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 “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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My love affair with arugula began three years ago when my friend Maggie, Jimmy and I made a stop at the French Rivera on our way to the Festival of Lights in Lyon. Maggie is a competitive runner. She runs everyday even on holidays and maintains a very healthy diet, which means a daily intake of some sort of green salad. Me, on the other hand, thought salads are for little bunnies. Continue reading “Orzo with Arugula Sauce”
Summer is almost over. With the abundance of fresh produce in the market, now is the time to make ratatouille.
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Today is the first day of May. On my quick visit to the farmers market this morning, I was delighted to find a good variety of spring foraged ingredients, such as (pictured clockwise) devil’s club shoots, morel mushrooms, goose tongues, ladyfern fiddleheads, and sea beans.
On top of that, we have been getting nettles since the beginning of March, and ramps appeared early April, after Jeremy (from Forage and Found) returned from the East Coast. Continue reading “Ramps Dumpling”
“The only thing that will make a souffle fall is if it knows you’re afraid of it”
The first time I made a soufflé, it was a screaming success! I mean look at it – it rose up high and even, had the right amount of air pockets; The texture was light and fluffy, and the taste amazing. Continue reading “Quinoa & Veggie Souffle”