Thursday, January 3, 2019

Herbed Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Easy, baked.
Herbed rice and corn grits stuffed peppers. Rosemary, sage, thyme.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Very Merry and Festive Christmas- Piecaken!

A very festive dessert! One mince pie (lots of Moldovan jams and nuts, raisins, currants) and apple pie, all baked into a spice cake, covered with whipped cream, jellied cranberries. Piecaken, that is. Twice born cake, perhaps.
This dessert is out of this world!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Lemon Rasam

Savory, fragrant, spicy and smacking good! A soupy sauce that is added to rice in the South Indian culinary tradition. I admit that I prefer it on its own, especially in cold form on a hot summer day. Or piping hot on a cold winter day.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

Sarmale, tamales and mole!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
We pardoned the turkey, but there's plenty to celebrate. The gifts of the Americas to the world: chili (ahem), bell peppers, corn, potatoes, pumpkin, beans, cocoa beans, tomatoes, name just a few.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Vatha Kulambu

Vatha Kulambu is that one umami dish so scrumptious and wholesome, it only needs a side of plain rice to render itself complete.
It is by far my favorite of all the gravies on the Tamil Indian menu. Sweet (jaggery), sour (tamarind), bitter (turkey berries), spicy (chili) and salty (salt) flavors bring together that tastefulness.
Vatral is the Tamil word for sun dried (presoaked in yogurt, often times) vegetables and berries. Here I used Sundakkai Vatral, translated as “dried turkey berries”.

I was once told by a relative that this dish is a Brahmin Iyengar specialty, but don't have a way to confirm. Pretty sure it is enjoyed by a vaster community, but cooked in a various manners. Possibly in other parts of India, as well, known by different names.

Here's a well made video tutorial of this dish:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pumpkin Entremet

Pumpkin entremet. Two tone pumpkin cream mousse. Twice baked. Pumpkin and walnut filled pastry rolls baked in triple chocolate brownie. 
Chocolate and pumpkin spice! Can't go wrong with that!

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