When I invite people over for breakfast, my go-to dish is usually a nice stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. They are quick to make and are so versatile. Serve them savoury with pulled pork or crispy fried chicken, or sweet with fruits, jams or whatever you fancy. In this recipe, I’m topping my stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon apples and crispy oats.
During our first visit to Kyushu, Japan, we tried Karashi Renkon, a mustard filled lotus root, which is a specialty of Kumamoto. We also tried lotus root chips which I really liked and regretted that we didn’t buy more to bring home. So when I saw lotus roots on sale at the Asian grocery market, I decided to recreate the chips at home. In this recipe, I use simply seasoned the lotus root chips with salt and pepper. However, I’m sure they’ll taste great with other spices and seasonings so experiment with your own flavours!
Cooking for a group can be a bit daunting. So when I had to make something for a group of 20+ co-workers during our “12 Days of Baking/Cooking” event, I decided to make mini buttermilk pancakes stacks. Most of us start early so a breakfast item is always nice, plus these mini pancakes on a stick are pretty easy to eat (no plates required). Plus, these can be prepared ahead of time, then assemble before serving. Oh, and did I mention that strawberries + Nutella is a super yummy combination?! I’ve never had Nutella prior to making this recipe and now I want to eat Nutella straight out of the jar by the spoonful.
Prior to this curry recipe, the only curry I’d make is the Japanese curry from a box. Yes, A BOX! Glico’s curry is so convenient and yummy! However, I wanted to make curry from scratch. So I started off with this easy Thai Yellow Coconut Curry with Mango recipe from Minimalist Baker. Since Mr. Chau is a carnivore, I added chicken breast to the recipe and made a few tweaks so it’s not too spicy for me. I even tried making it with tofu instead of chicken and apples instead of mango. It tasted just as good! So go ahead and explore other protein and fruit combinations!
I ate mapo tofu a lot when growing up but never learned how to cook it. In fact, it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I took an interest in cooking Chinese food. If I knew that mapo tofu is so easy to make, I’d have learned how to make it sooner! Could you believe that with only a few ingredients and some pantry items, you can make a delicious dish that goes well with rice?
Hey there, I’m Jan, a food and travel enthusiast based in Burnaby, BC. I enjoy cooking because I believe food brings people together. Plus, I think the best way to experience different cultures is through the belly! Here you’ll find easy to make and hubby approved recipes, with a side of my travel and dine out adventures.