A nice hot bowl of soup warms the soul when it’s chilly outside! Soups are great year round but the time I appreciate soups the most is during the cold weather months. I tend to cook a lot of different soups at home where it has both protein and vegetables so all I need to do is serve it with rice and dinner is ready!
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.
While I love a nice bowl of hot noodle soup, I prefer to eat something cool to beat the summer heat. This is when I’d make a cold ramen noodle dish called Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華). This cold ramen dish consists of chilled ingredients, so you can prepare everything ahead of time. Just keep everything chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the noodle bowl.
Do you like apple crumble? With layers of cinnamon apples topped with crunchy crumble, who wouldn’t want to dig into this? While I love making this dish, I was trying to come up with a way to present this in a different way. I usually make apple crumble in a large baking dish. So I tried making individual apple crumble with small ramekins. Then I had an idea, what if I replace the small ramekins with an edible cup? The light bulb lit up and this is how my apple crumble baked in apple cups were born. I’m sure this is not a new idea but I was so excited when I thought of the idea. If you’re looking to amp up this comforting dessert, then give this recipe a try!
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.
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.