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Not even if someone was being generous would they describe me as a good cook, but I do love delicious food and I do occasionally experiment. Below is a collection of recipes, each of which grabbed my attention for some reason. Many of them are very simple (like when I was learning to cook rice) but they stay here for posterity.
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Peka Peka's favourite recipe for ginger biscuits. Delicious with hot tea or cold vanilla ice cream.
Fortunately, I then discovered kefir beer! A good kefir beer tastes a lot like lambic ale, with a rich, complex taste. But what makes it even better is that kefir beer is just incredibly easy to make. Whereas our old homebrew took several hours and many dollars worth of ingredients to put together, I can whip up a new batch of kefir beer in a few minutes.
Cinnamon and Raisin Porridge by Adam Shand Source: my own head
I'm not as embarrassed to admit that I don't know how to make porridge as I was to admit that I didn't know how to make Basic Brown Rice a couple of years ago. However I still feel like making porridge is a basic skill which every human being should possess.
Going through an elimination diet encouraged me to All About Rice Tea. Some research found that there is a Korean drink called Hyeonmi cha made from roasted rice steeped in boiling water. It's simple and cheap to make, and astonishingly delicious.
I learned to make this at a macrobiotic cooking class I took while I was living in Thailand. Apple jello with a creamy cashew nut cream on top. Delicious!
What I like about this pear cake is that the batter isn't sweet, yet the caramelised fruit topping tips it into the dessert realm. And the steam from the fruit makes it moist and juicy. The cake has many common fall ingredients, but they're combined in offbeat ways.
This is one of the most popular Thai desserts and many foreigners who come to Thailand regularly make sure that they come in the mango season so that they can have this dessert every day! The sweet sticky rice can be made in advance but should be eaten the same day that it is made.
This is not a traditional root beer. Traditional root beer is brewed with yeast, is mildly alcoholic — and can be tricky to make. This recipe will give you a root beer flavored syrup that tastes amazing, is stable in the fridge for a year, and needs only seltzer water or club soda to become a wonderful homemade root beer.
In contrast to Tom Yam, Tom Tha is milder, creamier, and richer. In Tom Yam, the citrus flavours of lemongrass and lime leaves take the lead, but Tom Kha's earthy flavour comes from Kha or galangal.
A little cake-like, but also a little fudgy, you’d never guess the main ingredient in these brownies is black beans. But by using whole, minimally processed ingredients like organic black beans, raw honey, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, and pasture-raised eggs, these gluten free, chocolatey treats actually have decent nutritional value as well. Since they are so incredibly easy to make, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this grain free brownie recipe again and again
Traditionally, humans consumed bone broth as an integral part of soups, stews, and sauces made by using large bone-in pieces of meat. Over time our culture has strayed from using the whole animal in favor of the leanest cuts of meat without any trace of the odd bits.
A traditional North American treat. Serve with jam or honey.
Many people have trouble cooking brown rice and having it turn out decently, since it can be more temperamental than white rice. There are also many different ways to prepare it. Here’s the most efficient way I found to cook brown rice on a stove.
It’s hard to imagine going back to rolled oats after the texture revelation that is whole oat porridge. The oats have an al dente slipperiness to them. They resist the bite just enough, while still releasing their creaminess into the porridge as a whole. And the process is incredibly simple.
Here's my idea of comfort food and a perfect Sunday brunch treat. It is inspired by Çılbır, which is Turkish poached eggs with yogurt.
Well, for those who want to save money, I’ve venture to say you could make a giant pot of this soup for in the vicinity of two bucks. And since leeks and/or potatoes invariably show up in my CSA box, making soup has become part of my weekly winter repertoire. For those of you looking to save time, I’d say it takes me less than 30 minutes to prepare all the ingredients for this soup.
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