Peri Peri Lamb Naanwich

Guilt is an emotion I struggle with on a constant basis. I ask myself…am I being too lazy…shouldn’t I be making more FRESH food because it is better for the body? When that guilt sets in, I pull out one of my half-half cooking tricks. This involves buying a protein that is fresh, but pre-seasoned…

Instant Butter Chicken Curry

Curry is one of the few dishes I have not attempted to make from scratch for two main reasons. I am not particularly picky about curry and store-bought curry is pretty darn good. For Indian curry, there are a couple brands that make ready-to-eat curry in a jar. I used the Kroger brand from Fred…

Seafood Hot Pot (Soup)

Happy Chinese New Year! Festivities usually include a very large feast of multi-courses either at a restaurant, at home or both with family, extended family, and those cousins you didn’t know existed. Since most of my relatives lived far away from us, my family had a more low key celebration. My mother would plan the…

Vegetarian Japchae (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

When I first moved into my neighborhood in North Seattle, the closest grocery store featured mostly Chinese ingredients. Over the years, they began to emphasize other cuisines such as Korean, Indian, Russian etc in order to compete with another nearby asian store. I was not happy at first. Many of the items were unfamiliar. Last…

One-Pot Mapo Tofu with Sausage

The best thing about ground sausage is that it is versatile and pre-seasoned. When I returned home from the holidays, I went into my fridge and examined what needed to be cooked. There was a package of unopened tofu. I knew that I had plenty of ground pork in the freezer so it made sense…

Easy Chinese Red Bean Sticky Rice Dessert

This dessert, comprised of mostly sticky rice and red bean paste is a family tradition. Every year my granduncle is tasked by my grandma to make a batch and deliver them as gifts to family members. This dessert is difficult to find in the US, though if you are lucky to live in a city…

Quick & Easy Fishcakes Oden “Soup”

Almost anywhere in the US you can find Japanese restaurants serving miso soup, udon soup, and ramen. It is very rare to find a place that offers “oden”. Oden is a type of Japanese one-pot dish that starts with a light and savory broth and finishes with various ingredients boiled in the broth. Before our…

Jimmy Dean Fried Rice

Costco is dangerous. My husband bought more Jimmy Dean sausages than I knew what to do with. One lazy night, I decided to try making fried rice with Jimmy Dean. It’s pork, it’s  pre-seasoned, and most importantly it’s filling, so I didn’t see a downside. I tossed and crumbled a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage…

Easy BBQ Beef Rice Bowl

Rice bowls, grain bowls, salad bowls – these beautiful bowls topped with an assortment of meat and vegetables are all the rage right now.  The thought of putting one together at home can seem time consuming, but all you really need for this recipe is your rice cooker, a darn good marinade, egg, hot sauce,…

Chinese Tea Eggs

I used to imagine those tea eggs got their beautifully marbled skin from being steeped in a brew of dark black tea. My guess was close, but I was forgetting two other crucial ingredients: Soy sauce and sugar.  This Chinese tea eggs recipe from my grandmother is the most basic and laziest version (you can…