These are ALL THE FAVORITES in heavy rotation from Portland to Taiwan. Enjoy and please share your heavy rotation favs down in comments.
Carrot soup with miso and sesame by Smitten Kitchen
I’ve been making this for years! It’s a great party soup served with good bread on the side. I love to make this when it’s cold (which is anything below 75 in Taiwan) or when my eyes feel tired (usually due to heavy freelance work) as it’s a big vitamin A boost! Anything by Smitten Kitchen is going to be good so linger on her website of you have time.
Instant Pot (IP) Chicken Noodle Soup by Jo Cooks
Pickles bought an Instant Pot while we’ve been living in Taiwan. This is the recipe that converted me to an IP Fan! He made it for me when I was really sick and I swear this cured me. Ok, I did lie in bed and do NOTHING for 2 days which could have also helped. This is true bone broth style chicken noodle so it’s very nutritional. DO NOT USE BROTH FROM A CAN. Get the whole chicken or pieces on bone because IP will do it justice.
No Knead Sourdough Bread by Breadtopia
(feature photo is the result of this recipe) This is the recipe that I was able to produce gorgeous, tasty and delightfully chewy loaves from… after I realized that measuring and weighing ingredients is important. I use a wild starter, 1/2 Bob’s 100% whole wheat, 1/2 Bob’s Unbleached Artisan white and himalayan sea salt. I use a Lodge Skillet with lid to cook the bread in for half the time (then remove lid for other half) – this is how you get that nice crusty exterior style that costs a small fortune in any decent bakery. This website has wonderful videos for anyone learning to make bread.
No Fuss Sourdough Pizza Dough
Patrick Ryan taught us how to make great pizza dough! My dough didn’t behave quite like his, but it turned out delicious. I’ve only made it once so I will continue to use this recipe and fine tune. What I love is the dough keeps in the fridge so you can make it all at once and save some for later. It’s a great DIY dinner for all guests.
Indian Kichadi passed along from a friend so I have no idea who to credit – sorry!
This has been in full rotation for years! It’s an East Indian Recipe to promote a healthy and balanced digestive system. I like to make this after I’ve been traveling a lot and not eating so well. It’s also a great dish to have around for a couple days as you can vary the toppers to keep it interesting. This is my go-to DIY “whole bowl” meal.
Seared Tofu Banh Mi Sandwhiches
Vietnamese food is hard to find in Taiwan so we decided to DIY because we can get all these ingredients and I bet you can too! Often I just make the marinaded tofu and that alone is a wonderful protein snack to have around for nibbles.
Homemade Ginger Beer
Another item that is impossible to find in Taiwan, but ginger is not so guess what… DIY! So easy and so delicious. We like it on the dry side so we let it ferment on the long side. What do we do with this? Two words fine friends… Kentucky Mules.
Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Cucumbers are plentiful in Taiwan and dill pickles are not. It makes zero sense so I took matter in to my own hands. THIS RECIPE IS LEGIT! Some may call this the lazy person canning method because it doesn’t require all that fancy boiling of the jars. This is the smart person way because it’s fast, easy and delish. I even used dried dill because I there’s no fresh in sight here. Damn are the pickles pickled just right! MAKE THESE. You will wow yourself.
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