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Pasta Prima who?

8, no! make it 7, years back after I had started working and driving in this new mad world where I had made my home, I wanted to take K for a nice surprise birthday dinner. Conferred with a friend of mine on the cuisine / place / what to wear and what not. That’s what girl friends are there for, aren’t they? Finally decided on an Italian choice, a safe choice if I think about it now, but sounded absolutely fascinating then, as I thought of pasta as an universal dish (still think) and there is a kind that everyone of us loves. Think of the variety – Spaghetti, Penne, Fusilli, Linguine – the list is almost endless.

As the weather is turning south and the air is getting a little nippy, I turn to my kitchen to remind me of summer. Pasta Primavera is one such dish and the fresher the ingredients are, the more refreshing it ends up being. This is such a colorful dish that can be served as one of the entree in your Italian themed dinner or just had as a simple one-pot meal.

Handful of these veggies, cut into 2″ pieces and boil, so that they are cooked but still retain a crunch:
Asparagus
Beans
Bell Pepper
Carrots

Whisk together the following ingredients to prepare the Vinagrette.
2 Tbsp – EVOO
1 Tbsp – White Wine Vinegar
1 tsp – Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp – Salt
1 tsp – Black Pepper

Boil water and cook a cup of pasta (Penne, Bowtie or Fusilli works best) al-dente. Strain the pasta and mix in the boiled veggies and vinaigrette and give it a good toss. As simple as that!

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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Hummer? Hormuz? Hummus!

No – it is not an off-roading gas guzzler nor is it any geographical entity, it is a mid-eastern protein packed spread that is considered one of the oldest prepared food known to mankind. The 2 main ingredients of hummus are chickpeas and sesame – both are extremely healthy and a nutritionist’s dream. In fact, the early rise and spread of the Mesopotamian civilization is attributed to the nutritional benefits of hummus. Whoa! I would have never connected or even imagined, that a success of a civilization could be due to food. There are times when I feel good about blogging, like when I meet new friends with similar interest or when I am exploring new (to me, that is) and different culture, and in turn, food. What I learnt about hummus made me realize why blogging is not just fun but also educational.

Hummus

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Posted by on April 7, 2008 in Cooking, Mid-Eastern

 

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Baklava, your honor!

Baklava

My dear blogger-friend UL had requested me to make Baklava and post the recipe here. Making baklava is an easy but patient-demanding and time -consuming procedure. I have made it couple of times before, and I follow the recipe by Gretchen, the instructions here are concise and precise, with additional FAQs. She even has tips on how to cut the Baklava 🙂
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Posted by on March 31, 2008 in Cooking, Mid-Eastern

 

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Easy Breezy Beautiful Tostada

Truth be told, I am not a fan of Mexican cuisine. It is not like I have not tried my fair share of Mexican food in restaurants; it’s just that I never developed a taste for it. It could be that I need a more mature palette. Anyhoo, there, I said it. My like or dislike for a cuisine reflects on the kind of food I prepare, guess it is normal for most of us and so, it is only natural that I don’t cook a lot of Mexican food in my house, except for the occasional quesadilla. This is reflected in my blog too; there aren’t any Mexican recipes here yet. (I love Thai and there aren’t any Thai recipes either, but let’s forget that for now 🙂 ). Now, where were we? Ah yes, Mexican food…

So, when I came across this surprisingly easy Tostada recipe, I decided to give it a try. Especially because I had all the ingredients at home except for the Avocados and Tortillas. The only catch is that I had to grill the veggies. Now I had three reasons not to grill:

  1. It is winter and whoever grills in winter?
  2. Before you jump ahead, no, I don’t have an indoor- grill and I am not going to buy one now.
  3. There is no (3), just that 3 reasons sounded way cooler than 2 🙂

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in Cooking, Mexican

 

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Summer Salad

There are days when you eat a feast for dinner and days when you just want to have a light supper like soup and bread or salad. I think that there is a lot of truth in the adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. Most nutritionists and diet planners agree that we should eat a heavy breakfast, light lunch and lighter dinner for a healthy life-style. As much as I believe in this, I do not follow this everyday – we all have our temptations and shortcomings 🙂
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Lemon & Chillies… err Chilli powder

Elle & I are regular readers of Mahanandi & Saffrontrail, and couldn’t resist participating in this month’s JFI event. Being newbies to the blogging world, we were a little skeptical about participating in such an event right off-the-bat. But what with the ingredient being chillies, there was no way we were going to miss this event. After racking our brains on what to prepare, Elle suggested that I make Lemon Pickle and I couldn’t think of a more fitting entry.
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Posted by on July 31, 2007 in Cooking, Traditional cooking

 

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Saturday Lunch with Lemon Rice & Avial

As our weekday lunches are usually packed box lunch, we like to have a nice sit-down lunch during the weekend. Well, I said we like to, but we normally don’t 🙂 I am not an early riser and getting early (read 8:00 AM) on weekends is a challenge for me. Unlike me, Elle is an early riser and when we were room-mates (I guess that would be a different post), she would become restless by 9:00 on weekend mornings and force me to wake up. It was indeed nice to have her as a room-mate and I never felt that I was staying away from home. Thanks Elle!
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Posted by on July 28, 2007 in Cooking, Desi, Traditional cooking

 

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