Between Thanksgiving and X-mas: Easy party platters

Last Saturday, we hosted our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas party. It seems to have become our little tradition now that we have done it for 3 years in a row. And I have to say I really enjoy the whole process from shopping for grocery (especially when I get to go to a cheese counter ;-)), preparing food,… Continue reading Between Thanksgiving and X-mas: Easy party platters

Spicy chicken and Kimchi quesadilla with avocado mash

Ever since the success of Korean American chef Roy Choi’s ‘Kogi BBQ taco truck’, Korean and Mexican fusion has been huge. It really is a genius combination of flavors that totally make sense. Both cuisines are saucy, hearty and down to earth. And they are very hot and spicy relying heavily on chilies. Somehow when… Continue reading Spicy chicken and Kimchi quesadilla with avocado mash

Coconut milk and Korean red chili paste (Gochujang) prawn curry

I love pretty much any kind of hearty food. But if I had to choose one, I would definitely go for a pot of hot stew or curry. I often call it a "belly warming food" :-). Being Korean, I grew up with soup and stew, which are essential parts of Korean cuisine. But I think… Continue reading Coconut milk and Korean red chili paste (Gochujang) prawn curry

Dairy-free black rice pudding with almonds and raspberries

My inspiration for this recipe is an Indonesian black rice pudding, which was specially requested by my best friend a few weeks ago. She has such a sweet tooth, so it was not a surprise that she fell madly in love with the rich sweet rice pudding while her recent stay in Bali. Since I… Continue reading Dairy-free black rice pudding with almonds and raspberries

Cumin pea and bulgur fritters with lemon yogurt sauce

I have indulged a little too much on meat and desserts over the two weeks holiday in the states, so I have been trying to prepare light meals and snacks with more vegetables and healthy carbs. This dish is just what I need, packed with nutrients and flavors made with ingredients I always have in my kitchen.… Continue reading Cumin pea and bulgur fritters with lemon yogurt sauce

Moroccan spiced chicken stew and bulgur wheat

This recipe was inspired by ‘Chicken Tagine’ that I made during a cooking class in Marrakech. This dish has all the spices, which will give you wonderful Moroccan flavors and aromas but doesn’t require a tagine or a diffuser often needed at home to make traditional Chicken Tagine. And instead of cous cous, I like to… Continue reading Moroccan spiced chicken stew and bulgur wheat

Orange vinaigrette quinoa salad with candied walnuts

Quinoa is such a joyful ingredient to cook with and eat. It’s versatile, healthy, and delicious with wonderful texture. This salad recipe requires a little more effort than ones you just toss everything in and mix. But when it’s done I promise it will be a showstopper. Great as a light main or an appetizer served… Continue reading Orange vinaigrette quinoa salad with candied walnuts