Cooking With Essential Oils and the Blondeyogi

Thank you, blonde yogi, for cooking with me! We tried Beef Stew with Rose Mary Oil, DoTerra Winter White Chocolate with Cinnamon and Clove oil, and Toast with Wild Orange Butter. Here is what I learned from the experience: Oils are easiest to incorporate in beverages, hot or cold. The Winter White Hot Chocolate was…

Khichuri for Atiya

Comfort food is not always easy on the eyes. Khichuri does not “look” delicious but it is soft, warm, roasty, soupy, buttery and all things comforting. Often served for a big crowd since the rice and lentil stew expands, offers protein and warm stick-to-your-ribs comfort. It can be easily modified to the season and personal…

Community Church Cookbooks…….

……show us a lot about the power of food to bring a community together. Someone had to collect the recipes, each named person wrote down and shared something from their table, someone typed the pages, someone organized the book, someone punched the holes, someone tied the yarn that bound the book….the book has recipes, scripture,…

Turkish Red Onion Salad

I want to remember this recipe because it was so light, bright and delicious. The recipe came from a Try the World Box. Remember it with me! The addition of Sumac made this otherwise plain Tilapia Fish Sandwich, Turkish. Although it was included in the box, you can get Sumac in any Middle Eastern or…

Crunchy Fried Smelt

A spur of the moment made-up recipe that worked well. Writing and sharing the recipe so I don’t forget. 1 bag frozen Smelt (thawed out) 1 teaspoon each turmeric, chili powder, coriander and salt [you can add any spice mix of your choice, for example, Cajun would be tasty too] 1/2 cup of besan (chickpea…

Golden ‘Om’elette

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about the magical anti-inflammatory benefits of Tumeric.  I feel like a childhood friend has suddenly found celebrity. A spice used so regularly in the South Asian kitchen that it is sadly like salt, easily overlooked.  I caught myself searching for recipes online for Tumeric uses that included golden milk…

Testing The Essential Wok Cookbook

Last week we tested and tasted recipes from the Essential Wok Cookbook by  Naomi Imatome-Yun.   Shrimp Fried Rice, Kung Pao Chicken and Wok Seared Broccoli. I learned that buying a bottle of Chinese cooking wine and Szechuan peppercorns are worth the very small investment. The recipes were easy to follow and offered substitutions for…