Turkish rice pilaf (gluten-free and vegan)

For a New Year's resolution, I've decided to try and master some basics of cooking. Risotto has been at the top of my list, but first I wanted to try rice pilaf. It's a simple dish, but delicious, and pairs well with your favorite vegetables. This recipe comes from the Turkish American Society of Michigan, who... Continue Reading →

Eggplant & tomato bake

Eggplants are funny vegetables— lovely color, delicate flavor, but if cooked wrong, they’re pretty tasteless and horrible. And badly cooked eggplant has actually ended two dates I’ve been on. One was years ago, when a fellow came over to my place, ignored my gentle suggestions for food I do like, and made this big deal... Continue Reading →

Cabbage & rice noodle pancakes

The recipe was invented so I could enjoy the fried veggie pancakes I’ve seen in Poland, and also to deal with a surplus of rice noodles. When I first moved to the Czech Republic, I bought wayyy more rice noodles then I needed. Since I was unfamiliar with the grocery stores and what was available,... Continue Reading →

Toasted pumpkin seeds

“It smells like childhood!” one of my friend’s roommates said, walking into the kitchen. Between the sweet, heavy-vegetable smell of raw pumpkin and the toasting smell of pumpkin seeds, the kitchen did have some of the best scents of autumn. Personally, I think this is the most wonderful time of year: dressing up in costumes,... Continue Reading →

Vegan cheese (made without soy)

This recipe floored me. This cheese is so easy to make— and very, very tasty. And since it’s main ingredients are cashews and spices, it seems healthier than something very processed. When I first thought about making vegan cheese, I figured it was super crazy complicated, would require kitchen equipment I couldn’t afford and take... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Spam and musubi

The inauguration is this weekend— and what better way to celebrate than by making a vegan version of a quirky local food from the island where the president grew up? * For those who've spent time in Hawai’i, you’ve likely noticed that Spam, that weird, over-processed canned meat, is super popular there. (Thanks, in part,... Continue Reading →

Resolutions and tasty kale chips

So I’ve had the idea for a blog for months now: years of cooking and eating vegetarian while living in Detroit and traveling abroad. The first post seems the hardest: getting over nervousness about writing online, as well as figuring out how to use WordPress’s layout. In the theme of New Year’s resolutions, I’ll start... Continue Reading →

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