Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Taste of Cambodian Cuisine

I've had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Demaz Baker, a local chef and author of A taste of Cambodian Cuisine .

This book is full of traditional recipes using ingredients that can be easily found at local Asian markets. I've tried a few of the recipes and they all bring back flavors and dishes from my childhood.

One of my favorite recipes from this book is Amok, a Cambodian national dish of Steamed Fish Stew. I made it for my parents and they loved it!

The fish marinade is made with thinly sliced fish in coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce and kaifir lime leaves.

The fish is then added to a banana leaf bowl lined with lightly steamed greens. You can make the bowl by cutting and folding the banana leaves into your desired size & securing the sides with toothpicks:

Once you've filled the banana bowls, add a little garnish- steam & enjoy:

You can get the full recipe by purchasing her book. For more information, please visit her site.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Keeping squirrels out of your garden!

I sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on my plants to keep the city squirrels out my planter box.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pressure Cooker

Great film- I highly reccomend it for anyone who's ever been curious about culinary school. This documentary follows the stories of 3 high school students in Philly competing to win a scholarship to culinary school.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Feeding the Soul of a City

I picked up this really dope book from busboys the other day. It features recipes and stories from workers, graduates & volunteers of the DC Central Kitchen, including renowned chefs Jose Andres (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Cafe Atlantico), Anthony Bourdain (No Reservations) & Michel Richard (Citronelle, Central) just to name a few.

One of my favorite recipes is Marianne Ali's Pineapple Ginger Soup. The sweet pineapple pairs perfectly with the fresh ginger and is given a slight kick with a bit of ground cardamom. Marianne, the Director of Culinary Job Training's story is equally inspiring. After recovering from a 20 year heroin addiction, Marianne requested a position with the training program and has since worked her way up.

Checkout this video for information on how valuable this program is to our community:

All the recipes are easy to follow and range from simple dishes developed by high schoolers to kicked up classics by top chefs. They even have a beef stew recipe for 2,500 servings!

The stories will inspire you, the recipes will excite you and you'll feel good to know that 100% of the proceeds support programs of the DC Central Kitchen. The book can be purchsed directly through the DC Cetral kitchen here

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DC Food Blogger Bake Sale this Saturday

As part of Share our Strength's Great American Bake Sale, myself and food blogger's across the country will be joining together for the first annual National Food Blogger's Bake Sale.

Nearly 1 in 4 children in the US do not have enough food to eat. Join us this Saturday April 17th as as we raise funds and awareness for childhood hunger. For those of you in the DC metro urrya, we'll be over at Eastern Market (blue & orange line) from 9am to 12 noon selling all sorts of delicious goodies. I'll be holdin' it down from 10am to noon along w/ my homegirl Marie from Lunching in the DMV

For more info on how you can contribute check out Share Our Strength's site. Look forward to seeing you all there!!!

Shout outs to Colleen at Foodie Tots for puttin' it all together!

**Update: It was great meeting/ spending time with other local food blogger. I'm so glad to share that we raised over $600 for SOS on Saturday! Everyones baked goodies were delicious!!! Dskco's Almond Pound Cake was awesome as was LivelovetoBake's Triple Chocolate Cake Balls and Mrs. Wheelbarrow's granola!!! I look forward to following you all!