Falafel- Israel

Now, I’m not saying falafel is a strictly Israeli dish. Or that Israeli falafel is the best falafel. I’m just saying Israeli falafel is MY favorite falafel*. I’ve never made falafel before, and I was a little bit afraid I’d have to deep fry it. I can never fry one thing and be done with…

Thai Green Curry

I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to make Thai curry at home. Red, green, panang, massaman- I’ve tried and failed to make them all. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong! Well, yes I did. I was using Japanese and Chinese ingredients for a Thai curry. So I finally went grocery shopping…

Shaky Beef

I had shaky beef in a DC restaurant a long time ago. It’s a classic Vietnamese dish of lemongrass flavored beef and vegetables. It’s my favorite Vietnamese dish. Well, except for bahn mis. And pho. And Bo luc lac. Fine, so I can’t choose my favorite. But shaky beef is definitely up there! It’s really…

Baleadas- Honduras

I was raised on quesadillas. Whole wheat tortillas, a Mexican cheese blend, and some refried beans were a staple in our house. Baleadas are pretty similar to that! They’re sold as a street food in Honduras, and I can see why- they’re quick, easy to take on the go, and they’re delicious. I made mine…

Baked Eggs

Another guest post by my mama! Baked eggs have been Christmas breakfast in our house for as long as I can remember- usually accompanied by a gingerbread house (storebought- I tried to make one from scratch last year, with disastrous results), and coffee for my sleepy parents. My sister and I have never believed in…

Cake Mix Cake (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Right. Here’s how it went down. I, the ultimate food snob, made a cake mix cake. It wasn’t on purpose. It was going to go bad! And I wanted cake without putting any real effort into it. Holiday stress is getting to me. Well, my stress isn’t really caused by the holidays, but if I’m…

JCD Part 1- Fried Chicken

JCD stands for Japanese Christmas Dinner. I like abbreviating things. Acronymizing? For someone who spends an hour every day on AP English Lit, I’m not very eloquent. Anyways! The traditional Japanese Christmas dinner is, well, KFC. Nothing wrong with that. I’d never admit I like KFC. I might lose my food snob badge. So, I…

Orzo Stuffed Fennel

I. Love. Fennel. It may not be in season anymore, but I don’t let little things like that bother me. I will find fennel. And so help me, I will stuff it and bake it. Today, it’s a Mediterranean orzo salad. Tomorrow it could be kimchi. The day after it could be Nutella. There’s no…

Nyembwe- Gabon

It’s 80 degrees in October. I don’t care, I’m making stew. It was a good stew! Really simple to make, and it has pine nuts. I’m into whatever has pine nuts. Does anyone know if they actually come from pine trees like pinecones, or are they just imposters, like pineapples? I don’t know. I just…

Papusa and Slaw- El Salvador

If you liked the Bruneian Murtabak, you’re going to love this. These are a popular street food in El Salvador- and I think they’re going to become a staple here. Usually, papusa are served with a cabbage and jicama slaw, but I couldn’t find jicama anywhere, so I just threw in a ton of cilantro!…