Year: 2021

Plate of green beans with almonds, lemon zest, and cotija cheese.

Almond Green Beans with Lemon Zest and Cotija Cheese

This past Saturday I went to Houston’s Urban Harvest Farmer’s market. Something I haven’t done in a while and it was a real pleasure. Getting there early, grabbing a coffee at the first booth, and browsing all the fresh produce, and talking with the farmers about what’s good this week. Among the bounty I purchased was: green beans, fresh radishes, rainbow carrots, delicata squash, fresh herbs, and eggs.

Creamed Mushroom Phyllo Pie

Creamed Mushroom Phyllo Pie

Sometimes I get random dish ideas. They stay in my mind until I make them. If not, they become an obsession that borderlines on torture. I don’t know what it is. The yogis call this Bhakti, devotion. Anyway, I don’t think it’s a form of devotion because sometimes it feels like the obsession will drive me insane and I will see no peace. Until I create the damn thing. So anyway, here it is. Creamed Mushroom Phyllo Pie. I used shiitake, oyster, and portobello with a mix of baby kale and baby spinach. Here’s the recipe.

Tofu Bánh mì sandwich with cilantro

Crispy Tofu Bánh mì

The other night I woke up from some type of fever dream. I can’t remember what it was. And I don’t know if I was, in reality, worrying about things that are going on in my life or I just had to pee. After 20ish minutes of attempting to meditate, I figured I should just stay up and… think about things. So I thought about Bánh mì. Maybe it’s cause it has daikon, and daikon makes me happy. But I don’t have meat (I try mainly buy meat for specific recipes which I buy fresh so I don’t tend to keep meat in the fridge or freezer). But I don’t have baguette bread. Or mayo. So Crispy Tofu Bánh mì on ciabatta bread it is. Here’s the recipe. Crispy tofu Bánh mì on ciabatta bread recipe For the tofu 3 slides of firm tofu, pressed to remove moisture (about 150 grams) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon cayene pepper 1 teaspoon salt Tofu method Press the firm tofu slices in kitchen towels to remove the …