Tag: Herbs

Baked Cheesy Tortilla

A slice of the baked tortilla, filled with veggies and warm grilled cottage cheese sizzling on top
A slice of the baked tortilla, filled with veggies and warm grilled cottage cheese sizzling on top

So yesterday I tried to bake a sugar-free oats and yoghurt cake with blueberries. I broke the first rule of baking, didn’t measure my baking powder and over beat the eggs. It ended up being hard and bread like, I don’t usually have such disasters in the kitchen and was super upset. I needed a pick me up. Nothing in my fridge seemed to be right for the moment and I¬†had run out of chocolates ūüôĀ That’s when I glanced upon 2 slices of a thin herbed wheat pizza base. My brain started ticking. Should I convert them into quesadillas? (pronounced: cay-suh-dee-yuh) Or may be just turn them into dinner…something that’s warm, simple, wholesome and smooth. The thought of a Baked Cheesy Tortilla brought back a smile. The dish requires very little attention whilst its cooking. It’s almost like a pizza but 100 times more nutritious and loaded with healthy vegetables like mushrooms, spinach, onions, tomatoes and the cheese in it comes from cottage cheese. It’s my go-to-dish, try it and you will know why ūüôā

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Pomegranate and Yellow Bell Pepper Cheese Ball

Red millet crackers with the   fruity cheese ball
Red millet crackers with the fruity cheese ball

This¬†week has been a¬†crazy one…from making my first homemade almond milk to cooking the 8-layer box sandwich¬†to spending my time researching on a new line of a product a friend wants to introduce into the market next year. It was R&D time all the way. And I had friends dropping in for a quick snack that ended up to be really long snack-rolled into dinner break too. To my horror my pantry wasn’t a well stocked one that evening. I had to literally pull something out of almost nothing. That’s when I remembered having seen a cheese ball on Pinterest¬†some months ago. This Cheese Ball is a product of all the time I spent online. ūüôā

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Cobb Salad with a Coriander and Parsley Dressing

Cobb Salad with a parsley and coriander dressing
Cobb Salad with a parsley and coriander dressing

This is one the simplest salads to put together, if you have good knife skills. The first time I ate a Cobb salad was at Hard Rock Cafe. When the plate came to our table it was the amazing array of colours that threw me off guard, each ingredient forming a perfect line as it lay against each other, beckoning me to throw in the dressings and mix it all up. Food can’t be linear, at least not for me!

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Baked Mushrooms

Crispy Baked Mushrooms
Crispy baked mushrooms

I am not a mushroom fan, and yet due to its nutritional qualities, especially the Vitamin D content, I try and incorporate the fungus into my meals at least once a week. Most often it’s just thrown into a gravy or stir fried with some onions and bell peppers, this is the first time I’ve made it a hero and am I glad!

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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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Hummus

Homemade hummus with pita bread
Homemade hummus with pita bread

This is proof that you don’t need much to turn out a brilliant finger licking entree. 3 basic ingredients and a simple mixer (food processor) is all this needs.

My introduction to hummus was courtesy a friend who loved mediterranean food. It was one rainy Sunday when we were sitting on wicker¬†chairs with blue upholstery, within a really delicately designed sparkling white restaurant when this appetiser arrives. Tucked into the dip were crispy lavash. Chickpeas delicately rested on the fine edge of the hummus. Slit green chillies, paprika and lemon juice glistened against a well of olive oil. It seemed to pretty to destroy, and yet I had no control over my fingers. They dug into the hummus spoon after spoon…

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Baked Kale Crisps and Apple and Cinnamon Crisps

Home made baked kale crisps
Home made baked kale crisps

I succumbed…succumbed to the need of making my food healthier. Boiled potatoes are fine, but those gorgeous soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, thrice-cooked-potato chips no way…So when¬†I¬†cooked up this¬†delicious cheese stuffed chicken burger¬†(made with chicken that has been steeped in hot water to knock of the fat, yeah yeah the things I do to keep the fat away) I just had to make homemade baked crisps to go with it.¬†

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Banana Mashed Up! The Jain Mash

Amazingly smooth and flavoursome: Banana Mash
Amazingly smooth and flavoursome: Banana Mash

Last week was a test of my culinary skills. I had two friends over for dinner–one a carnivore and the other a pure Jain (read no roots, no mushrooms, of course no onion, garlic and meat) and to add to my trauma, they wanted similar looking plates! Bring it on, girls….

A quick check of what can and cannot be eaten by Jains thanks to Tarla Dalal, may her soul rest in peace, proved i could use raw plantain to create a mash! One element done the rest was easy to fill in, created a beautiful plate using mango salsa and paneer steaks grilled with a freshly made sweet-chillie sauce.

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