Sunday, August 27, 2023

Asian Style Eggplant


I threw some vegetables together that needed some attention. I was excited that it actually worked.  I love it.  I went right out and bought more eggplant from the farmers market.  going to the farmers market for me now is like a kid going to the candy store.  I go crazy and often go a little overboard but we end up eating all of it.

Asian Style Eggplant 

3 small eggplants, chopped in 1 inch dice

2 green bell peppers, chopped in 1 inch dice

1 onion, chopped in 1 inch dice

1 Chile, chopped fine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons broad bean paste
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 white pepper 
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tapioca powder
1/4 cup water

Sauté the bell pepper and onion and chili and olive oil for 10 minutes. Add chopped eggplant and cover. Continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes until eggplant is wilted.

Make sauce while waiting for the bell pepper for the eggplant to cook when just about done add and sauce until thick. Serve with basil over top.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl


This is one of my faves when I am wanting some Asian flavors.  Most ingredients are available in the Winter so its easy to have then. But with some summer fresh cucumbers, its the BOMB!


2 to 3 cups mixed greens

1/2 cup purple cabbage

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1 cup cucumbers

1 cup rice

1 avocado, chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup pickled ginger ****

1/4 teaspoon wasabi

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

**** make your own pickled ginger. 

Pickled Ginger

9 to 10 ounces ginger

⅓ cup plus 1 ½ cups sugar

2 teaspoons fine sea salt, or 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt

⅔ cup rice vinegar

Peel ginger and cut into super thin slices, use a mandoline or very sharp knife. Cut across the grain and aim for nearly see-through pieces.

Transfer the ginger to a saucepan or heatproof bowl. Toss with the 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes to reduce its harshness.

About 10 minutes before the ginger finishes mellowing out, bring a kettle of water to a boil. When the ginger is done, pour the just-boiled water over the ginger. Use enough water to cover the ginger. Gently stir and let sit for 20 seconds to further reduce the harshness. Dump into a mesh strainer. Don’t rinse. Shake a few times to expel water, then transfer into a 2-cup capacity glass jar.

In a saucepan, bring the mixture of sugar and vinegar to a boil. Stir once or twice to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and pour into the jar of ginger.

Push down with chopsticks or a spoon to submerge. Cool, uncovered, then cap and refrigerate.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Indian Style Bowl

I am going crazy for bowls right now.  Throw it all in, mix it all up and enjoy.  Its kinda what I did on my plate anyway.  Much easier in a bowl.  I figured I would gather up a few of my faves for ideas in the future when I forget what I did.  Ha!


1 cup prepared Thoran

1 cup mango, chopped

1 cup tomato, chopped

1 cup rice

1 to 2 cups mixed greens

1 tablespoon evoo

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup water

Toss all ingredients together.  You can add some garam masala if you like for a little flavor boost.

Cabbage Thoran

2 tablespoons coconut oil 
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
10 curry leaves if you have them
3 small green chilies, halved lengthwise or whatever hot pepper you  like
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups green cabbage, sliced thinly
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut

Saute cumin seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds in oil.  Lightly toast and add 1/2 cup water right away so they dont burn and become bitter.  Add cabbage and onion, cover and let cook.  Stirring occassionally.

Sunday, August 14, 2022



What is it about peanut butter?  I mean I like bacon.  Everyone goes wild over bacon, but honestly I like peanut butter more!  Creamy, delicious and versatile.  Sweet or savory.

My husband said this dish is a bit like deconstructed spring rolls.  Yes, it kind of is.  Way less work though.

You can make everything in advance which is kind of nice.  The hardest part about this dish is all the chopping.  But frankly chopping vegetables is a stress reliever for me so I dont mind.  It is worth any amount of work you put in.  Great flavor.  You made need to play around with the ingredients to get the right balance of sweet and tart with a hint of heat.


4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup Tomato paste
1 cup peanuts or 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Mild chile such as Pablano, if you like more heat you can choose a jalapeño or cayenne
1/4 cup Shallots or one small onion
Hand full of Chives
2 tablespoons Kecap mainis
1/2 cup Tamarind juice, like concentrate
1/2 cup water
Lime juice, 1 to 2 limes

Some things you can have on your tray might include:
Green beans
Sugar snap peas, parboiled
Tofu, cooked
Boiled eggs
Purple cabbage
Brown rice
Carrots, parboiled
Green bell peppers

Thai basil or regular basil

Arrange everything on a platter. You can get pretty artistic here. Lots of fun. 
In the center you can put your sauce. People can take there choice of vegetables and protein and the some sauce.  The brown rice goes nicely along side if you like.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Pineapple Pork- Adobo Pork with a Twist

I love Hot Thai Kitchen.  Pai is such a sweet person with lots of videos to intice you into make Thai food.  She has other dishes on there as well but primarily Thai.  

I bought some pork belly recently for the first time.  I made it two ways.  I tried Char Sui which was a fail.  It was okay but not what I had envisioned.  Then I made this dish by h Pai.  WE LOVED IT!  Will definitely make this again.  Here is a link to her recipe.  I am putting it on my blog with my changes.

Pork Adobo with Pineapple

2 lb pork belly, cut into large cubes

1 onion, cut into strips

6 cloves garlic, chopped

½ cup coconut milk

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon black pepper, ground

2 bay leaves

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small bite-sized pieces (see note)

green onions for garnish, optional

Saute pork cubes.  Once browned, remove from pot and add onions to auste until golden.  Add in garlic and then coconut milk.  Cook one minute.  Add in soy sauce, vinegar, pinch of salt, pepper, bay leaves and soy sauce.  Stir.  Finally add the pork back in. Cover and cook for about 1 hour, check.  If too much liquid, leave top off. Continue to cook about another hour until pork is tender.

In a separate pot caramelize pineapple in a pan.  At the end, add in pineapple.  When serving, garnish with green onion. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


Hmmm,  Nothing is as heavenly as strawberry shortcake!  Agreed?

Short Cake Biscuits

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 cup cold buttermilk
2 Tablespoons heavy cream (buttermilk works if you do not have heavy cream)

Preheat oven to 425°F 

Combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl or in a large food processor. Whisk or pulse until combined. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or by pulsing several times in the processor. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. If you used a food processor, pour out the mixture into a large bowl.

Pour buttermilk on top. Stir everything together until just about combined– do not overwork the dough. The dough will be very crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gently mold it together in a ball using your hands. Gently flatten until it is evenly 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 3-inch circles. Re-roll any scraps until you have about 12 biscuits. 

Arrange in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or close together on a lined baking sheet. 

Brush the tops with 2 Tablespoons heavy cream. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before using.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Fall Off The Bone, Melt In Your Mouth Ribs

I dont buy ribs too often as I am intimidated by them.  Meat in general.  Its take me a long time to learn how to cook meats.  When I was first starting out as a cook I wish there was the classes there are today. I think two important things to learn are techniques for cooking meat and knife skills. Those are tops. I will never forget one time I was at a friends house and she was using a steak knife to cut her carrots.  I just about died.  Besides prep time there is the larger issue of her losing a finger.  Invest in a Chefs Knife.  Totally worth it. You dont even need to pay a high price just find one that feels right in your hand.

This is the easiest and best ribs and I am quite sure you can find it all over the internet.  I wanted it here on my blog so I knew right where the recipe was because indeed, I will make it again!  So good.


Baby Back ribs, membrane removed
dry rub- I used Penzey Barbeque Seasoning 3001*

Cover the ribs with aluminum foil. Do it so that you can open it up later and leave it under the ribs. This will make clean up a breeze.
Bake the ribs at a low temperature (275°F) for 3 to 4 hours or until they are tender. It may be sooner than that,depending on your ribs.

Cover the baked ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce then broil (or grill) the ribs for a few minutes until the sauce is caramelized. If you dont have a grill, the broiler works fantastic. So no sweat. Keep an eye on it as you dont want it to burn. You can see a little scorch mark on mine.  Didnt matter though. Taste was amazing.

* no plug for them, was not paid to say that.  Just is what I have.  But you can get crazy creative with your rub. All kinds of ideas out there in the internet land.