Indian Olives ?

Saw this recipe in a magazine or newspaper or something in India, couldn’t quite get my head around it, but it does sound interesting. Orange and Chaat Masala Olives 30 black Spanish olives 4 cloves garlic 1 sprig rosemary 4 to 5 thin slices whole orange, peel on 1 tsp dried red chili flakes 3…

Sangeeta’s Beet Hummus

I have the very very good fortune of knowing gifted, intuitive cooks who – apart from being close friends – are willing to share recipes, thoughts, innovations, suggestions. Sangeeta is one such, and one of my dearest treasures is the handwritten cookbook she gifted me over 30 years ago. Now a passionate advocate of Intermittent…

Burratinas before dinner …

This gets done in a flash when all the ingredients are assembled … fresh burratina from Puglia, tomatoes on the vine, sweeter than sweet, olive oil, fresh basil, avocadao oil, a terrific balsamic reduction and a dash of salt and pepper.   Place a burratino in the serving dish, drizzle the avocado oil over it….

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…

Kuko’s Broccoli-Date-Pomegranate Salad

Another winner from the Kuko table ! Source and mix. Serve. Broccoli florets, steamed Pitted dates, sliced pomegranate arils toasted almond slivers honey mustard dressing Honey mustard dressing 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp mustard powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tbsp dijon mustard 3 tbsp olive oil…

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,…

Apricots. Apricots. Apricots.

The fruit is everywhere, warm, orange, gold, offering all kinds of suggestions.                       Sauces. Appetizers. On the side. Three recipes I haven’t yet tried. Sound delicious though. As an accompaniment, from Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Owner of Shaya in New Orleans. Stir together :…

Sweet Paul’s Famous Feta & Lemon Dip

Came across this first in his cookbook and then online – will be trying it out very soon. Looks and sounds terrific. This is the most blogged, tweeted, and pinned recipe I have ever created. It’s also one of the simplest recipes ever. Just a few ingredients, 2 minutes in the food processor, and voila,…

Baked Olives a la Navzer

Thrown together to no particular recipe, according to Navzer, this was another stellar pick on that cold Vancouver evening, along with the patates bravas. zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 clove garlic, chopped fine 1 tbsp olive oil Sliced lemon from zested lemon olives A slug of wine Preheat oven to 350…

Patates Bravas by Navzer

A tapas dish from Spain, this is Navzer’s version, served on a cold Vancouver evening, quite the shining star among an abundance of delish platters. potatoes with skin, in small pieces, or small potatoes halved olive oil mayonnaise any hot sauce paprika or crushed red chili flakes chopped garlic, about 4 to 5 cloves squeeze…

A Sunday lunch with prosecco and friends

Unplanned, on-the-spur-of-the-moment and impromptu, this lunch was sunny, sparkly, air-conditioned and frothy both in liquid sustenance and atmosphere : good cheer, good friends, good food (even if I say so myself). With Raising Sand (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), thank you Neena. Menu Prosecco, prosecco, prosecco. And good old G & T. And fresh, tender…

Prawn Aglio Olio

Mona has been turning them out, dish after dish, and here’s the latest. Spaghetti, cooked al dente in salted water with a dash of olive oil, reserve a bit of the water Prawns, marinated for 10 minutes with oregano, black pepper, salt and a dash of lime juice (optional) Red chilies, sliced garlic, finely diced…

Saturday Lunch

When family visits, its food, drink and long conversations well into the afternoon. Menu : Bubbly Roast chicken with pumpkin and sweet potatoes Blanched asparagus spears with brussel sprouts and diced prosciutto Greek Salad (a variation) The leaves were fresh and crisp, the avocado just right. Added pomegranate arils, cubed feta, sliced button mushrooms and…

Rocket Pesto a la Syl

Rocket was growing in wild profusion in the garden bed. One of the few things growing in any sort of profusion in our veggie patch at Rema Rainbow Valley, Panchakshipura, Tamil Nadu. So I thought I’d find a good use for it – beyond a salad. I had eaten rocket pesto before but never tried…

150 Calorie Snacks

The last of the Good Housekeeping reprints … for those with a yen for the Mediterranean lifestyle, and the in-betweeners between meals. 1 heaped tbsp houmous with strips of courgette, carrot and red or yellow pepper 40g cheese and an apple 25g plain 70% dark chocolate (about 2 squares) 25g seed, nut and sultanas, mixed…

Veronica’s Chicken ‘Aroma’

Cutting calories and food portions gets  repetitive and boring : its the same old, same old with some slight variations, at least as far as I am concerned. Its a drag to explore new variations on 100 or 150g of chicken per meal, month in and month out. Veronica, who is a part of the how…

400 Calorie Lunches

These may hold a few surprises – so little yet so much … or vice versa. Guacamole & Pita 2 tbsp guacamole with 1 wholemeal pita,85g rocket and 1 tbsp olive oil / vinegar dressing. Salad Salad leaves, a few cherry tomatoes, 1/2 sliced avocado, 50g goat’s cheese, 1 tbsp pistachios and a drizzle of…

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 Mediterranean Way

Much has been written and discussed about this uber-healthy diet and food lifestyle. I came across this set of simple RULES to print and stick on the fridge – so as you don’t forget, or wonder … or lapse. Even if you do, this daily reminder should put back on track very soon. THE MED…