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Korean Style Shrimp Bowls with Brown Rice

April 24, 2018

In case you haven’t noticed- I am obsessed with Asian food- all kinds… especially yummy bowls filled with noodles, rice, delicious meats and veggies. This one is Korean inspired… check it out…

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a medium saucepan with the butter and oil. Add the rice and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover ¾ of the pan with lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Cover all the way with lid and cook for another 20 minutes. Set aside.


  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean condiment)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Mix the ingredients, taste, adjust and keep aside.

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Heat a pan with the oil and add the mushrooms. Saute on high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and sesame oil. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes and keep aside.


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 bunch broccolini, ends cut off
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a pan with the oil and add the brccolini. Saute on medium high heat till the greens are a bit soft but not over done- about 5 minutes. Add salt and keep aside.

  • 4 eggs fried with a soft yolk if using

Arrange the rice with some shrimp, accompanied by the sautéed mushrooms and broccolini. Top with a fried egg and some sriracha if desired. Garnish with sesame seeds.



Soba Noodles with Mushrooms and Red Peppers

March 4, 2018

Meatless Mondays have never been yummier! These easy to make soba noodles are a crowd pleaser- no one will notice how healthy they are! I would eliminate the dashi to make it a 100% vegetarian!


  • 1 cup vegetable broth, warm
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dashi
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced, any variety
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh or dried soba noodles, cooked to package instructions, drained and rinsed with cold water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced on a bias

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the mushrooms, green beans and red peppers and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cooked and drained noodles and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the sauce and bring to a boil and mix well. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper accordingly. Garnish with green onions and serve.



Green Curry Noodle Soup

October 29, 2017

My daughter announced a while ago that she would like to eat less meat- so, I informed her that we can absolutely do that but we will need to incorporate more veggies and beans  in the diet. I know of a lot of teenagers her age who have decided to give up meat and live on pasta every day – not in my house!! This is a yummy, flavorful dish where one does not miss the meat….it does have some shrimp paste- but that can be eliminated.

Green curry paste (substitute store bought paste)

  • ½ bunch Thai basil leaves
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 (4- inch) piece lemongrass
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 (2- inch) piece peeled ginger
  • 1 small Serrano pepper
  • ½ teaspoon shrimp paste (or 5 to 6 dashes fish sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. If desired, strain the paste through a strainer to get rid of the stringy texture from the lemongrass. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 bunch brown beech mushrooms
  • 1 cup spicy dry tofu, sliced or extra firm tofu, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced fresh or canned bamboo shoots
  • 3 heaping tablespoons green curry paste
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces ramen noodles

Heat a heavy saucepan with the peanut oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green curry paste and kaffir lime leaves and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tofu and bamboo shoots and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil and adjust seasoning.

Cook the ramen noodles according to instructions and add to the soup and serve garnished with basil, cilantro leaves and sliced Serrano pepper.

Recipe modified from


Mushroom Penne with Pesto

December 4, 2016

A quick weeknight meal- ready in minutes and delicious!!

  • 20 ounces mushrooms, a mix of white and cremini, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ pound penne pasta
  • ½ cup pesto, store bought
  • Salt to taste

In a medium pan, bring salty water to a roaring boil and add the pasta. Cook according to the box directions.
In the meantime, in a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the pancetta. Saute till light brown on medium heat, for about 5 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute for another 3-4 minutes. Next, add the mushrooms and cook on high heat stirring constantly. They will wilt down to almost half their size. Add the cooked pasta and the pesto. Turn the heat off, stir and check for salt.

Yakisoba Noodles with Mushrooms and Cabbage

August 22, 2016

Make this today… obviously any vegetable in season will do… try your favorites… I served it with roast chicken on top but it is fabulous meatless dish…

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon honey

Mix the ingredients together and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • Pack of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cabbage, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of soba noodles (cooked according to package instructions)

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the mushrooms and cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, green onions and cabbage. Saute for another 3 to 4 minutes and add the cooked noodles. Mix well and add the sauce. Mix well and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve.

Roasted Mushrooms with Mascarpone

June 4, 2014

I served these with the steak I posted yesterday. I feel I have figured out the secret to steak house mushrooms- mascarpone cheese! They make the yummiest mushrooms you will ever taste.. Okay, so they are not super figure friendly but thats okay. Have them once in a while and don’t have the whole platter and you will be fine…

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups Shiitaki mushrooms, stems off and cut in quarters
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, stems off and cut in quarters
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat for 8 to 10 minutes till they show color. Add the shallots, garlic and salt. Saute for another 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the mascarpone cheese and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley.

Lugano Day Two- Monte Bre

August 13, 2013

Day three of our trip to Switzerland was spent in Lugano. We woke up to a delicious buffet breakfast including delicious coffee served with hot milk. I am a happy person when my hot beverages are served super hot- and somehow in Europe that is the case every time. The buffet breakfast was filled with bread, cheese, meats, eggs, hot chocolate, lots of pastries… needless to say, we were extremely full and filled with energy.

We walked around near out hotel, close to the lake and found some beautiful sites of freshly cooked food as well as fresh fruit. Lugano Day Two Fruit

Lugano Day Two Sandwiches
After a bit of shopping and gelato eating, we made our way to Monte Bre via a bus and then two funiculars. It was way up into the mountains and it took us a while but it was definitely worth the long trip. The view was breathtaking! We walked around a bit and finally sat down for a very late lunch. We ordered a bottle of Rose, a tomato and mozzarella salad, spaghetti bolognese and tagliatelle with mushrooms. The meal was nice but the view was what we enjoyed the most.

Being in the south of Switzerland, it feels we are in Italy.. since everyone speaks Italian, there is mostly Italian food- although not as yummy as in Italy, very friendly people. The main difference is that everything is triple the price! It is unbelievably expensive. It is hard to wrap our minds around the prices.. especially since we spent yesterday in Italy and spent a fraction on the same food and wine!

We are off to Zurich via a scenic train and ferry ride. It should be gorgeous views and I am looking forward to it.. but sad to be going away from Italy..