Green Beans with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Green Beans with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Omnivore's Cookbook

Did you know, that besides having peanut butter as a sweet treat, you can use it to create a savory Chinese dish too? Sometimes I am so surprised at how versatile an ingredient could become, when used in a different context. This green bean salad with spicy peanut sauce is one of the best examples. With a splash of soy sauce, rice vinegar and chili oil, the peanut butter turns to an appetizing nutty sweet-sour-spicy sauce, with a fragrance of toasted sesame.

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Walnut Shrimp Cup

walnut shrimp cup | Omnivore's Cookbook

For some of the dishes I’ve cooked, there’s been a pattern.

(1) I was trying to be creative and developed a NEW dish based on an existing recipe.
(2) I was so EXCITED about the new idea and could not wait to cook it.
(3) I went through quite a lot of TROUBLE during cooking and I thought, man, why did I even start this?!
(4) After hours of work and leaving a MESSY kitchen behind, I was so tired and finally took a bite of the finished product.
(5) There came a happy tear in my eye, as I was so glad I cooked this dish. I thought of myself as AWESOME again!!

The walnut shrimp cup belongs in that category of dishes.

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Sweet and Sour Tofu

Sweet Sour Tofu | Omnivore's Cookbook

“Sweet and sour” is such a popular flavor profile for Chinese food that you see it everywhere. No matter whether with pork, chicken, veggies or tofu, if the food is indicated as “sweet and sour”, it must taste good, right? My answer is a big YES, after I did this experiment to cook tofu with sweet and sour sauce.

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1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway (closed)

1 year blogiversary giveaway | Omnivore's Cookbook

Happy first blogiversary to Omnivore’s Cookbook!

Now I’m happy to announce the opening of the celebration giveaway!

Today I am going to give away a Chinese stir-fry kit, which include a super fancy cast iron wok, a stainless steel spatula, and a beautiful set of chopsticks. With this set, you could cook so many types of Chinese dishes, including stir-fried, braised and fried dishes.

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Oven Baked Five-Spice Ribs

Oven baked five spice ribs | Omnivore's Cookbook

When it comes to baking, I have to admit that I’m a beginner among beginners. I got my first oven only a year ago, and I haven’t used it to cook meat very often, since my family has a diet that is close to vegetarian. When I successfully made these baked five-spice ribs from scratch, I was really thrilled.

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My Writing Process – A Blog Tour

Wild flower - London Trip | Omnivore's Cookbook

This post is a part of a blog tour, the topic of which is sharing writing processes. Last week, I was contacted by Christine from No Gojis No Glory and invited to participate. I had no idea what a blog tour was at the time, but I found the topic very interesting and thought it’d be a great chance to share some behind-the-scenes stories with other blogger friends.

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