Basmati Rice

It was always a mystery to me how everyone else’s basmati rice seemed to come out loose and fluffy? Our rice cooker and the absorption method never really did it justice. Sushi rice loves being sticky; basmati rice loves being free, and my basmati rice was looking decidedly stuck together. Ironically, on all the packages of white rice in the (Dutch) supermarkets, […]

Whoops! Too early!

Dear Followers of the ZRC Blog Some of you may have received the rice pudding recipe this morning/last night – but alas! As you may have noticed, it was not quite ready to roll… Please visit the page again for the more completed, and more accurate, version 🙂 Sorry about that! Best wishes, Tammy http://www.zenrivertemple.org/zrcblog/2017/04/08/nirvana-pudding/

Orange & Date Fruit Salad

A no-brainer fruit salad – but the trick is in slicing the oranges perfectly! Ingredients 4 oranges 8-10 Medjool dates Method Peel the oranges using a small, sharp knife. First cut the top and bottom from the oranges and place firmly on a dedicated cutting board (in other words make sure it doesn’t smell of onions […]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

There was a time when I considered blueberry muffins downed with large mug of French Roast coffee as breakfast-on-the-run. These days, they are more likely to show up at the slow-paced coffee break in-between meals, and probably better so! This version has a lovely fine crumb, packed with (dried) blueberries and finished with a crisp sugary topping. […]

Kasha Porridge

Buckwheat is what, healthy? Yes, it is. At least according to Wikipedia. It’s rich in B vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and selenium. So if you tire of porridge oats (which did happen to me during Zen retreats when oats were the mainstay breakfast for many a sesshin) this is a lovely rich and earthy substitute with the […]

Orange, Olive Oil & Garlic Dressing

There’s a lovely restaurant in Groningen with a Southern Mediterranean kitchen called Moro. We were there recently nibbling on olives served marinated in what appeared to be simply olive oil, orange zest, and fresh garlic. As the flavours circulated my imagination I thought, ooh this might make a really nice salad dressing! The following week I gave […]