spiral pasta salad
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Spiral Pasta Salad

We have a bottle of specialty olive oil from Israel in our pantry, and I love how it adds a touch of luxury to this dish. The chickpeas add nutrient density, and the majority of the flavor comes from the parmesan (I used at least 1/2 a cup). This dish makes for a relatively quick,… Continue reading Spiral Pasta Salad

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

pork dumplings with spinach
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Pork and Spinach Dumplings

Pork is my favorite filling when I make dumplings at home. Usually, I mix in carrot pulp leftover from juicing to add nutritional density to the dish, but this time I used spinach because I had some leftover from another weeknight meal. Ingredients: 1 pack ground pork1/2-1 cup frozen spinach, thawedfish sauce to taste (I… Continue reading Pork and Spinach Dumplings

Coconut alfredo pappardelle prosciutto
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Coconut Alfredo Pappardelle with Prosciutto

Using coconut cream to make an alfredo sauce is one of my favorite tricks, which I learned from the chef Brian Lumley when we lived in Jamaica. It's rare that we get prosciutto here in Suva, so when I saw it at a store a couple weekends ago, we stocked up. I used a few… Continue reading Coconut Alfredo Pappardelle with Prosciutto