Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

In the heat of summer, there is no better way to start a meal than with a nice watermelon gazpacho. A small serving of a sweet, cool soup with that incredible combination of summer flavors: watermelon and mint. This gazpacho is cool, refreshing, and screams…

Rosemary Gratin Dauphinoise

Rosemary Gratin Dauphinoise

Gratin Dauphinois is an absolutely delicious, absolutely decadent potato dish that will knock everyone’s socks off at your next vanlife gathering. Thinly sliced potatoes baked in rosemary-infused cream and topped with melted cheese, it is good enough to be a main course, but is even…

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapes

The French love seafood at Christmas. When trying to find traditional French Christmas foods, it was all oysters, lobster, and fish, and unfortunately fresh seafood just does not jibe all that well with buslife (depending on where you’re parked, of course). These smoked salmon canapes…

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Ahh, French onion soup, that glorious bowl of caramelized onions in a rich, sherry and thyme-laced broth. It is a time-consuming dish to prepare, but worth every minute spent stirring those onions as they slowly brown and sweeten. Optionally topped with a slice of bread…

Ayana’s Roasted Poblano Hot Sauce

Ayana’s Roasted Poblano Hot Sauce

Ayana loves hot sauce. The first time I went over to her house, when we first met, I was astounded by the collection of hot sauce bottles in her fridge. There must have been fifteen of them. By way of explanation, she introduced me to…

Forget Family Mashed Potatoes

Forget Family Mashed Potatoes

These are the mashed potatoes that were served at all family gatherings when I was growing up, and I’m pretty sure they are the best out there. I know that I have a certain amount of bias, seeing as these are the taters of my…

Yakitori

Yakitori

Yakitori, literally “grilled bird,” is a dish of grilled chicken, and is serious business in Japan. Like other culinary specialties in Japan (think sushi, tempura, ramen), there are many restaurants that only serve yakitori. These yakitori joints are hyper-specialized, serving up every part of the…

Buslife Sushi Four Ways

Buslife Sushi Four Ways

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…

Sesame Soba

Sesame Soba

Soba noodles are a Japanese noodle made primarily from buckwheat flour. In parts of Japan, soba is the primary starch, and people often eat them several times a day. The noodles are nutty, slightly bitter, and delicious eaten both in hot soups and cold salads.…

Tempura Platter

Tempura Platter

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…