Equalizer

You are the great equalizer. We all come to you: young and old, rich and poor, great and small. Some come willingly; others out of necessity. Most take your offering but grudgingly, accepting their fate with stoic resignation. A few seem to take pleasure in the fulfillment you bring, such as it were. The seasonsContinue reading “Equalizer”

Plov

Plov is a popular Russian rice dish that came to Russia via central Asia. Everyone makes it differently. For example, some time after we came to SoCal, my mom had an idea to use cayenne instead of black pepper, which I’m pretty sure is a non-standard, but, in my opinion, awesome change. Before we start, I haveContinue reading “Plov”

Carrot Top Quiche

One of the perks of living in Portland is the amazing year round farmer’s markets, boasting seasonal produce from local sources. Buying produce at the market has caused me to cook seasonally, which has  expanded my horizons in terms of ingredients, but carrots are one of the few veggies available almost all year round andContinue reading “Carrot Top Quiche”

Pistachio-Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Since I’ve moved to Portland, Ken’s Artisan Bakery has become one of my go-to places for lunch, bread, and sweets. They have these amazing hazelnut shortbread cookies that I kept buying, so one day I decided to try my own shortbread, and I am pretty proud with the result. These cookies have a bit lessContinue reading “Pistachio-Lavender Shortbread Cookies”

Herb-Cheese Scones

Every third Thursday of the month, I participate in a Kickstarted cheese club here in Portland. It works like this. When that month’s cheese is announced on Kickstarter, you buy a ticket to the cheese party or a ticket plus a pound of cheese. If the Kickstarter gets funded, the restaurant owner and cheesemonger, Sasha,Continue reading “Herb-Cheese Scones”

Spicy-Creamy Thai Curry Soup

Difficulty estimates on recipes don’t make much sense to me. Anything can seem easy once you know how it’s done; until then, it seems hard. Some recipes look easy on the outset, but take years to master (such as the perfect white rice). Others look complicated, but only because of their long ingredients list (stirContinue reading “Spicy-Creamy Thai Curry Soup”

Mixed-herb pesto

Despite months of neglect and mistreatment, my poor herbs have been clinging to life in their cramped little pots, their roots desperately reaching for the last few drops of water in soil that has been parched for weeks, their leaves reaching into a single beam of sunlight that shines through the balcony fence, like aContinue reading “Mixed-herb pesto”

Spicy Carrot-Egg Salad (no mayo)

I’ve never been a big fan of egg salad, mainly because of the mayo. So a few days ago, I decided to devise an easy egg salad recipe to destroy all other egg salad recipes! I find that the cooked carrots in this recipe blend well with the egg, while adding a little extra colourContinue reading “Spicy Carrot-Egg Salad (no mayo)”

Plum and Lemon Preserves

Coming to Michigan has been a wonderful experience. It’s summertime and everything here is so green and vibrant… not at all similar to the dry, hot summers of Southern California. The people are just as lovely as the weather this season, and I’ve had the great fortune of meeting a great number of lovely peopleContinue reading “Plum and Lemon Preserves”