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The Sunday Project – Chicken baths, backyard wildlife, childhood traditions.

I remember Sundays as a child. There used to be unbelievable excitement leading up to it because it was the only day of the week when we didn't have school (most schools in India conducted classes for half a day even on a Saturday). It was also the day when we were allowed to watch TV and that too in the morning. Mickey & Donald Show set the tone for the day while breakfast (which was usually a delicious egg creation) was savoured over an episode of Star Trek. The extremely tacky and jilted puppet animation of Fireball was lingered on after which we were sent off to explore and do whatever little kids did three decades ago (a whole lot of nothing!). Sunday lunch was a treat with f... Read More >>
Pistachio Matcha Snack Balls - Cook Republic

Pistachio Matcha Snack Balls

There can never be too much a of a good thing. Like a daily good habit or a beautiful song on repeat. Like a weekly family ritual that never grows old, like a trusty old recipe that uplifts your soul. It is knowing these good things and collecting them as you go about your daily life that makes life itself more worthwhile. I have a trusty old recipe, a delicious nut cake full of energy and vitality that gets baked in my kitchen regularly. Like a good thing on repeat. So I took that good thing and made another good thing out of it. The famous Flourless Pistachio Cake became the inspiration for these delightfully green raw Pistachio Matcha Snack Balls. See, I have never been an earl... Read More >>
Pineapple And Coconut Loaf - Cook Republic

Pineapple Coconut Loaf

Did you know that pineapple fruitcake was flown on Apollo 11 into space and back to earth and that very slice now sits at the Smithsonian, probably in a glass case? If I was on that mission, I don't think any slice would have made it back to earth. Especially if it was a pineapple coconut loaf cut into thick slices. My first brush with pineapple cake was when I had just finished high school and a bunch of us were hanging out at a girlfriend's home. Her mum had a pineapple cake just casually sitting in the fridge. She cut big slices for us and we sat on the couch with our big bowls and spooned the almost pudding like cake in our mouths. I remember thinking that I had died and gone to h... Read More >>
Broccoli Soup With Cashew Cream - Cook Republic

Broccoli Soup With Cashew Cream

I find that vegetables are a lot like people. Some are ready to be your friend the minute you meet them while some need a nice conversation or two to warm up to you while some need a whole lot of cajoling and tender loving care to let down their guard and allow their true nature to shine. Broccoli falls in the second category. Although you could eat broccoli raw, a little bit of attention and cooking will make it taste not only fantastic but reduce the awful gas in your tummy that is caused by virtually all members of the cabbage family. Broccoli soup is one of the quickest ways of getting a huge dose of those green nutrients. Cooking it though can either be a nightmare experience or ... Read More >>
Avocado And Lime Margarita - Cook Republic

Avocado And Lime Margarita

A few months ago I got involved in a fun avocado project where I had to create 30 Instagram posts of recipe inspirations highlighting the mighty avo, one for every day of the month. After the initial excitement of avocado toast and guacamole wore off, I had a terrible sinking feeling that I had run out of avo juice on the third day of the project. What does one do with avocado besides smear it on toast and mash it up in a delicious guac for taco night? So after I had a little meltdown, I started looking on Pinterest for inspiration. I noticed that the most common use of avocado besides the two recipes I just mentioned were sliced up beautifully in a salad.  Does slicing and dicing an ing... Read More >>
Flourless Chocolate Cake - Cook Republic

Flourless Chocolate Cake

A good flourless chocolate cake is molten and rich on the inside while the outside is held up by a thin baked facade of chocolate. A cracked sinking crater on top is a testament to that perfect ballooning and collapsing of the egg and chocolate rich batter. It is a no brainer of a recipe. Melt chocolate and butter, whisk egg whites and yolks separately. Add it all together and bake. No brainer! And the result is truly spectacular and instantly special. It could be a private treat for you and your plus one, baked in a pudding mould and eaten straight from it, legs entwined on the couch with a spoon to share. Or a dessert centrepiece at your weekend party, planted on a cake stand and piled... Read More >>
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Lemonade Sling

Since sharing the story of our Cocktail & Oyster Night ritual on the blog many posts ago, I have received numerous emails and messages affirming what a fun idea it was for parents who don't always have the luxury of going out on dates. A lot of those emails and messages requested that I share some of the cocktails that we (mostly Nick!) come up with for our date night at home. Consider it done! And what better day to share a cocktail recipe than a Friday? Just like my food, I love cocktails that are fuss free and dead simple. To be fair, cocktails are usually dead simple. I mean, you basically pour and squeeze things in a nice shaker and go Tom Cruise on it with style. Right? (I j... Read More >>
Zucchini And Sweet Potato Slice - Cook Republic

Zucchini And Sweet Potato Slice

  When my boys were little and eating well (or even eating for that matter) was the farthest things from their minds, friends with older kids would always encourage me to have hope because they had older boys that single-handedly demolished their fridges and pantries every month. I used to smile indulgently wondering  how that could even be possible with my two. And then my first born went through a growth spurt and arrived at the thresh hold of puberty/teen years simultaneously and everything changed. For the first time, I realised that there may be some truth to what older parents say to younger ones and that it is not just a lot of fluff and privileged talk that comes from the... Read More >>
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