Month: August 2015

5 Greens, Smoked Almonds and Feta Salad

Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad
Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad

I am the food I eat. And the days I eat just greens I feel like a mountain goat…light on my feet and ready to run at the sight of an open road, with music plugged to my ears! I’ve done a million combinations of this one basic salad and each one ends up yummy!

The base of a good salad is the quality of the ingredients you use, the combination of crunch, sweet, salty, spicy, nutty and eye candy appeal. Most salads are served cold and that’s what we in India love to eat given the crazy temperatures we live in. Its perfect when paired with a sandwich or a soup. This one has my favourite ingredient: feta.

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Glazed Steak Roll Ups

Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat
Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat

Whilst surfing for things to do with my water buffalo meat–yeah beef is banned in my part of India–I came across gorgeous looking dish. I didn’t bother to read the recipe or to figure out how complex it would be, or how many hours of back-breaking labour it would involve before I’d set me mind and heart and stomach on it. The  plans for a Sunday dinner were fixed, at least in my mind.

A steak definitely calls for sides of mashed potato, so the pots went into the oven, unsalted butter was called for and the stage was set. Wait…my favourite butcher had no meat :(  That was surely not going to dampen my spirits..my entire weekend depends on the food I cook! A quick trip to Godrej’s Natures Basket and I managed to lay my hands on Prasuna’s steaks. That would have to do.

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Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie

Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie
Chilli Pretzel Sugar-free Brownie

I love brownies, actually I love anything and everything that has chocolate in it. A slab of delicious dark chocolate is the best pick me up there ever can be, especially when that dark chocolate has a soft liqueur center and it calls for your attention around midnight…that’s the only time I raid the fridge. But this post is not about me, it’s about the soft, fudgy sugar-free brownie that was baked only because I laid my hands on mini chilli pretzels! Yup, you heard it right. Chilli and chocolate are an amazing combination. I’ve cooked chocolate with chicken and even with Goan pork sausages and has it been a delightful feast!
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Peach Banana SuperSeed Smoothie

Power packed peach and banana smoothie
Power packed peach and banana, almonds, oats smoothie

This week I plan to skip my dinner and chug smoothies and soups instead, not to tough considering I love fruits and have put on weight :(  This smoothie is power packed with 5 super seeds, to ensure my energy levels stay well above average after a hard day’s work. You can choose a combination of seeds to tickle your taste buds and needs, i like this one: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, black and white sesame seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

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Mashed Potatoes

Grilled to perfection: mashed potatoes
Grilled to perfection: mashed potatoes

How often have you made mashed potatoes and compared them to the ones you dig into at your friendly neighbouring fine dine and realised that they’re not quite the same? Every time? This simple dish is actually quite time-consuming if you do it right way. It’s not as simple as boil-mash-season and serve. It’s more like bake-scoop-mash-butter-mash-cream-mash-season-mash-cream cheese-mash – and some take it a step further and add mustard powder too! Not me…I bake and grill it again :)

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Potatoes Sauteed with Burnt Garlic

Burnt garlic potatoes
Potatoes sautéed with brunt garlic

There’s something about potatoes, that lend them their ‘I must gobble these up’ quality. During the week, we follow a completely almost no carb diet, and this golden brown underground root, is nowhere close to a frying pan. But come weekend, and the pots start to get glazed with delicious sauces, the kitchen is buzzing with rich flavours and the fancy knives are sharpened for the clean-cut!

But coming back to potatoes, have you noticed how they work with almost every protein on earth! And even lend themselves to veggie gravies…

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Fish Baked in Salt

Straight out of the oven, salt baked pomfret
Straight out of the oven, salt baked pomfret

This dish has been specially made for a friend…he wanted a youtube video, but i’m just about getting the hang of a blog! May be next year Wendell:) But my step-by-step post should be good enough to make this really simple, but brilliant tasting dish.

Baking in salt is a really old technique and everyone from the French, Spanish, Italians, Portuguese to the Africans have laid claim on it. But the truth is, a similar recipe was traced down to the 4th Century BC, when a Greek living in Sicily cooked herbed fish by encasing it in two pounds of salt moistened with water and egg whites. The fish was served by drizzling it with first press olive oil.

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