vegetarian peking duck noodles
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Vegetarian ‘Peking Duck’ Noodles

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wok fried vegetarian noodles
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Wok-Fried Vegetarian Noodles

We bought a wok a few months ago at an Asian specialty grocer in Suva. We've never had one before and discovered there is a bit of a learning curve. We did an initial pre-heat treatment on the stove top, which temporarily causes dark spots in the carbon steel. Over time, the wok should get… Continue reading Wok-Fried Vegetarian Noodles

garlic tomato pappardelle
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Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle is my favorite type of noodle. I love the look of its wide shape, and it holds sauce well. In keeping with our transition to vegetarian weeknight meals, I made this pasta dish with mushrooms. I experimented with a combo of vegan cheese that's made to be similar to parmesan and actual parmesan. The… Continue reading Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

soba stir fry with jackfruit
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Soba Stir Fry with Jackfruit

I created this dish for dinner on a recent weeknight, and I love how flavorful it turned out. The flavors come from the toasted garlic, sesame oil and Japanese sesame sauce (see photo below). I made this dish vegetarian style, but if you'd like more protein, I recommend adding tofu, chicken or shrimp. Ingredients: 3… Continue reading Soba Stir Fry with Jackfruit

Ramen
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Ramen: A Story of Independence

Americans celebrated their Independence Day earlier this month, and that annual event came with a new realization for me this year about my first significant steps toward independence. I was a latchkey kid. I had a key that I fastened to my clothes with a safety pin so I wouldn't lose it during the day.… Continue reading Ramen: A Story of Independence