ONE-POT-DISH


CLAY POT CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND LIME LEAVES
I’m definitely one of those people who got very excited by acquiring new kitchen wares or cookery or any props for photography purpose. I think many food bloggers and/or photographers can understand this obsession I saw this clay pot at the Asian grocery store that I often go when I […]

CLAY POT CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND LIME LEAVES


SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS
Quinoa has been part of our diets for few years now. I started out just eating it plain as I would rice accompanied by other entrees and side dishes. But over the years, as food is getting more “exotic” (in a good way), the possibilities of cooking quinoa with other […]

SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS


CROCK POT PORK RIBS 2
I love cooking with slow cooker/crock pot. I mean..why wouldn’t I ? The crock pot does the work and you wake up with a dish ready for you. What is not to love about that ! When I made this crock pot pork ribs, the next morning, my father-in-law said […]

SLOW-COOKED PORK RIBS



korean gamjatang
I know it’s not winter anymore, but I can have soup or stew anytime of the year. I often stocked up on pork neck bones and make some stock from them. We often have one noodle soup dish throughout the week. So one weekend my husband was telling me about […]

KOREAN PORK BONE SOUP / GAMJATANG


AYAM MASAK BUGIS 2
Buginese chicken or known as “ayam (chicken) masak (cook) bugis” is from the Southern part of Sulawesi island in Indonesia where the Buginese ethic is the majority there. Traditionally the whole chicken is stewed in coconut milk along with other ingredients commonly used in Indonesian kitchen such as: cinnamon, bay […]

BUGINESE CHICKEN


SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH
I didn’t have much exposure to Szechuan food when I lived in Asia. Probably because Szechuan cuisine wasn’t as popular back then, but it sure has gained lots of popularity in recent years. Since I moved to Minnesota, I’ve love love..Szechuan dishes (hint: hot spicy food). But of course, not […]

SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH



SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA
When the weather was 4 F outside, all I could think of was something hearty and warm and it just sounded like stew fitted perfectly into that category. This is a great hearty and nutritious stew. It’s perfect if you don’t want any meat in your meal. This is packed […]

SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA


CHEDDAR CORN PIE 2
I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people. Some I’ve met in person, some I’ve came to know through blogging and either way, I feel so grateful. Every time I made this cheddar corn pie, it reminds me of my good friend, Stef (not that she looks like […]

CHEDDAR CORN PIE


ROASTED SEAFOOD
This roasted seafood dish can’t be more beautiful and appetizing. We love seafood in this house and to be throwing lots of things into the roasting pan and ended up with a complete meal makes thing even more beautiful don’t you think ? I mentioned it before over and over, […]

ROASTED SEAFOOD



ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS
Arroz con gandules or rice with pigeon peas is Puerto Rican signature dish. I’ve never had it before and decided to give it a try when I saw it in the Puerto Rican Cookery cookbook by Carmen Aboy Valldeyjuli. Arroz con gandules is usually served during holiday time or in […]

ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS


ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL
I just have to name the dish as such because that’s how I truly feel about it. Absolutely delicious! I actually get pretty addicted with dill lately. It started after I made a rice with green peas and dill (recipe coming up soon) and from that point on, I can’t […]

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL


CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS
I never grew up having lentils before. It’s not something very common at our house or even at our hometown. But one thing I can tell you is that I always have soft spots for beans and legumes. My mom often cooked soup with beans and I don’t know if […]

CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS



PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA
I like to prepare stew dishes (even during this hot summer day) because they are easy and you pretty much have complete meal in one pot. Majority of the work is pretty much on cutting the vegetables and meat. Usually can feed a large crowd or if you don’t have […]

PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA


GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL
I always have a thing for Japanese food. Mention the word sashimi, and you can literally see me salivating like the Pavlov’s dog (not a pretty sight I know, but you get what I mean). I actually made my husband promised to bring me to eat lots and lots of […]

GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL


RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES
Arroz con Jueyes or known as rice with crabs is one of the one-pot dish that our family really enjoy. This classic Puerto Rican rice dish is rich orange-red in color thanks to the achiote seeds or also known as annato seeds. Achiote seeds are widely used in Filipinos, Spanish, […]

RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES



CREAMY POTATO GRATIN
From what I understand is that Gratin is originated in French Cuisine. Gratin usually represented with browned crust on top of the dish. What I’m sharing here is creamy potato gratin from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook: Nigella Bites. You will find that the recipe is definitely not the orthodox way of […]

CREAMY POTATO GRATIN


GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES
Yes, I’ve been making quite a bit of stew and soup dishes lately. But can you blame me ? I have subzero temperature to deal with for the past two months (not sure if it will get better or worse!) and when it is that brutally cold out there, stew […]

GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES


WHITE BEAN CHILI
I’m not usually a “chili” eater. Before I even continues, let me clarify that the chili I refer to over here is the American-style chili usually made of bean and some ground meat and some peppers like jalapeno. Not “hot” spicy, but usually spices like cumin, oregano, coriander seeds, etc […]

WHITE BEAN CHILI



CHICKEN AND POTATO LAYERS
Some people find chicken is boring. Well, maybe I’m one of those people to be honest. Not that I don’t like chicken, I do actually. We never order chicken dishes when we dine out however. Maybe it’s the mentality of “I can prepare chicken at home” that makes me think […]

CHICKEN AND POTATO LAYERS


CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE
I made this creamy corn casserole for a Thanksgiving get-together with friends and it was quite a big hit! I personally adore corn, especially the sweet corn here in North America. They are incredibly sweet. Love it! The creamy corn casserole is so easy to whip up too and simply […]

CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE


CABBAGE AND YAM RICE
Another one-pot type of dish that I really like. Maybe because there’s yam in it ? lol! I love yam and btw, the yam that I’m referring to here is also called purple taro. It’s not the yams or sweet potatoes that the Westerners usually call. When Asians say yam, […]

CABBAGE AND YAM RICE



SEMUR DAGING / JAVANESE BEEF STEW
My grandmother used to make this Semur Daging quite often and she made a very good one too. Semur Daging or Javanese Beef Stew if a typically a beef stew cooked with Indonesian sweet soy sauce, which contributes to its dark color and sweet taste, and the distinct nice flavor […]

SEMUR DAGING / JAVANESE BEEF STEW


PALAVER SAUCE
Palaver sauce has an interesting story behind how this dish is named as such. Learning from the South of Sahara cookbook, the word Palaver comes from the Portuguese word of “palavra”, which means a word, or speech. The negotiation between the Africans and Europeans during colonial times was called a […]

PALAVER SAUCE


SUNDAY STEW
Sunday is one of the days that many families and friends gather and eat together. This Sunday stew is also prepared often in West Africa for a relaxing day like Sunday and hence its name. Despite of its red, thick and creamy appearance, this Sunday stew is definitely very hearty. […]

SUNDAY STEW



KARELIAN HOT POT / KARJALANPAISTI
Karelian hot pot or known as Karjalanpaisti in Finland, is one of the national dishes in Finland. Originated from Karelia region, this stew is usually prepare with at least two different type of meats, usually beef and pork, but lamb is also common. The stew was traditionally prepared with wood-burning […]

KARELIAN HOT POT / KARJALANPAISTI


NORWEGIAN SPINACH PIE / NORVEGIA SPINATPIE
Fish gratin or known as fiskergrateng in Norwegian was another one of the Norwegian dishes I tried the other day. Absolutely scrumptious. Very creamy and delicious. This is a one-pot-dish you would love to eat. I think even people who don’t care much for fish dishes, won’t really notice the […]

FISH GRATIN / FISKERGRATENG


NORWEGIAN LAMB AND CABBAGE / FARIKAL
I decided to pack my kitchen with me and head to Norway for an adventure. Just kidding! I’m still physically here, but we did have some cooking adventure trying out several Norwegian dishes with Authentic Norwegian Cooking by Astrid Karlsen Scott . It’s interesting how much you can learn and […]

NORWEGIAN LAMB AND CABBAGE / FARIKAL



MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF
Pilaf is always one of my favorite things to make. Why ? It’s a one-pot dish and I just love that when I don’t have much time at the kitchen. This macadamia and pineapple rice pilaf couldn’t be any happier and merrier in color and taste. I mean, there were […]

MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF


CAULIFLOWER MACARONI AND CHEESE
Macaroni and cheese is almost everyone’s favorite. From young to old. Starchy and cheesy, I’m sold! Last week I made some macaroni and cheese with sweet potatoes for my daughter and she loved it. She doesn’t care much for sweet potatoes on its own, so I’ve been sneaking it into […]

CAULIFLOWER MACARONI AND CHEESE


ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN
Arroz con pollo or rice with chicken is my kind of favorite dish to cook. Why ? It’s one-pot meal! Originated in Spain in the form of pilaf, arroz con polo has become staples in Latin America and throughout the Carribean. The chicken is infused with flavor from adobo rub. […]

ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN



CHICKEN, SAUSAGE AND SHRIMP JAMBALAYA
The word Jambalaya means “jumbled” or “mixed up” in French. I just actually learned of this too. Louisiana has some French influence which reflected in the cooking. The idea of Jambalaya is believed to be in the same philosophy with paella, kedgeree, and risotto. I always enjoyed Louisiana dish because […]

CHICKEN, SAUSAGE AND SHRIMP JAMBALAYA


SOUTHERN BEANS AND PORK
The traditional southern beans and pork is prepared with kidney beans. I’m a big fan of beans (any kind of beans, especially kidney beans). We consumed quite a fair bit of kidney beans growing up. My mom often prepared it as soup dish. In this recipe, I mixed in other […]

SOUTHERN BEANS AND PORK


A KILLER MAC AND CHEESE
How is that for a title ? Jamie Oliver named this recipe “A Killer Mac and Cheese” in his Jamie’s America cookbook. Mac and cheese is indeed a classic American pasta dish. Everyone loves it, including my daughter. How can you not. As shared by Jamie in his cookbook, “Sometimes […]

A KILLER MAC AND CHEESE



OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN
It is delightful to see many fish recipes in the Dutch and Belgian Food and Cooking by Janny De Moor and Suzanne Vandyck. The cookbook did mention that Ostend, a coastal town in the Flemish province of West Flanders, Belgium, is renowned for the quality of its fish and shellfish. […]

OSTEND-STYLE FISH GRATIN


BRAISED PORK WITH YAM
The first time I had this braised pork with yam was at a restaurant serving authentic Asian food and I loved it. Then I found the recipe at Relishing A Taste of Home by Pang Nyuk Yoon and decided I gotta absolutely made it and thank God I did. It […]

BRAISED PORK WITH YAM


SOFRITO
As I mentioned before in the Cholent post, Sofrito is another rich festive dish that is similar to cholent, however the cooking cycle is shorter than for cholent. Sofrito is a festive dish from Jerusalem Sephardic cuisine. Ingredients used in sofrito are pretty similar to cholent with few exceptions on […]

SOFRITO



CHOLENT - ASHKENAZI HAMIN
One of the things that I really enjoy by cooking different dishes from different countries is the story behind the dishes. I feel that I’ve been learning so much about food, people and cultures from our very own kitchen. Another thing I learned today is about Shabbat, which is a […]

CHOLENT – ASHKENAZI HAMIN


PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
I add this ptitim casserole with chicken and vegetables to the “feed my baby/toddler” category because Fiorina (now a 14-month old toddler) loves this dish. I’m always excited if I fixed something that she likes. She ate more than her usual portion. I guess she must have really liked the […]

PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES


CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON
I got this chicken and kale risotto with pine nuts and bacon recipe from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. A friend asked me to share recipes that Fiorina likes. It can be challenging cooking for toddlers (at least mine). Overall, she has gotten better. She eats pretty much most […]

CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON



HALIBUT AND EGGPLANT MISO GRATIN
This halibut and eggplant miso gratin dish is deeply delicious. REPEAT: DEEPLY delicious!! I will definitely keep this recipe forever and ever. Well, it’s up here. So, it will be here for as long as this site exists. By adding miso to the sauce surely gives and extra depth and […]

HALIBUT AND EGGPLANT MISO GRATIN


PAPET VAUDOIS/ VAUD SAUSAGES WITH LEEKS, CREAM AND POTATOES
Papet Vaudois is a very popular dish from the Vaud canton in Switzerland. This is another one of a super easy dish to make and a one-pot too. The creamy leeks and potatoes are served with the Vaud smoked pork (and beef) sausage. This is actually also a highly-recommended winter […]

PAPET VAUDOIS/ VAUD SAUSAGES WITH LEEKS, CREAM AND POTATOES