Author: Joanne

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 …

Fried chicken sandwich with pickles and special sauce

Fried Chicken Sandwiches

These are fried chicken sandwiches I tried to replicate from fast-food chains. Living in the south has opened up my horizons in terms of food. For many reasons. I’ve discovered that my favorite fast-food chain is Popeye’s. I used to be anti-fast food for many reasons but now when I eat it, I chose wisely. They’re not hard to make, as usual it just takes time.

Claire Saffitz’ Carrot Cake—and why oil based cakes reign supreme

This past Christmas I got Claire Saffitz’ book Dessert Person, and I’ve been waiting for the right occasion to make this carrot cake ever since. I riffed off it a little bit so it is not exactly the same as hers, but still quite similar. Claire Saffitz’ Carrot Cake is an oil-based cake, which means it’s much more moist and tender rather than fluffy and chewy. Claire Saffitz’ Carrot Cake Recipe 1 cup crushed pecans 1/2 cup crushed almonds 1lb carrots grated (about 3 cups) 1 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 2 tspsvanilla extract 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsps baking powder 1 tsps kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tsp cardamom 1 tsp nutmeg 2 ½ tsps ground cinnamon 4 large eggs, at room temperature ¾ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup packed dark-brown sugar 1 cup safflower oil (variants: vegetable, grapeseed) Spray neutral oil, for the pans Cream Cheese Cardamom Vanilla Frosting (below) Method Arrange two oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven …

Guajillo Cashew Queso

This Guajillo Cashew Queso is to die for. One day I randomly bought a bag of Guajillo chiles. So I’ve been experimenting with them in so many different ways. If you’re not familiar with Guajillo chiles, they’re the dried form of Marisol Chiles. Similar to how Chipotle is the dried form of Jalapaños. Now, I am simply obsessed with this Guajillo Cashew Queso. It’s not hard to make, just takes time. And you most likely won’t be able to tell it’s completely vegan. For a 1-minute video recipe, click here. Guajillo Cashew Queso Recipe 2 dried guajillo peppers 1 white onion cut in quarters (about 1 cup) 3 small potatoes cut in chunks (about 1 cup) 1 cup of soaked cashews 3 cups of filtered water 1 tbsp of harissa paste 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 1 teaspoon of cornstarch Method In a pot over medium-high heat, add filtered water, dried chiles, onions, and potatoes and bring to a boil. When everything is soft, remove the stems (optional to remove the seeds, I like them!) …