vegetarian

Scooter Diary: Sweet potato history in Jinshan

We keep on driving on Route 106 through Pingxi district. There are many brightly-colored sky lanterns flying up into the clouds from the village of Shihfen, trailing smoke. There's nothing to slow us down – we only spend a minute waiting for a long traffic light and then continue our journey. I wanted to take a photo of the sky lanterns flying above the mountains while waiting for the lights, but the camera is never as good as my eyes.

From Shifen to Wanli to Jinshan

Taiwanese Cuisine: Stir-fried green vegetables vs salad – when 'hot' means 'cold'

Stir fried green vegetables dishes are among the most common elements of Chinese family cuisine. Just a few pieces of garlic, sauteed with a few tablespoons of oil, stir-fried with some green vegetables: this is the simplest home-style dish.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Vegetarian restaurants

In Taipei's many vegetarian buffet restaurants, you'll find tables covered with delicious dishes. Many of them are almost perfect re-creations of non-vegetarian dishes, in both appearance and flavor – so don't worry about getting tasteless, warmed-up salads. The buffet style makes it easy if you don't speak Chinese.

Chunky Rosemary Potato Chips

Ingredients
4 Fresh potatoes
2 teaspoonfuls salt
Deep frying oil
Rosemary (fresh if possible)
15 Cherry tomatoes
Half Lemon/ Lime (or juice)

Green curry and coconut milk with vegetables

Thai food is famous for its spicyness, and coconut milk is perfect to cool down the spicyness and give a beautiful balance.

When I travel to Thailand, it's always a time for me to roll into lots of different cookery classes. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok, to the southern islands, the cooks in many restaurants have all been my cookery teachers. They were happy to see me interested in Thai culture, and they were always very generous in showing me their cooking secrets.

Feta cheese with cucumber in olive oil and basil dressing

A recipe for people who don't know how to cook...

I invited an Italian chef to stay with me, while he was visiting Taipei. During the month of his staying, I first got to see how simple and tasty the Italian home style cooking is.

Very often I saw the chef, Alessandro, mix olive oil with cucumber and tomatoes. That would be his happy lunch with bread.

Spiced Vegetables in Olive Oil

Spiced Vegetables in Olive Oil

Ingredients
Highest quality olive oil
Garlic, chillies, rosemary and basil or other herbs
1. Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrot cut into pieces about 1cm wide and 2cm long.
2. Peppers cut into pieces about 1cm wide x 2cm long, Cherry tomatoes cut into half.

Container: Glass jars or bottles

 

How to Make Spiced olive oil

Spicy Roast Squash

Pumpkin

Spicy Roast Squash

I learned this dish from the 'Naked Chef' by Jamie Oliver, but I apply the same idea not only to roasted squash, but also with other vegetables (particularly root vegetables), like radish, carrot, or sweet potato, zuccini and cucumber. These will add some very beautiful colours to this dish.

I ate similar things several times in cafeterias in Rome. But for a long time, I wasn't sure how to make them myself.

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