miso grilled eggplant with cheese

miso grilled eggplant with cheese

This has been a favorite of our family since I first made it. I was inspired by a YouTube video I watched about Nikkei cuisine (basically Japanese-influenced Peruvian cuisine) and since I had some eggplant in the fridge and all the other ingredients needed, I made this. The miso sauce was adapted from another recipe, but the cheese on top of the eggplant is “Nikkei-influenced”. You can also make this without the cheese on top and it is also delicious.

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min chiang kueh

min chiang kueh

I occasionally crave snacks and sweets from my homeland (Singapore) and this is one of the many things I miss from home. The chewy interior, crisp exterior and sweet and salty peanut filling never fails to satisfy me. It took me some time and many tries before finding a recipe and technique that produced similar min chiang kueh to the ones I can get back home.

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roasted cauliflower with ginger, turmeric and cumin and spiced basmati rice

roasted cauliflower and spiced basmati rice

roasted cauliflower with ginger, turmeric and cumin and spiced basmati rice

This is a favorite and staple meal in our family. I cook this pretty often (at least twice a month?) and we all love it. It is very easy to whip up and elements of this dish can be prepared beforehand making it easy to bring everything together. Since my family loves roasted cauliflower I always roast at least two heads when I make this.

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crustless pizza

crustless pizza

crustless pizza

Another Nigella Lawson favorite in our family is this crustless pizza. The hubs is okay with it but E and I enjoy it for lunch whenever we have cold meats in the fridge we need to use up. It is very easy to whip up but does require a cook time of 30 minutes in the oven at 400°F so do take into account the amount of time your oven needs to preheat.

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andhra chicken curry

I was introduced to this recipe by my ex-Indian neighbour. We used to share food with each other and I learned how to make a number of Indian dishes from her. I have to say that though I used the same recipe she passed to me, the results were slightly different. I wasn’t able to recreate the same taste and gravy consistency. I even used the same ingredients! Alas, this curry is delicious with rice but more so with noodles (in my opinion). Boil up some somen noodles, ladle on some curry and chicken and enjoy!

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Pasta alla Vodka

pasta alla vodka

pasta alla vodka

Pasta alla vodka is one of our family staples. I also make it pretty often (once a month at least?) because it’s super easy to whip up (think less than 30 minutes) and requires ingredients I usually have in my pantry and garden. The hubs and E both love it and you always feel very satisfied after eating a huge plate of it.

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quick tomato sauce for pasta

the sauce

the sauce

So I am having problems naming this dish/recipe. It’s a recipe for a quick, simple tomato sauce which can be used for a baked (or unbaked) pasta. It’s super flexible – you can choose to add meat or not, and you can add whatever veggies you choose or have available. This is a good dish for people just learning how to cook and/or are on a budget and/or are short of time. (Okay, that was a lot of “and/or”, but you get the drift.)

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