grilled tofu cutlets with warm carrot dressing

July 29, 2011

This is an awesome dish to serve to your non-meat eater friends and their admirers. It requires some planning ahead as you need to marinate the tofu cutlets overnight or at least for few hours so they soak up all the flavors. Other than that it’s a breeze to make and looks and tastes gorgeous. […]

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Indian red lentil soup with Savoy cabbage

June 17, 2011

Everybody throughout the northern hemisphere is probably eating summer food right now; you know: barbecue, ice cream, sno-cones, watermelon, and most anything grilled. Not us! The heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring past the 100’s elsewhere has yet to reach San Francisco. So we’re ‘stuck’ in the almost eternal refrigerator chill that makes the […]

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Enoki mushroom pancakes

February 18, 2011

Lately, I’ve been in a toasted sesame oil mood and where else to gain cooking inspiration other than Japanese or Korean foods? Toasted sesame oil lends this unique smoky flavor to food that I adore. It flavors classic dishes like: wakame salad, soba noodles, Szechuan eggplant and pickled seafood. Yumm. This recipe was adapted from […]

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tofu and green-pea dal

February 4, 2011

By now my Indian dal soups are all about improvisation. I feel comfortable using most of the Indian ingredients and can sort of predict what a soup will taste like if I add more of one spice versus another. It is fun to have that confidence because now I can utilize whatever ingredients are available […]

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seafood vegetable nabe

January 7, 2011

Nabe (sometimes called nabemono) is a brothy soup made with a hodgepodge of vegetables, seafood and meat that is prepared with all of the aforementioned items combined into endless “weirdcombinations.” If you have not tried classic nabes such as Oden, Sukiaki, Shabu-Shabu or Chanko Nabe you are definitely missing out! They are all delicious and […]

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Mediterranean bulgur black-eyed-pea pilaf

October 8, 2010

This recipe was adapted from VegNews, a vegan magazine I got for free at the 26th Toronto vegetarian food fair Steven and I attended recently on a trip to Canada. It attracted my attention because it uses healthy ingredients that I happen to love: bulgur, black-eyed-peas and kale. It also requires a homemade spice mix […]

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red quinoa, carrot and cumin basmati rice

August 25, 2010

I made this rice dish before without the quinoa. This time around I decided to add the quinoa for more protein and texture. How can you go wrong with rice or quinoa? I served it with chole masala. red quinoa, carrot and cumin basmati rice 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds […]

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vegetarian Bolognaise ragu

August 17, 2010

I’ve been thinking about what to make from “soy chorizo,” that mystery product that Hegui discovered lurking on the shelves of Trader Joe’s recently. I guess it’s intended as a meat alternative. So what could be better than taking a stab at the ultimate Italian meaty pasta dish: Bolognaise ragu, or as we called it […]

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hearty lentil soup for a cold San Francisco summer day

July 2, 2010

Last Thursday I was home alone for the evening. Steven had a work-related function to go to at Gary Danko, a fancy restaurant in town near GHIRARDELLI SQUARE. He had great time there—more to come on that next week. Lucky him! But I had fun at home too. It’s getting around that time of the […]

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retro Seventies vegan dinner: crumbly tekka miso over brown rice with fried tempeh

June 24, 2010

I’ve been reading this remarkable book first published in 1975, The Book of Tofu by Shurtleff and Aoyagi. At least one of the writers was heavily influenced by the American Buddhist movement and spent time at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center near Big Sur, California. There he/they became enchanted with all things Japanese, especially the […]

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