Christmas Special: Christmas Cake

Christmas always conjures up memories of good food. The moment one talks about Christmas you think of Roast Turkey, Ham, yummy bakes, Rum Balls, Yule Log, Dundee Cakes but the most popular Christmas dessert would be Christmas Cake. The recipe for Christmas cake or rich fruit cake varies from place to place. Lots of recipes…

Christmas Special: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding is a British classic, a deliciously moist pudding made with dates and covered with toffee sauce. Best served with a Vanilla Custard or Vanilla Ice-cream.

Ethiopian food is one of my favorite

Ethiopian food is one of my favorite. It surely resembles Indian food. Heavy usage of spices in their wots ( stews ) and tibs ( curry) brings familiarity to our palettes. Yet the usage of teff flour in their staple injera bread is very unique. Injera bread is soft and spongy perfect to mop up the gravy…

Gravlax or cured salmon

Cured salmon – popularly known as ‘gravlax’– is a very simple process. The curing process dehydrates the fish, removes all the liquid and kills any bacteria that may spoil the fish . Ingredients : 500-700 gms fresh plump pink salmon Prepare curing mixture with 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup Aquavit ( it’s…

Guilt Free Dahivadas

Dahivadas guilt free I am extremely fond of dahi vallas. Always thought ,if I could make them guilt free would have gorged on few more each time. Tried them using paniyaran or appam pan to create these dahivadas. These are not deep fried and truly high on taste minus the calories.   Ingredients : 1…

Edible Flowers – Bok Phool Bhaja

Edible Flowers Series In Bengali cuisine, nothing is wasted. We eat the leaves, stems, barks, seeds. Peels and even flowers of a plant. Like Italian Zucchini flower fritters, Bengalis use a lot of flowers to make bhaja (fritters). Have grown up eating Kumro Phool (Pumpkin flower) bhaja, Bok Phool (Agati Flower) bhaja. Sojne Phool (Drumstick flower)…

Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese cuisine is claimed to be the healthiest cuisine in the world. The minimal or no use of oil, plenty of aromats, flavourful fresh ingredients Quick, or no cooking are the key manta of this cuisine. Meat is used more as a condiment than as a large portion and plenty of veggies form the main…

Romancing the snow

I don’t know what snow reminds you of ! Heard people get romantic in the snow and our Hindi movies surely are good example of that ! Off course people go for skiing, tubing ,ice skating. Make snowman, White Christmas!!! but you know what snow reminds me of? Snow reminds me of royal icing ,…

The Great American Breakfast

The great American breakfast: Pancakes; Waffles; Fried chicken; Biscuits (mind you these are not the biscuits what we eat with our tea but more like buttermilk scones – tastes divine with melted butter – true home style comfort food); Grits; Dumplings and Sausages. Having lived in Europe for several years I was used to having…

Macaroon Miracle -Sarah’s patisserie

Sarah’s Patisserie is tucked in a corner of a picturesque location in Ithaca, upstate New York. This French Patisserie I was told, makes the best hot chocolate in town. Hot chocolate made with real chocolate shavings served with a dollop of whipped cream is a perfect beverage to lift and warm up the spirit when…