Move over, Cactus Club.

Cactus Club's teriyaki rice bowlIf you know me, you would know that I hate chain restauurants with a passion. Places like Cactus Club, Earls, Joey’s, Browns Social House, etc. Just very unimaginative food. Consistent, yes, but the food has never been outstanding (atleast since my highschool days). Cactus Club is probably the best out of the bunch, in my opinion, and yes, I do get trapped into going there sometimes out of convenience, friends’ choice, and its senstivity-free menu.

Now, if there is one dish that I have to choose out of the entire menu at Cactus that is the bomb dot com, it would be their teriyaki rice bowl. The good news is that I never have to go to a Cactus Club ever again because I just made that shit right in the comfort of my own home.

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Another jjigae!?

Doenjang jjigaeJust when you thought I couldn’t make anymore jjigae, or Korean stews — well, you thought wrong!

Since fall has officially declared that he is here to stay, all I’ve been craving is warm, spicy stews especially since my house is basically freezing. Korean stews are the the perfect cure for all of this cold, rainy weather (except for today when it was actually warm and sunny, weird).

I tried out a new recipe today, doenjang jjigae, and although it is not completely authentic, it sure hit the spot.

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A Thai take on pistou.

Cilantro and scallion pistouAs you may know, I am a huge fan of pistou. Again, if you aren’t familiar with what a pistou is, it is basically a blended sauce comprised of various herbs, garlic and oil. I’ve made so many different pistous but my favourite would have to be of the cilantro variety.

Today I mixed it up a bit and made a cilantro and scallion pistou.

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Army stew.

Budae jjigaeDuring back to my trip to Korea last month, I tried a dish that changed my world forever. It was budae jjigae.

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Introducing sea asparagus.

Sea asparagus stir fryI finally got the chance to check out the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market last weekend. It was probably one of the best markets in terms of location, market vendors, and food. I picked up some delicious nut pate, bratwurst, cherry tomato plants and bags full of local beets. I also picked up some sea asparagus from one of my favourite farmers whom I cannot remember the name of but he always has the best, most unique produce ever (he’s the big hippy guy with long reddish-brownish hair if that helps!?). He was the guy I bought the stinging nettles from this past spring for my stinging nettle pesto. This time around he had sea asparagus, dandelion greens, and a number of interesting greens and weeds.

Today, I made a sea asparagus stir fry.

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Mexi-rice.

Mexi rice Did you know that one of my very first jobs was at Taco Del Mar? It was back when I was 15 and although it was short-lived, I learned a lot about Mexican food — er, more like Tex-Mex food. And I discovered my love for burrito bowls. And the most important component of a burrito? The Mexican rice.

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Uninspired cooking.

Spicy tofu and broccoli stir fryI’ll be honest with you — I haven’t been cooking any amazing dishes as of late. This week has been just chaotic. I’ve been seriously counting down the days to my vacation. I think I really need it.

So, I apologize for the next couple posts. In my opinion, they are rather boring and basic. I guess you could say that I’m kind of falling into a little slump. I’m feeling rather uninspired and just wanting to get the hell out of Vancouver. Weather has been so great lately and I hardly feel like eating! So again, sorry.

Today’s dish? Spicy tofu and broccoli stir fry.

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