Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Hot Garlic Sauce - Cook Republic

Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Hot Garlic Sauce

Roasted cauliflower is a beautiful thing. It is extremely simple to make and brings out the inherent sweetness of the mighty vegetable. A whole roasted cauliflower is especially magnificent. Not only is it glorious to look at but it manages to transform this humble peasant of a vegetable into royalty with dinner becoming instantly fancy. And with the chill of winter permeating the evenings, I decided to make a Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower basted with copious amounts of the most creamy and delicious butter – Lurpak butter. I have been using Lurpak butter for years. A Danish butter that has been around for more than 100 years, Lurpak owes its buttery goodness to 100% fresh milk and a tr... Read More >>
5-Min Salted Pecan Cinnamon Nut Butter - Cook Republic

5-Min Salted Pecan Cinnamon Nut Butter

When I was little and the weather got cold in Mumbai during winter (or as cold as it could possibly get, which I am now realising wasn't a whole lot after experiencing winter in Sydney which in turn might seem very tame to you Swedes or Canadians), my mum used to make the most delicious treat. She used to call it Pak or winter fudge. It was made with toasted wheat flour, almonds, cardamom, ghee and edible gum. Ayurveda believed this to be warming and providing heat and energy during the cooler months. We got a small slab to munch on everyday and it was seriously the most delectable flapjack like after school treat ever. I have never made it but often thought about it with great no... Read More >>
Crispy Salmon Burrito Bowls - Cook Republic

Fresh Crispy Salmon Burrito Bowls

With winter starting to wane and the promise of spring soirees and summer afternoons with friends looming in the future, I have created the most perfect fresh burrito bowl for your next Mexican themed lunch party. A vibrant and colourful bowl bursting with the most insane flavours and the best seasonal ingredients forms the base for the most delicious smoky grilled salmon. If I were to classify myself based on my eating habits, I would say that I am a Pescatarian. Along with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and seeds; seafood makes a steady and delicious appearance on my plate every week. It isn’t just me. My boys love their seafood too. We especially love Tasmanian salmon.... Read More >>
Paneer Chilli And Charred Corn Fritters - Cook Republic

Paneer Chilli And Charred Corn Fritters

It's back to school and one of the highlights of my day is to fix a super quick, super delicious and nourishing after school snack in my 3pm coffee break. The older boy catches a train and bus back from high school while the younger one either catches the bus or walks home. By the time they get home, they are ravenous. The mid-day lunch is history after nearly a hour playing soccer or walking around. My boys love a hot savoury snack and it requires a bit more effort than the pre-baked muffins or a cheese platter but I love the challenge of coming up with something tasty in a short amount of time. These Paneer Chilli And Charred Corn Fritters are just that. A quick snack that is based on ... Read More >>
5 Minute Peanut Butter And Chocolate Energy Balls - Cook Republic

5 Minute Peanut Butter And Chocolate Energy Balls

I usually fall sick once a year. Sometimes, it will hold off for even longer. But when it comes, it hits me like a freight train. In the middle of winter when any chance of wearing less than three layers or enjoying the morning sun are super bleak. And during school holidays. It all starts with my oldest (always him!) and then it spreads and we are so powerless, it is ridiculous. My youngest was the last man standing (still is!) and he has been running around dodging all of us, poor darling. Needless to say, food has been basic and we are finally returning to being excited about food after nearly two weeks. With the return of the appetite during school holidays comes the age old expressi... Read More >>
Homemade Gnocchi Puttanesca - Cook Republic

Homemade Gnocchi Puttanesca

I love watching cooking shows that are not contained within the kitchen. Shows that follow the host around a new country or city, while they explore the gorgeous local produce and famous dishes to later re-create in their kitchens. For me, it is the armchair travel aspect of the show that takes me to places I have never been while experiencing a food culture I long to explore. While I have many favourites on Food Network, I am particularly excited about a show premiering tonight, Born To Cook: Jack Stein Down Under. You guessed it right! Jack Stein the middle son of acclaimed celebrity chef Rick Stein, has a brand new Aussie show and it makes for some very good viewing. With the s... Read More >>
Cauliflower Steaks With Olive And Caper Salsa - Cook Republic

Cauliflower Steak With Olive And Caper Salsa

If you haven't yet had a cauliflower steak, you have not truly lived. Cauliflower steak is just roasted cauliflower but in the form of thick slabs or slices rather than florets. It not only looks prettier but makes a solo lunch or a brunch for the girls even more exciting because it is so fancy. Like bust out your nice plates and cutlery fancy. And when you top it with your favourite salsa or pesto or chutney or diced salad, it looks unbelievably posh. Now a lot of cauliflower steak recipes call for boiling the vegetable first and then roasting in the oven. I don't prefer this method as it softens the cauliflower and takes away the beautiful sweetness that comes from just roasting it.... Read More >>
Guacamole With Smoky Black Beans - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Guacamole With Smoky Black Beans

If you are new to the blog and unaware of my avocado saga, have a ready. It is truly funny. And yes, like most people who first start out by eating an avocado with a spoon; I graduated to making guacamole next. And like all those people who first made guacamole, my reaction was the same  - is it really that simple? Why have I not been making this all my life? Guacamole is one of those traditional recipes that will have the purists, the fusion lovers and the complete novices start a raging debate. Much like the hummus or the daal! Now I have never been to Mexico, nor grown up with avocados. My knowledge of this celebrity dip comes from the internet and talking to other guac fanatics. W... Read More >>
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