When the weather gets chilly, and it usually does when it rains in Vancouver, I like to make soups to warm us up. Soups that can be a meal on its own are best and this Korean Kimchi Tofu Soup with Beef definite fits the bill. The spiciness from the kimchi and chili pepper flakes are great for cooler days. Plus, this soup can be easily customized to your taste. Want more vegetables? Add carrots, spinach or napa cabbage. Want to make it vegetarian? Switch out the chicken stock with veggie stock and skip the beef. Since this soup takes less than 30 minutes to make, it is perfect for a quick weekday dinner.
Recently I found some mini mozzarella (or bocconcini) in the grocery store and made some mini Caprese salad on a stick. I couldn’t believe they turned out so tasty and are so easy to make! Simply get all your ingredients ready and thread them through some skewers. Voilà, you’ve got some fancy looking appetizers ready for entertaining.
Every time we visit Japan, we would eat rice balls or onigiri whenever we want a light meal or snack. That’s because they are delicious and convenient! While you can find onigiri in every convenient store, the best tasting rice balls I found were from specialty shops where rice is pretty much the only thing you can buy, such as rice balls or rice cooked with other ingredients. These places often have onigiri made with seasonal ingredients and I find the texture of their rice balls more superior (likely because they are made fresh).
Hubby and I usually eat more meat at home. So recently I’ve been trying to get more fish into our diet. While salmon is usually my go-to fish for cooking at home, I’m exploring others that are affordable and easy to make. After trying different recipes, this one which uses basa fillets made it to the top of my list. This basa fillet recipe is delicious, quick to make, and the ingredients are likely all in your pantry!
Back in my university days, I did a co-op term in Ottawa. It was my first time living away from home for an extended period. During this time, I learned how to cook simple meals for one. But making breakfast is not easy for me as I’d prefer to get sleep more instead. So my coworker shared with me this apple cinnamon bran muffins recipe for a grab-and-go breakfast. At first, I was a bit skeptical because I hated bran cereal. In my mind, I had imagined these would be dry and taste like cardboard. However, I ended up loving these muffins! They were moist, with chunks of apples and cinnamony flavours. Even the picky Mr. Chau likes them for breakfast or snack! This recipe is definitely a keeper so I hope you’d give it a try too.
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.