Mandalay Mushroom and Tomato Curry

I’m still eagerly exploring Naomi Duguid’s Burma: Rivers of Flavor, and you know that I’ll jump on anything that includes mushrooms. The recipe for “Mushroom and Tomato Curry” calls for toyster, portable or king mushrooms, I went for toothsome trumpet mushrooms, which I purchase organic at my local H Mart. The ingredients are simple: peanut oil, turmeric, shallots, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, chili powder, shallot oil, salt. For … Continue reading Mandalay Mushroom and Tomato Curry

Peanut and Rice Porridge

On my continued quest for savory, comforting breakfast meals, I came across this wonderful recipe for Peanut and Rice Porridge (or Khao Poon Tua Lin) in the beautifully researched Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid. An equal combination of boiled peanuts and cooked rice ( I used a brown rice mix), blended together with a bit of peanut oil, soy sauce, and salt, then topped with braised … Continue reading Peanut and Rice Porridge

Breakfast Bulgar Upma

I love savory breakfast foods. On Philadelphia’s first snowing morning this winter, I wanted a warm, heating porridge, and found a great option in Whole Grains for a New Generation. Upma is a spicy Indian mush – but don’t let that dull description fool you! This breakfast porridge had loads of texture, and bold flavors. I had no teff in the pantry, but substituted some bulgar, … Continue reading Breakfast Bulgar Upma

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapefruit, Cilantro, and Star Anise

Roasted brussels sprouts with grapefruit? I know it sounds strange, but this dish, based off of “Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomelo and Star Anise” from the new Ottolenghi cookbook, Plenty More, turned out like so many dishes from Ottolenghi. Your first reaction might be “Really? Those things all together?” but the end result is surprising and delicious. I was cooking in the Midwest, where I’ve found that … Continue reading Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapefruit, Cilantro, and Star Anise