• Sides
  • Cold Tofu with Bonito Flakes

    Cold tofu with bonito flakes

    “If turkey vultures think it’s too warm to hunt, who am I to disagree?” Tofu ranks high on my list of pantry staples. There are always 2 or 3 packages in my cart on every grocery run. The best parts (my grammar teacher may remind me that the superlative of good describes a singular noun but hear me out) are how versatile it […]

  • Sides
  • Easy Water Spinach 空心菜 (Kangkung)

    Easy Water Spinach

    All things are difficult before they are easy. ~  Thomas Fuller Here is recipe that starts easy and stays easy. It will make a cook out of anyone. It’s that easy. Water spinach is more closely related to the sweet potato than to spinach as we know it in western countries. It is also called water morning glory, water […]

  • Desserts
  • Chinese Green Bean Dessert Soup 绿豆汤


    The wonder, The hunger, And the sound of distant thunder.  ~ “Indian Summer”, Brooks & Dunn (released 2009) Warm, hazy, windless weather prevailed all last week following a few weeks of a cooling trend. This kind of tank-top-and-shorts weather right around Halloween means  it’s Indian summer for us living in California. Soon after it will be time for […]

  • Sides
  • Honey Walnut Pine Nut Shrimp


    “What’s more luscious than cheesecake, roses in bloom and freshly washed hair? Let me count…,” she said to Mr. Goat. What is about mayonnaise that makes it taste sooo good?  The satisfying ‘mouthfeel’ that food companies strive to imbue in their products, the same reason why crispy chicken, ice cream, chocolate, pecan pie and of course, bacon tastes so good. Add […]

  • Mains
  • Taiwanese Ground Pork Rice 卤肉饭

    Taiwan Ground Pork Rice image

    If you’re going to eat pork, eat it till your mouth drips. ~ Yiddish proverb ~ TAIWAN STREET FOOD SERIES – Part 2 ~ The last time we married east and west over a bucket of Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken amidst the drama of English aristocracy. Today we continue bringing the tastes of Taiwan street food into our homes in California. […]

  • Desserts
  • Traditional Baked Mooncakes 传统粤式月饼


    Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes 中秋月饼, commonly just called ‘Mooncakes’月饼 are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Shared with friends and family while celebrating the abundance of harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals and falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the lunar calendar. These round-shaped […]

  • Outdoors
  • Late-Summer Morning at Edgewood Park

    Grove of oak in Edgewood Park

    We thread our way through a moving forest of ice-cream cones and crimson thighs. ~ Jean-Dominique Bauby After weeks of temperamental swings between dusty dry heat and misty august rains, baby-blue skies heralded a pleasant morning on a recent August day. As the countdown toward Labor Day progressed, we knew the long lazy days of summer and seemingly endless outdoor […]

  • Appetizers
  • Pan-Fried Tofu with Egg

    Pan-Fried Tofu with Egg

    “Silky golden nuggets with a spicy surprise!”  Don’t you just love it when a wrong turn ends up being right, when a mistake turns into an unexpected success, when a kitchen misadventure cooks up a new favorite? That’s what happened the other night – an attempt to save a blooper turned up a surprising appetizer that barely made it […]