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Char Siu Bao (Chinese BBQ Pork Steamed Buns)

Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.

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Merry Christmas! Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus!

Pelēkie zirņi (Grey Peas)

Our Christmas meal consisted of pelēkie zirņi ar sīpoliem un speķi (grey peas with bacon and onions), speķa rauši (Latvian bacon and onion rolls), a spiral-sliced ham, šķovēti kāposti (braised sauerkraut), apple cobbler and mulled wine. (Mmm.. mulling spices + inexpensive merlot.. Wonderful.)

On Wednesday, I told you that we’d been waiting all year for one special dish. These, my friend, are pelēkie zirņi. Grey peas. This is also the last of our supply we brought with us from Latvia and, unfortunately, will be the last until we go back.Pelēkie zirņi (Grey Peas)

Our Christmas meal consisted of pelēkie zirņi ar sīpoliem un speķi (grey peas with bacon and onions), speķa rauši (Latvian bacon and onion rolls), a spiral-sliced ham, šķovēti kāposti (braised sauerkraut), apple cobbler and mulled wine. (Mmm.. mulling spices + inexpensive merlot.. Wonderful.)

On Wednesday, I told you that we’d been waiting all year for one special dish. These, my friend, are pelēkie zirņi. Grey peas. This is also the last of our supply we brought with us from Latvia and, unfortunately, will be the last until we go back.

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Black Bean & Bacon Soup

Black Bean & Bacon Soup

This is one of those “kitchen sink” soups. I was going to make my favorite Spicy Black Bean Soup but I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so instead, I just threw in what I had and wanted to use up. Soups are forgiving that way. And adding collard greens or chard adds a lot of nutrients and vitamins, not to mention flavor.

So, in short, if you don’t have everything in the recipe, throw in what you do have. It will still be good.Black Bean & Bacon Soup

This is one of those “kitchen sink” soups. I was going to make my favorite Spicy Black Bean Soup but I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so instead, I just threw in what I had and wanted to use up. Soups are forgiving that way. And adding collard greens or chard adds a lot of nutrients and vitamins, not to mention flavor.

So, in short, if you don’t have everything in the recipe, throw in what you do have. It will still be good.

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Caribbean Rice and Beans

Caribbean Rice and Beans

“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.

“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.
Caribbean Rice and Beans

“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.

“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.

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Pork, Pineapple and Chile Salad with Avocado

Pork, Pineapple and Chile Salad with Avocado

Despite the long ingredient list, this recipe comes together very quickly once all the chopping and prepping is over. Many of the tasks can be done contemporaneously, such as chopping up pork while the peppers roast.

Now, I love acorn squash and saw an opportunity to toss in some prepped squash I had left over from the day before, but some leftover baked yam or sweet potato would do just as well here.Pork, Pineapple and Chile Salad with Avocado

Despite the long ingredient list, this recipe comes together very quickly once all the chopping and prepping is over. Many of the tasks can be done contemporaneously, such as chopping up pork while the peppers roast.

Now, I love acorn squash and saw an opportunity to toss in some prepped squash I had left over from the day before, but some leftover baked yam or sweet potato would do just as well here.

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Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut Soup

When we went to Warsaw to acquire my husband’s visa from the consulate (it’s a long story, but in short, the US Consulate in Rīga does not do fiance visas, forcing us to go to Warsaw) we had the great fortune eat at a wonderful traditional Polish restaurant called Chlopskie Jadlo.

One day, we’ll make our own versions of all four of the soups we had. I made a mushroom soup a few weeks ago that came out beautifully. We’re still looking for a starting point for the rye flour and will get around to the clear borscht after making a traditional borscht. This week, however, it’s time to make a sauerkraut soup.

This one is based on a traditional Latvian recipe. It’s meatier and hardier than the version we had in Poland, making it a better candidate for a main course. Sauerkraut Soup

When we went to Warsaw to acquire my husband’s visa from the consulate (it’s a long story, but in short, the US Consulate in Rīga does not do fiance visas, forcing us to go to Warsaw) we had the great fortune eat at a wonderful traditional Polish restaurant called Chlopskie Jadlo.

One day, we’ll make our own versions of all four of the soups we had. I made a mushroom soup a few weeks ago that came out beautifully. We’re still looking for a starting point for the rye flour and will get around to the clear borscht after making a traditional borscht. This week, however, it’s time to make a sauerkraut soup.

This one is based on a traditional Latvian recipe. It’s meatier and hardier than the version we had in Poland, making it a better candidate for a main course.

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Plovs

Plovs

Plovs, better known as pilaf, is a dish that convinced me to reconsider my stance on “stuff in rice”.

For the longest time, I preferred my rice to be plain, or at most, containing some peas and orzo. Pilafs, which I mostly knew from the weird yellow concoction at Sizzler’s, were not for me.

Then one night, my mother-in-law dropped off some plovs for us at our flat while we were out gallivanting around in the cold. On such a cold day, the steamy, savory mix of mutton, carrots, onion and rice was the perfect antidote to the freezing wind and rain outside.Plovs

Plovs, better known as pilaf, is a dish that convinced me to reconsider my stance on “stuff in rice”.

For the longest time, I preferred my rice to be plain, or at most, containing some peas and orzo. Pilafs, which I mostly knew from the weird yellow concoction at Sizzler’s, were not for me.

Then one night, my mother-in-law dropped off some plovs for us at our flat while we were out gallivanting around in the cold. On such a cold day, the steamy, savory mix of mutton, carrots, onion and rice was the perfect antidote to the freezing wind and rain outside.

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