Za’atar Maanakish

I love the taste of za’atar! It is earthy, tangy, and nutty with a hint of citrus. I wanted to make some homemade za’atar flatbread or maanakish, a Lebanese dish. Activate the yeast by adding 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 teaspoon dry yeast. Mix well and let it sit for…

Banana Peel Bacon

In an effort to reduce food waste, I decided to try out a recipe that I thought was pretty weird. Normally you don’t eat banana peels and they mostly end up in the compost but this recipe uses the peels to make vegan bacon! Begin by peeling the bananas leaving long strips. Using a spoon,…

Burdock and Root Veggie Soup

Burdock is an underappreciated root. I discovered it in the grocery store and was curious to how it tasted. Here is a tasty and earthy vegetable soup that is great for cold days. I’ve always been familiar with burdock as a weed. It has bright purple flowers and the worst kinds of burrs (seeds) that…

Bitter Melon and Egg

Bitter melon is a vegetable that you love or hate. I remember having it as a kid and not entirely loving the bitterness. My sisters and I would dare each other to eat the bitter gourd and see who ate the most. Over time, the bitterness grew on me and I would tolerate dishes that…

Kinpira Gobo

Kinpira gobo is a wonderful side dish that you can serve alongside rice or noodles. It is easy to prepare and can last in your fridge for a couple days. Make a big batch and you can serve it all week. Prepare burdock root by peeling the root and slicing into pieces. The slices can…

Easy Homemade Pickles

My nephew loves pickles. He can eat them everyday and all the time so I wanted to make some homemade pickles for him to enjoy. This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. First cut the cucumbers in half and place in jar. I like placing them with the insides facing…

Meatloaf Wellington Pumpkins

For Halloween, I decided to make meatloaf wellingtons. They are great for parties because you can make them for individuals or shared amongst couples. They are also easy to make but looks fancy. Begin by boiling your eggs until they are hard-boiled. I find that it takes about 9 minutes to get a nice hard-boiled…

Spicy Crushed Cucumber Salad

I love crushed cucumber salad. It is a perfect blend of spicy, tart and salty. The cucumber give it a fresh crunch and of course it is garlicky. For this version, I used Chiu Chow chili oil. Start by cutting up your cucumber into bite sized pieces. Smash each one. I ended up cutting them…

Watermelon Rind Pickles

Hot summer weather is always better with nice ice cold watermelon. We’ve had an especially hot summer this year with the heat dome so watermelon was always in our fridge. If you’ve ever cut your own watermelon, you would understand that there is a lot of compost that comes with it. As I was googling…

Shiso Furikake

I have finally grown my own shiso plant from seed. The first year I had little success. This year, I managed to grow two plants!! Unfortunately, with two plants you don’t get a lot of leaves so you can’t make a lot of things in mass quantities. I decided to preserve the leaves in salt…