Collard Green “Tamales”

When I restarted this blog (geez, almost two years ago) I did my best to emphasize that I get inspiration from everywhere. I’m just as happy to eat my mom’s curry goat, my grandmother’s okra stew, or a multi-course meal in an expensive restaurant. In fact, I’m always trying to blend all of those influences together–…

Salt-Crusted Duck | Sweet Potato Gnocchi|Chocolate Gastrique

I learned something this winter: duck breasts come in packs of four (at least when you buy them at the farmer’s market). Whenever I’ve seen them at places like Whole Foods, they’re in two packs…for about $30. Now, I was resigned to pay that much at the market because I thought it was the norm,…

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…

Salmon Satay| Gunpowder Noodles

This idea came to me as a combination of simple components: 1. Crispy Skin 2. Charred greens 3. Tea as a spice. The plating was admittedly a little extra– but overall this is one of the easier ones to make.

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…

Ilalasepo: Ondo-Style Okra Stew

I’ve reflecting a lot lately, and thinking about all of the different influences that shaped the way I eat– and cook. Somewhere within that autobiographical journey, I stumbled on an old memory from sometime in elementary school; it was an assignment that asked me to describe my favorite food. Easy enough, right? Pizza! Fries! Apple…

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…

16-Hour Ramen

Put all the packaged pre-boxed stuff back into the pantry –we’re making this one the “hard” way. I posted a “beginner’s” ramen recipe last year,  but couldn’t leave it there! I wanted to come back for a second pass to try to do it justice. I still have a lot to learn, but I think…