Tra House

Tra House

Tra House, Orange County, CA: “Twisted Vietnamese Cuisine”

Located in Orange County, About 30 miles South of Los Angeles and less than 5 miles from Disneyland, is Tra House, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant whose name translates to tea house.

I like to make it point whenever I am visiting a new city to ask the locals for recommendations. Southern California has a large Vietnamese population and the Garden Grove area where Tra House is located if fondly referred to as Little Saigon. It so happened that our host was actually from Vietnam, so we asked him to recommend a Vietnamese restaurant, and that’s how a party of four ended up at Tra house for lunch on a work day. Read more

Grilled Peri-Peri Wings

Grilled Peri-Peri Wings

It was bound to happen. The fact that one of this days I was going to get round to sharing a recipe involving the Peri-Peri chili pepper to which my blog owes its name. On my about me page, I share with you how When I was growing up, the mention of a dish having been seasoned with Peri-Peri chilies evoked expectations of enjoying a dish which was flavorful, colorful and tantalizingly hot; these Grilled Peri-Peri Wings attest to that notion. Read more

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

One of the ways I honored my mother this past Mother’s Day was to recreate a recipe she used to make for us on the weekends for breakfast, Buttermilk Pancakes. However, even to this day I have never seen her use buttermilk to make them. I have therefore decided to add both names to the title because when you search online or in cookbooks you will run into Buttermilk and not Whole milk Pancakes. In case you are wondering to yourself why she chooses to use whole milk and not buttermilk, I have not had this conversation with her but here are my thoughts; honestly, where I come from in Zambia, food ingredients are not cheap and if you are going to buy a grocery item you better make sure it is versatile! Read more

Creamed Oatmeal Porridge With Fruit

Creamed Oatmeal Porridge With Fruit

I love oatmeal. I recall many years ago when I just started living in Maryland, every time I mentioned that I loved oatmeal, people would give me strange looks and they would tell me how much they could not stand the taste of it. I soon leant why; most recipes I came across involved dumping oatmeal into some boiling water and adding sugar Read more

Whipped Cream and Strawberries with Graham Crackers

Whipped Cream and Strawberries with Graham Crackers

This is as easy as making a desert gets. No baking skills are required and if you choose to opt out of making the whip cream yourself and choose to use the store bough version, this recipe is a no brainer! Your beau will love this and even love you more. Happy Valentine’s Day! Read more

Meat Pies

Meat Pies

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for one of the snacks I enjoyed in elementary school, roasted peanuts. When it comes to foods which I enjoyed from the school tuck shop, meat pies and sausage rolls were among my favorites. I love to make meat pies because they can be enjoyed as an appetizer, snack or a light lunch option.

If you have by any chance lived on my side of the world in Zambia or other countries on the African continent, you will recognize just how close this recipe is to what you have eaten before. It is very simple, a soft flour dough filled with beef, potatoes and onions in gravy. You might have also eaten meat pies from countries such as Britain and Australia. The recipes for those kind of meat pies are very similar Read more

The Melting Pot: The Fondue Experience

The Melting Pot: The Fondue Experience

If you are like me (well until recently), the first idea that might come to your mind when you hear the word fondue is that of lovers sitting by the fire place melting chocolate in a bowl and dipping into it, marshmallows or strawberries on a stick. Well there is some of that and much, much more.

On a recent trip to Michigan, I found myself in Ann Arbor, a college town home to the University of Michigan which is famous for its science and health programs and also the football team the Wolverines. I was enamored by the scene of young and diverse crowds walking the streets of Ann Arbor Read more

Roasted Peanuts

Roasted Peanuts

When I was in elementary school, break time during the mid-morning called for play time and feasting on snacks. We either ate food packed from home or bought snacks from the school shop which was called, the tuck shop. Then there was the third option; we loved to buy food from women vendors who set up make shift stores outside the school yard. Read more

Bissarita™ (Bissap Margarita Slush)

Bissarita™ (Bissap Margarita Slush)

This drink was inspired by a juice common in West Africa, which has been popularized by the name Bissap in Senegal (where it is recognized as the national drink) and Gambia. Bissap is made from petals of a plant called hibiscus also known as sorrel. I firsts came in contact with Bissap while attending a holiday party hosted by a Gambian family a few years ago, it was “love at first sip” Read more

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