Mushroom Spinach Sauté

Toasty, umami, spicy, and sweet; this sauté takes about 30 minutes to prepare and make, and is a flavorful topping for rice or a grain of your choice. Ingredients: 225 g fresh spinach, washed, drained, and sliced 150 g sliced mixed mushrooms 1 small red onion, cleaned, thinly sliced, and separated 4 scallions, diced 1/4…

Dill and Garlic Loaf

It’s cold where I live this February, and the falling snowflakes make my house feel like it’s caught inside a snow globe. On chilly, draughty days, cooking bread can be a wonderful way of heating the house and making your home smell wonderful during the process. This bread is relatively low maintenance, and can be…

Pandemic Pantry: Curried Carrot Soup

Like so many recipes “discovered” over the pandemic, this one uses what’s on hand. Thus, feel free to tweak it using your own ingredients. Ingredients: One large red onion 16 ounces (450 grams) baby carrots, or regular carrots, if preferred 16 ounces (450 grams) new potatoes Three tbsp sesame oil Three tbsp olive oil Cold…

Quick Fix: Nachos

This recipe is one of my favorites for a quick and easy meal during the week. Ingredients: 2/3 Cups Greek yogurt 2/3 Cups chili or bean dip 2/3 Cups shredded cheese (cheddar, queso blanco, Monterey Jack, or another mix of mild cheeses) Your favorite salsa, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce, to taste 9-12 ounces of…

Quick Fix: Cilantro Stem Pesto

Good for using up leftover cilantro stems, this pesto works well on pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, or pasta. Ingredients: One large bunch cilantro stems, washed A scant 1/2 Cup walnuts Two tbsp Parmesan cheese Four tbsp olive oil Ground black pepper, to taste Lemon juice, to taste (optional) Equipment: A food processor, a blender, or an…

Cooking With Urfa Biber

I use lots of different peppers in my cooking, but if I had to choose just one, I would select Urfa biber each and every time. Like so many of the chillies loved around the world, Urfa biber, also called isot pepper, is made from a cultivar of capsicum annuum, the same species which gives…

Pandemic Pantry: Cauliflower Egg Bake

If you run out of flour, or just don’t have the time to make a pie crust, this recipe can help. Tasty as breakfast or lunch, this vegetable egg bake is toasty and warm. I focused on cauliflower in this version of the recipe, but you could also use mushrooms, onions and peppers, or thin-cut…

Sora, Kiri, and I Will Be Back Soon

I know things have been a bit slow on the site this month. A lot has been happening, in my family, in my country, and all around the world, so I have to admit, it’s been hard to write. I’ve temporarily been focusing on another personal project that I hope to be able to share…

Fiction: Sora and the Farav Part Four

The camp fire glowed bright against the growing dusk. Over the fire sat a cooking pot, filled almost to the brim with a stew of northern herbs and spices, some crunchy, purple tzabek root, a few strips of sweet tree bark, a handful of the little dried beans from their travel kit, and, in pride…

Pandemic Pantry: Cheesy Bakes

Looking for a quick, savory, cheesy snack? These mini breadsticks are easy to make and taste great on their own, or paired with a hearty autumn soup or potage. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 Cup plus two Tablespoons milk or half and half 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder 1…