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 >>
Keralan Cabbage Stir Fry - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

5 Minute Keralan Cabbage Stir Fry

When it is Tuesday night and I am lacking in motivation, inspiration and time in the kitchen; these are the recipes I fall back on. They are super quick, deeply nourishing and filling. And they all have turmeric in some form or the other. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know by now my love of turmeric. This 5 Minute Keralan Cabbage Stir Fry is another recipe I love to cook on nights like those. This speedy stir fry is truly a magic dish. Each and every ingredient has tremendous health benefits and everything your body needs to heal from the inside out. Think of it like a warm salad with a crunch! This recipe hails from Southern India where it is referred to as t... Read More >>
Fig Ginger And Pecan Crumble - Cook Republic

Fig Ginger And Pecan Crumble

A few years ago I had this insane fig crumble at a winter market here in Sydney. It was figgy as was expected but had an incredible warmth that poured down my throat right down to my belly. After reading the ingredient list on the pack, I realised that it had ginger in it. Of course, I wanted to try making it at home (you do that too, don't you?). I wanted that molten winter warming feeling spreading through me as I sat on the couch at night after dinner. I wasn't going to haul my butt to the winter market for it every week!! So began an obsession that lasted a few months of crumble baking and crumble eating that eventually resulted in this beautiful Fig Ginger And Pecan Crumble. ... Read More >>
7 Ingredient Detox Smoothie - Cook Republic

7 Ingredient Detox Smoothie

For the better part of the week, I eat and drink sensibly. And in a timely manner. But then weekend arrives and all my routines go out of the window. Sometimes, we are out at the crack of dawn for soccer and end up having two breakfasts and no lunch. And dinner could be at a Thai restaurant or takeaway stone baked pizza from the local pizzeria. This erratic eating schedule takes its toll on me by the time Monday arrives in all its glory. Does this sound familiar? Now what if I told you that you could blend 7 plant based ingredients in the blender and the resulting drink that would look like molten chocolate would clear your head, your insides and make you feel supercharged? It is this am... Read More >>
Turmeric Chicken Broth - Sundays at Cook Republic

The Sunday Project – Turmeric Chicken Broth And Autumn Mornings

6 months and counting. I haven't worked in the weekend. Instead, I have reclaimed Saturdays and Sundays. I even have a sweatshirt that says Saturdays Sundays and it has become my weekend uniform (I'll post a picture next time!). Since quitting work in the weekends, I have rediscovered the excitement I felt for Sundays as a child. I never thought that would ever be possible again. Because, Sunday is really free. Truly. No strings attached. Free to do whatever my heart fancies. Most Sunday mornings unravel slowly like steam unfurling from a hot cup. I wake up slowly, I walk around slowly, I even blink slower. Bliss! And then after I've had my cup of coffee and walked around the garden with... Read More >>
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