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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

An Indian Breakfast that never got made … Chez Rosalyn Mary, Coonoor

Pesarattu or Dhal Dosa Whole green moong dhal, sprouted Half and half of split yellow and green moong dhal A handful of rice (for crispness) Red chili Ginger A pinch of hing or asephoetida Salt Onions, coriander and curry leaves, finely chopped Soak the dals overnight. Grind to a fine paste with the rice, chili,…

Dips & Things Chez Rosalyn Mary, Coonoor

Yoghurt Dip A cup or two of thick yoghurt, in muslin, hung up to drip and thicken, a few hours Garlic (as per taste), minced Parsley from the herb garden, chopped Salt, pepper Chili flakes (optional) A dash of wasabi (optional) Coarsely ground jeera or cumin (optional) Finely, finely diced Japanese cucumber with skin (optional)…

Soups Chez Rosalyn Mary, Coonoor

Pumpkin & Spinach Soup Onion, diced Garlic, minced Pumpkin, cubed Spinach, chopped 1 cup fresh orange juice, or as per taste Salt, pepper Saute onion, garlic, pumpkin and add spinach at the end, continue sauteing. Cool, add the orange juice, season, blend, enjoy. Capsicum Soup Onion, diced Garlic, minced Peppers, sliced, seeded, roasted with a…

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…

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…

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…

Indonesian ‘sambal’ grilled Fish

This has to be one of the easiest and most delish of fish dishes ! Marinate fish fillets with salt and a fair bit of coriander powder (I used mackarel). Pound garlic, green or red chilies and shallots into a coarse paste. Pan fry the fish in minimum oil, remove, add the ground mixture and…