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Spicy Yuba Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Spicy Yuba Stir Fry Recipe

06.08.12 by Jackie

Yuba is called tàu hũ ky in Vietnamese and it's a fairly common ingredient in the Buddhist vegan diet. Most meals resemble and have the texture of meat, and yuba often plays the key role of meat substitute in the dish. I was surprised to discover that Costco now carries this product. Lulu sampled the yuba strips and liked them, so I brought home a package.

I used the ready-seasoned spicy yuba strips and made a stir fry of various vegetables such as sugar snap peans, cauliflower, onion wedges and cucumbers freshly picked from our garden.

My husband Lulu noticed that the Marketmore cucumbers he planted two months ago had started to produce. It's so pleasant getting new vegetables every day. I'll show you our beautiful bounty of beets, cucumbers and zucchini soon. Our tomato plants are already 5 feet tall but the fruit hasn't quite ripened yet. I love California!


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Peanut Chicken Satay Recipe Recipe

Peanut Chicken Satay Recipe

05.22.12 by Jackie

Peanut sauce is always well appreciated. It's tasty, very easy to make and can be served with many different ingredients. Chicken Satay is a classic, and for this recipe I marinated the chicken and prepared the components of the dish in advance for a truly easy meal. The peanut sauce was made from scratch with peanuts that I blended until smooth and creamy, coconut milk, galangal, limes and fresh lemongrass.

For more texture, I added fried jiacama and fried tofu to the chicken breasts. I served the chicken satay with steamed jasmine rice, sliced cucumbers and chopped tomatoes.


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Radish Pesto Recipe Recipe

Radish Pesto Recipe

05.15.12 by Jackie

Here's a simple pesto made with radish greens. Radish greens have a strong, peppery flavor, which adds an interesting dimension to traditional pesto. If it's too strong for you, you could mix it with more traditional greens, such as basil or spinach.

We grow our own radishes, and it's really wonderful to be able to use all the fruits of our labor. Radishes are one of the easiest and fastest maturing crops that can be planted in the garden. The "French Breakfast" variety used in this recipe only require about 22 days to mature. Here in California, that works out to at least four or five harvests per season. So expect to see more radish recipes as long as it's sunny out!

The longer you leave the radishes in the ground, the spicier they get and the hairier the leaves will become. The leaves are still edible, but, the texture may become unpleasant, which is why I decided to put these greens to use in a pesto. In France, there are several soups made with radish greens. Cooking the greens, in general, will mellow them out a bit.

Radish Pesto Recipe with Picture

 


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Shakshuka Recipe (Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce) Recipe

Shakshuka is a dish of poached eggs cooked on a bed of flavorful and spicy tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers and onions. This dish originates from North Africa.

I prepared the tomato mixture early in the morning with very sweet cherry tomatoes. All I needed to do at serving time was to crack the eggs over the vegetable mixture and poach them for a few minutes.


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Spicy Mussels with Chorizo Recipe

Spicy Mussels with Chorizo

05.08.12 by Jackie

I love seafood, and I’ve used that love as a way for me to eat lighter meals with less meat. Today, I made chorizo-flavored mussels. To ensure the dish doesn't turn out too fishy tasting, I used a bit of our homemade Habanero and garlic sauce, anise-flavor liqueur, shallots and salted butter. 

We ate the mussels with a large salad and served yogurt and freshly cut fruit for dessert. This meal was so delicious, I could eat it over and over again for the next few days!


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