Cauliflower and Peas / फूलगोभी और मटर

Another Pure Vegetarian Indian Dish
The Benefits of Cumin

Cauliflower and Peas

This quick Indian vegetarian dish provides the benefits of Cumin,  a spice somewhat ignored by North American cooks, with those of Cauliflower and Green Peas.  It astes good, too!

Cauliflower has been found effective in inhibiting tumor growth and preventing malignant tumors.  These benefits come from two compounds sulforaphane and indole–3-carbinol or  13C. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings and Champagne
Korean Fusion Dish

Korean food used to be just that, but more and more we are seeing Fusion dishes with a Korean inspiration like this one. This Korean-inspired Fusion appetizer matches ingredients like Chinese Shao Xing Wine and Hot Bean Paste to produce a distinctive East-West taste.  This is good served warm as a substantial appetizer with a glass of Champagne. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Lemongrass Meets Tamarind Meets Nam Pla

Tamarind pods from Thailand

Tamarind Pods

A Malaysian concept in which a variety of aromatics combine to provide lots of flavor.  But less fat than in the Standard American version of Fried Chicken.  Flavor beats the Standard American Buffalo Chicken Wings hands down, with its goopy commercial sauces full of unidentified Continue reading

Cornish Hens with Sichuan Papper

Good with Squab or Pigeon, Too
A Quick and Easy Low-Fat Method

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

Adapted from Chinese chef Virginia Lee, whose version used Pigeon or Roasted Squab and was deep-fried.  Pierre Franey adapted Lee’s method for Cornish Hens and used broiling instead of deep-frying.  The result is  a Chinese version of Cornish Hen, with Sichuan notes.This version is low-fat and is quickly made. The Lemons Continue reading

Shanghai Fried Rice

Cooked with Salt Pork and Bok Choy
The Best Version

Bento Mushrooms - Shiitake mushrooms prepared for bento

Fried Rice is enjoyed all over Shamghai in many versions.  Really a mainstay of everyday Chinese Cuisine.This one is based on what Fuchsia Dunlop thought was the best she had eaten and is based on the way it was served in a small diner in a back alley not far from Nanjing Road. The Shiitake Mushrooms may be Continue reading

Scallops with Fresh Ginger

Cream and White Wine add French Notes
Ginger Represents the Chinese Side

Zucchini

This interesting Fusion dish was adapted from Pierre Franey and Virginia Lee some years ago.  The Cream and White Wine provide the French flavor notes, while the Ginger and general cooking style represent the Chinese side of this dish. Continue reading

Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal

Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?

Chicken

For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading

Beef Short Ribs Braised with Soy Sauce

A French Touch of Red Wine
Chestnuts,Sesame and Omelet Garnishes

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

In this enhanced version of Kalbi Jim, the classic Korean Short-Rib dish the Black Pepper and Red Wine provide a French Continue reading

Pork with Mung Beans and Sesame/ 配綠豆和芝麻 豬肉

The Mung Bean Is a Superbean
Goog Protein Source          

The Mung Bean is a super bean. It appears in many Chinese dishes.  High in protein and low in calories and cost, it is a key ingredient in many dishes like this one. Continue reading