A single of my favored elements of my task is meeting and befriending other food bloggers. Melissa of The Faux Martha and I started out our blogs about the identical time. We commented on each and every other’s blogs for a while and then I reached out to Melissa way back when she was living in Chicago.
That’s how you know you’re headed in the appropriate direction—when “networking” feels so all-natural and effortless. Melissa invited me over to her property and out to dinner. We’ve been buds for a whilst now.
Final summertime, when I was in Minneapolis for Lindsay’s photography workshop, Melissa invited us more than for dinner. I acquired to see her amazing contemporary farmhouse in individual, finally. We ate homemade pizza in her backyard underneath people huge, round Christmas lights I enjoy so considerably. Someday, I’ll have a proper backyard and I’ll “borrow” some of Melissa’s style components.
Melissa is a designer. She worked as a graphic designer when I met her, then she grew to become a site designer, then she made her house, and now she has produced a cookbook. Melissa is a really thoughtful designer and almost everything she creates is lovely, practical and functional at the exact same time. Individuals are the hallmarks of wonderful design, right?
In her backyard, we talked about Melissa’s approaching cookbook, The Minimalist Kitchen (affiliate website link). Her book is right here, finally! It’s everything that I knew it would be—beautiful, practical and functional, with Melissa’s sincere and manageable approach to home cooking.
Melissa’s cookbook offers one hundred wholesome recipes, made with important tools and effective techniques. She considered of everything, such as how to measure margarita ingredients while dirtying the least volume of dishes.
This book is reasonable minimalism—you won’t locate five-ingredient entres (how great could those be?), but manufactured-from-scratch recipes that use common components. They’re tasty and cost-effective.
Melissa’s book provides very a few vegetarian possibilities, and I chose to make her Thai-spiced rice bowls. This recipe is ideal for transitional spring or fall weather, because it characteristics warm curried peanut broth and hearty rice topped with tons of fresh garnishes. It’s virtually like soup-meets-spring-rolls, and I’m truly into it!
Melissa’s recipe calls for chicken broth, but I utilised vegetable broth because I’m a vegetarian. She also suggests that you could top the bowls with shredded chicken, but I believe this crispy baked tofu would be a fantastic vegetarian/vegan option.
If you’d like your vegetarian peanut broth to have a tiny more entire body, you can whisk in much more peanut butter or use normal (full-fat) coconut milk alternatively of light. That explained, I liked my broth a lot as-is.
Be sure to check out out Melissa’s guide, The Minimalist Kitchen, and let us know how you like the recipe in the remarks! If you’re craving far more Thai-inspired recipes, I have much more over here.