A Key Flavor Enhancer
The Biggest Melon
A Cold Food for Slimmers
A native of the area around Thailand, Malaya and Java, Winter Melon has been known in China for a long time, since Continue reading
Steinbeck, Rotten Applies and Ng Ka Py 五加皮
For Cooking or Drinking?
An Epic of Biblical Proportions John Steinbeck’s masterpiece novel “East of Eden” is an epic full of good and eveil, hatred and love, failure and redemption. It has been regarded as Continue reading
Gregor Mendel’s Peas?
Crisp and Tender, Raw or Barely Cooked
There is a question where this vegetable comes from: Some Japanese encyclopedias and cookbooks assert Continue reading
The Quintessence of Pomegranate
Use for Persephone Cocktails
Of course Grenadine Syrup — a key ingredient in several classic cocktails including the Persephone — is available commercially in bottles. But many purists will want make their own, for its distinctive and unique flavor, which is the embodiment of the Pomegranate.
5 or 6 fresh Pomegranates
Good for Teriyaki or Soup
Nobu’s Chicken Stock
This way of making Chicken Stock is from Nobu Matsuhisa’s Restaurant Nobu in New York and has been called Nobu’s Chicken Stock. He uses this stock to prepare Chicken Teriyaki at Nobu’s, but it would also work as a soup base or for a variety of vegetable dishes. Continue reading
Mentioned by Kipling
The house-beams shall fall,
And the Karela, the bitter Karela,
Shall cover it all!
— Kipling, Jungle Book
Bitter Melon is sometimes called Turia, Kerala or Karela in English, the last names alluding to its possible Indian origin.
The vegetable is also known as Bitter Gourd or Karela. In botany its name is Momoradica charantia. It is one of Continue reading
This is Luau Food
Making Kalua Pork without an Imu
In a traditional Hawaiian Luau in the Islands, Kalua Pig is an essential.
In the real deal, a whole pig will be baked for hours in an underground earthen oven called an Imu.
The pit will be lined with volcanic rocks and hot embers and often water is added at some point to create steam. Continue reading