Recipes + Poem – Cucumber with Miso

Cucumber with Sugar and Miso on top of Rice – I saw this recipe for the first time in the anime Barakamon, and then started craving it everytime I rewatchee it. Barakamon means energetic one, and it is one of my most favorite anime/manga. It is about a calligraphy genius named Handa Seishuu trying to get past his insecurities and living a simple yet busy … Continue reading Recipes + Poem – Cucumber with Miso

Recipe + Poem – Broccoli and Fennel Soup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – only double it Christmas and Spring are my two favorite times of the year! Christmas represents the coldness on the outside melting under the warmth of humanity. Christmas time is about reflection, family and community. On the other hand, Spring is the time of constant change, rebirth, and life. I think both these times generate utter … Continue reading Recipe + Poem – Broccoli and Fennel Soup

Recipe + Poem – Hamburger Steak

I spent all my day yesterday playing the Ghost of Tsushima and ended up just ordering takeout and eating it instead of straying away from my game. So, today, I wanted some comfort food with the flavors of summer. I opted for Hamburger Steak with Lemon Ponzu Sauce and grated Daikon, and of course, Rice. My hamburger steak is based on the Japanese style Wafu … Continue reading Recipe + Poem – Hamburger Steak

Recipe+Poem – Yuxiang Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce

I was thinking about exploring a different cuisine about 2 weeks back when my friend suggested that I give Sichuan a shot. Sichuan dishes are my go-to take out dishes. My trusted takeout places include Han Dynasty, DanDan, and Chili Szechuan in Philadelphia. So, I wanted to try my hands on a few of these dishes. I started off with the Yuxiang Shredded Pork With … Continue reading Recipe+Poem – Yuxiang Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce

Recipe + Poem: A Cheesy Affair with Rice

Potato Au Gratin is one of my favorite dishes. You add layers of thinly sliced Potatoes, shredded Gruyere, Heavy Cream, some salt, and pepper, and bake it at 400°F until the cheese is bubbly and the potatoes are done. It was a simple dish that I learned to make when I had a ‘Cutting Skills’ class at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Potatoes are great, … Continue reading Recipe + Poem: A Cheesy Affair with Rice

The Legend of Taro – The Versatile, Part 1

I was watching Izakaya Nobu (the anime) a couple of days back. The Izakaya is visited by a Fox goddess in one of the episodes, and I started craving Taro by just watching her eat it with some salt after grilling it! I had never had “Taro” before. As I have mentioned in this my blog before, I only started cooking 5 years back, and … Continue reading The Legend of Taro – The Versatile, Part 1

Recipe + Poem – Creamed Spinach

It has been a while since I made something extremely hearty and somewhat healthy. So, I went with Creamed Spinach, because the climate has been shifting from hot to cool and back again the last couple of days. Creamed Spinach is a classic American dish. Believe it or not, this was my first ever solo dish that I made during Thanksgiving way back in 2014. … Continue reading Recipe + Poem – Creamed Spinach

Recipe + Poem – Simple, Bean Sprouts Soup

I was exploring simplistic dishes that would be clean on your palatte a year ago, when I came across Maangchi’s Kongnamul Guk. I loved the simplistic version of the dish, and was inspired by it to make my own version of it. I wanted to make it versatile – hearty enough to have during the winter, but light enough to have during the summer months. … Continue reading Recipe + Poem – Simple, Bean Sprouts Soup