This Mars Ice Cream is Out of this World

Want to be the cool mom for your (young and old) kid’s next birthday party? Make this easy Planet Mars Ice Cream inspired by the movie The Martian.

No potatoes for me! Because potatoes is the main food of choice in this movie.  We were asked to watch the film The Martian and make an inspired recipe. And I knew most people would do potatoes. Got nothing against them, but I would loose points for my infamous crazy idea loopy creative reputation. So I came up with an ice cream.
Yep ………….. a Planet Mars Ice Cream!

Mars ice cream

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Ashe Anar | Pomegranate Soup & it all started 10 Years ago TODAY!

This thick main course pomegranate soup, Ashe Anar, will hit all your exotic taste buds with pomegranate molasses, yellow split peas, mint leaves and lamb meatballs.

I know everyone is going green today for Saint-Patrick’s Day, but my mind is on a much more important event. Today is a milestone in my life, a reason for great celebration! Ten years ago on this very day I hosted my very first dinner outing under the group Cheap Ethnic Eatz. That dinner group planted the seed for this blog a few months later. The first dinner was held at a now gone Iranian and Iraqi restaurant. In honor of that first dinner, I present to you this Ashe Anar recipe, a Iranian and Iraqi Pomegranate Soup with lamb meatballs. March 20th 2017 it also the Persian New Year. Happy Nowruz!

Ashe Anar pomegranate soup and fruit

Ashe Anar pomegranate fruit

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Black Fungus Salad | 凉拌木耳 | Liángbàn Mù’ěr & Beijing Photo Tour

Don’t shy away from tasting this lovely Black Fungus Salad called  Liángbàn Mù’ěr. This mushroom salad is slightly crunchy, refreshing, and perfectly paired with a spicy soy sauce and rice vinegar dressing.

Beijing is like the Liángbàn Mù’ěr, or Black Fungus Salad. It looks scary and intimidating at first sight, but if you get over your fear and peel away the layers, you will be rewarded with enchanting and beautiful flavors. Right now everyone is asking me how my trip to Beijing China was. The problem is I cannot respond with a short answer. I just can’t. You better be ready to pull up a chair and listen to me go on for a few minutes.

Yes I loved my trip but it was a shock to the system at first. Your social and cultural compass gets completely off track and it takes about three days for your brain to stop having a ‘deer in headlights’ reaction, only then can you start going with the flow. And you don’t even really realize you are in a culture shock at first, you only realize it later….

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Black Fungus Salad

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Chinese Laba Garlic | 腊八蒜 | Laba Suan & a Beijing Foodporn Diary

Pickled Laba Garlic is ready to eat when it has turned green. That goes against everything else we know about green food! And it pairs perfectly with greasy meat dishes such as dumplings.

My new Chinese friend Kerry took me to a dumpling restaurant for lunch on my first day in Beijing. The tables were so low there was no way you could even slide your knees under. Awkwardly seated, we chose 4 different dumpling varieties. It was worth the back breaking position, we were rewarded with delicious jiaozi  (dumplings). I asked Kerry what on earth were those green things floating in the brown liquid in the three huge jars placed inside enclaves in the wall. He said it was pickled Laba Garlic and right away he called over the waitress to bring us a few green jewels on a plate.

I was on a exotic tasting role that day so I grabbed one with my chopsticks and bit down…

laba-garlic

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An Andalusian Polea Porridge with Roasted Celery Root

Imagine yourself poor and starving, making the best with what you have to feed your family. This is exactly how the Andalusian Polea Porridge was created, a common dish consumed during the Spanish Civil War.

Sometimes you come across a recipe that is quite plain. But your evil mind wants to accompany the dish with a playful, forbidden and magical ingredient. Such was the case with my Andalusian Polea Porridge with Roasted Celery Root which was inspired by the mandrake root seen (and scene) in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth. Celery root was a safer alternative!

Andalusian Polea porridge recipe

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Care for a slice of Peach Walnut Coffee Cake?

Are you a regular victim of the 3 pm craving? A slice of this Peach Walnut Coffee Cake, with your favorite cup of coffee or tea, will definitely hit the spot. It’s just peachy!

Sitting at my desk I suddenly feel an energy slump almost every workday in the afternoon. Chances are if I look at the clock it is probably just about 3pm. I need a little boost of sugar, a little energy kick in the hiney, to finish off the day. This Peach Walnut Coffee Cake is a healthier alternative to just plain cake, because of the protein boost from the walnuts and a heavy fruit dose in every slice.

Peach Walnut Coffee Cake

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Do You Feel that Love is in the Air? Saint Valentine Round-up

Still looking for ideas for a romantic Saint Valentine dinner? Look no further than this red themed recipe round-up to prepare a delicious and loving meal.

The only thing I know for sure that is up in the air right now is me! When this post goes live I will be on a 13 hour return flight back from Beijing. Will I have found love in China? I am not going there to look for a true one but the Lantern Festival, February 11th this year,  is China’s equivalent to our Saint Valentine day. And the color red will be everywhere as the color of the New Year and Spring Festival. As red as this gorgeous and sensual recipe round-up!

Saint Valentine recipe round-up

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