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Sourdough No-Knead Bread

2018-02-13T15:22:20+00:00 Bread|

Nothing is more comforting than home baked sourdough bread, crispy and slightly chewy… Before I start, I must admit that I almost gave up on the sourdough starter, not to mention the frustration and the defeat feeling and on top of it I really felt insulted since I had so much training in microbiology laboratory.  Well, determination won the case…and I finally cultivated a few jars of very healthy sourdough starter.  Therefore with all my “manipulations” and add a bit here, take a bit there, I am not sharing a recipe for the starter…as you can easily search on the internet and look for a recipe that best suit you. What I am sharing with you is the wonderful bread [...]

Ahi Tuna Poke, Raw Fish Salad

2018-02-13T07:51:56+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Fish and Seafood|

Get a fresh piece of sashimi grade ahi tuna and you are ready for a nice treat…simple and super easy ahi tuna poke (raw fish salad) recipe… We are pretty addicted to poke since we discovered a while ago…poke places are popping up like crazy in our area, even Costco sells it…we have tried many places and they all have their specialties…I am okay with the Costco one, but the portion are humongous…which often is not suitable for our little family of two, and it does not taste the same the next day…so I decided to make my own…the one that I am sharing here today is pretty basic, you can really add what you like and come up [...]

Crispy Air Fried Chicken

2018-02-13T16:01:01+00:00 Air-Fryer, Poultry|

Can you believe that these chicken drumsticks were cooked in an air fryer? I am so excited to share with you my latest gadget…an air fryer…after searching on the internet and “flirting” with many models of air fryer I decided to get this one, the reviews were pretty good and the price was good as compared to the other ones in the market. Since I got this gadget I have tried many things from air fried tofu, eggplant, crab cakes, egg rolls and so on…but the ultimate test would be fried chicken, and guess what, it pass our critique…the drumsticks were crispy on the outside and super moist on the inside…and all with only a spray of olive oil. I am [...]

Balsamic Vinegar “Caviar”

2018-02-20T13:55:03+00:00 Molecular Gastronomy|

Your family will be impressed with these little droplets of balsamic vinegar resembling caviar… This is another fun experiment to make in your kitchen with agar-agar…and I can assure you that the whole process is easy and entertaining as I have used similar method to make Honey Caviar which you can find here. You just need to make sure that you have all the “apparatus” and you are ready to go. These little ”caviar” can be kept in the refrigerator for a while since they a mainly made with vinegar. This recipe was mostly based on this one. I have used these “caviar” in all kind of salad and even with strawberries… Ingredients: Caviar 100g balsamic vinegar 1.5g agar-agar, depending of the [...]

Raindrop Cake

2018-02-14T16:31:32+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Molecular Gastronomy|

How can a dessert made of almost 99.8% of water be so trendy? The answer…it is all in its texture… When I first saw these raindrop cake (which in my opinion it is not a cake per say, cake in my view should contain flour or its substitutes) I was fascinated by its shape and the notion of its pureness…upon reading the ingredients, I immediately could imagine its textures as I had worked with agar-agar, both in the kitchen and in the lab. The trick is to have the right ratio of water and agar-agar to achieve a very soft almost running gel. A little extra of agar-agar the “cake” will turn into a flavorless jelly, a little “too little” and the [...]

Thai Red Rubies in Pandan Coconut Milk

2018-02-13T20:09:17+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Holiday Wish|

It is Valentine’s Day…these rubies are not to wear, but are packed with great textures, from crunchy to chewy… Have you ever tried these Thai red “rubies”? The first time I had these “gems” was in an Asian specialty drink store…and I just felt in love with it…they are actually small pieces of water chestnuts colored in red and coated with tapioca flour…resulting in crunchy and chewy texture…I know it is hard to imagine that these little gems carry so many textures. Another great combination is pandan with coconut milk…pandan is very popular in Southeast Asia, often used in desserts and aromatized rice dishes. If you are not familiar with pandan, you should try, as pandan leaves have a very [...]

Simple Black-Eyed Pea Soup

2018-02-14T17:42:53+00:00 Soup/Stew|

Don't you love a bowl of thick and hearty soup as a meal when the weather is cold? You cannot go wrong with this black-eyed pea soup... How could I go by this winter without sharing a soup recipe? Don’t take me wrong, I have cooked many pots of soup however did not document therefore no posts were shared. Can you believe that this is my first time cooking black-eyed pea soup? My initial question was why is this called pea as they share similar shape as beans? This is where internet comes handy…apparently peas and beans are legumes and seeds from a pod. Some suggest that when the seeds are round they are called peas and when the seeds [...]

Garlic Bread

2018-02-16T11:32:31+00:00 Bread|

Using your leftover French or Italian bread you will be able to create these aromatic, flavorful garlic bread. These are great just with your salad, pasta or just as an appetizer. Before going to the recipe I hope you all had a great time with your family and loved ones…right after the New Years we took off to Cancun…where we had a great time and enjoy our “together” time, therefore my “silence” for a couple of weeks…we are now back to routine and yes, looking forward to a wonderful year ahead… Okay, now back to the recipe…today I am sharing with you a simple recipe to make tasty garlic bread…using left over baguette or Italian bread.  It is so good [...]

Trader Joe’s Gnocchi with Sous Vide Chicken

2018-02-16T11:50:27+00:00 Pasta and Grain, Poultry, Sous Vide|

Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s gnocchi? Well, if you like gnocchi you should give it a try…I must confess it was better than I expected. As a matter of fact, this is my second time cooking it and this time I dressed it with peas, roasted sugar tomatoes and sous vide chicken. This is particular great especially if you are pressed for time (like now getting ready for the holidays…), in a short time you are ready for an almost “gourmet” dinner, considering that you have in your refrigerator roasted sugar tomatoes and in the freezer green peas, sous vide chicken and a bag of Trader Joe’s gnocchi. Don’t panic if you do not have the ingredients listed…you can [...]

Homemade Crackers

2018-02-16T12:22:33+00:00 Bread|

This is an easy and simple recipe to have always fresh crackers and the fun thing is that you can spike with whatever herbs or spice you want. First of all I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your love ones…my “couple” weeks off turned out to be almost one month…I was on vacation in Taiwan for 2 weeks and then I got sick right after getting back…so I decided to rest and put everything on hold. Thankfully I am back on my feet and so happy to be functioning as usual…with all that said, this supposed to be a simple post, but end up being so long…forgive me…I usually like to be brief knowing that everyone is [...]

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