I was first introduced to the wonderful cuisine of Vietnam while living outside of Washington, DC in the early 90s.  So different from other Asian cuisines, but still similar.  French influenced, but retaining enough of its simplicity to make it … Continue reading Someday…..Vietnam

Middle Eastern Feast

Eating healthy with vegetarian middle eastern dishes is easy. Sunday supper with the bounty of our family garden and and a few extras.  Fattoush salad with garden tomatoes, parsley and mint tossed with mixed greens, toasted pita and tahini dressing.  Kasseri cheese and oil cured olives.GF My mom’s favorite cucumber salad.GF Recipe to follow…. Homemade falafel and green beans with onions and shatta round out the feast.GF Vegetarian is so refreshing on a hot summer night! Helen’s Cucumber Salad 2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers 1 tsp. Salt 1/2 red (or yellow)sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup greek yogurt or labne … Continue reading Middle Eastern Feast

Sunday Dinner- Persian style…c’mon Reza….

As I mentioned in my last post, I have found a decent Asian foods market in Wilmington, NC. When I say Asian, I mean near east, mid-east and far east. So along with my bat choy and shrimp har gow, I also purchased dried lemons, fried onions and cloves. Tonight, it’s Persian Chicken with tri-color carrots, Saffron Rice Pilaf with fried onions and Cucumber Salad. The spice rubbed chicken is browned in olive oil and butter (or Ghee if you have it), and stewed for two hours with a tablespoon of tomato paste, 20 green olives, 16oz of water, 1/2 … Continue reading Sunday Dinner- Persian style…c’mon Reza….