As a big fan of sea vegetables, I’m quite excited about the latest addition to my cookbook collection — Ocean Greens: Explore the World of Edible Seaweed and Sea Vegetables (published in October 2016). I’ve thumbed through it and bookmarked several recipes that piqued my interest — among others, a tiramisu thickened with agar agar (a type of … Continue Reading

I like an al dente noodle. One with a lot of chew. When I was in Chicago a few weeks back, I had a delicious plate of chestnut noodles with mushrooms at Bad Hunter (Randolph Avenue in the West Loop). The chestnut noodles were pleasantly  chewy. As well, the dish just happened to be vegan. … Continue Reading

Now that we have fresh homemade tortillas, let’s make some tacos. I’m constantly searching for a tasty vegetarian taco. While I’m by no means a vegetarian, have never crossed paths with a vegetable I didn’t like (well, with the exception of beets — despite years of trying to embrace them). I’ve even tried making beet … Continue Reading

I splurged on an assortment of mushrooms. Some people like clothes or shoes or art, etc. My weaknesses, without a doubt, are food and kitchen-related stuff/ingredients. I have a small growing collection of pottery, wood cutting boards, spices, cookbooks… So, when I walked past a beautiful assortment of mushrooms the other day, I admired them … Continue Reading

Winter is finally upon us.  It’s cold out there.  I just want to hibernate until spring; can someone please wake me up when winter is over. Seems like it’s not just me who’s gone into hibernation.  Only the hardiest of plants can withstand the winter cold.  Accordingly, pickings at the farmers’ markets have been kinda … Continue Reading