Yellow Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk & Lime

Yellow lentil soup with coconut milk & lime

In Philippines it never truly gets cold enough to make soup… but we make it anyway, because hey, soup is good, right?  I just wait for a cloudy day (and in rainy season, I never have to wait long!) turn on the air-conditioner, and pretend we measure temperature in Fahrenheit rather than Celsius.  It’s worked for me for the past 12 years, so please don’t ruin my fantasy.

Yellow lentil soup with coconut milk & lime

As I’m writing this, it’s “cool” and rainy… a perfect day for soup, wouldn’t you agree?  I love this yellow lentil coconut beauty: it has my favourite flavours of Thailand… ginger, coriander, fresh chilies, cilantro, coconut, & kafir lime… …

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Roasted Eggplant & Zucchini Casserole

One of the difficult things about food blogging is that sometimes I make a super-fantastic dish like this roasted eggplant & zucchini casserole… but it’s 6pm, dark outside and my family is clamouring for dinner.  And then look what happens to it…

Roasted Eggplant & Zucchini Casserole

I never intended to blog this casserole; in fact, it’s a brand new recipe.  But it was sooooo good (and so easy!) I wanted you to have it pronto!  So if you’ll take the already-dug-into pictures as a sign of how much we enjoyed it, then we’re in business….

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Cranberry Maple Nut Granola

Cranberry maple nut granola

Something about getting back home to my kiddos after 6 days away from them made me wanna get in the kitchen.

This is always a good thing.

I mean, if they were little and I could spend all their waking hours with them to show how much I missed them, I would.  But hey, somebody has to go to school!  For 10 hours a day!  That means somebody else has to stay home and make yummy food to let the other somebodies know how much she missed them and she never never never wants to be away from them again.

Enter homemade granola….

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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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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares with Chocolate Glaze

No-bake peanut butter oat squares

Everybody hold onto your hats… I’M GIVING YOU TWO DESSERTS IN A ROW!!!

What is this world coming to???

If you take a look at my Recipe Index, you can clearly see that I’m due to give you either a salad or a soup next.  Those poor slots have only one lonely post each… oh, the woes of a baby blog!  But sometimes dessert just happens to happen at my house- and that’s never a bad thing.

No-bake peanut butter oat squares

My friend Emilie described this recipe to me while we sprinted around the block during bootcamp one morning, and in my acute oxygen deprivation, I didn’t note the details.  But it sounded fabulous- and healthy!  When I began to make it, I couldn’t recall the exact ingredients (honey, no honey?), nor the proportions (a whole jar of peanut butter??)  Yet I forged ahead anyway, knowing that she would rescue me from any peanut butter square emergency.  I think I might have made the recipe a bit differently than Emilie does, but the end result was the same: rich, perfectly salty/sweet, glazed with dark chocolate… and dangerously delicious….

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