Powerhouse Chickpea And Lentil Curry With Pomegranate

This dish is a powerhouse of nutrients. Packed with the goodness of protein and fibre, this fragrant curry is perfect for serving up at dinner when you have predominantly vegetarian guests. It is meaty in flavour and you will not miss having meat at the table. It is also great for cutting corners and controlling your budget while making sure pantry staples get used, especially with meat prices climbing higher every now and then. The recipe I have provided today is a base recipe which works great for all, especially little kids who don't have a lot of spice. I use this base recipe and  jazz it up occasionally with cauliflower florets or chunks of potatoes and a dash of chilli powder to... Read More >>

My Big Fat Pecan And Sultana Cookie

  I love big cookies. The ones that you get at coffee shops and delis for $3-$4 a piece. Cookies that are meals in themselves. Cookies that make you feel really naughty because they are so big, they don't even fit in one hand while you hold your coffee cup with the other. This week I baked big fat pecan and sultana cookies and I felt like Lara Croft - Dangerous! My little boys took one look at the cookies and scampered off like skittish mice, lest I forced them to have something that was equivalent to their lunch and dinner combined. That did nothing to dampen my spirits though. "More for me!" I thought The smallest cookie of the batch was 10 cm in diameter. I felt like a ... Read More >>

Rhubarb And Vanilla Jam

I once read somewhere that if not prepared properly, rhubarb can be poisonous. So I stayed clear of rhubarb for all of eternity, never giving it the benefit of doubt it deserved - a Google search. When we were returning from mandarin picking last weekend, we stopped at a roadside shack outside a farm with the standard money box and vegetables on display. I just couldn't resist the big bunch of fresh rhubarb with the dirt still sticking to the stalks. Then we came home and I googled my fears to rest.   My head was buzzing with a million thoughts of what I could do with the rhubarb. Crumble? Poached Sauce? Muffins? In the end I decided to do a simple Rhubarb And Vanilla Jam. It took... Read More >>

Traditional Rawa Khaman Dhokla – Steamed Savoury Indian Lentil Cake

If you have grown up in Mumbai, then you will remember the big fluffy yellow khaman dhoklas that were a staple in most street food takeaway places in the city in all its various suburbs. Khaman Dhokla is a steamed  savoury lentil cake topped with fresh coriander and grated coconut. It is a very popular snack in India's west and originates in the western state of Gujarat. Served with a green chutney and fried, salted green chilies, khaman dhokla is an interesting study in textures and flavours. There are many different techniques to making the fluffiest khaman dhoklas and each shop has its own secret process. The most daunting of all is when you have to sprinkle water on the fr... Read More >>

Chasseur Cast Iron French Oven Reviewed – Chicken And Olive Casserole

After buying a Cuisinart casserole a few months ago and cooking casseroles and stews lost in the dusty binder of recipes that I stopped cooking because of a lack of proper pot, I decided to take up my kitchen shenanigans by a notch. It was time to welcome a French oven in our modest little kitchen. When autumn had overstayed its welcome and I knew our favourite cousin Winter was due for an appearance I started researching my cast iron cookware. Le Creuset and Chasseur were of course the top runners and I was leaning towards a beautiful white French oven that was a perfect size for our family of four. It was then that Kitchenware Direct contacted me and generously offered a gorgeous 3.8L... Read More >>

Childhood Chocolate Cake

  If you've had a childhood constant in your life that loved to cook and bake whether it was your mum, dad, granny, favourite aunt, matronly neighbour or the nice old man at the corner bakery; you would have had that special chocolate cake that was your absolute favourite. I had mine and then I grew up and what were simple joys of a young life untouched by adult responsibilities, disappeared. And so did my chocolate cake. Years passed when one lazy afternoon I baked a cake that I felt would win over my boys. A chocolate cake. Simple, no fuss,  pure, buttery and spiked with good cocoa powder. I watched with happiness as they wolfed down the slices I had placed on their plates. I ... Read More >>

How To Do A Kids Cooking Party For 3 Year Olds

The hardest part about doing parties for children is deciding the theme. Once the theme is decided, everything else falls into place. I love my parties to be unique. I also love them to be loads of fun and yet educational to some extent. Kids are like sponges and they soak up any and all information you can throw at them. Earlier this year when Gummy Bear was turning a very wise and very adorable three, we decided to throw him a cooking party. In the fourth quarter of last year, he along with his very influential older brother had watched every single episode of Junior Masterchef. He was forever dressed in his checkered apron and chef hat. He looked like the local pizza chef living out... Read More >>
Almond And Rose Bread - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

Almond And Rose Bread – Amande Rose Pain

On a visit to a deli and specialty food store in St.Ives, I found a beautifully packaged box of rose petals by Pariya.  It is no secret that I love rose petals in cooking and am always looking for unique and creative ways to cook with them. With the weather being cold and not a single rose in bloom in my garden, I was thrilled to find this box of one of my favourite ingredients. Browsing through the Flavour Thesaurus for some flavour matching ideas, I decided to make a French Almond bread peppered with finely chopped rose petals. I have been cooking and baking a lot from Serge Dansereau's French Kitchen cookbook and he has a fantastic no fuss recipe for an almond bread in it. I a... Read More >>
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