vegetarian

Marinated Tempeh

Marinated Tempeh

Tempeh was one of those tastes I acquired on my many trips to Indonesia. It's often lumped in with another soy-based product, tofu, but while both foods are essentially fermented soy beans, the similarity ends there. I've heard tempeh sometimes compared to cheese, and that is perhaps a fair description. It is made by combining cooked beans with a live culture and then aged. The texture is somewhat similar to a hard cheese as well, although tempeh won't melt when cooked.

Sambal Matah

Sambal Matah

Despite spending a lot of time in Indonesia, and Bali in particular, during my time living in Bangkok, I never ran across sambal matah, as such, until I returned to the States. I found it in Trader Joe's of all places, but they stopped carrying it. I liked it so much that I had to find a way to make it. Oddly enough, most of the recipes I found didn't line up with the sauce I had come to like cooking with.

Oat-Peanut Protein Cookies

Oat-Peanut Protein Cookies

I resisted the COVID quarantine baking craze for about two months before finally succumbing, but I still wanted to keep it healthy. Somebody on Instagram posted a picture of some oatmeal walnut protein cookies, without the recipe, so I did a little searching. I found some samples that had most of the right ingredients but didn't quite hit the mark of what I was looking for, so I decided to take the elements I liked and make up a new recipe.

Black Pepper Noodles

Black Pepper Noodles

Just in case you were thinking that every meal at my place is a gourmet feast, I thought I would post a recipe that represents a more typical lunch or dinner for me. Instant noodles have become something of a staple in modern Thailand, since they're quick and easy to make. During the big Bangkok floods of late 2011, it was instant noodles that supermarkets couldn't keep on the shelves, not rice.

Carrot Som Tam

Carrot Som Tam

Shredded carrot most closely matches the texture, if not the colour or flavour, of green papaya. This recipe is similar to one that has proved successful at the restaurant chain in Thailand where I used to work, and also utilizes ingredients easily found outside of the country. You can of course substitute fresh string beans for the long beans. For the photo, I left out the dried shrimp, since I don't think they add anything to the dish and didn't want to buy a big bag of them for this one dish.