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…

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,…

Fish Tikka a la Sango

Another one of Sango’s easy-to-prepare dishes; prepare in advance … cook in minutes ! 500 gms seer fish (Spanish mackeral), skin and bones removed, cut into 1.5 x 1.5 inch cubes 3/4 cup hung curd * salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp each…

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…

Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

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…

Kumari’s (quick) beetroot (a side dish)

I saw her grating, stirring, tasting and serving – all in a few minutes. This was it. Beetroot, grated green chili (as required), de-seeded and sliced OR one or two dried red chilies OR a dash of chili powder I tomato, chopped 1 big onion, chopped Juice of lemon – to taste salt In a…

Mum’s wonderful, wonderful Buttermilk

The eternal go-to during Indian summers. There are so many varieties and recipes, but the one you are used to is the only one that hits all the right spots ! For 2 glasses : 3 tbsp thick yoghurt, whizzed in a blender Separately, give 3 shallots, 1 green chili and some fresh coriander a…

Shikanji – Homemade Lemonade

Traditional Indian lemonade, this is a summer favourite … and with current sweltering days and soaring temperatures … a welcome relief ! 1.2 litres of water 6 tbsp sugar Juice of 3 lemons black salt to taste Pepper powder, to taste A pinch of powdered cumin or ginger or chaat masala spice blend Mint or…

Sangeeta’s Quinoa, Chia & Flaxseed crusted Chicken

Another from Sango’s kitchen, table, imagination, research, cookbook … 200 gms chicken breast boneless Marinade 1 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp Coleman’s double superfine mustard powder,  into a paste with 1 tbsp cold water salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 6 cloves of garlic finely grated finely chopped herb of your choice, basil or…

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…

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 …

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….

Sylvia’s Poached Chicken

With Syl’s recipes, the making is as easy as the reading. Thanks much. 2 or 3 chicken breasts Garlic paste or ginger-garlic paste whatever herbs you have lying around tiny amount of salt and pepper (just for the flavour) few peppercorns a bay leaf few cloves 1 tsp chicken stock powder boiling water, to cover…

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…

Pam’s Beetroot Salad

Had this @ Pam’s on a hot summer afternoon, at lunch, and it was lovely. I normally dislike beetroots, but these half boiled ones retained a hefty crunch. Beetroot, parboiled, chopped fine 1/2 to 1 big onion, chopped fine 1 tomato, chopped fine green chili (as per taste), de-seeded, chopped fine dressing – salt, pepper…

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…

‘Kitchadi’ elevated to a party dish !

Lentil and rice based Indian comfort food – heartwarming, nourishing, filling and especially for those days when you don’t have much stuff at home or want to finish bits and bobs of vegetables. We usually make it on Mondays, when supplies are low, we haven’t yet been grocery shopping and I want to spend as…

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 Celery Soup

Continuing the Kuko kitchen legacy … an absolutely delicious soup in its simplicity. Celery, chopped 2 big onions, chopped garlic, crushed chicken stock dash of cream 1 boiled potato (optional) for a thicker soup 1 tsp sugar salt, pepper 1 tbsp port wine In olive oil, saute the celery, onion and garlic. If using the…

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…

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 :…

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…

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…

Kumari’s Mutton & Drumstick Curry

Kumari, Mum’s helper, brought a gift of six fresh, bright green murungakas – as they are called in Tamil – with the injunction, complete with recipe, that I was to take it to Singapore and cook it for Mum, with mutton.The murungas had been gathered from her garden, and from the tree across the wall,…

Rice Dishes

Tried out a number of easy rice dishes, all good, all quickly done. You could either use a rice cooker or make it in a pan. Coconut Rice 1 cup rice big onions, chopped green chili cinnamon stick, broken 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup water Salt Sputter the cinnamon stick in hot oil, add…

Ambrosia

This quintessential southern American salad (or dessert) was a light and refreshing to end a light and refreshing plated dinner at the peak of Singapore’s hot, humid, steamy summer (having jettisoned the traditional cherries, marshmallows and cream). I don’t know where I discovered the recipe years ago, but the slip of paper in my book…

A Beer Marinade for Chicken

Rooting around for something different, to marinate 3 chicken legs overnight for a quick lunch with a salad. Nothing much in the fridge, except the beer, and a few onions. Came out pretty well, except tried to pan fry instead of grilling it and that didn’t cook the chicken, so turned everything into a pressure…

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…

Watermelon Steak Salad

On a visit to Vancouver a few weeks ago, I had a phenomenal Tuna Watermelon Salad at the Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano, with chunks of seared tuna tossed with feta, cucumber, egg, anchovy and guanciale (cured meat from Italy, prepared from pork jowl). I came across another watermelon salad recipe and it was pretty good….

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…

A Cleansing Crunch of a Salad

Beetroot, Carrot, Sprouted Mung Bean and Mint Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing Some days you just feel your palate need a cleansing crunch and this salad is perfect for it. I just happened to have the ingredients on hand and hoped it would work – and it did. I medium sized beetroot cut in thin…

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…

Pantry Checklists : Veg and Vegan

This one I stumbled upon, from link to link to link,  a useful checklist, if you need one. V e g e t a r i a n  &  V e g a n  P a n t r y  C h e c k l i s t Grains & Seeds Brown Rice High…

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…

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.

Wild Olives – 2

The wild olives from my garden, after being soaked in water for 2 days. Check the link for a picture of how they looked on the tree, before the picking and the pickling.

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…