21 Ways to Get More Protein without Eating Meat

Came across this online; worth storing for reference (and out of interest) … 21 easy, alternative ways to add protein to your diet: 1 cup peanuts: 41 grams of protein. 1 cup pumpkin seeds: 39 grams. 1 cup cheese (Swiss, mozzarella, Colby Jack): 36 grams 1 cup tempeh: 34 grams 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese:…

Green Chili Pickle, from Syl

“So many chilies. Given a heap away. But they keep growing in such abundance on the bushes in our compound. Not wanting to see them go to waste I thought about pickling them. A friend suggested I look up Nisha Madhulika’s FB vlog for a reliable recipe. So I did, and here’s the result.” The…

Iron rich meal suggestions

Back to Sango, and the latest on her Intermittent Fasting successes (which are quite mind-boggling and extensive. Less 20 kg now, with glowing skin and uber energy). Some tips and suggestions. All sources of iron should be eaten with Vitamin C rich food such as spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bean sprouts, dried beans, lentils,…

Gluten-free Banana Bread

This recipe popped up as the link to an article on my phone, and I can’t remember if it was from the International New York Times, or Time, or Flipboard or Pocket … but something made me click on the link to the recipe and I copied it out to try out later. When I…

Sango’s Multi-Seed Bread

So met Sango again, after a couple of years and she’s down 20kg, bursting with energy, glowing skin … thanks to a strict discipline of intermittent fasting. This is one of her fave recipes that’s helped her on her way to what she is today. 1 cup/125 gms sunflower seeds (or a mix of sunflower…

Pinhead or steel cut oats for Brekkers

Steel cut oats. The Sangeeta version.   A bowl of slow cooked pinhead oats, lavished with thick coconut milk, bananas, pomegranate and some macadamia nuts ! Delicious !! My mantra is soak everything for at least 7 hours ! Pix off the net, with thanks …

Chia Pudding for Breakfast

Came across this recipe somewhere, can’t remember. Sounds interesting. for 3 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 2 tbsp maple syrup (adjust to taste) 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract fresh cherries or berries for garnish a small handful of toasted nuts – almonds, crushed pistachios, for garnish Combine chia seeds, almond…

Kuko’s Grilled Peppers

I know this sounds like a no-brainer … but when served piping hot, with meat and salad on a cold Gurgaon evening, music playing, wine in hand and catching up with old friends after yonks, it was delicious beyond belief. Green, red and yellow peppers, sliced, de-seeded, pith removed olive oil crushed garlic oregano salt…

Vermicelli for Breakfast

This vermicelli uppuma is a staple in many south Indian homes, a quick breakfast dish that is satisfyingly simple to make. Big onions, chopped curry leaves mustard seeds grated ginger urud dhal dried red chilies roasted vermicelli a little water Banana, on the side In hot oil, sputter the onions, curry leaves, mustard, ginger, chilies….

Kuko’s Grilled Mushrooms

I’m a sucker for food that delicious, easy to prepare and involves the least work. So these few posts are all things Kuko, as she whips them up effortlessly, remains elegant and relaxed and entertains with gracious facility ! Button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, patted dry Finely chopped onion cheddar cheese a dash of mayonaisse…

Kuko’s (Indian) twist on a salad dressing

To give regular salad dressing a bite … … sputter in olive oil, some mustard seeds, curry leaves and a couple of dry red chilies. Mix this into the vinaigrette and lift with the addition of a couple of tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Goes brilliantly with grated carrots. Pix off the web, with thanks,…

Brekkie, in some style !

Veggies are good at breakfast, I read, they are especially good, as they’re nutritious, full of antioxidants, provide very few calories per portion, and are packed with fiber—which is filling because it takes up space in your digestive system. Fiber also slows digestion, which means you’ll have a steadier supply of energy over a longer…

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies : a breakfast option

So, after a very early morning Pilates class, Sudha handed me a cookie which she said was her breakfast, on her way to her next class. It was delicious. Here is the recipe, which I got from her, which she got from Smitten Kitchen. Given that its been passed from hand to hand or rather…

Another easy, filling Brekkie

Trying to make the mornings easier, healthier and fast, on-the-go; with food that’s good on the table and in the system. So this is Veron’s – googled, I think, off the net. Almond milk, thinner as it is from regular dairy, and off a different non-milk white – ivory ? – doesn’t photograph as well,…

A Green and Delish Breakfast

So, no grains. Nothing acidic. Light yet filling. Tasty. This is entirely Veron’s creation and it was so good, so good. Boiled eggs, halved. Yolk discarded. Avocado into guacamole sans tomatoes (and it tasted better). Organic kale chopped, freshened with a simple olive oil/lemon juice/salt/pepper dressing. Roasted pine nuts. And for those who wanted grains…

Vasu’s Tomato Chutney

… to go with dosas … crisp dosas and this piquant accompaniment … 1 tomato 2 big onions a knob of ginger, about a cm all round 1 clove garlic 2 to 3 sprigs fresh coriander curry leaves salt Fry all of the above in a bit of oil, cool a bit and grind to…

Bombay Masala Scrambled Eggs aka Anda Burji

A breakfast staple in India, good with either bread or parathas, this is Mona’s delish version.   8 eggs, whisked with pepper, salt and a dash of milk 2 tomatoes, chopped lots of fresh coriander, chopped 2 big onions, chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 green chilies, finely diced pinch of haldi (turmeric powder) a…

Breakfast in a Mason Jar

This worked brilliantly – easy, delish and convenient. The Cuisinart smoothie-blender is very ergonomic and this came out tops. And the Mason jars are great to walk around with … The Banana Bonanza (for 2) 2 ripe bananas 2 tablespoons raw oats 8 almonds 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal 1/2 cup vanilla flavoured Greek yoghurt 1/2…

Vasu’s Coconut Chutney

Simple, and whipped up in a flash. In India, and breakfast is all things South Indian, which means dosas, idlis … and today, adais for breakfast. I watched her deftly prepare the accompaniment, and here is the how. 1 cup freshly grated coconut 1 pod garlic bit of fresh ginger, one and a half times…

Poached Eggs for Breakfast

So Syl arrived with these silicon containers to poach the eggs. And vinegar was added to the water and a pot set a-boil, and the darn things lowered gently in. Gently.          And into a plate, with slices of smoked salmon and some herbs. Toast. A grind of salt and pepper. Divine.

Rainy Days & Mondays

‘Adda’ – steamed (banana leaf) rice pancakes with coconut and jaggery : in memory of school days, rainy days and Mondays … Coming home from school on a Mumbai rainy day, having sloshed through all the puddles in our Duckback raincoats and gumboots, you entered the house hoping to get the aroma of something delicious…

Bon Appetit

This is to kick off the memories : Paris 2009 with friends : a holiday of the senses, an effervescence of food, an exploration of haute cuisine, gastro-tourism, Michelin stars, Michelin guides and just plain ordinary eating. The compact, businesslike (soon to be rated Michelin discovery) Le Gaigne in the Marais quarter (third arrondissement) makes…

Trying out gluten free cereals …

Gluten free small batch toasted organic rice flakes, walnuts, flax seeds and palm sugar shavings. Would you buy ? I don’t eat cereal … but if I did, I would. I certainly would. How does it taste ? Been eating the muesli every day. Enjoying it, especially with virgin coconut oil, no milk. It tastes…

Breakfast Muesli : Recipe for Syl

Is the one you are referring to ? ‘… which I had it at your place a 100 years ago …’ Muesli ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped 1 cup oats 1 cup wheat flakes 1 cup barley flakes 1 cup raisins ½ cup chopped dried apricots…

300 Calorie Breakfasts

The last entry, this one and the next two contain information on Mediterranean eating fundamentals. The credit for all the hard work and good information goes to the September 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping. They’ve kept it simple and made it easy ! Oatmeal with Fruit & Nuts Combine 25g rolled oats with 100g  plain…

The Chalkboard

A friend emailed a link with the brief comment – interesting. Indeed, it is. Check it out.

The Dalia Dosa

Bursting with health ! Whole wheat, broken up, she said, do you get it in Singapore ? Hmm, I do get the ‘dalia‘ I replied and she said, perfect. Though dalia is normally eaten at night because it is ‘light’, I would prefer that you had it in the morning because I believe it is…