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.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A very long post about Nepal! :D

Hey there! I'm in Kenya for a week now after returning to Mexico and have lots to share about my (super duper short/whirlwind) trip to Nepal (Kathmandu)! I was there with my job to help instruct a workshop, and got the chance to spend a couple extra days to explore some more and visit a friend (hi Greg!).

Hopefully I'll have as much to share about Nairobi soon, but so far I've just been between offices and the hotel (I want to see some large animals!).

Because of the time constraints, I wasn't able to get out of the Kathmandu, but I did get to see some beautiful temples, wander, get lost, get un-lost, experience a bit of the culture and meet some amazing people.

For the first several days of my trip, I was mostly near Thamel, one of the more concentrated and touristy areas of Kathmandu. There were lots of restaurants and shops, but also a great and entirely sense-overwhelming outdoor market place, Asan tol.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Photos from Nepal (more soon!)

Post about Nepal coming soon! I'm in Nairobi, Kenya now for the last of the three workshops. I had a week at home spent catching up on sleep, working, chasing after lost (still lost :( ) luggage, baking croissants (this coming soon too!) and battling stomach bugs before hopping back on a plane and spending another two days in-and-between airports. Eek!

So until I have time to put together something nice, here is a whole bunch of pictures*!  Enjoy! :) 
*without any contextual information in no meaningful order


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

India 2! ...And off to Nepal!

Hi again! A little bit more from Delhi, India. I've mostly been working for the past few days (and enjoying fantastic food in the meantime, of course), and tonight we're headed back to the airport and out to Nepal!

Oh, you know, just some really good Indian food. :) 
We also were lucky enough to get the chance to explore and experience a little bit of Old Dehli yesterday evening after the workshop.

Back in a tuk-tuk!
We once again hopped on tuk-tuks, checked out some markets, and then got off into the bustling crowds of people, bicycles, motorbikes, and cars making their way through the narrow streets.

The crowds in Old Delhi.

Monday, January 28, 2013

First stop: India! ...and a recipe from Mexico for Horchata Eggnog!

Hi from Delhi, India! I've been here for a day and a half or so (a large part of which was spent catching up on sleep, haha), and I have some adventures (and food!) to share.

One of the temples we visited - Laxmi Narayan.
Between the airplane and the hotel we're staying in, I'm pretty sure I've already had the best Indian food that I've ever had. Think delicious, rich curries, warm daal and rice, soft breads, and everything bursting with vibrant flavors.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ensalada de nopales, on-the-go (me, not the salad!)

Hi from Newark airport! Since I last posted a week ago, I have... moved from Texcoco into an apartment in Mexico City with some friends, eaten delicious mangoes, found a promising taekwondo/MMA school, been vaccinated for Yellow Fever, packed my bags and hopped on a plane towards... India!

Leaving Mexico City!
Before I get too overwhelmed with amazing delicious beautiful new things to blarg about (brace yourselves to be bombarded with pictures! I'm bracing myself to start taking them!), I figured there's no better time than an 8-hour layover to catch up on blarg backlog*.
*this is not a medical condition

More o' those mountains. :)
SNOW IN NEWARK!!!! (I'm a little winter-deprived)
So without further ado, I present some Mexican-inspired recipes, Nopales Salad and coming up next... Horchata Eggnog!

Nopales salad and nopales are very easy to come by here, but you may have a pretty hard time finding them elsewhere. I had never seen them (in NY, not surprising) before coming to Mexico, but you never know! :)

Beware of puppy noses.

Friday, January 18, 2013

More Mexico... and recipes coming soon!

Hi guys, Ariel here! Sorry for the long absence - things have been super busy here! Between work, traveling for the holidays, (and also not really having a way to upload photos from my camera to my computer, grumble...), I've been struggling to get a post up here, sorry!

Fruits and veggies from the local market. :)
But not to worry, I've still been hard at work cooking, baking, and documenting. :)

Home-made nopal (cactus) salad! Recipe soon!
So until I have time to put together a proper entry, here's a quick preview of some recipes soon to come!