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With peanuts, Chinese kale, and Chesnok Red garlic from the garden we make a common yet lesser known Asian dish– taro rice.

Makes about 8 servings of taro rice
-2 cups rice
-2 cups taro, cubed
-1 cup pork, cubed
-1 tsp soy sauce
-1/2 cup shiitake mushroom

Shrimp & Gai Lan topping
-8 cups of gai lan
-16 jumbo shrimp (16-20 count/lb) or 1/2 cup
-2 clove garlic
-2 tsp oyster sauce
-2 tsp soy sauce or season to taste
-some roasted peanuts

FROM THE GARDEN: Garlic Chive Cake

From the garden we harvest enough garlic chive to make a good number of garlic chive cake. This vegetable crop has for a long time been confused for leek. As a result, garlic chive cakes is often known as “leek cake.” To further add onto the incorrect taxonomy, it is called a cake but is technically a dumpling. Even yours truly (at toward the end of the video) regressed and called it a “leek cake.”

In any event, garlic chive dumpling or leek cake is originally from Chaozhou, China. It is the ancestral home to  a group of people known as Chaozhou or Chiu Chow or Teochew. Leek cake is as to the Teochew as apple pie is to Americans.

Because of theTeochew diaspora in Southeast, garlic chive cake is found to be a popular street food. Travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia; and you are bound to find this cake or dumpling being dished out by the street food vendors.

In Los Angeles, garlic chive cake can be found in select Teochew restaurants like Kim Chuy (in Chinatown.) Related:

Music tracks: Classic Teochew opera

FROM THE GARDEN: Roasted Salsa

Making a quick batch of roasted salsa with ingredients all from the garden. In the salsa we have: Italian Roma heirloom tomatoes, French Zebrune heirloom, Chesnok Red garlic, jalapeno, ancho chile, and poblano pepper.

Recipe is inspired by the following CBS Sunday Morning segment:


Pumpkin pie is a delicious dessert. It is also absolutely amazing when their made from scratch with ‘Sugar Pie’ heirloom pumpkin from the garden. Chosen for their overall flavor and sweetness, they are the ideal pumpkin for making pies with. Hence, they are also known as “Pie Pumpkin.”

When you grow your own pie, you do not have to wait until October/November to make some fresh pie. A couple of pies will be made from scratch.