Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

Yum

Cubanelle peppers filled with aromatic potatoes and tofu and roasted with onions and cherry tomatoes. A great vegan side. GilledStuffedPepper2-SimiJois-2015

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It was a very eventful day (pun intended) My neighbors have the cutest dogs ever, one silly to the bones and the other shy and he won’t look at me straight in the eye. I think he’s worried I will dognap him. Usually they are rather quite and very well behaved. Today morning one of them (silly one) was barking, moving from one window of the dinning room to the other. I assumed my neighbors were not home so I went around the fence to check: all was well.  Usually if they ever bark it is a symphony of two …so I got a bit worried. Hoping the other one was safe.  I waited,  it was almost thirty minutes. Finally, I texted my neighbor. After all the investigation - guess what ? Last night they had moved some tiles  by the deck (outside) and apparently one of them (you know which one) was sleeping when that happened. So today when he saw those tile boxes, he was alarmed and raised hell till he was let out to sniff and he declared them all safe and gave his stamp of approval.

I thought the story was adorable. They know I am fond of them so they choose to ignore me by looking the other way. My husband  on the other hand gets all the attention, as he is scared of dogs ( yes a grown man super scared of dogs) they love to bark at him, it’s hilarious. Growing up with a pet was the best thing ever, one learns so much. If Chicago was not that cold, I would get a dog. Walking a dog in 40 below is not something I look forward too, hate to see them cooped up indoors. Yes, the other minor issue of the Mr being scared, I need to work on that.

The recipe has nothing to do with the story, I just wanted to share it with you guys. This is hubby’s favorite and  he insisted I share it on the blog. Am surprised as he hardly every tells me what to blog about.

 You can grill it roast it on the gas top or roast it in the oven. The Cubanelle peppers are NOT hot at all. Almost like bell peppers.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Roasted cabbage wedges with garam masala

Yum
Crunchy roasted cabbage seasoned with garam masala. Super easy and makes a great side.

#RoastedCabbage #CabbageMasala #CabbageSide #Vegetarian #Vegan #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography
Cabbage is not really the favorite vegetable in the Jois household. It’s not that we do not like it but it is not something we will get excited about. The fact that it has a long shelf life does not help, it sits in the refrigerator for a good week before I make something from it.  Maybe I have not utilized the full potential of the cabbage. Teen, almost always has a frown when cabbage is on the menu. I have been seeing a lot of roast cabbage on pinterst, so I did my version of it and am glad teen actually said “ not, bad” (read as it’s good) . That kid is not a picky eater but to persuade her to try something she is not fond of is a mammoth task…And the husband thinks it is the most mundane dish on the menu. Poor cabbage, I hope to have redeemed myself through this post and the cabbage world is ready to embrace me.

I asked my friends to share some of their recipes. I can surely get creative now, there are so many options.  Here are some of my favorites, which I am going to try in the near future. I thought I can share it on my blog, so you guys can browse through it too. Thanks everyone for sharing their favorite cabbage delicacy.

Cabbage Paratha from Raksha Kamat, thanks ! I have never made paratha with cabbage but am going to try this one of the weeknights.
Stuffed cabbage with turkey from Meena Kumar. I think am going to make a vegetarian version of this. They look so fresh and inviting, this is definitely my favorite one to try - let’s see how i improvise on the vegetarian aspect.
Coleslaw bites from Lisa Turner, it’s not just coleslaw it’s crunchy and spicy - with a Jalapeño Dip. Imagine a rainy lazy afternoon and this…..yum!
Cabbage Dosa from Smitha Kalluraya, that’s really creative, it screams healthy and this is a great brunch idea. Thanks Smitha.
Cabbage Masala Rice from Sona Narayana, Sona this is my favorite too and make it very often
Coleslaw and peanut sandwiches from Lena Rashmin, I am sure my teen will love this. I want to try this with some Thai seasoning.
Cabbage and onion fritters  from Anjana Bivin, I had forgotten about this, it’s my mom’s favorite and she makes this quite often.
Spicy cabbage curry from  Pavani Nandula. When we are growing up, my mother used to make this and with hot chapatis it’s soul food.
Cabbage Tepla or flat bread  from Bina I have never tried cabbage tepla, am going to make this very soon .
Stirfry cabbage with bacon  from Ann Low. I don;t eat bacon Ann, will try this without bacon. Am sure all the bacon lovers are giving me the strange look.
Sprouted horse gram and cabbage stir fry from Jayashri Ravi. I have never tried this combination and something tells me that I should. Super healthy too.
Dill and cabbage vada from Jyoti Rajesh, this looks sooooooooo good ! Love it !!
Fennel cabbage salad from Abbe Odenwalder, am going to add some raisins in mine, and lots of lime….
Cabbage curry from Lubna Karim, an old time and tested recipe. thanks for sharing
Cabbage and bell pepper Masala from Rafeeda AR. I think Cabbage and bell peppers go so well, great with chapatis.

#RoastedCabbage #CabbageMasala #CabbageSide #Vegetarian #Vegan #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography

#RoastedCabbage #CabbageMasala #CabbageSide #Vegetarian #Vegan #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spicy baked green beans

Crunchy on the top and gooey n cheesy beans on the bottom, with a kick of spice. This is a great meal with some soup for a cool spring day. 
 Easy vegetarian baked green beans

 Easy vegetarian baked green beans
I am really not a huge fan of beans, neither is anyone in the Jois household.  I  have never really been excited to see fresh tender string of beans and dreamed of all the possibilities.  I hardly know what to do with it, baring the three or four recipes I am aware of . I must have bought five pounds of tender fresh beans, I don’t know what I was thinking and admit I got carried away. Green beans may not be a favorite but baked meals are. What happens when you pair a favorite with a not so favorite ? You got that : I loved it. I must confess, I ate up most of it without leaving much for teen or hubs. There reaction was neutral, but I really loved this  (I said that already). For one it’s easy and you have most the ingredients at home.

In other news, I have been getting my yard ready for summer - I was surprised to see the garden center full of people and everyone buying by the truck load. I think it’s a bit early as I plant the weekend of Mother’s day for the fear of frost killing the saplings. Does it mean we are going to be having an early summer (screams with joy). The cherry blossoms are going to bloom any day and that’s early as the last two years we have had cherry blossoms bloom in May. Yes, I do document this kind of thing.

I was supposed to post this recipe on Thursday, had a couple of photography assignments that took more time than I thought and a bunch of things at home. Editing 50 plus images from 200 images is quite a task (at least for me). Finally, it’s all done and I am looking forward to a relaxing Sunday. The next couple of months, I don’t have much going on and I want to work on some personal projects, will keep you guys posted.

 Easy vegetarian baked green beans

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Rava dosa from broken wheat.

Crunchy, crisp and flavorful, it melts in your mouth. Savory crepes or dosa made from broken wheat and rice. 
Vegetarian Rava dosa, easy healthy recipe

Pour some oil, heat the griddle and sprinkle some water on the hot griddle - perfect surface for dosas. 

Vegetarian Rava dosa, easy healthy recipe


Vegetarian Rava dosa, easy healthy recipe

Soaking in the sun is probably my recipe for nourishment of my soul ....
As a child, youth and now an adult, warming my ever so cold feet to the warmth of the sun is soul filling. It’s so strange, loft philosophy, esoteric art, poetry,   does not touch my soul like the light from the sun, playing hide and seek in the forest, glittering streams of waterdeep blue skies, the smell of freshly cut grass and buzzing of the bees. I am so ready to welcome spring with my arms wide open. 

This has been a good year so far in terms of the blog and photography. I am digging the creative journey.  I am not pushing myself, I am not sure if this is a good thing but it’s making me creatively more aware. I spend a lot of time wandering around trails and waiting for spring to sprout. I watch the rain pour down on my window and enjoy the water drops slipping on the glass and trickling down. The dark rainy April evenings followed by bright blue skies the next day…it’s all so beautiful. Sometimes, I consciously make an effort not to cary my camera, so I can soak the moment. Hopefully to carry that energy back to my kitchen to create something on my gas stove or with my camera and if I am lucky both.

I shared ‘A life of Spice’ with Andrew Scrivani (you guys know I am a HUGE fan of his work) and here is what he had to say. I am absolutely ecstatic and literally dancing …


It is clear that Simi's influences, both cultural and artistic shine though her photographs. The richness of color, the dynamic range of light to dark and the recognition of the beauty and simplicity of her subject matter speak to her artistry. Her work embodies the less is more mantra. 

-Andrew Scrivani 

Kimberly - The Hungry Goddess and Sara  invited me over for a podcast. It’s an informal chat about food photography, and we girls had a blast, if you want to listen to the recording click here. I share few tips on food photography. We are planning to do another podcast on spices - stay tuned. Thank you so much Kimberly and Sara for having me over.

This is a picture heavy post, I really got carried away…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spicy stir fried potatoes with crunchy spinach

Potatoes roasted in ghee, with aromatic spices and topped with crunchy n’ delicate fried spinach. It’s a simple everyday stir fried potato - simple soulful, everyday meal.
Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe
Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe

I have yet to meet a person who does not like potatoes. This is one universal vegetable that is probably used in every household. Something to say about a plain old potato. From culinary houses to street food, it has seen it all. Potato is not only versatile, but it’s long shelf life ; a blessing - when nothing else in the refrigerator - there is always potatoes. We love stir fried potatoes, and it’s our go to meal on super busy days, actually busy is just an excuse ;)

When I posted the image of the peeling potato ( image above ) on Facebook, some of my friends asked me if this is how I peel my potatoes. It’s amazing how I almost never use a peeler and am not even sure if I have one in my kitchen, this is how I have peeled potatoes all my life and seen my mother do the same. I never thought of it as a skill, but am told that it is. I think I have the cutest set of friends. I think I must thank my Mother for teaching me my knife skills, even though she had a helper in the kitchen, we were always asked to peel, chop and do the prep work. That’s a different story that I always found a way out of work and my sister would end up doing most of it … followed by endless fights on how I get away without doing much. Well, I was kind of a tomboy and did most of the chores outside home, going to the post office, bank…would give me some time to goof around and blame it on traffic or long lines at the bank. It’s a surprise how I learnt so much while growing up. So many things come to me without thinking much, I just go back to how mom did it…Amazing how our brain is always learning. Well, that’s only true to cooking, as mathematics is a different story, it’s a miracle that I remember how to add and subtract. 

Well, this recipe is super simple too….I assure you it’s a best seller! Absolutely delish and approved by all ages, a great side for parties. 


Stir fried Potato  spinach, crunchy, easy, delicious, vegetarian recipe


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lentil, quinoa and wheat fritters or savory pancakes

It is  crisp on the outside and soft inside, beautiful texture, whole sum, flavorful and super easy to make. I forgot to add - it is like a super food, really healthy. You can call this fritter or a savory pancake too. Created by your truly . If you do use this recipe or blog it, please link back, it takes lots of effort to develop recipes and I love link backs. :)
Lentil Quinoa, Fritters Savory, Pancakes, Healthy. Vegan, Simi Jois Photography
Lentil Quinoa, Fritters Savory, Pancakes, Healthy. Vegan, Simi Jois Photography

Lentil Quinoa, Fritters Savory, Pancakes, Healthy. Vegan, Simi Jois Photography
Am looking at my kitchen and wondering at the mess. I am not interested in spending my evening cleaning up the mess I just created, but I guess I have no option.  Rewind a decade ago and I  was a clean freak - proper things in proper place, all labeled, everything well organized. Somehow the mess does not bother me any more. Yesterday, I was shooting glass refection ( don’t ask why) and my neighbor just walked in. Instead of being embarrassed by the mess, I pulled the white diffuser cloth from the chair and made room for her to sit and we enjoyed a coup of tea over a bit of gossip ( a bit of gossip here and there is really healthy). Am so proud of myself, I have evolved. You think I am exaggerating - NO! My father-in-law once told me he does not like to sit in one place in my house,  he’s afraid I might dust him and probably place him with  curios. Thankfully that never happened, but my love for super clean has been replaced by reality check.

Evolved I have and somewhere I think it is all because I have found a creative outlet that I identify with. I have discovered myself. Small things don’t bother me, I don’t feel the need to prove myself to others - I just want to enjoy the journey. Wow ! I sound like a perfect angle….well, far from it. It was in September that I baked a cake for hub’s birthday - it was a new recipe and it fell apart and I did throw a mini tantrum that I was the worst cook ever. ( looks sheepishly )

Thankfully this is NOT a failed recipe and I just love it - total added bonus that it is super healthy.

Lentil Quinoa, Fritters Savory, Pancakes, Healthy. Vegan, Simi Jois Photography

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Wild Black Rice n’ Pumpkin Masala

Browsing through the grain section of the grocery store, my eyes fell on long shiny black rice, that was labeled wild rice. I was drawn to it like an artist is drawn to paint. I felt it with my hands, it was slippery and shiny and had extremely long grains, for a minute it looked too perfect, as though it was pieces of ebony that were hand polished. It made it’s way home with me and it lay on the pantry shelf for weeks. I was beginning to get skeptical, even thou I cook brown rice but my true love is pure white basmati:long aromatic grains of rice. A girl who likes her rice pure white, has here in her hand deep black shiny rice. Being attracted to black shiny long grains is one thing, eating it is another.

I took the plunge and put out some water to boil. Waited for 20 minutes, it smelled nothing like white rice. Very, very strong nutty aroma, and when I say strong, I mean really very strong. Something, told me this was not for me, with lot of inner courage I tasted the almost raw rice that was boiling away on the gas stove, I loved the crunch. First there was a crunch then a bit soft…. The aroma of the rice boiling in the water, grew on me, but definitely not my favorite. The taste: I really liked. It sat on the gas stove for 40 minutes, and barely cooked. Out came the pressure cooker and in went the rice - 3 whistles later there was nutty, aroma-less black rice. It’s has a strong flavor, so for me it is definitely not the main ingredient in the dish.  It really pairs well with pumpkin and together they can make a great tasting side. One cups makes almost two and a half cups, so keep that in mind when you cook it. 

#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice
#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice

#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Stir fried Noodles

It was a lazy kind of afternoon, finally teen and I were bumming around in the living room, watching an old movie (read boring). Finally teen wanted to make something and I was too lazy to step out of the living room. I had planned a simple sandwich for lunch but finally teen had a different plan. She wanted to make chow mein, I prefer juicy, moist noodles and am not particularly fond of chow mein. Can’t believe am saying that, I almost survived on chow mein when I was doing my post graduation. None of us had money to eat anything else, it was the cheapest dish on the menu.  

Coming back to today,  chow mein was ruled out and I was really not in the mood to browse for recipes, so we improvised and the result was lip smacking. We stir fried the veggies and added ginger and galangal for flavor. This is the first time I am using galangal. It looks like ginger and is a rhizome like ginger but the taste and texture is very different. It is a tough root and hard to cut, the flavor is a mix of citrus and lemon grass. I just loved the flavor. It is  a seasonal produce so I am planning to pickle it in vinegar. I might even do a post on it. The noodles were lapped up in no time. 

It’s almost August and I am so not ready for fall, I am still holding on to summer, to start with we had a late summer and looks like an early onset of fall. The tomatoes are still green and  my impatiences are still kind of tiny.  On the other hand my herbs are doing so well.  I think I should use them up before the first frost burns it all. If you have a post on how to preserve herbs for winter, please share it, thanks! I am looking forward to warm slurpee soups :) If noodles is your thing, you are going to love the curried noodles

#StirFriedNoodles #AsianNoodles #CurryNoodles #NoodlesRecipe #Recipe
#StirFriedNoodles #AsianNoodles #CurryNoodles #NoodlesRecipe #Recipe


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gobi Masala / Cauliflower Curry


#GobiMasala #CauliflowerCurry #EasyIndianCurry #Cauliflower #Curry

I am such a sucker for cauliflower, love it to bits. I grew up on this curry & hot rotis dripping with home made ghee. I had an appetite of a horse, lol! Thin as a stick and always outside playing or running….no wonder I could eat like a pig. Every time I make this it transports me back to my childhood. A lot to be thankful for, my mom has not only been my best friend, but a big influence in my life. From the first crush to gossip…there was nothing I would not tell her, intact even today I share a lot with my mother. She always reads ALL my posts and gives me numerous suggestions. When some of her suggestions are not in line with my thinking,  she tells me she’s ahead of her times :).  This one to her and the numerous meals she has fed us over the years with a smiling face. 

Cauliflower is the new fashion icon, so I hear…never been the kind to follow trends. For me it’s up on my food pyramid right from childhood. The crispy roasted cauliflower coated with the curry is irresistible. If you are new to Indian cooking, this might be a great place to start. 

#GobiMasala #CauliflowerCurry #EasyIndianCurry #Cauliflower #Curry
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beet Coconut curry

#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk

#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk
Reluctantly I got out of bed, washed up and opened my physics books,  Thermodynamics yaaawn... ! Maybe it will not be so cold (read sleepy), if I have the comforter on my feet, hoody on my head. Nice !!! Feels so good, dramatically Ditu unveils my hoody..., " you better finish that page and move on" sheepishly, I read on, with an obvious lack of interest..! She helps me with some study tips and my mom hands me a glass of hot milk, I gulp down the milk and get back to where I had left. My mind wanders, I get a nudge...she's watching me like a hawk...grr! How I wish I was the older one. She walks out of our room and I rummage through her stuff, I dont even know what am looking for, the paper reads "Industrial psychology and organizational behavior", how boring, I put her papers down and get back to mine. She walks in and looks straight at me,  “stop touching my stuff” , she must have an invisible set of eyes.

 Its almost six in the evening,  Ditu is not back yet, its getting dark. My eyes our glued to the gate. The thermodynamics test was not all that bad, after all. Finally, it's Friday, I can sleep in... But wait where is my sister? Mum, is not worried,  “she is at Mitu's place", but it's getting dark. I get my bike out and ride with urgency, she walks along with me, not a word. " Don't be out so late, or ask Mitu's brother to drop you...this road is unsafe". She nods in agreement. It never crossed my mind that she is six years older than me and she's capable of managing herself. She never protested, it was an unwritten code, if she was late, I would go pick her. She has never said no to me, no matter how unreasonable I get ( hope I have not). My first lessons of diplomacy, of patience was from her. That's another post that am still a novice in training. When I try and make things complicated, she makes things easy. ( it's the degree in psychology that's talking ;)) She will never say no, but have it her way...I have no idea how, but she does it with perfect grace...we are so different yet we have so much in common. Thats my childhood in a nutshell.

Am glad for sisters, glad some are super creative ;). And glad mine can design ;) Check out my logo  (on my photographs), what do you guys think? Thanks guys,  for your help, and taking the time to pick one for me. Really appreciate it. 


#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sweet Potatoes baked in coconut curry






#SweetPotatoCurry #SweetPotato

It has been a long week, what? it’s only Tuesday ? This is what happens when you end up working on a weekend. I have been doing a photo shoot for a cook book, ( photography), I can’t  reveal much about it, but when it is out, you guys will be the first to know. Am really excited about it…some very different stuff, you will see ;).

I also need to post the 365 days post about photography, I have been working on responding to all the messages, sorry if I have been a bit slow…

The most exciting part of all this is all the prop shopping, I just love picking different colors of plates, bowls and cups.  I have painted at least eight new boards and am excited to use them. I love all the possibilities out there, just painted a deep red  and a hunter green. The one I have used in this post is new too and I love the gray blu tones. Am so proud of my props, just love collecting them.  Hubs cleared up one side of his workshop and offered to keep some of my props there, I thought that was so cute. I always thought I was shy of color, but apparently not, loving the bold new set of props.

I have to talk about these sweet potatoes before I go ahead and write the recipe. It’s so creamy that it just melts in the mouth. After a frown and a “ ohhhh, sweet pottttaatoooes, do you have something else” finally teen had seconds and thirds…. that’s saying a lot.  I can’t wait to have one of my friends over and bake it for her ( you know, who you are )


#SweetPotatoCurry #SweetPotato
The curry looks dry in the images, it was so hard to shoot, but really very moist.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Baked Aubergine Pizza with garam masala

#BakedAubergine #BakedEggplant #EggplantPizza #Snack #GameFood

I have been planning to post since afternoon, but there was a bunch of things that had to be taken care of and some pending photo shoots, am so glad it’s all done and I have the weekend to myself.   There was a time when I did not understand anything about photography, it was Latin and Greek to me…Anything to do with the DSLR was my husband’s department. He liked photography, and I did not know anything about it, it was perfect. Things have changed, now I instruct my husband to stop shooting in program mode. He’s an amazing photographer and his angles and frames are very aesthetic and he uses light to his advantage, but when in a hurry, he loves and swears by the program mode and it bothers me no end. The other thing that bothers me is auto white balance. I could not have imagined  myself saying this two years ago. It really amuses me when he watches me shoot, he cannot understand why I keep staring into the frame for so long before I hit the shutter, am sure am not really cut out for action or sports photography. Lol! 

I remember about 5-6 years ago, I was searching for something that could quench my creative urges, I tried sketching and pastels, even thou I enjoyed it a lot, I did not feel passionate about it. I think I might have found it in photography,  I may not be that good, but my heart is in it. Blogging has really helped me bring together all my skills. My husband often asks me, “don’t you get bored looking at food pictures and blogs all day"…actually sometimes I wish I had an extra pair of eyes, there are so many talented people who inspire me. You will see me on my iPhone multiple times in a day, chatting, texting my photographer friends. We share jokes, that only we understand, and I catch myself chuckling away on my iPhone. I am telling you, take my phone away, someone. Jeez, I almost feel like am rambling and I don’t even drink…lol! (imagine if I did) 

#BakedAubergine #BakedEggplant #EggplantPizza #Snack #GameFood
Aubergine as the call the eggplant in France (I was recently told this) is one of my favorites, actually I really do not have any vegetable I dislike, well probably brussel sprouts is the last thing I will eat, but other than that.  I just dig this recipe, it’s healthy, delicious and easy to put together. 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lentil, Quinoa and potatoes in a Patty


#LentilPatties #QuinoaPatties #PotatoPatties #HealthyPatties #QuickSnack #HealthyPatties


#Lentil

In these sub zero temperatures the only things that are keeping me warm is hot soups, hot snack(y) food and the thought of spring right at the corner ( far from it). I have never been a winter person as I do not enjoy being outdoors in the cold, other then curling up with a favorite book, watching a movie, what else can a human ( like me) do. Rant warning! I miss my long walks, I miss my garden, I miss walking out in flip-flops and shorts, I miss my chat with my neighbors…and more than anything I miss sunshine.  Its hard to walk out to get mail…u need three layers. I have been overworking too, and that could be the reason am crabby, am just tired and need time off,  that is exactly what am planning for myself today ( now, let’s see how that goes). The extra lbs that has creeped up is another pain, lol! That is really the reason for this patty, I wanted something crunchy and tasty. I made this as healthy as I could without compromising on taste. Am not a nutritionist, so I have no idea about the calories in it, but the fact that it has lentil and quinao is very comforting. Love the texture of quinoa, it adds a crunch I loved. What pairs so well with this is tomato soup, I just loved the combination…

Before I forget, a HUGE thank you to all my readers for pinning my soups, I am thrilled to see my minestrone soup get a 1000 plus repins. In the last few days I have got a lot of traffic and gained a lot of followers on Pinterest, thanks ! I have got some messages with requests and questions about archived recipes, am answering them one at a time, sorry for the delay. 

#LentilPatties #QuinoaPatties #PotatoPatties #HealthyPatties #QuickSnack #HealthyPatties
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spiced sweet potato

#SpicedSweetPotatoes #SweetPotatoSubji  #SweetPotatao Side


#SpicedSweetPotatoes #SweetPotatoSubji  #SweetPotatao Side

‘Finally Teen’  finds it very strange that I can walk up to strangers and talk to them. Now, am not talking to strangers all the time, but I really will not hesitate to strike a conversation, be it the Starbucks line, the shoe store or at the grocers. This is something inconceivable to ‘finally teen’ and a bit embarrassing too. Now that’s a different story that most teenager find their parents a bit weird. lol! If they do,  be glad, you are doing your job well. Am digressing, well on my last visit to the grocery store,  I saw this lady picking up banana peppers ( I hope that is what it is called), had to ask her the recipe,  and before I knew it, she rattled it off like a professional. And here it is in today’s post, a bit improvised from my end. I loved the recipe and it goes so well with some daal and rotis ( Indian flat bread). Makes me think, even I have shared recipes at the grocery store, wonder if the person made it, liked it? 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Curried Noodles



#CurriedNoodles #SpicyNoodles

My friends often think that, as a food blogger, I never run out of creative ideas. My teen is the luckiest as there is always something new cooking in my kitchen. Well, to tell you the truth, my home is like any other home on this planet. Every day, the same question is repeated: "What’s for dinner?" After my response, I usually hear a disgruntled plea to eat something different (read "better"). Yesterday’s favorite is today’s "boring", so it’s not an easy game to win, and I’m sure that all my readers can relate to that. There is a good amount of thought involved in creating a menu, and this process can seem daunting at times. Yes, I love to whip up a meal from scratch, but then there are days when you really don’t want to spend a lot of time in your kitchen. This definitely does not mean that you compromise on taste. My ardent fans and strongest critics are my teen and my better half as they propel me to pursue new adventures in the kitchen. I was really excited when Campbell approached me to develop a recipe from their cooking soups or make one from their existing list of recipes.  If you have picky eaters at home, you need to check out WisestKid.com: you will be pleasantly surprised by the options available.

I went on to check out the website and I was happy to find numerous options for everyday meals. When I started browsing through the recipes, my mind started to churn out creative ideas.  I felt like the possibilities were endless, and I eventually came up with a recipe. Creamy curried noodles made from the Cream of Celery soup by Campbell. I got a thumbs up from my "ardent fans." Don’t forget to check out Campbell's kitchen.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spice coated baby potatoes





It was a relaxing long weekend. We love to spend time with friends but we also need our space - not really party animals. Thankfully, the three of us are similar. Saturday and Sunday was time well spent with friends, and Monday was really quiet... in fact we watched an old Indian movie together (which was hilarious).  I really like weekends where we do a little bit of everything, malling, eating out, spending time with friends, watching silly movies that don't make sense and still having some time to spare. 

The weekend was really productive. I found these cute fingerlings baby potatoes at the farmer's market by my house and instantly I had a recipe in mind. The dish was finger licking good, if I may say so myself. I had exactly 15 min to capture these. It is indeed hard to photograph  when you have a hungry family waiting. So obviously there was no time to use a diffuser. I try not to even look at my camera over the weekend, as it is very stressful to photograph, with a constant 'are you done' unison. I managed to take a few shots. After lunch I  transferred  the pics to my iMac, I was not that happy with the results. And, I got conflicting inputs, my better-half loved it and finally teen was iffy about it, to be precise "you can do better mom" is what she said. So, I decided to share it on my photography group, and guess what - conflicting results there too. Read here if you are interested. I did think the highlights were a bit harsh, making the photograph look a bit over sharpened. So, I had few of my friends help me learn how to post process and they even did a video for me. (click here to view video) Thank you, Borje Ensgard and Viana de Leon. Finally, am somewhat happy with the result, I know I could have done better. But here is a side by side comparison for you guys. 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mini Cocktail Samosa



Nostalgia, a sure sign of aging? You will not see a 13 year old getting nostalgic about her toddler years....or do you ? Well at least my teen does not ? Maybe I just have an old soul, cos seriously who you calling old ?? Ok correction here, Finally Teen says she does get nostalgic about her toddler years...so am glad we got the age thing behind us !! 'Finally teen' got back from school and guess what she way playing 'Simon and Garfunkel' "bridge over trouble waters".  I was trying to read but I ended up closing my eyes soaking in the song and we must have played it for over an hour.....sometimes there is so much power in silence, yes we did play "sounds of silence" too and that moment was precious for me...!! A moment to step back and document in my mind heart...for in a couple of decades, I shall look back and think of this evening and cherish it in my mind and nothing can bring it back to life other than  my own memory of it.  How I wish I can lock this moment of time and throw away the keys. Well, there are days when I truly anticipate the future with excitement and then there are those moments like today, when I want to lock in to the beauty of NOW. Well, hope I did not push you guys into a sea of tears cos 'Finally Teen' thinks this is a whee bit depressing. Well, I think not, so I shall post this and have you decide. Throw in your opinion and we are both ( Finally Teen and me) curious to know :))

Assuming that I did throw you off a bit, here are some cute cute bite size samosas that might cheer you up. I don't need to add, it will go very well with some chilled beer, a wonderful sunset and some great music in the background.....and yes ! so easy to put together that you will have plenty of time to enjoy.

Btw, my samosa are not the perfect shape..am an apprentice at samosa making. Maybe it does have something to do with the word patience. Am sure yours will be perfect and if you want to leave a link of samosa recipe from your blog, pl leave a link here in the comments - I would love to better my craft.
Finally the days of shorts n sunshine, fireflies n flip-flops, bbq and beer and picnics n parties ! After weeks of cold, wet days...finally some bright sunshine and real spring temperatures...Any plans for spring/summer ? Well, I have some exciting stories/news to share....you will just have to wait :)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baked spinach curry



I love greens and if you tell me to eat them everyday - I certainly can ! As a matter of fact, I love all veggies and was never really a picky eater...I need my food to look good and yes taste good  (duh!). Am glad I don't have picky eaters at home, but very critical people ( raising an eyebrow) by very I mean very....!! They ( I mean both of you two people, who read my blog and live with me - yes BOTH  ) critical only in the context of food. The bright side, when something is super delicious, they shower me with compliments that could last for weeks and it get's embarrassing when we are outside and even after repeated pleas to dial in down ...they don't ! I know it's cute but a bit embarrassing when we are out.  Yesterday, when I baked them the spinach n eggs, they loved it - just makes me so happy.  I was a bit skeptical at first ...as finally teen said "I love it, am not sure dad will"  but looks like this baked dish is here to stay in my household, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did and they are going to rave about it for days or even weeks :)


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