Tangyuan Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings Yuanxiao

Tangyuan chinese black sesame dumplings yuanxiao

Approaching a recipe just for its ingredients is often an incomplete story. As is the case with tangyuan, there’s a much deeper meaning and a richer story behind the glutinous rice ball itself. As we’ll see in its relation to yuanxiao, the Lantern Festival in the Chinese lunar calendar, there is far more than meets the eye … Read more

Arroz Mamposteao: Rice and Beans Recipe from Puerto Rico

This is Mamposteao! Puerto Rican dish made up of rice, sofrito, beans, cilantro and tomatoes

Sometimes the greatest surprises come in the smallest sizes. Such is certainly the case with Puerto Rico. For an island that’s only a maximum of 65km in height and 180km in width, it’s almost like it boasts an incredibly rich and diverse cuisine you would come to expect from a more massive land with a … Read more

Saltah Yemeni Vegan Vegetable Stew Hulbah Zhug-Meat

Saltah Yemeni vegan vegetable stew hulbah zhug-meat

Saltah is a hearty stew that is Yemen’s undisputed national dish. The Yemeni people have delighted in this comforting meal for hundreds of years, even back to the times when Yemen herself was beloved by the likes of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Ottomans. SALTAH: THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, SANA’A, AND AN HERBACEOUS HERB DUO For a … Read more

Tilkeladoo Vegan Indian Sesame Seed Jaggery Coconut Oil Sweet Makar Sankranti

Tilkeladoo vegan Indian sesame seed jaggery coconut oil sweet

If only every dessert could be like til ke ladoo. It’s one thing to enjoy the sweet, balanced flavors like this sesame and jaggery treat can offer. Certainly we all can get around the keystone Indian festivals of Diwali and Makar Sankranti. It’s an entirely different story, however, when you can enjoy the sweet in the name of … Read more

Halva Ye Havij: Persian Sweet Carrot Confection

Halva ye havij is a Persian sweet carrot confection flavored with the likes of saffron and rosewater. It makes for a delicious dessert at any party!

At least here in the US, it’s a handful of holidays – I’m looking at you Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa – that command our attention during the cheerful season. That unfortunately means, though, that many other lesser-known festivals from around the world go unheralded, and we miss out on the wealth of food traditions that … Read more