Coconut-Lentil Soup

**This was originally posted on 4/1/2019, but I’m making some updates to the recipe on 3/22/2020.** 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…

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…

Roasted Carrot Soup

I hate to waste food– I always push to utilize everything we buy. This time, it was a bunch of carrots that were starting to go limp. They didn’t look great, but they were still carrots– it was just going to take extra work to get the flavors out. Step one here is to char…

Roasted Mushroom & Eggplant |Lemon-Parmesan Polenta

I almost made it to the end of the year without getting sick– almost… I was always randomly sick growing up, so by now the whole experience of staying home, watching TV, and actually sleeping enough on a workday just feels cliché. I can deal with the symptoms– Fever? Been there. Coughing? Done that. Headaches?…

Green Curry Catfish

I’ve been slacking lately– but I am gonna get these posts back on schedule for the rest of the year… This curry paste is pretty similar to the “red” curry I made earlier. This time, though, I used green peppers, kaffir lime leaves, basil, and cilantro to the usual spices. I didn’t have any at the…

Chorizo & Sweet Potato Chili

Dani convinced me to enter a chili cook-off sometime last year,  and I decided that this would be my contribution.  It’s a little unorthodox, but one of my favorites. Unfortunately,  it didn’t win anything officially, but it did get a few positive reviews from the judges.  In this version, I matched most of my older…