No-Recipe Recipes Cookbook by Sam Sifton

Another attempt to cook cover to cover, this time with Sam Sifton’s new cookbook titled “No-Recipe Recipes.” As the title suggests, this is quite an unconventional cookbook. There are no specific measurements for the ingredients, and Sifton is encouraging the homecook to improvise and get back to simply having fun in the kitchen. The recipes look doable and the ingredients are not as complicated. Excited to let loose and get cookin’.

French Toast Hash

Heart attack on a plate. It’s a sinful, and obviously very tasty, breakfast feast of sausages, french toast, and apples lathered in butter and maple syrup. You have to go for a run after eating this dish.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Buy pre-made roasted chicken, rummage your fridge for some greens, avocado, and herbs, toss altogether with lemon and olive oil, voila—effortless hump day salad!

Brown Butter Tomato Salad

Not sure if this is even a recipe. It’s basically tomatoes swimming in melted butter, salt, and pepper. It’s delicious but I needed more, maybe a side of bacon, ham, or cheese on the side?

Ketchup and Kimchi Fried Rice

It’s kimchi fried rice. I don’t know what else to say about it.

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Initially dismissed this as “fake ice cream” but it’s quite interesting to achieve a faux ice cream texture by simply freezing bananas and blending them in a food processor or blender. No guilt-feelings, just pure banana goodness.

Pasta Puttanesca

As someone who eats (and cooks) a lot of pasta, I’m not sure why I haven’t cooked puttanesca before. All this time I thought it was one of those complicated pasta recipes I would rather just eat in a restaurant than cook at home. Boy was I wrong. This is a very tasty pasta recipe and very simple too! It’s basically an olives + capers + anchovies sauce. Add some heat and this is me in a dish.

Roasted Mushrooms with Buttered Baguette

Next time we’re allowed to have dinner parties, I will serve this dish. It’s hassle-free, just pop the mushrooms in the oven (already seasoned with salt, pepper, and A LOT of olive oil) and roast. Buy a good baguette and lather some butter on it, top with the mushrooms and it’s sinfully addictive. Now I miss dinner parties.

Speedy Fish Chowder

This is my first chowder. First time to cook it and first time to eat it. It’s a homey kind of dish, one you’d like to eat on a rainy day. It’s basically a fish stew with potatoes and carrots. It’s a good dish, not extraordinary but good.

Ham & Brie Sandwich

Supposed to be a ham and brie sandwich, but turns out I had no ham on hand so I used sausage instead. I think it would have been better if I stuck with the recipe in this case. The sausage tasted wonky with the brie and apple. Next time I’ll make it with ham.

Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Croutons

Delicious! Why haven’t I thought of combining caramelized onions with roasted chicken?! This is very easy to assemble (I mean you could even skip the greens and croutons but go ahead and add them, they’re great) with very satisfying results.

Pasta with Ricotta and Mint

I hated this dish. There I said it. It’s so bland, it’s a waste of ricotta. I don’t know what I did wrong, or maybe we’re not just meant to be. I like a more strong flavor for my pasta. It’s sad because there’s nothing I like more than simple recipes, but they have to taste great too, you know.

Yogurt with Chilled Oranges and Mint

The breakfast food I never knew I wanted. Who knew chilled oranges could be so special? This is a delicious, healthy-ish breakfast option that needs zero effort. I mean is refrigeration a recipe step?

Weeknight Fried Rice

This is classic fried rice but with gojuchang sauce, the Korean red paste hot sauce. It has everything a good fried rice should have—cold rice, bits and pieces of carrots, green peas, spring onions, some meat, and eggs. Delicious! And yes the gojuchang made things hot and not boring.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie and Honey

I love the combination of honey and brie. Sweet and salty, turns out, is my jam. I will make this sandwich again.

Braised Kale with Paprika

We have this dish in the Philippines, we call this “adobong kangkong.” Obviously in this recipe, instead of kangkong, it’s kale (which is a lot more expensive here in PH). They taste the same. I like kangkong better because it has a milder after taste than kale. Kale is really not my favorite, I wish it was.

Peanut Butter Smoothie

Bananas check, peanut butter check, milk check! This is quick, simple, and delicious.