All posts filed under: comfort food

Dinner Plans and Discussions About Small Spaces

What’s for dinner is the topic of discussion every morning when I run upstairs to my mother’s house and help with breakfast. She says good morning, I say hello, and she says, so what’s for dinner tonight? I mean I know you are working from home and I don’t want to bother you, but what are the plans for dinner? and I look at my watch. 🙂 Then I go downstairs to my home-office space and search frantically for a creative meal that she would enjoy also. Because the last thing I want to hear when I ask her how dinner was, is  – oh its fine – meanwhile I’m having seconds. So, for dinner tonight – we are having  this recipe for eggplant Parmesan – did you know male eggplants are better tasting then the female since they have less seeds? I didn’t know, but learned it now.   Also technically, my eggplant Parmesan will be more of an eggplant lasagna – since I will be adding pasta-lasagna in between the eggplant and cheese layers. …

Food: Will Bake Cross-Buns For Easter Sunday

After forty minutes in line at the grocery store aiming to buy essentials, I was surprised to find a good portion of a pot roast in the meat section. Which of late has been only stocking up on ground beef, some turkey, and chicken. So I grabbed it thinking we’d have roast for Easter Sunday Dinner. Which I announced, the second I shed my outdoor clothes off in the garage, and took a hot steaming shower. It felt like a small accomplishment being able to treat the family to a special dinner – a variation of a British traditional Sunday roast I love when in England. But today – being Saturday, I will attempt to make cross-buns which I normally buy from my favorite bakery – on my way home from work on Good Friday, I stop by the bakery and grab a dozen perfectly wrapped in a cellophane bag, and tied with blue, yellow or green ribbon. Something I look forward to every year. For this year however, while we are all trying to …

Food: Cooking Traditional Dinners

After seeing this video online, and watching it a million times and tearing up every single time, I realized just how thankful I am for deciding to stay with my mother before the shelter in place became the criterion for survival  – for San Francisco since the beginning of March. The beauty of our time together – is that every day she shares with me stories about her childhood, and we discuss recipes for all the wonderful cooking ritual her clan embarked on for each season. I remember them fondly and some she tells me about with her own experiences with her mother – way before I was born. Last night, we made stuffed grape leaves. I wanted to learn the process, since it is one of our traditional dishes or a version of it since so many around the world pride themselves of the dish. It didn’t turn out that well, because after we made it, she told me, we forgot a few key ingredients and steps. 🙂 That’s okay. I was fine with …

Food: Easy Recipes While Sheltering in Place

As we all know grocery shopping has become the most challenging – where we need to stand in-line, or shop certain hours, take home only 1 or 2 of a product even if feeding a family of 4 or 5 and after spending an excruciating amount of time walking from aisle to aisle, holding our breathes, or wearing a mask and gloves, and avoiding even eye contact with anyone – we come home forgetting something or that what you may need the most isn’t on the shelves  – so you improvise. The next step is finding creative ways to make a meal – after the usual pot full of spaghetti, or lasagna.  Is it just me, or most of us are craving more carbs these days? So, while awake at night – worrying about my aging dog, and working from home or my mother – I find myself thinking even more about our dinners. Not because of me enjoying cooking but for some reason the survival mode we are now in. Weird how our minds …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Easy Chicken Recipe and Oh Don’t forget the side dish

My mother, who I care for, asked what was for dinner tonight and I told her it was surprise, but had to do something with chicken. She made a face ‘chicken!’ and I walked away telling her to trust me 😉  and went searching for that fun recipe because she has grown tired of chicken or maybe it’s her cute senior attitude. So here we go – I have everything in the cupboard except fish sauce, hate the damn thing from my childhood days.  And we are going to omit the chili – or any super spiciness – since she also can’t stomach that. Otherwise, chicken it is! INGREDIENTS 1 pound skinless boneless chicken tights cut in 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided kosher salt 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup fish sauce 1/4 cup water 3 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 shallot thinly sliced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger 1 teaspoon minced garlic fresh Thai chili, halved, or dried red chili 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 4 cilantro sprigs (optional) Steamed rice  {more} …

Food: Carrot Cake And A Princess One Too

I had a slice of carrot cake at a restaurant, I swear was made with almond flour instead of the usual. I could taste it, and at first I had my reservations, but after bite three, I was hooked. It was a cross between Princess Cake and a whole lot of wonderful. But I must say, I still prefer my carrot cake and a princess one with their own traditional recipes: Carrot Cake Recipe  2 2/3 cups (319 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 3/4 cup (160 grams) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 4 large eggs, at room temperature 4 medium carrots, unpeeled and finely shredded (about 211 grams shredded) 1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, finely chopped (optional) 1/2 cup golden raisins (optional) Cream cheese frosting: 1 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature 2 sticks (8 ounces/226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature 4 cups (1 pound/454 grams) confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon white vinegar 3 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream  {more} Recipe …

Food: Vegetarian Dinner Ideas For That Get Together Or A Party of One

A friend asked me what I’d be giving up for lent this year and I said – same as every year – meat. Which is what my family’s done for generations. But with that sacrifice, one must be creative in serving up mostly vegetarian dishes in a household addicted to meat. So, I went searching online for ideas and lucky for me and perhaps even for you this suggestion popped up – 117 vegetarian dinner ideas for a party – which could very well mean a party of one or two just as well 😉

Food: Dinner Tonight – Shepherd’s Pie

Yes, you read it correctly – Shepherd’s Pie is a staple meal in our household and something I haven’t put together in a long while for efforting to cut down on carbs – but tonight, actually at 5 a.m. this morning I was craving Shepherd’s Pie  – except, I wanted to snaz up my recipe consisting of only simple ingredients (ground beef, corn, and mashed potatoes)  into something like this recipe. Ingredients  Filling 1/2 cup French green lentils 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 pound ground beef or lamb (I like using 15 to 20% fat) Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 8 ounces mushrooms, such as shitake, crimini, or button, sliced 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 2 medium carrots, finely chopped 1 large fennel bulb (stems and fronds included), finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cup dry red wine, optional 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock 1 cup fresh or frozen peas 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Topping Kosher salt 1 1/2 pounds (about 4 to 5 medium) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 pound (about 2 to 3 medium) parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup whole milk, …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Vodka

Short work weeks are great – even though they sometimes feel the longest. Do you ever feel that way? But there is one thing for certain – I love home cook meals, and actually and no matter how tired, I am – I look forward to rolling up my sleeves, or getting into my comfy clothes, and putting my hair up and opening up the refrigerator door to see what wonderful meal I can prep. Last night – around midnight I woke up craving pasta – which is something I try to limit making – carbs and all. And yes there are noodle variations, but I like to keep it real with the carb. 😉 Anyway, I searched for a different option than the normal spaghetti with meat sauce and this wonderful recipe popped up,  and guess what, it’s happening tonight!  I think I’ll add chicken pieces and even some whole peanuts – weird you might think, but I have a palette for these things. INGREDIENTS 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spicy Peanut Soup

Soup is in order – considering the crazy cold, stormy weather in my neck of the woods. The interesting thing about this soup is that in is made with Halloumi cheese? Are you familiar with Halloumi cheese, if not, consider adding it to any salad,  in soup or grilled, just by itself.  In this case, instead of diced chicken, added the cheese to this spicy peanut soup INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons sesame or extra olive oil 2 small shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 4 cups vegetable broth 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups) 1 bunch Tuscan kale, chopped 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 8 ounces halloumi cheese, cubed 2 tablespoons sesame seeds fresh limes and chopped peanuts, for serving  {more}