Recipe: Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

This soup has a wonderful simplicity to it.  Sometimes coconut in soup can be really cloyingly sweet of overwhelming but in this soup its nicely balanced with the soft flavor of rice and the heartiness of mushroom. Since this takes only a few minutes to come together it’s perfect for when you don’t feel well…

Recipe: No Fry Sweet and Sour Chicken

I really love this recipe because frying is just a bridge too far for me most days. I understand most people don’t fry because of health but for me it’s mostly just laziness so if you want the delicious taste of sweet and sour chicken but less work – this is the recipe for you.

Recipe: Red Thai Curry Baked Potatoes

Two great tastes that taste great together. If you like curry and you’d like to alternative to eating with the many variants of Indian breads (dosa, chapati, naan, and so on) than this is great. I actually first had this in Amsterdam of all places but wow, it’s weirdly satisfying and filling. I had it…

Recipe: Mushroom Ragu

This is one of those recipes that doesn’t seem like much but it takes mushrooms from a bland, boring food to the perfect topping for almost anything. I used this ragu smothered over the tops of popovers but it’d be great on polenta, over rice, and even as a pasta sauce.

Recipe: Potato Gratin

I made a turnip gratin previously but I wasn’t in love with it but I think I’ve cracked the code this time. This potato gratin is so good it’s hard to stop eating! Layering the cheese and milk mixture is the most important part but also don’t cheap out and use poor quality cheese because…

Recipe: Simple Bean Soup

A nice hearty beans and greens type soup that sticks to your ribs in cold weather. Hearty enough to be a meal when paired with some bread or a salad but light enough to be a side dish for a roast dinner too.

Recipe: Chicken Afritada

This is a really simple dish that comes out pretty good. If you’re looking for a twist on chicken meals this one is a good place to start. I’m not usually a fan of sweet plus meat but the pineapple isn’t too clawing in this dish.

Recipe: Refried Beans

A basic staple of cooking re-fried beans. I hemmed and hawed if I wanted to post this recipe because it’s so basic and also because I used to buy re-fried bean (gasp!) instead of making them but since moving to Estonia that is no longer an option so now I make my own. They’re super…

Recipe: Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta

I get so sick of green salad and I’m always looking for salad substitutes that can be thrown together in a few minutes or even better, made ahead of time and this fits the bills perfectly.

Recipe: Cucumber Bites

Impress guests with this 5 minute recipe that is also healthier than average, bite sized, handheld, and cheap! It’s gluten free and vegetarian also and can be made vegan with vegan cream cheese substitutes (like some soft nut cheeses out there which taste pretty good). The best part of these bites is that they can…