Category: One-pot dish

Shakshuka or Baked Eggs

Shakshuka: eggy bliss
Shakshuka: eggy bliss

Weekends call for some quick and colourful meal options. I mean even for breakfast I hate seeing a boring sunny side up or poached eggs with toast or even an egg sandwich. It does nothing for my desire for the day to start off on a different (read happy, lazy) note. Enter Internet and Google search engine. Words keyed in: Colourful, eggs, wholesome, diet, Images. And out pops this colourful picture of a baked egg or Shakshuka.

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Seven-Bean Five-Layer Salad with a Tangy Lime Dressing

7 Bean 5 Layer Salad
7 Bean 5 Layer Salad

I’ve often been told that beans are fabulous for health and I must include it in my diet as often as I can. So my mornings start with sprouted green gram and in the evening’s I try to make myself a hummus, (have you heard of black bean hummus? It tastes quite yum when served with rye crackers) or at times even use it as a base for my meats and gravies or even just stir fried in a dollop of butter with garlic. But this is the first time I’ve used 7 different beans together in a salad and it is quite a treat.

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Grilled Tomato and Celery Soup

Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup
Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup

There can be nothing as pure in taste as this concoction. It’s a perfect pick-me snack in the evening, a lazy day’s supper or even dinner when combined with a Cobb Salad or any other salad of your choice and–now here’s where I go a little crazy–a cocktail! Yup you heard me right, chill it, add a largish dash of red pepper tabasco, a bit of Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lime, a salt rimmed glass and top it up with Vodka, your Herby Bloody Mary is ready.

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Crispy Potato Bake with Cheese

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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Bacon, Feta and Date Rolls

date rollsIf there is one dish that has managed to light up every single guests eye and plaster a smile on it, it is this one…a simple roll, baked to perfection. A crisp exterior, a sweetened centre and a gooey soft pillowy bite! Wait till your guests take a bite, hear the ‘ooohhhhssss’ and ‘ahhhhssss’ and ‘yyyyyuuuuummmms’ and take a bow.:)  You have not just hit the sweet spot, but have become every man’s favourite chef (read person) and every woman’s envy. Enjoy the feeling.

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Chicken Roulade with Pomegranate and Wine Jus

Chicken roulade stuffed with pepperoni, cheese, smoked dried tomatoes and spinach...bliss
Chicken roulade stuffed with pepperoni, cheese, smoked dried tomatoes and spinach…bliss

This is a completely inspired dish and all credit goes to MasterChef shows on TV. It’s taken a couple of times to perfect, but even when the roulade wasn’t perfectly rolled, it tasted excellent. The play of colours and textures and the excitement of beating chicken into a thin even perfect layer far exceeds the trauma of cracking the flesh whilst you’re rolling it. I’d say forget the inhibitions and just go for it!

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Spicy Goan Pork Sausage Chilli Fry

Yummilicious...all ready to be stirred up
Yummilicious…all ready to be stirred up

God bless the person who created the first sausage and god bless the person who created these hot and spicy Goan sausages with innumerable porkys. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fall in love with this delicious meat that swims in fat, but here I am a humble prisoner to the command it has on my salivary glands.

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