Seafood Penne

And just like that– the people have spoken. I’ve been working out ways to make Craving Mad more interactive, and put this week’s meal up to a vote on Instagram (@craving_mad). It was pretty close, but this one won out after four days of polling. Now, I learned that dried tomatoes go really well with…

Tom Kha Gai– Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup

I found some kaffir lime leaves at the market a few weeks ago, and decided to use them for the first time…and I wasn’t disappointed. Once you combine that intense citrus flavor with the Thai basil, coconut, and turmeric, you have the base for the perfect soup. I ended up using chicken, but I can…

Seared Tuna Tostada: The Missing Ingredients Challenge

It’s moments like these that show you who your real friends are, and guys, I have some questions… I decided to do another challenge to shake things up after the first 100 posts. A few of you posted ingredients that I couldn’t use for the next post, and I randomly selected 3. This time, I’d have…

Patatas Bravas

Full disclosure: I’ve never been to Spain–but you already know I like to use food to compensate for the lack of plane tickets. Luckily, Dani had the chance to study abroad there, so I can live vicariously through her experiences, work backwards, and try to come up with something interesting. While I was alternating between…

Coconut-Lentil Soup

It’s April 1st…but I promise this is real. Don’t believe me? I already got the prank out of my system–just follow @craving_mad on instagram to see how. Exciting things are coming up this month, including the 100th post to the blog! Remember the the build up to the 50th post? Double it. Seriously…but more on…

Minced Beet & Watercress Salad | Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette

Winter is nearly over–at least I think so. This week is another no-frills recipe that should come together pretty quickly. I saw watercress in the store, and got a little excited, but since it’s harder to find you can easily sub in spinach or arugula. Combine those as I describe below, and you’re already half-way…

Red Lentil “Bolognese”

“Lentils and pasta…” she said, “but that’s like carbs on carbs!” Look,  I love lentils; they are one of my ideal survival foods because they’re cheap,  filling, and crazy versatile.  So versatile, I decided to try another cuisine-bending experiment. Red lentils are my go to for quick meals because they don’t really need to soak…

Pine Nut Chicken

There are certain ingredients that trigger an instant reaction. For example: the moment I see okra, I’m already picturing my grandma pounding yam, or when I see extra coffee beans, I want to grind them up, and…make a dry-rub (what did you think?). Pine nuts are definitely one of those ingredients. They’re usually pretty expensive,…

Crayfish Tostadas | Pineapple-Habanero Salsa

Crayfish…or crayfish? This is a side-note, but I want to clear something up. Aside from food, I also love languages, and try to merge the two as much as possible. “Crayfish” means different things depending on what type of food I’m making. For Nigerian foods, crayfish (or “ede” in Yorùbá) usually refers to tiny dried…

Leek & Mushroom Soup

This is the type of “vegetarian” dish that could get me into trouble… I normally would make this really simply with butter, flour, and some kind of stock. This time, we had a bunch of bacon (a pretty rare find in our fridge), and I needed to get rid of it. This version uses bacon…