Asparagus and ricotta spring risotto

It’s asparagus time! These little green stalks are all over the farmers markets these days, so we have a recipe full of spring vegetables for you today. The spring greens in this recipe can be substituted for any young stalky green, like kale buds or broccolini. We’ll use the stems to mix into the risotto…

Lumpiang Ubod (fresh heart of palm spring roll)

If you’re at all familiar with the Filipino treat lumpia, you’re probably imagining spring rolls filled with veggies or ground meat, deep fried to a crisp… and you wouldn’t be wrong! Being Filipino myself, I’ve had my fair share of those yummy treats. This spring, however, I decided to veer away from the deep fryer…

Bhapa Shorshe Chingri (Steamed mustard shrimp)

Based on the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I think I can safely say that spring has officially sprung here in Vancouver. There’s still a hint of chill in the weather, which means the heat in this dish is absolutely perfect for eating whilst sitting out on your balcony. Seafood and fish are extremely popular…

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…

Kalbi Jjim

Seollal is the most important holiday in Korea – lunar new year! Growing up with a Filipino-Chinese background, I am very familiar with lunar new year and its traditions in my culture. I was fascinated to learn how Koreans place just as much significance on lunar new year – to the point that many traditionally…

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…

Kedgeree

Having just returned from a long trip to Scotland last summer, this assignment was a delightful surprise for me. Though there are plenty of more familiar, perhaps stereotypically Scottish dishes out there (Shortbread? Haggis?), I knew exactly what I wanted to make from the get go. Don’t be fooled by its ingredients – though it…

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.…

Selsig Morgannwg – Glamorgan Sausages

Ah, yes, Vancouver in November. The weather outside is frightful – good thing these Glamorgan sausages are very, very delightful! I was lucky enough to try this dish whilst in a pub in Britain this past summer, so getting Wales as my next assignment was a delightful surprise. This vegetarian dish has humble origins dating…

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 •…

Gravlaks

It comes as no surprise that salmon is one of the first foods we think of when it comes to Norse cuisine. Norwegian smoked salmon is one of the most popular and valuable food exports from the region to the rest of the world. Another salmon product introduced to the world – and one far…

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…