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…

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…

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….

Pam’s stir-fried Paneer

Another light, easily made dish. Stir fry, serve. Paneer is a fresh cheese from South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. It is unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer or curd cheese, made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar or any other food acids. paneer, cubed a bit of oil whole jeera (cumin) pinch of sugar…

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 :…

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…

Dahi vadas aka dumplings in spiced yoghurt a la South India

Delish beyond belief. Now craving South Indian cuisine. curry leaves 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 inch knob ginger 2 green chilies (or more, according to taste)  2 handfuls urud dhal, washed, cleaned and soaked for 6 hours or overnight in water Grind all of the above with minimum water added, adding it judiciously and a…

Spice Options

I can’t see myself making these, but found the idea appealing – freshly ground spice mixes for the occasion ! Found this in a magazine, as I do on the odd occasion I read magazines, usually in waiting rooms … Caribbean Jerk (makes 2 tablespoons) Use as a marinade mixed with a little honey and…

When in Vancouver …

Crackers a la Tenaz – pre-wine, from what’s available in the fridge and garden, and on the table Crisp herb crackers, topped with a garlic cheese spread, sprinkled with mixed nuts and chia seeds, then layered with a slather of spicy red pepper jelly (so good, so fresh from the farms and greenhouses of Fraser…

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…

Sudha’s KurMur

Its onomatopoeic … kurmur, kurmur … crisp and crackling, with a drink, as a snack, or just simply because. And this one is healthy, made at home and easy ! Thanks Sudha, for sharing the recipe. 4 cups cornflakes 4 cups puffed rice or rice krispies 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup sunflower seeds 1…

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…

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…

Are all changes good in a food programme ?

There will be changes to your body when you start a food programme – that is the whole point. But are all these changes for the good ? A friend wrote in about her spouse who lost 10 kg on his nutritionally controlled diet but developed painful hemorrhoids, possibly because he did not vary his…

The Chalkboard

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

Strangely beautiful Veggie Mix for Wraps

Just cooked my 1/2 cup veggies for lunch. Yum. I doubled the quantity (for tomorrow as well) so I’ll just give you ingredients. Handful of green beans diced in 1 cm pieces Handful of corn kernels Handful of peas 1 red onion Chili flakes Panch Phoran Garlic flakes Pinch of Za’atar – Middle eastern spice…

Sunshine on a Plate : tian of tomato

Came across this recipe by Chef Reynaldo Arriola of Halia Restaurant in Singapore. Haven’t tried it, but reads delicious and sounds healthy ! Vine-ripened tomatoes have the perfect balance of sugars and acids, as well as flavour. Teamed with ripe mango and avocado, and just a dash of seasoning … sounds mmmm. 1 vine-ripened tomato,…