Long live the chili peppers!

Long live the chili peppers!

Love it when I stumble across good news – especially about things that I like to eat, drink, or do. Saw this piece on the health benefit of chili peppers from Epicurious.com. And I quote: “The compound responsible here might be capsaicin, the very thing that makes peppers spicy—it might guard against heart disease and … Continue reading

Sharing the Love (of Okra)

Sharing the Love (of Okra)

I fell in love with Okra because of Leena, a dear friend of mine in Chicago. Many years ago, Farah and I came by Leena’s house for dinner. She had prepared her fabulous Syrian stew made of okra and beef in this tomato broth (bamya). Continue reading

Parsley Yogurt Sauce

Parsley Yogurt Sauce

I have parsley growing beautifuly in the garden. It is doing so well that now I am compiling recipes on what to do with it. Here is one recipe that I liked a lot: Salsa Verde. I added plain yogurt (whole milk) to the recipe since I went anchovies-happy and put too many of them and … Continue reading

Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crisp

I had never tried rhubarbs before. One of the neighbors found out about this and she gave me some from her garden. She convinced me of their delights when made into a crisp. I found Mark Bittman’s recipe and the rest is history. Convinced and sold! I might go to my neighbor’s house and ask … Continue reading

Slow Cooked Roast Chicken and Kale

Slow Cooked Roast Chicken and Kale

When hunger and inspiration come together, delicious dishes appear. That was the case for me today. I had some chicken thighs, kale, and onions in the fridge, along with coconut milk. Added some spices: ginger powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, pepper, and lemongrass, and put them all in a slow cooker.  Left it on … Continue reading

Green Chili with Shallot Sambal

Green Chili with Shallot Sambal

Hello again blog! It has been too long. Here is one to add to the list of favorites: Sambal Ijo, green chili sambal, my mom’s recipe. The spicy condiment is a perfect company for poultry, seafood, or meat dishes that are served with rice. With peppers growing in the garden, I have plenty of supply to … Continue reading

Zucchini and Rustic Bread Lasagna

Zucchini and Rustic Bread Lasagna

  Summer is here! Time for me to make things a lot simpler in the kitchen and be outdoor as much as possible. Found a recipe that represents simplicity and deliciousness: layers of zucchini, tomato sauce, cheese, and rustic bread. I mean, who doesn’t like bread and cheese together? Add some summer produce like tomatoes … Continue reading