Basque Bacon, Red Pepper and Potato Tortilla

Although smoothies are my go-to breakfast on the weekdays I have been known to make what I call an epic breakfast or brunch on weekends.  There are three requirements I have for the meal to garner an epic rating.  The first requirement is an egg dish- I usually make a scramble.  The second requirement is

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

Kelbimbo Kontinental- Baked Brussel Sprout Gratin

I never ate mushy Brussels sprouts growing up.  In fact, I never ate any Brussels Sprouts at all, so I never quite understood the constant verbal attacks on the poor vegetable.  It was only in my adult years that I gave them a try.  By that time, I’d already been heavily influenced by the Barefoot

Coconut Rotti- Sri Lankan Coconut Rice Flatbread

Oh, how I love finding naturally gluten-free breads and desserts from these countries I’m visiting.  The recipes are special namely for what they don’t have, like a long list of ingredients like xanthan gum or egg replacer.  They make life so much easier for me, and I imagine, you too.  Even if you’re not gluten-free

Red Date and Walnut Sticky Rice

I couldn’t help myself.  These are typically rolled into balls for a snack, but their beautiful red hue was practically begging to be made into a heart shape. This was my first experience with red dates, or jujubes, but it won’t be my last. They’re typically sold dried and while they’re not good for out

Napa Cabbage Kimchi

I suppose it would have made the most sense for me to post this at the beginning of my time in Korea, especially since I used cabbage kimchi for the kimchi fried rice.  Unfortunately, it took me a long time to create a recipe I thought was blog-worthy.  I tried a bunch that were either

Kimchi Fried Rice

Fried rice is pretty much the ultimate quick, healthy and filling meal.  Although the healthy part doesn’t necessarily ring true in Hawaii, where most fried rice consists of white rice, Portuguese sausage, bacon, lup chong sausage, and few-if any- vegetables.  Absolutely amazing, but healthy it is not. This kimchi fried rice, however, would likely get

Jamaican Festival Fried Cornbread

Some of you might remember that my last attempt at fried cornmeal fritters didn’t go so well.  But try, try again I say.  Plus, with a name like festival, I had the feeling that these might be just the things to turn my cornmeal fritter luck around. Festival is new but popular addition to the

Mejadra- Israeli Rice with Lentils

If this Israeli mejadra was in a one-on-one competition with my go-to Indian lentil rice pilaf, it might lose if judged as a one-item meal.  The Indian version’s addition of tomatoes, serrano peppers and a whole cumin seed tadka adds a lot more interest and complexity to the lentils and rice. But where this recipe shines (in a wallflower sort of way) is

Jerusalem Mixed Grill

Think you’re not an offal fan?  This recipe might just convert you.  Chicken livers and chicken breast cooked in a baharat spice mixture, drizzled with tahini sauce and served on flatbread with some greens. The original version also called for heart and spleen, but Whole Foods didn’t carry any.  If you’re able to find either- and are an adventurous cook- feel free to

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

Thai Chile Jam

For those of you who have already tried nam prik pow, I certainly don’t need to sell you on its virtues…  you’re likely already a huge fan of the stuff.  But for those of you who maybe aren’t that familiar with Thai cuisine and haven’t ventured beyond Pad Thai and Thai iced tea?  Well, I’m

Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino

Since I had leftover bittersweet chocolate and salted caramel sauces from yesterday’s mini doughnuts, I thought I’d put them to good use and create one heck of a decadent blended coffee drink. I know that this little tidbit makes the internet rounds periodically, but it bears repeating in case anybody with a major Starbucks habit

Spicy Eggplant with Red Bell Pepper and Thai Basil

Every so often I stumble upon a food blog post  in which the author is trying to persuade his or her readers into “trying eggplant again”, with the underlying assumption that a lot of folks have tried eggplant and not liked it.  Really?  I guess I’ve always assumed that everybody was fully on board the

Gluten-Free Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Is it just me, or is getting sick in the middle of summer just plain cruel?   Sometimes in the rainy season I half hope that I’ll come down with a little cold.  Staying home from work and curling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, without any chores to accomplish or tasks

Indian Yellow Dal

I”m in the middle of a massive fridge, freezer and pantry clean-out, which means that all of my dried beans and legumes have got to go before I even think about putting in another order from Rancho Gordo or visiting the bulk bins at the local health food stores. While a lot of beans have

Curried Tuna Salad

Even though we’ve got pretty great weather year-round here in Honolulu, I’m certainly not immune to a little spring fever.  The longer, warmer days mean even more frequent trips to the beach and, more importantly, more frequent beach picnics. While I’d love to be the kind of person who can put together a magazine shoot-worthy

Tart and Garlicky Tamarind Sauce

I’ve decided that I don’t pay enough attention to sauces, often considering them nothing more than an afterthought.   Bad call on my part. Because without sauces, cheese nachos would pretty much just be a plate of tortilla chips, hot fudge sundaes would barely have a leg up on a bowl of plain ice cream, and

Indian Spiced Cucumber, Peas and Mint

For a girl who is constantly cooking new recipes from all types of cuisines, I’ll admit I’ve been in something of a rut when it comes to Indian food.  I’m constantly trying new recipes, yes, but I’m such a fan of Ruta Kahate’s first cookbook (5, Spices: 50 Dishes…. I’ve mentioned it many, many times

Burmese Fish Salad with Shallots and Fresh Herbs

Although we’re experiencing a minor cold snap out here in Hawaii, it seems like the rest of the country is finally starting to warm up.  So it’s a good bet that many of you are starting the transition from hearty soups and stews to lighter spring and summer fare. Some of my favorite warm weather

Beef Lemongrass Sliders

When I went gluten-free, my burger consumption plummeted.  No longer being able to eat the gluten-filled versions at Nico’s Pier 38 or W&M meant that burgers became something of a complicated meal to make at home rather than a quick, on-the-run option.   Gluten-free buns had to be procured from the vegetarian health food store,

Sweet Sticky Rice Cake

With the exception of a great Asian food recipe round-up from Kevin at Closet Kitchen and a couple recipes here and there from some of my favorite food bloggers, it seems like Chinese New Year passed without much fanfare from the food blog community.   I was too busy to really celebrate last weekend, which meant

Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I get invited to a potluck or dinner at a friend’s place, it pretty much goes without saying that I’m the one responsible for bringing dessert.  And more often than not, my dessert of choice is cookies.  They’re easily portable, I can prep the dough ahead of time, and they don’t require any fuss

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

Potatoes, Bacon and Brie, Tartiflette Style

Tartiflette.  Sounds kinda fancy and maybe just a little bit uppity, right?   Like the kind of dish that requires special cookware or a whole afternoon to make?  Thankfully I was wrong on pretty much all counts. Absent from most of the French cookbooks I’ve been using over the past month or so, I spotted the

David’s Racines Cake

Dessert may just be the easiest part of eating out at restaurants.  There’s almost always a gluten-free ice cream or sorbet on the menu, occasionally crème brûlée, and, if I’m really lucky, a flourless chocolate cake. I’m not one to complain about desserts being too rich or too dense, but it was certainly a nice

Leek and Onion Tart

As much as I’d love to throw a big holiday party, it seems as though everybody’s evenings for December are always solidly booked with family obligations, work parties and other get-togethers. But I’ve been toying with the idea of having a casual open house holiday party this year, when folks can stop in throughout the

Coconut Friands- Mini Coconut Tea Cakes

Like Lindsay, I have a tendency to gravitate towards recipes that call for egg yolks.  For a long time I didn’t have any go-to recipes for egg whites (and I’m far too lazy to use Lindsay’s impressive labeling and freezing system), so the best case scenario for those leftovers was a half-hearted egg white scramble.

Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice Cream

Everybody has their own unique ranking for Halloween treats.  The boxes of raisins, small bags of pennies and the toothbrush courtesy of the neighborhood dentist were, not surprisingly, my least favorite items as a child.  I mean, do those even qualify as treats?  Or as tricks? What I wanted most, even more than the full-sized

Indian Coriander Shrimp and Zucchini

In all honesty, I thought I’d posted this recipe months ago, just after my favorite Indian cookbook author released her latest treasure, Quick Fix Indian, back in May.  But a quick search through the archives proved me wrong.  I guess this is a case of better late than never. Now if you’ve been reading along

Boozy Mint Caipirinha Sorbet

My timing, I realize, could not be much worse on this post.  All around the blogosphere I’m reading that folks are ready to close the door on summer and embrace all things fall.  You know, things like pumpkins, tall leather boots, chunky sweaters, and hearty soups and stews. But you know what?  Let’s not jump

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

I was just going to fold the recipe for these meatballs into an upcoming post for bun (coming later this week!), but then I figured that they’re definitely special enough to merit their own post. I think I’ve made at least a couple hundred pork meatballs over the past couple weeks in search of the

Roasted Eggplant with Garlic and Mint

This roasted eggplant with garlic and mint reinforces two cooking truths that I’ve accepted over the past couple years.  The first, which I learned from Ina Garten, is that roasted vegetables are, almost without exception, far superior to vegetables cooking by any other method. The second, which I learned from Vietnamese cooks and cookbook authors

Bun Cha- Rice Noodle Salad with Herbs and Pork Meatballs

When it came to Asian noodles, I used to find anything other than instant ramen intimidating.  After all, there were strange sauces, herbs I wasn’t familiar with, and noodles made from rice.  Rice!  And instructions for these rice noodles called for soaking them in hot water off of the heating element.  Say what? Then I

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

A Vietnamese Herb Primer and Visual Guide

Although you’ll still be able to make some great Vietnamese food even without access to a lot of special (read: hard to find) herbs, I wanted to include a quick primer for those of you with access to a good Vietnamese or Asian market in case you’d like to do some experimenting.  In the photos

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

Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto

Oh risotto.  You’re such a lovely dish and I don’t know why you suffer with such an unfair reputation of being difficult to make.  It’s not your fault.  I suppose at some point somebody in a fancy restaurant somewhere started the rumor so that people would be willing to pay unreasonable amounts of money for

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.

Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

The universe, it appears, has been plotting to get me to spend less time on my computer.  At least that’s the message I’m getting.  First, my laptop self-destructed a couple weeks back.  And then some of my credit card information was compromised… Bank of America sent me a new card but I forgot that I

Lazy Sunday Broccoli Frittata

Oh Monday.  I can’t say I’m all that happy to see you this week, but a nice breakfast of leftovers from this nice broccoli frittata will help ease the pain a little bit.  I’d had grand plans to finally get some sun on Sunday and maybe hit the beach, but the weather had other plans

Goan Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Are you guys ready for me to finally choose a new cuisine/country?  I am.  In fact, I’m so excited about this cleanse being over and me getting back on track with my culinary trip around the world that I’ve already chosen my next two destinations.  Should be good times.  But first, one last transition recipe

Garlic and Honey Immune Booster

About one month after the official change in seasons, Spring is finally in the air.  All of the signs are present: the days are getting longer, asparagus is hitting the markets and swells are starting to hit the South shore.  And then there’s the seasonal cold that seems to hit when there’s a change in

Apricot and Almond Quinoa

When I’m on a cleanse, I rarely eat any grains.  That’s fine by me because usually I’m so focused on creating a flavorful main dish- either meat-based or vegetarian- that the grain is nothing more than an afterthought.  Most often I just toss some brown rice or quinoa into the rice cooker and call it

Creamy Coconut Spinach with Squid

If I didn’t live in Hawaii I’m pretty sure that I would have skipped right over this recipe.  I’m the first to admit that spinach, squid and coconut milk doesn’t necessarily sound like the most appealing combination.  But luckily we have a very similar dish in Hawaii, squid luau, which comes standard on most Hawaiian

Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Brown Sugar

On occasion I feel like things get too complicated around here: recipes with too many steps, too many ingredients, etc.  So I’m bringing simple back, with a simple broiled grapefruit with the zing of fresh ginger and brown sugar for extra sweetness. The broiling has the surprising effect of making the grapefruit even juicier and

A Trip to the Punahou Carnival and a Salsa Recipe for Mom

What football game?  The highlight of my weekend was the Punahou Carnival.  Each year Punahou (the President’s alma mater) puts on the event to raise money for financial aid.  If you’re ever visiting at the first weekend of February, definitely put it on your list of things to do. Besides the standard carnival rides, there’s

Toor Dal- Nepali Yellow Dal

When I think of comfort foods, rich and unhealthy items like macaroni and cheese or ice cream come to mind.  I’m hoping that I’ll eventually be able to train my mind to first turn to something healthy, like this warming and nutritious dal. In this Nepali vegetarian dish, yellow split peas and diced tomatoes combine

My Top Tips For Gluten-Free Baking

I’d actually planned on taking a break from baking over the holidays.  After all, I was traveling and away from my well-stocked gluten-free kitchen.  But then my mother decided to try going gluten-free and I knew I wanted to make the transition as easy as possible… especially during the holiday season when there are so

Kauranäkkileipä- Rustic Gluten-Free Oat Crackers

Those of you living on the mainland might have better luck finding good, inexpensive gluten-free crackers, but out here in Hawaii they cost something ridiculous… like $6 to $8 for a small box.  At that price, I’m going to have to have one major craving to justify the purchase. And since I hadn’t found a

Teff Porridge with Honey, Dates and Cloves

I stumbled across this recipe by accident this past weekend when I flipped over a bag of Bob’s Red Mill teff to see if there was a recipe for injera, Ethiopia’s staple bread.  There wasn’t.  The good news is that there was something even better: this simple, spiced, hot breakfast cereal made with Ethiopia’s favorite

Injera- Spongy Ethiopian Bread Plate

If you’re looking for traditional injera, you might want to look elsewhere.  Making injera is truly an art form and it requires patience, a lot of practice, and special equipment.  Made from teff flour, injera requires a lengthy fermentation to get its trademark tang.  They’re also made so large that they become like a huge

Gluten-Free Coconut Pound Cake

I feel like I haven’t done much baking on the blog as of late, so when I saw that coconut pound cake was a popular food offering on religious holidays in Cambodia, I was psyched for the opportunity to adapt a pound cake recipe from a gluten-free cookbook I just picked up the other day.