Pan-Fried Vietnamese Fish Recipe (Ca Chi Vang) Recipe

This fish is called "cá chỉ vàng", which literally translates to "golden thread fish". It tastes sweet and the texture is similar to a flattened sardine. It's not the easiest product to find, but if you come across it, you have to give this a try!

The preparation is ultra simple. All you need to do is re-hydrate it overnight and pan-fry it the next day with a little garlic. I've been struggling to get back into a routine since returning from our trip to Paris, so easy, flavorful dishes like this are really helpful to know.


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Lunch @DishoomLondon (Restaurant Review) Recipe
I'm back from my European vacation and have finally started to work my way through the hundreds of photos I took. I was just looking at the pictures from our daytrip to London, and I wanted to share a couple of words about the restaurant we had lunch at, Dishoom.
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Chocolate Bat Cookies (Halloween Breakfast Recipe) Recipe

Halloween is a few days away and I've been preparing little sweet treats in anticipation of the event. For breakfast, I baked bat-shaped chocolate wafers that I paired with sweetened yogurt and fresh figs from our garden. The result is divine; the crunch from the cookies balances out the smooth texture of the yogurt, and chocolate and figs work beautifully together.

I'm going to be baking a lot more scary-looking pastries until Halloween, including my witch's fingers, funny-looking sunny side up eggs and ghost-shaped pancakes. If you have other suggestions, feel free to send me a message!


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Vietnamese Bi Recipe Recipe

Vietnamese Bi Recipe

10.25.12 by Jackie

Going through the website, I realized I've posted several vegetarian bì recipes but never showed how to make it with meat. Today, I made it with veal. A more authentic version would use pork meat, fat and skin. In any case, the meat is cooked, then shredded and tossed in a finely-ground dry-toasted rice powder mixture. This version is healthier than the original and every bit as tasty.

It's eaten at room temperature. You can serve it with bún (cold rice vermicelli noodles), steamed cơm tấm (Vietnamese broken rice) or in bánh mì (Vietnamese-style baguette sandwiches). I usually accompany the meat salad with đô chua (pickled carrots and daikon), Vietnamese herbs, fresh sliced chiles, lime wedges, shredded lettuce or cabbage, cucumber and nước mắm dipping sauce on the side. It's a fairly easy treat, so give this recipe a try!


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Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe

10.24.12 by Jackie

We're finally back home to the Bay Area after our trip to Europe. Surprisingly, the weather in Paris was a lot warmer and more pleasant than California. It's been raining quite a bit here. With Halloween coming, I picked up 3 small pumpkins and made comforting creamy pumpkin soup to ward off the cold.

The preparation is fairly easy: roast the pumpkins, add a little molasses, puréed sunflower seeds and cream and you're good to go. I paired the soup with grilled slices of baguette bread, so my husband Lulu and I could reminisce about the wonderful time we just had in Paris. I'll be posting a lot of photos of our recent trip very soon. Stay tuned!


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