Asian Fusion Recipes Go Vegan, with Chat MIngkwan

This week we feature Chat Mingkwan, who is author of the new cookbook, “Asian Fusion.” Chat is the celebrated owner of the “Unusual Touch Cooking School” in San Francisco. We discussed and shared delicious Asian inspired, vegan recipes. “Asian Fusion” presents meatless versions of signature dishes from all corners of the Asian continent: Japan, India, Laos, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Chat’s enthusiasm encourages us to experiment with both familiar and exotic herbs, spices and seasonings, combining them with legumes, vegetables, and rice, noodles or wrappers. He talked today about soy ingredients, such as “Lite Soy Sauce,” that successfully take the place of fish sauce in Asian inspired recipes. He discussed the use of lemon grass (fresh and ground), Chinese Five-Spice and Garam Masala and then shared his fantastic “Mushroom Recipe” with us. It is the featured Celebrity Recipe this week! Tune in to hear all about the recipe. Learn all about Chat at: unusualtouch.com Click here to buy Asian Fusion.

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Since we featured Chat Mingkwans cookbook, “Asian Fusion” this week, I decided it would be appropriate to share my “Nori Lunch Roll” recipe as my Recipe of the Week!  I love the vegetable sushi rolls that my local Japanese restaurant makes. But, it is expensive and I rarely (if ever) go out for lunch these days. So, I came up with this quick solution several years ago. It is a rustic roll (no sushi rolling experience necessary), and it prepares in 10 minutes. If you’d like a copy of my “Nori Lunch Roll” recipe, please email us at recipes@jazzyvegetarian.com before April 15th 2011 and we’ll email you the full recipe along with a free MP3 of a song from my award-wining CD Tonight’s the Night! That’s recipes@jazzyvegetarian.com. Now that is super jazzy!

Here is some super jazzy news to share: April is almost here and it is time to be green! Check out “41 Reasons to Plant a Tree for Your Book” at ecolibris.net. Eco-Libris is a green company that works to make publishing and reading more sustainable. Eco Libris is celebrating the 41st Annual Earth Day, (April 22), by asking readers to share their reasons on “Why they think planting trees for their books is a good idea.” To find out how you can enter to win one of 41 fabulous prizes (including Vegetarian Cooking for Every Day) just visit ecolibris.net and click on the “41 Reasons to Plant a Tree for Your Book” logo. To date, Eco Libris has planted 180,000 trees on behalf of readers, authors, and publishers. That is Jazzy & Green!

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Speaking of green. When you are doing your spring cleaning indoors and out this April remember to reuse, repurpose, and recycle. On Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, be talking about handy green hints for spring, starting next week and throughout the month of April, so please tune in for that! Check out free green cleaning tips here anytime.

Striving toward living a vegan lifestyle is a goal for many people these days. Check out exciting “Live Delicious” campaign at bookpubco.com to find out how you can enter to win a fabulous, free cookbook. Yay! 

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Featured musical artist this week: Marcus McLaurine with his tune "Miracle Child." I adore Marcus's style of playing the bass. He is a great composer too! Marcus has been with Clark Terry for 25 years...that IS jazzy!