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…

Shrimp & Shitake Orzo

Make this one when you’re craving paella, but don’t have any of the right ingredients. Yup, swap the rice for orzo (technically pasta), and you’ll be on my wavelength. Want to add chicken thighs? Do it. Sure, traditional paella contains rabbit and snails… but this isn’t paella, remember? Prefer a different type of mushroom? Go for it….

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…

Smoked Salmon “Poké”

OK, now I’m just playing around. I’ve been trying to mess around with my plating, and craving poke–all at once. It was still winter when I made this, and Dani and I were binging “Life Below Zero” to see how all the families prepared for winter in Alaska. Maybe even wishing for those -30 degree…

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–…

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.

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…

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…

“Black” Salmon |Orange-Cardamom Rissoto

It was our 1-year wedding anniversary, and just days after our 8-year anniversary (whoa, eight?!). I had a few crazy ideas throughout the year,  and knew that it the right time to dust them off.  Dani joined me in the kitchen this time,  and the results were awesome. I’ve been playing around with cardamom all…