Hello Again!

Hi everyone! I took a bit of a break, but I’m back! I left my approach of cooking from different cultures, because it wasn’t the best approach economically for me at this time. But! I found out of a grocery delivery service that can save me $$$ and help with meal planning. It’s called Imperfect…

Japan. Week Four

So, it’s been a fun month. We had some really interesting and tasty dishes. I think I’m going to wrap the month up early to focus on Christmas foods and spending time with my boyfriend. So, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I’ll be back in 2021 to focus on Israeli food.

Japan. Week Two

Shumai (Japanese-style Shrimp Dumplings) Shumai sauce Kinoko Zaru Soba (Chilled Soba Noodles with Mushrooms) Yasai Tempura (Vegetable Tempura) Tempura Sauce Nitsuke (Fish Simmered with Sake, Soy Sauce, and Sugar) Hambagu (Japanese-style Hamburger with Tangy Sauce) A last minute addition since I already had the ingredients: Ingen No Goma Ae (Green Beans with Sesame Dressing)

Japan. Week One

White Rice (Hakumai) Dried Fish and Kelp Stock (Dashi) Miso Soup with Tofu (Miso Shiru) Yakitori Party (Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers) Teriyaki Sauce (Tare No Teriyaki) Stir-fried Parsnips and Carrots (Kinpira)

Japan Month

I took November off. I had plans to cook Indian food all month, but November’s always a difficult time for me. So I decided to focus on self-care instead and look forward to December. I’m very excited for this month! I will be cooking from Morimoto’s Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking. I will…

German Staples

Here’s a list of items that I stocked up on this month: Spices: Nutmeg, Parsley, Thyme, and Salt/Pepper Potatoes and root vegetables Butter! I thought French cooking required a lot of butter, but German cooking (at least this cookbook) does as well. Make a lot of Beurre Noisette (essentially browned clarified butter) at the beginning…

My German Roots

My last name is German: Koch. So, it’s been fun for everyone to mispronounce. I typically spell it if I pick up orders or have to verify my identity. Koch is translated to Cook in English- so it’s ironic that I love to cook. I know the Koch brothers and Ed Koch tend to pronounce…

German Ingredients Difficult to Find in Central Virginia

Quark.- I’ve seen this in the store before but I didn’t find it at any of the local grocery stores. It is available on Amazon Prime but it’s crazy expensive and sounds like it’s more of a sour cream consistency. Edit: after posting this, I found another version on Prime cheaper than the original one…

Welcome Again!

I’m starting off a new approach to cheer up this garbage dump of a year. Each month I will select a county/ area/ style of food to cook all month. I’ll also provide research, talk about cooking techniques, how easy it is to find ingredients (in Virginia) and more! I won’t be providing the recipes…

Meal Plan Week 4

Week 4 here we go! Breakfast: Spicy Braised Kale and Eggs Lunch: Spinach Lasagna Rolls and fruit Dinner: Breaded Portobello Cutlets with Mustard Sauce and Gorgonzola Frisée Salad Snack: Celery Sticks with Pimento cheese or peanut butter Keep an eye out for recipes!