Neko Manma with Chinese Broccoli

Neko Manma is a Japanese dish that translates literally to “cat rice”. It is a plain yet delicious bowl of rice topped with bonito flakes and a dash of soy sauce. You can add a little fish, greens, or other seasonings.

This very simple dish is the perfect meal to dedicate to Miyu. I lost to illness one of my cats, Miyu, just over a week ago. I know some people don’t feel strongly about pets but they are my babies. I want to dedicate a post to him. The last food he would tolerate was a treat he adored, bonito flakes. He was also the kind of cat you could not leave a plate of food around unattended, and he went for green veggies first. When I saw this cat rice dish I knew this was the right recipe for this post. Neko Manma, in its simplest form, is a Japanese comfort food made up of bonito flakes served over warm rice with soy sauce.

Neko Manma cat rice

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Kadhi Chawal (Yogurt Curry with Rice)

Looking for a new Indian dish to make at home? Try this Kadhi Chawal recipe, a very popular yogurt curry in India, served with rice and chickpea fritters.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, who suggested a really awesome foreign film from India called The Lunchbox! Indian cooking is not new to me but I found a jewel of a recipe that I have never tasted before, called Kadhi Chawal, or Yogurt Curry with Rice.

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Coconut Modak, a sweet Indian dumpling

A Modak is a delicate preparation of coconut and jiggery filled in a tender rice flour covering that is later steamed to produce a delicacy for Lord Ganesha.

I am slow to comment back and I do apologise, I am at the cottage for the week, this and my last post were written by the lake. But I did prepare 2 dishes with here so don’t be surprised by the old dishes in the pics ha ha.

As a food blogger we always want to appear our best and that we are above screwing up a recipe. Well trust me, it may not happen often, but sometimes we fail a recipe miserably. This is one of those times. I think it is just as important and funny to share. Maybe it will help convince my friends terrified to invite me over for a home cooked meal a change of heart lol. My failure recipe is the normally delicious Coconut Modak.

opened coconut modak

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Jordanian Tomato Soup

It’s time for the MENA Cooking Group (Middle Eastern & North African). This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make.

This month we are exploring Jordan and I chose the Jordanian Tomato Soup.

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Reshteh Polow: Persian Rice with Noodles

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make.

This month we are exploring Iran and I chose the Reshteh Polow, or Persian Rice with Noodles

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Bahraini Chicken Machboos

I have again a new monthly challenge group to introduce. This one is called MENA, or Middle Eastern & North African Cooking Group, which could not fall any closer to my blog’s topic interests. The goal is to learn more about the selected country, its food traditions and how to prepare the selected recipe. The host will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country, you pick which one to make. For my first time participating we were assigned Bahrain and I chose to go with the Bahraini Chicken Machboos. Definitely a first for me.

Bahraini Chicken Machboos

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The Liver Experiment Week 8: Stuffed Baby Eggplants in a Dirty Rice Pilaf

Here we are at the 8th installment of The Liver Experiment where I will try to acquire a taste for liver. Over a 10 week period I will cook, consume and post my experience once a week about trying to appreciate my food nemesis. I hope my experiment will inspire you to try the same with your own personal food nemesis. And even if you are determined to hate liver for life I hope you will follow along throughout the whole series.

And for a second time I am so happy to be able to combine Week 8 with this month’s Creative Cooking Crew. This month our theme was rice. I decided to combine the old and the new in this Moorish and Louisiana fusion dish named Stuffed Baby Eggplants in a Dirty Rice Pilaf.

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