recipe: cod serenata

i started watching Avec Eric on Netflix. unlike other chef introduction / travel introduction shows like Chef Table and Restaurant Australia that i have been recently obsessed with, Eric Ripert will travel and then cook a dish in homage to his visit – AND you can find the recipe online! Continue reading “recipe: cod serenata”

recipe: grilled mahi mahi with tamari and orange sauce with side of black bean salsa

grilled mahi mahi with black bean salsai had some mahi mahi in the fridge so i went online to look for a recipe. this came from an unexpected source – an appliance company with an extensive recipe library. the ingredients fit within my little one’s allergy restrictions as well as matched our flavor palette. Continue reading “recipe: grilled mahi mahi with tamari and orange sauce with side of black bean salsa”

recipe: fish congee

fish congeesince it’s already April, i thought we avoided cold season but it turns out the interim between winter to spring is another season for catching a cold. k got it first and then i caught it – first a cough and then a sore throat. what is the best thing to eat at when you have both? congee.

it’s comfort food at is best – liquidy to help with the throat pain, hot to warm your body and tasty that still appeals to your diminished sense of taste. there is quite a variety of congee combinations. my favorite is a crab congee at a restaurant i frequent.

but when you’re not able to go out to get it, this is a simple recipe to make yourself!

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recipe: foil baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

after i mistakenly made baked lemon salmon last week instead of foil-baked, i finally tried the correct recipe. i love foil-baked recipes because the “steaming” method keeps the food inside juicier and the flavors of the various ingredients, here the salmon, asparagus … Continue reading recipe: foil baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

recipe: baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

so i started out planning to try this foil baked salmon recipe but then i got distracted and had to rush to make dinner so i ended up making a baked salmon with similar ingredients. i’ll try out the foil baked recipe … Continue reading recipe: baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

recipe: steamed halibut stew with vegetables

m made a wonderful fish stew, which was the main course for christmas dinner. the inspiration of this dish was a make-at-home lobster-bake we had, in which we layered potatoes on the bottom, then corn on the cob, lobster, clams and mussels – food that took longest to cook was on the bottom and shortest on top.

in this format m layered vegetables on the bottom and started cooking it first, then layered the fish above and bok choy on top. m made a similar stew in the past with ginger but with k’s food allergies, we steered clear of it. it turns out it wasn’t necessary as even without, it was a wonderful stew. enjoy on its own or with some white rice.


  • 3 pounds halibut
  • 15 oz can bamboo tips, thick slices
  • medium size daikon radish, cut in chunks
  • 3 medium organic yukon potatoes, cut in half
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 bunches bok choy

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christmas dinner 2014

for christmas m & i collaborated on our family dinner. i made the side dishes, m made the main dish and i decorated a cute fruity dessert with family bringing chocolate and cake. we a barely felt the limitations of feeding … Continue reading christmas dinner 2014

miso salmon

one of my favorite soups is miso soup and i would make it all the time. just miso paste and water – easy. but i’ve never made anything else with miso paste before so it was nice to try something new.

this miso salmon dish is has a great bold flavor. enjoy it with a side of haricot vertes. it is a delicious healthy meal.


  • 1-1/2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1/2 tablespoon mirin – or –
    1/2 tablespoon rice wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon peanut or canola oil
  • 2 salmon fillets (4-6 ounce each), about 1-1/4 inches thick
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced ~optional

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steamed snapper with pesto

cooking a meal with aluminum foil is such an easy and delicious method. fish and veggies … i also added enoki mushrooms, which is perfect for this dish.

it is such a nice lovely fish dish. give it a try!


  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 color bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces enoki mushrooms
  • 2 snapper fillets (4-6 ounces each)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pesto *contains nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain

healthy crust salmon

since the flaxseed mixture from the healthier nuggets recipe has so many healthy ingredients, i didn’t want any of it to go to waste.

so i added the remaining flaxseed mixture as a healthy crust to  my salmon steak. it works really well together! have it on a light arugula salad and you have a well balanced and delicious meal!


For the salmon

  • leftover flaxseed mixture from healthier nuggets recipe
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning, optional
  • 1 salmon steak
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

For the salad

  • 1 bag of arugula
  • juice of 1 lemon – or lime
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Dressing seasoning
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

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