I wouldn’t say any of the food I make is authentic in any sense but I kind of feel like I’m sometimes stretching the idea of what some foods are. Either way this is undoubtedly a paella even if I made a small adjustment of not using fresh cod pieces but instead I was gifted minced fish and rolled those into balls. It’s practically the same to switch out the minced fish for fish pieces at the end and I’m sure both are great so feel free to play around with whatever you have on hand.Continue reading
Even though this looks like a very fiddly meal, it’s actually not a big deal. I’ve been making pasta quite a lot lately since I bought a pasta maker and it’s both really easy and satisfying. You can always buy the squid ink pasta and simply make the topping / sauce which make this a 15 minute meal if you have lump crab or canned crab. For sure this meal turns any night into a very fancy date night.
Squid Ink Pasta with Crab Meat
These are a great thing to make ahead of time with pre-made wonton wrapped. I used surimi to make them even cheaper and easier but you can use canned crab or already shedded crab and it’ll be just as good if not better. These freeze (pre-fry) very well and then take just a few minutes to make so they’re great for a party, side dish, or snacking.Continue reading
I made these for my Eurovision party on account of Eurovision was in Portugal this year and after spending a week there last year I fell in love with salted cod, locally known as bacalhau. While I had to make my own salted cod it doesn’t involve more than just a little time and a lot of salt. You can skip that part if you really want to save time and just make sure to thoroughly salt your mashed potato mixture instead.
Salted Cod Balls
I absolutely adored these. They’re pretty simple to make and you can use canned crab or those krabsticks that are really fish puree to make them. They go well with thick dipping sauces and you can make them ahead of time and freeze them before frying for a crowd or for an easy lunch.
Crab Cream Croquettes
While I do have a perfectly good quiche recipe already posted, this combination of things is completely out of this world and deserves it’s own recipe. Also in this one I used the shortcut of freezer puff pastry which creates a light vehicle for this but you can make your own crust or even use a pie crust if that’s how you want to do it.
Salmon and Leek Quiche
Strange life events have led me to think of Tom Yum Goong as a comfort food when sick. This recipe and resulting soup don’t look like much but they pack a surprising amount of flavor and heat in a very unsuspecting way. If you have a cold, this soup take only 15 minutes to come together and does a good job of helping your body kill germs.
Tom Yum Goong
Basically okonomiyaki are like a savory Japanese pancake that is shoved with whatever you like (the word okonomiyaki is literally “what you want”). This is a pretty basic one with just some dried tuna flakes and cabbage but you can pretty much put in anything you want from blue cheese to fish eggs to ground bison – whatever you have laying around. You can pick up the Japanese ingredients in a specialty Asian store or on Amazon.
Onigiri are fairly simply to make, they’re just balls of rice that are often shaped in to a triangle like shape and then covered in nori (dried seaweed). These ones are a bit upgraded mixing in some baked and season salmon to up the flavor content. These are best eaten same day but you can wrap them in plastic wrap to have them keep for an extra day or two.