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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. 🙂

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Mince/ Corn Stuffed Vol au Vent

Corn and cheese filled puff pastry
Corn and cheese filled puff pastry

2016 has brought with it a whole lot of guests and entertainment. I’ve literally thrown a party every other day of the year so far! But it’s been a fun fortnight with my refrigerator always full of desserts and pastries and quick bites and materials to put together a quick snack.

Yes, it is a good idea to keep some pastry dough handy at all times. Now I come from a family that doesn’t use a microwave so yes it does get difficult to defrost the dough before it can be rolled into these french delicacies, but it’s all part of the game. But if you aren’t as crazy as I am, you can buy these and regular ready to use tart bases at any grocery store, In Mumbai ‘Camy’ or ‘Nature’s Basket’ is a good place to shop for them.

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Oil Free Instant Oats and Green Peas Healthy Dhokla

The fluffy and delicious instant oats, semolina and green peas dhokla
The fluffy and delicious instant oats, semolina and green peas dhokla

It’s not often that i read a veggie recipe and get inspired to try it out immediately. But last evening a friend posted a recipe of oats and semolina dhokla–(steamed cake), and that kind of tickled my senses. Plus I have been accused of step-motherly treatment towards Indian food by a very dear doctor friend! I love to cook healthy and i find it really tough to make oil free Indian food, but yes I will try get back into R&D and split the oil away from the masalas and work on it Ash.

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Nachos with 7 Toppings

Sour Cream adds to the pleasure of digging into this 7 layered nachos
Sour cream adds to the pleasure of digging into this 7 layered nachos

I’ve always loved the Nachos that are served at Hard Rock Cafe. It’s a meal in itself with close to 7 to 8 different toppings. This recipe comes very close to it and is perfect entree for a party of 10 to 12 hungry friends, where snacks and spirits take precedence over the main course.

I’ve experimented a whole lot with the textures of the corn chips and the cheese to be used. Nothing comes close to pepper jack cheese but when you can’t get your hand on it try Gruyère cheese or even cheddar and if even those are impossible then go with just mozzarella. Nothing better than the stringy texture.

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Steamed Bottle Gourd Dumplings

Serve it with fresh chopped coriander and grated coconut
Serve it with fresh chopped coriander and grated coconut

This is a breakfast dish you will find in every Gujarati home. It’s simple, easy to make, can be churned out in 30 minutes and what’s more can be created out of as many different kinds of veggies as you wish. What’s more since it is traditionally steamed before it is sautéed, it can be made in advance and sautéed just before you are ready to serve it with a dollop of green chutney.

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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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Marinated Cottage Cheese

Marinated Cottage Cheese
Marinated Cottage Cheese

I must thank Pinterest for this recipe…the pictures of this gorgeously colourful recipe made me delirious with the need to just bite into these juicy bits of cheese. Sadly, it had no recipe. However, I now realise it doesn’t need one..its a simple assembly process that can be put together in 10 minutes! But it does need a bit of planning as the cheese needs to sit in those gorgeous liquids and flavours for at least 24 hours. (more…)

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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Kale with Roasted Almonds and Golden Raisins

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