Most people have eaten focaccia famous around the world from Liguria, Italy but I’ll bet a pound to a penny few have tried the version from Recco (a town near Genoa). Yours truly is one of those who most defintely haven’t sampled and what a tragedy! I was checking my Instagram feed and saw a photo of someone eating focaccia di recco. At first, I thought it was a pizza. After searching the web I found a few recipes. I wasn’t pleased with the first attempt as I felt the extra-virgin olive oil amount was too much. Continue Reading →
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The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born.
As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally.
“let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
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Traditionally, panna cotta, is served on a plate by unmolding a ramekin. If this is your first time making this Italian dessert, my recipe elimates the unmolding. I remember the first time I made this and the mold, for some reason, did not set all the way through. Perhaps the gelatin didn’t dissolve completely. Get creative and use any glass you like, even tea cups! This dessert is light enough to serve after a heavy meal and making it ahead allows for more time with your friends and family. Continue Reading →
We have Julia Child to thank for making beef Wellington popular. The dish was aired in 1965 on a New Year’s day broadcast. I have eaten it maybe two or three times during my adult life; I enjoyed it but sometimes the meat was overcooked and when buying in a restauarnt, it isn’t cheap. It was always considered a posh dish to serve your guests. Continue Reading →
Last year I saw a post on Instagram talking about black garlic. My initial thought was EWW. How could this be a good thing and how could chefs rave about it? Surely this was some sort of crazy food fad. For me, if veggies look dark, then they’re most probably rotten. But a quick glance on the web and I found the Koreans have been fermenting garlic for years. They age it for at least 30 days. That seemed like too much hard work and never gave it another thought, that was, until… Continue Reading →
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve most probably seen a few photos I’ve taken Saturday mornings at our local farmers’ market. It’s a perfect way to connect with vendors who earn their living off the land and it’s inspiration for me deciding what to make for dinner that night. I always find something new. Continue Reading →
Lobster season is now open and the shop near us, Wayne’s World Lobster, opened its doors last Thursday. Heading there to pick out our lobster was a fond reminder of my childhood. Twice a year (possibly 3) my parents would drive to a lobster pound and choose the ones they would take home. Sometimes my dad would go alone and he always brought back periwinkles, clams, and on occasion, scallops. It was a real treat and my dad always cooked and cut up the lobster. Continue Reading →
Flatbreads have been consumed by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. The humble pizza/pie (an expanded version of a flatbread), became popular in the USA in the mid-1900s when the Neapolitans came over for factory jobs. According to history.com, the first documented pizzeria was Lombardi’s in Manhattan, licensed to sell pizza in 1905 and is still in operation. Loads of people love pizza but making your own can be tricky. The dough is key and can make it a wonderful or just so-so eating experience. Continue Reading →
It happens. Cooks of all levels have experienced a failed recipe at least once, maybe more. The thing is, a failed recipe has room for improvement and making it into something better the next time around. That’s how we discover things, through trial and error. Continue Reading →
Most of us have, at some point, enjoyed hummus either as a dip with pita bread and veggies or as a condiment slathered over a falafel. The recipe is simple; grab a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), garlic, tahini, lemon or lime juice, coriander and process in a blender. Hummus is a healthy substitute for mayonnaise or butter. That said, I went off it for a period of time as I found it boring until I decided to add anchovies…blame it on the anchovy butter I made a couple of weeks ago. Sure, you can jazz it up by adding sumac or cumin but nothing quite took hold of my taste buds the way anchovies did. Continue Reading →
During the first week in March, Mr. S and I were in San Francisco; he was attending GDC while I was a tourist for 5 days. I had never been before and was eager to explore as much as possible and I did! Each day was packed with something new. We stayed in the Mission District (so glad we did) and would walk to the Moscone Center every day. Breakfast was in a different place each morning usually eating at establishments that promoted locally grown food. Some of the memorable ones were Blue Bottle Coffee (the softest poached eggs on toast with avocado), Chow Food Bar (buttermilk pancakes to die for), and Tartine Bakery & Cafe (ham and swiss croissants that melted in your mouth). I would have breakfast with Mr. S and then bid him farewell as he went on to the GDC. Continue Reading →
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