chickpea falafel

January 14, 2011

I was so proud of myself after successfully making this chickpea falafel. (Is that plural or singular? Do you say “falafels” or “falafel” if you’re referring to more than one of these savory balls of goodness or what? Maybe it is like the word “shrimp?”) Falafel is something that I’ve eaten often and really enjoyed. […]

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aloo gobhi matar with dried fenugreek leaves

December 6, 2010

This is another delicious recipe I have adapted from the wonderful cookbook, Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India. I served it recently with a mouth-watering Kashimiri eggplant dish, badal jaam featured here back in June. I picked this recipe because we bought a head of cauliflower and inadvertently left it at the back of the fridge […]

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Moroccan carrot salad

October 26, 2010

We bought a lot of carrots at our local TJ’s store the other day and forgot them in the fridge for about a week. By the time I rediscovered them, they were dehydrated and a bit shriveled, so I decided to prepare them all at once right away. Normally, I use carrots in other things, […]

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oven roasted eggplant with Indian spices

September 15, 2010

This is another recipe from Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India. I made it the same evening that I served mustard sauce masala over black cod. The dish reminds me of Macedonian pindzur with different spices. I wonder how Alecs would like it? How’re you doing back in New York, boys? We miss you! Like pindzur, […]

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mustard sauce masala over black cod

September 3, 2010

Last weekend was Callie’s last spent with us. She’s now back to work in Charlottesville. She and Elizabeth were marvelous guests, and we hope that they’ll return soon. I enjoy have guests from out of town every now and then. This way, we can see San Francisco through tourist-eyes and often we’ll do things that […]

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fresh corn tamales stuffed with shitake mushrooms and brie

August 12, 2010

This is a variation of a recipe for fresh corn tamales that comes from Stephan Pyles’ The New Texas Cuisine. In the Nineties in Dallas, Stephan Pyles was The chef that everyone talked about. In the last year or two that I was there, he opened Star Canyon on the edge of the Cedar Springs […]

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grilled vegetable tapenade

March 23, 2010

Did you know that the word tapenade comes from tapéno, which in Provençal means capers? Tapenade is normally made mostly of black olives and lesser amounts of capers, anchovies, olive oil and spices. It’s strange that this amazing paste derives its name from capers, whereas the major ingredient is actually olives. I love anything made […]

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vegan edamame pâté

December 21, 2009

This is a very simple dip you can eat with pita bread, pita chips and crudités, like: raw carrot, celery and jicama sticks, as well as, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli and cauliflower florets or anything else that appeals to you. It’s essentially the same recipe you might use for hummus, but chickpeas get replaced with […]

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root vegetable kimchi

November 10, 2009

Last week we finally made our way to the Alemany farmers’ market. We love it and will return. Maybe we got carried away on our first visit. We bought so many vegetables there that I had enough for not one but two kinds of kimchi! So I made the Baechu kimchi with Napa cabbage again […]

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crunchy avocado salad

July 31, 2009

We do most of our grocery shopping for the week either Saturday or Sunday. That means that by the end of the week our fridge and pantry start to look pretty empty. I like this cycle because it means going shopping again for fresh and exciting produce for the following week. I usually enjoy having […]

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