When I lived in the east coast, salmon was never my favorite fish to fry. The salmon I had at local restaurants were mostly overcooked – the meat was stiff and flavorless. Health benefits aside, I simply couldn’t fathom why they are such a big deal.
Back then, salmon was just salmon. Continue reading “Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon with Nettle Pesto”
Last week I got a hold of a small box of Black Locust blossoms at our local farmer’s market. I quickly turned them into fritters.
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I love watercress. Whenever I see them at the market, I buy them. They have a refined fresh grassy taste that’s reminiscent of spring – not as fibery as nettles nor as dull as spinach.
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This 3-step recipe for making salt cured duck egg is provided by my friend Vivian, who has perfected the simplest method of making this Chinese delicacy.
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For someone who get most of her produce from an outdoor farmers market, I have to admit, this time of the year in the Pacific Northwest isn’t all that exciting. My favorite vendor of wild mushrooms and other foraged food is on a three-month hiatus. And there aren’t many choices of green vegetables, if any at all, to choose from.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a delicious healthy meal. I made this salad over the weekend. I love the nutty flavor and the chewy texture of the farro and the natural sweetness from the caramelized root vegetables. I highly recommend it. Continue reading “Recipe: Root Vegetables Farro Salad”
There are two dishes I miss from growing up in Beijing: one is Peking Duck – Trust me, they don’t make it the same anywhere else. You must try this dish in Beijing!
The other is Tianfu Braised Pork Hocks.
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This wild mushroom risotto recipe is adapted from “Cooking Wild in the Northwest“, by Seattle chef John Sundstrom.
It delivers a creamy texture and is packed with rich flavors.
For the mushroom stock:
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This lasagna has a golden crispy crust and a savory aromatic filling, not to mention the health benefit of seasonal wild foraged mushrooms.
Ingredients: Continue reading “Wild Mushroom Lasagna”
How do you like your duck confit?
Over the years I have had many versions of this classic French dish – Some cooked dry with intense flavors; Others plump paired with some sort of fruity sauce. When it comes to meat and poultry, I prefer a simplistic approach with non-competing flavors.
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