Month: March 2010

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We Wanna Wear Our Food!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their entries for the Wear Your Food competition. The standard of entries was sky-scraping and I had a hard time picking favourites… So I didn’t pick a winner all by myself. This is where I need your help; I need you to vote for your favourite recipe via the poll in the right-hand sidebar. As far as I’m aware, you can vote once a day but please steer clear of voting more than once per day. I want this to be fair for all of the entrants who worked so hard on their entries. So remember to appreciate the labour that went in to these entries, as cheating will NOT be tolerated. I will reserve final judgment on the winner. If I find any cheating has been going on (and I can) then that entrant will be disqualified. I’m saying this because it has happened elsewhere in the past. Not because I want to sound ghastly. The top 3 entries voted for via the poll will face a panel …

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Gimme, Gimme Bateta Poha

Let me introduce you to the most wonderful breakfast/brunch/lunch in the whole entire world. Well, almost. Not counting ice cream. Ice cream IS a breakfast item, right? Poha (pronounced: puhwa) are cooked, flattened and dehydrated grains of basmati rice. You can find them in most Indian grocery stores packed in regular plastic bags. The bateta part is cubed, deep fried potatoes, but you probably worked that one out already; bateta-potato-bateta-potato-bateta-potato. They do sound similar. The ingredients in this dish vary from region to region and family to family. I’m making a classic Gujarati version, which of course must be like all Gujarati dishes are: hot, sweet and sour. This dish is very forgiving, so if you want to omit certain ingredients like onions or not add too much chilli then that’s totally up to you. At home we add plenty of peanuts and cashews to bulk the dish up for a more filling meal. If you’re ever stuck for making something for a large amount of people then this is the perfect recipe. You can make …

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Palak Paneer and Rehab

My crystal ball confirms that the ever popular dish, palak paneer (spinach and Indian cheese) will eternally remain the elite veggie choice on Indian restaurant menus. Nobody can resist that luscious texture of pureed spinach combined with supple, dense and addictive paneer. Oh that reminds me, I mustn’t forget to visit the doctor for my next round of paneer detox drugs. I’ve been in paneer rehab for a while now, having gone cold turkey/paneer (whichever you prefer) a few months ago. Remission is goin’ baaadly. Have you noticed? Let me introduce you to the six-step programme for overcoming paneer related dependence:* • Admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion (to paneer) • Recognizing a greater power that can give strength (it cannot be paneer) • Examining past paneer-related errors with the help of a sponsor (a.k.a. A paneer hater- This can be quite difficult because nobody hates paneer) • Making amends for these cheesy errors • Learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior (denial of the existence of …

We’re Jammin’, I wanna Jam it wid you

Hey Bob. I mean readers. You like what I did there? How are you all? Jammin’? If not then you will be after reading this post. After relishing the Spiced Apple Chutney I made a few months ago, I decided to take things a couple of steps further. Possibly due to the fact that oodles of diabetics were sending me (the Wicked Witch of the Web) hate mail for enticing them with my sugar-laden preserves of doom. Alas, there are a number of diabetics in my family and so jam is categorically off the menu. Full stop. Fear not comrades, for I hold the silver spoon of liberation to satisfy sweet-toothed diabetics! I have been toiling at my cauldron stove for the past few days experimenting with spells recipes for sugar-free jam so I can force feed it to all of you sweet, sweet children diabetics. Creeping you out just a bit? So we have two jams on the menu tonight: Sugar-free Apple and Cinnamon Jam and Sugar-free Hibiscus (Rosella) Jam. For all of you who may be tutting …

Wear Your Food

Today I have just one word for you. Cute. I was out (ahem) shopping the other day and I wasn’t planning on buying anything. Honest. Yeah, I was window shopping. Then I came across this cuterriffic candy shop charm bracelet! I had to have it no matter what. In fact, I had to have two. Just to take them home and look at them. Forever. I may never wear it. You want one? Introducing the Wear Your Food Competition… So I would love to just give one of these babies away, I really would. Although where’s the fun in that? So I ask a few little things from you wonderful, sweety charm bracelet deserving folks. What do you have to do?Pick your favourite candy charm (or charms) on the bracelet pictured above and create a single dish inspired by that charm (or charms). Sweet and simple, no? The winner will receive the candy shop charm bracelet and one runner up will receive a mystery prize. Yep. oUhhHhh. I will post a round up of all the entries …