Persian Kalam Polow with meatballs

Recipe You may know this type of one-pot rice dish under other spelling variations used around the Balkan and Middle East, like pilaf, polov, or pilau. Persian Polow is rice that is pre-cooked, and then mixed and steamed with vegetables, herbs, and/or meat. In this recipe small beef meatballs are pan fried in separately and…

Taiwanese braised pork belly

Cooking with pork belly might seem daunting, but it really isn’t. Nicely portioned slabs can be found at most Asian supermarkets and at your local butcher’s. If you don’t see any in the cooler, ask! The butcher will be happy to portion some for you. This recipe makes use of a slow cooker, but it…

Brazilian lemonade

Ever thought of putting condensed milk in lemonade? I sure hadn’t. But the Brazilians have, and it’s delicious. This ‘lemonade’ uses whole limes, making use of both juice and oils without the hassle of zesting. So it’ll take you very little time to go from ordinary Vancouver summer to next level tropical Vancouver summer. Ingredients…

Traditional Pho Broth

Several years ago I had the pleasure of having a Vietnamese roommate for a little while. In the short window of time we had together she taught me how to make pho. At the time, I’d never had pho before. The warm comfort of the soup and the freshness of the heap of condiments on…

Polish Easter Babka with lemon zest and rum raisins

In slavic Europe, Easter is arguably the biggest of all the Christian holidays. In Poland, Easter-related traditions take place for over a week. Palm Sunday to Wet Monday is marked with religious rites and practices, some of which have their origins in pagan times. The decorated Easter egg, for instance, is a pagan symbol for…

Challah bread pudding with apples and honey

Here is a recipe that combines several Jewish favourites into one beautiful breakfast dish. The wonderful eggy deliciousness that is Challah bread is comparable to the French brioche and lends itself very well for day-old bread dishes. According to mitzvah (Jewish law) Challah is bread that has been ‘separated’. Part of the dough of each…

Tibetan butter tea

Running the risk of putting you all off my writing, today I’ll give you a love it or hate it recipe: Po Cha, or Tibetan Butter Tea. In the highlands of Tibet this is a staple drink, served three to four times a day to warm the bones and provide enough sustenance (caffeine, fat) to…

Swedish Christmas Glögg

Nothing says Christmas like a mug of warm spiced wine. At least, that’s the case in many European countries. You might know it as gluhwein or mulled wine, but the process comes down to the same thing: heating wine and spirits to just below boiling point to infuse the taste of spices into the drink.…

Korean Banchan

In this issue, I share with you some lovely Korean side dishes. Traditional Korean cuisine will typically have several of these ‘banchan’ to complete a meal. These tasty side dishes will spice up any barbecued meat, but they work just as well with some rice as a vegetarian lunch. Soy and honey glazed potato •…

Fall Tarkari

A typical Nepali meal consists of Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari: lentils, rice, and a (vegetable) curry. This flexible trifecta of dishes is commonly served with roti, chutney and pickles. To add to the dal recipe that I’ve shared with you earlier this year, here’s a warming vegetarian curry, made with seasonal veggies. Ingredients • 1…

Summer BBQ salmon and Funchi

What better way to celebrate the summer than with a nice dinner from the BBQ? This summer salmon is cooked en papillote (in parchment) which makes for juicy and flavourful fish, cooked with aromatics. It is served with funchi, a starch that is a staple in the Caribbean, noticeably eaten on special occasions in the…

Brown rice congee

Congee is a rice based porridge that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is praised for its therapeutic value by traditional Chinese medicine. It’s very easy to make and stretches a little bit of rice a long way. This congee is made with short grain rice. Short grain rice provides an abundance…