Sweets

honey cake


Maybe I should have made some New Year resolutions…….if nothing else, they would have guilted me into keeping up with them, even if for a short while.  This year was supposed to be about me being more diligent about posting recipes on the blog and yet here I am, well into February and finally with a post.  Truth be told, it would have been even longer had it not been for the excitement of sharing a recipe from an absolutely stunning cookbook! Continue Reading…

Sweets

orange, almond and pistachio ma’amoul

I had pretty much convinced myself after Thanksgiving that it was the end of baking season for me, and I would return my oven to its secondary job as a store house for some of the baking pans.  This cookie season was simply going to be about admiring all the treats that would flash across my computer screen, or dominate my social media, or entice me when walking along the magazine aisle at the store.  But it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to their lure.  And very conveniently for me, I had a small holiday gathering at home and hence a perfect excuse to bake. Continue Reading…

Sweets

kajjikayalu/karanji

 

These deep-fried treats filled with coconut, roasted gram dal and nuts were made for Diwali and the intention was to post the recipe right away.  And then I got drawn into other, more pressing matters and Diwali came and went without a recipe being posted.  When I was mentioning this to a friend, she simply said “Post it for Christmas”.  At that moment, I wasn’t sure where this would fit in a season of cookies and fudge and other sweet treats.  But it wasn’t that far-fetched after all because I realized that a version of this, called Nevri or Neureos is a traditional preparation for Christmas in Goa. Continue Reading…

Drinks

spiced apple tea

I really shouldn’t be complaining about the weather as it has been a fairly mild winter so far.  Some days balmy even!  But still, cooler than summer and that means wearing a fleece even when in indoor heated spaces.  And lots of warm drinks….especially herbal teas around bedtime.  A couple of days back, as I dipped a licorice and chamomile teabag into the mug, I was suddenly reminded of an amazing apple tea we had in Turkey.  Walking through the maze of shops in the Grand Bazaar and absolutely mesmerized, we found ourselves wandering into a carpet store where we were served a delicious apple tea that was unlike anything we had tasted before.  And we must have been under its spell because we found ourselves walking out with our wallet somewhat lighter and a small, tightly rolled silk carpet in our hands. Continue Reading…

World

black bean, spinach and corn enchiladas

When my teen was still in elementary school, this was a frequent and much-loved weeknight meal.  And for the longest time, since this dish tasted quite different from the ones in a restaurant, he thought this was a secret family recipe that needed to be closely guarded:)  Truth being it was just something I made keeping our tastes in mind, filling it with a mix of cooked beans, vegetables, sometimes grains, a sparing amount of cheese and smothering it in sauce before baking.  When it came out of the oven with the sauce bubbling and the cheese melted, it looked every bit as perfect as any comfort food should.  Continue Reading…

Indian

rava idli

Of all the south Indian tiffins, Idlis unabashedly hold the number one spot in my book.  Spongy and light, they are great as breakfast but also perfect for a light meal.  Rava idlis are a variation of the traditional ones made with rice.  These have farina/semolina (rava) that is roasted and then mixed with yogurt and steamed.  And an added bonus is that they don’t need to be planned ahead of time, bypassing the soaking, grinding and fermentation steps that come along with the traditional idlis (although I love those just as much and will gladly go through all the prep!) Continue Reading…