Vegetarian

Kimchi fried rice

This kimchi fried rice is something I made very quickly last Friday after a morning full of meetings, an afternoon full of errands, and then having to go pick up a friend at the airport. It’s quick, tasty, and ugly delicious. Also, if you’re anything like me and you always keep kimchi, eggs, and green onions in the fridge—you’re golden for this one. 

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Send Noods

Udon topped with kimchi and a fried egg

I’m obsessed with the show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, on Netflix. It’s so beautiful, I’ve rewatched every episode a few times. Samin Nosrat is my queen. In the show, she talks about wabi-sabi, the worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. For example, in the picture above you can’t really see it but I burned the fried egg. That’s the beauty of wabi-sabi: things can go slightly wrong but it’s okay. More people should be into it. 

Kake udon noodles are my favorite. They’re firm, chewy, and chunky. I recently went to HMart and bought a very large supply of noodles (among many other tasty ingredients), so I am excited to share this recipe. As I’ve mentioned before, most of these directions/measurements are done by eye. I highly suggest you add more or remove what you like from the main ingredients. Like spice? Add more! Hate mushrooms? Remove them completely! 

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Salads

Simple Cucumber Salad

Something that happens to me a lot is that I make a great standalone dish and I can’t think of a side that highlights the dish and is tasty. I always end up using bread or rice or quinoa. It makes me feel super basic. The other day I got amazing cucumbers at the farmers market so I decided that a Japanese inspired cucumber salad was something that I just have to share, the simple cucumber salad! (Adapted from Samin Nosrat)

What you’ll need: 🛒

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Drinks

Golden Turmeric Latte

That’s right, baby you thought I wasn’t serious about the golden turmeric latte but plot twist, I am. I’m pretty sure turmeric saved me from getting sick from this shitty weather we have in Houston. The summer to fall change in Houston consisted of a 15-degree drop and a 15% increase in my complaining.

For this recipe you can use either fresh or dry ingredients, however, I recommend fresh ones because fresh is superior and we both know this. 

What you’ll need: 🛒

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ground turmeric (same measurement if you’re using powdered)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ground ginger (get fucking fresh ginger)
  • 3 small green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 teaspoons if you’re using powdered)
  • 4 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk or milk alternative you drink)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • honey as a sweetener depends on your taste buds!

Method: 🔪🍵
Mix all of your ingredients in a pot on at medium heat. Once it starts simmering, lower the heat and leave it on a low simmer for 10 minutes or so. Strain the tea and put it in a mug. Add sweetener. THAT. IS. IT. 

What’s so good about this golden turmeric latte?
It’s the perfect drink for a cold day. It’s spicy and sweet. Also, turmeric has a lot of great benefits that help fight colds. Mixing that with ginger and you’ve got a power couple fighting against all bad stuff in your body. Cute huh? You can read about the great benefits of turmeric here OR for read about the “Is turmeric a scam?” debate if you don’t take my word for it.  

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Brunch

Green Shakshouka

Shakshouka is a dish that I’ve been making for years and in different iterations. So naturally, when I saw that one of my favorite Instagram accounts TheDelicious made a green shakshouka, I was like… uhm I need this. There’s something about Sarah (the lovely woman who owns the account) that embodies the true beauty of food, and as her handle and blog describes, how delicious life can be. One of her recipes that I just adore is a green shakshouka. I took it and made my version. 

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