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Colorful Pasta Salad

When I got married and moved here, I didn’t think too much about having K’s sister and her family live in the same locality as well. Over time, we have grown to cherish each other’s presence in our lives, look up to each other for guidance / advice and forged a lovely relationship. Her husband likes to be called Nalan (of the famous Nala-Damayanthi story who is supposed to be a great cook), atleast in the blogosphere and not without reason. He is an awesome cook; his vegetable biryani is to die for and he makes one of the best (home-made from scratch) pizza, I have ever had.

K and I land up in their house almost every other weekend (if not every) under some pretext or the other; why would we not when we get awesome food every time we go there 🙂 He had made this pasta for a potluck family night dinner and when I tasted it, I knew I had to post this on my blog. It is such an easy, simple and healthy dish that is extremely kid-friendly; my nephew and niece will attest to that.

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Posted by on November 12, 2008 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Panini

I am ambivalent when it comes to sandwiches – will eat them, if I can’t find any other healthy options but they are not my favorite dish for sure. However, when it comes to Panini, it is totally different – I absolutely adore these hot sandwiches. Traditionally, Panini is prepared with Italian bread like Ciabatta or Focaccia. I prefer it with Focaccia as it is softer and more moist than the Ciabatta. However, there is no hard and fast rule about the bread and it can be prepared using any bread that you like, just that it has to be able to hold the fillings and has to be flat, so that it can be grilled evenly. I have used different kinds of bread like Focaccia or whole-wheat or multi-grain bread, with equally tasty and satisfying results.

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Posted by on April 2, 2008 in Cooking, Italian

 

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Peppery Addiction

When there are folks in the blogosphere who make their hatred towards this green one public, can I, the bell-pepper addict keep quiet? Armed with an awesome Italian stuffed bell-pepper, here I am shouting from the rooftop, to my favorite one’s rescue. Look at these succulent green peppers – how can one not like them? I wonder…

Stuffed Pepper

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Posted by on February 4, 2008 in Cooking, Italian

 

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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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