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Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peppers & Shallots

Stir fried cabbage is not exactly a novel idea but I was surprised to see that I haven’t combined it with red peppers before. Along with shallots and garlic, the result is rustic and assertive; a good companion for robust roast or grilled meats such as beef, lamb, or pork. It’s not too much for chicken or fish though. Otherwise, …

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Lo-Bak Pancakes

I love dim sum! It’s such a pity the nearest purveyor is mighty close to 2 hours away by car. Whenever we go, we order 2 dishes of lo-bak go; that is to say radish patties. One of them is just for me, and the other is for the rest of the table. Yes! It’s my favourite! It’s also kind …

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Tender Pan-Fried Eggplant

This Turkish method for frying eggplant is a little picky compared to the usual slapping it in the pan, but I think it has some definite advantages. The par-boiling means that the eggplant will be very soft and tender, and it is also not quite the sponge for oil that it is when it goes into the pan raw. Overall …

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Grilled German Potato Salad – Warming Up to a Great Summer Side Dish

I’ve never been a huge fan of German potato salad, for two very good reasons. First of all, my love for mayonnaise borders on inappropriate, and secondly, the potatoes always seem to be under-cooked.  I enjoy many things cooked al dente, but potatoes are never, ever one of them. I know people want clean, neat slices, but to me that’s …

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Zucchini, Beans, & Onion Japanese Style

It must be summer; it’s zucchini and beans. From here to September, zucchini and beans. And oh, look! An onion! Well, this was a slightly different thing to do with them. They went with the Tsukune, of course, and also some rice. You know how I’m always banging on about drying your shiitake stems and saving them? This is what …

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Cauliflower When I was growing up vegetables were never the star attraction. Don’t get me wrong…we ate our vegetables every night at dinner, but they were always the sideshow and never the main act. They were served to add colour to a plate of food. Not unlike adding accent pillows to your living room couch! As you might have …

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Mid to Late Summer Hodge-Podge

When I looked at all the lovely vegetables we have right now, I couldn’t decide which one to cook, so it was “All of them, Katie!” I’ve made Hodge-Podge before, with a slightly different selection of vegetables. This one will take you later into the summer, once the peas are gone (which, let’s face it, they are). We ate this …

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Garlic-Dill Cabbage with Peas & Sour Cream

Apart from a bit of extra chopping and mincing, this is not really any more difficult or time consuming than serving a simple boiled vegetable. It seems so much fancier, though! The rest of the meal can be pretty straightforward – some grilled or broiled fish or chicken; some rice or noodles. Potatoes would be lovely but we are still …

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Stir-Fried Zucchini

First zucchini of the season! Purchased, alas – our zucchini went in kind of late. We’re seeing signs of some forming, though, which is exciting. This heat is good for something. Oddly enough, our first zucchini look like being yellow ones too. This was quick, simple, and tasty; words I always like to hear. Best served with some rice or …

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