This holiday has been a wonderful time for me to experiment with some favorite comfort dishes. Have you ever wanted to spice up an old dish? One of my family’s favorites is lasagna. But I don’t make it as often as I’d like because it can be time consuming. Especially, when you are making most of it (minus the pasta) from scratch. Luckily, I came across a twist on this favorite comfort dish that makes it quick to make.
My friend likes to have parties. For me, a party always bears the question, what do I bring? So, what do you bring you ask? I usually bring dessert. What’s wonderful about these get togethers, is that usually everyone contributes something. In turn, there’s always a dish or two that becomes the topic of conversation. At one of the parties, I was introduced to homemade cornbread.
I’ve been dying to make this dish for some time. I’m not sure why it has taken so long. It feels like it’s been over a month since I asked my colleague to help me translate some traditional Cuban recipes. Growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I was always lucky enough to have access to great Puerto Rican and Cuban food. I’ve always been able to go to a friend’s house or find a restaurant that made what I like just right. But now that we are in the suburbs, it’s just not the same.
I understand that I am impartial but the east coast has some of the best Italian restaurants. One dish I’ve fallen in love with is seafood Fra Diavolo. A friend ordered it at one of those chain restaurants and it was delicious. A pleasant surprise. Of course, in the end I was happy she shared with me. I have a bad habit of not trying anything new when I go out to restaurants. Who likes paying for food they’re disappointed with. If I want an unpleasant surprise I can mess up dishes in my own kitchen. I was even more surprised when I found out that it wasn’t an Italian dish at all. Continue reading “Mussels Fra Diavolo”
September is back to school time and many of us are happy to send little faces to school to become better versions of themselves. So, we try to send them to school with everything they need and a little piece of home. Something that makes them smile when they open their backpack or lunchbag. But how do you fit that type of comfort in such a small bag with all of the restrictions the school has. The no gluten, no nut etc etc has been the bane of my school lunch existence. What to do? What to do? Make something that will withstand all the pressure. Fried tofu is perfect.
These days some magazine is always talking about super food this and superfood that. But let’s be honest, we want food that tastes good and makes us feel good. This peruvian quinoa soup does exactly that.
Have you ever tried to make a comfort dish healthy? I used to think adding vegetables made a dish healthy. So many times my answer to a really fatty (delicious) meal was just to add vegetables. I got away with adding peppers to sausage and carrots to meatloaf for many years. Then when my husband and I decided we were going to lose weight together, we turned to Dr. Ian’s Fat Smash diet.
One of my favorite comfort foods is shrimp fried rice. When I finally stumbled upon adding bacon to my shrimp fried rice recipe, I was ecstatic. The bacon added that flavor that was always missing.
In honor of the Olympics in Brazil, but still keeping with the street food theme today’s recipe is pastel. Pastel is a little bundle of goodness filled with some sort of savory filling. The dish originated from the Chinese egg roll. Many Chinese and Japanese people were brought to Brazil as early as the 16th century. The pastel became even more popular in Sao Paulo in the early to mid 1900s as more Japanese immigrants set up bakeries in the area. Brazil actually has one of the largest populations of Japanese people outside Japan.
I have a love for the food carts in New York City. It’s one of the things that makes me miss living in the city especially in the summer. What’s interesting is that almost every major city around the world has some type of street food. In New York, there’s a long history of immigrants from Greece to Sri Lanka running food carts. The regional distinctions of the owning are sometimes reflected in the food. One of the most well known is the Halal Guys food cart, which is why this post is titled Halal Chicken and Rice.