Time is of the Essence

Orange Ramen Salad

My latest project is worth the lack of sleep and left-over hours after working full-time normally reserved for food writing. It started late last Fall. I miss the food world and can’t wait to return to it. Until then, my mind is focused on a fundraising event, Closer to Our Dream Performance Gala, by The Friends of 227 Abolitionist Place. Did I mention, this blog is a media sponsor? If you live in New York City, I highly recommend buying tickets to an evening of musical and theatrical performances (use code “MLROF15” for a discount). For everyone living outside of New York City, or if they can’t make it, donation are accepted. The gala is on April 17, 2016, doors open at 3:30 pm and it’s at the Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

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My Life is Boring, but this Stir-Fry is Fun

Basil Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

Lately, the inspiration to write a food blog is fleeting. Cooking is a breeze. Taking pictures happens in a snap. It’s the writing that’s bothering me. It started with an article: Consider the Food Writer by Josh Ozersky. Then Lottie + Doof’s article, You’re Boring. There’s nothing like an opinion to devastate my proud feelings about writing about food. As a designer, I’m supposed to take criticism well, but their opinions hit a personal nerve: The truth hurts.

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Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter ChickenThe inspiration for this recipe comes from Thai chicken skewers served with peanut sauce. Instead of bite-sized chicken chucks on a stick, a whole chicken is roasted in a similar sauce. With peanut butter being rich in oil, the result of this Asian-inspired roast chicken and vegetables is a sweet, savory and juicy flavor. Set aside a small proportion of marinade for use as a dipping sauce, too. In addition, since vegetables are roasted with the chicken, a majority of dinner is done. Serve a crispy Red Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad with an Asian-inspired vinaigrette to complete the meal. Read more

Baked Yuca Fries with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauces

Baked Yucca Fries with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauces

When the Peanut Butter & Co. first approached MyLifeRunsOnFood.com about developing recipes, my initial inspiration were cuisines from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and Latin America. They all have a common vegetable in common: yuca. In addition, most of these cultures frequently use peanuts in their recipes. For this recipe, instead of frying yuca, I baked them instead. Then, two peanut butter dipping sauces were created. The sweeter Pineapple Peanut Butter sauce is made with “The Bee’s Knees” flavor and the spicy Tomato Peanut Butter sauce is made with “The Heat is On” flavor. Both sauces have the same basic ingredients, for their flavors complement each other well. Read more

Red Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad

Shredded Red Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad

Colors make my world go round. When creating a dish, the taste and visual appearance is what influences the creativity. The ability to imagine colorful combination on the plate comes from a graphic design background. One of my favorite color combination is green and purple, for they harmonize well together. When a salad uses vegetables with those colors, it’s visually stunning. This Red Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad is a type of cole slaw without mayonnaise or a creamy dressing. The surprise green vegetable is snow peas, instead of leafy green. The leafy vegetable instead is the red cabbage. Read more