked Pears in Agave Lemon Syrup

Pears make great deserts, whether you add them to tarts, turn then into sherbet, or poach them.  Poached pears are usually cooked in red wine. It wasn’t until I decided to make them that I realized how much wine is needed to poach 4 pears! I even used my favorite non-alcoholic red wine, Fre Rouge and […]

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Carrot Top Garlic Sauce

Rainbow carrots are such a visual delight. They are not only beautiful but their flavor can vary too.  So when I found a whole section at my local grocery store that featured them, I had to buy a few bunches. This dish displays an elegant simplicity by featuring perfectly roasted whole carrots and using the […]

Wild mushroom stroganoff

Wild Mushroom Stroganoff

We are sending our prayers to the courageous people of Ukraine and for the madness to end. I do not know much about Ukrainian food except for borscht but wanted to make a dish that is from the Eastern European region. I was thinking of a nice mushroom stew. If you have mushrooms and are […]

vegan Indian cardamom ice cream

Creamy Dairy-Free Kulfi Ice Cream

The first time I tasted kulfi, I thought I died and went to heaven. After a rich and spicy Indian meal, it cleansed my palate, delivered just the right amount of sweetness, and creaminess.  What I loved was that every bite was infused with a lovely cardamom and pistachio flavors, and yet I couldn’t see […]

Meat-free mapo tofu

Meatless Mapo Tofu

The first time I saw a plate of mapo tofu I wasn’t sure what I was looking at or what it would taste. A friend that loves spicy food had ordered it on the menu and was raving about it.  It also introduced me to silken tofu. How interesting that tofu could also to made […]

Egg Roll Noodle salad

Egg Roll Noodle Salad

Eggroll noodle salad has to be one of my favorites Asian dish. That’s because I love spring rolls (who doesn’t right?) and could eat rice noodles almost every day! The thought of combining crispy eggrolls with rice noodles and turn it into a salad may seem a bit strange at first but believe me, it […]

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