Hello and welcome to Vermilion Roots! This is where I write about cooking Southeast Asian food, particularly Malaysian food, in my American kitchen.
I started this blog in 2015, shortly after I moved to California, to share the lessons learned in the kitchen and the inspirations from cooking natural, plant-based foods and eating seasonally. I am homesick for familiar flavors but, at the same time, excited to embrace new ingredients. The recipes on this blog are my happy balance.
Here are some of the things you will find here:
Wholesome, plant-based recipes
I shop at the farmers market, I'm subscribed to a CSA farm share, and I volunteer regularly at a local farm. Most of the recipes I share have a strong vegetable focus. There's an ongoing series here called Spring Discovery that puts the spotlight on vegetables I hope we'll cook more with. Occasionally I try to grow something in my yard and the experience is sometimes hilarious.
It's all about the ingredients
An extension of my deep love for whole foods is my respect for the ingredients that help me cook them: unusual veggies, spices, herbs, essential condiments, etc. Many of my posts are centered on an ingredient (or two) from which the recipe develops. I like to get into the nitty gritty of understanding them so a lot of these posts are filled with research and how-to's. To cook some of the recipes on this blog, I invite you to join me on an exploration of Asian stores.
Easy does it
Given how difficult it can be to source some Southeast Asian ingredients, I'm willing to let practicality replace accuracy, and believe that fusion cooking is necessary, if not inevitable, in seasonal eating. Recipes are tweaked, simplified, and even totally reinvented to make them vegetarian and friendly, and so that it's possible for me to have a taste of home no matter where I am. I hope that you will discover a whole new world of Asian flavors in your own kitchen.
A sense of community
It's amazing how the love of food unites us and opens up possibilities. Through this space, I've made connections with food lovers from around the world, cookbook authors, entrepreneurs, and farmers that have all helped me cook better and eat wiser. So you will also find posts about these wonderful people (like this Why I Write About Food interview series) and cookbooks that are important to me.
A Lil' About Me
My name's Christine and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband David, who's responsible for the videos you see here, and our cat who flew here from Malaysia.
Prior to moving to the US, I spent more than ten years working as an editor in magazines, and I picked up the camera when I started this blog.
My cooking style is informed by my multicultural background in Malaysia and I learned to cook from my chef dad who used to run a Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. I call him often for recipe SOS!
Work With Me
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Some of My Published Works
Protest Fuel: The Revolution Must Be Fed
Arugula Mango Salad
Raspberry Chia Lemonade
Jade Asian Greens
Scrambled Tofu with Snow Pea Shoots
Sweet and Sour Baby Bok Choy
Omelet with Snow Pea Shoots
Soy Sauce Noodles with Baby Bok Choy
Oh My Veggies
18 of the Best Easy Vegetarian Recipes with Global Flavors
Aloo Gobi (Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Cauliflower)
20 Spices You Haven't Tried But Definitely Should
Ingredient Spotlight: Adzuki Beans