Shortcrust Pastry (Pie/Tart Base)

Post Views: 810 Pies and tarts are usually given a wide berth by most people because of the perceived difficulty in making the base. To be honest, it is a bit cumbersome but only if you don’t have all the ingredients set out from the beginning. If you’ve organised yourself and have everything you need… Continue reading Shortcrust Pastry (Pie/Tart Base)

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Cherry, Almond Chocolate Bonbons

Post Views: 1,229 Did you know, that the minute people start trying to eat less sugar and fried foods to get rid of those millions of excess pounds from their bodies, their minds start obsessing about them overtime? Yuuuuup. That happens. It’s happening to me big time. The only recipes coming to mind these days… Continue reading Cherry, Almond Chocolate Bonbons

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Baked Fish in Spicy Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Post Views: 747 Last night being a Friday and all, it was not feasible to give everyone the usual simple fare of dal, roti, sabzi (vegetables), and looking into the freezer, I found that we’ve run out of every thing but two fillets of fish. The last few times I’ve tried to bake fish it… Continue reading Baked Fish in Spicy Red Bell Pepper Sauce

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Nutella Swirl, Chocolate Chip Brownies

Post Views: 994 Brownies are my weakness. It also is a hot favourite with all of my family members, so after a long hiatus and weighing the pros and cons of baking this sinful decadent dessert (which I absolutely cannot resist even though my weight goals are far from being achieved, I decided to throw… Continue reading Nutella Swirl, Chocolate Chip Brownies

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Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Balsamic Vinegar

Post Views: 2,244 So, the attempt at weight loss is still going on and though the last two weeks have been a bit of a struggle as far as eating the right foods is concerned, mainly because of the amount of meals being eaten outside of the house and sometimes a tremendous lack of willpower,… Continue reading Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Balsamic Vinegar

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Sun-dried Tomato Grilled Fish With Charred Vegetables

Post Views: 863 What kind of food can you make when trying to lose a few (actually quite a few) pounds and boring steamed veggies, insipid meats and oil-free foods are just not going to cut it? Well, this. My sun-dried tomato grilled fish with charred vegetables not only tastes good but also provides a… Continue reading Sun-dried Tomato Grilled Fish With Charred Vegetables

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Easiest Fruit and Nut Granola (Low Fat, Oil Free)

Post Views: 772   When one’s reached a point where they have to lose kilos in the double digits, food choices shrink considerably. Breakfasts have been consisting of fruit and sometimes porridge loaded with fruit, and egg whites but that gets a bit monotonous after a while. The kids and the hubby love their cornflakes… Continue reading Easiest Fruit and Nut Granola (Low Fat, Oil Free)

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Mint Chocolate Mousse with Baileys Irish Cream

Post Views: 1,493   Whenever I’ve made chocolate mousse for guests at a dinner party, there’ve been rave reviews. My family loves it, especially my husband. The recipe is so simple and one can use any liquor of their choice here, rum, kahlua, flavoured brandys. The texture of the mousse is smooth and melt-in-the-mouth and the… Continue reading Mint Chocolate Mousse with Baileys Irish Cream

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Dahi Chicken (Chicken in Yoghurt)

Post Views: 778 Most of my cooking has generally veered towards Continental cuisine mainly because being the lazy person that I am, I prefer to use as few ingredients as I possibly can. Spices and the huge array of them used in Indian cooking used to completely overwhelm me. Also, having someone make our daily… Continue reading Dahi Chicken (Chicken in Yoghurt)

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Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon and Chives

Post Views: 848 When you want to rustle up a super fast delicious dish which never fails to please, here’s the thing for you. How could one go wrong with bacon and potatoes? Actually quite easily if you burn the bacon and overcook the potatoes making them feathery, but we won’t look at that. I’ve been making… Continue reading Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon and Chives

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Chettinad Pepper Mutton

Post Views: 1,134   Chettinad is a region in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and the Chettinad cuisine comes from the Nattukottai Chettiars of the region. The food preparations have been the result of an amalgam of spice trade between Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Srilanka and Indonesia and is characterised by freshly ground… Continue reading Chettinad Pepper Mutton

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Rice Pudding with Date Palm Jaggery (Nolen Gur’er Payesh)

Post Views: 1,204   Nolen gur, or date palm jaggery is a delicacy in Bengali cuisine as it is available only in winter and gives the most heavenly flavour to desserts. So naturally, when winter comes, anyone making any Bengali desserts with this stuff available would be hard pressed to use anything else. Bongs, slang… Continue reading Rice Pudding with Date Palm Jaggery (Nolen Gur’er Payesh)

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Bell Pepper Pasta with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Post Views: 1,986 Pasta, the flavourful dish from Italy has somehow become so popular in India, that it features in most dinner parties, kiddie birthday parties, buffets and multi cuisine restaurants in cities. It’s super easy to make, tastes wonderful and can be adapted in so many ways – and has – in so many countries… Continue reading Bell Pepper Pasta with Broccoli and Mushrooms

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Eggless Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins

Post Views: 982   I went on this eggless quest after finding out that out my daughter was allergic to eggs. Luckily, this lasted only for the first three years of her life and she’s now outgrown the allergy. However, my affinity for eggless cakes remained as I found they dry out a lot less than… Continue reading Eggless Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Prawn Curry With Mustard, Coconut and Mango (Shorshe Aam Chingri)

Post Views: 1,280 Shorshe, or mustard, is an integral ingredient in Bengali cuisine and the Bongs do a really good job of using it in many different ways. Here, I’ve used it in combination with coconut and mango to present what I think is a nicely balanced dish. The mustard provides a pungent punch, the… Continue reading Prawn Curry With Mustard, Coconut and Mango (Shorshe Aam Chingri)

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Chilli, Orange Glazed Chicken Breast

Post Views: 1,096 In the winter months, we get these juicy, sweet hybrid oranges called Kinnows, grown mainly in the Punjab region of India. This fruit is great for its juice, which can be drunk on its own, or used in cocktails or foods and the rind, which has some pretty good flavour, I substitute… Continue reading Chilli, Orange Glazed Chicken Breast

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Juicy Chicken Burger With Garlic Yoghurt

Post Views: 988 Finally, my first non-vegetarian dish on the blog. The last five non-veg dishes I’ve made did not meet my expectations and even though they may have tasted good, I wasn’t too keen on putting up something I wasn’t totally satisfied with. Considering my whole family loves all kinds of meat and fish, there’s… Continue reading Juicy Chicken Burger With Garlic Yoghurt

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Sweet Potato Croquettes With Cheese and Jalapeno

Post Views: 1,521   You must be wondering why the obsession with sweet potato. The last recipe was a sweet potato tart, now sweet potato croquettes. Did she buy the damn vegetable in bulk? Yup. she did. The first time I made the sweet potato tart, I messed up the proportions leaving too little filling… Continue reading Sweet Potato Croquettes With Cheese and Jalapeno

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