Viet-Thai Meatballs | Swirls and Spice

Viet-Thai Sweet and Sour Meatballs {Gluten Free}

These are no ordinary meatballs.  Glazed in a zingy sauce made from Thai sweet chili sauce and lemongrass, the intermingling of Asian flavors is lively and intense.I appreciate the expert way the Vietnamese use lemongrass to season meats and seafood. Since leaving Viêtnam a decade ago, I’ve missed tasting those dishes on a regular basis.  Sweet and spicy flavors dominate southern Vietnamese cuisine, which has quite a bit of … Continue reading Viet-Thai Sweet and Sour Meatballs {Gluten Free}

Tang Yuan: Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings

My two years in China were full of delicious new discoveries.  Tang yuan was one of them.  After a two-week holiday trip to Thailand, I had just returned to the small city where I was living and working in northeast China.  I had missed the main celebration of Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival, as most Chinese call it), but was delighted when some Chinese colleagues invited me … Continue reading Tang Yuan: Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings

Tastes of Asia: 14 Lunar New Year Recipes {Gluten Free}

Did you know that tomorrow is Lunar New Year’s Eve?  Before I went to China and Vietnam, I was mostly unaware of this major holiday.  Yet after spending seven years there, I now find myself wistful at this time of year, as I think of the friends, food, and festivities I left behind.  Thankfully, through Facebook, I am still in touch with some of the … Continue reading Tastes of Asia: 14 Lunar New Year Recipes {Gluten Free}

Inside Out Potstickers

Inside Out Potstickers {Gluten Free}

Taste the flavours of Asia in a delightful new way with deconstructed potstickers made from rice flour, cabbage and ground pork or chicken. Easier than fussing with wrappers and oh so good! You know what’s amazing? That someone can throw an enjoyable, welcoming party every week–for a whole year!  If you haven’t popped over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday before, you really should. It’s the most … Continue reading Inside Out Potstickers {Gluten Free}

Lunar New Year Recipe Roundup

Happy Lunar New Year’s Eve!  It’s been an exciting and busy week for many of us as a big weekend approaches.  Both the Lunar New Year and the Superbowl are converging at almost the same time.  Have your local grocery shelves been emptier than usual?  That’s been the case around here, which means I may have to resort to making some Chinese dumplings completely from … Continue reading Lunar New Year Recipe Roundup