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Microwave Thai Sticky Rice

Microwave Thai Sticky Rice

Rice is rice is rice…or is it? There are thousands upon thousands of varieties of rice and hundreds of ways  to cook them all. I really prefer eating the most appropriate rice I can get for each dish that I cook, and when I go Isaan, that often means steamed sticky rice.  Let’s be clear about this, the term ‘sticky rice’ in any context does not refer to regular rice that sticks together because you’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ingredients, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

Spiced Cherry Jam with Otago Cherries

“I’m pulling over.” “What, again?! We’ve already eaten two kilo’s worth.” “This never happens and I intend to take full advantage.” It’s a bumper crop this year for New Zealand cherries the majority of which are grown in Otago. And the majority of those were pretty much scoffed by my husband and I on our trip through Southland. We’re lucky we got our deposit back on the hire car since there were probably a few extra cherry stains … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand, Vegan, Vegetarian

All about ginger

All about ginger

Some things in life are just a wee bit awkward. Whenever I read or write a recipe, I’m always perplexed about what to do about the ginger. People often describe the amount needed as, ‘a thumb-sized piece’ or ‘a 5cm piece’ or ‘6 thick slices’. But that doesn’t sit well with people who don’t like variables. How big around is this piece? What about the little nobules (Yes, I made that word up.)? Do I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, Ingredients, Vegan, Vegetarian

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscuits

Spring is well and truly underway here in New Zealand. The sun is shining, the cabbage trees are blooming, and the peas and beans I’ve put in are starting to wind their way up the canes. It all makes you feel like getting out there and playing in the sunshine. It also makes me want to eat fresh healthy things. On one of my ‘That’s-it!-No-more-sugar’  kicks (meh, they come and go) I found a great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Drinks and Snacks, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian

Scrambled Tofu

Scrambled Tofu

I can accept that there are many out there who do not like tofu, or they say they don’t like it but haven’t tried it. I’m not some sort of tofu missionary. You can eat or not eat whatever you like. I’ll feel a little sad on the inside that you are missing out on one of life’s pleasures, but hey, it’s up to you. However, unless it’s due to a belief system or for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breakfast and Brunch, Vegan, Vegetarian

Antoine’s Potatoes

Antoine’s Potatoes

The following is a recipe of dubious origin given to me by a dubious Frenchman who described himself as “a crazy French hippie”. To say this in what can only be described in Monty Python terms as the “outrageous French accent” Antoine had you need to swallow the ‘r’s and drop the ‘h’ in hippie. Antoine was a backpacker visiting New Zealand and working in various bakeries for which he woke up at 3am. As … Read entire article »

Filed under: French, Vegan, Vegetarian

Tibetan bread

Tibetan bread

It’s cold. Is that snow? I’m starving and can’t catch my breath. I’m determined to get up this damn hill. I just want to get back to our guesthouse of choice which, for some reason, is at the very top of the hill in Darjeeling near the radio tower. Dealing with altitude is one thing, but why did we choose the highest guesthouse in town. Maybe we thought it would be closer to the sun to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian

Food for the Soul: Black pepper plantians

Food for the Soul: Black pepper plantians

When I was in high school waaaaaaay back in the eighties, I divided my time between listening to Duran Duran and Wham and also chilling out to reggae favourites like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. I, at one point, started to wonder just what Mr. Marley would’ve eaten at home in Jamaica. Among other things, my search turned up fried plantains. Unlike the familiar sweet yellow bananas that I grew up with, plantains are usually … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jamaican, Vegan, Vegetarian