Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Vegetarian Yakisoba

Nothing is more delicious than home cooked food especially when it comes to dishes like pasta, noodles, and pizza.  I love trying different cuisine recipes but have never thought of trying any Japanese recipes.  Probably I have been under the impression that Japanese cuisine is mostly based on sea food, sea weed and sushi.  So I…

Rice Noodles with Almond Sauce and Fried Onions

I have been wanting to make almond sauce for noodle dishes since I cannot eat peanuts.  This almond sauce is a twisted version of the traditional Indonesian peanut sauce.  In Indonesia a root vegetable similar to ginger – galangal is used in preparation of this sauce.  This noodle dish is a twisted version of Thai dish…

Tofu pad thai

Ingredients: 4 oz pad Thai noodles or wakame rice noodles 2 teaspoons Asian chili bean sauce 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon tamarind paste ½ teaspoon lemon juice 2-3 cloves garlic thinly sliced 8 oz mixed mushrooms such as shittake, portabella, button 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 ½ cups napa cabbage 1 large julienned carrot 1…