Sour Spicy Cold Noodles

12 ounces dried spaghetti (or wheat noodles) 3 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce 3 1/2 tablespoons Shanghai rice vinegar (or seasoned/regular rice vinegar) 1 tablespoon chili oil (75% oil, 25% flakes, or to taste) 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon… Continue reading Sour Spicy Cold Noodles

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Olives

2-2 1/2 lbs cauliflower – cut into large florets (think 2 bites) 4 large shallots or 1 medium onion – diced to make about a cup 2-3 cloves garlic – minced 1/2 tsp anchovy paste – optional 12 oil cured black olives – regular kalamata will do in a pinch, chopped, plus a few for… Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Olives

Rice Noodle Salad With Salted Peanuts and Herbs

For the Salad 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced 1 large carrot, grated 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 teaspoons granulated sugar Pinch of fine sea salt 8 ounces pad Thai rice noodles For the Dressing 3 tablespoons lime juice (from about 2 limes), plus more to taste 2 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil… Continue reading Rice Noodle Salad With Salted Peanuts and Herbs

Spicy Pasta alla Vodka

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 shallots or 1 small onion, chopped 4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/2 cup tomato paste 3 Tbsp vodka 1.5 cups heavy cream 2 tsp red chili flakes 1/2 tsp black pepper Salt, to taste 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp butter 8oz orecchiette pasta 1 Tbsp fresh parsley,… Continue reading Spicy Pasta alla Vodka

Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

4 cups cauliflower cut into bite-sized pieces 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 1/2 garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup light cream about 10-12% MF 1 1/2 cups milk 4 cups sharp cheddar divided 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese Preheat… Continue reading Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Quick Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese

FOR THE TOMATO SOUP: 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth, plus more as needed 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon granulated sugar Salt and black pepper FOR THE GRILLED CHEESE: Mayonnaise 8 slices brioche or milk bread, crusts… Continue reading Quick Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese

Poor Man’s Thai Noodles

12 ounces fresh wide rice noodles (340g) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon hot water 1 teaspoon fish sauce (or vegan fish sauce) 1 1/2 teaspoons Thai thin soy sauce (or Chinese light soy sauce) 1 tablespoon Thai black soy sauce (or 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese dark soy) 2 tablespoons canola oil 4 scallions (cut… Continue reading Poor Man’s Thai Noodles

One-Pot Pasta With Ricotta and Lemon

Kosher salt 1 pound short, ribbed pasta, like gemelli or penne 1 cup whole-milk ricotta (8 ounces) 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or pecorino (2 ounces), plus more for serving 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest plus 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons) Black pepper Red-pepper flakes, for serving 1/4 cup thinly… Continue reading One-Pot Pasta With Ricotta and Lemon

Creamy Pasta With Ricotta and Herbs

Salt 1 pound short pasta, such as shells, cavatappi, chiocciole, farfalle, ditali or wagon wheels 12 ounces fresh, whole-milk ricotta (about 1 1/2 cups) 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus more for serving 2 1/2 cups… Continue reading Creamy Pasta With Ricotta and Herbs

Eggs Poached in Curried Tomato Sauce

1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste, or a 1/2-inch ball of tamarind pulp (1/4 ounce) plus 1/4 cup warm water, or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 shallot, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 small serrano pepper, minced more to taste, or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground… Continue reading Eggs Poached in Curried Tomato Sauce

Fried Eggs With Garlicky Green Rice

2 cups brown or white basmati or long-grain rice, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 large eggs Black pepper 1/2 small bunch kale, stems removed and leaves finely chopped (about 1 packed cup) 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, stems discarded and leaves finely chopped (about 1… Continue reading Fried Eggs With Garlicky Green Rice

Egg Curry

¼ cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola 2 medium yellow onions, chopped 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons) 2 small cinnamon sticks 6 green cardamom pods 1 teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns 6 Roma tomatoes,… Continue reading Egg Curry

Ande ki Kari (Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

8 large eggs, at room temperature 3 to 4 medium-size ripe tomatoes, halved through their equators 3 tablespoons ghee, butter, safflower oil or grapeseed oil 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil 2 cups finely chopped onions 6 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick… Continue reading Ande ki Kari (Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Plantains With Jammy Tomatoes and Eggs

2 firm yellow plantains (about 1 pound) 3 tablespoons neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola 1 small yellow onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped 1 fresh or dried bay leaf 1 Scotch bonnet pepper or 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes Kosher salt (Diamond Crystal) 1 (14-ounce)… Continue reading Plantains With Jammy Tomatoes and Eggs

Gozlemes (Two More: Potato-Feta and Cheese-Herb)

For the Gozleme dough: 2 cups (283g) all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 tablespoons olive oil (30g) 3/4 cup (160g) water For the filling: Choose ONE (Note 1) Spicy Lamb or Beef: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 lb (340g) ground lamb or beef (mince) 1 teaspoon cumin… Continue reading Gozlemes (Two More: Potato-Feta and Cheese-Herb)

Gozlemes (Two More Fillings: Eggplant-Halloumi and Beef)

1 1/2 pounds Italian eggplant, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1/2 cup whole-milk plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons za’atar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/3 cup Peppadew peppers, chopped 1/3 cup lightly packed fresh mint, chopped 1/3… Continue reading Gozlemes (Two More Fillings: Eggplant-Halloumi and Beef)

Gozleme (Two Kinds: Spinach-Feta and Beef)

Gozleme pastry: 2.5 cups (375g) flour, plain/all purpose (GF Note 4) 1/3 cup (85ml) extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cup (185ml) water 1/2 tsp salt Choose ONE Filling (Note 1) Spinach & Feta: 300g / 10oz baby spinach 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 eggs 1 tsp black pepper 300g / 10 oz Danish feta (soft… Continue reading Gozleme (Two Kinds: Spinach-Feta and Beef)

Thai Crispy Fried Egg Salad (Yum Kai Dao)

Dressing: 1-2 Thai chilies, see note 1 1/2 Tbsp palm sugar 3 Tbsp lime juice 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp fish sauce, see note Salad: Neutral oil for frying, as needed 4 eggs, room temp 1/4 small red or yellow onion, julienned 2 stalks, celery plus a handful of leaves 1/2 cup tomatoes, cut in… Continue reading Thai Crispy Fried Egg Salad (Yum Kai Dao)

Thai Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

300g medium firm tofu, 1” cubed, or another meat of your choice, cut into small bite-sized pieces (see note) 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup pineapple, bite-sized pieces 1/2 onion, 1-cm julienned 1 tomato, cut into wedges or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup mini cucumber or regular cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced on a… Continue reading Thai Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

Thai Peanut Salad (Salad Kaeg)

Peanut Dressing: 6-7 large dried chilies, seeds removed 1/3 cup chopped shallots 7-8 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (it’s best to buy raw peanuts and roast them yourself because the flavour is so much better! I’m including roasting instructions below.) 4-6 Tbsp tamarind… Continue reading Thai Peanut Salad (Salad Kaeg)