Sri Lankan Black Shrimp Curry with Roasted Spices

One of the things that makes many Sri Lankan curries unique is the fact that they roast their spices until they reach a dark hue.  This seems to intensify the flavors and give it a rich, almost smoky flavor.  They call the curries made with these darkened spices black curries. The original recipe used toasted

Spicy Cashew Coconut Chicken

I’m just going to say it straight up: this is definitely my favorite Sri Lankan recipe so far and quite possibly my favorite recipe this month.  Chicken gets marinated in a spicy coconut cashew paste, browned on the stove, and then gets finished off by a simmer in a coconut milk. It’s really the perfect

Baked Jerk Meatballs with a Sweet Glaze

Did you guy see the post on Serious Eats about the blogger creating burger recipes for every country in the world?  I feel like I read somewhere that it was to introduce the author’s non-adventurous family members to different cuisines.  Well, I imagine that when she gets to Jamaica, her burger recipe might end up

Pad Thai Noodles

If I’m going to make Thai noodles, nine times out of ten it’ll be a simpler spicy noodle with garlic and Chinese cabbage.  But sometimes, and I’m pretty sure you’ll all agree, only Pad Thai will do, with those chewy, sticky noodles, a sweet and slightly spicy sauce, crunchy beans sprouts and peanuts, and a

Baked Salmon with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

I went to my favorite fish market a couple weekends ago, all set to follow through on my resolution of getting more Omega-3 fatty acids in my diet in 2013.  Unfortunately just about everybody else must have had the same idea because just about the only fish available for less than $20 per pound were

Bo Nuong Xa- Grilled Lemongrass Beef

My favorite beaches in Hawaii?  Waimea, Hanalei, and Lanikai are certainly near the top of the list, but I’ve got another favorite right here in urban Honolulu: Ala Moana Beach Park. I mean, what’s not to love?  It’s got a golden sand beach, calm water that’s ideal for swimming or stand-up paddle boarding, awesome off-shore

Thit Heo Kho- Vietnamese Pork in Caramel Sauce

More than a couple friends and former roommates have marveled at my ability, or perhaps willingness is a better word, to eat the same thing over and over again.  The people who don’t like leftovers?  Don’t understand them.  At all. I’d probably be happy to eat the same things over and over again for the

Ca Tim Dau Hu Kho- Braised Eggplant with Tofu

Although there are plenty of vegan and/or vegetarian recipes here on Girl Cooks World, there’s only one with tofu.  It’s not that I dislike tofu, but there’s just a lot of other things that I like even better.  But things have been pretty meat-heavy around here lately, so I thought it was time to expand

Quick and Healthy Zucchini and Spinach Pesto

Last time I was on a cleanse I made some raw zucchini noodles with a sun-dried tomato pesto.  I liked it so much that I thought I’d try it the noodles again with a more traditional pesto.  Of course, you generally don’t think of oil, pine nut and Parmesan-heavy pesto as a healthy, detox-friendly recipe.

Curried Shrimp with Cucumbers

The cookbook that I adapted this from claimed that this was one of Cambodia’s most popular dishes.  I’m not so sure I believe that, considering I didn’t see any similar recipes in other Cambodian cookbooks, or even online.  But I was intrigued enough of with the idea of cooked cucumber in the curry that I