Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
One time when I was really, really sick, Chef made me a big batch of french onion soup with a splash of scotch. It was really boozy — maybe that was the reason why I felt so much better after eating it.
This recipe is kind of close to that soup. It’s not as smoky, but it’s just as awesome.
Spicy Chocolate Candied Pecans
What’s spicy, sweet, chocolatey, a little salty, and looks really nice when you wrap it up in a fancy box? Why, spicy chocolate candied nuts of course.
If you’re a pecan-hater, almonds, walnuts, and peanuts can definitely be used instead.
Pomelo Spinach Salad
Pomelo is a citrusy winter fruit native to southeast Asia.
It reminds me of grapefruit but I feel like it is more mild in taste. Pomelos are pretty big in size because it is the largest citrus fruit. The thing is the size of a toddler’s head.
Inspired by the Thai pomelo and prawn salad yam som oh, I decided to put a lighter twist on it by making a salad.
(I’m tired of eating Thanksgiving leftovers too.)
A few weeks ago, Chef ordered these delicious savory waffles with pumpkin, millet, and gruyère at Birchwood Cafe. It had an apple shallot compote and lardons on it. Months before that, we published a savory waffle recipe for work on Tasteseekers Kitchen. Since savory waffles are all over the place, it’s surprising that I have not written a savory waffle post. I love caprese salads so I wanted to see if I could put it in a waffle.
Because it’s a caprese salad in a waffle, there are tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in it. I was debating whether or not I should put the fresh tomatoes in it because I was worried about the moisture from the tomato. Soggy waffles are not delicious. I was also thinking about using tomato paste to make it a fun red color but I decided that I would test this idea another time — spaghetti waffles? hot dog waffles? burger waffles? I don’t know. In the end, I decided to keep the fresh tomatoes in the recipe. If you chopped the tomato fine enough, it won’t affect the texture. The fresh tomatoes are more for aesthetics so I made the tomato jam from Tasteseekers to go with it. I also added a poached egg on top because I love eggs [a lot].
Don’t be surprised if I change this recipe in a couple of months. I really want to make a red waffle so it might evolve into a tomato waffle with mozzarella and fresh basil on top.
Ras el Hanout Baked Drumsticks
Sometimes a classic baked chicken can be a bit boring. That’s why you HAVE to jazz it up with something that is not plain old salt and black pepper. Recently, I’ve been spicing up classic dishes with a touch of ras el hanout.
Instead of finishing this dish with a garden salad or a simple rice pilaf, you can turn this into a quick and satisfying meal with a side of roasted vegetables and quinoa or this grilled vegetable farro salad.