Throughout my career as a writer of all things food and booze, I’ve picked up on a few things. One of these things is that food blogs have turned into something so much more than a website to find recipes. Food blogs are becoming thoughtful, interesting and dare I say it, fun! This week’s featured food blog, I Nom Things, is an excellent example of this new wave of food blogs. Some food bloggers seem to have this notion that writing about food and cooking is this serious endeavor that can’t allow for a giggle here and there. I Nom Things is the exact opposite, and to that I say, let’s have a giggle!
I Nom Things, a funky food blog written by a Ila Betapi, is probably the most interesting food blog I have ever come across. Her recipes are mostly Asian-inspired, which I always find intriguing--mostly because I love Asian cuisine and wish that I could cook more of it at home. However, it’s the feel of the site itself that really keeps me browsing. Sure, her recipe database is extensive and her recipes can get fairly in depth, but she also manages to keep things light and fun without getting too serious. Cooking is supposed to be enjoyable, and while reading I Nom Things, it’s easy to see that Betapi is having fun and enjoying every minute of what she’s doing.
I found that the recipes on I Nom Things hit all of my current needs perfectly, those being simple weeknight meals, and meals that will warm me up in the chilly winter months. For a cold December night, warm up with a bowl of Chicken Cream Soup or Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. If you want to indulge in a one-pot wonder, make a steaming hot bowl of Nabe with chicken, and you’ll be set for the night. A Curried Edamame Frittata is a perfect breakfast or lunch treat, combining the heat of curry with savory eggs and soybeans. I also loved the Korean Burgers, mostly because of the incredible array of fixin’s that she throws on top of them.
The entrees section of I Nom Things was what really blew me away above all else. The flavors that Betapi brings together in every dish are truly fascinating, and I found myself reading through each recipe and wondering how I didn’t even consider these combinations first. Sweet and Sour Kale brings together this bitter green with the combatting sweet and sour of Port and balsamic vinegar, making for a real party on your plate. I also loved the creativity of the Salmon Carbonara Pasta, as well as the Sesame Ribs. A recent but now everlasting love of lemongrass and curry brought me to fall in love with the Chicken Curry with Poached Egg and the Lemongrass Chicken, two simple dishes that are perfect for entertaining foodie friends.
For the adventurous sweet tooth, I highly recommend the Roasted Pumpkin Cheesecake. Autumn may be just about over, but as long as it’s cold out I find it appropriate to use pumpkin in as many dishes as possible, and the roasting of it in this light and delicious cheesecake makes the flavor incredible. I also love the Mochi Balls with Edamame Cream, a funky and interesting dessert that is both sweet and savory.
I Nom Things is a fun and quirky food blog that we truly love, and we hope that you love it too! Throw together a few of these fantastic dishes, and let us know what you think. I’ll be here, sipping on a mug of Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marshmallows. Yum.
Cheers, and happy cooking!
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