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Thai Crepes and Batik Class

Thai Crepes and Batik Class

I spent the day at Chiang Mai Batik Painting School with Ann, the teacher, at her home. She served me some snack/dessert cakes she had gotten at her daughter’s school. They were like miniature crepes, stuffed with a filling like you’d find in eclairs, and rolled like burritos. The Thai name sounded “like Tokyo,”...

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Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

The other students who were with me for our vegetarian cooking class shrieked when they heard the cha-ching, cha-ching of an ice cream vendor pass the restaurant. “Ai Dtim! You dtim. We all dtim for ai dtim!” The Thai version of the ice cream truck had passed. “You have to try it,” they insisted....

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Samosas and Banana Lassi

Samosas and Banana Lassi

I couldn’t resist the temptation to have some Indian food. There are two restaurants in my neighborhood here, and one was closed, so I tried the other one. This one is New Delhi Restaurant on Ratchawithi Road, near the intersection with Ratchaphakhinai Road. Like most places, it looks unpretentious enough: a few tables roadside...

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Christmas Chocolate Clusters

Christmas Chocolate Clusters

Christmas Chocolate Clusters This is a slight variation of my award-winning Trail Mix Clusters recipe. It won Honorable Mention in a healthy chocolate contest and was published in Healthy Cooking Magazine, December/January 2009, p31. I often make a batch of these and eat one or two clusters a day without guilt, knowing I am...

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins Ah, summer fruits–berries, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, melons…hasn’t anyone written a song about this? If so, I’d be singing it now. I had a craving for blueberry muffins after purchasing some fresh blueberries. I found this recipe on a site about eggless cooking. The recipe comes from The Joy of Vegan...

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Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Like peanut butter and jelly, apples and cinnamon, and milk and cookies, some pairings just seem made for each other. The combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar is one of them. I was happy to find a large bottle of balsamic vinegar at the warehouse store. Since it’s usually a fairly pricey ingredient, I...

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Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

I spent several hours yesterday and today attempting to make Malaysian carrot cake. It’s not the carrot-and-spice-studded sweet treat that automatically comes to mind for many of us. I’m talking about a steamed cake made of rice flour and daikon, the strong-flavored turnip or radish of Asian cultures. Grated daikon and rice flour are...

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And the Winners Are…The Best and Worst of Malaysian Food

And the Winners Are…The Best and Worst of Malaysian Food

Looking back on three weeks of exotic and interesting vegetarian and vegan Malaysian food and drink, it is difficult to choose the best and worst of what I sampled. Overall, everything was delicious and complex. The curries were rich, flavorful and varied. The drinks were refreshing after tromping through hot cities and humid jungles....

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Vegan Banana Bread or Cake

Vegan Banana Bread or Cake

So many banana bread/cake recipes I’ve tried have only hinted at banana flavor. This cake screams ripe banana, which is one reason I love it. It is my take on something called “Kona Inn Banana Bread.” An internet search revealed endless variations of similar recipes. Whenever we have too many overripe or soft bananas,...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Quality Control: Healthier Hot Cross Buns I made a batch of my hot cross buns today, adding 1/4 cup of chopped apricots for some fruity variety. I used my winning recipe, posted here and below. The dough was stickier than I remember it being last year, but perhaps that was due to the humidity...

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Vegan Ice Cream Cookbook

Greens Reusable Fabric Tote

Fun Animal Poems, Facts, and Activities for Kids

Learn about Hawaii while you draw

A Gratefulness Journal with Prompts

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