Kimchijjigae – Kimchi Stew – 김치찌개

Traditionally made with pork or tuna, I’ve included a vegetarian option for this popular Korean recipe. This is one recipe you don’t want to make unless you have leftover kimchi – if you try to make it with fresh kimchi, it simply won’t have enough flavor to make the broth taste right.

Masala Chai Ice Cream

Here’s the richest of the tea-flavored ice cream recipes I made for my Mad Hatter’s Birthday Party. I tried a cardamon flavored recipe last year – I definitely liked this better with the richness of the mixed spices and tea. The texture is so rich and creamy my sister described it as “buttery creamy.” As an infused custard, there are a few extra steps, but I think the flavor makes it worth it for a special occasion.

Green Tea Ice Cream

I made 6 flavors of homemade ice cream for my Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this weekend – if I can get myself together I’ll post more pictures of the food and the recipes shortly. But I had a request for this recipe when I came in to work today, so I’m getting this up on…

Best Tofu Ever – Korean Bean Curd Chorim

Most of the best-known Korean foods in America (besides Kimchi, of course) are meat-based. This is a really delicious way to prepare tofu, which is not something many Americans know how to handle – a bit of short frying and a delicious marinade make it satisfying as a side dish or a main dish, and if it works better it’s easy to make ahead.

Ingredient Note: Rice

Rice, of course, is a primary staple in many areas of the world. It’s cheap, it’s healthy, and it’s easy to start cooking (especially with a $20 rice cooker from Target). Last winter I woke up one morning and decided to catalog my rice. In this post, I’ll go over some tips and tricks about different types of rice I’ve learned to appreciate in my exploration of different cuisines.

Sri Lankan Favorites: Pineapple Curry

This unusual, colorful dish is one you can mix up in 10-15 minutes (depending on how fast you chop an onion). If you keep canned coconut milk and pineapple on hand, this is also an easy pantry dish, though it does taste extra special with fresh pineapple.

Sri Lankan Favorites – Fish Cutlets

This recipe works nicely as an appetizer or as a quick main dish. It can be made ahead (mostly) or put together at the last minute. It’s cheap, versatile, and delicious. Of course it’s becoming a regular at our house.

Indian Dinner – Stuffed Plantains

I normally associate plantains with Puerto Rican cooking, where they are served with most meals as tostones, fried twice to soften their starchyness and mashed flat the final time so they can be crispy all over and – if they’re at their best – smeared with a bit of mashed garlic, salty and crusty and…

Indian Dinner – Coconut Dhal

Dhal is a staple side dish in both Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines, as simple and ubiquitous as mashed potatoes in the US. I like this Sri Lankan version because the coconut milk adds a lot of creamy richness to it and it includes several versions for people who like it spicy or mild.

Indian Dinner – Spinach Raita

Raita is a standard side dish designed to offset the spiciness of many Indian dishes. It can be made with fruit or vegetables, but the base is always yogurt. It’s like a savory version of the whipped topping & marshmallow “salads” you find in American church basement dinners – it’s creamy and light, but not…

Indian Dinner – Aubergine Mushroom Curry

One of my top favorite curries that’s got lots of rich veggies and tastes even better when made ahead – cooking the eggplant in the oven brings out a lot of flavor with little bother.