Exotic, Warming Teas – Kashmiri Kahwa and Moroccan Mint Tea

December 12, 2008
lashmiri kkawa and moroccan mint tea

  Any south Indian family will know how to make and enjoy a good cup of coffee. The day always starts with a stainless steel tumbler full of strong, sweet, frothy coffee. But not in my family. Most my family are tea drinkers. Serious tea drinkers at that. Tea time at my grandmother’s house in [...]

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Peppery Greens Soup with Pearl Couscous

December 10, 2008

My friend V introduced me to pearl couscous. Last year, she made us a delicious, spicy dish with sauteed pearl couscous, cumin and crushed peanuts. That got me hooked onto these little chewy ‘pearls’. Also called Israeli couscous, pearl couscous is actually a pasta. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s and V told me its [...]

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Walnut Raisin Rice

December 8, 2008

This is a simple, easy recipe. If you have cooked rice on hand (I did), this will only take a few minutes to put together. I am only now recovering from Thanksgiving cooking and eating. And we leave for Argentina on vacation next week. So I’m trying to keep my cooking this week simple. Walnut [...]

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Cranberry Crumb Cake Minis

December 6, 2008

Living in Virginia, I really enjoy the four seasons. They are so much more than just changing weather. The seasons signify mother earth’s cycles of renewal and replenishment. And cooking seasonally is a way of celebrating that. It is so easy to pick up the same old potatoes, carrots and tomatoes every time you go [...]

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Thanksgiving Menu – You voted, I cooked. Results are in!

November 27, 2008

Thankyou all so much for participating in my Thanksgiving menu vote! I truly appreciate your input. The results are in! We are celebrating thanksgiving at my in-law’s place. My father in law is making the turkey (which I dont eat) and I volunteered to bring the rest of the food. I had great trouble deciding [...]

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Orange Mulled Wine

November 26, 2008

My sister gave me two gorgeous pouches of mulling spices from England. They’ve been sitting in my pantry all year waiting to be used. I thought serving mulled wine at thanksgiving would be warm and festive. Ingredients Red wine – 1 bottle, I used MerlotOrange juice – 2 cupsOrange zest – 1 tbspWater – 1 [...]

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Thanksgiving Appetizer – Semolina or Rava Cutlets

November 26, 2008

Ingredients Semolina or Farina or Cream of wheat – 1 cupMilk – 3 cupsOnion – 1 medium, finely choppedGarlic paste – 1 tbspGinger paste – 1 tbspGreen chilli – 1, for less heat, use crushed red pepperCumin seeds – 1/2 tspAmerican cheese singles – 3 slices, cut into small piecesCilantro – 2 tbsp finely choppedCorn [...]

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Pumpkin Pie

November 26, 2008

I used this recipe by Martha Stewart and the pumpkin pie turned out great. I made a few changes to Martha’s pumpkin pie recipe – I used store bought frozen pie crust instead of making my own, and I used all spice instead of ground ginger.The pie was soft, cinnamon scented, with just the right [...]

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