Salmon Poke Bowl, Avocado and Scallions

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This past semester, I read Haruki Murakami’s book “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” while training for the Philadelphia half marathon. The book opens up in Hawaii, as the author reflects on his island summer runs. He describes his feelings, the weather, the landscapes, the routes… painting colorful pictures in his reader’s mind. I found Murakami’s writing to be incredibly motivating and inspiring. Surely, any reader will feel an urge to drop the book, go for a long long run, and never give up. While that thought certainly crossed my mind, his book also made me want to finally try my hands at Poke (though that could also be the influence of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown”, which includes a great episode in Hawaii)! Continue reading “Salmon Poke Bowl, Avocado and Scallions”

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Passion Project: Shredded Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Greens

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It all started with a craving. A pulled pork sandwich kind of craving. I don’t know where it came from, but I know that I suddenly needed one. Have you ever made pulled pork at home though? Not only does it take forever, but it also requires one of the largest cuts of meat there is: pork shoulder. I neither had the time, nor the appetite to cook a whole shoulder. So what could I do? Pulled pork is typically made from the shoulder because of its high fat content. When cooked at a low temperature for an extended period of time, the fat slowly melts and the meat strands fall apart. Could I get this result with another cut? Continue reading “Passion Project: Shredded Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Greens”

Bento Inspired Lunch

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Note that I shall be back on a regular posting schedule now that I’m at school. Look for recipes on Fridays!

School is back in full speed and I’m already overwhelmed. It’s course selection period, which is when I have the most doubts about the future course of my semester. I always change my mind a few times before I settle for a final schedule that I’m perfectly happy with. During that “shopping period,” I have very little time to eat because I go to as many classes as possible, including over lunchtime. That got me thinking about strategies to keep eating healthy, homemade food even away from my kitchen. Since sandwiches can only be good for so long, I turned towards “bentos” (or Japanese lunch boxes). Continue reading “Bento Inspired Lunch”

Quattro-Mushrooms Risotto

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I don’t know about you, but we’re freezing here in Philly! I mean, quite literally, as ice puddles took over the streets. With the temperature dropping to new lows, nothing screams warmth and comfort like a big bowl of delicious mushroom risotto! I’m serious. I just got home from a long day of classes and as my fingers partly defrost (while typing these very words), the only thing that keeps me going is the delicious risotto-perfume emanating from my kitchen. And not just any kind of risotto, but a mushroom risotto to the power of 4! Continue reading “Quattro-Mushrooms Risotto”

End of Summer Asparagus Risotto with Green Onions

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It took me a while to try risotto as a home cooked meal. I usually just order it at the restaurant because it’s so much easier. There’s no preparation involved, and no long hours spent over the stove, stirring the grains over and over again… So yes, it took me while to try to make risotto. But oh my, was I wrong!

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