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…

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…

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…

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…

Mona’s Fish Curry with Raw Mango

My sister in law is visiting, she is one of those gifted people, intuitive and instinctive around food (like Syl, Jen and Kalpana) and everything she makes is simple and superlative. This is her South Indian fish curry, whipped up in no time. 1 kg mackerel   (aka tenggiri, batang … ), cleaned, sliced and…

Authentic Indian ‘Curry’ Powder

So Mum has moved to Singapore and is being cared for. She has been very unwell and weak, and the mandate is to feed her but she is picky, picky, picky. Mealtimes, and she becomes mutinous, begins arguing, turns her face away, refuses to eat. Vasu, her helper, has got into the cooking act and…

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…

Grilled Fruit with a Palm-sugar-Rum syrup

Came across this recipe, haven’t tried it out but sounds delicious. 2 bananas, unpeeled, sliced in half lengthwise 2 slices pineapple, peeled, cored 2 mangoes, unpeeled, sliced to obtain 4 cheeks Syrup 1/2 cup gula melaka or palm sugar, chopped small 1/2 cup water 1 tbsp dark rum Garnish Roasted peanuts Mint leaves Heat a…

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…

A light lunch before Golf !

A reprise of an earlier meal, but better each time, and the pictures speak for themselves !! Grilled Salmon Mango & Kiwi Salad Herbed Mozarella with Beef tomatoes and Basil Mango Sorbet Photographs by A Thomas except pix of mango sorbet, borrowed from http://www.babble.com

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…

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…

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…

Nasi Tumpeng : A Birthday Celebration

A birthday and a surprise : Nasi Tumpeng. A birthday gift (and surprise from Veronica), a celebratory dinner. Nasi Tumpeng, the elaborate rice dish from Indonesia, painstakingly made with love. The rice – uduk rice tinged yellow with turmeric – is moulded by a cone-shaped woven bamboo container and occupies center stage on a tampah or…

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…

The May 8 Dinner : For the support group …

When its a small sit-down dinner, one that is formal, and one seeks to choose, cook and serve with care … in the menu and the presentation, for flavour and ingredients, for the new and the interesting; this, then was how it went (sourced from the net), plated, assembled, tested, tasted and modified at the…

Breakfast Muesli : Recipe for Syl

Is the one you are referring to ? ‘… which I had it at your place a 100 years ago …’ Muesli ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped 1 cup oats 1 cup wheat flakes 1 cup barley flakes 1 cup raisins ½ cup chopped dried apricots…

Delicate, yet filling Chicken Soup

Chicken soup can be quite bland but this one has some oomph to it. I made it last weekend while we stayed over at some friends home in the Barossa (South Australia). You make it in two stages but it’s really simple. Makes 4 Man serves or 6 for smaller helpings (as recommended for right…

Tortilla Hotdog

One of the most satisfying ‘lunches’ on the food programme. The nutritionist asked me what I would like to eat and when she suggested sausages, I practically prostrated with gratitude. And a whole wheat tortilla, she said. Got big, fat, juicy chicken-baked apple sausages (and she could even out the calories somewhere else during the…

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…

A Light Grilled Fish

The programme calls for 200g of any fish, and one of the gang shared her recipe, with her trademark throw-it-together-depending-on-what’s-in-the-refrigerator. Douse 200gms of Basa (fish) fillet in a coriander, lemongrass and shallot paste moistened with Meyer lemon (off my tree) juice, and a skimpy dribble of olive oil. Grill. I could have another 200gms! From…

Preparing yourself for a new food programme

Having recently embarked on a new food regime to re-balance and recalibrate one’s metabolism for optimal functioning, we had to undergo a week of preparing the body – a kind of cleansing or detox. Here are the fundamentals. 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. 6.15 a.m. : One glass of water before coffee…

Wild Olives

Wild olives, anybody ? One of the Gangof480 mailed this picture with the message : In my yard. Aren’t they pretty? I am going to have a crack at pickling them. Must be a recipe on google. How lucky is she to step into her yard to pick this bounty as and when ? Or…