Raspberry Harissa

Harissa is a North African spice paste that is used as a condiment for most dishes. Traditionally, it contains dried chilies, olive oil, garlic, coriander, and lemon juice. This version uses Sriracha, an Asian spice paste that already contains chilies and garlic, and combines that with the ingredients used in the authentic harissa blend, as…

Nama Chocolate: Celebrate Valentines in a Japanese Fashion

Nama chocolates are a really popular kind of confection that is a blend of Japanese dessert philosophy and Western ingredients. As someone who devoted an entire summer to researching Japanese sweets, known as wagashi, I learned a fair deal about nama chocolate. Nama means fresh or raw, and in this case, it refers to the…

(A Semi-traditional) beef noodle soup

So a national dish of my native Taiwan is beef noodle soup. And of course, I’m bastardizing it, because while I am a legal citizen and was born there, I speak less Mandarin than the employees of Panda Express and have less knowledge about Taiwanese traditions and culture than most of the Chinese mainlanders who…

New year’s resolution smoothie

Since a lot of people have New Years Resolutions of getting fit or gaining a six pack or just losing weight in general, I figured I’d post a healthy recipe, featuring four tropical fruits that can really help your body get into shape. A warning, if you don’t like things that taste sweet, tangy, and…

Homemade mascarpone cheese

I initially learned about mascarpone (don’t pronounce it “marscapone” unless you want a fork in your eyes) while watching episodes of the Food Network’s Chopped. Keep in mind, this was back in high school, when I had just began to like baking and cooking, so seeing mascarpone, I had no clue what it even was. But…