Southwest Lentil Burgers

Southwest Lentil Burgers

The reason I adore burgers has never been the meat, even when I did eat meat.  Back then, the smaller the patty, the better, so I could pile more condiments on top.  Getting too much ground beef in one bite was not a good thing for me… I think I was always destined to be vegetarian!

So when I went “veg” it was easy to love burgers made from the condiments themselves, know what I mean?  The flavour agents… onions, mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, avocado, salsa……

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Seasoned Oven Fries

Seasoned Oven Fries

Let me talk a little about my Ma.  I wanted to post one of her recipes in honour of her upcoming birthday on December 2, when she would have turned 67.  She’s been gone a little over 9 years and I miss her every day, but more so on her birthday. But then I didn’t have the jicama for her beetroot & carrot salad (ok, she did not normally even put jicama in it, but I do, and she would have appreciated that…)  So rather than just do the pictures without it, I decided to change gears and give you another recipe entirely.  Ma would have laughed, and definitely approved!  She would have also loved these seasoned fries….

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Malaysian Tofu Curry

Malaysian Tofu

American Thanksgiving is just a week away!!  Yet I feel the need to share with you my Malaysian tofu recipe.

Welcome to my life as a “3rd Culture Adult.”

It’s autumn in the U.S. and blogs are abounding with beautiful and delicious recipes for all things pumpkin, apple, sage, stuffing, squash etc.  And I must admit, while I was visiting my Pa in October, I wanted nothing more than to eat oatmeal every morning and roasted veggies every night.  And yet… and yet…

Malaysian tofu curry.  At Thanksgiving time….

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Asian Salmon Salad

Asian Salmon Salad

I’ve been hearing rumblings for this salad…

… and who am I to ignore rumblings??

I demo’d it last Thursday at the Asia Health Summit to show people how easy it is to make a simple salad to pack for lunch.  Bringing your lunch from home vs. eating fast food (as so many do here in Philippines) not only saves you money, but also protects an immensely more precious commodity- your health.  Fast food is excessive in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and harmful additives. But I think folks sometimes eat out simply because they don’t plan ahead, or they don’t know what to bring.  So here you go, a quick and easy main-course salad that is chock-full of beneficial nutrients.  Check it out: …

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Kale, Dried Cranberries & Pecans

Stuffed acorn squash with barley, kale, dried cranberries & pecans

Sometimes jet lag beats you down.  Other times, it gets you up.  Literally.

After returning from the U.S. late Friday night, I spent most of the weekend with my face planted in my pillow.  This was the result of not sleeping much for the 48 hours surrounding the trip, with a wee bit of over-the-counter sleep aids thrown in for good measure.  I slept so much over the weekend that last night I went to bed without taking a sleeping pill, figuring I was “over it.”

I was wrong… Hello 12:45am!

But jet lag certainly makes time for all those things I didn’t get to whilst delightfully under the influence of said pills!

I enjoyed the autumn weather so much while in the U.S. last week, and its crisp coolness definitely inspired me to eat all things reminiscent of the season.  Fresh Honeycrisp and Jonagold apples, stove-top cooked oatmeal with maple syrup, warm baked sweet potatoes with pecans… I could not get enough.  Every morning I would go to Starbucks to have coffee and use their wifi, then stop by the natural grocery store to pick up whatever I was going to make for dinner.  It was my daily joy to peruse the produce aisles to see what would grab hold of me!

One day I walked in to be greeted by an entire bin full of winter squashes- on sale!…

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Black Rice Pecan Burgers with Cilantro-Chili Cashew Cream

Black rice burgers with cilantro-chili cashew cream

Sometimes, accidents happen.

But if you get really lucky, something good will come out out of it.

And according to my Pa, I’m one of the luckiest people he knows, so there you go.

The other day, shortly after I returned from home leave, I was in the kitchen making dinner.  I had a brilliant idea that would not only be delicious, but also use up a languishing ingredient in my refrigerator.  But who knew that phyllo dough does not in fact last 6 months in your fridge???  Well folks, it doesn’t.  I’m not even sure it lasts 2, it was that far gone.

I stood there contemplating.  I wanted to put dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, and so far all I had going was some local squash roasting in the oven.  I searched the fridge for something non-moldy.  Lo and behold, I came upon the black rice that I had cooked the night before….

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Camote Falafel with Curried Tahini Dressing… aka “Girl Food”

Camote (Philippine sweet potato) falafel with curried tahini dressing

Camote (Philippine sweet potato) falafel with curried tahini dressing

Girl food.  We all know what that is.

It’s what you eat when your husband or boyfriend is traveling and you are on your own for meals.  My version of girl food is all the things my husband would consider either too healthy, too light, or just too darn weird to ever call a “meal.”

Mark worked the night shift for the first 6 years of our overseas tour.  While there were some advantages to this, such as family dinners every night before he went to the office, the downside was 6 years of him having to (try to) sleep during the day. Shift work throws your hormone levels all out of whack, raises your cortisol, contributes to weight gain, and makes you feel permanently jet-lagged.  Not fun.  I said some mighty fervent…

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