Chinese Broccoli with Garlic (Gai Lan) + Getting to Know Asian Greens

Chinese Broccoli with Garlic (Gai Lan) + Getting to Know Asian Greens

With the arrival of spring comes the desire to go outside and explore, and one of my favorite things to do is visit the farmer's markets and peruse the stands for new vegetables to try, a passion I've diligently documented in the Spring Discovery series on this website. With the help of friends and vegetable-focused cookbooks, I've made many delicious discoveries since moving to America from Malaysia. 

This year, my focus turns to Asian vegetables, some I grew up eating and took for granted, some I've known about but lost track of since I moved due to name inconsistencies or differences in appearance, and some completely new to me. It's time to get reacquainted with some old friends and make new ones.

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Cardamom Baked Stuffed Apples + Welcoming Fall

Cardamom Baked Stuffed Apples + Welcoming Fall

The afternoon sky is pale and my mind is foggy. An eerie sense of stillness permeates the air around me. I look out the window and see changes in the landscape that have taken place without me. Just yesterday at the same time it was wonderfully bright and blazing hot, the kind of heat that makes you scream secretly inside. Or stare at the naked blue sky until your eyeballs dance. And then today, someone puts a glass jar over everything, and things slow down to a halt. Tomorrow - who knows?

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Vegan Strawberry Sorbet + Changing Times at the Farmers Market

Vegan Strawberry Sorbet + Changing Times at the Farmers Market

Winter was chilly, spring was friendly, and summer, well, I’m getting to know summer. Ah, early summer, what is there not to love? So loaded with potential and promises. The birds are chirping, looking for mates, relentlessly. The bees are buzzing in the garden, and making home in our chimney. Hot, sunny, humid. Sounds like what I should be used to. Except maybe the long-day, short-night deal in which I find myself waking up with the sun at 5am and eating dinner only when it finally gets dark enough past 9pm.

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