Tag Archives: international flavors

Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Oh the humble zucchini.  Poor veggie gets little respect. It’s mostly relegated to an after thought, or as a filler vegetable.  We use them in cakes for moisture, add them in veggie dishes to add some heft, but rarely do we say “Oh I add zucchini for its flavor.”  We mostly see zucchini as a flavorless vegetable.  Because let’s face it, most times zucchini IS flavorless especially when bought at the grocery stores.  Imagine my surprise then to get zucchini straight from the farm that actually has flavor, so flavorful in fact that I created a recipe around the humble zucchini.  These tacos do just that – show off the well-deserved zucchini vegetable by giving it star status, not just as a filler vegetable but as a veggie deserving of being highlighted. These tacos are all about the veggies folks.  When you have delicious veggies you get delicious food! Continue reading Zucchini Pepper Tacos

Miso Flavored Cabbage Noodles

Like noodles? Like miso soup?  Then you will love this recipe that combines miso and noodles together in a delicious veggie noodle dish.  In this recipe I took my go-to stir fry noodles with shredded cabbage and added in miso to create a miso-flavored noodle dish.  With lots of cabbage, ginger garlic, green onions, tofu and miso paste, these noodles are loaded with all things good and delicious.  Give it a try! Continue reading Miso Flavored Cabbage Noodles

Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

Good Monday to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.  Today I would like to share a recipe for a delicious tart with loads of vegetables and full of flavor.  My friend Rose brought this gorgeous vegetable tart to our Spring Tea Brunch last year that looked right out of a magazine!  This tart looked so good that I’ve been wanting to make it for some time, but when Rose mentioned that it was a time consuming recipe, I stayed away from trying.  But with more time on my hands now I ventured to give this recipe a try and you know what? Once you get the hang of making it once or twice, it’s actually easier than the recipe looks. Continue reading Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Tart

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

This recipe is for all you home cooks out there who want to make a quick dinner that tastes over the top delicious with minimal effort. Folks, this is by far one of the easiest dinners I have ever made!!  And it’s beyond delicious, as in you just can’t mess this recipe up! Seriously though you just can’t, because nothing can go wrong with this combination of ingredients – garlic, onions, tomatoes, pasta = comfort food delicious!! Continue reading One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

Good Monday to you all. How was your weekend? Hopefully you had a more peaceful weekend than the weekend before. We are still aware of the pandemic that is prevalent around us and I am still in support of the peaceful protests that have invigorated our nation.  As we continue to be mindful and aware of racial inequalities and injustices that happen on a daily basis in this country, I humbly admit that I was grateful for a more peaceful weekend.  After a week of heart wrenching stories surrounding the reasons for the protests combined with the sweltering heat that we had in the Bay Area, both the news and our temperatures cooled down by Friday.  Our weather was spectacular by Friday and by the weekend our temperatures were back in the cool 60s and 70s, perfect for gardening.  I planted more veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Veena has an amazing garden here in my neighborhood and I’ve featured her beautiful garden multiple times on my blogAmong the veggie seedlings I got from her this time were green beans, pumpkin seedlings, watermelon, and squash plants. I can’t wait to see how these plants do up in my veggie patch. Continue reading Sayur Lodeh. Javanese Vegetable Curry

Mid May Risotto. Zucchini Chard Risotto

I call this risotto Mid-May Risotto because I made it on a Saturday evening on May 16th with a variety of seasonal veggies I had.  They included chard, leeks, zucchini, early spring onions and garlic among other things.  When I saw these fresh veggies I couldn’t wait to use them all up! And since we have been having gorgeous weather here, I’m talking cool 70s, sunny skies and cool breeze, all this beautiful weather got me in the mood to make a light veggie risotto accompanied with a glass of wine, you know what I mean? Continue reading Mid May Risotto. Zucchini Chard Risotto

Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Bell pepper tomato pasta is a dish my eldest daughter made for our Mother’s Day dinner this past Sunday that was so delicious that I immediately asked her for the recipe. It did occur to me however that it’s usually the daughter asking the Mother for a recipe, but in this case it was the reverse 😀. In all seriousness though this really was an awesome pasta dish.  Continue reading Bell Pepper Tomato Pasta

Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Hi folks. Is it just me who has become a little lazy because of this quarantine?  Perfect example is how I came up with this recipe last week.  I needed to pick up a few ingredients for a lunchy type of meal but honestly I was being lazy – I didn’t want to bother going to the grocery store if it meant wearing a mask, standing in line, and then wipe down everything when I came home, so what did I do?  I rummaged in my freezer for ingredients on hand and found cauliflower rice, frozen artichokes and quinoa and used these three to make a mash up of Mediterranean and Indian flavors. Continue reading Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those classic decadent pasta dishes that everyone loves, interestingly however it never appealed to me much as the veggie version always seemed overly stuffed with cheese that even when it was called a veggie lasagna there was very little vegetables in it.  I’ve tried over the years many veggie lasagnas and have come to the conclusion that restaurants don’t do vegetarian lasagna very good.  Their meat based lasagnas are always a hit (or so I hear), but veggie lasagnas? Not so.  Consequently I never bothered making lasagna at home, having not had anything worthwhile at restaurants, I really didn’t have any incentive to try and replicate a cool veggie lasagna recipe.  That is until I saw this post from my friend Padmini on her Instagram feed plates.by.patty. Continue reading Vegetable Lasagna