Chick Pea & Baby Leaf Salad

April 16, 2014 in Salads

The famous quote “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”, and for me “Necessity” has been the backbone behind most of my creations as well. My sons have embarked on the “high protein, high fat, low or no carb diet”.

For me it has been virtually impossible to create dishes that are absolutely “carb free”, as all lentils, chickpeas, beans, legumes and etc. have carbs in them-nonetheless I continue trying, and hence this invention of this salad-one fine Sunday I went into the kitchen to prepare lunch and I was told “please surprise me with something really good – not the usual run of the mill stuff with Indian spices – make it interesting – use some imagination” and this is where I thought I need to pack it with tons of flavour – and yes no Indian spices or herbs – what then do I use – I had to rummage through my pantry – put on my “necessity of creation cap” and Voila – this is my creation:-

Chick Pea Sald 8

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Dhal Puri

April 7, 2014 in Breads & Rotlis

At last the vegetarian, has a post for meatless Monday

Roti, Puri, Paratha and etc. are all types of Indian breads made from stone ground wholemeal flour traditionally known as “Atta flour”. Atta flour has its origins in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka; however it is consumed all over the world today, and become a staple amongst people in countries like Fiji, the Southern Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana), Mauritius and right here in South Africa as well(these are places that have a huge Indian population). Atta flour forms the base of rotis, puris, naans & etc., and sometimes different types of flour (chick pea flour, lentil flour, rice flour & etc.) or even spices and herbs are added to jazz it up. The various types of Rotis, Puris, Naans and etc. form an integral part of Pakistan and Indian cuisine-generally no meal is complete without some type of roti or puri.

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My Holiday

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yes I am only posting the experiences of my December 2013 holiday now, well in between my return and now life and family responsibilities took preference. During the month of February 2014 – I welcomed my very first grandchild-my precious granddaughter, who is now just over a month old. Every moment with her is a treasured and special moment.

My Holiday

2013 was a year filled with UPS & DOWNS – and my amazing family sent me on holiday to a “holistic retreat” in the South of India, it was a wonderful holiday and just the perfect end to a difficult year. Early on the 6th December 2013, my sons mother in law and I set of on this wonderful holiday-the journey was quite tiring (learnt and found out about a much easier and quicker route for next time).


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Something New & Oh So Amazing

February 12, 2014 in Breads & Rotlis

My Le Creuset Crepe Pan

Le Creuset and the rest of the world refer to it as a “Crepe Pan”, but for me it is a TAVA from HEAVEN!!! Yes it is – I have used a number of different types of pans as Tavas, I have even used the traditional heavy Tavas – but none work as well as this “Genius Crepe Pan” from Le Creuset. Over the festive season – I have tried and re-tried a number of traditional Indian breads and pancakes using this pan and “oh my word”—each time I tried something new – using the Le Creuset Crepe Pan (My Wonder Tava), the pan just never seized to amaze me.

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Hello 2014

January 7, 2014 in Vegetables

To all my readers-My wish for you is “An abundance of Peace, Harmony, Good Health & Contentment”< “Here! Here! 2014”. For me 2014 is going to be a great year – I am going to be welcoming my very first grandchild – I am sure there nothing better than becoming a “grandparent”. Hopefully all you have just as exciting things to look forward to and 2014 will be great for you to.

Now onto "Foodie News" and the apparent “food trend for 2014 is eat healthy”, and this fits perfectly into the ethos of my blog. I will ensure that majority of my blog posts are in keeping with “healthy eating”, and my recipes will highlight just how tasty and delicious ‘vegetarian meals/dishes’ can be.

Stay tuned for interesting, healthy and Oh So Delicious vegetarian dishes!!

NB-all the images used in this post have been sourced from the internet

Red Velvet Cupcakes

December 3, 2013 in Cakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes-each and every one of us want to indulge in these red-chocolate flavoured cakes that are usually topped with a slightly tangy cream cheese frosting—myself and a few of my family have always watched others dig into and enjoy these beautiful bits of heaven all put together in a cup cake—then came the day that I could not just stand by and drool while watching others indulge in these delights.

Well there you have it—that is how I started experimenting to create my eggless, light, spongy and delicious Red Velvet Cupcake-well I have been baking it for months now—sharing them with everybody and waiting for feedback—ahh and the feedback has been “is it really eggless?” and “please can I have the recipe—so here we have it—my tried and trusted recipe for Eggless Red Velvet Cup Cakes-it has become a staple Friday treat for the princess. I served it at the Diwali tea that I had at home and then I baked some for my sister who took it to a Christmas Tea on Sunday.

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Diwali Lunch Menu-2013

November 27, 2013 in Festivals

Somehow blogging took a back seat amongst preparations for Diwali this year-I am not sure why and how, but it had been a rush to get this done and get that done-well I could go on trying to find excuses–but like my son says they are excuses and I need to work past them-I will try for future. Today I am sharing a typical Gujrati Diwali Lunch Menu, this menu was first published on the Food24 website in celebration and honouring the hindu festival of “DIWALI”. Click here to be taken to Food24 website:-http://www.food24.com/

Diwali is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, and it is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil, and generally celebrated over a period of 5 days, each day having its own significance and traditions.

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Diwali 2013 – The Countdown Begins

October 27, 2013 in Festivals

The countdown to Diwali 2013 has begun–Sunday 3rd November 2013 is Diwali and Monday 4th November 2013 is the Gujrati New Year.

As my preparations in the kitchen start I shall be sharing some new recipes and refering to some old recipes with some new pictures.

Red Bean & Pasta Salad

October 14, 2013 in Beans & Pulses, Rice & Pasta Dishes, Salads

My sons enjoy a pasta dish once a week and generally for a Saturday lunch, and I personally do not like pasta and prefer not to eat it. So one fine day I decided to play around with pasta and see which combinations work for me and which ones I will be able to eat (because I have been told by my son that being vegetarian does not mean I have to only eat Indian food and if I want to go to Europe on holiday-I need to get my act together and start eating pastas and pizzas), so here is my first creation and I have to admit it was not bad at all-however next time I will use a smaller shape of pasta. My experiments will continue and so will my diet modifications.

Red Bean & Pasta Bean Salad (Serves 6)

1 can red kidney beans

125ml chopped tomatoes

65ml chopped mix peppers (optional)

45ml chopped fresh basil

30ml chopped spring onions (optional)

1 green/red chilli finely chopped

7ml salt

5ml freshly ground pepper

2ml sugar

15ml lemon juice

5ml lemon grated lemon zest

10ml olive oil

500ml cooked pasta shapes

100ml feta to serve (optional)

6-8 sprigs of basil leaves (garnish)

Method

Mix the beans, tomatoes, peppers, chopped basil, spring onions, chilli, salt, pepper, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil and allow this to rest for about 15-20minutes, so that all the flavours can combine well
Place cooked pasta in a serving bowl and pour the beans mixture over the pasta and garnish with some feta cheese and basil leaves before serving

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Good Food & Wine Show 2013

October 7, 2013 in Food Shows

I know I have used this excuse before-but I can assure you that it is always the same reason that I am not able to finish or do something. This post should have been written and posted by no later than the 24th September 2013–but as usual family commitments came up and therefore the post is only being posted today (7th October 2013), however lets just stick to the old cliche that says “better late than never”

At approximately 11am on the 18 September my cell phone buzzed and when I checked it was an email and when I opened it-the subject line read “Congratulations on winning – Good Food & Wine Show Food Bloggers Competition #GFWS2013” even with my arthritic legs & hands jumped for joy, because from years of experience my name just does not pair well with winning. I was beside myself with joy, not only for winning but for the whole experience the “Prize”, brought along, I had planned on going to the GFWS, but winning and then being treated like VIPS was just amazing. So as soon as I received the mail, I forwarded it to my daughter in law, and asked her if she would like to come, unfortunately for me—she was off to Hermanus with her mum for the long weekend. I knew my cousin (Prianka), wanted to go, so I invited her (she is less than half my age), she has just started turning her wonderful hobby of baking into a part time business, and all this is while she is a full time student at Wits.

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