When Kaleo, my fiance, and I visited Hawaii, we probably ate our combined weight in poke. Poke is an authentic Hawaiian appetizer or side dish that is positively divine. It’s very similar to ceviche, except soy sauce is used instead of citrus as the base of the sauce.
As I’ve said before Deb Perelman’s blog, Smitten Kitchen, has been a source of recipes for me for years. Her explanations are always clear, the recipes are creative, and the food never disappoints. This recipe comes directly from her and is actually almost completely unmodified.
Chicken Adobo is actually a Filipino dish that one of my best friends introduced me to. It’s tangy, sweet, and salty all rolled into one simple, flavor-packed recipe. Chicken adobo also happens to be a common Hawaiian food, so it’s become somewhat of a staple for us. Generally, there aren’t many vegetables in this dish, so I’ve long since made it my own.
My desire to learn to cook Jjajangmyeon actually came from a K-drama I watched awhile ago. One of the characters owned a Chinese restaurant in Seoul that was famous for fast and delicious jjajangmyeon, and it looked so tasty. Prior to this experiment, I had never had this dish before; and when my fiance and I eat Korean food, it’s generally BBQ. I didn’t trust finding a restaurant that made it well, so I resorted to the internet, and my new favorite Korean blog, Maangchi.
Desserts are always a long and arduous conversation in my house. Not because we can’t decide whether to make something; it’s more we can’t decide what to make.
Another excellent holiday treat, these Pumpkin cupcakes are a crowd pleaser. These definitely pack a large amount of pumpkin flavor; paired with the maple buttercream, I just can’t stop eating them! I better make a New Year’s resolution to workout more because this holiday season is going to fatten me up. 🙂
Age Dashi Tofu is a classic Japanese side dish that is positively heavenly. When I was living in Japan, I used to eat this weekly at the Waseda Dining Hall, where they have perfected the art of this subtle dish.