Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
While the word “pudding” tends to refer to a class of egg and starch thickened desserts in the US, in other English speaking regions of the world it...
Ful Medames
Ful Medames
Perhaps its my Asian DNA, but I’ve always been more of a savory breakfast person than sweet. Whether it’s a bowl of Pho, or an Eggs Benedict I’...
Curried Lamb Karaage
Curried Lamb Karaage
I recently saw a list of food related words that people hate. The list contained a pretty comprehensive list of adjectives used to describe food, and towards th...
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding
If you came here expecting a post about a vegan chocolate chia pudding, I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s not what today’s post is about. Th...
Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
I’m often asked to make elaborate meals for my clients and as a chef, I enjoy the challenge. Whether it’s an intricately plated stack of food dotted...
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Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Vanilla Caramel Sauce

I’ve been seeing a lot of “easy caramel sauces” around the web lately that involve melting brown sugar in cream and reducing it. While they may have the color of caramel, they’re a bit like a cheap iPhone knockoff… a poor imitation of the real thing. That’s because the sugar in these recipes isn’t actually…

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

With spawning season in full swing, the salmon are packed to the gills with roe. If you’re able to find a skein of salmon roe at your fishmonger (or you happen to know someone that’s going salmon fishing), 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to turn that ugly sac of…

Homemade Lox

Homemade Lox

It always amazes me how people pay $30-50 per pound for lox given how easy it is to make at home. Fresh salmon costs about a third of this price, and the only other ingredients you need are salt, sugar and a little bit of time. Lox refers to salmon(traditionally the belly) that has been…

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

I think a lot of people have this impression that making Japanese food is complicated. While it’s easy to see how something unfamiliar could seem unattainably difficult, in this case it’s a myth that just isn’t true. Traditional Japanese cuisine evolved alongside a Zen buddhist philosophy of ascetic minimalism and so while the preparations may…

Kani Salad

Kani Salad

After receiving about a dozen requests for my version of Kani Salad over the years, I figured it’s high time I figure out what the hype is all about. Yep, that’s right, until I started getting requests for it, I’d never heard of this dish, much less tasted it. If you ask for a “kani…

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

I was recently asked for suggestions on a fingers food to make for a party with kids. Looking through my archives, a lot of what I found was more grown-up oriented, and kid-friendly dishes like my chicken parmesan and orange chicken work better for a sit-down affair. I’d turned my orange chicken into bite-size orange…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Autumn leaves at Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, South Korea. Download wallpaper (2560×1714)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Cruise Ship at night from VivoCity, Singapore. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Lights passing by driving down Shaanxi Road, French Concession, Shanghai, China. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Prayer candles at Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

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