Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork Sandwich)

            My happy place is under a beach umbrella on Ang Bang Beach near Hoi An, Vietnam.  The sand is soft and white and the water is warm.  Locals rent out lounge chairs complete with umbrella and deliver cold drinks and homemade food straight to you from their own fridges…

Wok Fried Beef Noodles

          Wok-fried beef noodles are my go-to ‘meh…not really feeling like putting in that much effort dish’. You know that feeling.  Even people such as myself who love to cook can sometimes just get tired of it. That’s why I love this simple recipe. Just marinate the beef, chop up the…

Salmon en Croute

      It may have a fancy French name, but this dish is all British.  Salmon en croute dates back to the 18th century when everywhere in Europe it was all the rage to cover things in dough and speak French.  Considering how much the British love things delivered in pastry, this makes perfect…

Spicy Seafood Linguine

        The devil is in the details     Nowhere does this idiom ring truer than in the cooking of spicy seafood linguine.  Although cooking seafood and pasta seem fairly simple and quick, one must really do their homework to excel with a tasty dish.  For example, boiling pasta is never as…

Chicken Enchiladas

      Enchiladas…gooey, cheesey, spicy and warm enchiladas. The thought of it makes your mouth water and puts a little spring in your step.   You might even say to yourself,  ‘Tonight, I’m making a big ol’ plate of enchiladas for dinner. Let’s get some beer to go with it, why not? Diet starts tomorrow!‘….

Spicy Pork Tacos

Easy peasy pork tacos Some things are INCREDIBLY easy to cook.  Take for example, these spicy pork tacos.  Just marinate a chunk of pork in the good stuff: garlic, lime, olive oil, chile pepper, then cook it low and slow (as God intended all pork to be cooked).  Cut it into strips, serve it in…

Mulligatawny

          For a long time, I didn’t know what Mulligatawny was.  What was this soup that my husband kept asking me to make?  So, I did a little research and found that this dish is yet another British hybrid of an Indian recipe only this time made with added beef, thickeners…

Steak and Ale Pie

        Steak and ale pie might seem like one of those dishes that you can only get in a pub somewhere in Yorkshire with a side of mashed potatoes, green peas and a decent mug of lager or two.  Where else could people master such a flaky crust, luscious gravy and tender…