Refreshing Wallflowers

Throwback all the way to one year: I raved about Andrea Giang’s site Cooking with a Wallflower. I still hold to all I said and add to infinity. Her site has grown and grown and offers not only recipes but nice tutorials for those who  want to grow their blog as a business.

So I bring you: Fresh Wallflowers

“Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.” The Perks of being a Wallflower

Welcome to May. Here in the Ozarks, May can come in like it did last year with snow, or this year, hot and with tons of pollen. So with the heat and sneezing, heavy food doesn’t sound too good. There are some vibrant farmers markets with fresh fruit and veggies which are about all that sound good.

So with this fresh and light mood, I stumbled across two wonderful things: Cooking with a Wallflower and her recipe for Strawberry Mango Coconut Sticky Rice.

I love sticky rice, but have never been brave enough to try at home. ONE reason is that most recipes have called for elaborate steps and a special wicker rice steaming device. I don’t love sticky rice enough to buy something I would use but a few times a year nor do I have a place for. SO I was super stoked to find Ms. Andrea’s (aka the cook behind wallflower) recipe that has simple steps and ingredients. I felt quite empowered that I could do this. Fresh Mango is much harder  in NW Arkansas but strawberries, we’re good.

Andrea Giang/Cooking with a Wallflower is balancing her dental hygienist training and life. This includes her writing, food and crafting. You can experience all theses at her website. Recipes that someone can fix easily after a busy day and in the middle of a busy life are great to find.  As Ms. Andrea puts it, “I know that it’s sometimes difficult to find time to cook when you’re balancing so many other things in your life, but my hope is that you will find that cooking can be fun and relatively simple. I want my readers to be able to have fun cooking as well as enjoy what they eat.”

Her Recipe tab includes: Appetizers, Asian Inspired, Beverages, Breakfast, Desserts, Dips and Sauces, Entrees, Italian Inspired, Quick and Easy, and Soups. I found the Asian inspired dishes the most interesting, but I think it was just my mood because she has several recipes that look delicious and are as straightforward as the sticky rice.  The strawberry Apple Crumble  is another I was drawn to. I like her close cropped photography and instructions that are to the point. At the end of each recipe is a lovely recipe card if you will with ingredients and directions.


***Tried the sticky rice, and I managed to mess it up with under-cooking. The mango we bought was still delicious!








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