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Cooking with Mushrooms Recipe

Cooking with Mushrooms

03.02.15 by Jackie

With a home full of vegetarians, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Mushrooms are a great flavor and texture substitute for meat. If, like me and little Aria, you're not a vegetarian, cooking with mushrooms will help you elaborate new vegetarian dishes that are as satisfying as meat.  

Morels, chanterelles (girolles in French), beech, maitake, Hegehogs, porcini, wood ear mushrooms (also known as black fungus mushrooms or nấm mèo in Vietnamese), brown crimini mushrooms, shiitake and Portobello mushrooms are the mushrooms I've used often in the kitchen. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sorts of mimics what we get from meat. Happy cooking!


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Mushroom Stuffed Eggplant Gratin Recipe Recipe

Is there anything that screams  comfort food more than a dish of gratin? I prepared a morel mushroom stuffed eggplant gratin. Every so often, our family craves a rich, decadent, gooey and cheesy meal.

First I sliced the eggplant, then pan-fried the slices. The mixture was flavored with earthy mushrooms that pair wonderfully with the meaty texture of the eggplant and luscious, creamy ricotta cheese. To save time, you can prepare the elements of the dish in advance and assemble 00000at the last minute; I promise your hard work will definitely be rewarded!


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Pan-Fried Banh Tet Recipe  Recipe

Pan-Fried Banh Tet Recipe

02.18.15 by Jackie

Hoa Tâm, a family friend, came to visit a few days ago and she gave us a very useful tip on how to avoid bánh tét food waste after the Lunar New Year celebrations. What is bánh tét you ask? It's a Vietnamese savory rice cake (at times sweetened with bananas). It's made primarily from glutinous rice, which is rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with a mung bean or mung bean and meat center, then boiled. It's a must-have traditional food during Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Southern Vietnam. We've been given a lot of the logs this season; it's a way to demonstrate the importance of rice in the Vietnamese culture. I told Hoa Tâm my fear that we'd have a lot of leftovers and didn't want to waste all the food. She then give uswonderful trick; if you have a lot of these rice cakes as e do, look no further!

Simply slice them and pan-fry them. Once crispy, drizzle with nước mắm chay (if you're a vegetarian) or fish sauce. It's as simple as that. Thanks, dear Chi Hoa Tâm!


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Tet Recipe Ideas Recipe

Tet Recipe Ideas

02.10.15 by Jackie

With the Vietnamese New Year festivities starting tomorrow, I'd like to share some of my favorite Asian dishes with you. As I've mentioned many times, there is a tradition of abstaining from meat from the day before the new year through the day after. With as many  vegetarians as I have in my home, I always find myself coming up with new variations on Vietnamese dishes. 

The first ceremony is starting tomorrow. It's called "đưa ông Táo". It means farewelling the Kitchen God to the heaven. I'm preparing an elaborate display to pay respect to the gods and to our ancestors, and only vegetarian food will suffice. 

I also listed a lot of festive dishes that I love. Maman used to prepare so many marvelous seafood dishes for Tết (on the 19th of February this year).  I hope you'll find a lot of inspiration in this post. 

 


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Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Radiatore Pasta Recipe Recipe

Our entire family is vegetarian except for little Aria and me so Meatless Monday isn't something out of the ordinary in our household.  It’s part of an effort on my part to eat a little bit healthier by reducing our meat consumption. If we can hit two targets with one bullet, I want to go for it. And since I'm keeping a strict vegetarian diet this week with the beginning of the Vietnamese Tết celebrations (a tradition of Tết is that you  eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year), it's perfect timing for this.. 

I prepared roasted butternut squash and mixed in cooked radiatore pasta. It's super easy to prepare and if you want to be on the healthier side, you can completely omit the cheese from the sauce.


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