I am a big fan of Middle eastern/Mediterranean foods and flavors. My first job in a what most would consider professional kitchen was in an upscale Mediterranean restaurant. I still have occasional work nightmares from my time working there because I was very green, but eventually moved up to one of the lead chefs. In the time I spent there, it introduced me to some dishes and recipes that I was familiar with so I learned a lot. Recipes using grape leaves like dolmas, tzatziki, escalivada, Spanish tapas and sauces like romesco and charmoula were new to me but became some of my favorites.
Making your very first batch of Kombucha can be overwhelming. It was something I wanted to try for a long time but was very apprehensive. I finally pulled the trigger and decided the easiest way to jump into it was to buy a kit and after it arrived all apprehensions were gone.
This is a very easy and delicious dish to make. If you love Korean food as much as I do, this will be a recipe you make over and over again.
This is more of a review than a recipe because I used store pre-made ingredients and what’s wrong with making an easy meal? I used store bought teriyaki udon by Pulmuone which came with 2 portions of udon noodles, vegetables and sauce packets.
Bibimbap is rice topped with a variety of vegetables, beef and served with gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste). You can choose which vegetables you like, or use store bought mixes for an even easier preparation.
Seared Alaskan Halibut can go with any side dish. I chose Spaghetti with arrabiata sauce because these are ingredients I had with me. A lot of times, this is how I cook, by using what is available to me. Some times it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I used dry aged sirloin steak for this recipe, but you can use filet or similar lean cut of steak. This came together by using some leftover pasta and some kale I had available. I have seen the pasta crisp made before and thought I would give it a try. It turned out nice but I’ll admit it was nothing mind-blowing. However it was still delicious and made a good side dish.