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How to Make “Pepes Ikan” – A Balinese Fish Barbecue

Sitting over glowing coals of coconut, it appears as a banana leaf wrapped package. It is stuffed with fish, spices, and a touch of oil before being grilled on each side. Known as "pepes...

Caulifower and Parsnip Whipped Dip!

I am the one at the holiday family dinners who pushes the "weird" food on my mainstream minded relatives. I try not to be toooo pushy... fortunately my family members, though traditional in their...

White Bean & Kale Soup

I make soup a lot, but all too often I find myself comfortably drifting back to familiar flavor profiles. I felt the need to switch it up a little and try something new. White...

“A Feast for the Spirits” – Balinese Food Traditions of Galungan

Central to Balinese culture is the belief in spirits. Taking multiple forms, they are regarded as Gods, ancestors, and energetic forces. They are believed to be everywhere - existing internally and externally,...

Melaka, Malaysia: A Paradise for (Gluten-Free) Food Lovers!

Quick links: Restoran Nyonya Makko Wild Coriander Aunty Lee's Peranakan Restaurant Calanthe Art Cafe Sayyid Antique & Cafe Chicken Rice Balls Nasi Lemak Jonker Street Hawker Center Assam Pedas Weekend Night Market Cendol Ondeh Ondeh Malacca (or "Melaka" in Melayu) is a small city on the west...

Fermentation, Tabasco Style

Its what gives sauerkraut tang, pickles potency, and kimchi character- FERMENTATION. Or more specifically, lacto-fermentation. Whats cool about lacto-fermentation is that you don't need a yeast or a "starter culture"; lacto-bacterias are naturally present in...

Flower Power

As Fall spirals into Winter, vegetable plants will send out splendid flowers. It's their final stage-an attempt to spread seeds for next season. Though many would say the plants have passed their peak, the...

Cultures with Cabbage

Bacterial cultures that is. After all, many lacto-fermented foods (which utilize lacto-bacteria) contain cabbage as an ingredient. Its the principle component of sauerkraut and a staple for creating kimchi and other curious combinations. So...

Mr. John Dory

I picked up some John Dory at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer's Market today from The Local Catch. Cooking seafood is not something I have much experience with, but my recent desire to consume more...

Fermentation!

Broadly defined, "fermentation is the transformative action of micro-organisms" - Sandor Katz, author of both The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation. Fermented foods provide our digestive system with beneficial strains of bacteria ("probiotics"),...