Monday, July 1, 2013

Crazy for kimchi!

Kimchi. Kimchi! KIMCHI! As a long time fan of fantastic fermented foods (okay, that was too much alliteration, even for me), when kimchi made its sour, spicy, and salty (AHH! there is it again!) appearance in my life, I couldn't help but dive into the proverbial tub, soon to be actualized in your own kitchen, of its zingy, vibrant, probiotic goodness. 

(... actually, I don't recommend doing that, you'd probably smell like garlic forever). 

Not only is kimchi delicious on its own and in everything from traditional eats like kimchi pajun (pancake) and kimchi jigae (stew) to asian-inspired salads, stir-fries, and sandwiches - it's also naturally fermented and chock-full of cute little lactic-acid bacteria that (or, so I've been told) are quite good for you and your tummy. 

Sure, you could buy a big tub of kimchi at your local Korean market, but here at the blarg we're about getting in the kitchen, and getting our hands dirty - and in this case, SPICY!

And most importantly, make it with friends! More hands means diverse cultures to get your kimchi bubbling. Not to mention, more fun (and help with clean-up.... muahahah). 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It's an ALEX! And veggies! Lettuce, veggies, tofu, yum!

Howdy blargsters! Today we have a special treat for you, and it's only sort of the edible kind - a post from ALEX!

To those who think Alex is actually a mystical unicorn, I assure you that he is in fact a real person who runs marathons really fast, fueled entirely by delicious plants!

Today's he's sharing a yummy and nutritious lunch perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day with lavender lemonade and good friends.

Now with real imitation bacon! 
These wraps pack healthy veggies and a protein punch from tofu and mushrooms into a lettuce leaf wrap so NO FORKS ALLOWED! Eat with your hands, and enjoy! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Warming winter harvest salad

When I got back from Kenya (my fourth of four 40-hour trips in four weeks), I felt approximately like this: blueeeeuruuuughhh.

Sitting for so long on an airplane, eating mostly hotel food, and residual tummy troubles from India and Nepal (that you probably don't reallyyyy want to hear about) left my back in a crunch, my digestive tract in disarray (but on the bright side, probably the home to lots of new friends!), and me craving nothing more than movement, stretching, fresh vegetables and home-cooked meals. Oh, and sleep. :)

As I recovered, I mostly ate very basic foods as I tried to figure out what would and wouldn't cause my stomach to rebel against me. I ended up removing most grains and refined sugars, finding comfort in fresh and cooked vegetables, giiiiiiiinger, and citrus.

I also resolved to slow down and cook more deliberately, drawing from the recipes on other blogs that inspire me.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Catching back up

Hey all! Though I haven't had much time to post up here, I've still been having fun and experimenting in the kitchen.

Here's a quick peek of what I've been up to - hopefully I'll have time for more posts with recipes, and to explain how my face ended up in a giraffe's mouth, soon! :)

Until then...

A cabbage salad with roasted herbed carrots and sauteed leeks and green beans with a ginger lime dressing (inspired by The First Mess)

Whole roasted cauliflower with lemon-garlic herb dressing (inspired by The Meaning of Pie)

Dilly beans!! (lacto-fermented, of course)

Home-mmmmmmmmade (and completely scrumptious) bibimbap (inspired by Green Kitchen Stories)

Flour-free nut and seed bread (wonderful recipe from My New Roots)

Quick red cabbage, cucumber and mango salad with spicy sesame dressing

Tie-dying our window curtains with turmeric?!

Salad with daikon radish and sesame peanut sauce (hanging out with some homemade kimchi, bubbling away)

... all together with some roasted winter veggies...

... and miso soup, makes the meal.

Spicy roasted chickpea snacks (inspired by Relish)

More bibimbap. I've actually made this three times in the past month, and once two nights in a row, it's really that easy and good.

Sunflower seed, swiss chard, and spinach pesto

Raw brownies (inspired by My New Roots)

... oh, and this.

More coming soon!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Croissants, croissants, croissants! (and some things that aren't croissants, but are related to croissants)

Yay, back to recipes! But first, a confession. I've never really been a huge fan of pastries. There, I said it!

Croissants? I recognize that they're good, but I don't really love them. I'd much prefer something heartier or less buttery (sorry!). However, whenever I see them, I'm still really drawn to baking them (and other pretty treats), so I'm oh so fortunate to know quite a few people who like to eat them. :)

I've made vegan croissants once before (a few years ago with my sister - and we filled them with homemade pumpkin butter!), and had been meaning to make them for a while - but it wasn't until I was inspired by a series of wonderfully written posts featuring beautiful pictures and GIF tutorials on a blog called Top With Cinnamon (and had a spontaneous day off from work!) that I finally got around to making them.