calamari and tiger prawns in Sambal sauce

October 13, 2010

I was in the mood for some flavorful fiery Southeast Asian food the other day. Normally when that happens I go for Thai or Vietnamese but this time I decided to “travel” further south, closer to the waters of the Mallaca Strait, Java Sea, Sulu Sea and so on. That’s where Sambal originates. Sambal is […]

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spaghetti with shitake and trumpet mushrooms in cream sauce

August 6, 2010

Cold weather makes you want to gorge yourself on heavy foods, don’t you think? We’re having a cooler-than-average summer here in San Francisco this year. The high temperature has been hovering around the high 50’s to low, mid 60’s for the entire month of July and now into August. Yikes! For those of you used […]

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palm heart cherry tomato salad

March 22, 2010

I adore palm hearts. I wish they were more widely available here in the US. I used to get them from Trader Joe’s but they’ve stopped selling the Brazilian type, which are the best in my opinion. There’s really no substitute for Brazilian palm heart. Will you TJ people reconsider selling them again? I was […]

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shrimp pirão

March 15, 2010

Pirão is a savory porridge very popular in Brazilian cooking. It’s made with untoasted manioc flour, also called cassava or yucca flour. In San Francisco you can find it in the Misson district at Latino food markets. I got mine there. We ate pirão several times while in Brazil last month. It’s often served with […]

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spicy Thai vegetable soup for the soul

January 11, 2010

Steven and I both got hit with bad colds last weekend. We felt like crap with body aches, coughing, difficulty breathing… you get the picture. Ugh! While suffering miserably, by chance, I picked up the latest edition of Vegetarian Times. They’ve a recipe for a soup that sounded exactly like what we needed to get […]

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long bean jasmine rice

January 6, 2010

This is a quick and easy way to make a great rice dish. Rice is so versatile you can basically cook it with anything. It absorbs the flavors of whatever other ingredients that you use. I never get tired of rice: so many possibilities… This time around I used long beans to add not only […]

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spicy southwestern sweet corn

November 13, 2009

Hegui was in the mood for red Bordeaux last night. Too bad I had no idea what to make that would match. We had all the fixin’s for Tex-Mex, so we tried the Bordeaux while I was cooking and sipped tequila at the table. I don’t really “love” corn but I do enjoy spicy food. […]

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nameless winter squash AKA mogango

November 12, 2009

The other day at the Alemany farmers’ market I found a type of winter squash that was similar to one squash my mom used to cook when I was growing up in Brazil. I decided to buy it to give it a try. This looks a bit like acorn squash but I was not able […]

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vegetarian kimchi fried rice

October 20, 2009

With all of this kimchi that I made last week, it’s like we’ve been running the kimchi marathon, sort of like the spinach version from the spring. Maybe I should really say the kimchi Olympics to show my Brazilian pride. Yeah Rio de Janeiro 2016! Besides the regular baechu kimchi, we made a wonderful silken […]

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almost vegetarian Pad Thai without the wok

October 6, 2009

Cooking Thai food without a wok or a high octane burner can be tricky! After we moved from NYC to San Francisco we sort of stopped using our wok for cooking Asian dishes. It had a round bottom and did not sit well first on the coils of our ancient electrical stove in our Eureka […]

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