For the last several weeks, these spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms became my staple dish on Monday nights (or any other days that are similar to my hectic Mondays). It’s very easy to prepare; takes at most 40 minutes from start to finish, and it’s very tasty. The dish is versatile – you can eat it as a vegetarian version, or you can add already cooked fish or meat to it.
This is my perfect recipe for Monday nights. If your Mondays are anything like mine (busy from 9 to 5 with reports and excel spreadsheets at work, plus everybody is trying to catch up with me at the same time), then you will thank me for this recipe. It’s mindless, simple, you can do this dish on an auto-pilot, because this recipe does not require much thinking or fiddling. And, in the end, you’ll surprise yourself with the dish that’s quite excellent in flavor. Continue reading
I’ve been craving for a simple vegetarian dinner that I could just whip up in the matter of 30 minutes, and so this very easy chickpea vegetable curry recipe with quinoa was born. Let not the simplicity of this dish fool you, though: it is still a very filling veggie dish, and it rightfully deserves to be called a main course. You won’t go hungry after enjoying curry flavors, chickpeas, mushrooms, and spinach in a creamy coconut broth, on top of protein-rich quinoa. Continue reading
Posted in Dinner, Green onions, Mushrooms, Quinoa, Recipe, Red curry, Spinach, Stew, Thai, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Last week has been really busy for me, where my job combined with the fact that we had friends visiting and staying with us for several days created such a shortage of time, that I am extremely grateful that there exist easy one-pot dishes, such as this ground beef chili with black beans.
While I was cooking all the time for our guests, starting at breakfast and ending with dinner, I unsurprisingly was able to capture none of the delicious recipes I made over the course of last week. Instead, I am presenting you with this simple bowl of beef chili and black beans, which is a perfect dish if you’re tired and out of energy (which is how I feel this week) and want something simple, comforting and delicious. This recipe has a minimum of steps and zero complexity. Just throw ingredients in one pot, let it simmer, occasionally stirring, and you end up with a pure deliciousness. Continue reading
Posted in Beef, Black beans, Carrots, Cheddar cheese, Cheese, Dinner, Green onions, Onions, Recipe, Soups, Stew, Tomatoes, Vegetables
During his recent business travel to Seattle, my husband could not leave their famous seafood market without purchasing 30 pounds of seafood. That was his response to my complaint that we have not had fish in a very long time. About a week later there was a knock on the door and the delivery man handed me a huge heavy box, which upon opening revealed fresh, never frozen seafood: salmon, smoked salmon, black cod, shrimp, and sea bass cheeks – all carefully packaged and masterfully refrigerated within the box. I would lie if I said I wasn’t thrilled, to say the least. I love seafood and it has been a long-long time since I had any in my refrigerator. Continue reading
Posted in Black cod, Dinner, Fish, Green onions, Onions, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Recipe, Shallots, Vegetables, Vegetarian
In between the Christmas cookie recipes, I have to fit in this cream of Shiitake mushroom soup I made last week from scratch without using any heavy cream, and using only 1.5 cups of half-and-half. And, by the way, you can use any type of wild mushrooms in place of Shiitake. I’ve made this soup years before, with different types of mushrooms, and it’s always been popular with the family, and I thought it would be nice to make a rendition of it during the holidays this year. Warm and hearty mushroom soup is so welcome on cold winter nights, as a prelude to any dinner. In fact, for the past 2 weeks, a bowl of this mushroom soup or a carrot-lentil soup always awaits me and my husband as a warming appetizer before dinner. And I wholeheartedly recommend the same for you: fill yourself up with soup before dinner, and you won’t be as hungry and will probably eat less for dinner. Continue reading
Posted in Appetizer, Carrots, Christmas, Green onions, Mushrooms, Onions, Recipe, Shiitake Mushrooms, Soups, Thanksgiving, Thyme, Vegetables, Vegetarian
I’ve had a frozen rabbit in my freezer for a long time. It somehow got blocked by other frozen meats, so for a while I forgot that I even had it. Finally, on a freezer clean-up day, I find a pleasant surprise at the very back of the bottom shelf of my freezer: a frozen rabbit. I knew right away how I wanted to cook it because I’ve bookmarked a wonderful recipe from Jackques Pepin’s cookbook of a classic French rabbit. Who, if not Chez Jacques, knows the best classic French rabbit recipe? Continue reading
I love my Williams-Sonoma 6 mini-tartlet pan, and I can’t get enough of it: it’s so convenient to bake individually sized little tarts that look so pretty (both sweet and savory). This tart pan makes 6 mini-tarts, 3 inch diameter each. This is the minimum number of tartlets that I will usually bake at any given time so it works for me. The pan is also non-stick, so there is never a problem with crust sticking. Continue reading
Posted in Bacon, Baking, Breakfast, Cheese, Eggs, Gouda, Green onions, NaBloPoMo, Recipe, Tarts and Tartlets, Vegetables