When a chicken was roasted on a hot day earlier this week, the planned side dish of sauté greens would’ve been overwhelming. Thanks to a weekly menu plan, Napa cabbage and carrots were shredded a few days prior. A quick vinaigrette of ginger, savory soy sauce, sweet lime juice and fresh lemon balm was tossed with the shredded vegetables. Like most large heads of cabbage, there was plenty of salad left over. It became another side dish that completed a fast and effortless weekday meal of saute fish. Read more
Morning Glory, also known as Water Spinach or Swamp Cabbage, is a beautiful green that also blooms bright flowers. Don’t become too excited and start picking leaves from vines, unless horticulture is a profession. Besides, the plant of familiarity that wraps around building and fences is of another family, and it’s poisonous to eat. The Morning Glory for this recipe is different, for it’s a semi-aquatic plant, in which it is also known as a leaf vegetable–such as kale, cabbage, and collards. It easily grows around waterways and in tropical regions, thus it’s known primarily as a Southeast Asian ingredient, especially in Thai dishes. Read more
On the day of the Oscar Awards, the boyfriend woke up with plenty of coughs. A menu was quickly planned to fight his cold during the glamorous event. A spicy and citrusy meal that is full of vitamin C was created. Hopefully, the dishes will build his immune system, and I’ll stay healthy and happy. Read more
Star anise, cinnamon, chili, ginger and garlic makes a fragrant broth for cooking chicken or seafood. The smell was spicy, warm and seductive. After the solid ingredients were gone, there was extra broth left over. It was strained and placed it a freezer for a future dish of steamed or braised fish. Read more
The sweet boyfriend brought dinner home on the night I was supposed to make this recipe. “No problem,” I thought. The soup still was made the same night, although we didn’t eat it. I placed two containers of the soup in the freezer, and I packed another one for lunch the next day. One container has already been defrosted for a Friday dinner. The other one remains in the freezer for a lazy day in the near future.