There is something undeniably wonderful about eating a big platter of sushi out in the middle of nowhere. It just feels so delightfully out of place to set out a tray of sushi rolls in a place that is miles from any water, much less…
Ahh, tempura, that classic Japanese dish that is somehow both deep-fried and light. It brings all of the joys of fried food without leaving one feeling like they need a nap afterward. How does one create such perfection?
That light, amazing fry of tempura is achieved using a few different simple techniques and ingredients. The batter itself is made from egg, wheat flour, and ice cold water. Sometimes baking soda is used to lighten the batter, and carbonated water can be used as well. When going for maximum crispiness and lightness, I like to use a bit of both. Continue reading Tempura Platter
Casado is not so much a dish as it is a meal. In Costa Rica lunch is typically the largest meal of the day, and the casado plate is a popular option.
The origins are a bit cloudy, as they often are, but the word translates directly to “married,” or “married man.” Casado is a mixed plate, typically with rice and beans plus some sort of meat and vegetables or other starches. Continue reading Casado with Cabbage Salad and Stewed Pork
Thai tea is one of those absolutely delicious things that few people realize is so easy to make at home. All you need to do is visit your local Asian grocer, or hop on the internet, and pick up a packet of Thai tea mix. Steep it, add a bit of sugar, and then top with half and half, and voila: homemade Thai tea just like your favorite restaurant. Continue reading Thai Tea Pudding