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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Veronica’s Sambal Tomat (tomato hot sauce or relish)

A sambal (or sambel as in Javanese) comes in many varieties and tastes; they are piquant, spicy, chili hot … and are made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers and secondary ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice or other vinegars … in myriad…

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…

Elsie’s Brinjal ‘meykewerti’ (in Malayalam, a vegetable dish)

brinjals (aubergines) of any kind, cut in thinnish long wedges 1 big onion, sliced 1 heaped tsp ginger-garlic paste chili powder, to taste 1 big or 2 small tomatoes, chopped salt 1/4 cup tamarind water (soak tamarind pulp in hot water for a bit, and extract clear tamarind water) a couple of spoonfuls fresh grated…

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…

Elizabeth’s Sardine Curry

David and Elizabeth have been endlessly kind, preparing different kinds of food to entice Mum into eating. Sardines, suggested David, a curry of sardines, the easiest thing to make. I had not heard of sardine curry, and the next thing I knew was Elizabeth had made and sent across two versions, one spicier than the…

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,…

Mona’s Pumpkin with Black-eyed Beans

Another of her simple superlatives … great with plain rice. South Indian to the core, and lovely. A sprig of curry leaves a handful of fresh grated coconut 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds) 1 or 2 green chilies, deseeded 1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder) Grind the above ingredients to a fine paste. black-eyed beans red…

Roasted Pear and Apple Roquefort Salad

This one’s a winner – saw the recipe somewhere and remembered to try it out. Light, and satisfying. Prepare earlier, assemble before serving. 2 pears and 2 apples, cored, sliced into 1/2 inch rings Olive oil, as required salt and cracked black pepper arugula 60g proscuitto, sliced 60 g crushed pistachios 60g Roquefort or other…

Indonesian Vegetable ‘Urap’

This is an easily repeatable dish – brings a different flavour to the table and the vegetable. Very interesting. 500g winged beans, washed, sliced crosswise in 0.5 cm pieces 300g cabbage, sliced in 1 cm pieces 3 large red chilies, sliced 4 or 5 bird’s eye chilies, sliced                                                             ) 5…

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…

Jen’s Raw Papaya ‘Subzi’ with Mustard

don’t ask for proportions … the regular, like we do our indian sabjis, but it has to be mustard-y … so the ground mustard paste … be generous ! its quite delicious raw papaya, cut in thin, small slices urud dal (urud dal explained) hing (asephoetida) mustard seeds green chilis, slit (de-seeded if you want…

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…